Aphelion Editorial 085
by Dan L. Hollifield
The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor
"Sorry I'm late. All sorts of things cropping up at the last minute. How
are we for time?"
This is where I do my usual Public Service
Announcement: There are elections coming up here in the US, everyone
should go out and vote for the candidates of their choice. Everyone who
knows me knows that I loathe politics, but I have come to realize that
it is a necessary evil. Frankly, I don't care what your party is or
which candidate for what office that you prefer. I'm just trying to
point out that if you don't vote, you are allowing other people to
determine your future. Take control of your life into your own
hands. Go vote. You've got the power, now accept the responsibility.
Well, that's enough of that for this month.
So what else is happening? I've been experiencing a
lot of synchronicities lately. (That's when a chain of events occur
that seems to be inter-connected by spooky sorts of coincidences.) It
seems like all I have to do is think of some subject or other- and
suddenly I'm swamped by web-pages, news announcements, and magazine
articles on whatever that particular subject happens to be. Like
Reality has suddenly switched into Google mode, the last two months
have been a massive data dump into my brainpan... Not only is the
universe stranger than I had imagined, now its upgrading my imagination
so that it can achieve further flights of weirdness. (grin) I've always
enjoyed the more Fortean aspects of life, but this is beyond chance.
Something odd is happening.
On another front; Jeff has asked me to write a
Nightwatch story for next year. I started doing some research after he
and I brainstormed a few ideas in the chatroom one night. We started
off with a story fragment from my Notebook file. The whole thing was
less than four skimpy paragraphs. We figured out how to make it fit the
Nightwatch universe, but then Jeff made a mistake. He turned me loose
to write, and write I did. The word count isn't all that high yet, but
the story has begun to devour my entire life. It has pushed everything
else that I was working on into the background. Every time I fire up
the computer, eventually I wind up working on the story. Am I
subconsciously attempting to one-up the other writers? I don't think so,
I think it to be more like what the writers in the Mare Inebrium series
feel when a gem comes to them. At least, I hope so, 'cause this is a
Alright, let's get this puppy online. I've babbled
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
© 2004 Dan L. Hollifield
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