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The Creed Griffon Series - Top Selling Teen - Tween - and Young Adult Fiction Book - By C. L. Lewis
The Creed Griffon Series - Top Selling Teen - Tween - and Young Adult Fiction Book - By C. L. Lewis

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Just flew back from meeting with my publisher, third book, name changes, new websites, new social media pages – All good but it keeps me crazy busy! I apologize for not keeping up with this particular page. Those of you on my mailing list are in the know, but I realize not everyone wants to dole out their email.

During my trip, I had the opportunity of sharing my experiences with a group of authors, many of whom later talked with me in a private capacity. I learned that we all had one thing in common – OPPOSITION.. A certain person I spoke with was ready to quit. Coming from this particular individual, it was quite shocking to me. They hadn’t written in months because of the vast amount of negativity received from naysayers. I shared with them a quote from a famous author in response to the haters. “Your next book will be your first book, and I wouldn’t like your book either.” It’s a mouthful I know, but a lot of people who criticize merely want to reserve the right to do just that – because they’re too lazy and too fearful to walk the road you have. It’s easier for them to complain rather than put themselves out there because they’ll get back what they gave...

In retrospect for me, writing started with a dream, a desire… I was heavily chastised for daring to think outside of the box. Many of you have a dream… A wish… Whether it’s to be an author or something else, I’m here to tell you that you can have all the wishbone in the world, but without backbone you won’t ever see it come to volition. Without actually getting out there and putting your plan into action you will stay right where you’re at.

Yes, you will have obstacles and people come against you for no reason. DON'T QUIT! They’ll go to the extent of making things up about you, lie about you – because they are afraid you will succeed. DON'T QUIT! If I were to share what I wrote my first book through, it would literally drop your jaw! If I were to share with you the violence I grew up in once again, it would drop your jaw. I had a lot of excuses to not even start let alone continue. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not your start in life, it’s your finish, and that finish is up to you. The point is I never gave up. NEVER GIVE UP! When you’re tired, learn to rest – BUT DON’T GIVE UP!!!! If you’re feeling low about your situation, go out and do something nice for someone. Take your mind off of yourself for a change. If it’s not well received sew it as a seed – in laymen’s terms good karma will always come back to you but you must give out to get back.

The song Lightening Before the Thunder by Imagine Dragons – in the very last few minutes of this song you will hear almost inaudibly the words – “Never give up.” Some of you have those exact words whispering in the recesses of your mind. You need to turn them from a whisper into a shout, until it's tattooed in your brain. I’m here to remind you not to give up on your dreams! Don’t let the haters have it their way!!!! Don't let circumstances have their way!!! Who are they to decide your fate?

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How a fiction author gets her godchild to eat broccoli...

I was met with a pair of tiny crossed arms and furrowed brow. My job had definitely been cut out for me. No form of bribery, no promises of cookies – not even candy would work on my six year old godson. For not a single piece of broccoli would pass his tiny pursed lips. Therefore, I resorted to what I do best. I began weaving a tale of fiction so vast and wondrous, it even left me wanting to eat a stalk of the vile weed! (Actually, I like broccoli) Anyway, I spoke of how the Brontosaurus, the Ankylosaurs, and the Calaxidon grew big and strong. (Of course one of those doesn’t exist, but we’ll work on that later. I’m not a dinosaur aficionado.) We discussed with props pictured, how they reached great heights and lived for millions of years just by……. You guessed it, eating their vegetables. …And it worked! Oiy! Next week is lima beans.

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Merry Christmas! May your holidays be filled with CONTAGIOUS laughter and JOY, and may you create wonderful memories for years to come! Sincerely, C. L. Lewis
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Just thought I’d share a little lighthearted holiday giggle… BTW; if you find yourself in the Chia Pet or As Seen on TV aisles, you’ve gone too far.

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I’ve had the privilege of teaching kids of all ages. I love it for many reasons, but it’s also allowed me to see everything from the latest fashion trends to technological trends, and some zany creative usage of the English language. From these experiences, I’ve been afforded an interesting perspective in that, this world offers tons of examples of what ‘they’ think we/I should look like, act like, talk like, be like... What we should eat, drive, wear, the color and style of our hair… This is evidenced best when we are young and still finding our footing, but perpetuates into our adulthood as well. If you’re like me, we often struggle to fill these shoes, because frankly they’re not our shoes to fill. It’s like trying to run a race in shoes that are either too big or too small. It just plain won’t work, not to mention slow you down. Don’t let society or people limit you to what they think is best for you. Have the courage to be who you are. There’s only one of you, and that makes you entirely and utterly unique.

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The Freakin’ Frenemy!

Writing for me is a passion. It’s opened up a world of opportunities beyond what I believed possible.

Because of writing, I’ve been able to travel and meet people from all over the world, many of whom share my enthusiasm for word-smything. I’ve been inspired and afforded the privilege of being an inspiration. However, I never would’ve even attempted writing books if I’d have listened to the chirping from the cheap seats.

Many of you know where I'm going here because you've experienced the same. Oh, certain frenemies of mine have said things like, “You’ll never make it!” “Impossible.” “You’re still writing?”

(Definition of a Frenemy - Basically a cross between a friend and an enemy.)

Believe it or not, they still pop in and out my life, bringing their negativity and doubt with them. They’ve even gone as far as to hound those around me. At that point, I only have one thing to say to them, “B@tc#! You’re a fan~” You just can't stay away. ...Now, will that ruffle a few feathers? Only of the people that know what they've been doing.

Besides, who cares? But it will be best remembered the next time you recognize 'that special someone' who continually inflicts their opinion on you and whatever it is you're doing.

