I wrote this short story many years ago. It follows an old-school, omniscient storytelling point of view, and portrays an allegory to the real Gift of Christmas. Like a physical present, which cannot fully be known or experienced without unwrapping it, Jesus and the gift of life he offers cannot be experienced unless it’s unwrapped and stepped into.
I recently read Christian Fiction Off the Beaten Path, and I follow JCP Allen–one of the authors featured in this anthology–on Facebook and Instagram. I enjoyed her story and asked her to do a guest blog for me, my first so far. Thank you, JCP, for being my first guest blogger! The following is her post about the story behind A Rose From the Ashes . . .
Have you ever seen a person spin plates? I have. It is certainly a feat. One that I don’t think I could achieve. Yet inwardly, I do just that. In this new season of being an independent author, I find myself wondering how to balance life with the various hats that I wear. I imagine the hats like plates spinning on a pole. I am afraid that one or more will crash, or I will.
When I write I commit a cardinal writing sin . . ., apparently. I use adverbs. Shocking, I know. I like them, particularly the ones ending in ‘ly’. Let me explain . . . I design jewelry, flower arrangements, quilts, bags/pouches, and I use words to write stories. In all of these creative avenues, it’s …
We all like a good ending. In books. In life. But what defines good to you? To me? #mondayblog #endingwell #motivationforwriting #amwritinghistoricalfiction #beginninglife #forlife
Could a balloon of lovely thoughts make your words float up and lift you and others from the drudgery of plodding one foot in front of the other? Are warm, kind thoughts like fresh baked pies ready to be served up and dished out to friends or strangers alike in the form of a loving or encouraging word? #mondayblog #wordpress #choosekindness #wordsgivelife #intentionalwords
A glimpse at my craziness via a writing exercise. #wordpress #mondayblog #MS #writingexercise #amwriting #amblogging
Today I want to share a deeper look at why I write, my motivation, and inspiration.
Have you ever worked at something really hard expecting to receive results, only to be surprised with the outcome? I have.