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The Lady Of Seeking in the City of Waiting will be released in March 2012. It is available for pre-order right now. Eventually it will have an e-version, too. But I don't have that date.


From the moment Jane entered the city, she found herself a pawn in a dangerous game between rivals unknown to her. With no real memory of who she is or where she came from, Jane embarks on a quest to uncover her past as well as discover who it is she promised to meet. Fraught with danger, her journey draws her the protection of the guardsman Derax, the cousel of the great Lady Ellowyn, and the most surprising of all, warning of plots and betwrayal by the most powerful oracle in the city. Along this journey to discover herself, Jane encounters a city peopled by the strange, the wonderful, the terrible...and so much more. By quest's end, she must begin to wonder if Shadeside itself has a stake in her success - as if there could be any doubt...

Also, Alma Alexander has released Weight of World - her trilogy of stories previously published on the Edge of Propinquity.

*An angel offers a frazzled woman a tempting choice of a more fulfilling life, but at what bitter cost? *A sinner finds that purgatory is just another form of hell, and release is centuries or millennia away.*A youth discovers that a careless act of theft has shattering consequences on many worlds.>/I>
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I have just published the last issue of the Edge of Propinquity, issue 72. For six years I have published this magazine of free fiction on time every time (for the most part) through travel, cranky electricity, late authors, and occasional malaise. For a "one year" project, I think I did pretty damn good. I am proud of what I produced.

I have to thank Amber Clark of Stopped Motion Photography—my webmistress and staff photographer—for her tireless work and immediate response to any problem. I also have to thank universe author Ivan Ewert for sticking with me through the six years of publication. Rick Silva was with me for five years. Jim Sullivan for three years. Nick Bergeron for two years. And Ryan Macklin, Seanan McGuire, Kaoline Fire, Peter M. Ball and Alina Pete for one year each.

Producing TEoP was not easy but I loved it. Until I didn't. That was when I realized that it was time to bring this project to a close and work on something new. Knowing when to move on is the best thing a project manager can do for the project. So, the magazine is at an end but the Edge of Propinquity will be around for a while longer.

First, many of the universe story archives will stay around. The guest author stories from 2011 will remain in the archives until the end of 2012. Second, I have intentions of creating a Best of the Edge of Propinquity anthology from the six years of guest author stories.

I have several projects in the works coming up. Some of it involves old TEoP authors. Some of it is just me. I'm looking forward to all of it.

Right now, I don't miss the Edge of Propinquity. I just finished publishing the last issue. It won't be until well into 2012 when I realize that I don't have to work on it any more that I will miss it. Right now, I just feel relief, the promise of future projects, and the potential of the blank page.
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Issue 72: December 2011


Welcome to issue 72 of the Edge of Propinquity. This is the final issue of the webzine. Originally, TEoP was supposed to be a one year project. It grew beyond that and I am so proud of what I have created here. But it is time to say good-bye. After six years, I have decided to move on to a new long term project. I will post about that when things are ready.

I hope you enjoy this final issue of the Edge of Propinquity. In this final month we have the loss of a loved one, a new hero rising, the end of a fight, an awakening and the realization that life really isn't that bad after all.

Credencium - The Dream Collapses - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Aftermath - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Silent Nights - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - As Long as the River Flows - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - The Final Seal: Dante Collins Versus the End of the World - By Erik Scott de Bie AKA [livejournal.com profile] eriksdb

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Looky here - [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire and the Edge of Propinquity got a mention on SRN: the Signal - http://srnthesignal.tumblr.com - Please take a listen.
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Issue 71: November 2011


Welcome to issue 71 of the Edge of Propinquity. This is the penultimate issue of the magazine. As winter moves in, all anyone can do is take a stand against the storms. So, too, do our stories take their stands. This month, we have storms weathered, discoveries made, a choice for death, a choice for life, and the breaking of a heart.

Credencium - Full Circle - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Fimbulwinter - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Birth, Breath, Life, Death - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - In Winter's Grasp - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - You Know What Hunts You - By Jay Lake AKA [livejournal.com profile] jaylake

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Life continues on at its breakneck pace.

Review: New HUMAN TALES review by a reader. Solid B grade.
http://ideatrash.net/2011/10/review-of-human-tales.html


Sale: I sold a new short story. "Trail of Breadcrumbs" went to Timid Pirate's FINDING HOME: COMMUNITY IN APOCALYPTIC WORLDS anthology. Pre-orders start on November 1st with the release of the book on December 15th.
http://www.timidpirate.com/2011/10/16/post-apocalypse-community-toc/


Publication: Issue 70 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published with two guest authors: Brandon Nolta and [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire.
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net
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Issue 69: September 2011


Welcome to issue 69 of the Edge of Propinquity. As the summer heat dissipates into the brisk winds of fall, those wind bring surprises as well as discoveries. This month we have the discovery of immense power, a surprise ally, a shocking death, a malevolent trick and the revelation of custom.

