I came for the soup: Welcome To The Table

 

Faith Art Fiction

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!

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: August 29th 2016

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OPENING LINE (S): “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.”

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 “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.”

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!

 

Be Brave: A Quote

Promise me you’ll always remember-you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

~Christopher Robin to Pooh

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Being discouraged by circumstances or challenges is easy. It’s deciding to overcome them and be victorious that takes courage and strength. the beauty is, just like with any muscle, whenever their is resistance applied and a push back given in the face of resistance, do we see strength and growth occur. our courage, our hearts, require healthy doses of resistance in order to grow strong. whatever you’ve set your heart to do, be brave in your doing. discouragement can always be turned on its head and be the stepping stone to CATAPULT you to your goal. if the dream is in you, it only means you were meant to see it as a reality. Be Brave and keep creating!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Remembering Compassion While Fulfilling Your Passion: Guest Post by Phoenix Grey

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal.” This week, I have the pleasure of turning over the pad and pen to a wonderful blogger and writer Phoenix Grey.

Bio: “I have been writing seriously for the past three years, though I don’t have anything published beyond what’s on my blog. I write fantasy fiction, and sometimes science fiction. I love to share my stories, and I love to read anything I come across. Words are what I feel comfortable with, they take me to other worlds and inspire me every day.”

To find out more about Phoenix Grey you can do so by following her on these social media platforms:

Now on to her amazing offering of wisdom!

Compassion In Writing by Phoenix Grey

One thing I’ve learned about writing is that it requires commitment. Especially for big projects like novels. It takes time. It takes passion.

The best advice I’ve received is to write every day, but what when this isn’t possible? What when you’ve set yourself a daily, or even weekly, goal, and you don’t meet it?

This happened to me recently. I’ve just started a first draft and set myself a goal of 1000 words a day. I felt that was achievable for me. But then, only a week after I’d started, some unexpected events happened and the words didn’t get written.

At first, I got angry at myself and felt like I’d failed. You’re supposed to write through thick and thin, right? Come what may.

Sometimes, though, you need to have some compassion towards yourself. Writing isn’t meant to be a chore, it’s meant to be enjoyable. Yes, sometimes you have to sit down and make yourself start to write when you don’t want to, but I think we’re all capable of knowing when we’re procrastinating and when real life events have to take priority.

Sometimes you’re ill, or your child is, or your partner is. Sometimes a disaster happens in your home or your job. Those things often require all of your attention.

Or maybe you get depressed and you struggle to even breathe some days. Maybe you suffer from some other form of mental illness and some days are just too much to take.

That’s all okay. It’s okay to care about yourself, your family, your bill-paying job. It’s okay to put something ahead of your writing for a little while – even a long while if that’s what it takes.

Priorities are just that. Priorities. And sometimes your writing isn’t at the top of the list. Sometimes, everything you planned to do gets abandoned due to unforeseen circumstances. That’s okay. When things are back on track, reschedule.

Personally, this is something I’ve struggled with. Once I’ve planned to do something, especially if I’ve written it down, I feel the need to do it. But plans can, and sometimes have to be, remade.

That’s okay too. Life needs to be flexible, because when it’s not, it’s more stressful. So sit down and relax when you need to, take care of other things when you need to. Don’t hold yourself to a goal set on a day, or at a time, that was easier. Be as compassionate towards yourself as you would be to others.

Words I am trying to live by:

Treat others as you would wish to be treated, and treat yourself as you would treat others.

So, what do you think? Are you compassionate about your writing? Do you struggle to forgive yourself for missing a self-imposed goal or deadline? Let us know in the comments below.

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Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: August 22nd, 2016

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OPENING LINE (S): “They’d been walking for three hours. The car had run out of gas that far back. She’d stayed with him, but she still hadn’t told him her name.”

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 “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.”

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!

Chapter 33: Ascension Graveyard by Candice Coates

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Chapter 33

The Encounter Blog interview with Etta Castle Teague

HL: Even though I laugh, I have to say I am hurt that you think no one else gets what is going on but you and Baldwin Falk. Others of us can see what’s happening too, you know.

ECT: (Silence) I never liked going to the eye doctor as a child. Mr. Albert insisted, of course. I hated how they would push my face up against that weird mask thing, and ask, while they flipped different lenses over in front of my straining eyes, “lens A or B? A or B?”, and right when I had made a choice and felt like I had gotten the right focus, they threw me a curve ball of lens C. Which meant my focus was all out of whack again.

They did all of this Just to figure out which was the most focused lens for my eyes.

The reality of life is that we are often looking through the wrong lens and need someone to just come up to us, and give us a different perspective, whether we like it or not. Lens A or lens B? Sometimes I would rather scrap both without ever having to look through C.

HL: I get it.

ECT: Do you?

HL: Yes. You, Mrs. Teague, have trust issues.

ECT: No, I just don’t have time to flip your lenses while keeping mine in focus. And it’s Castle-Teague.

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Etta lay awake staring up through the blackness of the night to her ceiling. Baldwin was pretty certain she had a concussion and had talked nearly non-stop since they left the hospital—which he protested doing—and even clear into the morning. That was just before he suddenly disappeared.

It hadn’t mattered much, the fact he had done everything in his power to prevent her from sleeping, although the sudden exit did chaff her. As lethargic as she had been feeling she was too shaken to actually sleep. She still hadn’t heard from Jørn although she had heard him come in almost two hours after she had crawled into bed. He hadn’t even bothered to come to their bedroom. Instead, he’d gone straight to the guest room.

But it’s Awesome: A Quote

It’s not all easy , but I think it’s all awesome.” ~Kris Langham

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I am pretty certain if anyone sat down and told a caterpillar the work that it was going to take not only for it to transform into a butterfly but just being able to break free of the future environment that will keep them safe but will soon be the very thing that holds them back, that they would rethink the whole metamorphosis thing.

But then…maybe not.  I think the guaranteed results of flying would be too much to resist. (There is a greater spiritual component here and I’m going to have to share it later I another post in the future.)

Transformation takes transition. Being able to fly is a right that comes from gaining power and strength from the struggle found in transition.

If a caterpillar never struggled to break free of its cocoon, the place that once was its protection while in transition, it would never have the strength to take to the skies.

There are dreams and greatness in each of us, but to see those dreams manifest there must be change and maturity, transformation in transition.  We must gain strength through the struggle.

Change is never easy. It can actually be painful, but oh when you gain the fruits of the change and see your goal and dream take flight it is oh so AWESOME!

Be encouraged!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!