Lightening Before the Thunder…

During a trip to my publishers, 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?




Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! May your holidays be filled with CONTAGIOUS laughter and JOY, and may you create wonderful memories for years to come!



C. L. Lewis

Holiday Laughs

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.



C. L. Lewis


Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken!

Be Yourself!

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.


C. L. Lewis