Celebrate Summer

By Mae Marshall, intern

Summer Vacation is upon us, and it’s time for some much-needed relaxation.

We believe the essentials of a great summer consist of two things: a good book, and good food. Release the culinary genius that’s been dormant inside of you, and try new recipes, host a pool-side brunch, entertain and impress your guests!

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Children’s Books for the Holidays

The holiday season is finally, truly here. We can go ice skating and make cookies and drink hot chocolate. We can decorate our houses and have festive parties with friends and sing Christmas carols. It is the season of giving.

Of course, we at Bright Sky Press believe that books are some of the best gifts. I would create a gift guide to help you pick out books for all sorts of people, but I would probably end up recommending all of them. Reading is one of the best things you can do, and you can’t go wrong with any of the titles we publish. Instead, I’m going to talk about a couple of our seasonal children’s books, because nothing is more exciting for a child than the holidays.

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Making History

By Reagan Williamson, intern

It’s been a year for comebacks here in Houston, and one for making history. Our city has hosted not one, but two of the biggest sporting events in the country, along with the most catastrophic flooding Houston has ever seen. We didn’t have tickets for the game last night–poor college kids that we are—but, standing around the TV at the bottom of the eighth inning, someone pointed out that history was being made and we were missing it. So we walked down the street to the metro and took it into downtown, donning what little bits of orange and blue we could find. When we arrived, it was already the bottom of the ninth, and there was a low hum in the air, as if the stadium were generating electricity.

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Fall Means Farmer’s Markets

By Reagan Williamson, intern

Fall is, believe it or not, upon us. Despite Houston’s best attempts to remain ninety degrees, October is just around the corner and the season of all things pumpkin spice is in full swing. With the arrival of (slightly) cooler weather, bike rides, parks, and being outdoors for more than a collective twenty minutes becomes a reality once more.

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Reflecting on Hurricane Harvey

By Reagan Williamson, intern

Here in Houston, we have watched the world rally.

The national news plays a continuous anthem, and it is the words “destruction”, “obliteration”, and “disaster” on a loop. It is difficult for my mom to understand that I, a lowly college student, could somehow be untouched amidst the demolition of homes, cars, and lives. It’s hard for me to understand this as well—just across Main Street, the world is filled with water.

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Interning for a Small Publishing House

By Sarah Waites, intern

The number one piece of advice I’ve been given about the publishing industry is to be flexible. You’re more likely to succeed if you keep yourself open to the idea of working in many different parts of the industry. Working at Bright Sky Press has shown me that I’m fully capable of being flexible.

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The Dog Days of Summer

By Lauren Cerda, intern

Without the relentless schedule of work or school, you might find yourself with too much time and not enough to do this summer. Boredom hits hard; it hits fast.

Though the idea of the dog days of summer originated with the ancient Greeks (as most Western things do) and though its original meaning as the hottest days of the year cued images of devastation and catastrophe (as most Greek things do), I propose a different interpretation. The dog days of summer are an opportunity. A chance to combat stifling boredom by trying new things, meeting new people, and going places you’ve never been before!

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Lost in the Sauce

By Sam Russek, intern

“If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce.” So spoke Gucci Mane, the great philosopher of our time. I’ve let the tenets and creeds of Gucci Mane navigate me through my entire young adult life. When he opines that it is “the sauce” that I should both pursue and avoid, strive for and veer away from, I see in myself reflected a battle between two parts that equal a greater whole. The sauce should be respected, feared, but, at the same time, appreciated, and even celebrated.

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Finding Your Silver Lining

By Cody Durain, intern

Spring is here and we’ve had some beautiful days, but also a few grey ones with lots of rain. When our days go from good to bad to worse, we tend to hide away inside. We do this when it’s not just the weather either. Once a day is ruined, it’s hard to recover.

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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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