Hello and welcome to the May 2022 issue of Aphelion!
In this issue, we have our usual
outstanding original stories. Thank you all for helping keep us going
the past quarter-century!
As you can see from the awards banner
above, Aphelion racked up several Top Ten positions in the Preditors
& Editors annual Readers' Poll. We took Top E-zine Cover Art -
place, Top E-zine Editor - tied for 5th place, Top Fiction E-zine - 4th
place, Top Poetry E-zine - 5th place, and Top Writers Forum - 2nd
Thanks to everyone who voted,
and to all the staff for their hard work! Thanks also go out to our
writers and readers here in the zine. Y'all are amazing!
Spring has finally sprung here in the
US. Flowers are blooming, the sun is warm, and pollen is covering
everything, LOL! Thankfully, this is entirely normal, expected, and
except for the pollen, cherished as a sign that the long Winter is over
once again. The mornings are still a tad cool. That will change soon
enough as Spring advances into the inevitable Summer. It's already
short-sleeve weather at work once the morning chill dissipates. Now it
is time for the onset of yard work in the great outdoors.
I am slowly but surely working my way
short story submissions while Aphelion awaits the materialization of a
new Short Story Editor. It's an open call for anyone to
the Short Story Editor position, as long as you know ahead of time that
it is by far the most difficult Editorial job at Aphelion. So far, I
have submissions slated up to the August issue! Of course, I could add
another story or two the the penciled-in schedule of releases and thin
that back a bit, but since I have no idea how many submission I'll get
every month, I'm trying to ensure that no issue has less than five new
stories. Six or eight would be better, but I decided to err on the side
of caution for now. Things can change without warning, however. I could
decide to take a chance on submissions coming in at what I now see as a
normal rate, and so increase the story count each month.
you recently submitted a story and I have yet to message you back,
please be patient with me. There was an increase in my workload at the
factory recently. I've gone from a predictable 40-hour work week to an
unpredictable 60 to 80 hours per week. That will drop back to my normal
hour once the people I am filling in for have been replaced by new
employees taking the job positions I am having to cover on overtime. In
any case, my retirement from the factory is now only
20 months away!
I'll be transitioning into a full-time pensioner, writer, and
professional layabout at that time. Who knows? I might even be able to
go to extra conventions every year--as long as they aren't too far
away. I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to manage very much
interstate driving, nowadays. I'm afraid my days of comfortably driving
anywhere over 5 hours away are soon to be extinct--if not already well
and truly on the endangered list, LOL!
other personal news; I am getting close
to finishing the Fantasy novel. Its working title is "The Cat And The
Crow." It's a fairly standard "quest-type, hero's journey" sort of
story. As my long-time fans know, I rarely delve into the
of the strictly Fantasy genre. I've always been a more Sci-fi kind of
this time, the Fantasy story decided it wanted
to be told. Furthermore, it decided that I
was the one to tell it. Who am I to argue with the Muse when
speak? I'm just this guy--you know? I write what I write when I write
it. Hopefully, my fans will see that I have grown as a writer and allow
me this indulgence. Especially since it's turning out to be one
exciting read! I can't wait until you can all see it. I'm working as
fast as I can, I promise!
My publisher has also asked me for a
collection of Mare Inebrium stories--at which I am also fast at
work--as well as asking me to edit an
anthology of Mare stories by other series authors. If you have any way
in contact with any of the past writers of our Mare Inebrium Shared
stories, please do and tell them I need to talk with them. Most
especially Wishbone, but everyone else as well. I've
gotten several positive responses from writers I am still in contact
with, so things look fairly good at this point. If you're
Mare Inebrium writer still visiting Aphelion after all this
time, please do get in contact with me through e-mail or Facebook
Messenger. We have a lot
to talk about!
The online streaming shows "Stupid
O'clock" and "Last Man Standing" have been uploaded live to YouTube as
well as several Facebook pages for over two years now. They are
basically live-streaming chat shows covering a range of topics, modeled
on the types of conversations people have after hours at SF&F
conventions. Joe McKeel, the show-runner of Hallowcon, and I both have
archives of past shows on our YouTube channels. Check 'em out if that
sounds like something you'd
enjoy I've put links in our Features section that will take you to the
YouTube archives of both shows.
With all that said, it's high time I
shut up and let you get to reading.
Paw and Lobster Nebulae