All posts tagged: plans

The Call to Create: Taking the Steps to Walk in Your Vision

I had the pleasure last month of seeing a meme on social media that said something like, “My 2018 begins in February. January was just the free-trial month.” I, like you, I am sure, smiled at the sentiment. No, we don’t really get to have free-trial periods for our civil new years, but we do get to take some time to plan out what we want to see in the months to come. For many around me, January came with a punch that was comparable to galeforce winds. Many had continuous battles with sicknesses passed from family member to family member as if they were sharing trading cards. Some felt defeated by the reminder of failed goals that seemed to follow behind them like cans tied to their legs with strings. Many felt overwhelmed and disappointed that the ringing of the midnight bell did not wipe away the heavy demands that were still weighing on them from the year past. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt But one thing remained …

Back from Sabbatical: What’s on in My Creative World?

Hello, Fellow Creatives! It’s been several weeks since I made an official post. Yes, I have done as I suspected and dropped a few creative seeds here and there but this is a legit planned and on purpose posting. Over the past few weeks, I have been taking the time to go over my answers from the 12-week Creative Course, Sow the Seeds and Seize the Dream. What I discovered most was that even though I created the questions, I was able to gain a lot of creative introspection once I answered them. As a result, my creative path is more fine-tuned. If you haven’t given the course a go I do recommend it! SO WHAT’S NEW? I initially planned to dive right back into my scheduled postings with a Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt, coupled with a motivational piece to get you going for the week.  What changed my plans was the realization that November 1st is just a week away! For those of you who may not understand the significance of that, November 1st marks …

Creative Intermission until Mid-October

Hello Creatives, Candice here! I want to first thank you all for continuing with me on this creative journey of faith, art, and fiction. Just this morning we wrapped up ICFTS’ very first Free creative course, Sow the Seeds & Seize the Dream.  If you didn’t get a chance to partake in the creative journey, there is no better time than now to begin! We all have a creative voice and today is the very best day to use it. With that in mind, I wanted to give you all a heads up on the short break I will be taking form ICFTS. I have some new things that I would like to share in the very near future and in order to do so I need to take time to prepare them. For that reason, the weekly schedule of postings will be on pause until OCTOBER 16th, 2017 at the earliest or OCTOBER 23rd at the latest. I may drop in here and there to post something random in the meantime, however, so be on the lookout. Thanks again …

Blog Novel & Future Plans: What’s Going on in March #AmWriting #Writinglife #Novel

There’s a way to do it better-find it.” Thomas A. Edison For over a year now I’ve been coming up with plans to reinvent this creative platform in a way that makes my soul sing like it did from the very first moment that I gave birth to it. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post regarding this topic, my creative needs have changed and so have the ebbs and flows of my musings. What was once just a space to journal my creative growth, has morphed into something different and it continues to change even as my vision for my writing future becomes clearer. With the recent launching of my author site: http://www.candicecoates.wordpress.com, and the promotion of my Battle of the Books, my time is divided as is my creative focus, all for good reasons. This blog was created to harness reawakened creativity and it has certainly met its goal and continues to. That being said, I am trying a new thing here…again…with how I manage this blog space. FIRST: SCHEDULE I have visited this topic …

Adventure Awaits: Plans for 2017

Twenty-seventeen has already gotten into full swing for many of us. Like with years past, we have set our goals, put on our workout gear and run ourselves to the gym with the single purpose of being beach ready several warm months from now. For those of us who are aspiring writers and bloggers, our goals tend to involve a different kind of exercise with a completely different destination in mind. Success is not one size fits all and therefore requires a unique pattern. For me, the goals that I have in the crosshairs are goals that I have been striving toward for several years now. But as I set out to take hold of them this year I am doing so while letting ‘peace be my umpire‘. Thank you, Victoria Osteen for that! Let me digress for just a moment to explain what that means for me. Allowing peace to be my umpire means I am no longer going to allow projects and methodologies of action to rob me of peace. If I feel …

