Everything’s Bigger in Texas – Especially the Food!

By Cody Durain, intern

As a native Texan, my favorite thing about this big beautiful state is the sheer amount of diversity we encounter every day. When cultures collide, they create something beautiful (TexMex being a prime example of this). You might have guessed, but food is one of my favorite ways to experience a culture. Going out to try new foods is wonderful, but cooking it yourself and sharing it with friends or family? Nothing feels quite as good.

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Submission Tips: the do’s and don’ts

By Cody Durain, intern

Hello dear readers,

Today marks the first month I have been interning here at Bright Sky Press. It has been a blast and I am eagerly looking forward to the next! But I wanted to take some time to share with you my insider view of our publishing company.

One of the larger, and seemingly never ending, projects we work on here is reviewing submissions. Don’t get me wrong, we love them, yet some are, shall we say, a better fit than others. So I have decided to share some tips on submissions!

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Houston in the Spotlight with Super Bowl LI

By Karin Keller, intern

Touchdown! Houston is welcoming Super Bowl LI and we couldn’t be more excited! Although we’re dreading the traffic jams the bowl is sure to bring, we wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. As proud Houstonians we anticipate welcoming people from all around the world and showing them the best of what Houston has to offer—whether that be food, nightlife, activities, or in our case, books. Read more

New Year, New You

By Karin Keller, intern

One week down in 2017, and how are your new year’s resolutions holding up? We all do it every year, resolve to make ourselves better, faster, stronger, smarter, etc.

It is a daily struggle for everyone to deal with our weaknesses, some people are just better at hiding it then others and some demons are a bit more ferocious than their counterparts. Sometimes we convince ourselves that a pinch of denial and a dash of sheer determination is all it takes to make our lives picture perfect but unfortunately that’s not quite how it works. Life is hard, and it always will be. So then, how do we make 2017 better than 2016? By learning to struggle well!

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Old St. Grammar

By Lucy Chambers

‘Twas the night after Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were packed in the attic with care,
and the trashcan attested St. Nick had been there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of editing danced in my head.
Husband in bed, and computer on my lap,
I longed for nothing more than a long winter’s nap.

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Holiday Cheer!

By Ashton Haq and Karin Keller, interns

The holidays are coming up, and no matter what holiday you celebrate, there is an undeniable sense of magic in the air as people enjoy the cold weather, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy the spellbinding glow of fairy lights hung up around their neighborhoods.

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Star Gazing

By Karin Keller, intern

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of stars. I grew up reading stories and watching movies of heroes going on epic quests and the stars always seemed to play an important part. Namely in Disney’s Hercules which is perhaps my favorite Disney Movie— probably because I’m a huge mythology nerd, not to mention there’s a flying horse who was literally made out of a cloud from Olympus (even if you don’t like the movie you’ve got to admit that’s super cool). In Hercules, the stars tell stories, they immortalize heroes in the sky forever. And although I don’t necessarily want to see myself in the stars like Hercules does, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t very much like to see the stars as they are.

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National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month – Celebrate and Learn through Remembering What Matters

By Mai Nguyen, intern

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and while most of us are aware of this tragic disease, our knowledge of it really only scratches the surface of what all it entails. Author Suzy LaForge recognized this through her own experience with her mother and her involvement with Amazing Place, and wanted to educate people on not just the disease, but on how it affects those who have it. The result was Remembering What Matters, a beautiful collection of stories from Alzheimer’s or dementia patients.

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H is for “Howdy.” It’s how we say hello!

By Kaitlin Trahan, intern

Anyone that has been to Texas knows that this state has a distinct culture and sense of pride that sets it apart from the others. Urban and rural areas are immersed in a southern way of living with a deep affinity for our history. In elementary and intermediate school, children take classes to learn about our state’s symbols and heritage. With that in mind, H is for Howdy and Other Lone Star Letters is a great introduction for the littlest Texan to learn about our culture, history, and a new spin on the alphabet at an early age.

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It’s the beginning of November. Do you know what YOU’RE doing for the holidays?

If that question makes your stomach clench and your hands clammy with the thought of hosting another party for your family and friends, have no fear! Bright Sky Press has the answer for you. Invitation to Entertain has everything you need to host your Thanksgiving or holiday dinners, as well as that New Year’s Eve party and any other occasion beyond, from casual ladies’ get-togethers to more formal family celebrations.

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