Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Long Overdue Update

Updated the site at last, hope you guys like the new design!

I'll update this post more at a later date, perhaps.

Ta Ta for now.

-S.C. Parris

btw, The Immortal's Guide is for sale on Amazon and Kindle at last! Get it now!

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Day of Regaining Courage

I've been ridiculously depressed since the summer, and my upward stride into all things "good" for me, took a dive, but I'm still here. And it's taken some time to shake it off and pick myself up and stop relying wholly on others to do it all for me; that's one of my issues, I have a tendency to play  the victim when it comes to affairs in my life - or with my life in general.

But I've felt better about myself recently.

With a loving boyfriend, college on my schedule, and a novel to write to keep me busy and focused, I've a full plate. And that's not counting my weekend job which I've been getting more hours for.

Today I mastered myself. I forced myself out of bed so I could get to class (you don't know how hard that's been for me lately) early. You know what it is? I find myself laying there although I'm awake and all I do is think. Think about the day and what could happen. When it makes no sense. I could be up in that time, getting ready for my day, ready to head to my classes. So why do I linger in bed?

I guess it's a comfort thing.

But it's an empty one.

No comfort comes (as I know) from making myself late for my affairs. Instead of wanting to face the day, I'd try to stall it for as long as possible.

And that just made "time" my enemy. I'd have no "time" for anything.

When I get up for the day, however, I'm present, able, focused, doing something other than endless thinking, and guess what? Time becomes an ally, or non-existent. I move on my time and just find myself where I need to be when I need to be there.

It is all in perspective.

So that's why with my 21st birthday party coming up that I have to plan, I find myself retreating into this hole of "oh boy big commitment I'm scared. What if it doesn't happen?" But I'm making myself push past it because with one post on my Facebook about it, the response to the mere idea of it was overwhelming. People want this. I want this. My family supports it. It makes no sense to hide and run and wish I didn't have to face it.

But yet that feeling is there.

End of the day I know what I'm capable of and what I can accomplish, it's all a matter of pushing that voice that says "no," to the back of my mind so that I can listen to the real Me, that's saying "go for it. You've already done so much."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wordpress Blog, Website, & Updates

So I've been keeping my Wordpress Blog all nice and pretty for those of that you that haven't realized the switch. I'm not too sure what I'll do with this blog, but I'll most likely keep it. Higher visibility on Google Searches, am I right?

To make a long story short, life has been lovely. Exposure of my novel, The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel has been climbing, the reviews (not on Amazon.com) have been more than welcoming and lovely, and life is beyond wonderful.

College starts again in a week, I've got my car, my license, and I'm ready for it all.

If you want to read some excerpts from my latest work, check my Wordpress Blog and my Website if you will.

I'm always up for a chat. :)

Also, I've a Tumblr I'm keeping most up to date (I'm on that more than anything). I'll probably keep this blog as a more personal one, dictating my college life, my job things, and fun events, and I'll keep the writing-related psots on my Wordpress.

Sounds good to me.

Nice to see you guys again. :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Breaking News: New Review for The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel on Amazon.com

“The Dark World is a very intriguing novel, this coming from someone who has strayed away from all the vampire and werewolf hype that seems to be permeating the media as of lately. This is a book that brings back the mystery and viciousness of the night creatures we are familiar with. Even more impressive than that however is the depth of detail that the reader gets from each character. Every character is fleshed out with care and an element of imperfection that makes you constantly change allegiance to whom you root for and who you disdain. A deeply engrossing read not just for fans of Vampire novels but for readers of all standings and taste, The Dark World is a grounded and tantalizing tale of secrets, violence, and emotion that only gets better with every page. S.C. Paris is definitely a author worth putting on your radar.” —

-Review of The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel on Amazon.com

Friday, June 8, 2012

Inspiration in the Darkest of Times?

As I prepare myself to view (for the possibly hundredth time), the wonderful world of Harry Potter, I am jolted, once more, by a desire to write.

It is no secret that the Harry Potter books were what inspired me to finally write (and finish) my own stories (up until then I’d only written and completed poems, nothing more), and when I closed The Deathly Hallows, I was struck with an intense…I wouldn’t call it a desire, more like a severe…impulse, to merely write my own story. Now, I had already known what I would write about (Vampires) and I explain all of this and more in my About the Author Page, but just the fact that this…simple story could inspire me (and so many others, I’m sure), is something that has not left me. Not even to this day.

