Creative License in the Beehive

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead . . .

Romans 1:20

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My creative writing transformed when I discovered Romans 1:20 in my mid-20’s. I awoke to biblical truth. The phrase “clearly seen being understood by the things that are made” put all the pieces in place for me. Prior to that time, my promise as a writer had been slowly eroding through a complete lack of direction.

Writers observe the world around them and write what they have seen. The issue for me was always: 

As I grew beyond the idealistic dreams of youth into young adulthood, crafting words that transcended myself became more important. I needed to write what was right. And true. Not just bleed out my narcissistic thoughts on a page. I was loathe to draft a story that was not a window of truth, fearing I was a questionable arbiter of truth in my own wisdom.

Now, you might call that a sorry lack of self-confidence in my own smarts. But, I was smart enough to know what I did NOT know. I was smart enough to know my weaknesses. My greatest lack was a solid foundation from which to build my words into story. I’d been prone to jump to trendy conclusions and spout off about things I had little experience in and less knowledge of. I felt the sting of rejection when my championed position in essay or narrative could easily be poked through with multiple holes by keener observers and wittier writers. 

When biblical truth pierced my soul and spirit, my writing was transformed. I saw clearly the words and meanings leaping off the page of chapter and verse. But even more, I began to connect the meaning of those words with my observations in God’s Creation.

My current high concept picture book series, Fable Springs Parables, makes the most of this metaphorical model in writing.

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Allegory and metaphor are my favorite reads. I look between the lines for such treasures in verse and feel a skipping delight in my heart when I discover them there. This rich and powerful use of language is evident in Shakespeare, the classics, and biblical narratives, poetry, and epistle letter writing.

I want to write like that.

For years I’ve studied the Bible and closely observed the meaning and principles of the words I find there, metaphorically illustrated in the physical works of Creation and the world around me. I see God in those spaces, His invisible attributes. Clearly. I better understand His power and Godhead through the things He has made. I am without excuse should I choose to NOT write about my observations.

As a storyteller and creative writer, I created the fictional village of Fable Springs as a place where familiar icons of Creation, story, and the world around us live as parables. Some creative license with the stories that live there empower their high concept message for multiple age levels to harvest a treasure. Interpreting fact with a wisp of whimsy disarms the reader allowing for greater impact of the ultimate message of the story.

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In our latest release, Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop: Patience for the Prize, Bugaboo-Bee is allowed a second chance. But, would that be fact or fancy in a real beehive? Just like there are the “hard sayings” of Jesus in the Bible, there are the “hard truths” of beehive life.

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What life lessons are you reminded of when you think about bees? In Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop I explore only one main theme I discovered in my bee studies relating to developing patience in seasons of growth. But there are many more biblical truths–invisible attributes–to be discovered in the metaphorical honey of the beehive.

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The layers of cells in a beehive drip with sweet and nourishing food. The deeper you dive into the layers, the more golden elixir you harvest. In my study of both the bee and hive life, the story I tell in Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop barely scratches the surface of all that honeycomb goodness. There is so much more to discover there . . .

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This is the driving force behind my design for Fable Springs Parables. I want to make the most of all the teaching and learning opportunities, mining story for all the good things and beauty we discover there.

The picture books are just the first stop on our visit to Fable Springs. This fall I’ll explore more on the themes found in Bugaboo-Bee’s story through in-depth Literature and Devotional Study Guide companions. They’ll be released as digital books. I found many intimate details of beehive life that present powerful pictures of church life and growth principles. I look forward to creating the devotionals and expanding the speaking ministry for this series designed to minister to families growing readers, families growing disciples of Christ, small groups seeking thematic studies, women’s ministries desiring conference retreat topics to enrich the honeycombs of their hearts with deeper God principles and life application truths.

JOURNAL PROMPT: How does this image and quote connect to you and your life?

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Start with the picture book and companion audio book storytelling experience of Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop: Patience for the Prize. Make use of the fascinating bee facts, glossary of terms, and five part reflective thoughts and discussion/journal question guide at the end.

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JOURNAL PROMPT: What sweet truths have you learned by your observation of His invisible attributes in the things that He has made? 

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BONUS FUN: Check out what a great time we had at the first public performance of Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop at our first book launch event this month!

Sharing Creative License in the Beehive this week with:

Wholehearted Wednesday

A Little R & R Wednesday

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Rich Faith Rising UNITE Linky

Thought Provoking Thursday

Mama’s Vintage Cottage

Katherine’s Corner

Faith Filled Friday

Pink Saturday

Spiritual Sundays

Literacy Musing Monday

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. It was really interesting to read about your writing journey. I have also been writing all of my life, and I could identify with those *early* writing experiences. Seems like all I did in junior high and high school was write poems detailing my angst about life! But, fortunately, once the Holy Spirit begins to infuse your thoughts and emotions, writing can take on whole other dimensions. God can use us as His conduit to pour forth Truth into the world.

    You speak truth, my friend, and you do it in beautiful fashion.

    Keep up the great work – and BEE all that God is calling you to be!!

    GOD BLESS!

    • Yes–our youthful angst. Even in that I could hear the Lord calling me to more. I do love to journal, but have not done it regularly because I didn’t want it to turn into a self on the page thing. There were times and seasons when I would record events and my struggles in those places, but for the most part, I wanted to spend my writing time centering on what the Lord was teaching me about HIMSELF. My journals are filled with quotes and Scriptures and scraps of poetry and prose inspired by such things. Love how you chronicle your life, Sharon, through your insights of events. I laugh and cry and rejoice with you.

      Always blessed when you drop by here.
      Joy!
      Kathy

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