Friday, December 16, 2016

And At The Fork in the Road...

Hey all,

I'm really sorry I haven't been around. I've been making some personal decisions about my career and my life that just couldn't be put off any longer. So, since we were moving from Syndey to Brisbane, I took the time to do some thinking.
I've been writing since I was six years old. Literally. And in second grade I published my first work. I fell in love with the story, Two Too Many, a children's book by Nora S. Unwin. For my second grade Parent-Teachers Night, I turned the story into a play. I still remember the thrill that went through me as I got a standing ovation when my name was announced as the author.

And from that moment on I always had a notepad and pen in my pocket.

I can't imagine not being a writer. I am always dreaming, putting together story after story in my head. Some are sexy, some are sweet, but I always know the ones that I can take to print. They are the ones that make me laugh, sigh, weep and shiver.

But being a writer while traveling...well, that's not so easy.  In fact, I've struggled with it daily since we started our wanderings seven years ago. That first move to Singapore opened up a brand new world to me--a world I was able to put in my books. And I firmly believe anything I write in the future will be better because I can add the flavor of these places into each story.

Yet because of my travels--because of the other creative endeavors I'm now doing, I find I cannot give my writing as much time. And the stress of trying to do everything is just too much. So I'm scaling back.

While I won't be stopping my writing completely, I've decided to only work on a couple of books a year. Unless the mood hits me differently, I'll write those stories in my head when I want to, not on any set schedule.

I'll continue to self publish as well as write for Changeling when the occasion arises. But on MY timeline so I will have time to do what else is important in my life. 

Jonathon, my kids, that new grandbaby on the way, my writing, our new home, my jewelry, my photography and our travels...they are all important, and I want to be able to enjoy them...not be stressed by them.

So at this fork in the road, I have decided to choose a different that will allow me to embrace everything I am and not focus so much on a single endeavor. And I plan to enjoy them all. Each and every one of them.

Carpe diem and all that!  Woohoo!!!

I'll be around still, but I won't have set days to blog.  Just when something fun is happening. But I'll be on Facebook--I enjoy meeting with people there, so give me a shout and say HI!

Hugs to everyone and thanks for being my readers!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

CJ England

Follow Your Dreams

1 comment:

Phylis said...

Sometimes you have to stop and look and decide what you want to focus on. If trying to juggle so many things at once is not making you happy, you should reevaluate. I believe that when you try to do so much at once your heart becomes less and less engaged and your art(projects) suffers. So enjoy all that is coming your way...on your terms! :) I have a grandbaby, my first coming in June so I understand the excitement and the priorities! I look forward to your stories when they come and talking to you on Facebook!