Credencium - Undercurrents - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Coil - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - The Wild Hunt - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - A Frozen Hunger - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - The Saint of Clowns - By Nathan Crowder

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Issue 68: August 2011



Welcome to issue 68 of the Edge of Propinquity. As the sweltering heat of the summer sun burns all in its path, so do our stories cross lines of their own. This month, we have a joining with the enemy, a deal with the devil to save the world, a binding pact amongst neighbors, a struggle against history and the aftermath of being touched by the divine.

Credencium - Acolyte - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Destinies - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Fasces - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - The Wind Like a Knife's Edge - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Temple of Ill-Repute - By Elizabeth Aronoff

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Below is the first exchange I had with that author who sent me such evil hate email. A lot of you wanted to know why I had the exchange with him the first time around. So, I will add my thoughts in italics.
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Hello,

Thank you for submitting "[Titled Censored]" to The Edge of Propinquity semiprozine. I am sorry but this story does not meet our needs at this time.

Thank you,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp

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I submitted it to you about 30 minutes ago, did you even read it?

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(My thought: That's a nice email. Thanks. Of course I read it. Maybe I should give you a bit of an idea that I work very long hours and why I immediately rejected your story.)

As it happened, I did get home right then from a very late night out and had time to wind down. I did read it and the tone is very much not right for the Edge of Propinquity. I felt no reason to make you wait a few weeks while I worked through the rest of the queue when, upon one read over, I knew I would not accept the story. I always give every story a read through as soon as it arrives to make sure it meets the guidelines.

Thank you,
Jennifer Brozek

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Well its good to know it was read. I have the sneaking suspicion that alot of these magazines do not read many submissions, particularly if the writer submitting does not have a long list of publication credits to their name. Beginning writer, no pub credits, toss the story before reading, which is very offensive to the writer who labored on the story no matter how swamped the mag is with submissions. When I got a response from you in such a short time I had wondered if you might not have done this as well. I am glad to see it wasn't the case.

Cheers & Slainte
[Name Censored]

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(My thoughts: Wow. OK. Time to give this guy an education. So, he's really new. Better to help him out while he's young and stupid. Give him a chance of not alienating every editor he meets.)

Dear [Name Censored],

I have to disagree with you. Having been in the industry for a few years and read slush for several venues, I can tell you some things with certainty:

1. Unless you muffed the submission guidelines, your story is always read - at least in part. As editors, we know what it is that we need to look for in our submissions. Some stories are obvious "no" due to tone, topic or lack of technical skill (but even that can be worked with).

2. It is the editor's dream to find the -right- story. That is what we live for. We want to publish you (no matter what your publication history is or is not) if you have written what we want or need. I have published first time sales and rejected long time pro authors. It is the story that matter.

3. Despite what it may seem like, editors are a writer's best friend. They are not the enemy.

I understand it seems like a daunting path to get published but eventually you will if you continue to write, have patience and persevere.

Thanks,
Jennifer

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Thanks Jennifer for these words. They are encouraging. My situation is that I have always had a love for writing and for reading but never tried to make it a career, despite being told all my life that it was my talent and that I should try and make a go of it. Well now I am trying to make a go of it, with the hopes of eventually supporting myself as a fiction novelist (a starry-eyed dream perhaps?). I have written 300 pages of a first novel, and over the last two and a half months have starting sending my stories away for publication for the first time. I have limited myself to the pro-paying and semipro-paying markets at this time (ambitious?) and have received my share of rejections. This is particularly hard because I have been reading some of what I feel are really lackluster stories in some of these magazines (Not TEoP,) and the only reason I can see why they have been published is that they author has a long list of pub. credits to their name. I have had a story accepted recently in the pro-paying magazine Buzzy, and hopefully more acceptances to come. I have just finished writing a story specifically for TEoP, keeping in mind themes about a hidden legacy amid the mundane world, with elements of the supernatural. Unfortunately, the story ran over the word limit and stands at 7700 words rather than 6000. I have been trying to chop it down, but I feel that each bit is important to the overall story. I am wondering if the 6000 word limit is firm or if there are exceptions? If it is firm, then I will proceed to the chopping block, but may lose a few choice bits. Once again, thanks for your time and encouragement.

