well see the problem is that they are not "archives"--
My site is more like a book--most of the content is already completed--and there are 4 sections, each section containing its own parts (in my case, short essays and stories), much like a large section of a book carries smaller chapters.
I don't want it to feel like an archive. All of the posts are important with zero factor as to when it was published (it will all be at the same time).
I have been struggling to find the best way to present this material. If you understand what I am trying to communicate, do you have an opinion as to how I should go about this?
Right now I have each of the 4 sections as pages, and the material inside each section will be handled with posts. This is why I thought about using categorized posts with 4 conditional featured post/grid widgets.