|Well, this is it ... my last issue of Avalon Mists. I'm
torn between sadness and relief as I write this letter. On the one hand,
it's been a lot of work, and I need the extra time to concentrate on other
projects. On the other hand, I've really loved doing this little 'zine
these past few years, have met a lot of great people and been sent a lot
of great stuff. I'm going to miss it.
But all things must eventually come to an end. The initial circumstances that brought this all about may have been on the ugly side, but in the end I'm hoping it will turn out for the best. It's time to pass the torch to a new hand, and give someone else a chance to have the fun that I've had. I wish my successor, Stephen, all the best.
He's taking on a big responsibility, and the key thing about it is that it can't be done alone. He'll need the support, and the submitted material, from the writers and artists who've done so much to make Avalon Mists great. I urge everyone who's been so faithful in sending in their work to continue to do so, that we might continue to see this 'zine thrive. The overwhelming votes that secured him this job demonstrate to me that we all have confidence in him, and I'm sure he'll live up to it.
He has many big plans for Avalon Mists. Look forward to things like themed issues, and all of you artists out there -- he's interested in having cover art. He will also be starting a seperate e-mail address for all of this, but in the meantime, contact him at email@example.com
For myself, I plan to remain an active part of this fandom. I intend to contribute stuff of my own to Avalon Mists, and remain in contact with the groups I've gotten to know so well. My fanfic writing may have slowed drastically in recent months, as my 'real' writing has put more of a demand on my time, but it is always a comfort to know that in between books, I can check back in with the clan. I've still got quite a long list of fanfics that clamor to be done and look forward to new challenges.
I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who wrote to me about the entire Avalon Mists business these past couple of months. I regret that all of that had to happen, but with certain personalites some things are inevitable. There's never going to be total harmony.
And really, I've been proud of my writing (with one exception)
and proud of this 'zine. I've never claimed that any of it was great literarure.
I've never wanted to be literary, or claimed that I'm better
than anyone else. All I want to do is tell stories, stories that people
like to read. Not all the people, fine, can't win 'em all ... but some.
If I can do that, I'm happy.
February 23, 2002