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Dear SmokeLong Friends,

art by Marty D. Ison
artwork by Marty D. Ison
An online literary magazine is this editor's paperless dream. Electronically submitting literature for publication is a fabulous invention, isn't it? What once was painstaking is now simple. Editing has become a neat and clean art form. No more wrinkled typing ribbon, no more horrid correction tape, no more frustration at the bottom of typed pages and at the end of lines when a carriage return was forgotten or page snatched from its vise too quickly. And for this lefty, no more inky pinky. I hope you are celebrating the strides and keeping up with the progress of modern writing!

However, let's not allow the mechanical ease of technology stifle our ability to write emotion. Keep in mind the sexiness of words as they drip from your fingertips and simmer on your lips when you read your work aloud to your computer. As your computer teaches you new cold-sounding terms like "javascript" and "HTML," teach it old words that create feelings, like "languish," "bitter," and "hollow." Sit in the quiet sometimes, away from the high-speed technology and find your soul again. Then write it.

Not long ago during a writing exercise, I wrote about writing. What ended up on my screen after an hour surprised me. The events I recalled, from fourth grade up until the previous day, were filled with passion and longing. How badly I'd wanted to be a writer…and how desperate I became when I found it didn't pay the bills. How terribly sad I am now that I put my pen down for ten years, and how thrilled I am to have found it again. The emotional roller coaster we ride as writers is a necessary evil that makes us better. When a writer feels the ache of not writing, she can channel her passion into works that touch people. There's no greater feeling than having achieved tears in the eyes of the intended.

Friends, whether you are old or new at writing, won't you please do your best to touch people? I anxiously await your submissions and honor you for your gifts and passion.

Respectfully yours,



Lisa McMann
Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly

July 1, 2003
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