So what’s my point? I openly speak on my personal experiences with ‘frenemies’ because I don’t want someone taking away or deterring other people from doing what they enjoy!

Don’t listen to the individuals whose only purpose in life is to make sure you don’t do better than they do! You know, the ones who can't say anything nice after you leave the room? Be aggressive with your goals! Stop wasting time caring what they think, and pursue whatever it is that inspires you!

Step out! Try something new! You never know where it will take you. And more importantly, you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t give it a solid try!

BTW; Don't be afraid of failure. If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying. Failure is not the opposite of success; it's a part of success!
Sincerely,

C. L. Lewis

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When was the last time you did something for the first time? For those creative minds out there that have somehow become stagnate, I pose this very question to. If you’re a writer, painter, dancer, musician, whatever the case - it’s important to get out of that rut and gain some new experiences. Maybe you’ve gotten into a comfort zone, the same thing day in and day out and need a little change. Perhaps, jumping out of airplanes isn’t your thing, but you can find out what is by doing new things. It can be as simple as taking a different way home or trying a new type of food… You’d be surprised just how much trying something new can inspire both you and/or your artistic endeavors!
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It’s amazing that sometimes it takes getting out of your usual situation to clear your head. You don’t have to travel across the globe. It can be as simple as going for a walk outside your front door, watching a funny movie, or listening to positive music. It can clear away those 'mental cobwebs' and even change your perspective. I believe it does so by helping us see a bigger picture other than this world/universe we often call ‘me.’

So as this Thanksgiving nears, (because yes we still celebrate this day even though the stores have already rushed us into Christmas) I asked myself what I had to be thankful for. Oh, there are many things, but one in particular surprised me. Therefore, I’ve decided to share something that without serious reflection, I wouldn’t have been able to conclude.
BTW, these aren’t the rants of someone hopped up on a caffeine or chocolate high, neither are they from someone given to hormonal outbursts or mushy sentiments.
So what’s this thing I’ve learned? Okay, brace yourselves. I’ve learned there’s still goodness in this world, and I'm thankful for it. It may be a little hard to see at times… But it’s there, even if you have to look very very hard. Sometimes YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR IT ON PURPOSE, especially when things around you aren’t going the way you’d like. You have to do good on purpose, because eventually I believe it does come back to you.

Probably at this point I’ve lost some of you. I can sense a thousand different eyes rolling along with an icy wind blowing this way. Time does not permit me to share some of my interesting experiences, but I can assure you – I’m the last person to want to admit that I still believe there is goodness in this world. In other words, there are still good people. Not perfect people, because people make mistakes. I make lots of them. Nonetheless, I believe there are people who generally choose to do the right thing, people who choose to be selfless NOT selfish.

This is sort of hard for me to admit, because like all of you, I’ve seen far too much ugliness coming from individuals who need to take a long hard look at themselves rather than put me under the microscope. I’ve had negativity come from some of the most unlikely sources. Sometimes it makes me laugh – especially when you consider that source itself. So I’d like to share the very story that made me get off of the fence and choose a side.

About a week and a half ago, my family and I were preparing for our trip. We went to the store to pick up some basic supplies. Where I live, there’s a homeless man most everyone recognizes. They call him ‘Benny.’ I don’t know if it’s his real name, but you can’t miss him. He walks for miles up and down the streets with no particular destination in mind. He does this day after day regardless of the weather. He’s very thin with shoulder length wavy gray hair, and somehow always manages to keep himself presentable.

This particular day, he happened to be outside of the store where we were shopping. Therefore, before we purchased our own food, we rushed to purchase a small bag of food for him, and raced like heck to take it to him before he took off again. I’m not sharing this for pats on the back because – HE DIDN’T TAKE THE FOOD! As a matter of fact, he said that he didn’t take food from strangers because he didn’t want to be poisoned! I didn’t know if I should be offended or agree with the guy. Yes, that’s right people, I had a homeless person deny my handout! Yikes! That’s a new one!

I could’ve easily been offended. I mean, how many times a day do we all have the opportunity to be offended? Yet, the funny thing was by him refusing our gift; he actually gave me one instead.

Apparently, several people saw what we’d tried to do, which in and of itself was kind of embarrassing. However, as we finished our shopping we were approached in various isles by a number of different strangers. Each one told us that they’d bought him this or that, or they were taking care of him, and how they’d buy food or clothing for him - and have been doing so for years. One lady said, “It took her 2 years before he would accept a blanket from her.” On our way out, even the cashier said that she’d been working at this particular store for 16 years, and it seemed the only way he’d take food from her is if she left it in a cart outside of the store. She said she usually purchases a chicken and bread and leaves it in a special spot for him to wheel away. We continued to be approached by people telling us their stories about caring for Benny all the way up until we loaded our groceries in our car.

It’s funny. Instead of being humiliated, angry, or disheartened, I was actually energized. I was thankful. What I thought was a family's single act of kindness was actually an ongoing group effort. Where I’d failed, others had gone before me to help take care of a guy they didn’t even know. Many of whom were on a limited budget to boot. I needed to see this. I needed to see goodness in action - not just a bunch of two faced fluff...

So seek to do good on purpose. Be creative with it. Look for it on purpose. You never know how it will come back to you:) Above all, don’t let the negativities of what others say or do take that away from you. You'd be denying yourself a gift, something to be thankful for...

And who knows? Maybe in a few months he’ll accept an act of kindness from me… If not, No worries. I can always channel it to another area in need.

Happy Thanks FOR Giving,
C. L. Lewis
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