This fourth issue of eMerge Literary Magazine has compelled me to continue looking for that mysterious source that inspires such creativity. This issue is filled with wonder and revelation, love and enmity, mystery and paradox, humor and drama, and many the verisimilitudes of life. The different perspectives our authors and photographers use to bring these truths to light are both creative and inspired. My own personal muses for this issue were Bill McCloud and Wendy Carlisle, who possess the ability to untangle the complicated and challenge our presuppositions. I also want to thank the team that is responsible for the production of eMerge:

  • Sandra Templeton, Artistic Editor
  • Cat Templeton, Commandant of the Code

I also want to thank the Board of Directors at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) who have been enthusiastic in their support of this endeavor, with special acknowledgement to Peggy Kjelgaard our new Board President. WCDH continues to be the only wiriting retreat in the U.S. that provides its supporters and alumni a platform to publish their creative works. 2020 will be a magic year for the WCDH, it will be our 20th Anniversary! We hope to have some exciting news for all of you in our Summer 2019 issue of eMerge.

In the words of one of the world’s writing treasures, “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, Somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” - Neil Gaiman

Until Next Time,
I Remain,
Just another Zororastafarian Editor on safari looking for the fabled unicorn but only finding an angry rhino…

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Charles Templeton is the author of the award winning, bestselling novel, Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam. When Charles isn’t busy working on his next historical fiction novel, he serves on the Board of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, a writers’ retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Charles also serves as the Acquisitions Editor for the Colony’s online literary magazine, eMerge.

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