A Pause for the Blog: Creative Clean Up & Other Ideas

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Hello, Happy People! Candice here…Candice always here unless otherwise statedūüėČ

I just wanted to stop in and give you a bit of news. After some prayer and decision making, I’ve decided to give ICFTS a bit of a pause for maintenance.

HOW LONG IS THIS PAUSE?

I won’t be away too long. I plan to resume regular posting come Wednesday, October 12th, 2016.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING DURING THIS ABSENCE?

I will be trimming a bit of the fat on this blog, reassessing my brand and expression.

I will be removing some postings while cleaning up others that I think are still relevant. If you have not noticed already, I’ve done a bit of trimming and cutting within my Menu…still more work to do there.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY BLOG NOVEL ASCENSION GRAVEYARD?

Well, AG will also continue to be on hold, but if you haven’t read the previously posted chapters you can do so by clicking TABLE OF CONTENTS.

ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW?

Actually, yes! And this is MOST exciting!

  • I am working on creating my Author Page, a platform for me to advertise and sell my upcoming novels. More information about that will be shared soon, as I will also be working on that in my absence. There will be a link under the ‘About’ tab in my main menu here on ICFTS.
  • My hope is to have my first ebook for sale by December 2016 or January¬†2017. Typing this even gives me excited butterflies!¬†All information about that and how You can be a part of that process will be found on my Author Page as well.
  • I am working on relaunching my jewelry line, Shizen Brook¬†which is exciting. You can follow the Etsy Shop now and be right in place for updates and information about other social media platforms my handmade jewelry can be found.

So that is it in a nutshell. Clean up takes time and work. It requires not just having goals but creating a solid plan to see those goals come to life. In other words, it all takes time.

As Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. of Redemption Church said,

A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Thanks for your patience and your prayers as I strive to see my goals through with solid plans and purpose.

I’m very excited about this new season in my creativity and I am glad to have you all along for the journey.

Stay tuned and see you Wednesday, October 12th!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

*Picture courtesy of www.Pixabay.com

I came for the soup: Welcome To The Table

 

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Welcome to I Came for the Soup! a blog journey chronicling my growth in Faith, Art & Fiction. To read about the blog name and how the blog began, click HERE.

Be sure to not only visit the drop-down menus, like ‘Welcome’ found under the About tab¬† but also click each title of menu subjects for a brief explanation of each topic. For example, take a look at ‘Fiction.’

You are welcome to glean inspiration, and share it, as I get better acquainted with my goals of nourishing my soul as well as honoring the 5 process principles of creativity; to Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Also, feel free to read through my Blog Novel, titled ASCENSION GRAVEYARD. New chapters are posted often and feedback is always welcome. To read along, click HERE.

If you’d like to send me a message, you can do so at: icameforthesoup@gmail.com

Enjoy the soup!

Taking Advantage of the Holiday: Resting and Plans and Such

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It’s a holiday here and so I am taking advantage and indulging in rest. That said, I intend to give a future posting sometime this week detailing my plans for the coming months, not only for this blog and changes that will be made but ¬†for my Author Page that is soon to come.

Stay tuned and celebrate with safety!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

He Holds It All Together: A Scripture & Song

 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the Head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. ~Colossians 1:15-20

It is my pleasure to speak of Yeshua Jesus, the God of Creation, the Beloved King and lover of my soul. When it seems my world is falling apart or even just shaking so much that my vision is blurred, I take rest in the truth that He is in control and holds ALL things together. He holds me. He loves me. And He loves you.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Sleeping into Dreams: Results for Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt August 29th 2016

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Sleeping into Dreams: Flash Fiction

The sun and the heat, dancing with the gentle bounce of the truck had lulled him into a hungry state for sleep, one that was too much to ignore. It didn’t matter anyway. He had no idea where he was or where exactly he was going.

Turning off the ignition, he rested his head against the steering wheel. He needed the rest. His mind had been cranking nearly as hard as the vintage gears of his late grandfather’s truck.

The old man had passed less than a week ago. Funny how his kids wanted to get everything over with as soon as possible, his aunt had said. They literally went through the old man’s good’s like a swarm of hungry locust.

He got the truck. He also got out of town.

It wasn’t his initial plan, to just up and leave. But his life had suddenly turned over on its head just as if a wild chance of lightening had struck. Oddly enough, the hard crack of lightening hitting the old oak tree out front, the sound of it, had given the old man a heart attack.

The jarring hit of it all still had his head spinning, and so he ran…drove away.

The truck wasn’t the only thing he’d gotten. The old man had given him half of his finances. He had raised him since he was eleven when his parents drowned on vacation.

Now, just barely twenty-three, he was in a similar state of greiving, feeling the sudden heat of change and the desire to sleep it off.

He had just shy of six figures boiling in his bank account and that was only what the old man had left him.

