Dreams don’t have an expiration date.” ~ Jesse Duplantis
As long as there is still breath in your lungs and life in your heart, there is still time for you to achieve your dream. Dreams are seeds, and with all things born of seeds, they have their season to grow.
The word of God says it like this,
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” ~ECCLESIASTES 3:1 KJV (See vs 1-8)
Maybe your dream has not yet come into its season. DON’T. GIVE. UP! There is still time. Maybe you are someone who has invested many years, along with tears, into a vision that seems to remain fruitless or blurred. Again I say, don’t give up.
If you know in the center of your being that what you are aiming to do is from God, and screams to be birthed, no matter the obstacles or the detours, keep holding out in faith and keep cultivating what is inside of you.
Joseph had many dreams to become a ruler, but it took seventeen years of sorrow and trials before he had developed the character to reign over Egypt. (GENESIS 37-44)
Even Moses had to spend some time in the wilderness–forty years to be exact–before he was able to truly take up the mantle of deliverer of the Children of Israel from Egyptian bondage.
Abraham, the Father of our Faith, had to weight twenty-five years before the child of promise, Isaac, was conceived from the barren womb of his wife Sarah.
All of these people of faith had to operate in faith, no matter the challenges before they received what they dreamed of in their spirits.
So do we.
The truth is that dreams don’t expire, but people can sometimes in the midst of a seeming defeat throw them away.
Don’t throw your dreams away. Take whatever steps you can today to prepare for your tomorrow. Little seeds bear great fruit if cultivated with care. Keep the faith and keep pressing. Your season is yet to come!
Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves. ~PSALM 126:5-6 CSB
As I stood on the precipice of 2017 fading into the past, while the glow of 2018 brightened into the future, one constant remained the same: the need for growth and the necessity of change.
For several months now, and dare I say for the last couple of years, I have been prayerfully considering what I can do to not only make ICFTS more relevant for you but also increasingly beneficial for me.
When I started this journey, the sole purpose was to afford myself the opportunity to tap into my creativity whilst sharing my progress with others. But over the years, although my creative mining ventures continue, how I present and would like to present content to you has evolved.
What was once “I came for the soup: nourishing the Faith, Art, & Fiction in my soul,” has transformed into “I came for the soup: nourishing the Faith, Arts, & Vision in the creative soul.”
My focus for this platform has grown from sole to mutual. Although many of the creative themes that I will continue to touch on will touch upon fiction and art, weekly motivations will be broadened to better reach the heart of any and all creatives striving to flourish in their creative dream.
The Menu options have also evolved with new categories that are more user-friendly.
Create: Here you will find writing prompts and exercises, writing tips, and soon, creative options for the visual arts. And, perhaps, artists, writers, and other creatives who I believe are gems worth knowing about.
Faith & Motivations: Faith in Christ and His Word is the foundation upon which ICFTS is built. I believe that since we are created in His image and Have His divine DNA, like Him, the Creator of all existence, we all have the ability to create. But to do so with confidence and purposeful direction, we must have faith. Here, we will focus on scripture and ways to better strengthen our spirit and souls as we strive to grow into the fruitful beings we are called to be.
Creative Motivations will continue to give encouragements as we step out in faith toward our creative visions.
My Journal: My journal will be the base for my writings, art, and other projects, as well as musings that I feel led to share with you.
I’m Candice: Is a quick way to get to know me…and icebreaker of sorts.
Shop-icftsENC: One of the exciting projects working on is the ICFTS shop, icfts ENC.Icfts ENC will have apparel, mugs, tote bags, and wall art with clever quotes, inspirations, and motivational reminders to help you along your creative journey. Stay tuned for its reopening this year.
Creative Enc.: Creative Enc. is short for ‘Creative Encouragement.’ This is the base for future creative courses that will be made available in the future.
Guestbook: If ICFTS has blessed and encouraged you in any way, share that with this community. Leave a message in the comments section for others to see and be encouraged. Or send me a personal message by filling out the contact form.
