At the time I purchased that issue of Asimov's that I mentioned in Entry 0005, I also filled in the first true gap in my collection. For reasons that shall be soon revealed, I haven't been able to write about it until now.
This missing item was an issue of Dreamwatch. Now, this was not the long-running British magazine, but a US edition published by the same publisher (Titan Magazines) beginning in 2004. As I recall, the US edition ran for 24 or 25 issues before Titan discontinued both the British and American editions and turned the magazine into a website.
The issue that I was missing was Dreamwatch #16, the February 2006 issue. There is nothing particularly unusual about my missing the issue. I saw it when it was on the stands. I merely miscalculated when Dreamwatch #17 would be going on sale. Most of the time, when I see a new issue going on sale, and I have not picked up the previous issue, I can usually find it at another outlet, because not all stores put out their new magazines at the same time. This was not the case with Dreamwatch #16, though. It was one of those rare occasions when every place that normally carried Dreamwatch had issue #17 out before I could acquire issue #16. (This, by the way, is the usual reason for most of the gaps in my collection -- not paying attention.)
As I have mentioned, I started back on Ebay by doing a number of searches. Dreamwatch #16 was among those searches. I contacted one of the sellers, asking the usual question of whether or not she accepted money orders. She did, and I put the item on my watch list.
A little over a week ago, I decided that I had watched the item long enough, and I clicked the Buy It Now button. I also sent a message to the seller, asking where I should mail payment. There was just one little snag. I got an automated message saying that the seller was a couple of days, and would be contacting me once she returned home.
I already knew what the total amount would be, so I picked up a money order for that amount. And I waited for a couple of days. I finally heard from her Friday, and I quickly got the payment ready to mail, and in the mail.
Now, it's a matter of waiting again. But I have filled one gap completely -- that was the only issue of Dreamwatch that I was missing.