Poetry, Updates

Captive Freckles – A Collaboration With Aurora Phoenix

“I wondered what made her blush,
and I knew I wanted to see it again.”

There was something about the way her freckled cheeks turned red that caught my attention. I wondered what made her blush. If it was something I said, or something that crossed her mind. It made the green of her eyes brighten like dew tickling grass on a warm summer morning.

suffused with roses
her emerald gaze
drew inward
coppery lashes lowered
demure veils
obscuring the windows
into her inner fracas.
her cheeks scrawl a chapter
unabridged
in a language
I studied once –
long since forgot.
I scrabble
the freckled pattern –
cues to the lost tongue.

© Sarah Doughty & Aurora Phoenix
(prose poem is mine, poem beneath via A.P.)

It was an honor to collaborate
with the talented Aurora Phoenix.
It was originally published
at Whisper And The Roar.
Click here to see the original piece.
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Poetry, Updates

Like a Storm – Sudden Denouement

“And I wanted to believe in fate —
I wanted to believe in us.”

You said there was no such thing as beginnings and endings. Nothing came into existence or disappeared like a puff of smoke. Matter changed shape, becoming something new — never beginning, never ending. Always changing and evolving. Like ice to water. Water into vapor. Vapor into rain. You said the same thing about us…

© Sarah Doughty

I’m pleased to announce that I was published
at Sudden Denouement once again.
Click here to read the full piece!
Poetry, Updates

You Must Be New Here — A Weyward Sisters Collaboration

“Here’s a good rule of thumb:
If you don’t want to be called Tiny,
then don’t call me Baby.”

© Sarah Doughty

This was just a small sample of a much larger badass collaboration about etiquette in the online community. Once again, I’m honored to have been a part of the Weyward Sisters. It was fun to write, with some spice added on top. Special thanks to Sudden Denouement for publishing the piece. To read the full piece, click here.

PTSD and Awareness, Updates

Blood Into Ink: Your Writing Wanted

The incredible people at Blood Into Ink are looking for guest writers to submit pieces that coincide with the backbone of their collective effort: surviving and overcoming all forms of abuse or neglect. It is a safe space to share stories, connect with other survivors, and be a part of a community that understands what it means to survive. I’m honored to participate in this collaborative. If you’re interested in learning more, click here.

Earthen Witch, Updates

Review Of Just Breathe

To receive one of these rare, highly-intuitive and overwhelmingly positive reviews is never to be taken lightly. Not only am I a little speechless, grinning ear to ear at Ian Gregoire’s thoughts, I’m beyond honored. To know from an unlikely (male) source that my first book was everything I hoped it would be is a gift in and of itself. It reiterates that my decision to write and then share this story — the story that in many ways hits very close to my heart — was the right one.

Another World


URBAN FANTASY’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

AN UNFORGETTABLE HEROINE MUST DISCOVER HERSELF IN ORDER TO CONQUER THE DEMONS OF HER PAST BEFORE IT DESTROYS HER

Book CoverJust Breathe
(Earthen Witch, Book 1)

Sarah Doughty

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 409 Pages
Date: 28th April 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1310871580


This is a perma-free ebook available from:
Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

A young writer burdened with terrible psychological baggage from her past, struggles to make sense of her life and who she is in the wake of discovering a long-held family secret revealed by her recently deceased grandmother. If learning that she is a witch wasn’t hard enough to contend with, nothing can prepare her for being thrust to the centre of an unseen conflict in the paranormal world that will see her confronted by those who wish to destroy…

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Random Thoughts, Updates

This Current State Of Being

Hello lovelies, I thought it was about time to check in again. As you’re probably aware, I’ve been suffering from various illnesses for the majority of this year, and as far as I can tell, this is only going to continue.

While the horrendously long migraine ended, I’m still plagued several times a week by them. So, I suppose one positive is that not every day is bad in that regard.

Once I kicked the Springtime cold from hell, the next round of issues popped up. A few months of physical therapy to fix my back thanks to a sagging mattress and a couch that was well beyond its life expectancy was just the tip of the iceberg. Apparently, my thyroid isn’t performing correctly, which several specialists are optimistic that resolving this issue would improve the frequency and severity of my migraines, as well as help with other health-related issues, I don’t share their happy perspectives.

