Anything worth doing will have struggles. But anything worth the struggle is worth doing ~ Megan Finsel

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Beautiful Truths about You

This is it! It’s finally ready! Ok, here’s the 411: The Beautiful Truths about You are weekly “beautiful truths” meant to encourage smiles and give you strength in your day. Because we all deserve to feel special, especially if life is beating us down; we all need a little strength to get back up. I’ll be posting new truths geared towards making you smile weekly, daily or just when the urge hits me, but there will always be truths here, and to read all of them just click on the title label: The Beautiful Truth about You at the bottom of each post or over in the list of Labels on the sidebar to your right. You never know what might pop up here on Nutmeg, but it’s guaranteed to give you a little extra boost if you’re feeling down and to remind you that no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are in life,
you are special by just being you!
    I’m premiering our first truth tomorrow (May 1st), but here’s a taste of what it’ll be like each and every week:

Smiles can soften hearts,
heal wounds,
and break down barriers,
but yours shines brighter than the sun,
the moon,
and every single star in the Milky Way
 combined!
J

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Beautiful Truths about You

The world whispers in our ears some days.
“You’ve got to look this way…
Size six, top picks, lipsticks…
It’s our highway.”

And it makes you think:
“I’m worthless, fat, ugly…”
And we struggle to meet the standards of “high society”.

But underneath all the noise and mayhem a voice is insisting: “Ignore them.”
It says:
“There’s more past your reflection…
There’s more to this perception…
So ignore the world’s deceptions…
For there is beauty in imperfection…”

Because every hair, God gave you, every toe and nail, He made you,
And you’re perfect in His eyes.

This, this is what He says:
“You’re beautiful, just the way you are.
You don’t need youthful fountains or facial creams,
You shine brighter than any star.
And deserve to chase your dreams.
You’re strong and pretty, lively and witty,
And I love you the way you are.”

I think:
Sometimes we just need a little reminder,
Sometimes we need to believe those truths.
You don’t need to look too deep to find her,
So just go be that beautiful you!
Copyright 2011

(Be here on May 1st for your very first Beautiful Truth! Oh, and for more poems like this check out Poetry Corner up on the toolbar under Nutmeg) J

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IT’S HERE!

WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOPP!
Today’s the Day! Today’s the Day!
What day you ask?
If you don’t know, you can go back and reread everything under the label: "The Once Upon a Time Challenge" (see the list of Labels on the sidebar at right), but I’ll explain anyways: today is the last day for the Once Upon a Time Challenge! Two months ago today I asked the question:
“How many short stories can I write in two months?”
and I set the goal of  20.
    Now, the day has come, and the time has come, for me to put down my pencil cause time is up!
    I’ve had such a blast doing this. I’ve had the chance to experiment with Viewpoints I’d never have chosen, tango with characters I’ve never met and even tried my hand at writing a few children’s stories which I found I kinda sorta have a knack for! I would like to mention, before we get on with the festivities, that I finished another short story yesterday! (last minute, I know, but that's kinda my thing)
Now.
    I’ll bet you’re wondering what the grand total came out to be, hmm? Alrighty then! Here it is…
                                just a minute…
the grand total is…

(Just picture me opening an envelope) …
ummmmmmmmmmm ….
And the grand total is…

for the amount of short stories written in 2 months…
for The Once Upon a Time Challenge

The grand total……
LOL I’m just messing with you J

the grand total is: 14 short stories!

Yep, that’s right fourteen, not exactly the 20 I'd been shooting for but, hey, you know what this means, right? Because I didn't get it this time, I can do it all over again! Maybe next year… Ooo, there’s an idea! I can’t wait, but for now I need a break,
I’m thinking about a hammock.
beneath a shady palm tree,
and some sort of ice tea with lemon…

Ahhh, that’s where you’ll find me after today!
  
    But this has truly been a wonderful opportunity and I’m glad you came along with me. Don’t worry; this isn’t the last adventure because we still have that new segment coming up! You know, “The Beautiful Truths about You”? I absolutely can’t wait for that (starting May 1st)! But while I go work on my tan and celebrate, feel free to reread all the past posts from the last 2 months outlining my journey in the Challenge (just click on the segment's label on the sidebar at right)! Or, if you wanna read all the posts about the Beautiful Truths, click on the label “Coming Soon” and then be here tomorrow to get the gist by reading a brand new poem pertaining to the segment!
    Now where are my sunglasses…?

OH!
Last but never least a shout-out to my cousin, the birthday girl:
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
I love you and can’t wait to see you again!
Happy Reading Y’all!


Friday, April 22, 2011

It’s Almost Here…

Ooooooo,
I’m so excited it’s almost here!

