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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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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