What makes a story engaging and entertaining? Is it one in which the author has portrayed a vibrant and living storyline, one that the reader can visualize and experience? Or perhaps the delight that arises from the work of a clever wordsmith, who dazzles and bemuses with his style? Or cutting humor, where sacred perceptions are torn asunder and revealed to be mere fluff? Or fabulous fantasy or hard science fiction or mystery or horror... Humor and pathos, optimism and despair, light and dark. This anthology, unlike most, does not have a common theme or particular focus -- rather, in celebration of Golden Gryphon Press's twenty-fifth book, we asked those who contributed to the first twenty-four to write a story that best defines them as a writer. Given such a criterion, it hardly surprises that the stories are varied.