All writers have that special place where we spin our stories. Some writers enjoy moving about while others need to have one dedicated spot or they can't find the right vibe. I'm somewhere in between. While I have a special place to write, plan, and all that stuff, I still enjoy moving around, sitting on the porch, or visiting a coffee shop.
Still, I wanted my special spot to be a little over the top. A place that would inspire my mind to travel down those wooded paths and to envision those fantastical creatures. Click the read more to see a few more snippets of my crazy little workspot.
Yes, there are vines and flowers hanging from the ceiling. Oh, I'm just getting started. My goal is to have the whole room covered in lights and greenery.
Around the holidays, I always keep my eyes open for fun little ornaments: mermaids, unicorns, dancing hippos and little gnomes. Dragons and centaurs guard my book shelves. Butterflies and birds perch along the vines. It's fun and makes me smile.
I could have one of those pretty, in style rooms, but that simply isn't me. Nope, not at all. I like different, quirky, and unusual.
So I did a fun little thing. I created a coloring book.
This first coloring book is actually a journaling coloring book. There are pages full of inspirational sayings and scriptures, alongside pages where you can journal your thoughts and dreams.
In a world full of confusion and discord, I wanted to create something that would encourage people to smile and think about uplifting and good things.
Though I love writing full-fledged inspirational fantasy novels, I have these little stories that I've been hanging on to for years now.
I've always thought it would be fun to write and illustrate picture books. Did you know that I was not only a teacher's aid in an elementary school, but I used to run the children's ministry at my church back in it's early years.? I'm amazed over this, too. Ha!
During that time, when I was first called back to write stories, I'd get these silly little stories that would sometimes hit me at the oddest times. (Usually in the middle of the night, as usual) So, I'd get up in the morning and write them down. When our church was just a small gathering, the pastor would let me read these stories to everyone.
The kids enjoyed them. So did some of the adults.
That was quite nerve-wracking, let me tell you. But I learned something at that time. I learned that I could say things in stories that touched people's hearts. Even helped them at times. I learned the effectiveness of telling a parable.
Sheep's Tale, was the first one to come to me.
Well, here we are in a new year. I'm not so sure there is anything different...but I have hope of better things to come.
So, this post is all about my plans for 2021 at Castle's Story World. If you're interested in hearing about some of my future book plans, then read on....
Who doesn't love a good fairy tale?
We think they are for kids, but I disagree. I think they are full of treasures for the one willing to look. I think that's why they are told again and again in various ways.
For a couple of years, I've felt nudged to write some fairy tale retellings, and I'm glad that I listened to that inner nudging. Like parables, these old stories have a way of reaching through time with some hard truths that resonate even today.
What is happening to our world?
If you're like me, you might be asking this question a lot lately.
Today, I just got word that my county has put out the "stay in place" order. Anyone else singing, "I'm so lonely, oh so lonely?"
Well, I'm not entirely lonely. I actually have more people around than I'm accustomed to now that some of my family have been laid off their jobs until this virus scare is over.
The news is all bad news and more bad news. (I have strong feelings about the media's involvement in all this, but I'll not spout that here.) Still, it seems like everything bad that can happen is.
But I'm here to tell you that this simply isn't true.
I'm not going to make light of our serious situation, because it is, very serious. But through all this, I've witnessed some amazing things. So, let's wipe off our dirt-smudged glasses for a little bit and take a closer look at what's really going on.
This is what happens in your brain when you feel happy--
Endorphins wake up. These are the body's "happy juice" that are released when you experience moments of happiness. They are responsible for fighting those yucky feelings of stress, sadness and pain by blocking those areas of our life.
This evidently, is scientific fact, my friends.
These wonderful, magical endorphins go zooming through your bodies, like Superman in flight, working to lower blood pressure and leaving us feeling more relaxed.
So, that's what science says.
My question is... where is the big red button that makes these feel-good mighty hormones when you need them? Can I get an amen?
During one of my morning quiet times, I posed this question:
What needs to happen for me to feel accomplished?
I'd made a list of things I desired for this year, and as I read over that list, I asked myself, "what would it take?"
Take care when you throw a question out to the universe. God is listening, my friends.
Last week, we talked about how things went in the Story World in 2019. Today, we'll be looking ahead!
This week, I'd like to share some of my vision for 2020.
First off, I'm determined to have a plan. I've always been a "come what may" kind of girl, but not anymore. I'm tired to running to keep up. This year is my big step in getting ahead and sticking to a plan.
Wish me luck. 🙄
As 2019 came to a close, I decided to make a State of the Storyworld post to update everyone on how this past year went. I have to say, we started off strong in quarter 1&2, but then came the summer and .... well? Life Happened.
Overall, Jackie Castle rocked the keyboard this year over J. R. Castle. But we'll get to that in a bit. In our defense, between family moving into the castle, bringing two little gremlins with them, and the death of a dear family member around Thanksgiving, I'm surprised I was able to get as much done as I did.
So, here's a recap of this year's accomplishments, in case you missed something... read on-->
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.
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