Time Flies…..

I guess I should say, Happy New Year, I don’t know quite where the time has gone, but it has.  So many things have happened over the year I wouldn’t know where to start to catch up, but what I will do is begin by encouraging you to keep going.  Sometimes we find ourselves stuck and it can be easy to let go and decide to give up, but if there is something that you are interested, have a gift or would like to try then go for it.

This WordPress creative writing site, is still going to be just that, a place where I share my writing and creative encouragement, where I will share and encourage others to share their story, and from time to time will have interviews, reviews, and writers sharing their work.  I am quite excited this year as I have a wide range of creative writers that just need an outlet and platform and if I can encourage then I will.

I will be posting at least twice a week if not more, depending on ‘life’  You will be guaranteed to get a weekly quote, scripture as a regular feature.  I would like to profile a writer either every month or every two months, and do a monthly book review.  I also write poetry so will be sharing some of my musings for encouragement.

Today I want to share some of the most popular quotes that I previously shared on the blog.  All the images were taken by me and this is also a love I have.

What is your favorite quote? I would love to see it.  Would you like to be featured as a writer for an interview? drop me a line at amanda(at)realityarts(dot)co(dot)uk and we will take it from there.  For now stay blessed and be a blessing.

 

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Unlocking the Heart of the Artist – Matt Tommey – Book Review

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Matt Tommy has produced a book that all artists who are seeking to dive further into their spirituality and creativity should read.  I read this book over a weekend having seen a sample on my Kindle and knew that I would have to buy it.

It is not a weekend read, mind you, it’s a book that you have to dive into again and again, and I have since read it a further two times, unveiling additional nuggets.  You will come up with insights, revelation and ‘ah ha’ moments as you go on your creative journey.  It said things that I have been thinking about in my walk as an artist over the past few months.

Matt’s style of writing reveals his openness and understanding of the journey of the artist, alongside the highs and the lows that can impact on creativity as they search for their identity and the call of God on their lives.

If you can get together with a group of artists and work through the chapters which have questions and prompts after each section, it would be a great way to support each other through the revelations that will indeed come.  It is like a guide book that helps you to really question your journey and the impact that your creativity will no doubt have on your community.  There is a separate work book that you can use alongside this one.

There are many resources listed for information and a mention of an annual conference that is worth checking out.  If you have read books like the Artist Way by Julia Cameron you know you are in for a treat with the ‘tools for the journey’ that Matt recommends, such as a journal for capturing your thoughts, taking an artist date/creative time and spending time soaking up the word of God.  We are encouraged to dive deeper as we uncover our true purpose as artists.  It is a book that I think every artist should read, recommend that you get yourself a copy today!

Clay Balls

This is a great story of how we can overlook the treasure within for the external package.

Morning Story and Dilbert

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.

Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.

He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him…

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