Absence …

Hello writing community! For those of you who follow me regularly, I want to say thank you again for your support! I have been gone most of this month.

At the beginning of the month, I bused up my finger pretty badly at work. I had to get four stitches on the tip of one of my fingers and thus, having been typing much.

 

 

I have missed writing and, since I haven’t been on here, I haven’t been reading much either. I am hoping to catch up … at some point! Lol

I am hoping that in a week or so, I will be getting back on track! I will be picking up where I left off on my schedule – Tuesday, writing prompt day.

 

 

Blessings to you all!

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7-Word Story | “Writing Grind”

May creativity abundantly flow!

Explode!

Write away!


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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W.P. | Installment 2 |”Great Minds”

Alright, my writing prompt for this week came from these folks.

19. Great Minds: Write  about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.

 


 

It was December 2005. I was a Senior in college and had been a Christian for just over a year. I knew there was plenty wrong with the Church. Being so young and fired up in the faith, I was ready to denounce this nonsense too! This movie coming out was the talk throughout Christendom; well not me! I was visiting my brother’s church. This church was rather large and had a bookstore and sure enough the movie poster was all over! My sister-in-law began to tell me about the story behind the movie. I didn’t know about the Lion or the Wardrobe, but I wasn’t messing with that Witch! She assured me it wasn’t like that. A few weeks later, I went and watched the movie. … I was utterly captivated! This began the journey, of how C.S. Lewis has become the single greatest influence on my life from a historical figure and my choice for a great/beautiful mind. 

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

From IMDb

 

Now, there is plenty of information about Mr. Lewis out there that can give you more information about his past and his impact on culture. However, for this post, I will be keeping it more personal for me and why he’s my choice. So, here are my five reasons. Let’s go!

 

C.S. Lewis at bookshelf (circa 1960). Image used by permission of The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL Note to editors: ***This photo is to only be used for this article, and the digital file of the image should be deleted after it is used, as stated in the signed user agreement submitted by Sally Morrow. It is not to be made available to subscribers.

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  • Breadth
    One of the things that impresses me with Mr. Lewis’s writings is how many people it has impacted! From the highest heights of great scholars and intellectuals down to children running barefoot through streets. He has written great works on theology, allegory, philosophy, poetry, and put Children’s Literature on the map. Yet, we do not just see the breadth of his works in the various genres he has written in, but in the works themselves. One example of this, Mere Christianity, is, to me, a must read for all Christians, those opposed to Christianity and those who just want to know more about it. I first read this book when I became a Christian and it had a deep impact on me. However, I just reread it a year ago and got even more out of it. This book shapes the seasoned and the babe, the lofty and the lowly; the seeker and the faithful. Or, the skilled bishops in Britain down to a new and growing believer born in the 1980s Midwest America and shaped by the philosophies of 1990s Hip Hop music. The span of his impact is remarkable.

 

C.S. Lewis & the Untamed Lion

Painting by Jake Weidmann

  • Accessibility 
    Part of what made Mr. Lewis’s influential breadth so impactful was his accessibility as a writer. He was able to connect with so many people, which I touched on in the previous point. He was a self-proclaimed dinosaur; just a layman who was trying to do his part. He certainly did that! Again, he could put a string of words together that would put a crack – at times a crag! – in the greatest intellectual foundations, yet a student could embrace his work and grapple with it. A child can devour his Chronicles of Narnia while at the same time a grown up could gain much spiritual development from it while missing the greater genius and inspiration behind Narnia (which is missed by most and has been for decades, more on this later).

 

CSL reading in chair

Taken from a The Gospel Coalition article.

 

  • Logical
    Mr. Lewis was a master of logic! To me, when reading through his works, you’re really left with no where else to go from his logical points. The only defense he leaves is for you to argue by departing from the realm of logic and critic thought. He was gifted at taking a thought or philosophy and working it out to it’s logical conclusions. Then, come back from that working out and express it’s immensity in a few lines! At least from the thinkers that I have been exposed to, he would certainly be one of the greatest intellectual arm-wrestlers in history.

 

This picture from here.

 

  • Refreshing 
    I just finished The Great Divorce and this is what I put on Twitter after reading it. “Just finished this. As always from Mr. Lewis, I am left without words. I am filled to the brim, yet left hungry for more …” This is how I feel almost without exception when reading his works. I am challenged, left wanting more and yet filled! Especially walking through the quagmire of social media with all of the illogical campaigns, unintelligent arguments, ridiculous comments and behavior; the reign of foolishness. When I emerge from one of Mr. Lewis’s books, I feel … refreshed!

 

Picture from here.

 

  • Genius
    I say the man was a genius! I think there are many things in his work that can point to this, but I am going to focus on one example. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of Mr. Lewis’s most popular works. Indeed, it revamped the entire Children Lit. genre. All you Harry Potter fans out there, yep, thank this guy! However, the Narnia serious has also got a lot of criticism since it was published about being a little … sloppy. There are colors, characters, styles, etc. that seem some what random. I somewhat thought this too, but still very much enjoyed the series – first reading them as an adult. However, I was listening to a podcast one day that referenced a book that dealt with this. I am not going to give anything away here. However, if you are a fan of Lewis and specifically of Narnia, you must read the book Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward. Game changer! In fact, all of the randomness in the Narnia series was completely designed by Mr. Lewis and he never he defended it. He left it for someone to search it out! Genius! [If you do read Planet Narnia, make sure to then reread the Narnia series in the original publication order.]