These migraines have been around for some time, and I was still able, most days, to do some of my therapeutic activities. But now, there’s more than just my C-PTSD and migraines to nag me. My concentration is worse, and my physical energy levels have been declining.

You’d think a simple pill to fix my thyroid would do the trick, but unfortunately, I’m one of the unlucky few to have the opposite reaction. Rather than helping that little gland perform, those meds hit the off switch. Let me tell you, getting out of bed just to go to the bathroom made me want to cry. And this went on for over a month while my doctor tinkered with the dosage to see if I would improve.

So now, I’m waiting in limbo to see a specialist for that, while I continue to feel like half of my functionality has been taken from me. I remain hopeful that this will be light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m not holding my breath. A worsened depression can be thanked for this current mindset. But could you blame me for feeling a little extra down?

This, of course brings us to now. As you’ve probably noticed. My Thirteen Reasons Why series was never completed, my next novel and poetry book were never finished, and my newsletters have gone unsent. In the rare days I’m feeling productive (using the term very loosely), I have been able to mock up new book cover designs for my fiction, which I hope to begin unveiling once I finish this novel that’s been collecting dust for months. But I have no idea when that might be.

My ability to keep up with blog posts has significantly diminished, as have my responses to comments. I really need to make more of an effort to keep up with those, at the very least. And I do thank each and every one of you that continue to leave comments, despite my silence.

I miss the way things were, and I cannot stress enough how much I want to get back to that. As always, thank you for letting me vent a little, and know that I’m doing my very best to get back to where I was before, at the very least.

© Sarah Doughty

Poetry, Updates

Death Knell – Sudden Denouement

“Then, like a death knell, you arrived.
My monster. In the flesh.”

© Sarah Doughty

I’m pleased to announce that I was published
at Sudden Denouement once again.
To read the full piece, head over here and show some love!
Updates

November Notes 2017

Back by popular demand, the 2017 November Notes challenge is here!

Each day, during the month of November, write a poem inspired by that day’s corresponding song. Write what the sound makes you feel. How the lyrics move you. Anything that awakens your muse.

I’ve teamed up with the lovely Máh of @mah.writes and Rosema of @areadingwriter for this challenge, so be sure to follow them if you aren’t already. Use the #NovemberNotes tag and ping back to this post to make sure I don’t miss any of your pieces! Have fun!

I’ve added the list of songs below,
and I’ve included the image for easy reference
at the bottom of this post.
To listen to the songs on Spotify, click here.

1. The Night We Met – Lord Huron
2. New Rules – Dua Lipa
3. Wilderness – Jon Bryant
4. All the Pretty Girls  – Kaleo
5. Unbreakable Smile – Tori Kelly
6. Wild Heart – The Bleachers feat. Sara Bareilles
7. Holocene – Bon Iver
8. 1-800-273-8255 – Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
9. Broken Vessels – Hillsong United
10. Wise Enough – Lamb
11. What About Us – P!nk
12. Too Good at Goodbyes – Sam Smith
13. If I Be Wrong- Wolf Larsen
14. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
15. Headlights – Dave Barnes
16. Words As Weapons – Birdy
17. Possession – Sarah McLachlan
18. Chariot – Jacob Lee
19. Midnight – Coldplay
20. Wreck of the Day – Anna Nalick
21. Great Escape – Gavin James
22. Letter Never Sent – Young summer
23. Heal Over – KT Tunstall
24. Like the Wind – Triosence, Sara Gazarek
25. Tethered – Sleeping At Last
26. I’m Confessin’ – Lizz Wright
27. Hide and Seek – Fatai
28. Into the Night – Beacon
29. Just Hold Me – Maria Mena
30. Break the Shell – India Arie

Updates

Submit To Whisper and the Roar

Whisper and the Roar is accepting submissions from feminist writers or pieces involving feminism or empowerment. Head to the link below for more details.

Source: Your Writing Wanted: Whisper and the Roar

Updates

Sudden Denouement Is Recruiting

Sudden Denouement is a community of like-minded individuals who strive to share and promote each other’s writing.

But really, it’s so much more than that. They also happen to publish books from some pretty incredible people.

So if you’re a writer interested in joining this collective, either as a guest or a contributor, head to the link below to get acquainted with Sudden Denouement and find out how you can be a part of it.

Source: Sudden Denouement is seeking new writers