Marching Forward: Taking Hold Of My Goals

I know what it looks like. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, and have noticed the trickling away of my post, you are probably thinking that I have in someway lost my ‘shine’. That, or my muse has broken up with me. Neither thoughts are further from the truth. I still love blogging, I’d like to think I still have shine, but when growth takes place we have to be maturer enough to recognize when we need to make hard choices. Are we facing a moment of ‘both and’ or ‘either or?’ Currently, I have been working on 3 different manuscripts; our beloved Ascension Graveyard which looks slightly different from how it currently appears on the blog, a piece called Warden, and another titled Nexus Gate 4037. All 3 are very different stories and are in different stages of their process which enables me to work on all three at once. Yey! That being said, for me, this is an ‘either or’ scenario. EITHER I continue to blog everyday and miss this awesome moment …

This Year: Music Interlude & Hope For 2016

“Don’t remember the former things, and don’t consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” ~Isaiah 43:18-19 The Apostle Paul said in (Philippians 3:13-14) that he had determined to forget what was behind him in order to obtain what was ahead of him, thus he pressed forward towards the goal of the high calling of his life. And if you are familiar with the life of Paul, then you know that he was responsible for many deaths and imprisonments of the first followers of Yeshua Jesus, only to be called into the glorious Light himself. Could you imagine what life would have been like had Paul allowed his past mistakes, failures and disappointments to determine and even spoil his future? Think of all the humanitarians of the Faith who’ve come forward for good because Paul pressed forward leaving yesterday where it belongs…behind. With the dawning of a …

All Things Beautiful: A Quote For The New Year

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:11 Today is the start of a new season, a new day, a new year! As with most people, many of us are stepping forward into the newness of the unknown while leaving behind so much. Maybe you lost a loved one. Maybe a relationship ended. Maybe you didn’t lose those last 5 lbs that you planned to shed at the start of 2015. The good news is it is okay. Yeshua Jesus-the God of all creation-knows your heart, and he knows the steps you take. If you trust him, no matter how frozen the world around you may seem, soon and very soon you will see and feel the warmth of the Son (sun) breaking through the ice and revealing all the goodness of life that was being cultivated beneath the snow and earth of your yesterday! Trust He has made …

Candice Coates: Winner of “Fallow” #BlogBattle

Originally posted on Rachael Ritchey:
Please welcome the courageous and cutest Candice Coates! Candice is an incredibly artistic person with talent to spare. She’s got a great sense of humor, and it shows through in her comedic western tale! Her story, All Washed Up: A Shenanigans Continuation, has won the “Fallow” #Blogbattle, and I hope you’ll find your way to her blog and read some of her fiction! Now, without further ado, let’s learn a bit more about our lovely friend. 1) When you publish your books, Candice, do you plan on designing your own covers? Or should I ask, what is your plan for cover design? 🙂 I have a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design, so in theory I am well able to design my own covers though I am a bit rusty with working with programs like Photoshop. I do however intend to better my skills and give forth an effort to create the covers for my first round of publishing. I would like to have someone else bring their vision to…

News for a New Month: Actions and Progress from June 1st NaNoWriMo and Such

Happy June 1st, lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I, since 2013 have held a great anticipation for this month. Why? Because I since that year have been using this 30 day period as my own NaNoWriMo. No, I have never participated in November as I find June to be the perfect mid-way mark of a year to focus on such a task as writing  a novel in 30 days. Here in the States, June, unlike November has not national holiday, so there is not a single day that must be dedicated to any other celebration besides being creative. With that in mind, I have to mention that today is the one year anniversary for Ascension Graveyard. Bless that novel, it is a year old and still not finished. That being said, I have decided to not use June to write anything new BUT to correct the errors that I have made within the plot of Ascension Graveyard. This month (should other plans tarry) shall be used in trimming AG’s fat and cutting out …