Inspirational Journeys Presents: Two writing Challenges

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Today’s writing challenges are as follows:
Write a story using these six adjectives:
1. SHINY, SILVER
2. COLD AND GREASY
3. SCRATCHED AND WEATHER-WORN
4. SWEET AND PUNGENT
5. INK-STAINED
6. SHRILL, PIERCING

Writing exercise number two, write a poem that contains one nine letter word and is inspired by the word “Misfit”.
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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Writing Challenge with Kristi Bridges

Kristi Bridges returns to share her inspiration for, and the story behind, our special writing exercise. Continue reading to find out more.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

KRISTI BRIDGES RETURNS TO SHARE HER STORY BEHIND A SPECIAL WRITING EXERCISE!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following special episode for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Kristi Bridges
WHEN?
Tuesday August 6, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST Host KRISTI BRIDGES…

Kristi Bridges is a songwriter, author, writing coach, podcaster, corporate trainer and the host of the 1 Moment Wiser daily devotional on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It’s her mission to help people live wisely, avoid regret and connect with their Creator. God uses a variety of voices to reach us, so she created the Share Your Wisdom Wisely Devotional Book Writing Experience to help others launch their own books, and this fall she’ll begin giving live workshops on devotional and memoir writing with fellow author Sarah Soon. Last year, she guided 11 remarkable people in writing their stories for her latest devotional, Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility.

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Book Description:

“You can be anything!” they say. In a sea of possibilities, which way do you go? Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility is a devotional book for those who are drifting, unsatisfied. Through 31 days of scripture-based discussion and personal exercises, you’ll examine your gifts and the situations which motivate you. You’ll hear the stories of 12 remarkable people, including an award-winning bodybuilder, an artist who doesn’t need a day job, and a podcaster who moved across the world for love, years after a map pin foretold it. They demonstrate that even the worst experiences don’t wreck God’s plans for you. In 31 days, you’ll be navigating with your Creator’s clear direction for your best possible life.

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Excerpt:

Day 9 – Your Real Name
Revelations 2 NLT
17 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.
I’m six years old, sitting in a dark hallway with my classmates, trying to stay quiet like the teacher said, but how does a six-year-old stay quiet? I have so much to say! I’m wearing my yellow dress. The boy across the street (who always shoots me down when we pretend we’re in Star Wars) says it makes me look like a butterfly. Apparently, yellow butterflies get defective force fields, but wait! Ssh! We’re moving! Single-file, we cross the stage, and now it’s okay to speak. I speak to the clock in the back of the cafeteria, just like the teacher said. Then we all sing a song, as loud as we can, and it’s the best feeling I’ve felt in all 1,971 days of my life. The part of me I was meant to be is ALIVE!
From that day on, I sing Dorothy’s song while on my swing set every afternoon. I’m a bluebird wanting to fly. Who needs a wizard? I only want a Hollywood agent to discover me, as he wanders through the woods in Beulah behind my house, because I think that’s where agents go to scout new talent.
At six, I decided I’d run off to Hollywood the moment I graduated. Most kids change dreams periodically, but for me, it wasn’t just a career choice. I claimed “actress” as my identity. This was useful, even though I didn’t get any more speaking roles for several years. I went to eight schools, and being dramatic gave me confidence and the determination to rise above rejection.
I needed that determination. In sixth grade, a classmate called me names from the other end of the lunch table every day for two weeks. I returned the favor but finally broke and ran to the bathroom crying.
On my thirteenth birthday, I was dressed like Madonna, washing dishes to prepare for my party. My then-stepfather sat at the kitchen table in his usual dark mood, calling me similar names. I’d have traded my fingerless gloves for boxing gloves in an instant. Finally, I lost my temper and mouthed off. He canceled my slumber party.
In the next few years, I got a few roles. My characters were the over-the-top type who died in the first act. Off-stage, I sought a twisted kind of respect by living up to the names I’d been called.
When people label us, we might fight back at first, and then find ourselves defiantly living up to their labels. We can’t stop their insults, so we act like they’re not so bad. We wear hateful names as badges of honor. It’s a survival technique, but God has a better way.
Our Creator is the only One who was with us before we were born and will be with us every place we go. We’ll leave the snobs, the users, the bullies behind and keep moving forward in the plans He has for us. He will uncover our true identities, like layers of one Christmas gift wrapped around another, until at last we pull out a white identity stone which truly describes us.
Sound good? What can we do?
No matter how you feel about yourself and even if you’ve repeated some mistakes, read God’s thoughts about you. When Jeremiah 31 was written, He was speaking to Israel, but the Lord gives His heart to every person who loves Him. He’s speaking to you through His word today.
Jeremiah 31 NLT
3Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. 4I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines. 5Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria and eat from your own gardens there.”
God loves you faithfully and wants to restore your innocence so you’ll be lighthearted and dancing. He sees you doing something profitable and enjoying the results of your labor.
Pause for a moment and SEE what God sees. Absorb it. God’s word is reality.
Now, take a look at these verses. Can you see some of these qualities inside yourself? Can you see some you’d like to strengthen?
Colossians 3:12 NLT
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
1 Corinthians 9 NLT
25All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
Proverbs 22:1 ESV
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
Pray.
Lord, You’ve heard the things people have said about me and seen how I’ve acted unlike the me You created. You know how it feels. People lie about You, too. Thank You for being right here, breathing love and truth and hope into my life. I will contemplate Your vision every day. I will revel in innocence and enjoy the results of the work You give me.
Think.
What do you think your identity stone will say? Write a few sentences describing your talents, special quirks, and godly characteristics.
Act.
Be the person who sincerely points out the good in people. Pray before speaking and don’t be overwhelming or gushy, but be the voice which reminds them of their true selves, created by God.

