Year: 2014

Fountains of Living Water

  I want to share a word of Joy and Faith for Sukkot (Tabernacles) The (ceremony called ) Hoshana Rabbah is done on the last day of the festive days. It is believed that the amount of RAIN WATER FALL would be determined on this day. Through rain are our seeds fed and made able to bring fourth fruits. (Sukkot also celebrates the previous years provision with thanksgiving). In Zechariah 14:16-19 we read the support of this. BUT OH WHAT JOY DO WE HAVE IN YESHUA OR KING AND MESSIAH! For not ONLY did He fulfill His Word in Tabernacling with us, but He fulfilled Isaiah 55 “Oh everyone who thirst come to the waters…” We find our Messiah in the Gospel of John 7:37-39 offering these very life giving waters with power and grace! “On the last and greatest day (Hoshana Rabbah) of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living …

Writing Prompt: Did Somebody Say Murder?!

  Writing Prompt Time: 20-45min RULES: Imagine you are the number one suspect in a murder investigation, (it can be old west, intergalactic, whatever), but all the investigators are concerned about, and keep asking you about is why you are wearing the color BLUE. *This prompt can be serious or quirky, it really is a matter of your imagination. Cheers! And as always, REMEMBER, if you participate in the challenge, please add a link back to this page and share your results! I shall have my results posted next Tuesday.

Writing Prompt: The First Line

  TIME LIMIT: 30min CHALLENGE: The opening line of every story, and ever poem, every movie, etcetera, is one that gives the audience a sample of what is to come. It sets the stage for the characters and presents the tension or laughter that awaits those who are following along within our imaginations. When we write (when I write) I do my best to make sure that the first line hooks my readers. But what if you don’t have control over WHAT that first line says, or for that matter the LAST line either? In this challenge you are to use 30 minutes or less to write a story or a poem using both a generic opening line as well as ending line.  Let’s get our jars out once again! RULES: *note* have each group prepared before you begin drawing from the jar(s) this way your drawing process will be more authentic and random. 1.  Put 5 nouns in a jar. Example: She, He, The Cat etc. 2. Next 5 words like IS, WAS, HAS …

Writing Exercise: “Say again”

  I don’t know about you, but it really grinds my nerves when I am immersed in a wonderfully written story only to get distracted by the authors usage of a cliches and predictable  metaphors. These things are like jarring fists to the brain…at least in my opinion. Worst of all, as a writer myself, sometimes I am guilty of doing this; “Stick out like a sore thumb,” “One fell swoop,” “Cry over spilled milk” “Like a bat out of hell.” I think you get the picture. (Yet another overused cliche  to drive home the point. ) ARRRGGGH! It just keeps happening!” In this Writing Exercise to do exactly what the picture to the left says; stop, look, listen…and Beware of trains. Yes, trains, the cliches and overused metaphors are TRAINS! They are dangerous when not driven with care. But stop and think about what you are saying. Look at the imagery that you are creating, and listen to what it is that you have finished saying. EXERCISE: 1. Take the time and choose an …

Writing Prompt: Person, Place and Thing

Writing Prompt: Person, Place & Thing TIME LIMIT: 45 min to 50 min CHALLENGE: Nouns are such lovely things…or not things 😉 In this challenge we will gather random nouns and in 45 minutes create a poem or short story involving them. If you need any help with your choices visit my Pinterest page for some help. Follow the LINK. I have a collection of places to choose from, found on my “places of inspiration” board.  The Challenge sounds obvious but I assure you there is a bit of fun involved. RULES: Persons: Choose 5 names. Make up 5 names, male and female for  a total of 5 altogether. Write them down on five pieces of paper and set them in a pile. (or gather 5 images of people off the net that peak your interest, and put their images in a pile. (Make sure the contents of each page is hidden from your view.) Places: Choose 5 places and write them down on 5 slips of paper and set those in a pile. (Think …

Writing Guidelines…What you do with what you learn

Originally posted on I came for the soup…:
? A few weeks back I said that I would post my “rules” or “Guidelines” for writing. I have four and they are very helpful and freeing when I take time to actually reference them and apply them to my work. Just a bit of background about how these Guidelines came to be.  A few years back my eldest sister created a creative writing workshop book. I was her guinea pig. There were several workshops that I still use today. One of them that I really enjoyed was where I had to gather images that reminded me of the fictional worlds I was was creating and post them around the area that I was writing in and to see how seeing these images influenced my work. Great. The other workshop was to make a list of 4 of my favorite authors, find a quote of theirs that spoke about their writing process, and from there, come up with 4 guidelines that I could follow to help me…

Writing Prompt 2: All I Need

Writing Prompt: All I need TIME LIMIT: 20-25min (Give yourself and additional 3 to 5 min for parts 1 and 2. The less time you have the more honest you will be with your answers.) CHALLENGE:  Imagine it is the end of the world as you know it. (You can take this figuratively or literally…its your world after all.) You have limited time to flee to safety and you have limited space. You can only carry up to 5 of the most important things you will need to survive. NO MORE THAN 5. What is it that you will carry with you? RULES: Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you would NOT be able to survive without. Take 3 to 5 minutes and write down the 5 items you ABSOLUTELY DON’T NEED AT ALL.  Trash the list under point 1. Now take the list of Absolutely unnecessary items and write a poem/short short story about why you or your character just can’t live in a world without these 5 items. …

Writing Exercise 1:”Crystal Clear”

“Crystal Clear.” When I hear that phrase, apart from the understanding that something is presented without any room for confusion, the first thought that comes to mind is water.  This writing exercise is about the marriage of the two; clarity and water, woven around the basic idea of using our words wisely and carefully. TIME: 14 Days. DESCRIPTION: Learn how to choose your words wisely. Too many words can be distracting. Too few words can be confusing. This exercise is about training yourself to know when to use less vs more, and still maintain the impactful clarity that your writing needs to grip its readers without distracting them from the main plot. INSTRUCTIONS: For this writing exercise, choose an image involving water. I have collected several that can be found on my “Art” board on my Pinterest Page for you to use if you would like or you can obtain your own. Next, take no more than 5 minutes to study the image that you have chosen. After such time write down the clearest description …

Hearing the Sound of My Voice: Creative Discovery

We all know the little ditty “April showers bring May flowers.” We come out of winter (those of us who live above the Equator or who live in 4 season regions) only to find ourselves skipping between sunshine and rain, smiles and frowns, anxiety and hope. Is the winter really over or is nature just playing tricks on me? Before I go on let me just say rain is such an amazing thing. We often frown when it comes and we had been hoping for sunshine, but the sound of rain is so soothing. Its in the tremble of the water droplets and the crack and roll of thunder and lightening that we…rest. We calm down inwardly and are given moments of repose to think. The rain washes away but it also breathes new life…think on that for a while. Understanding creative voice is dependent upon listening to it when it speaks.” This April has given me so many of ups and downs and ins and outs. I have battled with time, struggled to maintain …

Moment of Clarity

I have already used this quote, but I figure since I am putting this in the “Quote” section of the blog, I have the green light to blog it again…that and the first time I used the quote there were no graphics to go along with it. I call her Clarity. You will find her on my main banner. She is my avatar for lack of a better word. Above her head, or my head, is a dove. The dove is the image of the Holy Spirit, God with me. It is through Him that I truly find Clarity.