Cheers & Slainte,
[Name Censored]

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(My thoughts: That's one hell of a paragraph. But, it sounds like I got through to him. Go me! Oh, huh. Not going to engage in the criticism of other markets. Let's just see if this next story is any better than the first.)

Go ahead and send it on in, in the proper format, of course.

Thanks,
Jenn

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End result: It wasn't any better. I rejected it and this author's immediate response was: I am a horrible editor, a callous human being, and am a goalie against genuine substance. In essence, I am THE MAN and I must be put down.

Moral of the story: Some authors will only see editors as the bad guy and cannot be helped. They will bite the hand that attempts to feed them.
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I have decided not to respond to this person. The first time, he yelled at me for responding too quickly to his first story. Then, after eight emails back and forth, he finally understood the first story wasn't what I was looking for. This is his response to his second story and my form rejection. His was the 15th story I read today.

This is a real email and has not been edited.


"That’s great Jennifer. We have a long conversation, and a good back and forth. I tell you I have written this great story from the ground up tailor made for your magazine and I submit it, and all I get back is a lousy form rejection letter? I mean really? You can’t even tell me why you rejected this piece after all our banter? That frankly sucks, and that kind of utter callousness shows a lot about the nature of your character.

In my years on this planet, I have never seen a more superficial society with more terrible taste in all things from music, to movies and books than the one we have today. I had hoped that the literary magazine world would be more above that, perhaps one of the last bastions in fact for works of depth and substance, free of the Lady GagGag superficial disease. I had hoped to find in words Islands perhaps rising out of the vast consuming and ever rising ocean of banality. I have found thus far, to my eternal disappointment, that the same culture of superficiality that has infected popular culture has spread its disease as well to many literary magazine editors, who publish either clichéd, superficial stories, or publish bad stories simply because the writer has somehow managed to garner publication credits, or publish stories that are full of flashy shiny thing’s and sex and violence because, just like Hollywood, they feel they need to do this to keep peoples interest, and imagine their audience lacks the intellect to perceive anything deeper or more advanced. And if literary magazines, like the book publishing industry before them, have fallen under this tide, what home is there left for writing of genuine substance? Substance, slowly or rapidly, becomes an anachronism.

Editors like you seem to be part of this tide of banality. To reject a story like the one I wrote without so much as a comment not only shows bad taste but base callousness. When editors like you become goalies preventing works of intellect and substance from ever reaching the printed page, in favor of the flashy and superficial, there is no place left for such works. So congratulations on keeping the works of good writers down in the desperate hope to garner the 3 of the 4 minute attention span of Joe six pack with something shiny, cliché, and dumbed down. This experience has further helped enlighten me to the devious inner workings of editors that allow deserving stories to fall by the wayside, and mediocre stories to take the limelight, as long as they have enough medals in the form of publishing credits pinned to their chests."


Writers... please don't do this. It makes me want to give up on life.
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I have now closed my webzine, The Edge of Propinquity, to new submissions. I have not chosen every submission for the year, yet, but it is almost a done deal.

Also, I will not be reopening The Edge of Propinquity to new submissions for 2012. This is my last year as Editor in Chief of this webzine. Six years is enough for a project that was supposed to be a one-off. I think it had a good run.

However, this does not mean a complete end to TEoP.

Several of the webserials now have possible book deals in the works and the ones that don't will be re-edited into e-books to be available for download from the TEoP website. In addition, I plan to put together a hard copy reprint anthology of the Best of the Edge of Propinquity guest author stories.

There you go. As all good things have an end, this one does, too.
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Issue 67: July 2011



Welcome to issue 67 of the Edge of Propinquity.The summer sun is merciless in its heat. Nothing escapes its wrath. So, too, do our protagonists suffer. This month, we have fire to release someone from their bonds, the death of a family member, the kidnapping of a child, a double-crossing demon and seeking the answers within. Please enjoy this month's offerings.

Credencium - Stranger Dreams - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Deals with the Devil - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Abductions and Reflections - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - Falling Leaves and Failing Hopes - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Jim Towne Hollow and the Skinwitch - By Jennifer Adam

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Issue 66: June 2011



Welcome to issue 66 of the Edge of Propinquity. As summer approaches, bringing with it the heat of the sun, so too does this month's stories. We have a secret rendezvous, the disappearance of the family matriarch, the death of a guide, the choice to save humanity or not and a deal with a very real devil.

