Wishlists

Today was a tough-ish day for me, what with the immense allergies, and the annoying eczema I've been graced with very recently. I went back to sleep when the boyfriend went to work, and stayed that way for 2 minutes, hating how I felt while 'awake.'

After a while of this, I decided to wake up and focus on things I needed to do. Applied for more jobs, and checked my Twitter. And got a nice surprise. I recently hit 400 followers. (Cue the trumpets.)

excited-adventure-timeI know it's not a lot (yet), but it's a wonderful step in that direction. Anyway, I plugged A Night of Frivolity, you know that little horror, historical fiction, short story I wrote a year ago, published by Before Sunrise Press? And while looking for images of the book's cover (this is a new laptop), I found a cute little website where I guess people can put their wishlists, and I found a Night of Frivolity on their wishlist along with a bunch of other cutesy vampire-esque things the person desires.FRIVOLITY(1)_original

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There's something quite validating about someone wanting your work, whether that be verbally for visually. If anything it helped me feel a bit better about myself and the work I do.

(If you haven't noticed, I've been a bit miserable and fighting to remain happy.)

I guess the things I'm re-learning (sigh, ain't that always the way), is to remain focused on what I've done and what I plan to do and not get so hung up on the things that aren't exactly happening yet. I will get there, like I did everything else, in time.

Keep your bite,

bitescparris

New 5-Star Review for A Night of Frivolity

From Pally on Amazon! I was so happy when I got the eBook the moment I finish ordering. As I started to read the narration got to me, I felt like I was there watch everything from the begin to the end. The suspense was in each page as I read from the moment she enter the Gentleman's club to the panic in the room. Great short story for those rainy days or just went to feel at the edge of your seat.

Get your copy today and cozy up to a 'suspenseful' read!

And don't forget to Keep Your Bite!

-S.C. Parris

Preorder Ronald Moore's Debut Novel, NOCTURN TODAY!

You get to pick from two fancy new covers made from artist Joel Amat Güell, who also designed my cover for A Night of Frivolity: ANoF

In fact, Joel has designed covers for all of the Before Sunrise Press works, all of which can be seen here, at their store:

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All of the covers are beautifully created, but none so much as the artwork for NOCTURN, which, to be truly admired, must be seen up close:

 

Isn't that incredible? Yes, you can pre-order it now, and yes, you may want to do so soon because you can get author-signed copies of this beautiful piece, and I think it's only for a limited time, so do it now!

I, myself, am planning on snagging me a copy as soon as I can. Besides Mr. Moore being a fantastic writer, he's also been a good friend to me on my writing journey and was the one who sent me to BSP, telling me they were accepting short stories for their anthology.

Amazing how things happen, isn't it?

So support this entrepreneur and get this book today!

Oh! I haven't even told you what it's about! Peep the synopsis here:

When Michael, an amnesiac vampire, wakes up on the edges of Breton, a strange Virginia mining town in the midst of Civil War, he puts the townsfolk on a trajectory for disaster with an ancient coven of vampires and their mysterious handlers, “The Alliance”, uncovering an international conspiracy.

The government officials of Breton await the arrival of a lantern containing the heart of a powerful vampire, a telepathic device used to control the masses. As war rages outside the town, an unlikely team of misfit orphans and spies takes on the local government and the vampires who control them. When the lantern is released and Lord Ruthven, the vampire trapped within it, descends on the town only an amnesiac Michael can stop him from destroying everyone in Breton. As the battle rages into the night, Michael must question himself over whether he should join the vampires or fight them in order to save the people of the town.

Sound like something you'd like?

Of course it does!

Snag a copy and don't forget to Keep your Bite!

Ronald Andrés Moore has kept his in this page-turning gothic novel that is sure to please vampire enthusiasts and steampunk aficionados alike !

-S.C. Parris

Finals, Writing, and Anxiety

Fitting that this be my 100th post, it being about the end of things, as it were. No, I'm not ending this blog, but I am ending this semester at college (it's finals week, hence my lack of blogging, and writing. For shame, I know), and for a while now I've been holed up in a whirlwind of anxiety and sickness.

I don't feel well. I don't feel...like myself. I feel scared, tired, sad, and, quite frankly, not good enough. I barely go on Goodreads anymore, I no longer promote TDW or TIG (and part of that is because I'm in the middle of editing/rewriting The Dark World and the version that's up is no longer valid), and I no longer write (much) of The Rather Depressing Tales of Patricia L. Bordeaux.

I haven't touched my laptop in weeks (I'm on my boyfriend's desktop), and any updates I've done have been through the library at college or on my phone. I'm...sad. At ill-ease with where I am, I guess. And I suppose it's due to the finals, the stress of passing my classes, and the stress, I guess, of not having people read A Night of Frivolity. It only adds to my anxiety, my feelings of inadequacy. Now, I'm sure it's being read, but reviewed, it is not. And that's a bit disconcerting.

For all the promises of reading it and reviewing it, I've only had two people come through on it, and yes it's received good reviews, but that's about it.

I know it's all the stress with everything I have going on on my end, but it is the main thing that has been bumming me out about this, taking me away from the utter...mass of criticisms on Goodreads. I remember a time when reading used to be what feelings were stirred in me when I read books, what I didn't like or liked about a book that was only my opinion. Now it seems, with Goodreads, it's been exacerbated and the wormhole's been torn open: everyone has their opinions, especially on vampires (thank you sparkly glitter monsters), and it's made it quite hard to wrap my head around...it all.

I don't know, I guess I'm overwhelmed. I know everyone's entitled to their opinion and we can't really help what the mainstream media has decided will be the next Harry Potter. I just need a longer break. And that's what I've been taking, I'd say, a well-deserved break, before I have a breakdown and just can't deal with any of this at all.

I know I sound utterly mad, and just - I'm not making any sense.

Sigh.

I'm gonna drink some tea and take some medicine and study some more before I have to head back to college for a final.

And for those that have followed my blog since day one, thank you.

For those that have just found it and read this and think I'm an overly sensitive person who can't calm down, you're kind of right, but not always. It's one of those days.

I'll be fine. I'll leave everyone with this:

"There was much I could say about my life, much I could pen down with reasonable time given, but it was terribly hard for me you see. For I was old. Much too old to remember, but still far too young to forget. I was trapped in time...and as much as I never wanted to be, I had no choice. My name is Patricia Lauren Bordeaux, and I, like my creator before me, am a very lonely vampire."

-Excerpt of A Night of Frivolity. Get it today for Kindle.

Keep your bite,

I'm keeping mine despite it all.

-S.C. Parris

New 5-Star Review for A Night of Frivolity!

A good friend of mine read ANoF and reviewed it. The review is below copied from Goodreads.com in its entirety:
Kristina's review

May 03, 13

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Read on May 03, 2013
As this was a short story, I will make this short... I thoroughly enjoyed this short story, and wish I could know more about these characters. Also, I loved the language of the story; it felt old and mysterious.

What will you think of this short story?
anightfrivolitycover Click the cover above to get it today!
Keep your bite,
-S.C. Parris

Love and other Drugs

It's been a long time since I've had a semi-personal post on my blog, and it's filled my thoughts, so here it is. The love of our craft (whatever that may be), the love of...living, whatever it is that drives us, this has been on my mind a lot lately. I've recently gotten out of a funky state (what I call a state of depression or just a glum-ridden mood), and now I'm more or less of a 'I love life,' mindset once more.

I flip flop on these things time and time again. I've just accepted that it's going to happen, I can't always be rainbows and sunshine and what the hey, I've gotten more than halfway through the editing and rewriting of The Dark World while in this 'funk.' I like to live my life as though every second I have is precious time. And it is. So I try and make every second work for me.

Yes, a lot has happened recently (as I'm sure you all know by now), and I've been taking it all in stride, working on my stories, my schoolwork...etc. and generally trying to spread the word that I have a new short story out. Many have told me they would read it, but we'll see in time, won't we?

(Sigh)

As I sip my tea and stare at my wandering Siberian Husky as he paces the living room floor, I can't help but smile for I am high...on love. The love of writing, the love of my opportunities, recent and forthcoming, and the love of my caring boyfriend, the love of my pain in the ass-sometimes dog, and the love of my life...in general. Life and all the amazing things it gives us.

Like writing.

Words can't express what writing means to me. Upon reading over A Night of Frivolity, I've been so impressed with the state of that work and I can't help but wonder what more I can pen that focuses on a more psychological mind frame.

Ah, I have been reading a fair bit of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and I find myself falling more and more in love with the deep psychological overtones that exist throughout the book (what I've read of it so far), and I really want to expound upon it more.

My hope is that more people read my ebook and want more of the story I've created. I already have the outline, the idea ready, it just takes a special...place in my mind to sit down and write that story.

We'll see what happens.

Go check out A Night of Frivolity now and let me know what you think!

And keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris