June 2015
Monday, June 01, 2015
In need of some spiritual inspiration…
These past few weeks, my fingers have not hit the keyboard as often as I hoped, and when I did find the time, I found the words didn’t flow through my head. My thoughts were far from the book I was working on and the empty page staring back at me did not un-jumble the words in my head.

On a typical day, I have found writing inspiration in the everyday joys of life, my girls, nature, other books, etc. (See previous posts below.) This month, however, I needed a little more than writing inspiration. I needed something deeper to pull my mind to the present moment. I needed spiritual inspiration. So I opened the Holy Bible and searched for passages that would give me some hope and some much needed inspiration. Here are a few lines that spoke to me and that helped me see that even though the words weren’t coming today that, in time, they would return:

“After patient waiting, he obtained the promise.” (Hebrews 6:15)

“If your whole body is full of light, and no part of it is in darkness, then it will be as full of light as a lamp illuminating you with its brightness.” (Luke 11:36)

“But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone that does good…” (Romans 2:10)

“Consider it all joy…when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

“Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense.” (2 John 8)

What inspires you? What Bible quotes help you persevere through the mush? Feel free to leave a comment.

Previous posts about inspiration:
Inspiration from my muses (www.michellekarene.com/default.php?content=blog&sid=3&date=2015-01-19#70)
What do you do with an idea? (www.michellekarene.com/default.php?content=blog&sid=3&date=2015-05-04#86)
Posted by Michelle
Monday, June 22, 2015
What if summer fun sparked creativity?
I think it does! When school ended a couple weeks ago, my girls were ready for free time with no school work and no extracurricular activities to distract them from playing.

When I was younger, I was the same way. The start of summer vacation meant seemingly endless days of play from sunup to sundown. And, by the end of summer, I was always ready to go back to school. I was ready to jump into another school year. The long summer days had re-energized my mind.

This summer I hope to indulge my kid side and re-energize my creative writing. For me, one of the best ways to get the creative juices flowing and to get a better understanding of kids is to play with my kids and play like my kids.

So, on the list of kid activities for this summer:

1) Playing outside with friends…nothing puts you in the mindset of a child like listening to kids play with their friends. From the games they create themselves to the problems they solve to the silly voices they speak with and everything in between, listening to kids gives me glimpse at how they think and how they view their world.

2) Pool time and water fights…What better way to rejuvenate my typing fingers than relaxing in the cool summer pool, and what better way to feel like a kid than playing hide and seek with water balloons. Perhaps while I’m hiding behind a tree in hopes that my six year old doesn’t soak me with a water balloon, I'll discover a piece of a new story.

3) Staying up late…from catching fireflies to catching a glimpse of a shooting star, being outside past the normal bedtime is exciting for young kids and reminds me of the simple pleasures that childhood brings, which brings me to number four.

4) Enjoying simple summertime pleasures, like drippy ice cream cones and sipping lemonade. The joyous looks on my girls faces is priceless and worth every penny spent on ice cream as I watch them smile giddily between licks.


5) Reading…yes, reading is on my girls list of summer activities as well as mine. I love a good book on any day, and I look forward to reading plenty this summer. Not only does it allow me to escape into another realm while never leaving my couch, but each book I read adds to my growing knowledge of children’s books…I couldn't ask for anything better than that!

What are your summer plans? How do you get your creativity flowing? Feel free to leave a comment.
Posted by Michelle