The end of The Once Upon a Time Challenge that is!
I still have four days but so far I’m 13 short stories strong! However, I can feel time tickling my skin as it ticks past; not to be dramatic or anything. The heat is on, and my fingertips are on fire from typing and they will be for the next 4 days. So be sure to check back here on the 26th when we all find out the answer to the question:
“How many short stories can I write in 2 months?”

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Buoy in Rough Waters

Everyone needs a happy thought to buoy them through rough waters. It’s okay to take a minute, think something good about yourself, and just J. We all deserve to feel special and loved and I feel so blessed to have been given the chance to buoy you today. That’s what "Beautiful Truths" is all about, and, as sappy as it may sound, I think the world would be a brighter place if people started thinking brighter thoughts about themselves and about each other.  So check back here March 27th for a little sneak peek of the concept behind the segment, and be here May 1st for the premiere of our first Beautiful Truth about You! 

Monday, April 18, 2011

It’s Coming…

Oh boy! Nine more days, folks, that’s how long we have till…
The last day of The Once Upon a Time Challenge!
I’m so excited!
You know, the art of the short story is a Mystical thing. Just as the art of the bedtime story is a mystical creature. I’m learning so much during this Challenge, starting with how to keep stories small, ending with the realization that I just can’t keep stories ‘small’! Lol, I guess my words are meant for bigger things and bigger meanings, but oh well. It’s still been fun.

Wait, what am I saying?
I still have nine days to go; this is no time for reminiscing!

So, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Challenge to go complete, and plenty more short stories to go write!

OH BTW:
Check back right here on the 26th for the grand answer and find out how many short stories I actually wrote these past 2 months!
J

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Stories within the Challenge

The freedom of Fantasy is amazing. You’re not restricted by the ties of reality; it's an unwritten rule that anything goes.

    If a constellation wants to come down out of the sky and form a physical being here on earth, then it can. In one of the “short stories” (well this one was, ahem, closer to a novella) that I wrote last month, it’s implied that a unicorn did just that! Cause there was this Unicorn and a Girl who wanted nothing to do with the fairy-boy who smacked into her head… and…

                                                     I’ve lost my point ...
what was I saying?

Oh, right!

I really enjoy the freedom that fantasy gives you and I exercise that freedom Liberally.
Like, how many Genies do you know serving a band of ruffians? Or, how about a Mermaid living in the Louisiana bayou?

Mmm, gumbo sounds good...
This is the last time I post on an empty stomach!

Anyhow!

All the stories above I’ve written for the Challenge, and hope to be sharing with you soon. But it never ceases to amaze me what imagination can conjure when there are no binds or fences to adhere to ;). Just think of the possibilities, if we let our imaginations run wild just a little bit more! That’s how we get genius ideas. That’s how we get innovative answers to tough questions in these tough times.

All it takes is a little Faith, Hope and Imagination.
So just imagine the adventures, the Ideas, the possibilities!
And I’m just going to go imagine a PB&J sandwich… LOL!

P.S.
I just finished the 13th short story!
Praise the Lord,
cause I think I've finally fallen off that 'plateau'
and the creative juices are flowin' again!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Honest Truth

Sometimes, I have doubts. I get self-conscious, I get down on myself; I lose faith. It’s easy to do, especially if you’re a teenage girl faced with the pressures of life and looks (I mean, come on girls, who really expects us to shrink wrap ourselves into a size -1¾ jeans, am I right?). I know I’m not the only one who sometimes feels this way, and that's not how it should be! That’s why I’m preparing this new segment: The Beautiful Truths about Youto remind all of us of the truths Jesus wants us to know about ourselves. Already it’s become my new favorite segment, and I think it’ll be yours, too…
I can’t wait to share it with y’all soon!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This is What I Do

LOL,
I just reread my last post
(umm… Upon a Time Once)
and all I can really do is laugh,
LOL!
Do I really sound like an Overdramatic trailer for some Soap Opera??? 
;)

But you know, sometimes life feels a little like that, and it’s true that I haven’t finished a short story in a while, but maybe ‘plateau’ is the wrong word because
I can do this,
                                                                                 I know I can.
How do I know I can?

    Because I’m an Author and this is what I do! Maybe, I won’t hit 20 stories but the question still stands “How many short stories can I write in 2 months?” and if the answer is 12 then I’ve completed my Challenge! But we’ll just have to wait and see.
HOWEVER!
I still have 2 weeks! Who knows when and where inspiration will hit (it’s as random as my thoughts, inspiration is) and it can creep up on me anytime, anywhere. It just needs to be triggered, is all! So don’t count me out quite yet, because:
The short stories are still flowin'!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Upon a Time Once...

