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August 2014
Is the summer really almost over? Fear not, beloved readers! There is still a whole month of beach days, cookouts, sunglasses, and umbrella drinks still to come. While you're enjoying the last days of summer, don't forget to check out our 9th issue of The RP&D Society. We're bringing you quite an array of works this month, from dream-like flash fiction to essays pontificating on aging and birds, all mixed in with some visual poetry and possibly even a sonnet.

There are always new things on the horizon for RP&D, and changes keep us moving forward. Recently, one of our founding members, Kay Kerimian, decided to step down to spend more time on her other endeavors. She will always be a key part of RP&D's history, and we wish her all the best of luck in the future. That being said, we are pleased to announce that Alecia Eberhardt, who has been serving as our Interim Fiction Editor while Kay was working on her theatre career, will be taking over the Fiction genre full-time. You can read more about her in her bio on the Editorial Staff page. If you are a fiction writer, make sure you submit your work this month to Alecia! She has a great eye and is eager to work with new contributors to make the next issue of RP&D great.

You may have noticed there is now a "blog" tab at the top of the RP&D site. This is for your convenience, as we want all of our readers to get to see what we're sharing on Tumblr. Check back every Wednesday for new contributor features and look for new content up this month. Also, check the blog tab for news and updates from the staff as the issue goes on. 

From now until August 15th, we will be accepting submissions for our September issue. Now, we're not a fashion magazine, so it won't be 300 pages, but it does mean a lot to us. September will mark issue #10 and will bring us even closer to reaching our 1st birthday as a litmag. We are so proud of all RP&D has achieved and are looking to bring you, the reader, lots of great ways to celebrate RP&D turning 1 this winter. Make sure to check back in the future for more information on how to help us celebrate.

Don't forget to check out our Guidelines page for information on how to submit your work to RP&D. Remember, we are a workshop-based litmag, so we want to get to know you and how your creative process works. Workshopping your piece can aide in bringing your piece to a whole new level and also helps our contributors get to know us as editors. So don't be shy; we won't bite you (until we know you better.)

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A Writer's Soundscape
Sometimes you need a little ambience to get the creative juices flowing. The RP&D Society Editorial Staff help to set the mood:


JORDAN: When I sit down to write, I usually have an idea in my head of what it's going to be about. Sometimes I can help get the words out on the page faster by turning on the right playlist. I use a Spotify premium account where I have created dozens of playlists: 80's music, Angry music, music that reminds me of my college friends, even a playlist that's called IGBOK (It's Gonna Be OK) for when I need a little reassuring. Each of my pieces has its heart in a different place, and the music helps find that location. I do find it useful to have big, noise-canceling headphones to really focus, too. And when it comes time to write about wrestling (*note* ask me who The Lady J is), I listen to my fantasy entrance music: "Do You Wanna Touch" by Joan Jett.

JEN: When I write, I can't listen to anything with lyrics, otherwise I get too distracted and can't think clearly about what I want to say. Sometimes silence is all I need; other times, I want a little instrumental background music. Often I'll put on the Tuck Everlasting soundtrack or piano music by George Winston, whose CD (called Summer) I found while browsing at a local library and fell in love with as soon as I listened to it.

BEE: I am learning to love silence. I am learning that the sounds of windows opening and children crying can be just as full, can be just as comforting as my favorite album. I am learning to love soundtracks. I am learning that I won't like what someone puts on when I ask them to put on music. I am learning to not skip tracks. I am learning to remember sounds from the past. I am learning about ambiance. I am learning about ambivalence. I am learning about pregnant pauses in conversation, about living in the spaces between spoken works, and letting that immeasurable time be as loud as anything else. I am learning that writing can happen inside of any volume.

ALECIA: Like Jen, I have a very hard time writing or editing to music with lyrics—the words just mess with my flow. I prefer instrumental music with a good beat, like Cinematic Orchestra or Balam Acab. And if you've never tried Noisli, you are seriously missing out—it lets you mix and match background noises until you get your perfect work combo. I prefer rustling leaves and crackling fire.

Writing Prompts
Looking for something to turn on the lightbulb over your head? Let us help:

JORDAN: Keep track of all the Facebook statuses, Tumblr posts and Tweets you don't send or end up deleting. Splice them together into a poem.

JEN: Write about the person you think you would be if you had made a different choice at a critical juncture in your life. 

BEE: Write a prose poem on your phone while in a room full of people and if anyone asks what you're doing, lie. 

ALECIA: Think about the moment that you realized that your parents aren't perfect, that they are merely human. What was the circumstance? How did it feel, mentally and viscerally? How did you see them differently afterward? Think of the sensory changes—how your mother's voice cracked, how your father's shoulders seemed less strong. Write about it.


We've started archiving our past newsletters for your reading pleasure. 

Be sure to visit the archive of July's posts, neatly arranged in a digital "glossy" version.

Both can be found under the Archives tab at the top of the site.

Until next time, 
Jordan, Jen, Bee, & Alecia
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society
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