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Gravity by Rana Kelly

The lovely Rana Kelly has a new book called Superstition, available at Amazon. It’s the first book released by Sudden Denouement Publishing. Be sure to check out her novel, Until Her Darkness Goes. For now, read “Gravity.”

My Heart is an Island,
Safe away from society and succor
my Soul is the Sand. Tiny crushed pieces
of earth and skeletons.
Time and death and birth,
endless cycles of
creation and destruction
cushion for your bare feet.
Truly loved and known
Only by the Sea
Surrounding me
See, I am not adrift.
My roots run deep
Under Mariana
And pressured waters
That could crush
Skulls like soft bugs,
The weight that I bear
Hides my core.
It takes millions of all kinds of
Tiny and huge things
Before you can see just my sand
There is no patience
In highways, nor aeroplanes,
I’m here with time.
You may live on me, bury your toes,
Burn your skin,
Cool your fever in my shallows,
Laugh your weekends away
But you go home.
And here I am,
Alone. While my own heart
Pulls in
Pushes out
Intimate only with the far off moon.
And Universal Forces
That are foreign to me.
Do you think it beauty?
Do you think it balm?
I am trapped.
The waves rush in and ebb out
Bring me nothing but vastness
Silence
and
slow erosion.
Yes,
God Knows
My Heart is an Island
My own currents
pull me apart
Drag me under
Drown me.
Enjoy your holiday.

© Rana Kelly

Source: “Gravity” from Rana Kelly’s Book Superstition from Sudden Denouement Publishing

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Announcing – Mailbox Eulogies

The Mailbox Eulogies Newsletter has arrived!

**Edit: Today is the last day to sign up before the first poetry edition is sent out tomorrow (April 10th).**

You know that old saying, slow and steady wins the race?

It’s taken a few weeks to iron out the kinks and devise a plan to move forward with the newsletter I spoke about before. Considering the complicated nature of what I do and how I envisioned this to roll out, it was necessary to take things one step at a time. With luck, this approach will be enjoyable for everyone.

While between book projects, I’ve developed the proposed newsletter templates, sign ups, and all the fun things that need finalizing before the launch.

The day has come to release Mailbox Eulogies upon the world. I hope you’re just as excited for it as I am. If you’re anxious to sign up, feel free to jump to the bottom of this post or click here.

Here’s a rundown of what’s available:

Subscribers choose what they want to receive and can update their preferences at any time.

  • Everything (all listed below)
  • Important news, like book releases only.
  •  Poetry Newsletter
    • Updates
    • Curated Poems/Books
    • Poetry Advice Column
    • Poem & Prompt
    • Poet Interviews
    • Book Reviews
  • Fiction Newsletter:
    • Updates
    • Fiction Advice Column
    • Snippet from current WIP
    • Author interviews
    • Book Reviews
    • Cover Reveals
  • Depending on preferences, subscribers will receive an exclusive digital chapbook and/or an erotic romance short once they are ready to be released. Once they are released, new subscribers will receive them immediately.

What about the course?

I’m glad you asked! This is in the works right now. I’m hashing out the number of “days” required to cover each course: Online Presence, Plotting & Research, Writing, and Self-Publishing. This might take some time because I want to release courses for “registration” once they’re completed. So stay tuned on that.

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Masks at Sudden Denouement

I’m so pleased to see this. I’ve been welcomed with open arms.

I’m not fooled by that mask of delicious perfection covering false pretenses, the façade of beauty with that devilish intention beneath. Your eyes give you away, like a wolf masquerading around in an innocent, irresistible skin. But I know better. You’re ready to devour every last bit of liquid fire coursing through my veins, leaving behind a scorched landscape, only to pour it all back into me. And as I bear the brand of your name across my steaming bones, every inch of my skin will pulse like a drum with every pound of my heart, begging for more. And I can’t bring myself to care.


Sarah Doughty is the wordsmith behind her website, Heartstring Eulogies, author of The Silence Between Moonbeams, her poetry chapbook, and the acclaimed Earthen Witch universe, a collection of novels and novellas, all offered for free (https://thesarahdoughty.wordpress.com/useful-links/). To learn more about Sarah…

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November Notes Challenge

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My good friend Rosema over at A Reading Writer and I have developed a very musical month of prompts for November called #NovemberNotes. Using diverse song titles that sound beautiful and can evoke some strong emotions, but their lyrics and titles hold significance, too. You can create whatever you want — poetry, prose, short stories, take photographs that remind you of the song, etc. You have full creative control. I can’t wait for November to begin. Won’t you join us?

Here are the list of songs:

1. Almost Lovers by A Fine Frenzy
2. Details in the Fabric by Jason Mraz
3. The Other Side Of Paradise by Glass Animals
4. Between the Lines by Sara Bareilles
5. Criminal by Fiona Apple
6. Street Called Mercy by Hillsong United
7. Yellow by Coldplay
8. Perfect Strangers by Jonas Blue
9. Cupid Carries A Gun by Marilyn Manson
10. Air by Rayvon Owen
11. Paradise Circus by Massive Attack
12. Out of My League by Stephen Speaks
13. Shell Suite by Chad Valley
14. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
15. Midnight City by M83
16. Sweet Serendipity by Lee DeWyze
17. Brave Enough by Lindsey Stirling and Christina Perri
18. Meaning by Gavin DeGraw
19. Pain Told Love by Tribe Society
20. Floodgates by Colbie Caillat
21. Recreational by Aaron Krause
22. Free Fallin’ by John Mayer
23. You Are A Memory by Message To Bears
24. Buses and Trains by Bachelor Girl
25. Up In Flames by Ruelle
26. For the First Time by The Script
27. This Night by Black Lab
28. Look After You by The Fray
29. Hunger Of The Pine by alt-J
30. Turning Tables by Adele

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Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words

Remember the May Book Prompts that May and I created? Well, my good friend Rosema and her friend, Maria have developed a very intriguing and thoughtful month of prompts. Using Filipino words that not only look beautiful written, but they sound amazing when you speak them. Not to mention what each word means. I can’t wait for July to begin. Won’t you join us?

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Banner 1Much like the colors of the skies, every language is beautiful in its own way—the way they sound and how each word fits perfectly in a poem, a story, or a musical piece. And sometimes we find ourselves wishing how delightful it would be if we could learn those languages by heart and use them in our craft.

That is why Maria of Doodles and Scribbles and Rosema of A Reading Writer have invited you to join their July blog event, Word-High July. They have teamed up to give you a whole month worth of prompts and since we are both #ProudlyPinay, these 30 beautiful Filipino words below will serve as the prompt for each day of the month.

Disclaimer: These words and these photos are from a lovely article by BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credits goes to…

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