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Website:
http://1MomentWiser.com

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BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Sean Robins

Today’s guest is an English professor turned author. His debut novel is entitled Crimson Deathbringer.
Continue reading and follow the interview links below to hear his incredible story.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!


SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW WITH SEAN ROBINS!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Sean Robins
WHEN?
Thursday August 1, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR SEAN ROBINS…

Sean Robins is a University level English professor, who has lived and worked in five countries, including Canada. The diverse backgrounds of his parents and his wife have inspired Robins to use diversity as a major premise in his debut novel entitled, Crimson Deathbringer.

Description:
AMAZON NO. 1 HOT NEW RELEASE (MAY 2019) AND NO. 1 BESTSELLER ( BOTH AMAZON US & UK, JUNE 2019) WITH MORE THAN 100 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS/RATINGS ACROSS AMAZON AND GOODREADS.

The Akakies, a peaceful, technologically advanced alien species known as “the galaxy’s pranksters,” are under attack by the Xortaags, a vicious military race bent on conquering the universe. The Xortaags are deadly, but Tarq, the Akakies’ chief strategist and legendary shadow master, has a plan.

Meanwhile on Earth, Jim, a wise-cracking, movie-quoting, OCD-suffering fighter pilot, is about to propose to his girlfriend Liz when his childhood friend Kurt shows up at his house, injured and covered in blood. Kurt is a freedom fighter/super- assassin hunted by a brutal military dictatorship’s security forces. Soon after, Jim, Liz and Kurt’s lives are set to crash with a galactic war that threatens the very existence of the human race.

Can our heroes save humanity from the wrath of an overwhelming enemy?

The Crimson Deathbringer seamlessly blends breathtaking action sequences with mischievous humor. If you are a science fiction/space opera fan, this book, with its memorable characters, formidable antagonist and Game of Thrones style shocking moments, is written especially for you.

Purchase link:

Connect with Sean at the following links:
https://seanrobins73.wixsite.com/website
https://www.facebook.com/seanrobins300/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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Is This the End of Free Facebook Book Promotions?

Those of us trying to promote our books on Facebook will have an even harder time doing so. Continue reading to learn more:

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Character Interview with Joseph Roundtree

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have another character interview for you. I’m talking with Joseph Roundtree, Becca Martin’s grandfather. Let’s see what he will be led by the Holy spirit to tell us today.

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Joseph.

Joseph: Thanks for having me, but I can’t stay long.

Ann: What can you tell us about the end of your life here on Earth, which takes place at the end of Journey to the Mountaintop?

Joseph: I can’t tell you much, because I would spoil the story for your readers. However, that Jason Miller is a very troubled young man. He loves my Becca, but he can’t truly love her with his whole heart until he finds forgiveness from God.

Ann: What do you know of the pain he suffers?

Joseph: I don’t know much, but I know that boy has been hurt in his life, and there’s someone he has to forgive, or he won’t find the peace he richly deserves.

Ann: Do you think he’ll find forgiveness?

Joseph: Eventually, but it’s gonna take a lot of praying.

Ann: What about his love for Becca?

Joseph: That will blossom once he finds true forgiveness. For now, I need him to promise to love and protect her through whatever trials she faces. That’s what I have to do before God calls me home.

Ann: Will you come back into my stories as a supernatural being, like Mary?

Joseph: That all depends on what God tells me to do. You have to pray and ask him to show you the story He has for you to tell. The important thing for you to do is tell Mary’s story, once this book is done. She can tell you what happened, for all I saw was the aftermath of the accident.

Ann: Can you give me some pointers on how this story should end?

Joseph: All I can say, is that Mary is with me during the last moments on the Earth. She talks to Becca and Jason. She must relay my message to Jason, but I cannot tell you how she does this. I must go now, for my race is nearly run. Blessings to you for writing my story and for introducing me to your readers. Good-bye, my dear. We shall meet again in another story.

Tears fill my eyes as I watch Joseph fade into the darkness. I must go and finish my story, for I can hear Mary now, making her husband’s last request to them on his behalf.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Listen to your Characters

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
I’m back once again with a brief post, but one which I pray will help you in your writing. My tip for you today is as follows: to prevent writers block, listen to your characters and fix any plot problems they point out to you. If you iron out these sticking points in your narrative, you can move forward with your story and accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Listen as I explain how I came to this aha moment in my own writing journey:

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