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Did our new background image cause a yearning for apple cider and hay rides to blossom in your heart? We know how you feel. Our fall background image appears courtesy of photographer Nick Keating, whose bio is now up on our Contributing Artists page. Look for a feature on Nick on Wednesday, September 3rd!
September 2014
Happy September! Finally, the fall season has arrived. We are happy to be ushering in the final season of The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society's first year as an online literary magazine. We could not be prouder of all that this magazine has achieved in the past 10 months, and we want to thank all of you for coming along for the ride. Our 10th issue features a variety of work from contributors both new and old. Make sure to tune in every weekday for a new work!

As we enjoy the autumn season, we made sure to reflect that change on our site. A new background image, featuring orange hues of fall leaves, is now up on our site. For more information about Nick Keating, who captured this beautiful image, check out the sidebar in this edition of the newsletter, and make sure to view his feature on Wednesday, September 3rd.
 
While preparing to accept new submissions for October, we wanted to give our contributors another theme to help inspire their work. October closes out with one of our favorite holidays, All Hallow's Eve, which is associated with themes of death and the afterlife. We wanted to give our contributors a more general theme to get their creative juices flowing, so October will be all about endings. Perhaps you have some rhyming couplets on the end of a relationship. Maybe you're working on a short story that starts with the end. What if you've been toiling over an essay on different funeral traditions? They all qualify...and then some. If it's about an end, we want to see it. Make sure to get your work in to us before September 15th to be considered for this great themed issue! And don't forge to check out the Guidelines page for information on how to submit your work to RP&D.  
 
Our first year is now drawing to a close, and we are beginning to plan our first birthday celebration. We want YOUR input,  so send us an e-mail or tweet us (@RPDSociety) and let us know what your favorite works have been. Tell us all about your favorite contributors, or the theme that was the most poignant for you. Give us some insight into the aspects of RP&D that you most enjoy and look forward to with each new issue. We have big plans for turning one, and we want you to join the party!

Don't worry, you don't need a code to enjoy the first fall RP&D issue of 2014. But if you did, it would be #getready.
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Le Fin.
In honor of October's theme, your RP&D Society editorial staff reflect on an ending in their lives:

 

JORDAN: I recently read a book by Joanna Rakoff titled My Salinger Year, which was a sort of memoir about her time as an assistant at the NYC literary agency that represented J.D. Salinger. As a literary nut, the concept of the book intrigued me. I enjoyed thoroughly Rakoff's description of the antiquated systems of The Agency (as she called it) as well as her life as a graduate school drop out  living in Brooklyn with her Marxist boyfriend in the mid-90's. Her relationships with her co-workers as well as her life being the go-between of Salinger's fans and the author/hermit drew me in. That is until the very last chapter , when Rakoff finally reads Salinger's books. As someone who never understood the attraction to books like The Catcher in the Rye, I identified with Rakoff's character who had no experience with Salinger's work and was so befuddled by the way everyone around her obsessed over him. Once she reads his books, however, she gets sucked into the ridiculous author-worship of all the other characters in her life, and I finished her memoir shrouded in disappointment and disgust. J.D. Salinger, wherever you are, you win again.

JEN: In college, I was in love with a boy who didn't love me back. He was one of my best friends and he was also friends with all my other friends, so I saw him (and whichever girl he was dating at the time) just about every single day. We wanted to remain friends, but it was hard and I had to really work at getting over him. The day I realized I truly didn't love him anymore was the most free I've ever felt in my life. I could be around him and his girlfriends and not feel anything but happy. Falling in love with him hurt more than anything else I'd ever felt up to that point; falling out of love with him was bliss.


BEE: I sit down to write a piece called "On Endings," and instead I stare at my window for two hours thinking about the differences between endings I caused and endings that were forced on me. I think about each time I thought I was about to reach the end of my world, and how instead I survived with another story to tell. I think about these stories I've collected and what they mean, how they function now. Most mornings in August, if you'd asked me, I'd tell you they meant nothing, they were senseless, they were a joke, I'd blame the universe. I wake up in September and just the simple changing of the date from 8/30 to 9/1 is an ending that keeps me going instead of keeping me down. Endings are like this: death, abuse, breaking up, breaking apart, dividing things, leaving things behind, starting over, starting again. And from my September morning, I remember of all the things in my life that have ended, not one of them has ended me.

ALECIA: The most important ending of my life was also the longest ending of my life. It was September when we moved in together; by December, we knew we were miserable; by March he was gone every weekend; by July he was gone for real. But it wasn't until the next September, sitting on a bench in Central Park, that I was able to say "this is the end." That I was able to finally feel a weight lifted, a rush of relief, that was completely unexpected. It was a slow and painful death, but I finally discovered thatwrote the story, that I decided when it ended.

Writing Prompts
Sometimes inspiration comes visually, in an image that captivates your imagination. Check out these images, courtesy of our editorial staff:

JORDAN:   ALECIA 
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ARCHIVES: ISSUES AND NEWSLETTERS

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

Be sure to visit the archive of August'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 EDITORIAL STAFF
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