Icarus Girl

S. K. Nicholas


Cold water then it warms a little. Cold tiles beneath her feet like the moon and all those rocks that fly through space without us ever knowing their fate. She stands on tiptoes and looks through the window at the street below. It’s chilly and sunny and smells like coffee. The shower takes an age to get hot so she inspects herself in the mirror by the sink. She got those love handles. She holds them and frowns while inspecting her booty. Too big. Far too big and not in a good way. Turning her nose and shaking her head, she ignores the mirror and touches the water again. Nice and hot, but now it’s too hot, so she fiddles with the taps until it’s just right. When she steps into the bath, she pulls the shower curtain and smiles. She fidgets and shakes her hips before showing her face…

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We Are All Flawed


Naive people tend to generalize people as—-good, bad, kind, or evil based on their actions. However, even the smartest person in the world is not the wisest or the most spiritual, in all matters. We are all flawed…

You will never overcome your self righteousness if you continue to believe that God prefers you over other people. The moment you feel entitled is the moment you feel superior and distance yourself from a humble heart

– Shannon L. Alder –


All of us – all who knew her – felt so wholesome after we cleaned ourselves on her. We were so beautiful when we stood astride her ugliness. Her simplicity decorated us, her guilt sanctified us, her pain made us glow with health, her awkwardness made us think we had a sense of humor. Her inarticulateness made us believe we were eloquent. Her poverty…

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6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Podcasting as a Content Marketing Channel in 2018

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Podcasting has numerous benefits, however, producing an ongoing podcast is a hard nut to crack. It takes more effort than simply clicking ‘Record’ on your smartphone and then uploading it online.

According to a recent Edison Research report, around 98 million US citizens are listening to podcasts annually, with more than 50 million individuals listening to them on a monthly basis. Indeed, the present podcasting explosion has been presaged as the ideal age of podcasts.

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Thursday photo prompt: Footprints #writephoto

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


Every Thursday at noon GMT, I publish one of my photos as a writing prompt.  If you know where the photo was taken, please keep it to yourself until the challenge is closed. I usually share something about the place during the round-up.

Throughout the week I will feature as many of the responses here on the Daily Echo as space allows. Every week, a full round-up of posts will be published linking back to the original posts of contributors.

You can find all last week’s entries in the weekly round-up. Please visit and read the stories and poems and explore the sites of their writers. I feature as many contributions as I can on the blog during the week, but given the volume of contributions that will seldom  be all of them!

The best way to ensure your post is featured is to send it well before the deadline…

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Thursday photo prompt: Footprints #writephoto



how naïve they could be
heaven knows what keep them
hard it may be to be free
hoping they found a gem

over and above the challenges
only they know the truth
oh, no need for the fuss
once upon on their youth

venturing out to the wider world
vowing to keep their promises
violets or roses she hurled
victory it wasn’t and thus

enduring pain and heartache
every step made on the sand
enormity of what’s on stake
end of friendship on a quicksand*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trolaan

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Moon Writing – from Alienora’s Anthology

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Reblogged from Alienora’s Anthology:


So beautiful was the Moon that night; photo after photo I took on my mobile phone. At one point, as the huge orb emerged from cloud, it looked just like the Eye of Horus; at another, with sweeping tails of colour flaring and flaming behind, it resembled a fiery sky dragon.

 Luminescent. Magical.

 I was entranced.

The next morning, I, like the butterfly in a classic haiku, am fragile and over-full: Three streams of emotional water meeting and pouring into the source. I hurt. All over. Physically, mentally, emotionally.

That I am alive to, and living through, the current Full Moon energies, I do not doubt, having, since I was tiny, responded intimately to the lunar phases – and, in the days before I knew the links, weeping or growling in a void of painful mystery and deep loneliness.

That it is easy? I will not…

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Sweet Orange and Mango Butter Lip Balm

ravenhawks' magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

For some reason my other half and my daughter both use plenty of lip balms, they must both have unusually dry lips! My daughter loses her lip balms constantly, so this is recipe I have made for her that will keep her in lip balm for a while and has the added benefit of not […]

via Sweet Orange and Mango Butter Lip Balm — Harebell & Betony

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