Hello subscribers and friends of LongShortStories! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.All those beautiful fireworks displays got me thinking about the creative process. Writers, musicians, visual artists, inventors — all of us engaged in creating something wonderful and unique — I am in awe of you! And why is that?As the submissions arrive for the LongShortStories “Pay It Forward” Challenge short story contest, I can see that your muses are busy whispering in your ears great ideas for stories. Stories bold! Stories beautiful! Stories brave!Like all the creative arts, great short story writing takes a special receptivity to new ways of seeing the world; a vision of seeing what others don’t see; an imagination rich in verbal color and style!What’s your fiction-creating genre of choice?Fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, horror, crime, action-adventure, thriller, detective, Western, or even experimental genres yet to be defined are some of the creative possibilities for your LongShortStories contest entry. Great characters. Great dialogue. Great word play. All these elements combined in a kind of mental alchemy makes a short story a winner.Will your entry be a winner? Will it explode upon the scene like fantastic fireworks?I hope so! The deadline is July 31, 2008 or when I receive the first 100 entries.