[Editor's note: My goodness. All kinds of things tried to thwart me and keep me from posting TEoP this month. From lost passwords to files that wouldn't open to internet problems as well as a sudden invasion of ants in my dining room. But, publish it I did. Please enjoy.]

Credencium - Buried - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Crusade - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Breathless - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - The Kohkum Knows Best - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Seren Draig - By T. D. Edge

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Issue 65: May 2011



Welcome to issue 65 of the Edge of Propinquity.Spring is in full bloom and the wild places of the world awaken. This month we have a promise refused, ancient family feuds, an offensive attack, favors called in and a sacrifice to save a dreamer who needed saving.

Credencium - Trading Places - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Sabbath - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Digging in the Dirt - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - Some Things Run Deep - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Wild Plums - By Mars Hage


Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Issue 64: April 2011



Welcome to issue 64 of the Edge of Propinquity. The storms of April bring chaos and renewal. This month we have a case of mistaken identity, a flicker of light in the darkness, a new understanding between reluctant allies, a new friendship and the discovery of one's self. Please join us this month and enjoy.

Credencium - An Introduction to Belief - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Underpass - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Little Dolls - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - The Lake That Whispers - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Hatzuli - By Lillian Cohen-Moore AKA [livejournal.com profile] asthecrowfly

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Things are going well.

I'm finishing up edits on BEAST WITHIN 2 for Graveside Tales.

I've started my novella THE LADY OF SEEKING IN THE CITY OF WAITING for Dark Quest Books.

I have started a new column on the Apex Blog called "The Making of an Anthology" which debuts on Monday the 28th and goes deep into my personal process on how I create an anthology from invitations all the way through turning in a final manuscript and afterwards.

Still reading slush for The Edge of Propinquity.

And I think I'm just about caught up with things. For now.

In April I will start from the edits on SPACE TRAMPS for Flying Pen Press, finish the rough of the novella, and start a new personal project with an artist friend of mine. Also, the HUMAN TALES anthology is officially out in April from Dark Quest Books.
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Issue 63: March 2011



Welcome to the Edge of Propinquity. Welcome to Issue 63 of the Edge of Propinquity. As the winter lets go and the wild weather of March springs forth, we have a dance-off with a God, the loss of memory, the death of a demon, the realization of danger and a visit from someone special.

Credencium - Ashes - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Local Hero - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Craft - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - Coyote Dancing - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Underside Walk - By Hilary Koepenick

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Review: Beauty Has Her Way – Rise Reviews - http://risereviews.com/2011/02/07/beauty-has-her-way/ - Over all with the liking with some interesting criticism.

Editor: Issue 62 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published with guest author Alma Alexander. http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net

Editor: I've sent out all of the acceptances and rejections for The Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey to be published by Graveside Books in June 2011. This is going to be a good one. I've got a nice mix of pro, up-and-comers, and new talent.

Author: I can finally announce it; I have sold my weird west story, Showdown at High Moon, to DAW anthology, Westward Weird, edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes! I'm really pleased with this one. This is my second pro-sale. One more and active SFWA here I come.
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Issue 62: February 2011



Welcome to the Edge of Propinquity. Issue 62 is now published. The darker months of the year have passed and as the light grows, so do the revelations. This month we have bad dreams leading to the truth, warnings of impending doom, promises of pain, the discovery of legacy's wrath and the cost of impulse.

Credencium - The Dreamer's Dreams Escape - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Warnings - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Fetishes - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - The Big City - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - The Weight of Worlds - By Alma Alexander AKA [livejournal.com profile] anghara

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp
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Issue 61: January 2011



Welcome to the Edge of Propinquity. Issue 61 is now published. It is a brand new year with three new authors and four new universe stories to enjoy. Take an international journey from Berkeley, California where perceptions are opened to Paradise City, Australia where crimes are hidden to Chicago, Illinois where boundaries are tested to Southern Saskatchewan, Canada where a heritage is discovered. Journey through worlds were nothing is what it seems and danger lurks in the most innocent of places.

Credencium - New Horizons like a Crack on the Head - by Kaolin Fire AKA [livejournal.com profile] kaolinfire
Flotsam - Paradise City - by Peter M. Ball AKA [livejournal.com profile] petermball
Idolwood - Foundations - by Ivan Ewert AKA [livejournal.com profile] ivan23
The Ones Who Call - Grounded - By Alina Pete
Guest Story - Woman, Monster, Mother - By Steven Saus

Have you ever looked over the edge and seen something looking back at you?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity
http://www.edgeofpropinquity.net/default.asp

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