There's a feeling that starts in the pit of your stomach that tells you, "Hey -- we're about to transition; get your act together." Sometimes it's bitter and horrible, and you can't enjoy the end of the vacation because you're too depressed about it to do anything. Sometimes it's so subtle you don't even realize its implications until you're in the office on Monday morning sunburned and exhausted. And sometimes you're kind of secretly ready for it. The vacation was nice; you liked the break; but you grew to miss your routines and your little habits. You start sending e-mails in anticipation of a return. You decide you are going to start your life anew.
This issue of Neutrons/ Protons has been far and away our most ambitious and diverse. There are beautiful comics, photographs, collaborations, satires, and essays that stretch beyond the realm of any literary magazine we've ever seen. When we put up our call for submissions, we couldn't have imagined the onslaught of brilliant and creative work that would come our way over the span of two months. Thank you for coming with us -- it was a better trip than we could have dreamed. We hope you are just as secretly as excited as we are to start anew when we return in September.