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March 2014

TUMBLR FEATURES

3/5: Nicole Hughes
(Essayist)

3/12: Krista Farris
(Poet)

3/19: Sean Marciniak
(Poet)

3/26: Damon Marbut
(Poet)

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Our gorgeous new header image courtesy of Tom Smith!
Is it spring yet? It is at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society! The first thing you’ll probably notice with our March issue is that we have a beautiful new background image, courtesy of contributor Tom Smith. We’re hoping it will serve to inspire, but also to will spring into existence. We’re also trying to conjure the warmer weather with some of our works this month. Our fiction works will have you convinced the sun is beating down and darkening your skin. In non-fiction, we have two pieces suggesting very different kinds of “new beginnings”. Over in our poetry department, Bee Walsh has assembled a selection that sets the perfect spring scene for you, complete with seedlings, Jazz music, and a cold beer. If winter has you down, our March issue is here to lift your spirits.

As for our coming submission period (which begins today!), we have something new for you. Aside from our regular submissions, we’re looking for something specific: The Truth. We want YOUR true stories, however you make ‘em. Send us your poetry, your short stories, your essays…just be honest with us. Spring is a time to start again, and what better way than to unburden yourself to our beautiful RPD community? Plus, we’re not going to leave you out there in your naked honesty alone. Keep your eye on our Tumblr for the true stories of our editorial staff. We’re kind of scared, but also excited, to share ourselves with you. To submit for our April issue, send your work to our e-mail between now and March 15th. Just be sure to take a peek at our submission guidelines before you do. 
THE WINNERS OF THE #RPDPC: @GOOSEOFTHEKAISR
@AMANDASPOKE, AND @APOORPLAYER; WINNIG TWEETS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH. CONGRATS, Y'ALL.

QUOTES
T
hese quote speak to our own unpopular/weird opinions. They tackle the hot-button issue that we would/do get on the soap box for. What lights a fire under you?

JORDAN: “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” - Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter


JEN: "I'm not here to give you some bullshit talk about women. There are three billion of them, and to generalize that many people with some blanket statement is the definition of being an asshole. Women are all different, so I don't have any advice on them.” - from I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

KAY: "all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential." - harvey milk 

BEE: “I have been the woman that is ash sprinkled / on bed sheets and brushed off the next morning. / Some days I am still that woman. Everyday / is a prayer for courage. A psalm of God, please / let me be enough for this. Please let my heart be / light enough to carry today. Let this body be / the light that flickers, and not the wax melting beneath.” - Desireé Dallagiacomo

WEBSITES
Where you can find the editorial staff when they’re not e-mailing you.

JORDAN:  www.sporcle.com
As a full-time caregiver, an editor, and a writer, I sometimes need to clear my mind. Doing something low-stress that doesn’t involve getting sucked into a plot line helps me decompress and I really love Sporcle for that purpose. Sometimes playing a few trivia games about Disney movies or trying to name all the capitols in Asia is enough to wipe the slate clean. Then, I can go back to whatever it was I had been doing with a clear head.

JEN: www.howmayihateyou.com
As someone who works in the travel industry, I have a special love for howmaywehateyou.com. Written by two concierges and aspiring comedians who work at an undisclosed hotel in Times Square, the blog chronicles some of the more bizarre and rude people they've come across. Some of the stories sound unbelievable, but I can attest that stuff like this does actually happen, and I've encountered guests like these myself - more than once.


KAY: http://www.brainpickings.org/
in the words of maria popova, creator & curator of this curious(er and curiouser) ad-free inspiration & knowledge resource, "Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are." maria does the excavating and you receive the gems of the internet.

BEE: www.eatwellpartyhard.com
As a vegetarian with a who has been suffering from an OTC Deficiency since the age of 12, finding how I can make conventional nutrition rules bend to fit my needs has been a constant struggle. Ever since meeting Claire Suellentrop and discovering her passion for putting the best in and around her body, I have been hanging on every word of hers, from goji berry smoothies to meal planning like a boss. 

FEBRUARY ARCHIVE

Be sure to visit the archive of February's posts, neatly arranged in a digital "glossy" version under the Archives tab at the top of the site.

 
Until next time, 
Jordan, Jen, Kay, & Bee
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