Future Plans Ahead!: Summer Schedule for ICFTS

Hello, Friends and Fellow Creatives.

I wanted to take the time and interrupt our weekly schedule, this month of May and give you all the scheduling information for ICFTS for the Summer months.

As it stands, ICFTS has weekly postings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. These posting consist of Creative Motivations, Monday’s Muse Writing Prompts, Writing Prompt Results, and Faith for Creatives.

With the summer months approaching, so too, do plans for vacations and more outdoor activities not only for myself but for my fellow creatives. With this in mind, a break from regularly scheduled posting is a must and will be something done annually with ICFTS.

WHEN IS THE BREAK?

ICFTS will be on posting sabbatical for the months of JUNE, JULY, and, AUGUST. We will return to posting articles on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2018, with fresh new content, and prayerfully new voices and topics to grow us all along our creative adventures.

WHY THE BREAK?

As stated, many Creatives will be off on vacations, spending time outdoors with family, regrouping and connecting with friends. Family and relationships are key to healthy creativity and is encouraged. This break will ensure that you don’t miss a beat here on ICFTS, giving you the time to focus on those closest to you.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE BREAK?

During the break, I will be working on new topics and content for ICFTS, working on my writing, as well as focusing on creative rest as well. THERE WILL STILL BE MOTIVATIONAL POSTINGS ON OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE SO FOLLOW US THERE TOO!

ADDITIONAL NEWS

In addition to the break, specific tabs under MY JOURNAL will be removed from the ICFTS platform but will have links that will lead to my AUTHOR SITE. These tabs are ART and FICTION.

My goal in moving these tabs is to make ICFTS more streamlined and focused on helping others to grow in their creativity rather than showcasing my own. After all, ICFTS is my creativity and faith in action.

While Monday’s Muse Writing Prompts will still be created on ICFTS, my results, as well as my other fiction pieces, and any created visual art will be posted on my author site.

Thank you so much for continuing the journey with me and ICFTS and exploring your creativity in the summer sun to come!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER! 

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Taking a Rest for Celebrations! And Other Things

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Hello, shiny, happy, people! I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging this week. 

Why? Well apart from it being Independence Day week here in the States, it is also my Birthday week! (Happy dance.) So I will be away, eating cake, watching fireworks and just celebrating.

In other news: The blog will return to its semi-regular posting schedule, Wednesday, July 13th with Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal, followed by a Friday Quote.

Our regular blogging schedule will return on Monday, July 18th.

Also, for those of you who’ve been keeping up with Ascension Graveyard, Chapters will be posted again starting Monday, July 18th and will only be posted once a week until further notice. 

Thank you all so very much for sticking around for my creative growth journey, and for your well wishes for my new year.

Until later, gaters!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Just Give Me A Minute: Sorting Through My Creative Mental Soup

Did you know that there are people in this world who just don’t understand what it is to be a writer? I mean they seriously do not understand the struggle…and the struggle is real, folks!

Not only is it a BIG step to take to decide that you are going to live a little lighter in the finances so that you can give your craft a bit more time, but it also means that you run the risk of mental fatigue. Gimme A Minute

Sure, mental fatigue can happen to anyone, but I tend to think it is more troublesome when it strikes a creative writer.

I have been stricken with mental fatigue this week. Yes, I have managed to write a daily post or two, but they were each a struggle to get through. Even typing this, I feel like my brain is throbbing.

Really I just want to go back to sleep. Alas! That is not possible because my imagination has not stopped nor has it taken the hint. Actually, I think it may be confused as well.

If you are suffering from mental fatigue, don’t beat yourself up. Just take a break, take a week off even if you feel like you are going insane because of it. We all need a good sabbatical, even from our craft.

Honestly my manuscripts have been giving me the evil eye all week…I haven’t touched them, not a single one of them. Its rough I tell you!

Hopefully I will find myself refreshed and ready to go next week. I have GOT to get these projects finished already.

Onward and upward, folks.

Cheers!

Little Words: Thoughts On Doing Very Little, But Gaining So Much

Last week I started off at the shot of a race official’s gun. I hit the creative pavement with my head down and my legs and arms pumping the wind, only to lift my face up with a smile that reached clear to my eyes, arms outstretched as I triumphantly crossed the finished line called “Friday.”

My fingertips burned on fire with all the creative words and translated imagination that came forth via my keyboard. I felt, I feel so good about what took place. (I will share more about that in another post.)

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But as Saturday night ebbed into Sunday and Sunday of this week slid gently into Monday, I found myself not so much prepping for a new race, but veering away from the racer’s track and into a field of flowers.

I have been pleasantly distracted.

I must say, that I am not unlike most people, sometimes finding it hard to maintain happiness, but I can say that through the unmerited Grace and Favor of God through trusting faith in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) I have an overflowing joy that just leads me into smiling…just because.

I do struggle with ambition. I love honest work and reaping the rewards of that, sometimes so much so that I will measure the success of a day by how much I was able to cram into it. This is not good by the way. It robes the glory of a good moment.

Focusing on my writing, finally aiming my arrows towards the targets lining this path is not so easy with my ambitious ways being considered.

Sure, I can measure word count, but words unpublished and unpurshased do not for a healthy bank account make. So in these moments of repose, smelling the flowers that have grown along the path of my “doing,” I do at times find myself accosted by the thought of lost time, lost provisions, as I sit and do…nothing.

It is in these moments that my Loving Heavenly Father reminds me that it is indeed well with my soul, and that appreciating HIS work is often reward enough. It takes time to pause. It takes effort. (Check out this post on being still for last year by clicking HERE, you might like it.)

It also takes faith, and I cling to that as I meditate on His Words:

A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” ~Psalm 127:1,2

God is so gracious, so loving. He certainly wants us to be responsible, but He also wants us not to worry, not to toil. 

I am very grateful that this Monday I spent my day reading the works of others, giving little thought for my own cares, enjoying the beauty around me.

Tomorrow will come and with it its own cares, and minutes with which to click this keyboard and accomplish other necessary tasks.

But for today, I gave very little words, and I have received so much in return.

Praise God for that!

Cheers!

P.S Take a listen to this song “Every Minute” by Sara Groves. I think it beautifully expresses my mental and spiritual location right now.

Double Cheers!

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