Writer Highlight Featuring: Ashley Bechtold

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In my dreams I always see you in a beautiful pink dress, running through a field of sunflowers, laughing as the sun reflected off your baby blue eyes.
I remember picking you up, holding you in my arms until I couldn’t anymore.
I wish you were here.
I wish I could’ve seen you grow
Just long enough for you
To never forget my love
And I wish I’d never closed my eyes
While I was around you.
Hold my hand, kiss my cheek,
Fill the air with your laughter
Let everything be as beautiful
As it had been, as if I’d never left
In my dreams, I see you running
Through that field of sunflowers,
The light in your eyes,
Your plentiful hopes and dreams,
But if dying was the only way to be near you,
Then I wish this dream would never end.

© Ashley…

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Interview: Ink in Thirds

Scott’s interviews are legendary!


This interview with Grace Black originally appeared at Ink in Thirds in September of 2016. It was recently brought to my attention that the site is no longer operational, so I thought I’d post our short conversation here for posterity. 

Seated 17

Grace Black: Give us a quote that inspires you:

Scott Thomas Outlar: “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

GB: What is your writing process like?

STO: Schedules may vary depending on weather. Or Mood. Or diet. Or amount of rest from the night before. Or how many projects are piled up at any given…

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Haiku 3 – Author Sarah Lamar King

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Haiku 3

Your love manifests

As a poison in my veins

A slow death, calling


© Sarah Lamar King

My North Star Misled Me

Excerpt from the book “My North Star Misled Me”

Sarah Lamar King

About the Author

Sarah began writing poetry in the 3rd grade, her first collection of poetry being called ‘Poems Galore’. There were several times throughout life when she had to stop writing, times when she was silenced by life, was void of feeling, or felt too much to put anything on paper.

She finds solace in the elegiac poetry that she writes today. She began sharing some of her pieces on social media and realized how much feeling her poetry brought about in others, her ultimate goal. Sarah has always wanted to be an author and thanks to Creative Talents Unleashed and their publishing contract it was brought to fruition. “My North Star Misled Me” is her first published book, a…

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Featured Writer: Jeffery Martin

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“Jeffery Martin is an amazing Poet and Activist. His selfless actions lend him to helping so many groups throughout Los Angeles. He serves the homeless community of Skid Row by offering Poetry and Art. He works with children that work through learning difficulties, and he is an Ambassador of Humanity! “

Los Angeles Poet Society, 2014

Poet, storyteller Jeffery Martin born in Long beach, Ca. he started writing as a means of escape from the unhappiness he felt. Over the years he has used words to both heal himself and touch others. The author of nine books (4 books of poetry, 3 children’s books, an inspirational book and a play), he uses life experiences as his inspiration behind what he shares with the world.

His latest book Jus Sayin’, is a highly motivational book, it will urge us to see the silver lining in all circumstances, viewing our hardships as…

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Five Star Readers’ Favorite Review “Melancholy’s Autograph”

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Book Review

Melancholy’s Autograph is a collection of short poems written by author Sarah Lamar King. Her feelings bleed upon the page in shades of red, blue, and black. One of the poems, “Mirror,” is interesting because all eight lines rhyme. Other poems like “Refugee” contain profound words like “Tears reveal what the heart can’t speak.” “Trial” will make you think: “To feel everything. And nothing. Simultaneously.” Throughout the book, you’ll find yourself wondering if the author is lamenting the death of a loved one, a breakup, a disease, and you probably won’t be sure which life-altering event she is experiencing. How can she escape it? The book contains elegiac poetry, which laments or refers to someone that’s gone or something that is missing. It could be a person who’s died, a relationship ended, a time in the past, or the author is lamenting a loss. It may be good…

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Emergence – Author Don Beukes

CTU Anthologies bring out the best in me…

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The loss of a dear one

a crippling feeling – You

crawl in the aftermath

ready to fall – Dark

thoughts shroud your

vision, your essence

drowning in a sympathy


Your thoughts swirling

catapulting in a bottomless

abyss – The missing a daily

confessing of unsaid things,

The gems shared – Love once

used to bring.

Avoid this nowhere road

toxic void – Allow yourself to

hear the flapping of wings

speaking of future bright things –

Take a deep slow breath out of the

clutches of a living death.

Let your nerve endings ignite

once again loving feelings

for those left behind – Read once

again their outpouring of love

and promises of all things kind.

Smell once again familiar

scents in a shared aromatic garden,

Let your fingers dig yet again to

plant poignant memories once again –

Your spiritual healing a necessary

urgence – For your…

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