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Sunday, September 28, 2008

A New Focus

"Today is a new day." We've all heard that said before. But, for me it is. You see, I've begun a new, again. A few months back, I walked away from writing (for the third time) in a year and a half. 

I felt so incredibly guilty... such a loser. How could I walk away from a dream that has meant the world to me for so long? It was easy. That's the sad part. The fact that I found it so simple was a real eye opener for me. I came to a place of reevaluating my dream, and what may have brought me to such a place that I could just walk away.

Thanks to my awesome friends at the "blue-boards," I realized that I was not alone, and that I should never give up. Taking a break or a much needed time of respite, did not mean that I was a quitter. Others have gone through the same thing. Some of them, time and time again. I was just one of many. And the best part? They all had picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and were better for it.

So what? So, I hadn't finished my WIP that I had planned on completing three months ago, or revise my completed manuscript one more time. So, I hadn't queried in months. So, I hadn't blogged in a month and a half. Today was a new day.

For those of you faithful followers of my previous blog (, it is still there, but geared toward life and it's many generalities. This one is focused on my writing and all things related. It's a cathartic thing that I believe I need to regain my "mojo" and push forward. It is my "passion pill."



Kelly said...

Good for you, CJ, to get back to your writing! Good luck!!

Cello said...

Hello! I am a very young writer and illustrator who just Published his first Children's Storybook entitled 'Karate Cat'. I thought with your talent you could swing by my site and check out my book =). It just got listed on Amazon so I am really excited about it. And especially since you are a Pre-K teacher I would love it if you thought your class would like my book. I hope to hear from you.

CJ Raymer said...

This was a comment from my dear friend Amy, who had to send it via email as she couldn't get it to post properly. Thanks sweet friend! You're always an encouragement to me. - CJ

"Hey CJ! Come on--you can't really give up. It's in your blood, as Hermione said to Harry about Quidditch.
Seriously, nobody knows why some of us writers will make it and some won't. All we can do is learn all the rules, break half of them on purpose, and keep our fingers crossed. Of course, when you've got fingers crossed for ourselves and a dozen friends, it does get a little tricky to write! (hee-hee)
Have you re-read your favorite book yet? You know, the one you couldn't write, but makes you just happy? For me it's either Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword or Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing. They're just AWESOME, and after all, reading is ultimately what it's all about, right?! (grin)
Hang in there, girl--you know you can do this.

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