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The largest boundary, the rule that was not meant to be broken, is where the author is looking for inspiration. While many great ideas come from within, we ask our writers to always keep one (and often one and a half) eye on their surroundings, world, and community. Internal conflicts without at least a backdrop of external context can be beautiful, but not here. Think of yourself as the moon orbiting the Earth, not the Earth having the moon revolve around it.

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From the Editors:
April 13, 2005

Salinas, a city in Northern California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck...