Aphelion Editorial 056
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
This month marks Aphelion's 5th birthday! Since 1997we've
brought you the best amateur fiction on the web. We've never
asked for anything in return except for your feedback in the Lettercol
and in e-mails to the writers. This you have done, and this has helped
to produce even better writers. The number of people who now give
regular commentary and critiques of the stories and poetry has risen
dramatically over the last year. I'd like to see the number of readers
who make Lettercol entries increase- with even more comments on the
stories. We've helped five writers and an artist to turn pro, and your
opinions in the Lettercol might just help us help more. So don't be
afraid, don't be shy, but do tell the writers what you like or
disliked, or just plain didn't get. It'll help them write a better
story next time.
I started a new Mare Inebrium story in early January
and found myself written into a corner, so to speak, after about three
weeks. I was trying something new, and ran into a snag. What did I do?
I asked for comments from some of the Editorial Mafia and other
writers. I put my working draft of the story online and passed out the
URL to a select few. And boy, did I get ideas sparked off by their
comments! I was dealt an easy day of overtime at work yesterday and was
able to sit and do some uninterrupted thinking about the story, in
light of the comments offered to me. I'm happy to report that I was
able to integrate quite a lot of those suggestions into an escape hatch
from my corner. And as soon as I can make time to get back to work on
the story, I'll be able to make it better than it otherwise would have
But that's just the spirit of Aphelion in a nutshell.
Helping each other, learning from each other, and -above all-
entertaining each other. Hey, don't knock it, it works. I learn from
each person who chooses to tell me what they liked or disliked about
one of my stories. Each bit I learn helps me become a better writer. So
you can see that taking the time to say a few words in a Lettercol
entry is very important to each and every writer that we feature.
All of us wish to transcend the free-e-zine state and,
rather greedily, wish to be able to ask you to pay
to read our work. That's only natural for a writer to desire. It is work
to write a good story, one that people enjoy reading time and time
again. It was suggested to me that I make a link to my own stories more
prominent here in Aphelion, but that's not what Aphelion is about. Its
about writing, and learning, and teaching, and entertaining, and giving
your opinion, and listening to the opinions an
comments offered. So please do take the time to go to the Lettercol
page and express your like or dislike of any given story. Its an
important thing, a tool we need to use more often.
Thanks for your time.
© 2002 Dan L. Hollifield
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