Hello and welcome to the September 2021 issue of Aphelion!
In this issue, we have our
regular outstanding original stories--from our 24th year of
continuous publication. We are six issues away from being online for a
DragonCon is going on this weekend. I
understand that there is a little over half the regular number of
attendees this year. From the photos I've seen, looks like everyone is
having a good time. I've missed going to conventions over the past few
years. So much so that I have been persuaded to go to a very small con
in October, Hallowcon. It's held on the last weekend of October, every
year, at a small hotel in Dalton GA. Run by a very good friend of mine
from the Chattanooga area whom I regularly meet at LibertyCon, JoeDog
McKeel, it is horror-themed--as you might expect from the name. JoeDog
assures me it'll be a lot of fun. I also expect to meet some of my new
friends from the Rising Tide Broadcast Network. They'll be driving down
from the Illinois area, as I recall--a bit further than I usually drive
to attend LibertyCon, in fact. I'm quite looking forward to meeting the
people I usually see on the other side of a computer screen.
Two of the things that have been
driven home to me over the past two years are how much I miss all my
convention friends, and how much weight I've put on lately, LOL! I
can't fit into many of my fancy costumes any more. I'll probably spend
most of my time there in mundane garb. I think I might be able to
manage a passable Phantom of the Opera, however. We'll see, won't we?
Sadly, I'll be attending without my
lovely wife. Her dog has gotten to be an elderly gentleman. She no
longer feels comfortable putting him in a boarding kennel for a long
weekend, So, I'll go it alone. It won't be nearly as much fun as
spending convention time with my wife, though.
In other news, in just
under two weeks I will begin my 44th year at the factory. In 29 months,
I will finally retire. I'm looking forward to THAT, let me tell you!
I'll start an entirely new routine of full-time writing, appearing on
streaming broadcast shows, adding a few, select, small conventions to
our schedule, and a lot more time doing household maintenance and yard
work. I'll have to stay busy so that I don't just sit in my chair and
vegetate. I've had my fill of that these past two years. I want to get
back to having fun!
The only constant in life is change.
It's about time for that!
About time I quit talking and
let you get to reading!
in the air
Courtesy: Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO