Flash and Micro Fiction, Poetry

Dead Bodies And Unseen Ghosts

“The problem isn’t so much
that I know I’m dead.
What I don’t understand
is why I’m still here.”

Do you see that over there? The chalked outline of a broken body? That’s me. Or at least it was. Now, I’m different. A little mad, maybe. Belligerent even. Because no one sees me any more.

The problem isn’t so much that I know I’m dead. What I don’t seem to understand is why I’m still here. I believed that, in death, we just stop. Much like going to sleep. Only we never wake up again. But here I am, less than a dozen feet away from my lifeless body, trying to reconcile what I’m experiencing.

Some instantaneous flashes of brain activity? Or maybe, is this some sort of afterlife? No one can see or hear me. As I moved around the lot and the people scurrying around in the background like static, I stared at my former body.

I was fixated. Like a mouth to flame, I couldn’t bring myself to look away. And the longer I stood there, the more I put the pieces together.

My body is dead, but my spirit is very much alive.

© Sarah Doughty

I can’t help but wonder
how long I have left.
Or, if I’m here alone.

A little thing inspired
by this month’s festivities.

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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

Updates

Indie Blu(e) Facebook Author Take-over Event

INDIE BLU(E)
IS HOLDING ITS
FIRST FACEBOOK
AUTHOR TAKE-OVER EVENT
ON MONDAY, JULY 23RD
FROM 2 TO 7 PM EST.

Indie Blu(e) is offering 10 30-minute slots for Indie Authors to “take-over” the event page and promote the hell out of their titles and network with new readers and other Indie Authors. You must make a commitment to promoting the event on your own social media and encouraging your followers to attend. You must be available to post on the event page and to interact with the attendees during your 30-minute slot. It would be even more awesome if you stopped by periodically through the event to meet and support the other authors. If you would like to sign-up for a 30-minute slot, please email at indieblucollective@gmail.com.

Want learn more about the awesomeness that is Indie Blu(e)? Read this.

More details about Indie Blu(e) is forthcoming.

 

Updates

Introducing Indie Blu(e)

Indie Blu(e) was founded by Kindra Austin, Jimmi Campkin, and Christine Ray in 2018 as a vehicle to support both self-published writers and those published through small independent presses, as well as the readers who are passionate about independent writing. The concept for Indie Blu(e) grew out of the seed of the idea that individually independent writers have reach through word of mouth and social media, but that this reach could grow significantly if they networked with other independent writers to shine a spotlight on their collected body of work.

The founders of Indie Blu(e) want to offer a home for curated writers to promote their books, provide readers with honest, thoughtfully crafted book reviews and the opportunity to learn more about the member writers. Indie Blu(e) strives to be a hub for the type of edgy, high-quality writing that the founders love to read and want to share with a broader community of readers.

Be sure to check them out, there’s plenty more to come!

Also, if you use Instagram,
I’m going to launch Indie Blu(e)’s page
and will share all sorts of great content.
I look forward to seeing you there!
~ Sarah Doughty

Updates

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

Updates

Indie Blu(e) is Recruiting Member Authors

Indie Blu(e) is such an exciting
new site dedicated to
Indie writers and their books. 

Yesterday, you read about
a call for readers and reviewers
for writers of Indie Blu(e).

Today, I’m sending out
a call for writers.
Indie writers.
Are you wanting to join
this community
and make a positive change?

Head over here and get started.

~ Sarah Doughty

Updates

Help Wanted: Book Reviewers for Indie Blu(e)

Indie Blu(e) is such an exciting
new site dedicated to
Indie writers and their books. 

As many independent writers know,
reviews and exposure mean the difference
between having their books seen
or having them fall into an oblivion
of millions of other books.

Let’s work together and help them
stand out a little brighter.

Click here to learn more about
Indie Blu(e) and how you can help.

~ Sarah Doughty

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.

Random Thoughts

The Dreaded Block

“The words may be on a break. But they’ll
be back. They always come back.”
Returning

I’m often asked about writer’s block. What to do? How to overcome it? How long will it last? These are all good questions, but they only really need one answer. Keep writing. Every day.

You may feel uninspired, like nothing you put on paper or type on the screen holds any value, but odds are, there is something there. Don’t delete them or throw them away. And the worst thing you can do is to put the pen away and do nothing.

There’s millions of things you can try to wake up your muse, but even if your mind comes up blank, you should write something. Even if it’s only a journal of what happened during your day.

My first fiction novel, Just Breathe, was based on a dream. Back then, I tended to forget my dreams and move on, but I was fortunate enough to journal the next day, and my mind kept going back to that scene. My focus shifted, and the story began to unfold. So, lovelies, don’t ignore your muse when it stirs, you might miss something incredible.

© Sarah Doughty

In the comments, let me know what you do to overcome creative blocks.

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