Letter from the Editor

    Hello, and welcome to my first issue of Avalon Mists. My name is Christine Morgan, and I am keenly aware that I am following in some very big footsteps (meaning no disrespect to the size of the shoes of the editors before me, Leva and Jill, both of whom I'm sure have feet that are positively dainty and ladylike!).

     At the moment, my plan is to have Avalon Mists come out on a quarterly basis. This issue is for Fall 1997, which means unless I really foul up it will be available in September. The next one, therefore, will be coming out in December for our Winter 1997 issue.

     Avalon Mists is of course always looking for submissions. It is my goal and dream to have regular features by many of the talented authors I've gotten to know over the past year and a half. We will also be showcasing characters from your favorite fanfics, holding contests, and generally trying to have a good time.

    A bit about myself -- I'm currently a thirty-year-old housewife, happily married and the mother of one daughter, Rebecca, who will turn three in October. I'm a longtime fantasy roleplayer dedicated to GURPS, and the first piece of writing that I've ever been paid for appeared in PYRAMID Magazine. My first novel is due out next summer.

    I've been obsessed with Gargoyles since the very first preview, and have a frightening collection of merchandise, but it wasn't until May of 1996 when the show ended that I became aware of fanfic. I was delighted to see that there were so many other fans of this wonderful show, especially once I realized how creative and clever they were. I soon joined the ranks of the fanfic authors, and to my surprise rather quickly gained a large following. To date, I have written in the neighborhood of 30 stories.

     I couldn't have done it, nor had the courage to take up the torch of Avalon Mists, if not for the continued support, help, and inspiration of a terrific bunch of people.

     Most notably, I want to give heartfelt thanks to Chris Rogers, who patiently walked me through the steps necessary to get my many stories posted to his splendid archive and has been a friendly host to Avalon Mists.

     My thanks also to my husband Tim, who encourages me in my obsession and helps me overcome my computer ignorance.

     And, third time's a charm, thanks also to everyone on the inlink.com mailing list (I'd list you all but I'm paralyzed with fear that I might inadvertantly leave someone out and have to live with that guilt for the rest of my days). They are an endless wellspring of talent which I hope to draw upon again and again, and make this effort a success.

     I'd like to invite all readers to give feedback and tell me what you'd like to see. Please e-mail me at vecna@eskimo.com with your comments, suggestions, submissions, or even your complaints (I'm tough; I can take it!). As a shameless plug, I'd also like to invite you to visit my own page at http://www.eskimo.com/~vecna

     At any rate, I've blathered long enough. On to the good stuff!

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Letter / Page Copyright 1997 / Christine Morgan / vecna@eskimo.com