Hello and welcome to the September 2019 issue of Aphelion!
As I write this, the US East coast is battening down the hatches in
prep for a hurricane. Here at Casa Vila, we’re far enough inland where
it shouldn’t have much of an effect. However, we’ve stocked up on the
necessities anyway. And just in case, I checked our stock of
tornado/snowstorm gear, too. Propane camp stove, oil lamps, candles,
portable weather radio, food and water, toilet paper, camping gear—the
usual. We’re ready.
Dragon*Con is happening 90 miles West of us at this moment. Looks like
everyone is having a great time there. I wish them all a fantastic con
and a safe trip home, afterward.
I’ve managed to work a bit more on the Fantast story recently. As for
Mister Darby, he is being quiet, sorting through his memoirs, and
deciding on the next one he’ll allow me to relate. Once he tells me
another of his adventures, I’ll get busy transcribing it. Until then,
I’ll just have to wait. In other news, a proposed anthology I’d
submitted a story to last month has been canceled. The managing editor
had a run of bad luck with some personal health issues and had to
withdraw the anthology. I wish him a speedy recovery and return to the
game as soon as life allows it. Of course, that means that I have an
even tighter edit of that story to submit elsewhere, in the future.
That’s a thing about submitting stories to different places. Each
venue has its own set of preferences, depending quite a lot on their
target readership, as well as the individual tastes of the editorial
staff involved. Of course, there is the industry standard for general
editing—one has to follow that in any case. What I’m talking about is
little tweaks to customize a story for different publications. Every
editor I have submitted a story to has asked for a different set of
tweaks—even if it was the same story going to one venue after another.
I save all these different versions, with the date of the changes
inside the file name, so that I can track how the story has developed.
I do the same thing for each draft of a story, too. And multiple
back-ups, of course. I learned that the hard way when one back-up
crashed. I have Dropbox for off-site back-ups, thumb drives and
external hard drives for others, and even hardcopy printouts that I use
to catch those pesky “invisible” typos that I always have.
Well, I’m reaching the bottom of my third cup of coffee for this
morning. I will bring this little missive to a close. I'll shut up and
let you get to reading the new stories, LOL!
Title:A laser beam towards the Milky Way's centre
Photo Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky