Monday, April 18, 2011

Not a U Turn, but More of a Kick in the Butt

Hey all,

So, as promised, I'm back with some news that sorta relates to what I was talking about a month or so back.  Remember the U turn?  Well, losing my online capabilities for the last few weeks wasn't a U turn, but more like a kick in the butt.

What do I mean?  Well, not being able to spend the time online was horrible in a lot of ways.  I missed my friends and fans, I wasn't able to do research when I needed to and I couldn't keep up with my online responsibilities like promoing, lists, emails and blogs.

As the days went by, I funneled that frustration into other avenues.  Instead of spending hours on emails and fan mail, I was able to dream out four new novels.

Instead of fussing on my blogs, I was able to create worlds and characters that not only made me take a second look, but made me want to stay around for more.

And instead of worrying about all the advertising, promoing and other "duties" of an author, I was able to do what an author is supposed to do.


No big deal, right?

Wrong!!!!!  As I spent my days doing what I loved, I realized how much I'd gotten away from it.  Don't get me wrong, some of that other stuff is important too, but it should NEVER be more important than the writing itself and somehow I'd forgotten that one salient fact.

I won't forget again.

So, things are going to be a bit different.  I'm not sure of all the deets yet, but instead of spending hours online, and doing all the promoing I was doing, I'll be doing what I really want to do.

Create those worlds, characters and romance that you all want me to.

I may not be around as much, but the trade off--better stories and a happier CJ will be worth it.

In the next couple weeks I'll be reworking this blog schedule as well as some of my other duties.  You may not see me around as you used to, but I'll be here still.

And hopefully it won't take another earthquake to make me understand how lucky I am to be doing the one thing I've always wanted to do. 

Hugs and I'll see you next time,

CJ England

Follow Your Dreams


Ashley L said...

Sounds like you turned a disaster into something positive for you. Good job! Even if it does take you away from us online, the better writing will most definitely make up for it!

Mannouchka said...

Dear CJ
Like Ashley said you turned a disaster into something positive for you .That's a very good job.I am sure you will come with a lot of new books
I wish you a wonderful week and take good care of you

Phylis said...

We really missed you but knowing that you were writing and discovering new worlds is fantastic. Will miss talking to you as much as before but will really enjoy the new books when they come out!!

CJ England said...

Thanks all,

It's hard to stay away from my online fun, but like "addiction" I'll take it a little at a time.

It may take a while but I think it will be worth it in the long run.

Ray said...

As long as you are around enough that we don't forget who you are. I know how addicting the internet can be. I spend way too much time online. Now that I finally broke down and bought a Kindle I even take my addiction to electronic media with me. In a way much better as I was getting behind on books. I have two boxes full of unread books that I opened, took out the packing material and doubled the quantity.

You will be around to let us know what you are writing I hope.


CJ England said...


I'll be around. I'm just loosening my online schedule and giving myself more writing time.

I'm already loving it! LOL