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 with Nostrovia! Poetry!

You can read the interview on their website here, but for those of you not too keen on clicking links, here's the interview in its entirety below: Tell us a little bit about your writing career.

I’ve self-published two stories, entitled, The Dark World, and The Immortal’s Guide respectively. They are a part of a series, that is to have two more books to complete the series in the coming years. I’ve also had a short story published in my college’s newspaper, The Vignette, and have had a poem published upon winning a contest whilst in middle school.

And of course there is the short story recently published with Before Sunrise Press, A Night of Frivolity.

What writers have had an influence on how you write?

Edgar Allan Poe absolutely had an influence on how I write. I first read his stories, The Raven, and the Tell-Tale Heart and was absolutely hooked. All things dark, bloody, and psychologically troubling that I write (mostly the poems I have written), I attribute subconsciously to Mr. Poe. J.K. Rowling was an author I grew up on, and how to tell a story was further expanded with reading the Harry Potter series, naturally.

There are many more authors that have influenced in some way how I write, but those are the two that have stayed with me and have had lasting impacts on my writing style.

How early did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I learned how.

My earliest memories of writing include being told to write a story (I forget about what) whilst in elementary school, but I remember writing a fairly mysterious, border-line horror story that included my little brother. It became poems from there whilst in middle school (to the acclaim of the English teachers in the school), and finally full-grown novels at the tail-end of my middle school career where I started writing The Dark World.

What’s your writing process like?

Hmm. I don’t believe I have a process. Well, that is until recently at least.

Before I would only write what came to mind, and I still do to some affect, but now I make it a point to outline my bigger works, expounding on the story as I go. I find, no matter how I try to prepare for the writing journey, that I usually end up writing what comes to mind regardless of the outline sketched out.

What are some specific troubles you have with writing? How do you over come them?

Besides getting stuck in a story, wanting to get somewhere (usually more interesting) than where I am, I do get bogged down with wanting to jump over the hurdle and just write the intense action scene, or the ‘big-reveal’ scene and leave the fairly mundane stuff to someone else (but there never is anyone else, is there). I overcome these nonsensical problems by gritting my teeth and writing through the mundane scenes to get to where I’m going, or sometimes (and rarely), I’ll write the action scene I want to write, realize (usually) that it has no place in the story, and go back and write the mundane scenes anyway.

I’ve been asked a number of times about writing articles on overcoming writer’s block. For our fellow writers looking to “arouse their Muse”, how do you overcome writer’s block?

As I mentioned above, I do get stuck in my writing. I used to get seriously sad about experiencing writer’s block, but recently with my having to write the sequel to The Dark World, The Immortal’s Guide (my fans would not take no for an answer), I learned, the fairly hard way, that there was no such thing as a “Muse,” and that if I was to get paid for writing, it was a job like anything else.

In 2012, I hunkered down and threw away any fancies I had about my “Muse,” and wrote The Immortal’s Guide until I couldn’t take it anymore. I followed the outline I had penned, and within a very stressful year, completed it to meet my deadline. That was when I realized I could write without relying on a “Muse,” to motivate me. But of course there are moments where you can’t get anything out at all. These moments I allow myself to have (if I can spare them). I often go to family and friends for advice on any works as I’m writing them for inspiration as well.

When it comes to writing, do you keep a particular ritualistic schedule, or do you loosely write when the moment strikes?

Now that I’m editing The Dark World, I do make myself try to get at least a few hours of editing in every day if I can. With finals and a puppy to watch over, it is often hard to find time as of now. But I know in the summer I’ll be back to writing every day (or every other day) to get it done.

As for my other projects, I do write when the moment strikes, but as I’ve said, I’ve tried to stop that and write at least every day, and if I don’t, I don’t beat myself up about it – there’s a time and place for everything after all.

Before Sun Rise Press is a quality publisher. Can you give a brief synopsis of the work you had published with them?

When the daring Miss Clarke enters a gentlemen’s club in London on one cold day in January, the year 1714, she is met with a most cunning vampire who would only see her his before the night is through. With several onlookers, unwanted solicitations, and the watching dark eyes of the mysterious Alexander upon her, Miss Patricia Clarke is forced before long to decide whether her desired night of frowned-upon fun is worth the trouble…and the blood in A NIGHT OF FRIVOLITY.

Finish this statement; I think writing should … drive you mad, and inspire you, in-turn, inspiring others to create what they want to create without fear of disapproval or denial. ___ Keep your bite!

-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

bookshelves: 2013-goal-65

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

 

New Review for A Night of Frivolity!

Jayme K., the author of Youth, read my ebook and reviewed it on Goodreads. You can read it in its entirety here, or simply look below:

Jayme K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  Truthfully I don't liken myself a fan of Anne Rice or even much period piece literature, so I went into this short story with mixed feelings. That being said, having finished the story - I have to say, I was impressed. Despite not being a fan of the genre, S.C. Parris still managed to captivate me with the style and prose of which it was written and delivered a really good and interesting tale. I'm not going to delve much into the storyline since it is a new release and I'm not looking to spoil, but I have to give props to anyone who can get me fully invested in a story, regardless of how long or short, in spite of having a pre-conceived stance on the genre of which it happens to reside. ANoF is a worthwhile read, not just for horror fans, but for readers in general. I recommend.

You can get your copy of A Night of Frivolity here for $4.99.

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris