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?”

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 stay to them, “[email protected]#! You’re a fan~”  …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.

Definition of a Frenemy – Basically a cross between a friend and an enemy.

 

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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. Not to say that you’ll fail! But 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

 

 

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

 

Try Something New – Change Your Point of View

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.

 

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
When was the last time you did something for the first time?

 

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! Case and point: This is my very first blog on the new website platform! It wasn’t as hard or as rigorous as I thought it would be!

I might even be ready to master my new cell phone now!

Sincerely,

C. L. Lewis

If you want to feel like a kid again, you need to visit Universal Studios Hollywood’s Harry Potter World! by C. L. Lewis

If you want to feel like a kid again you need to visit
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Harry Potter World!
Yes, even authors need a break sometimes. They need to be
inspired too. Recently, I took a flash vacation to Universal Studios Hollywood!
I haven’t been to a theme park for quite some time, and thought why not? My
thoughts ahead of time were along the lines of hour waits in the hot sun,
expensive food, and periodic bouts of boredom. Rinse/Repeat. However, in this
case after spending a total of 11 hours at this place, I can honestly say,
“WOW! (I haven’t spent 11 hours anywhere unless I was incarcerated…. Just a
mild joke to see if you were paying attention)
Honeydukes and Zoncos Joke Shop in the Back.
What I’m trying to say is Universal Studios Hollywood is well worth your time and money!!” It’s totally awesome! From shows to rides, you won’t be
bored. There’s something for everyone to do, or re-do. It made me feel like a
kid again! And I know for a fact, it wasn’t just me judging by the people
singing “Shout” on the escalator going in the opposite direction. This mood
filtered over to our side of the escalator and everyone there joined in as
well. Yes, even me:)
(which explains the two year old behind me plugging her ears) The weather was
perfect, the wait in lines minimal, the shows were excellent, the rides
spectacular, and the food prices… Well, you can’t have everything…

 

 

My suggestions for anyone visiting this park would be:
sunblock, good walking shoes, a locker rental, good camera, plan the shows you
want to see around the rides, and lots and lots of water:)
 Inside Olivanders
First stop? Harry Potter Hogsmeade of course. It didn’t
disappoint! Adults and children alike were outfitted in their favorite house
attire to include robes and ties. Others were literally walking around the snow
laden village dressed as wizards or witches. This really added to the ambiance
of the place. When I spotted Honeydukes, it took everything in me not to fling
open the door and roll around in the thousands of chocolate frogs – but I
controlled the urge for confectionary delights and limited myself to a few
tasty treats such as the peppermint toads and fever fudge! We also visited
Zonko’s Joke Shop, and Olivanders just to mention a few places. Each store was
filled with tasty souvenirs or rare memorabilia from the movies. My family ate
at the three broomsticks and had frozen butterbeer! Yummy! *I also highly
recommend their sticky toffee pudding! “Yikes! I’ll be on the treadmill for a
week!
Inside Hogwarts, Dumbledore’s Office

 

 
The two rides in Harry Potter World are The Flight of theHippogriff and Harry Potters Forbidden Journey! Both were absolutely amazing! Approaching
the Flight of the Hippogriff, riders are treated to a life-size version of Hagrid’s
hut accompanied by none other than a hippogriff. In order to get to the
Forbidden Journey, riders are taken through the dark winding halls of Hogwarts furnished
with moving pictures and other recognizable scenery. Among many things, I was
able to see Dumbledore’s office and the Gryffindor common room. The Forbidden
Journey ride is 3D and you literally feel like you are flying through Hogwarts
following Harry on his broomstick!
 Hogsmeade
 Inside Hogwarts
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into Harry Potter World, Universal Studios California. I’ll be posting more about this trip later:)

Respectfully,

 

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English Flashbacks, Brain Matter, & Writing Ideas by C. L. Lewis www.creedgriffon.com

It never fails. Whether at a book signing, speaking to a
creative writing class, or talking with a fellow author, I’m always asked, “How do I decide what to
write about?” When given the opportunity for freestyle writing, I think a lot of people accidentally flash back to their English teacher at
the front of the class saying, “You have 30 minutes to write about the importance
of the African Tsetse fly. Go!” 

Stunned, you were
left thinking, ‘Gee lady! You must’ve had
an unhappy childhood, and now you’re trying to drag me into it!’ Tick tock, Tick
tock…
Meanwhile, ten minutes later, that blank piece of paper on your desk is staring back at you burning a hole in your retina… Adding insult to injury, you wound up with a C- on the thing, leaving your parents to believe that you were illiterate – destined for their support well into your 60’s.  

All joking aside, I have to admit, writing about something that
doesn’t interest you, in and of itself is a form of assessing your understanding of the
principles and structure of writing. But basically, timed writing, revolving
around boring subjects is just another form of torture! Yes, you read that correctly. In
other words, it ain’t no picnic! Right? Regardless, the entire experience can leave
a traumatic stain on your brain, something you’d rather not be reminded of. No
one likes being put in this position. 
However, creative writing is something quite different! I’m
speaking about the type of writing that is neither graded nor timed. It is
something we crazy people do for fun alongside cliff diving, and Wingsuit flying. Nevertheless, the entire world is at your fingertips, limited only by your
imagination! It’s quite a freeing pastime! Therefore, I’m compelled to remind
people that ask me, when choosing what they want to write about, the sky is the
limit! However, I always follow up with a few tidbits I’ve learned after many
years of facing off with my keyboard/computer, or pen and paper.

First of all, I tell people of all ages, “You need
to write about something that interests you, something you enjoy or know about.”
If you don’t know about the subject, and don’t mind doing a bit of research –
then more power to you:)
However, I’d stick to something you have a bit of knowledge on. Secondly, keep
in mind that when you write a larger novel, multiple characters usually mean, multiple
core messages. Meaning, your story can have a number of morals/fundamental
principles depending on what character’s point of view the reader may be
looking from. 

After writing my first young adult fiction book, The Road to Dendura, people would ask me, “What is your
story about?” I feel that my response was sort of like a deer in the headlights,
because actually there were multiple story lines woven throughout it. As an
author, you know your story better than anyone. You are the god of that story. You
know every detail and nuance. Therefore, when asked such a simple question, you
sometimes wonder how a simple reply can encompass each and every characters’ core message. But we’ll save that blog for another time!

For now, I hope I’ve helped a few fellow writers out there! If anyone else has helpful comments about choosing a writing topic, please feel free to comment.

Respectfully,

 

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