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Aphelion Editorial 099

December 2005

by Dan L. Hollifield

The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor

Not much of an editorial this issue. It's already a month late and I might not get a chance to do better until issue 100. As most people around Aphelion know, sometimes I seem to fall off the face of the planet for a while. This has been one of those times. This holiday season has been the busiest I've ever had. I'm sorry for the delay, but it was unavoidable.

Issue # 100 of Aphelion Webzine will be online in February '06. It sort of snuck up on us. I guess we have cause to celebrate. How many Internet Zines make it this long? Very few... Very, very few. I wonder who we should send out announcements to, and when? Ralan? Crow's Nest? Who? Who is in charge of minor historic moments? I'll have to Google that, I suppose. I am continually amazed at how Aphelion just keeps plugging along, year after year. And the stories just keep coming in. Writers come and go, and some hang around for a long time. How many writers have we helped on their way to turning Pro? 30 now? 35 maybe? I'm so proud to have been a part of that. You can all be proud of being part of that. It's a group thing, we've done it together, all of us.

As for the Best Of 2005 stories: My delay cost us the extra month, but Iain did send a Best Of Poetry 2005 list. Aphelion had a hugely good year in '05 and we can only hope that '06 will be even better.

There will be a wedding at Casa Vila in May of '06 which might absorb ApheliCon 2. I don't want to double anyone's number of trips to Georgia, so that weekend in mid-May might be a two-in-one affair. Of course, if a lot of people *want* to have a Summer ApheliCon party and the Spring wedding too, then we can work it out. Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted. And please send e-mails to me expressing your opinion on the matter. You're all invited to the wedding and the Aphelicon, in any case. Even if they don't happen at the same time.

OK, time for me to stop yammering and take this one day I've got to lay out the links to the stories and poems. I'll also lay out the Best Of page, update the back issues page, and see about the rest of my chores. I'll probably have to go back into the real world after today, so I might be offline again at unpredictable times. I hate to be away, but all this romance and family stuff is important and fun and meaningful.

Back to work...


I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...


2005 Dan L. Hollifield

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