Monday’s Muse: Weekly or bi-weekly writing prompt
Monday Motivation: A Creative Motivation to get you going for the week ahead
Faith Friday: Words of Faith to meditate on over the weekend
In addition to these, I will drop postings in My Journal, so that you can see my creative process.
FOR THE FUTURE:
Along with creative courses, my goal is to be able to present other in-depth content in book form to help you on your way. There is also a creative planner/journal that is currently under wraps, so stay tuned!
Also, this site format will be changing in the future to further aid in easing the navigation process through content.
WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED:
Of course, you can always simply click the ‘follow’ button and get notifications emailed to you each time content is posted. But coming soon, the option to get a weekly update by subscribing to the ICFTS NEWSLETTER will be made available.
For those you subscribe to the newsletter, advanced notice on products as well as creative course will be sent to you ahead of everyone else. It’s like being a VIP.
I NOW HAVE INSTAGRAM:
If following the blog or subscribing to the newsletter isn’t your jam, no worries! You can always follow me on Instagram and click the links in the profile section to see new content.
My Instagram page will give you another peek into my creative world so be sure to link up!
Big things are ahead this year! I hope that we will be blessed to experience them together.
NEW POSTINGS WILL BEGIN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
As always remember to Dream bigger than you ever have before, Imagine beyond all limitations, Believe the impossible, Do the incredible, & CONQUER your goals!
Welcome to this week’s edition of Wisdom From the Writer’s Journal. This week I have the pleasure of passing the ‘pen & pad’ to my blogging pal, Simon of Planet Simon.
Just to get you all acquainted, Simon would like to share a bit about himself, and how you can get in contact with him.
I’m Simon and I’m an engineer from the UK who’s recently found a love of writing. I write for mainly the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. I currently have no books to my name but I’m writing short stories and perfecting my craft as I go.
I’m currently working on my first book but as this is new and I’m trying to do this right progress is slow. But I’m always having new ideas and making sure I keep them safe so that one day I can turn the seed into a great tree!
For my email – come and visit my sites, where you should find my email on my contact pages.
The Origin of Ideas & How I Capture Them by Simon
Before I started writing and blogging I was still a keen listener of music, I was into pop a bit but it never made me get ‘that feeling’.
I loved big orchestras playing big music, especially for movie themes and I would listen and imagine great wizards, dragons, battles of old and adventures to places never before seen or thought of. It stirred my soul.
I’ve often mentioned my love of Epica and two steps from hell. Listening to this brought me to places never before thought of and ideas that I thought I should write down.
I left them. Some of the ideas stayed and some have gone forever. I eventually started writing them down in an app from Google called KEEP. It syncs with all my devices and I can keep them safe.
It might be that you have a pad and paper, but whatever happens, keep it close and write those ideas down.
Today’s seed is tomorrow’s tree. Don’t worry if they change, they will. But write it down or you will forget!
Not all my ideas come from music, some are from thoughts, concepts and random things I’ve thought of and developed. But writers, you must keep them safe. They are yours to nurture.
So to recap on Simon’s behalf:
Ideas can come from anywhere especially music: Find what inspires you most and run with it.
Never let an idea drift away: Use whatever resources you have, from pen and pad, to cool apps like ‘Keep’to store them for later.
Never underestimate a creative idea: Something small today can become a big adventure tomorrow!
Thanks again, Simon, for your words of wisdom! Until next time, folks!
Hello my friends! Let me start by telling you this random tidbit, I just LOVE Thursdays! They are like my favorite day of the week!
Okay, enough of that. On to business. And what business you might be wondering. Well the business of IDEAS, and progressive movement.
I have been blessedly overtaken by a slew of creative ideas and organization which gives me a better view and grasp for the future I aim to take hold of.
For a while I felt as if I was trudging through muddy thoughts and false starts but now the light of creative direction is shining brightly, praise Yeshua Jesus!
The ideas are in 4 areas: Blog, Books, Blog Novel, Business
First item of said business: the BLOG.
Blog: Since I changed my blog theme a few months back to Libretto, I feel as if my blog thoughts have become more cohesive. Its like this theme has somehow taken my jumbled ideas and put them into a type of order.
