in which she concedes once again that life is unpredictable but worth the ride.
Hope you enjoy our Spring/Summer issue. I was referring to it as the "Spring"/Summer issue even when it was set to launch at the end of June, but now there is no use pretending it has anything to do with Spring, but nevertheless it's the Spring/Summer issue just because that's what it is. We were all set to launch last Saturday, but on Friday night that crazy mega-storm (technically known as the June 2012 North American derecho, according to Wikipedia) passed through our town and left us, along with many others, out of electricity for several days.
But we got back online again mid-week, and now here we are. Sometimes I think it's good for the soul to have a bit of a technology break, and it's even fun to light candles at night and be forced to deviate from the usual routine sometimes, but it's almost always good to have air conditioning in the middle of a triple-digit heatwave, especially when seven months pregnant, which I am.
So sometime between this issue's launch and the next one in November/December, another little female creature will be appearing on the scene, her mother's first non-literary creation. Her father and I are very excited, and we hope all will go well.
Because of the timing of her arrival and because things don't always go as planned in Melusine-land (this is actually the second time an issue's launch was delayed by a power outage, and it's not like weather-related power outages are all that common around here) I am being cautious about giving specifics on when to expect our first print issue. If all does go as planned, it will be available for purchase by the end of the year, with gratis copies going to those contributors to our online issues whose work is selected to appear there. If all does not quite go as planned, which will be disappointing but frankly not shocking, it will be appearing early next year. Either way, contributors will probably be notified of their inclusion sometime this summer.
Thanks again for reading and supporting us through all the twists and turns we've experienced since our first issue debuted in 2009. This issue, 4.1, is number nine, and we hope many more will follow. Stay tuned to this editorial page and to the blog for news on changes to said blog, to the presentation and formatting of some of our featured work, and to our annual contest offerings.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and may it be a cool one, in every sense of the word, but especially in the climatic sense.