Earthen Witch, Updates

Review Of Just Breathe From Indie Blue

I read somewhere that Sarah sees her writing poetry as a moment, whereas her writing fiction as a lifetime, and when I read this, it made total sense to me because I’ve read Sarah’s poetry for years and it is a moment, a strong powerful smack in the gut moment, but definitely a moment, whereas when I read her fiction, I can see the entire universe is being considered and she is methodical, paced and thorough in her plotting and building of characters.

Just Breathe delivered for me. I was surprised. Sarah knows her art, and she drew me into her world almost immediately.

I’m very familiar with Sarah’s poetry and have always appreciated her blunt and honest way of telling it like it is, that’s why it was a surprise to find out she is equally conversant and gifted with longer art forms. This isn’t just a hobby for her, you can tell she takes her writing very seriously and spends a lot of time ensuring she gets it right.

It doesn’t matter if a character
is a witch or a vampire
and whether those things exist
in our world or do not,
it matters that we believe
as we read that they are real.
That way we become
invested in them.

Aisling (the heroine) is the kind of woman that women can relate to and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she feels is right. For this reason, Just Breathe is a deeply redemptive book and that alone makes it worthy of reading.

And with this I leave you with one recommendation, pick Sarah Doughty’s work out of the genre and let it Just Breathe.

Special thanks to Indie Blu(e) and Candice Louisa Daquin
for such an eloquent review of Just Breathe.
While this is merely an excerpt of the entire review,
I am beyond humbled at all the kind things
she had to say about the book.
To read the review in its entirety, click here.

~ Sarah Doughty

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Poetry

I Knew My Faults

“I knew my faults.
And they always stared
back at me in the mirror.”

As long as I can remember, I knew my faults. They were engraved in my flesh, repeated so often that even I saw nothing else. I knew every one. Believed every one. I was every one.

I knew my faults when I was toddling around, learning how to speak, how to walk, how to cower.

I knew my faults when I began school. How I wasn’t smart enough, not social enough. How I was a target in school. And at night.

I knew my faults in the dark. I learned my best to do what was required of me, but I was never quite good enough. I knew what my hands needed to do, how my lips should stay soft, or how my hips were supposed to move with the right timing. After awhile, I knew those moves just enough to get by.

I knew my faults. And they always stared back at me in the mirror.

© Sarah Doughty

Special thanks to Whisper And The Roar
for publishing this piece.
I was inspired by all the incredible pieces (see below)
that spawned from Kindra‘s initial piece.
Thank you, all of you, for giving my words
a place to rest among yours. It is always an honor.

Inspired by:
Kindra M. Austin’s ‘I Knew My Worth
Kristiana Reed’s ‘I Knew My Mistakes
Christine Ray’s ‘I Knew My Name
Eric Syrdal’s ‘I Knew My Heart
Megha Sood’s ‘I Knew My Lesson
1Wise Woman’s ‘I Knew My Fate
Rachel Finch’s ‘I Knew My Purpose

Poetry

Cowardly Boy

“You see, I knew from the beginning
what you wanted from me.
But I tried to be a good friend anyway.”

You see, I knew from the beginning what you wanted from me. But I tried to be a good friend anyway. You would ask for more. Push for it. Manipulate your way to get closer to me. And, at last, when I refused to have sex with you, I was a horrible person. A terrible friend.

Worthless.

That was the end of our so-called friendship. Because I was a person and you were a coward.

© Sarah Doughty

Or, maybe, you didn’t know
what you did was wrong.
Which would make you a monster.
I’m not sure which is worse.

To the boy who tried to
break me when I was a teenager.

This is an excerpt of a longer piece,
published at Blood Into Ink, here.
Check out @bloodintoinkpress on Instagram
for more stories of Survival.

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Reviews For Sudden Denouement’s Anthology

Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective
has already met some impeccable milestones.
Not only did it release
#1 on Amazon’s Poetry Anthology list,
but the reviews are coming in
and they are glowing.

Advance Reader Copy Reviews:

Candice Louisa Daquin’s Review
Alfa’s Review
Mariah Voutilainen’s Review

Other reviews:

Goodreads

Where To Get Your Copy:

Amazon US · Amazon UK · Book Depository

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Thank You! – Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

I am both honored and pleased to announce that
Anthology Volume I: Writings for the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective
released on Amazon at #1 in Poetry Anthologies.

Thank you for making this possible.

If you haven’t yet purchased a copy,
you can find it on Amazon.com
and Amazon.com.uk.

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Just Released! Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

It is my pleasure to announce that the
Sudden Denouement Anthology
has officially released!

I am humbled to have been a part
of this incredible collection of talented writers.
My donation of four pieces
(one of which has never before been shared)
awaits your hungry eyes.

The Sudden Denoument Literary Collective is thrilled to announce the release of Anthology Volume I: Writings for the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective! This long-awaited anthology is a thoughtfully curated compendium of the best writing published online by the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective from its launch in August of 2016 through April 2018. It includes 138 pieces of cutting-edge poetry, prose and short fiction written by 29 diverse writers from England, Romania, Japan, India, Finland, the United States and Canada. Thirty-one of the 138 pieces were written exclusively for the Anthology. This volume captures the astonishing raw power of these individual and united poetic voices.

Now available on Amazon.com
and Amazon.com.uk.

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Indie Blu(e) — Nicholas Gagnier

Nicholas Gagnier has been writing for a long time. He’s one of those types of writers that can knock you off your feet and make you want to keep on reading:

There’s lyric in the lament,
sorrows that’ve had a decade and
then some to ferment. . . .
[No Idol]

I was lucky enough to meet Nicholas through the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and Blood Into Ink. While he was writing Swear To Me, he asked to include a collaborative piece, written by members of Blood Into Ink, in his anthology, I was honored to be included among them. I’ll be sharing my review of this book soon.

 

Be sure to check out Nicholas on Indie Blu(e), and have a look at his other books.

~ Sarah Doughty

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Indie Blu(e) — Kindra M. Austin

Kindra M. Austin is one of those writers that can send tingles up and down your back with just a few words:

I can’t drive past
a dead animal splayed
and stinking on the side
of the road in the summer heat
without thinking of you….
[Dreadful]

She’s also one hell of a friend.

Her biography, and a listing of her published books, can be found at Indie Blu(e). So be sure to check it out.

~ Sarah Doughty

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Sneak Peek: A Review Of Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I

Candice Louisa Daquin was kind enough
to give everyone a sneak peek review
at what awaits within
Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I.

If you imagine a group weaving a disharmonious double-jointed vision together, using their blood as dye, you may come close to revealing the proffered mouths of these voices. In Birds & H e a r t sra’ahe khayat writes; “we’re not humans without h e a r t s / but hearts without bodies, / being fed to strange birds.” In this simple statement they identify the drifters dilemma when exposing oneself to the elements, the risk of losing one’s skin is ever present and it is this risk we find the courage and horror of our fellow humans, though we may have long given up hope of being understood, we share as much through pain as joy, and are less alone and this is the beauty of poetry. “Every time I get sober, / someone else / dyes / black / my hair.” (Funeral Trumpets, by Kindra Austin). . . .

To read the rest, click here.

I am honored to be a part
of this anthology and I cannot wait
for you to see it!
~ Sarah Doughty

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Looking For Your Next Read? Try These From Sudden Denouement Publishing

Sudden Denouement Publishing has some
exciting titles available right now,
and more on the way.

Here’s a sampling of a few of them.

Machiavelli’s Backyard by David Lohrey

“We are radical practitioners of right thinking,
determined to destroy Western Civilization. We
must step back to move forward: first go the arts
and the Decorations, then the courts, the laws
and institutions. By the time we’re through,
they’ll be nothing left but vaginal jelly
and sawed-off shotguns.”

Superstition by Rana Kelly

“He told me my eyes
Are the color of whiskey
So I razed every still
From Eire to Alba
In rage
When he left me.”

I Am A World Of Uncertainties
Disguised As A Girl by Nicole Lyons

“My thoughts have turned
from racing to raging
to beasts beating
their great wings
against the cool shadows
in my mind.”

And Coming Soon!

Anthology Volume I: Writings from the
Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

Head over to Sudden Denouement to find links to purchase your own copies and learn more!