Hello, and welcome to the sixth issue of Aphelion's 20th year!
While you read these words I will be attending LibertyCon in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. I'm having to do this early so as to keep the
July issue on time. I won't have a way to upload anything once I leave
for the convention hotel. This will be the last year LibertyCon will be
at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. The Choo Choo is reinventing itself
as an apartment and public entertainment complex. They may still have a
small number of hotel rooms available for a few years yet, but the
largest two of its three blocks have already been converted into
apartment buildings. There aren't enough hotel rooms left for
LibertyCon's 750 members and alll the special guests. Next year,
LibertyCon will relocate to a different hotel in the Chattanooga area.
That's something most conventions do--clange hotels frequently.
I recently had a discussion on just how difficult it is to live with a
writer. Since I am one, I thought my insights might possibly be
The popular perception of a writer is some unkempt starving artist
living in a garret, typing away day and night in utter slavery to their
muse. Either that or some billionaire who dashes off a complete
manuscript every week or so, then sends it off to a grateful publisher
who rewards them with untold riches as soon as their deathless prose is
The truth is, as usual, somewhere in between those two bookends of the
spectrum. Not to put too fine a point on it, Steven King and JK Rowling
are the exceptions that prove the rule, LOL!
A writer, is indeed someone who cannot escape the compulsion to hammer
away at a typewriter or word processor keyboard. Though typewriters are
becoming scarce these days, some people do still prefer them. Or they
buy keyboards for their computer that make the same sort of loud,
clacking noises at every keystroke. In fact, I'm typing on one loud,
clattering, chattering computer keyboard at this very moment. Although,
I merely went out and bought a simple, cheap, easily available
low-budget keyboard at the grocery store the last time I nodded off and
spilled a beer on the one I had been using up until that midnight
dreary. I didn't ask for noisy, but it was $10 and I needed a new
keyboard, so this is what I have until the next time I find myself
destructively clumsy in a fit of booze-induced somnambulistic trance.
It is also thought that writers can only produce their best work after
sleeping away the whole day and madly typing away the entire night.
This is another preconception that doesn't stand up to tests. The fact
is that I know plenty of writers who do their best work bright and
early in the morning, under the influence of nothing stronger than
coffee, tea, or some variety of soda pop. The matter of feeding a
writer does however still remain problematic. These creatures of the
Muse can be temperamental when interrupted whilst in pursuit of their
My wife recommends using a long stick to poke sandwiches into the
writer's field of vision while they are working. Also, do not expect
them to be trainable to eat normal meals on a regular schedule. Odd
snacks at irregular intervals are their norm, as a species.
Furthermore, the household budget for coffee, tea, and booze will alarm
most prospective adopters.
We're a pecular breed. You want examples?
On June 22nd at 8:00pm EST Authors Stephanie Osborn and Dan
Hollifield were interviewed on Internet Radio on the show "Off The
Chain," which is hosted by Yvone Mason at Yvonne Mason
is "Off The Chain"
And now, this is ALSO a thing! Aphelion's first advert!
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As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be very
useful. 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
days back in the 1990s.
My first collection of Mare Inebrium spaceport bar short
published in February of 2015 by Dark Oak Press. It is available in
an Nook e-book formats, paperback, and hardback. I also have three
albums of instrumental music out through the Create Space
self-publishing website. If you like, you can click on the photo or the
link below to
fin all the info you would need to purchase my book in your preferred
format, or an e-book of Flash of Aphelion, buy a CD of my music, or
listen to tracks off of the albums on my Bandcamp website. Enjoy!