Aphelion Editorial 089
by Dan L. Hollifield
The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor
First off, Happy Birthday Aphelion! We're starting another year of bringing you the best amateur fiction and
poetry on the web. Thank you all for coming back time and time again.
For reading the stories, and for making comments on them so that the
writers may learn a few things about their craft. And thank you for the
kindness that you've all shown to me over the last few trying months.
Aphelion is not only a hobby/obsession with me. It has become an
extended family. Thank you for being there when I need your support.
Sadly, there were other things going on the
the background here at Aphelion during the last few months of 2004. In
October, Cary Semar tendered his resignation as our Short Story Editor.
He said he was just burned out after years and years of editing. Cary
forwarded his folder of pending submissions to us, uploaded the final
installments of "The Pollwatchers" & his final stories, bid us a
fond farewell, and stepped gracefully back into his real life. One good
thing about losing Cary though, now he'll have time to write his own
But that put the Editorial Mafia and I into a
quandary. Who could we get to attempt to step into Cary's shoes? Well,
for various reasons of her own, McCamy isn't able to devote any more
time to Aphelion than she already does. Ralph teaches at the same
school that Jeff does- with the same sort of mad schedule, too. He
couldn't accept. Rob Wynne, Jeff, and I met frequently in the chatroom
to discuss the matter. We polled the whole staff, voiced our own
opinions, mulled it over, and finally came up with a name. Someone who
could both do the job, and just might have the time. Then Cary
recommended the same person. The die was cast, fate had spoken, and
with only a token struggle against a cruel fate- Robert Moriyama has
been strong-armed into joining the Editorial Mafia as Aphelion's new
Short Story Editor. You can extend all the proper expressions of
sympathy over his abduction to Bob privately. I imagine that escape
route maps and hacksaws baked into cakes are traditional gifts for the
condemned- Er, lucky devil. This marks the first issue that Robert has
edited. Please join me in welcoming him to Aphelion.
So as one friend retires, another friend
steps to the fore to fight the never ending battle for creativity,
literacy, and really intense spell checking. LOL!
Really, that's the way Aphelion's staff has always changed. People come
in, stay a while, then move on when they have to. Meanwhile, other
people come in to help out. Aphelion has always been evolving. I expect
it will always keep evolving. Thanks to those many friends, readers
& writers, artists, poets, musicians, who have helped make
Aphelion into something special. I offer my own thanks to Cary Semar
for all the years of hard work that he put in for Aphelion. Cary,
you've helped make my dream real. You've helped make Aphelion the
unparalleled success that it is today. You've helped hundreds of
writers learn to be better writers. You've helped thousands of readers
find something worth their time to read. Aphelion has reached readers
and writers all over the world- in over 65 countries the last time I
knew the statistics. You have been a big part of that success, Cary.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for everything.
You know, if we all cheer really loudly and
clap our hands like crazy for Cary and Bob- all at the same time... I'd
be willing to bet that we'd scare the crap out of
the rest of the world. And some of us would be sure
to get locked up.
Maybe we just better stick to e-mailing them
instead. OK? LOL!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
© 2005 Dan L. Hollifield
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