WWW #38 – Escape – Text #1

Red Ocean

by B. 

She was standing alone
Thinking about her boy at home
Assembling in her mind
A list of groceries
She could not afford to buy.

Sitting by the window,
He takes a deep breath,
Closes his eyes and boom!
He is at the station,
Hopping on a train.


His destination takes
But a second to reach.
He is now sitting in the sand,
Listening to the waves,
Breathing in the ocean.


She comes in.


He was waiting for her.

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WWW#30 – Scarf – Text #1

Le Foulard

Texte original, écrit par B. 


Elle regardait à l’horizon.

Le dos légèrement courbé,

Les coudes appuyés sur la balustrade.


Elle avait l’air pensive,

A la fois résolue et épuisée,

Plongée dans l’abysse de l’univers qui l’entourait


L’aspirait et l’entrainait avec elle

Sans qu’elle soit en mesure de naviguer,

De contrôler la direction que sa vie prenait.


Elle ferma les yeux un instant,

Et prit une grande inspiration.

Elle les rouvrit, grand.


Elle fit un tour sur elle-même,

Puis deux, puis trois,

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Interview With A Writer – #4 – Special

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Here comes a very special piece to our Interview With a Writer series. A few days ago, I dared ask Sarah Doughty if she would mind answering a few questions (5-10 of the list I sent her), and you know what, she responded she would not mind at all, and happily answered not just five or ten, but all of them. You cannot begin to imagine how broad a smile I shone, when I opened my mailbox yesterday.

Sarah needs no introduction on WordPress, but just in case you have not encountered her and her work yet, here is a link to her addictive blog: Heartstring Eulogies and below are two of my favorite micro poetry lines recently authored by Sarah: 


To love is to be
and willing
to endure the pain
if that love doesn’t last.

© Sarah Doughty


Time can wait
because you’re
here with me and
nothing else matters.

© Sarah Doughty

Not only is Sarah an incredibly talented writer, whose griping lines hook us all on a daily basis, she is one of the most generous souls out there. She is always ready to give positive feedback, help and provide support to other writers. Through her interview, you will discover that she is that, and so much more. 

This interview is very special to us, at Mug’s Tale, since Sarah has been one of our very first followers. She has been a rock dispensing her support to our work from the very beginning. Offering her the spotlight on our blog is our very modest way to thank her. I will stop there as her kindness and beautifully crafted words speak for themselves, and are such a delight to read!

Without further ado…. 

Meet – Sarah Doughty


– Could you tell us a few words about yourself? (Introduce yourself – where do you come from? – Where do you live? – What do you do for a living? – any dreams, aspirations? – …. ) 

I’m Sarah Doughty, born, raised, and still living in Indiana. Long story short, I suffer from complex PTSD, anxiety, depression, and migraines. I spend my time with my family and doing therapeutic hobbies — most of which consist of writing. Writing helps me to escape and I’m really passionate about it. I dream of the day I can once again feel whole, and if that day ever comes, I’ll see where my dreams take me.



– If there were one book you could recommend to our readers, which would it be? 

Without knowing a genre, it’s a little hard for me to answer this question, so I’ll recommend two. First, On Writing by Stephen King. Sure, a good portion of it is a memoir, but some of the biggest things I learned from King are: to be a writer you must also be a reader, you must write every day, and you have to know the rules in order to break them.

Second, I’d have to say that any book that can make me feel like I’m in a new place, in someone else’s head, that book is a winner to me. The first time I read something that really helped me when I needed it, it made me realize how important books are, not just to read, but to escape.

I remember reading Alice Hoffman, Stephen King, and Anne Rice (among others) as a kid. And when I grew up, somehow urban fantasy/paranormal romance seemed to pull me in better than anything else. I drank in Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, and Charlaine Harris, just to name a few.

– Is there a book you read that you think changed your life somehow or spoke to you in a way that no other book did?  Continue reading

Looking for a Writing Challenge?

Wanna be the next Readers’ Award Winner?

If you want to put your writing skills to the test, send us a message – using the email address you use on WordPress – at vipcircle.mugstale@gmail.com. We will then send you an invitation to become a featured author.

Once you have accepted our invitation to contribute to Mug’s Tale, you can submit your posts anytime before the deadline, they will be proofread by one of our editors and published on Mug’s Tale – provided they answer the bi-weekly theme.


Here comes the Weekly Writing Workshop Schedule for the winter season:

– Workshop #31. December 21st – March 21st – “Heart Warming Tale” – “Récit qui réchauffe le coeur” (Quarterly Special – Winter Season)

– Workshop #32. January 1st – January 15 – “Running Away” – “S’enfuir”

Workshop #33. January 15 – January 31 – “Deleted / Erased” – “Supprimé / Effacé”

– Workshop #34. February 1st – February 15 – “A Mosaic” – “Une Mosaïque”

– Workshop #35. February 1st – February 28 – “Slipped” – “Glissé / Echappé”

– Workshop #36. March 1st – March 15 – “Broken / Shattered” – “Cassé / Brisé”

– Workshop #37. March 15 – March 31 – “Out of Breath” – “A bout de souffle / Essoufflé”


For more information check out our Weekly Writing Workshop page.

If those themes don’t inspire you, check out our Featured Challenges page.

Want to write without the pressure of a contest?

We have picked a lot of themes for you to explore, check out our Featured Challenges page.

There again, if you want to submit a text, send us an email at vipcircle.mugstale@gmail.com.