Issue #2 May 2019

A Quick Note

May 2019 BSD Edition
Grab your PDF copy here

As I looked at my cursor blinking in front of an edited personal essay I had completed, I paused. After my fingers had just flown across the keyboard for a good two hours, the first thought that came to mind was, “Should I honestly send this to anthologies and magazines like I planned to?”

What I shared was something that even today as I look at it gets me a little choked up. I reflected back in a time in my life that was hard, was a struggle, was a mind-fuck. What would my family think of me if this got published and they didn’t agree with it? They didn’t think it was a good idea to share. That perhaps they would be embarrassed on my behalf.

Then realized that this wasn’t about them. This was about me. I wrote something because I wanted people to feel the feelings I felt at that point in time in my life. To get an insight to what happened. And I’m glad I did hit the submit button when I did in November 2018 right before the deadline.

This month is about personal essays. Creative non-fiction has always been one of my favorite type of literature to read and write. The contributors to the May edition of the Book Smuggler’s Den are all very brave to have sent me their stories that are close to their heart.

As always, a huge shout out to all of you who submitted!

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Inside this Edition

Poetry

Rosemary Summers, By Melinda Jane

Two Poems, Anastasia Jill

Right This Way, Dave Nielsen

Fiction

Reminiscence, By Liv Francis-Pape

I Pray, Darren Tio

Essays

The Yellow Trike, Holly McNeill

Janie Doe, Michael Montoya

Who Am I, Kaloyan Tsvetkov

Acceptance, Rivka Weinman

Book Review of the Month

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as reviewed by Keegan Greenacre

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