Monday, October 5, 2015


Guest Blogger ~ Carol Stratton @carolgstratton
with Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges

I met Carol at Writer's Advance Bootcamp! Back in February (yes, I met many fantastic, wonderful friends there!) and I'm so pleased to have her as my guest today. While you're here, click on the link at the bottom of this post to check out her debut novel, Lake Surrender. Welcome to Heart Thoughts Carol!  

Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.  
Song of Solomon 2:15

Worry and writing. I’ve learned the two don’t mix. 

I have learned I can’t hold the two in my mind at the same time. It’s like water and oil.

That niggling little thought grows from a random “What if?” question, to an expanding fear when I feed it a snack. Suddenly the negative idea that flies through my mind, putting down roots like Kudzu in the south and overwhelming my budding story, article or poem. 

I understand this verse all too well. How many times have I used my creativity to pump up a fear, turning a troubling thought into a full blown movie?

Too many times to mention. Often creativity and worry are two different sides of a coin.

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards... Solomon 2:15

According to, the fox referred to in the passage is:

“The common jackal, which may be heard every night in the villages. It is like a medium-sized dog, with a head like a wolf, and is of a bright-yellow color. These beasts devour the bodies of the dead, and even dig them up from their graves.”

Your and my vineyard is our mind where wonderful ideas grows. We can cultivate the fruit with good fertilizer, God’s word, water it with much prayer so that the grapes will flourish. But when the vines don’t receive proper nourishment, they are useless. And, if we allow the burdens of our life to absorb our thinking we won’t be able to communicate God’s message to the world, either by writing or talking to people. That’s when our creativity goes to the dogs.

Carol has been a freelance writer articles and is currently a reporter for the Mooresville Weekly with over 400 articles under her belt.  She has a degree in Recreation Therapy and has worked with autistic children in a classroom, an experience that inspired her to write about a woman with an autistic son.

She speaks at national writing conferences as well as MOPS and other women’s groups about personality temperaments, friendship and encouraging yourself.
Carol is married to her husband John who she calls her “muse” and has four grown children and four grandchildren. Currently she and her husband John, live in Mooresville, North Carolina where she loves to hike and play guitar and mandolin while learning to love liver mush.

Carol has also published her first novel through Lighthouse Publisher's of the Carolina's titled Lake Surrender. You can find it at:, & Barnes & Noble  


  1. Thank you, it's a continual battle but recognizing how it steals my joy makes it worth fighting.

  2. Carol, I agree completely. Nothing stifles creativity like worry. Thanks for your thoughts.

  3. Thank you dear friends for reading, sharing, and leaving comments for Carol. You are each a blessing to both of us. :-)


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