Hello and welcome to the August 2019 issue of Aphelion. LibertyCon was
excellent, as it usually is. I got a chance to meet and chat with
someone who has been a longtime online friend. Noce to meet him in the
flesh, and now I can hear his voice in my head whenever I read his
social media posts. I did well in the panels I was in, as well as
seeing some interesting ones I as an audience member. In the middle of
July, Lyn and I went to my family reunion. Great fun was had by all.
Once again, there was entirely too much food, but I managed to get a
little of everything. The only bad part about either event is the long
It is pouring rain here today--and the power keeps flickering. I
keep saving this page every few minutes so that I won't have to
recreate so much of it if the electricity goes out entirely. I got the
yard mowed again yesterday. The new mower works exceedingly well. It is
a little scary on the one hill we have out next to the road, but
careful planning and going slowly kept me safe. It is one of those
zero-turn mowers, so it is a lot of fun to use. Especially on the flat
ground of the front yard. Lyn has been clearing small areas of brush
where the sweet gum and pine trees and mimosas keep attempting to
reclaim what was once cleared. There are a few little oak trees I want
to thin out. I'll keep the older ones, but the new sprouts have to go.
About a week ago I decided to put all the individual Tom Darby
stories into one file to see what the total word count happened to be.
Lo and behold, it came out to be over 100,000 words! I had no idea
there was that much already. And there are new ones I have planned but
haven't gotten to yet. The latest ones I have been writing this Summer
relate Tom's early life. I have two to four more of those planned, then
I'll be at the point where "Abducted" will have to be rewritten. That's
a huge chunk of the book, right there. I don't know if "rewritten" is
exactly the right word. Possibly more like "heavily edited."
And there is still more stuff in the pipline, too.
The rain is heavier now, and the thunder is crashing in the middle
distance. There were a few, earlier, that gave me a jump scare. So I.i
going to cut this short in case of a power failure. With luck,
everything will be all right.
OK, now I'll shut up and let you get to reading the new stories, LOL!
Title: The cosmic bat — NGC 1788
Photo Credit: ESO