I have a blog? Wait…What?!

Okay, so it’s been practically a month since I last blogged. But I’m doing it now, so it’s all okay, right?

Today I think I’m going to talk about my maddening editing process. As in, word cuts are going to kill me. Like, I’m dying a little inside each time a snip out a scene. )’:

And then, the worst part so far is CUTTING OUT A CHARACTER. Like, what? Did I seriously just do that? Yeah, I did. I’m not telling who it is, though, and no one will ever know (except for those lucky ducks who read the first version of MotC). But it’s just super weird not having said character in the story anymore. As an author, I have a pretty strong emotional attachment to all the characters (they’re real people, OKAY?!), so it’s kind of like throwing out one of my good friends. Like, shoving her off a cliff and into a sea of raving sharks. Or throwing her into a den of hungry lions. Or taking a spaceship to the moon and dropping her off with nothing but a bag of Cheetos (yummy!).

The only bit of solace I have is knowing that it was my decision to do it. I mean, if I had been told by someone to cut out said character–or any character for that matter–I’d probably hiss at them and ask them why they were even talking to me. Like, would you push your best friends off a cliff? No? Then don’t tell me to do the same. -_-

Okay, you may think I’m being a little dramatic. So, maybe I am. It’ll probably wear off after a few days when I am able to fully accept the absence of this character. After that, I will go off on a rant about some other thing related to my story, most likely.

Oh, and I watched Princess Bride last night (because that is totally relevant to what I was previously talking about). That movie makes me chuckle. But to myself. Like, not out loud or anything. It makes me laugh at how despicably silly and strange it is. Who names their kid Buttercup, anyways? I mean, unless you’re one of the PowerPuff girls…

So, besides editing my book, I’ve done some exciting things over the past month! I got to talk to some 3rd-5th graders about creative writing as well as 1st/2nd graders (though, I think they listened more when I read a Dr. Seuss book to them). It was super fun and I’m so happy to have been given the opportunity to do it!

I got to talk to the kids about creative writing, and I even showed them some of the very first stories I wrote as a 1st and 2nd grader!

I got to talk to the 3rd-5th graders about creative writing, and I even showed them some of the very first stories I wrote as a 1st and 2nd grader!

After talking about creative writing, I read a Dr. Seuss book to the kids!

After talking about creative writing to the 1st graders, I read a Dr. Seuss book to them!

Oh, looky^^ There I am!

So, anyways, that’s about all I have for today. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe!

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. – I Timothy 4:8