Aphelion Issue 295, Volume 28
June 2024 --
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page
P&E Top Ten Hello, and welcome to the seventh issue of Aphelion's 20th year!

I am presently busier than any simile or metaphore I can think up, so bear with me for a few brief moments...

I've been the acting Flash Fiction Editor for a couple of months now. We had a nibble from one fellow who was interested in taking the position, but nothing has developed as of yet. At the same time, I've been diving back into my own writing in an attempt to pick up where I left off a while back. It's been a lot of reading my unfinished work, a bit of editing and proofreading, and a lot of hope I can pick up enough threads to weave something worthwhile for my readers. I've also made a bit of music--nothing fancy, but fun for me, as well as going to LibertyCon last month. There's personal stuff going on too; my day job, yard work, getting ready to have a new roof put on the house, family reunion, talking with my kids, that sort of thing.

By the time the September issue rolls around, my wife and I will be the owners of a brand new roof on our little brick house. The paperwork has been filed, an insurance claim for storm damage repairs approved, a contractor hired, and all we're waiting for now is the scheduling of the work and some financial tidbits to come together. Another week, or perhaps two, and the contractor will arrive with a full work crew to strip the old shingles off, repairing any damage substructure, new shingles applied, and some damage from leaks repaired inside the house too. I've been doing my bit out in the yard to make it easire for the contracters to do the work, and then search the yard with metal detectors and big magnets for any roofing nails that get dropped while the crew is up there hammering away. We'll have to temporarily relocate the outdoor cats and take the dogs to a kennel so that the roofers can work unimpeeded. And the repairs indoors means that our living room is going to have to be stripped to the bare walls and floor so the work can be done. The upshot of all that is my time being heavily scheduled this month. But a roof that doesn't leak is worth the effort.

One thing I need to mention is that Edward Sullivan and I will be interviewed next week on Yvonne Mason's "Off The Chain" internet radio show. That'll be Wed August 9th 8:00pm EDT on Yvonne Mason is "Off The Chain" and I'll post links to the archives where you can hear it afterward, as well as Facebooking linkage as the night approaches. Yvonne's show is alwasy fun. Not only to be on, but to listen too as well.

Another thing I managed to dash off in a hurry a few nights ago was to figure out a redimentary bass guitar riff for one of my poems. I'd posted it on Facebook and people liked the wordage, including a very talented singer/songrwriter/author I know from LibertyCon. When I saw her Like, I thought you know, she's got the kind of voice guitar skill that this thing needs to become more than words on paper. Let me grab my bass and see if I can match what I hear in my head to some musical notes. That'll at least give her a foundation to work with... And so I did, posted that note pattern and invited her to make of it what she would, if she was so inclined. And so she might. It's in the laps of the Gods now whether anything comes of this or not. Time will tell, as it always does.
Here is a little something I made to promote Ed and I beng interviewed next week:

Now, here is a repeat of the interview Stephanie Osborn and I did on Yvonne Mason's Off The Chain internet radio show. Next month I'll have links to Edward Sullivan and myself being interviewed on Off The Chain.

On June 22nd at 8:00pm EST Authors Stephanie Osborn and Dan Hollifield were interviewed on Internet Radio on the show "Off The Chain," which is hosted by Yvone Mason at Yvonne Mason is "Off The Chain"

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Mare Inebrium Collection


First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us on the Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion Webzine. As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be very useful. Given our different locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room days back in the 1990s.

My first collection of Mare Inebrium spaceport bar short stories was published in February of 2015 by Dark Oak Press. It is available in both Kindle an Nook e-book formats, paperback, and hardback. I also have three albums of instrumental music out through the Create Space self-publishing website. If you like, you can click on the photo or the link below to fin all the info you would need to purchase my book in your preferred format, or an e-book of Flash of Aphelion, buy a CD of my music, or listen to tracks off of the albums on my Bandcamp website. Enjoy!

Dan's Promo Page



Title: Jet in Carina: WFC3 UVIS

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team