There was a young author who embarked on a Challenge.
A challenge to write!
                                                            A quest,
she embarked upon,
to complete 20 short stories in 2 months.

It was the curious question of “how many stories can she write?” which led her upon this quest, and, in the beginning, plots had blown in on the breeze.
    So as the days turned to weeks her fingers flew over the keyboard, and
Mermaids,
Dragons
and Genies
flowed from her fingertips onto the page.
    The stories were ripe and full of life, some short, some not-so-short, but all complete from Once Upon a Time to “The End”.

And she thought: hmmm, maybe I will actually hit 20!

    But now,
                    sweating ink,
she nears the end,
                                                   and,
with 2 weeks left
and only 12 stories on her shelf,

the author is winded, wordless and wiped as she perfects every paragraph, considers every comma, but fears she’s hit a plateau.

Nevertheless!
The heroic young author doesn’t want to let even 1 of her readers down!

Thus, onwards she pushes, battling through writer’s block and writer’s cramp, while holding onto the saying:
“I can do anything in Jesus Christ who strengthens me!”
with hopes that the reward of victory will be oh so sweet.
    But, can she conquer the next 8 to complete the Challenge? Or has she mounted a Dragon she’s not quite sure she can fly…?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Just a Thought:

Happiness is one of the best Choices you can Make for yourself J

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Guess What!

I have an exciting new segment coming next month and I can’t wait to share it with you! Even though it’s not entirely ready yet, I wanted to give you a heads up (a sneak peak, a tidbit, a little look-see … you get the idea), lol! It’s called:
 The Beautiful Truths about You
;) So be on the lookout and I’ll have more to share with you soon…

Monday, April 4, 2011

My Newfound Fascination

As you already know, I’m a fantasy writer, and I love all subjects in Fantasy
(fairies, elves, mermaids…)
not saying that I write them traditionally, you’ll learn what I mean with time.

But there’s something else you should know about me.
I have an insane Fascination for one specific sort of character, one that to me is almost as grand as the unicorn (because, well, horses are my favorite animal, like you couldn’t already guess that). But no, there is one other, one other creature that has had my eye for quite some time and has popped up in almost all my writing and artwork.

Dragons.

    Yep, I mean those scaly beasts which are often portrayed as monsters, treasure-hoarders and princess-nappers. But fans of the movie How to Train Your Dragon (love it!!) will agree when I say this:

not all dragons are evil!

Nope, I purpose there can be good dragons along with the bad, I mean, come on! Just because you have bat wings, claws, fangs, and other reptilian features shouldn’t automatically label you a menace. Medieval literature and folklore has done well to trap dragons in that category, however I’m here to break them out.

    Here’s a little taste of what I mean.
    Alright, close your eyes.
    No, wait, don’t do that then you can’t read this! Lol, ok, imagine yourself closing your eyes, and picture this:

Long rays of winter sunlight poured down through the barren treetops and sought to touch what no man had ever touched before. There! Through the woods, the slender body of a graceful dragon lurked. As he came into the rays, his crimson scales, like fish’s scales, like snakeskin, rippled with the muscles of his neck, reflecting brilliant flashes of white sunlight off their sharpened edges as he turned his head to look through the trees. With each step he took, his armor clanked like coins, and the snow crunched submissively beneath the sharpened talons of his feet. His tail brushed the bark off the trees he passed, his wings folded comfortably over his back, enrobing him with thin pleats of skin, his veins like Spanish lace. He licked his lips with a forked snake’s tongue, breathing frosty smoke around the golden whiskers of his chin. Lifting his head, he listened with cupped ears and flared wide nostrils, his eyes squinting into the depths of the forest, searching, scouting, seeking. He was on a quest, a quest to find the reason, the meaning, which was worth far more than gold…

Ah, and that, my friends, is just a taste of what’s to come! I love dragons, and you’ll see them pop up a lot here on Nutmeg, especially in my writing. Dragons, to me, are the epitome of the fantastical beings. They represent power,

                                             imagination,
dignity, strength,

freedom,
and even gentle love in some ways.

All the traits that should be found in our human personalities.

Granted they can be greedy, and depending on the type, (western vs. eastern) they can be vicious. But their imperfections are what makes them real and relatable.

    I hope to be talking more about this subject. Actually, one of the short stories I recently wrote (for the Challenge) is about a dragon princess. I’m proudest of this one and can’t wait to share it with you! It’s a thrilling tale about an arrogant prince and a dying king and a princess he’s supposed to marry to save the kingdom but she’s been enchanted and in love with… yah, never mind, you’re just going to have to read it ;)

P.S.
I just finished the first 2 short stories of April! So that’s 12 so far…