He figured he’d sleep himself into a dream, dream up a plan and go from there.

THE END

*These are my free flow writing results for Monday’s Muse August 29th, 2016. Thank you for reading. To give the writing prompt a try, click the above link.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015

You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book.

Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it.

Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace.

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You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.)

First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke.

You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a mess.

Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it.

Your body is awake and hyped up on adrenaline but your eyes have tapped out.

It simply means you are tired. It’s okay to be tired and even more so to rest. It is better to rest than run on fumes. The worst things happen when we write on fumes.

WHY SHOULDN’T WE WRITE WHEN WORD WEARY?:

When you are weary, anxiety kicks in, and with anxiety that beast called ‘Frustration’, that tells you to rush everything just to get it out.

What should have been detailed, fantastic scenes, full of punch and climactic power, end up confused, stuttered, and limp like cold spaghetti noodles.

All that fire of your creativity will get quenched by exhaustion and confusion will rob you of your train of thought.

When you read that section of writing later, you will think of it as junk, lose interest in what should have been a great nugget of creative work.

What could have been a great idea for later, has now turned to dust and fallen through the crevices of your keyboard.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?:

Your imagination was no longer flowing smoothly with the rest of your  skills and everything became a frustrated blur.

But you just HAD to write a few more words, right? WRONG!

SO WHAT DO YOU DO IN THESE MOMENTS?:

Some people get a caffeine fix, but even that will buy you only so much concentration time.

There is¬† a saying in visual art that is, “Know when to cut off your own hand.” The phrase is referring to knowing when a piece is finished before you take it from great to ruined with one stroke, and to a point of no return.

As writers, we need to know when to “cut off our own hands” or at least bind them for a time especially when we are WORD WEARY.

When we feel our eyes growing heavy from looking at a computer screen for hours, we should give ourselves a break:

  • Jot down our ideas and come back to them later.
  • Write them (type them) like you would a quick synopsis.
  • Record them with a voice recorder just as if you were writing the scene out by hand, and then type it later. There are so many options.

FOR THE FUTURE:

If you are not already in the habit of doing so, plan blocks of time to write. This will help keep you from becoming frustrated with Word Weariness.

  • Try to write at least 1 hour a day to no more than 3 hours per session if you choose to have more than one writing session a day.

I am still working out the kinks with this, but I know it is successful because I used this system two three years in a row for NaNoWriMo, and was able to have more than 50,000 viable words before the end of 30 days.  It also kept me from wearing myself out.

Now I am allotting at least 1.5 hours a day to Ascension Graveyard during the day, with 1.5+ hours in the evening for editing and revising other works. 

Writing, being creative is an organic, asymmetrical expression, that although free flowing, still needs to be tamed. It’s wise to catch it when it sparks, but just like a¬†fire that is left uncontrolled, it will burn you out when it was only meant to warm you.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP FOR BECOMING WORD WEARY?

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

 

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: August 29th 2016

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OPENING LINE (S): ‚ÄúThe sun and the heat, dancing with the gentle bounce of the truck had lulled him into a hungry state for sleep, one that was too much to ignore. It didn’t matter anyway. He had no idea where he was or where exactly he was going.‚ÄĚ

RULES: 

  • Using the above line and the picture provided, (Or a line of your own choosing) create a story (or even a poem) within up¬†to 20 minutes.
  • Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of THIS POST to your story for others to read,¬†as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your ‚Äútags‚ÄĚ section, add the tag¬†‚ÄúMonday‚Äôs Muse.‚ÄĚ

If you do not have a blog of your own, leave me a comment and send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post your lovely words here on my blog.

(PLEASE KEEP ENTRIES THAT NEED TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG WITHIN A PG13 RANGE. THANK YOU)

My results will be posted by Thursday.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

And the Woman Writes: Progress with Ascension Graveyard

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“She sat, her fingers burning with the fire to press the keys of her keyboard, her ears greedy for the familiar tattoo that sounded off along with each word born upon her computer screen. With a vengeance, she set her pages ablaze!”

Progress, progress. As you’ve noticed, instead of the next chapter to Ascension Graveyard, I have given you this…a heartfelt report.

Writing this novel has been a great study in patience for me. Currently, things are going very well. I am carefully considering what parts of former chapters will be used in the future and which will be sent to the waste bin, while also building new threads.

As it stands, I have run out of completed chapters to share.

In the past, I would have freaked out about this. Alas, I am older now and know to give myself some grace here. Creativity is a process. Revising while building takes a different kind of focus than writing a story straight from scratch or revising what has been completed.

I hope to have some new chapters soon…I say soon because I don’t want to default on a promise for next week or even the week to follow.

Nevertheless, do stay tuned. New chapters will return as we have a blog novel to complete!

Until next time.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!