An Overview of April 2023


taking a look at the dark side of renewal this april 2023

Out of the four seasons, I think spring is my least favorite.

The weather is erratic in the worst of ways; the beaches and streets of my city are overcrowded with tourists looking for a cheap escape; and it seems every gross critter suddenly comes out with a vengeance.

I’m all for the beauty of renewal, but sometimes, that beauty is in short supply.

Last month, we focused on the lightness of growth and renewal. We dove into the hope of starting over with The Choice, reflected on the power of learning from our life experiences, and reviewed two incredibly inspiring books about resiliency and meaning.

This month, we’re getting right into the ugly nitty gritty as we continue on this deep dive into what it means to be alive. If you’ve got a story about renewal, change, resiliency, or reflection that doesn’t shy away from the darker parts of this journey we’re on, we’d love to share it here.

What we’re looking for:

  • Fiction with characters who are struggling to overcome a big change, obstacle, or hardship in their lives
  • Poetry that reflects on the darker aspects of life
  • Nonfiction that doesn’t shy away from hard truths
  • Reviews of media that explore the ugly realities of life and humanity

This journey of life isn’t always a pretty one. Let’s acknowledge that by sharing our stories and owning the truths that aren’t so easy to look at.

april 2023 call for submissions. click to submit now!
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With that being said, here’s a sneak peek of the stories we’ll be sharing this month:

Friday, April 7 - Music Monday: Between Two Lungs, a fictional interpretation of a song by Florence + the Machine

Friday, April 14
- The Finish Line Is Closer Than You Think: Motivation to Ask Yourself Tough Questions to Accomplish the Life You Want

Friday, April 21 - Book Review: The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

Friday, April 28 - Book Review: Aristotle & Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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