Writing Amidst Doubt

Like any writer, I face doubt. Not often, as I choose to focus on my work and what I'm doing and contributing to literature (not much lol), but as of late, the doubt has crept in and is, for the moment at least, here to stay.

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Writing and Continuity

I'm not talking about continuity when it comes to ones novel, I mean continuity when it comes to ones blog. My blog in particular. I know, I know, I've been about the worst when it comes to writing continuing content - if not daily, then at least weekly. Sadly, I've done none of these things for at least the whole year.

I can blame it on outside influences, the little bouts of depression I've dealt with this year alone, but I blame it on my sheer inability to conjure up something I feel is 'worth' it to talk about. I felt I had little to nothing to actually talk about, something casual readers will find interest in. But if I'm to create and grow a fan-base, it has to start somewhere, right?

So I've decided to continue writing, and even if it's about 'nothing,' it's still something. Just because my book isn't out yet, doesn't mean I have to wait until it is to write something worthwhile.

That said, I've had the 'add a new post' page up for about a week straight now, always clicking to it when not writing book 3, always clicking out of it to go on Tumblr, or Facebook, or Cracked.com.

But never actually writing.

That changes. And change, as I've learned a lot this year alone so far, is a-okay.

I now have a Newsletter. (Hint: Click the Page Link at the top of the page to see a picture of the site. Click the picture to Subscribe to the Newsletter.)

I've changed the original outline for The Dark World Series, and for those who have followed me when I was self-published, you'd know the last book (Book 5) was to be solely about Dracula as we met him in Book 1. I'm glad to say this has changed and the series will not effectively 'end' with book 4, but continue on to book 5. The story I'm writing now has a lot to share, a lot to say, and it was wrong of me to try and tidy it up so I can share one Vampire's tale (and how I would do that troubled me as well). I'm secure enough in my writing to say you can catch glimpses of Dracula's intimate happenings as it is revealed to other characters, but there will be no (for now) sole book based only on the Dracula we were introduced to in THE DARK WORLD.

But the title of Book 5 remains DRACULA.

Confusing?

Yes, yes it is.

But trust me. It makes perfect sense.

I can't wait for you all to read it.

And if you're following me on Twitter, be sure to reply to me or post about my books or this blog with the hashtag: #DarkCreatures

#Vampires #Lycans #EliteCreatures are also awesome options, but my main one is #DarkCreatures.

Let's try to get it trending, what do you say Dark Creatures?

And if you're brand spanking new to the world and haven't been able to read a copy of THE DARK WORLD when it was self-published, you are free to subscribe to the Dark Creature Newsletter where I do a bit of explaining on the Dark World and how its come to be as it is. Also, I introduce myself and whatnot. :)

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Thank you very much for following me and what I do, and reading THE DARK WORLD SERIES, when it was THE DELACROIX SERIES. It means more to me than you know.

I plan to thank the special people who read those first rough copies with special goodies and things once the re-released version is out next year. (Fingers crossed it's around my birthday. DOUBLE FUN TIMES.)

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Kind of like that? Maybe? If anyone's up for that sort of thing? No? Ah. Ahem. Yes, well. I'm off to actually write (and apply to more jobs and see if I got accepted to one of the many CUNY schools I applied to, and take my vitamins, and drink water, and...)

KEEP YOUR BITE, DARK CREATURES!

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-S.C. Parris

Understanding Writing Style

Being in a creative writing class has made me realize (if, only more so), my writing style and how it differs (and is similar to) my peers in the class. I've written short stories for the class thus far, two poems, and naturally, my inclination was to write, or share, my previously written work, or type up stories where couples were distraught, on the verge of a break up, lost secrets not told, secrets, as a whole, I realize tends to more or less resurface in my work, something my professor enjoys immensely to say the least. I showed him A Night of Frivolity, which he loved, and for my midterm, I had expanded upon Judgment, briefly flirting with the thought of making it a straight psychological thriller/mystery, but when it came down to it, the book was just that, but flirted, instead, with vampires and magic. Deadly vices in their own rights. He gave me an A+ on the work and told me that he would've distributed it to the class but he didn't want them, (and these are his words, mind you), to feel 'intimidated.' I scoffed immediately - my work hardly warranted such a claim, but he's remained impressed with my work, so much so, like I've said previously, he's offered to give The Dark World to a publisher friend of his, so we'll see how that goes.

He has stressed to me that he desires to see me write something that didn't involve vampires, magic, because he says my character building, plot structure...etc., it's all there, he just desires to see what else I can do. And I agree. I too have wondered when (because I know there is no more if), I will write a novel or short story that is solely...normal? Well, sans fangs and magic, at least. I don't know if that's soon, because I believe I've just begun to fully explore my love for those dark themes and what they bring out in me and what I can understand within them, and I can't see myself, for right now, working on anything contemporary or even solely historical fiction. I enjoy reading those types of works, but not too often, and would sooner pick up a book with swords, potions, alchemy, dragons, magic, supernatural creatures...etc.

I often wonder if this is a phase. Shall I one day grow out of it and venture onto...calmer pastures of writing? Or shall I always find comfort in the macabre, the bloody?

Only time will tell.

For now, I'm quite glad with the streaks of A++'s that I've earned in my creative writing class thus far, and the positive acclaim my writing has garnered.

Oh, and I was mentioned in the much-talked about author Jayme K.,'s interview with Carlana of This Lady Writes, do check it out and snag a copy of Disorderly and Nocturn by Ronald Andres Moore when you can!

Keep your bite,

-S.C. Parris

Oh and I'm listening to this amazing music by 78Violet (sisters Aly and AJ Michalka) while I go about my night. Give it a listen, will you?

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Editing is OVER!

And believe me, I have been celebrating in my own way (drowning in Netflix shows counts as celebrating, hush), and I'm overjoyed at the story I have now. And as for what has been done with the story - well you'll have to keep reading future blog posts to find out. ;) Moving on, The Dark World is the novel I'm talking about in case you're a newcomer to this blog, and you can read more about it by clicking the link up there on the navigation bar.

And with the completion of The Dark World, (for the millionth time), I've been giving a lot of thought to the kinds of stories I want to write and where I want to take my career - 'cause I've decided this is what I'm doing for the rest of my life - and it's fantasy...with a lean toward horror, and darkness, which you'd know if you read my most recent work, my short story, A Night of Frivolity.

I don't know, it's something about these kinds of stories that pull to me, motivate me, captivate me, and my characters' processes are more psychological than anything despite the physical changes to themselves and their world. It's how I've...processed my own life - very much in my own head - and I didn't know there was another way to do this until I started actually living my life, and I'm sure many of my characters will walk away from their stories with similar revelations, though it won't be my goal in life to make every story the same, but naturally I do think many writers have a certain theme, and for now at least, I believe this one is mine.

I'm open to change, and to growing as a person and a writer, and I welcome all the change that living life brings - and I can only hope that this shines through in my writing.

Oh, and I'm definitely not shying away from the gritty, the real, the dark, the death...it's all some of us have, after all.

'Till next time, keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris

Still Alive

Still here, and still writing. Things have turned around since my latest posts, and I've rekindled my love for my characters in The Delacroix Series, as well as my newer characters in my short story, soon to be full-length novel, anightfrivolitycover

A Night of Frivolity, available now for Kindle for $4.99 - free if you're a Kindle Prime member.

I may just keep this short, but I wanted to seriously thank everyone that's bought their copies of my novels and short stories, and have interviewed me, shared my work, and spread the word. It means a lot. And it goes a long way.

I'm currently watching Burn Notice with my family so I'm gonna head back to that, but I just wanted to share this with you all.

Things are moving a long! And you should head over to

Before Sunrise Press's website for all the latest updates on their latest novels, short stories, and all the things going on, and do check out Emily Guido's website for her romance series,

The Light Bearer, and be sure to check out Nostrovia! Poetry's website for all of their interviews, poetry postings, and contests!

Keep your bite!

And I hope you like the new design! ;)

-S.C. Parris

Interview from Romania!

On Goodreads, I got this message: andrexinterviewAnd replied back in the positive (of course)!

Here's the interview! (His book-review blog is all mostly in Romanian.)

1. Describe yourself in a word.

Ambitious

2. What's your favourite book/author?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling but my favorite author, I'd say is Edgar Allan Poe.

3. What's the advice that you'd give to the young writers?

Never give up, keep writing, keep honing your craft, write, write, write, and above all, believe in your story/poem...etc. You can do it and if you're writing, you're already living your dream.

4. Tell us something about your other passions.

Besides writing, I enjoy acting and hope to one day act in indie films and other ventures I create. I write scripts as well. I enjoy video games, creating shirts in my e-store for my books. 5. What do you think about Romania?

I have never been to Romania but I'd love to go one day.

6. What kind of music do you like?

I love rock, metal, classic rock, some pop, and some hip-hop. I mostly love everything, but rock takes a great precedent over other genres for me.

7. Tell us something about your book.

I'll just give you the blurb:

"Her name...is Alexandria Stone."

These are some of the last words Xavier Delacroix hears from his beloved Eleanor Black...just before she bursts into a Lycan Creature. And if this wasn't enough to rattle Xavier's brilliant mind, other Vampires - namely Dracula - are becoming elusive and speaking only in vague air about Xavier's supposedly brilliant blood.

But with a human to find, Lycans to kill, and questions to ask, Xavier is not so sure what to believe anymore...or who.

8. Do you have a message for your romanian fans?

Oh yes! Thank you so much for having an interest in my story and wanting it in your lovely country. :)

9. What do you think about my blog?

I just checked it out and I love it. I love the book reviews that you guys do and spreading the word about new authors and their books. It's pretty awesome.

Is there any chance that you can give us a copy of your book and some bookmarks&swags for a giveaway?

I just may be able to!

Thank you so much for the interview Andrex, it was illuminating! And I hope your readers enjoy The Dark World and The Immortal's Guide!

Keep your bite,

-S.C. Parris