I am grateful for that.
Before, I felt as if (with the blog, Blog novel and other things) I was just throwing thoughts out randomly and hoping that something would stick.
But Libretto has this snazzy way of gently separating things, and with that comes this feeling of separate and orderly thoughts. That, and the fact that since this past July I have shed a TON of distraction and excess baggage from my life that has freed up a whole lot of clear thinking space. Things are beginning to make sense…again.
So what are my ideas for the Blog:
Regular Blogging Schedule & Topics: Truth be told, I have already begun to blog on a regular schedule but I plan to add a few more topics to my sharing world: Music Interludes, Words of Faith, and WRITING CHALLENGES & PROMPTS!!!!
I am REALLY excited about the writing challenges and prompts! Yes, we have Musing Monday’s, but before Monday was Tuesday and on Tuesday was some really fun and wacky writing prompts that yielded some delightful fruits.
I will begin by REPOSTING some of my older Writing Prompts starting NEXT THURSDAY. But if you’d like to take a sneak peek, you can do so by clicking the link under the FICTION TAB called WRITING PROMPTS.
Add more titles to My Favorite Writes: Don’t get me wrong. I would like for all of my stories to be read, BUT in light of the reality that this is not the case, I am going to continue to highlight those stories I am most in love with. You can find those by clicking HERE.
Creating an Author Page for Published Works (COMING SOON) : My goal has always been to publish my works, and I aim to do so no later than Fall of 2016. The self-titled Author Page will be up February 2016. That blog will be more geared around published works soon to hit the market, future projects and who I am as an author. (I will share more on that in the new year.)
Books: What’s on the Menu
I know that ASCENSION GRAVEYARD has been the only novel of mine (Though still unfinished…we will get to that) that the blog universe has seen, however I have over 125 titles, several have already been started and many have been completed including several rounds of revisions and editing.
With that being the case, its time to allow those stories to shine, even while AG works out its issues.
Revise WARDEN, and NEXUS GATE 4037: THE ANIMAL, for Self-Publication in 2016: I am super excited about these two titles as both were written during my June version of NaNoWriMo. Unlike AG, both were completed in less than 90 days, and both are part of separate series! I will share a few chapters of WARDEN (as that will be the first to be published) here on I Came For The Soup on the debut day of my Author Page! I will be expecting some feedback too folks.
Continue to write other novels that are whispering: I have mentioned that I wanted to challenge myself with writing straight up romance. Well, I have been doing that. Saturday nights are dedicated to my work on an Clean Read Inspirational Romance, titled “Where She Lands.” This story whispers on the weekend and I take the time to listen while I rest from AG, Warden and Nexus Gate.
What’s happening with Ascension Graveyard, your Blog Novel?
Don’t think AG has been neglected even though no new chapters have been shared in a loooonnnggg while. I am still ripping it apart in order to piece it back together.
One of the biggest revelations I had to come to was accepting that although I will digitally self-publish this book in the future, I have no idea how near that future is. AG, like every story, has its own character and flow, length and detail. This story is more “involved” than I had been allowing it to be. It may end up being long, or far shorter than I imagine. But in order for it to be either I must weed out the noise that is holding it back. Which is what I am currently doing.
What I can guarantee is that the finished product, plot and all, will be completely different even from what is currently posted. Such is the world of revisions and rewrites.
What’s the Business:
I have already given you a dim look into the world of Shizen Brook: Art Prints and Fashion Accessories, but much more is on the horizon. Learning to take my time is key. The itch to rush ahead and try to produce certain products NOW can be tough, but in order for anything to stand and stand long, it must have deep roots.
I intend to make Shizen Brook grow and grow deep. My vision grows clearer day by day. Products are being designed and my Advertising Degree is being but to good use.
I know that I am holding gold I just need to purify it, if you will.
Keep to production schedule: After the Holidays have gone, I introduce my late Winter and Early Spring line of jewelry
Create a blog to share my progress:Although I don’t mind it at all sharing what I am doing here, I think with the direction I am headed with this company, it is best to give it its own platform.
So those are my ideas in a nutshell. Thanks for stopping by!
Last year, about mid-way between starting this blog and now, I started developing Writing Prompts and Exercises.
For at least the last few months I have not created a single prompt, as I have been striving to get my life in order so that I can have more time working on the blog and writing my beloved novels.
As March was reborn this 2015, I found myself asking the God of Creation, what was I supposed to do now that there were no distractions to keep me from blogging. I mean yes, the simple answer is to create blogs, but I am a person who likes to “sow” and not “throw” my seed if you get what I mean?
In answer to my query, Yeshua Jesus gave me the simplest answer; “Do what you did at the beginning.”
What did I do at the beginning? I allowed art to bear fruit in whatever way it saw fit, but I allowed it to do so within parameters. In short, I made a deal with myself and my creativity to spend 15 to 20 minutes free flow writing, and an equal amount of time exploring different expressions of art.
I say all of that to say this, will you create with me? It will help us keep in touch.
I enjoy doing free flow writes so much, but I really like doing them with an image as inspiration.
Post an image at the beginning of the week on the blog (It will be housed under my FICTION Tab in the Main Menu on Mondays, titled Monday’s Muse. )
Underneath that image I will write the first line that comes to mind. (Some images I will leave without a first line for you. You can even leave me one of your choosing and I will attempt to create a written piece off of the best line I choose from your comments (I will need those posted by Wednesday.)
YOUR TASK: Link up with that image and create a semi-free flow write (as I will be giving you the first line) of your own within 15 to 20 minutes.
Once you have finished your story, attach a link back to my blog and lets see what we each come up with. Let’s create together!
If this sounds like something you would like to do, check out my page every Monday and be ready to share your results by Thursday that same week! I will have a Category titledMonday’s Muse under the Writing Prompts Tab.
New month means new life and new adventures. February, Black History month, awesome. Even more awesome is the fact that we as creative beings are blessed to create more. When I think of the month of February, the colors that come to mind are Red and Orange, like fire. I image being engulfed in a flaming, dark cloud, but not to be consumed in destroyed, but more like a Phoenix ready to be reborn…spring is just around the corner. (It had better be, if Puxatnoy Phil knows what’s good for him. Phil, the beloved ground hog who see’s or does not see his shadow in a prelude to spring or an extension of winter, for those of you who do not know who he is.)
January for me in terms of color brings to mind cool blues and, icy grays along side brilliant whites and sparkling silvers. Its like fresh laundry ready to be folded. Everything is clean and set to be put in its place. Spring time is when you get to wear it. So January we began the adventure of blogging. We started out with Quarters, daily taking 15 minutes to either write freely whatever came to mind, to draw or to do both. I also shared some other projects in between.
Now with the laundry all done and folded, I am ready to put things in their proper place. The Phoenix is preparing to rise from the smoke and ash. Starting now and moving ahead into the rest of 2014, I would like to post with greater purpose with set goals in mind, goals beyond just exploration of creativity. That is the Old which will continue to aid with the new. Now I would like to not only continue with Creative quarters, but I would like to set more defined destinations. The list is as follows:
1. I would like to publish an illustrated short story every 2 months. These works will be separate from Freewrites and have no more than 7500 words.
2. As for Freewrites, this month and maybe even next month, I would like to base these off of images, write from sight. If you are interested in helping in this post a picture for me that you think would make a great catalyst for a Freewrite and I will write a story for it, and mention you in the story explanation. This is indeed a community effort after all. I will choose 1 to 3 images per week to write from.
3. Polish up this brand. Honestly, I had not thought of this blog as a “brand” but the reality is…well it is. My page still lacks visual originality. This month I would like to change that.
4. I will also link with Pinterest (Look up my board via my Email address firstname.lastname@example.org in order to see what I am doing there or just click pinterest)to share images of inspiration for my writing and art. We all have things that inspire us so let’s share!
This is my new Recipe in light of my shunning of “Rules”…we break rules, but we gladly take suggestions and Recipes are definitely suggestions.