There are times when I sit down to write the monthly Virtue Posters, and the title and the rest of the info comes to me easily. Then, there are the times when I just stare at the Bible story and I’ve got nothing. I feel like I’m back in Mrs. Long’s senior English class, and I’m struggling to come up with an opening sentence for a book report. What do I do then? I usually turn on some classical music. (Music with words gets confused with the voices in my head. I mean, with the ideas in my head.) I start my research and ignore any distractions. I’m pretty good at ignoring distractions due to my superb concentration skills. So, I start with—wait—is that the ice cream man outside? I’ll be right back! (On-hold music: “Copacabana.”)
Mmmm. Fugdicle.   Okay, where was I? Oh yeah, when I get stuck on ideas. For example, the poster I’m working on right now is for September. The story is Jesus at the Temple, which is a great and important story. So I’m reading the scriptures (Luke 2:41-52) and searching for that name, place, phrase or just a word that will trigger something. Then, it’ll be Google time to look for movie titles, additional information about the story, iTunes, anything that will help to make it look like a movie poster. The key is the title. Once I have that, everything else falls into place. Hmmm. As I’ve been writing this, I think I’ve come up with a couple of title possibilities! Time for my concentration skills to kick in so I can—squirrel!