January 2022

“You get a new year, you get a new start, you get a new opportunity.” – Billy Butler

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Let the 2022 reading challenge begin! 

Last year went by in a blur as I tried to figure out this whole mommy thing. I read some wonderful reads, but not as many as I had planned on. As usual, my reading goal for this year is 52 books in 52 weeks. Now that I have my little mustache man under control (or I like to say so), I can definitely reach my goal and then some.

I’m already off to a great start reading some pieces by indie authors who contacted me over the course of 2021. Believe me. I haven’t forgotten about anyone in my inbox. Again, a little babe who finally figured out how to use his two feet now has me chasing him all over the house and away from my tablet.

If it appears we’re no longer accepting submissions, this is not the case. I’m sad to say that Submittable raised their rates by over $100 since I set up my submission page there in 2019. And, as a small publication, I can’t afford to be there anymore. I have set up a new form on Google Forms where you can submit your pieces to the magazine. Our policies are the same as you can see on our submission query page in the Den. Please note that we ask that you do not send more work until hearing back from us. Due to the volume of submissions, we can’t respond individually to submission status queries.

This final note on submissions is a biggie. Please know that we will not be accepting any pieces regarding the pandemic. This includes fictional pieces. The Den is a place to express yourself freely within reason. We do not accept pieces that are political, erotic, or anything too violent. To me, the pandemic was all of that and then some. All joking aside, we have some great writing prompts in this edition that can also be found in the Den if you are currently experiencing writer’s block.

Join me as we read as many books as possible and support our fellow indie authors!

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Of Bees and Mist, Erick Setiawan
The Lying Game, Ruth Ware
Sphere, Michael Crichton
The Pearl Sister, Lucinda Reilly
The Outsider, Stephen King


The Sacred Disease by Kristin Seaborg MD

Let’s Chat with Lily Iona Mackenzie

Writing Prompts

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