Whenever I am lacking the inspiration necessary to continue my own story (and it just so happens I find myself in a lethargic rut regarding my current work-in-progress, The Immortal’s Guide), I reach for any one of the Harry Potter Books perpetually ready at my side. I read. I read. And I read. More often than not, they give me greater insight into the colorful world I see in my head about my own story and just how exactly I can give it the right touch to make it appear on paper.

Doing this (not every time I find myself tapping my forehead against the wall, mind you), has helped put me on the right track enough to quickly put whatever book I use for inspiration down and to continue writing my own story.

Excerpt from The Dark World.
This brings me to any piece of fiction with colorful characters and wonderful worlds. Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and many more all give me that sharp desire to continue to flesh out my own characters, their own stories. I am motivated by the magic in others’ creations. And isn’t that the way it should be?

Since publishing my first book The Dark World, I’ve gotten kind words and emails from friends (and people I don’t know) asking me, not only how I went about publishing my book, but by how I inspired them to continue writing their own stories, or giving them that push to finally start their own at last.

It only shows me that creation constantly breeds inspiration and it makes me feel a bit better about being stuck in my current creative rut. Because I know, like the many that came before it, that it won’t last, inspiration will come, and the words will flow.

For now, I lift my late afternoon cup of tea into the air, nod my head in acknowledgement of all the writers out there, stuck in their own writing, their own heavily-burdened thoughts, and I wish them the best. For we are not alone.

And as one brilliant Wizard said,

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.“

Inspiration is always there, is it not? We need not go high and low over the valleys of some lost terrain to find it, we need only recognize that it is always there, in many forms, in many ways, to remind us that what is deep within our hearts can always come forth if we will just let it.

-S.C./Sheron Parris

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Process, Thoughts, and Mind of S.C. Parris

Pen names, writing tools, different genre ideas, how these are to be implemented, it's all a matter of choice, isn't it? As I'm knee deep in the middle of Chapter Fifteen of The Immortal's Guide, re-visiting previously written sentences, dialogue, structure, and character thoughts, ideals, and needs, I'm hard pressed to think about all I have done thus far, all I have accomplished, and the long road ahead that will require much more stamina and dedication than the last book required.
First page of The Dark World novel.
S.C. Parris came to me by simply initializing, quite literally, the initials of my first name and the then middle name of mine (I've since then come to realize I have no middle name; thank you birth certificate; no thank you, mother for misleading me for all these years), and my mother's maiden name and voilĂ ! The pen name for my Fantasy series was born.
Since then, I've worked on other novels, other short stories, and other books, but I've decided to go with Sheron Parris for them. Why? Well I feel S.C. Parris is a part of me that loves the macabre, shuns the mundane, relishes in the struggle, delights in death, mourns in life, and above all FEELS. I think you'll be hard pressed to find any work of mine that does not deal with life or death situations, drastic change, the parting of ways, or the intense joining of two or more souls. S.C. Parris, I like to think, is my writing mind - the place I go to when I sit down to literally pen, or type my latest fantastic thoughts, or my Vampire's troubles.
Sheron Parris however is quite mundane, but with just a touch of fantastic ideals. Her characters shall be realistic with a bit of grandiose ideas thrown in for good measure, but I deem their adventures to be fairly simple - well as simple as adventures can get. They will be the characters and worlds of the modern day and age, but if there are secrets and just the sliver of the different and drastic, then there they are - for one cannot admit real life is any bit less than the fantasy worlds they create can they?

So there you have it. The reason behind S.C. Parris. So when you see another book I have out there, perhaps Judgment shall be next or another version of X, don't be surprised when it's under Sheron Parris; you'd already know what to expect from it. :)

And one last thing before I go, a lovely friend of mine by the name of Leah has recently started talking to me about a book she's writing. We've been sharing ideas and such as well. :) Here's her blog:
A Literary Inferno
Don't be a stranger, now. She'll be writing about her process, her thoughts on writing and such as well before she self-publishes. Help her out some?

Ah yes, and I plan to do a few videos regarding my books, and a few regarding acting and my music when I have any more down time. (Or I just stop being plain lazy.) :)

Keep it tuned, lovely writers. :) And never stop writing!

-S.C./Sheron Parris