Aphelion Editorial 018
by Rob Wynne
Gotta get out of bed, get a hammer and nail
Learn how to use my hands, not just my head
I think myself in a jail, Now I know a refuge never grows
From a chin in a hand and a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose
--Indigo Girls "Hammer and a Nail"
Welcome everyone to the 18th issue of Aphelion Webzine. I am
your celebrity guest editor
Rob Wynne, stepping in for the inestimable Dan Hollifield [What
did you call me? --ed.]. Dan sends his apologies for
the lateness of this issue, but he has been up to his elbows in getting
his new house
fixed up and ready to be moved into, landscaping, and so forth. So Dan
is turning the
reins over to me for this issue, and possibly next, which by hook or
crook WILL be published in the first week of December.
As we have grown, and our readership has grown with us, we
have seen the pressing
need to improve our processes. In order to faciliate that, we've added
member to our staff. Jeffrey "The English Teacher" Williams has joined
our board as
our new Production Editor. Many of you are asking "What the heck is a
Editor?" That's ok, so did Jeff. Jeffrey will be overseeing our
making sure that submissions are flowing in a timely fashion from
editorial to publication, and working on ways to improve our procedures
to make getting the webzine
out on time every month easier and quicker, so that you can enjoy the
that Aphelion has come to represent in the online publishing world.
Please remember that you can subscribe to our mailing list and
when the new issue goes on line. Due to the vagaries of amatuer
publishing, we have
been known to slip a deadline from time to time, but we never announce
an issue until
we actually get it online. You can subscribe by sending an email to
email@example.com with the body "subscribe aphelion"
Speaking of that, I wrote in the lettercol a couple of weeks
ago that Aphelion is now
listed in the eZines Database webpage. This webpage, which you will
find linked above,
lists hundreds of zines in all areas of interest. Well, we got a note
from them a few days ago that we had been picked by their editors as
one of the top five webzines submitted
to them in the month of October in ANY genre! We're quite proud of
this, but of course,
the real credit goes to all the authors and artists who make Aphelion
what it is each
and every month.
Since we added Kim Holec to our staff as poetry editor, many
of you have asked when
we were going to start publising some. Well, the time is now! Peotry
begins in this
issue, and we'll have all the submission guidelines for poetry updated
by this weekend.
Those of you who quietly read our stories each month, thanks
you! But if something
strikes you as particularly good, why not drop a note to the author or
post to the
lettercolumn? And if something strikes you as needing work to get it
"just right", then
we, as authors, especially want
your comments. Aphelion exists to give
authors a forum to place the work in front of a critical audience and
craft, so telling us what you did and didn't like helps us all grow as
Finally, my personal apologies for those of you checking back
daily for the new issue.
I know how frustrating it is to be waiting for those new stories,
because I used to haunt
newsstands waiting for the monthlies myself. But, don't forget that we
have, in our
infinate love for you, our reader, given you a reason to come every
day, namely, our comics page! Freefall and Burno the Bandit are both
well worth the time to stop in for, and are
now together on a single page for easier reading!
So enough of my prattle! Let's get to reading!
© 1998 Dan L. Hollifield
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