Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Time Has Come

For change.

First, let me thank everyone who has ridden the crazy train of chaos with me over the past two years on my blog. I've been all over the place, writing anything and everything I could, until I wore myself out. Kaput. I lost sight of my goals, and worse, stopped having fun. I was ready to toss the pen, ditch the keyboard, and erase the hard drive. And then what? I asked myself. Give up on your dreams? Yeah, because that would be a great example to my girls. No, I decided to pursue my original goal and write for children, and combine my slight obsession with the paranormal, supernatural, and things that lurk in the dark.

Photo from http://www.texasbigfoot.com/
I'm in the process of combining my two blogs, and I will be focusing on my middle grade short story collection of creepy Texas tales. So far, I've written short stories about the Caddo Creature (East Texas Bigfoot), the Chupacabra, and the Goatman of north Texas. My goal for the first collection will be five stories. I hope to finish the next two stories by the end of 2012.

I'm also in the process of revising a PB featuring a creepy, yet adorable main character.(Note added: PB is not peanut butter, paperback, or pickle barrel. It means picture book.)

Photo: Check out all of those Bigfoot sightings. Yikes.

Reading and writing stories about the paranormal reminds me of sitting on the library floor, back when I was a children's library assistant, and reading books about these subjects with the kids. The shock, awe, and fascination in their eyes was priceless. Giving them more to read, is my goal.

For the time being, my blog posts will focus on my current writings and related stories. I totally get it if some of my followers aren't interested in these subjects. All of you are more than welcome to come along for the wild ride!! Although I will continue to check in with my fellow bloggers, I will more than likely opt out of most writing contests for now. If any of you see me signing up, I give you permission to give me a cyber slap on the hand. I need to keep myself on course.

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Blog Header Thank Yous

*A note about the illustration on my header: permission was granted by Justin Gerbracht for the use of his image. You can find a link to his website on the right sidebar. And a HUGE thank you goes out to Tara Tyler for creating my blog header using Justin's image. Isn't she amazing? And, did you hear? She received a publishing contract!!! CONGRATS TARA! If you click on her name, you can read all about it.

32 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good change! I like that angle. Took my a second to realize PB meant picture book though. I was thinking peanut butter...

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  2. This is super smart! It looks awesome my dear :)

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  3. I love the blog header. I think your artist is very talented.

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  4. I love your goals, Candilynn! I'll be setting some myself, as soon as the blog tour is over. I ADORE your new header. I recognized Tara's handiwork right away. She is absolutely brilliant with headers, banners and badges. She did all of ours (mine and Angela's) for our blog tour.

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    1. Good luck with your goal-setting. It hasn't been easy for me, because I want to write about everything, even about the wind changing directions this morning! I think it's a condition. :/ They probably have a pill for it.

      Tara is super awesomely talented!

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  5. I'm now infatuated with your banner. I love it!
    It works so well for the theme and "brand" that is Candilynn Fite :-)

    It's great that done some re-evaluating and digging in to writing things you love. I look forward to seeing more from you soon.

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    1. Thanks Angela! I will be heading up north in your direction to research for a story. Not sure when. But when I do, I'll let you know.

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  6. Love the new banner and the new format. Can't wait to read more about your writing projects!

    "I lost sight of my goals, and worse, stopped having fun. I was ready to toss the pen, ditch the keyboard, and erase the hard drive. And then what? I asked myself. Give up on your dreams? Yeah, because that would be a great example to my girls."

    Exactly. Keep going. Chase your dreams, do what you love, and don't quit. Your positive energy and diligence will inspire your children even if you don't make the NY Times best seller list. I hope you remind yourself of that whenever you're ready to give up on a project, or writing in general. I definitely need that slapped into my brain every now and then. Maybe I'll make it my ring tone, or print it out and paste it to my laptop :)

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    1. I couldn't have said it better myself. I let go of the NYT bestseller list years ago. To be honest, I'm not sure it was ever my goal. Sure, we all dream. I just want to be recognized for chasing my dream, and catching tidbits of it along the way, and never giving up.

      I appreciate your thoughts. :)

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  7. Hey! All those Big Feet are stomping all over my neighborhood!! So not fair. I mean, I surely didn't invite them.

    Your dreams are yours. You are free to change them, change direction, to live your life as you see fit. Have fun no matter what you do. I thought PB meant paperback. :-)

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    1. Maybe we should have a guessing contest as to what PB means. :)

      If you go to the Texas Bigfoot website, the map is interactive. You can click on each figure and at date and exact location of the sighting pops up. I've not traveled much of your state. Are those areas dense forest? East Texas is known as the Piney Woods, and much of it is thick, woody areas.

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  8. Candy, I love the new look of your blog! :D

    And, if your heart belongs to picture books and writing for children, then follow your dreams. I think that your collection of creepy Texas tales sounds awesome; I want to buy it and read it to my son.

    Good luck with this new road in your writing journey, I for one will be continuing to join you!

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    1. Thank you so much Clare! I'll keep you up to date on the stories.

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  9. Love the new blog look!
    ~nisha

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  10. yay for candilynn! so excited for you! and it looks great! new look for a new you!

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    1. Thanks for all your hard work on the header!!

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  11. I'll be checking in still, I admire you for keeping the blog fresh and about what you are interested in, in the moment!
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

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  12. Hi Candilynn.
    I hear you. I must stay on track too, but writing flash fiction helps to keep me fresh so I will continue with that. At present, I only post twice a week.

    The Big Foot graph is cool. It looks like their all headed to New Orleans. Someone should tell them the party's over.

    Good luck with your stories.
    Nancy

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    1. I agree with you. It does keep a writer fresh. Thanks Nancy!

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  13. It looks great Candi. Gotta check your road map once in a while and make minor course changes. At least you're still going forward. Good luck with the new focus; sounds awesome.

    ......dhole

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  14. good luck with your writing! i just followed both sites...hahaha...oops

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    1. Hi Tammy! Thanks for following! I'm not sure what happens to followers when a blog is deleted. But I think most of them follow both, so I shouldn't lose them completely.

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  15. Here from the Spookober blog hop. I just LOVE that blog banner.

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  16. Beautiful! Congratulations on the change m'dear. ^_^

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