I've Been Through A Lot Recently

Whatever happen I know to keep my head up, and stay positive. Get to one thing at a time, and especially to not stress.

Better things are coming to me, I can feel it.  

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Eternal Con 2014

Was a lot of fun, hence my uber long string of a lack of posts, but I'm back home now and ready to attend to this blog as I must. I got an autographed picture from one of my favorite wrestlers (yes, I am still a huge wrestling fan), Mick Folkey/Cactus Jack/Dude Love/Mankind. mickfoley

It made my year, easily.

I picked up a few comics as well.

They are The Flash and The History of the DC Universe, respectively. I haven't really read either yet. I'm not sure what I'm waiting for, really.

I've gotten a huge push in the writing direction of my life, and that's where I've been spending all my time, or at least, trying to (I've been easily distracted lately, it happens). A huge push in the sense that I know where the story's headed and where I want to take it. I'm trusting in my characters to lead me to their subplots as they have done for the past two books so that I can move forward with the main plot more or less.

Off I go to write.

I hope your days were as fun-filled and inspiring as mine.

Also, I'm starting to get serious about Pinterest. I already have a board up dealing with The Dark World: Book 1 and as the weeks go by before the book is published, I will put up more boards dealing with all the groups of characters - Enchanters, Lycans, Vampires, Dragons, Mermaids...etc. leaving a little comment here and there under the pictures so everyone can get a greater glimpse into the Dark World and how these characters operate (even when I don't show it in the books). After all, there's only so much one can show in a book. ;)

Keep your bite,

S.C. Parris

Playlists

I've seen the number of writers who admit to having a writing playlist or a special playlist to help with their scenes, characters, writing out emotions, or even dialogue. And as of late, to me anyway, it's become this...thing. As though creating a playlist just to write or having one is absolutely beneficial to writing. And I know for some people it is, but when I get asked if I use a playlist to write and my response is in the negative, I get questions, like, "Why? Do you just write with no music?" As though music is some grand thing I find disgusting to my tastes. But it's not like that at all, for me. I just simply don't designate a set of songs when writing any work, The Dark World or no. I do, on occasion, listen to music while writing, but quite often my songs are on shuffle and the songs never (rarely) match up with the emotional intensity of the scene or what have you, and I find I write pretty damn good scenes for the context of the story (whatever it is) without that music to "put me in the mood" as it seems to do for so many people.

I guess I used to be like that. Needing something external to evoke a reaction out of me, more often in the emotional range, but with writing, as I began to do it seriously (and more frequently), I realized writing was not some sacred act that required I wait, sometimes for months at a time, before the "muse" visited me in my sleep or at the most inopportune time to write. I found I could sit here and dish out whole chapters, letting this "muse" work through my words, even if I didn't feel it at first. That's when I knew writing was a job, just like anything else, it had to be worked for, especially if one planned to make a career out of it.

Time must be made  to write, and sometimes, yes, laziness does have to take a back seat. If your characters are not moving in a direction you want them to go, find a new direction. It is truly just that simple. Playlists, by all means, can help this, I'm not saying they can't, but to have to have one in order to write is when I start ringing my absurdity bell.

If you truly wanted to write, be a writer, whatever you want to call it, you'd be doing it. And you'd eventually force yourself to do away with the "muse" or the "need" to have a playlist and you'd just - do.

That said, I'm just about wrapping up The Immortal's Guide, and even with nature's set backs, I've stuck to my outline (that's another post in itself), and have fully accomplished every thing I set out to do with this novel (and most of that was writing two whole chapters a day/night, what have you).

So, no I don't need a playlist to write, I find I can carry a scene if the characters are actually speaking to each other, and wholly invested in what they are undergoing at the moment. For me, it's all about actuality. "Why is this person upset?" And just how long will they stay that way if this other person says something to further upset them?

I try not to force anything in my writing. That is quite obvious, I believe, when things are forced, if they don't tie in with the nature of the story.

That said, playlists aren't for me - I prefer to play things by ear, as I've had to with Hurricane Sandy. (Why are they calling it a SuperStorm?)

The Immortal's Guide releases November 30th, of this year. And there's a giveaway for one free pre-release copy.

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris

Update.

The Immortal's Guide is coming along well and as the deadline fast approaches, I'm inclined to step back and reflect on my journey writing The Dark World, how far I've come, and where The Immortal's Guide takes my characters, and the apparent (and not so apparent) themes that have undoubtedly sprouted up in the time of writing both books. I'll be frank, I had no clear direction or outline while writing The Dark World, and to be honest I thought I'd never create one, but for The Immortal's Guide, an outline of some sort had to be kept in mind. Themes became more apparent as the story went on, and characters, their ties became much more apparent as everything developed.

Still writing, I find myself quite busy with college and work as I mentioned in my previous post, but my love for the art has not waned in the least. I'm still writing, I'm still working, and I'm still moving to turn out the best work (to date) that I ever have.

I desire nothing less.

Keep your bite.

S.C./Sheron Parris

The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel

American Horror Story

I'm gonna take a break from my usual writing-only related posts to talk about an interesting, equal-parts disturbing television show, American Horror Story. Now, I watched the first season last year when it first premiered and was remarkably confused but just as intrigued: It seemed with every new episode, more questions were asked and the way things were revealed and brought about was just done...like I'd never seen in a television show before.

Which is why it makes perfect sense that the 2nd Season isn't an exact continuation of the 1st, but a whole different story. When I sat and thought about it for a minute, I saw how much it made sense. No matter how involved I had become with the family that had moved into that haunted house, they were all *SPOILERS* dead and the story couldn't continue (and be interesting at that), with all of them just trying, episode by episode, to keep the "new family" from moving in for good.

Now the 2nd Season is set in an Asylum and I know old faces return (but they're playing new characters) and even Adam Levine is joining the cast. I can't wait to see what the new story is, and what's going to happen in this new season, but I can't help but say it premieres at the perfect time. Halloween Season.

With all the good things coming in that month alone, for me at least, I'm even more eager to reach October now. With my other slew of shows returning this fall such as

and

 and as well as a few others, I'm gonna be pretty busy this fall, not counting promoting The Immortal's Guide once it's out, and the writing of The Two Swords as well.

So there we have it. The more interesting shows this fall shall keep me most occupied, along with college, and writing, I'll be a busy beaver. But I will keep posting here, naturally.

I can't leave my lovely blog abandoned.

Keep your bite.

-S.C./Sheron Parris