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.




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!


C. L. Lewis



Book Two – And Other Tidbits of Brain Matter by C. L. Lewis author of The Road to Dendura Creed Griffon Series

Okay, so
where have I been? It’s been a long time since I last posted . No, I haven’t been in hiding…. And, I haven’t been on some
soul searching quest – such has been rumored! (Where would I find the time?) Regardless of fanciful hearsay, I’ve
been DILIGENTLY writing. A lot of readers forget, I’m a teacher too. It’s hard
to choose between two things you love doing, i.e. writing and teaching. In many
ways, I believe one feeds off of the other. (At least in my case it does)

But since school has let out, it’s
more along the lines of “full steam ahead!” My sole job now is – you guessed it
– to write until I’m satisfied.  I will
NEVER be a speed writer. I’m not into that. And I don’t think my readers would
want that either. Some people are good at such things whereas, I like to take
my time and write where my pen/keyboard takes me. There is a peaceful freedom
in that. In the famous words of Pixar’s Geri the cleaner, from Toy Story 2,
“You can’t rush art!” Or rather, you shouldn’t. It’s something to be savored
and appreciated. A good word picture would be when mom or dad slaves over that
Thanksgiving feast for two days – and the ‘fam’ devours it in ten minutes! Yikes!

 “Most men
pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” ~Søren Kierkegaard

the great adversity of art or anything else is a hurried life.” ~Robert James Waller
Adding to the
previous dilemma, I/the series have been taken over by a new publishing company,
something I’m excited about!! However, as it passes through the fiery trials of
“rights,” I am thankful that they’re allowing the time I need to finish book
two – according to how I see fit. You see, as strange as it may sound to
someone who isn’t into writing, I’ve gotten to know each and every one of my
characters intimately. Similarly to a fervent fan that knows every last detail
about their favorite characters… 

No, I don’t see them walking around my flat,
neither do I have conversations with them over my morning Cheerios.
Nonetheless, they’ve become pseudo real people to me, and I want to give each of
them the respect they’re due because I care about them. I care about my story.
And, I care about providing readers with a tale that will come alive and jump right off of the pages. Thankfully, my publisher understands my passion, and thus book 2 will be out fall of
2016. It is over three times as longs as The Road to Dendura, and is filled
with sketches, and associated guides to help readers keep track and immerse
themselves into the world of Craft. 

So, to my faithful readership, I thank you
for your patience and the many emails asking about me and/or the new release. I’m still here. Book 2 is
coming… And you won’t be disappointed! 

Sneak peeks of book 2 to follow…



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To Laugh or not to Laugh by C. L. Lewis author of The Road to Dendura, Creed Griffon Series

Today being April Fools Day, I thought I’d give you a laugh or two. I’ve already had two fake coupons for a “Free Starbucks coffee” put on my desk, as well as a Perrier that had been shaken by a paint shaker machine… I’m not falling for it. If I can make it through this day unscathed – then it’s a good day! The pictures below either reinforce the fact that people are creative… or that they have too much time on their hands. You be the judge. All I know is that I got a good chuckle out of them:) 

On this day in 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the
annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each
other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for
several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a
mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to
1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian
calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were
slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new
year had moved to January 1, and continued to celebrate it during the
last week of March through April 1, became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.
These included having paper fish placed on their backs and being
referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a
young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

Historians have also linked April Fools’ Day to ancient festivals
such as Hilaria, which was celebrated in Rome at the end of March and
involved people dressing up in disguises. There’s also speculation that
April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or first day of spring
in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with
changing, unpredictable weather.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century.
In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with
“hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a
word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day,
which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake
tails or “kick me” signs on them.


In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create
elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and
Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting
outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences. In 1957,
the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees;
numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated
tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie
pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per
hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people
when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell
and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers
requested the fake sandwich. 



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Frolicking with Pixie Sticks and Licorice Whips by author C. L. Lewis The Creed Griffon, Road to Dendura Series

I’m often asked why I gave Clancey (One of my main characters in The Road to Dendura)
an addiction to candy…  Technically, it helps sooth his raging anger,
but yes he’s grown to depend on it. The answer is really three fold.
First of
all, I believe every character should have some sort of ‘weakness’ – it
them easier to relate to and more real to life. Secondly, I myself am a
lover! There – I admit it. I can leave the self help group, take off my
name badge – go
home – and dive into my kid’s Easter baskets. 

All joking aside, candy is truly my Achilles heel. But I’m not
yet at the point whereupon any given day you’ll find me frolicking
through the park with pixie sticks and liquorice whips. (I’d be dumb to
do it without a good cup a’ joe)

To make matters worse, I’m a sucker (no pun intended)
for trying new types of candy – nothing too exotic like chocolate covered
insects and so forth – but you get my drift. Chocolate covered marzipan
is awesome! Those of you who suffer from the same candy connoisseursim
understand my need to explore all that is confectionery. Thirdly, well I
can’t tell you the third reason why I
gave Clancey this weakness. It comes out later in the series, book 3, 2017 E.O.Y!  There’s
actually more to it than his love of all that is sweet! 



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