 


 

Alright, that’s why C.S. Lewis is my pick. Who would your pick be? Let me know in the comments!

 


 


 

Bonus Material
Another reason I like Mr. Lewis is how he was able to relate to and feed people with his words. He is a true inspiration of why I write. I want to reach people in a similar fashion as he did. When I read his books, at the end, I am not at all thinking about him, but rather just drawn into the presence of God in a state of thoughtful worship. How I hope I can write that way one day!

 

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Picture taken from here.

Books that I have read (many more to go still!):

  1. Mere Christianity 
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia (all seven – several times)
  3. The Abolition of Man (with reading “Men Without Chests” in this book several times; influence of my very first, poorly written, post!)
  4. The Screwtape Letters
  5. The Great Divorce
  6. Surprised by Joy
  7. A Grief Observed
  8. Reflections of the Psalms
  9. The Weight of Glory
  10. Out of the Silent Planet
  11. Perelandra
  12. God in the Dock – I just started this one
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Derailed; I blame YOU!

I had plans for today. Oh yes indeed!

I was going to do a piece of satire; a tongue-in-cheek post touching the fringes of abortion. I know, I am going to get everyone stirred up in their feels on a Wednesday morning – at least where I live that’s what it is.

I also realize that I am a man, and I am not supposed to have an opinion on that topic … well it turns out that I do have some thoughts about it. As with any other topic, I am certainly open to having a robust – and respectful – conversation about it. But, I also know many of you are probably thinking …

But it doesn’t matter anyway! You see, my plans were derailed – by you!

And you can be sure, it was a collaborative effort! However, it was our blogging buddy Ms. Suchie who decided to push me over the edge with her interaction of yesterday’s post, last night!

I get a notification last night from good-ol-Wordpress and this is what I see!

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The audacity!

Okay, but seriously, I was not expecting to see this. You all are wonderful! I know that I do hold some thoughts and beliefs that I share here that certainly may not be popular among the general populous. Like all of us, I am trying to figure out how to stand for what’s right, in a way that is articulate and creative. I appreciate all of the support that you all have given along the way.

I have been very blessed with many of the interactions on here and you have brought creativity that I didn’t even know was there! I certainly look forward to the next 500 – and beyond!

May we all continue to grow in creativity and expression as we share our love of words!

Thank you for thwarting my plans today and blessings to you all!
© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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Update – New Posting Format

Hello everyone! Seems like I have been on a hiatus. Unfortunately, I have only been working like crazy which doesn’t leave much time – and certainly not energy – to write.

 

 

 

I am hoping to put into place a new format for posting. Hopefully this will give me good direction to be more consistent in what I want to accomplish along with providing enough variation to hit different interests.

 

White Ruled Paper

Photo by Natalie B from Pexels

 

Here is the format:

  • Sunday | Homily
    • In the Anglican tradition within Christianity – of which I belong – there is a patten for four Scripture readings on Sundays. In some churches – such as The Table where I currently attend – they will typically take one or two of the Scriptures and deliver a sermon for about an hour. Another approach, is to deliver a homily which is typically, in my experience of churches, a shorter message and attempts to draw a lesson, or tie together, all of these Scriptures.
    • I am going to provide a “homily” type of post where I attempt to give some insights on the Scriptures for that week and on most weeks, tie them together!

 

Photo of Child Reading Holy Bible

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  • Monday | Poetry
    • I will share a poem, prose, etc. I will focus on original work, but will also periodically share work from other writers.

 

White Ceramic Teacup With Saucer Near Two Books Above Gray Floral Textile

Photo by Thought Catalog from Pexels

 

  • Tuesday | Writing Prompt
    • There are a lot of writing prompts out there. I will pick a random writing prompt – or will take up a challenge any of you provide (including picture prompts) – and let it loose!

 

Eyeglasses and Pencil on Book

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

 

  • Wednesday | From a Hat
    • Okay, so these topics will not be that random, but will be like a potpourri or freestyle. Things I want to hit on that will not fit into one of the other categories. Sarcastic, political, social, observation, religious, or other topics will go here. Who knows what you’ll get!

 

 

  • Thursday | Poetry; Part II
    • Just like Part I, but more!

 

 

 

  • Friday | 7-Word Stories
    • Let’s enjoy some short stories! I may post one or fifteen. We’ll see! Each Friday may be different.

 

Text on Shelf

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

 

  • Saturday | Inspiration ~ Encouragement ~ Challenging Quotes
    • This day will be dedicated to things that I have heard or read throughout the week that captured me in one of the three ways in the title. I will not provide any commentary on these, but just list them out. They could even be things I disagree with, but respect it for what it is. If you are intrigued about why something caught my attention, feel free to ask!

 

 

Okay, now, it’s already Monday evening – I got some catching up to do! I will get there and – hopefully – stay on top of it after that. I am hoping to maintain this format until the end of the month and see if any changes will take place from there.

I would love to hear from you! Thoughts about this format or things you want to see?

Blessings.

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