Today's puzzle is from Sid
. I have been lucky enough to get lots of Puzzle Advice from Sid, and my favorite I'll share here: "Authorial self-doubt is not a reason any editor rejects a puzzle, so it shouldn’t be a deterrent for you to submit." :fire emoji:
Be sure to check out his site, Sid's Grids
-- the puzzles there are delightful.
Sid says: "Appropriately, 7-across is life. Props to Malaika for starting what may be the greatest crossword project of the year!"