Aphelion Editorial 087
by Dan L. Hollifield
The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor
Looks like we've reached 200,000 hits on our counter tonight, folks. Let me tell you, that's a great
feeling. Thank you, one and all, for coming back time after time.
Everyone at Aphelion has a right to be proud. Its taken us seven years
to get this far- Who know where we'll go in the future? Aphelion is a
perfect example of "if you build it, they will come." Construction
began a long time ago. It never ends. Something needs to be renovated
every month. Well, people still seem to keep wandering in. I hope
everyone will continue to have a good time for a long time to come.
I got to see the recent lunar eclipse. It was an
awesome sight. Sometimes being on night shift can be a blessing. Would
have made a really great film sequence, too. There was a thin layer of
fast-moving clouds over my area. Very dramatic. It was nice to be able
to take the time to just go outside and look up at the night sky.
Its little snapshots of life like that one that wind
up being used in a story. Everyone has a collection of them. Life's
little treasures. Writers tend to mine those treasures for scenes in
their work. This is a good thing. It makes the stories better.
The task of looking at those snapshots with a new
perspective, I leave to the writers as an exersize. Stretch your
imagination a bit. Look at the world around you a little bit
differently. There are lots of things out there that you can use to
your advantage. You just have to think a little differently about your
The night sky, a foggy morning, a meteor shower, the
face of a stranger, the howl of a train rumbling away in the night, the
aroma of flowers, smoke from a fire... These are some of the paints you
have on your palette. By careful mixing, new colors can be made. New
portraits can be painted.
And your readers get a better story, too.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
© 2004 Dan L. Hollifield
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