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?




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!


C. L. Lewis

Who Coudlnt Use a Laugh this Time of Year? by C. L. Lewis author of The Road to Dendura Creed Griffon Series Follow us on Facebook

It’s that time of year again when all the hustle and bustle
of the holiday seasons can – well, drive you mad! Whether it’s braving the mall
for that last minute gift, or grocery shopping for Christmas dinner, we’ve all
run into one – or possibly even been one – A disgruntled crazy-eyed, speed walking, gift grabber,
ready to rumble over the last Barbie or 50” television. I think some of the more habitual offenders should have their shopping cart licenses revoked…
Seriously though, for
the last few years, during the Christmas rush, I’ve tried focusing on giving my
readers a laugh or two. Let’s face it, who couldn’t use one of those? Not to
mention the fact that laughs are free. Laughter is good for the body and mind as a whole. I’ve include some research information from   I’ve also pasted a few comics from one of my
most favorite cartoonists, Gary Larson

The Effects of Laughter: 

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system.
    Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and
    infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins,
    the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall
    sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart.
    Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood
    flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other
    cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
  • Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  • Humor shifts perspective,
    allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening
    light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can
    help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

If by chance anyone else out there
would like to share a good family type comic strip, story or joke, please send them in
and I’ll add them to the blog for other people to get a chuckle out of.


C. L. Lewis’ recommendations for Family Fun Halloween Movies Author of The Creed Griffon Series The Road to Dendura Over 16,000 Likes on Facebook www.

Mind you,
these are not really your blood a guts style types of movies. My
recommendations pertain more to the family/teen type individuals. Some of the suggestions below, I just
consider plain ole’ classics and fun to watch. For example, it wouldn’t be
Halloween (for me) if I didn’t watch; It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!  Besides, after the Halloween festivities are
over and you’re sorting through your kid’s candy, (pinching a few for yourself of course:) a good movie with a huge bowl of
popcorn isn’t a bad way to share family time – or burn off that sugar buzz! 

Movie List: Click on any of the movies listed below and it will tell you a little bit more about each one. 

Scooby Doo – in general – personal favorite: “The Creeper”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

**If anyone out there has a few recommendations along these lines, please submit them. I’m always happy to discover movies that I haven’t heard of before or maybe one’s I’ve forgotten! 

Lastly, a Halloween tradition we usually share in my classroom is popcorn cake. Everyone brings at least one ingredient. It’s absolutely delicious and easy to make. I’ve included the recipe below, but items can always be added or removed per likes and dislikes. Enjoy~

Popcorn Cake


  • 2
    bags of microwave popcorn, popped with unpopped kernels removed (*or you can use your own homemade popcorn)
  • 2
    cups M&M’s
  • 1
    cup broken pretzel sticks
  • 16
    oz mini marshmallows (8 cups)
  • ½
    cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanuts optional


  1. Prepare
    a large tube or bundt pan by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. You
    start with 2 bags of buttered microwave popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Pick
    out the kernels that didn’t pop.
  4. Now
    mix in 2 cups of M&M’s and 1½ cups broken pretzel sticks.
  5. Now
    melt 1 stick of butter over low in a large saucepan or microwave.
  6. When
    melted add in a 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows (8 cups)
  7. Stir
    until melted and smooth and remove from the heat.
  8. Allow
    it to cool for about 2 minutes, while stirring constantly and then pour it
    over your popcorn mixture.
  9. Stir
    until all the ingredients are combined and then press into the prepared
  10. Cover
    with foil and let your cake set for at least an hour to cool.
  11. When
    you are ready to serve the cake loosen sides of your cake from the pan by
    running a butter knife around the edges.
  12. Flip
    your pan over onto your serving platter.
  13. Your
    cake should come out pretty easily.
  14. You
    want it to cool completely so it will cut easily.
  15. Cover
    tightly and store for up to 1 day.


store airtight for up to 2 days. Best if eaten same day as



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