Hello and welcome to the November 2023 issue of Aphelion!
October was mostly great. The re-issue of Tales From The Mare Inebrium
is progressing, Hallowcon was loads of fun with many friends, and my
youngest grandaughter turned one year old. Then I learned that an old
friend had unexpectedly passed away--far to young. That sort of took
the wind out of my sails.
I'm maintaining as best I know how. Work helps. I
threw myself into finishing up the editing and whatnot for this issue.
Sorry it's a day late, but I assure you it isn't a dollar short.
My retirement is looming. Seven more weeks 'til
the end of the year, then I take next year's vacation time off, then
I'll throw myself into writing more stories and music, working around
the house, maybe even a couple more conventions per year. We'll see.
At Hallowcon, I was asked to be a Guest Author next year. Good thing my publisher is getting the Mare Inebrium
book ready for re-issue. I sold my last copy of the first edition at
Hallowcon. I'll need more for 2024. Oh, I've also been asked to write
the soundtrack to an animated movie. An artist friend from the
Netherlands is drawing it. Other friends are providing the voice acting
for the characters. I've already had fun doing the music for the
The Tom Darby prequel book should be the nect
thing my publisher sets me up with an editor to fine-tune. After that,
the Nightwatch book, Fly By Wire should be next in line. I need to finish the manuscript for The Cat And The Crow soon, then paint the cover art for it. After that, Mare Inebrium Volume Two.
What will happen after that I'm not sure. There are more stories to
tell, more fun to be had, more conventions to attend. The future is as
The online streaming shows "Stupid
O'clock" and "Last Man Standing" have been uploaded live to YouTube as
well as several Facebook pages for over two years now. They are
basically live-streaming chat shows covering a range of topics, modeled
on the types of conversations people have after hours at SF&F
conventions. Joe McKeel and I have archives of past shows on our own
YouTube channels. Check 'em out if that sounds like something you'd
enjoy I've put links in our Features section that will take you to the
YouTube archives of both shows.
With all that said, it's high time I
shut up and let you get to reading.
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