Here we are at the end of another year. Which means that it is time
for the double-sized Holiday Issue! So, fair warning, the next new
issue will be the February Birthday issue.
Inside you'll find some of the best stories and poetry to have
graced Aphelion's pages over the past year. Also, there is a full slate
of brand new material for your reading pleasure. Everyone has been
working diligently to get this ready for you on time. Once again, a few
minor miracles have been pulled off. When you see what's inside, you'll
But that's what giving a gift is all about, isn't it? The
anticipation of seeing the look on your special someone's face when
they open it, see your gift for the first time, waiting for that smile
that means you did good. Hoping they'll enjoy it. Hoping they'll love
it and cherish it. Doesn't have to be a holiday, either. Any special
occasion, or even no occasion at all. Aphelion is our gift to you.
Sure, there might be a spot or two where the paint doesn't quite match
up. Or a seam with a tiny blob of glue showing where the joins didn't
quite match. There might be a few rough edges that could have used a
little bit more polishing before we wrapped it up, but it's the best
kind of gift, crafted by hand, with all the energy and creativity our
writers and staff bring out from within themselves. Each story and poem
is a gift from the writer, offered to you in hope that you will find
something special within its words. Each issue of Aphelion is a gift
crafted by many hands. The staff works with each writer, smoothing down
those rough edges, carefully sanding away those tiny places where the
seams show, and mixing the colors carefully so that they match as best
they can. All in hope of the readers finding the joy that was enclosed
within each and every line. Waiting for a critique in the Forums that
will teach them a little bit more about crafting their stories.
So now we come to the end of Aphelion's 17th year
of bringing you, the reader, the very best of amateur fiction the
Internet has to offer. The February issue will mark Aphelion turning 18
years old. Going on two decades of bringing you this gift, this amazing
present from writers to readers. We've grown, learned more and more,
improved our crafting skills, and watched with pride as Aphelion
writers move on to take their rightful places among the professional
writers of the world. This issue is a holiday gift. The next issue will
be a Birthday gift. There is something special in every issue.
As an extra-special treat for you in the upcoming February issue of
Aphelion, I managed to meet a couple of non-Aphelion deadlines in time
to finish up my first Mare Inebrium story to grace Aphelion's pages in
over two years! This one is the first one I've written since turning in
the manuscript for the upcoming book. Just a little taste of the new
stories written for the book, so to speak.
Speaking of the book, I've seen the cover art and it is amazing!
I've also gone over a PDF copy to check the manuscript for those
inevitable transcription errors that always seem to happen when files
change format during the process. Everything should be ready when the
publisher finalizes the schedule.
But don't let me hog spotlight here. There's much more for your
delight, awaiting you just past my boring little blathering here. I
should just shut up now and let you get to it.
Enjoy the Holidays, no matter which ones you celebrate, if any. In any case, see you in February for the Birthday Issue!
First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us on the
Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion Webzine.
As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be useful
while we transition between e-mailing lists. Given our different
locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss
production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us
using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room
Music Page This is my promo page here at Aphelion. All the links
below, and more information about the albums, are located here.
Bank On A Learning Curve CD on the Create Space
website. My first
album, with a wide range of styles and genres, covering the past three
years of my working with the MAGIX Music Maker programs.
Helping CD on the Create Space website. My second album,
as wide a range of different musical styles, showing just how much I've
learned in the past three years.
Page on the Bandcamp website. Digital downloads of the albums,
or each individual song if you prefer it that way. Just click on the
album cover thumbnails and you'll see a list of each song on the album.
Next to the song titles are links to read the liner notes, or to
download the individual song. You can listen to each song for free.
There is also a link to download each entire album at one go. I cannot
say enough about Bandcamp! This is an amazing website. I have Rob, and
many other friends, to thank for finally talking me into checking it
Here are some links to pages I have up promoting my music. When my
book comes out I'll add those links to the promotion page, too. So far,
there are links on that page to the Create Space Preview songs, the
Create Space page for each album, the Amazon.com listings, and the link
to the digital downloads page.
And here's a link to my Sound Cloud page:
Dan's Sound Cloud
Page where all my music has been stored for your free listening
pleasure. These are not as high a quality recordings as the ones on the
CDs or on Bandcamp. But SoundCloud does have the virtue of having
everything collected together in one place.
Check those links out, buy a CD or download if you like what you
hear. And once again, thank you for your time,
Dan all my music has been stored for your free listening pleasure.
These are not as high a quality recordings as the ones on the CDs or on
Bandcamp. But SoundCloud does have the virtue of having everything
collected together in one place.
Check those links out, buy a CD or download if you like what
you hear. And once again, thank you for your time,
ON THE COVER
Title: Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635.
Photo Credit: The
Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA).