When You Should Be Writing But

I feel we owe it to ourselves, as writers, or people who want to be writers or people who are aspiring to be published, to start putting our ideas down seriously. Sure, we're screaming into a void and it's just as likely no one is listening or even screaming back, but we do it anyway. Maybe because we need to, maybe because it's all we know. Or we're drunk. Either way, it's something we do.

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Happy Halloween from The Dark World Characters!

xavierHappy Halloween from Xavier Delacroix! (Shh, don't tell him it's definitely November now.) I woke up in a huff like an hour ago after plans being avoided for my Halloween, so here I am writing a blog post because I figure, 'why not, it's been far too long anywho.'

And I figure, what better way to get future readers interested in my forthcoming novels then a belated Happy Halloween from its resident Vampires!

eleanor1Happy Halloween from Eleanor Black!

lillith2Happy Halloween from Lillith Crane!

Happy Halloween from Christian Delacroix and Alexandria Stone!

darienHappy Halloween from Darien Nicodemeus!

And last but not least:

the dark worldHappy Halloween from the entire Dark World and xaviermy little Xavier!

Hope you had a good one!

Keep your bite!

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scparris

Character Clip: Darien Nicodemeus

Hello to all my followers! I’d like you to meet Darien Nicodemeus, a Vampireas charming as his looks. Although not featured as much in The Dark World: Book 1 as he is in the rest of the series, he is an integral character (and one of my favorites).

Yes, he (like his twin brother) is African American. The above photo is a damn good depiction of how I see him in my head, if only darker.

Kicked out of the illustrious Vampire Order by Dracula shortly before The Dark World takes place, he lives quite the double life and is just as eager to claim the mysterious human woman, Alexandria Stone, as is anyone else in the series.

Cursed with a strange air ever since he learned of Dracula’s dark secrets, he is the outcast, finding himself at odds with the (main) cast of Vampires, although they don’t know that their goals are essentially the same.

He is a character you will want to keep your eyes on as the series progresses.

Keep your bite,

-S.C. Parris

(photo source: pinterest)

Contacted

ImageAfter a very eventful past couple days, I must say things have turned around drastically. For one I was contacted today by Permuted Press via phone and they expressed great enthusiasm for The Dark World and to work with them on publishing it.

I can't remember what I said in response physically, but I know inside my head I was screaming and massively disoriented as well. :D

Either way, I was told they'd be interested in pursuing a contract with me so I await that with bated breath.

I know this is short and it's been months since I've posted but I figured this deserves a post, don't you? ;)

I've a bottle of 2 liter Pepsi and sour gummy worms to celebrate, so off I go to continually smack myself in the face with disbelief.

Funny how things come around, hm?

I have a shit load of people to thank and they know who they are but I shall thank them when the time comes (ie., the contract is officially signed and this is my absolute reality).

Keep your bite,

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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