The State Of Things

Poetry, Random Thoughts, Updates

“Here’s the thing: I’m not okay.
I haven’t been for some time.”

Here’s the thing: I’m not okay. I haven’t been for some time. And it seems that it’s only been getting worse as the days go by. I am at a loss for what I should do. Let me restate that. I know what I should be doing, but I cannot seem to force myself to do it. Instead, I’m seeking reprieve from life in something I never thought I’d enjoy instead of writing out my thoughts and really doing the thing that has always helped me — write. Yet here I am. Not writing. Well, I’m writing this little update, it’s been years since I’ve written fiction with any substantial amount of time. And I honestly don’t know if or when I’ll be able to snap out of this funk and just do it.

So that’s where I am. Don’t give up on me yet. I haven’t admitted defeat.

© Sarah Doughty

I don’t think I ever will.

Feature Friday – Rebecca F. Kenney

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Day 8: Feature Friday

This week’s feature goes to Rebecca F. Kenney.

This week’s Feature Friday goes to the talented Rebecca F. Kenney. I know I’ve featured her before, but I have two reasons to share.

1. I recently read Pawn of the Cruel Princess and really enjoyed it. 2. She gave me some of the best feedback I’ve received on Enduring The Flames and I’m feeling very good about the changes being made. Gratitude just doesn’t cover it.

On Twitter, I’m taking part in a month-long series of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It is now available at Smashwords and their network of retailers.

Until next time,
Sarah

Catching Up

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Days 5 & 6: Themes in WIP, Hardest part about writing

Throughout my series, there’s one overarching theme.

It’s all about finding a place where you can be yourself — home and finding the people that become your family.

In Enduring The Flames, Zoe and Vlad’s tale does have that, too, but the biggest theme through the story is about earning redemption and finding hope.

The hardest part about writing my series is the canon.

In my head, the word building, the magical systems, all the breakable rules are all there. As the series continues, I try to cover all necessary events/backstory without confusing people. I tend to forget in the early drafts that i need to ease readers back in the story. I’m working on trying to remember this going forward.

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


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Until next time,
Sarah

One-Line Monday – Real

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Day 4: Real

From Just Breathe.

“Everything is real. If you believe everything can be real — and I’ve yet to discover an instance where it hasn’t been true — then you can prepare for them.”

~Connor

© Sarah Doughty

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


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Until next time,
Sarah

Guilty Pleasures

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Day 3: MC’s Guilty Pleasures

Throughout my series, Angela has one that sticks out.

Wherever Angela is stressed or just needs something soothing, she turns too hot chocolate with whipped cream. Every time she drinks it, she ends up with the whipped cream on her upper lip.

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


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Until next time,
Sarah

A Late Saturday Snippet – Pupils

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Day 2: Pupils

From Enduring The Flames.

[Vlad’s] pupils flashed like a cat’s eyes against the overhead lights, marking him as one of the undead, and I froze.

Not because of the flash — I had seen that many times before on others like him.

It was why they flashed.

Though he was a vampire, he wasn’t dead. Blood still flowed through his veins by the
force of his slow-beating heart. But his widening pupils, however infinitesimal it was, caused them to flash. And that told me something excited him.

Something about me.

© Sarah Doughty

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


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Until next time,
Sarah

Hello July

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Day 1: Introduce Yourself & WIP

With a moodboard & cover, of course!

For those of you that are new here, allow me to introduce myself: I’m Sarah Doughty, a novelist, poet, and all-around wordsmith. But I’m not like other writers. I write because I must. It’s my therapy.

Perhaps my biggest love when it comes to the written word is fiction. Both in writing and reading. I’ve been primarily working on my Earthen Witch universe series, which are adult urban fantasy romances. These books have spanned across two standalone novellas and six novels — with the seventh releasing in August.

Final edits for Enduring The Flames are nearing completion, and I’ve been receiving valuable feedback from my beta readers.

I’ve talked about my upcoming plans for an anthology trilogy a few times. Later this summer, I hope to plot it out and begin writing the first installment.

Without further ado, here’s the moodboard and cover for Enduring The Flames:

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


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Until next time,
Sarah

Fantasy Indies July

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in fiction prompts. I participated in daily prompts during January, February, March, April, May, and June. Once again, L. V. Russell of @fey_girl63 and Chesney Infalt are hosting prompts for the month of July. Feel free to join in.


Until next time,
Sarah

Wrapping Up June

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s June’s wrap up

Another month down.

Earlier this month, my beta readers received their eARCs of Enduring The Flames. I’ve already started receiving feedback and I’m implementing extensive edits, especially in the early parts of the book. There’s a new prologue, more world building & establishing of the magic systems, along with simplifying the introduction of characters — because there are a lot of them.

For this series, I’ve tried to make it possible for readers to enjoy each book as if they’re standalones. Though I’ve always been clear that they’re part of an ongoing series, I’m now seven, full-length novels into the story and that’s becoming a lot more difficult.

I was hoping to plot and write the first installment of my anthology trilogy, but I’m thinking that won’t happen for a few more weeks at least while I finish editing.

Yet again, the backlog of reviewing books I’ve read has continued to grow. Fingers crossed that I’ll get caught up on those soon.

Finally, the lovely hosts are doing another month of prompts for July. I’m once again planning on continuing.

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It is now available on Smashwords and their network of retailers.

Until next time,
Sarah

Writing Mascots

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

Here’s Day 29: Writing mascots

By the power of three.

Meet Ernest (after Ernest Greene) the beagle, Linus the cat, and Romani (it means wanderer) the German Shepard mix. They’re my shadows, hanging around me wherever I go.

On Twitter, I’m taking part in another month of fiction prompts. I’m sharing them here as well.


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Until next time,
Sarah