Hello, there! I hope this post finds you quite well, indeed.

I’d like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has been supporting me through this publication process, and for your enduring patience. For those of you who are wondering why in the world it’s taking me so stinkin’ long to finish editing, I will try to answer as simply as possible:

I’M A PERFECTIONIST.

And not just any kind of perfectionist. Like, grammar nazi on steroids with a need to change every little thing over and over and over again. I guess that’s a really bad trait for an author because once my work is in a published book, it’s out there for the world to see, and there’s no going back. But, that’s just how God made me, so I’ll roll with it. (;

Anywho, I think I’m finally getting to the point where I can actually put something into the final version of the manuscript. I’ve gone through character cuts, character personality shifts, scene deletions, and plain old word cuts. It’s been rough at times, but at this point, I’m really proud of the story I have laid out. And I hope others will really enjoy it, too.

While it’s on my mind, I’d like to quickly thank all those who have helped me with editing and brainstorming over the past few months… My wonderful creative writing class (McKenzie, Madison, and Sara) and teacher (Mrs. Taylor), Morgan Carter, Jacquelyn Hovey, Sarah Kathryn Eubanks, and Susanna Kaletski. I’m not sure you guys realize how helpful your comments and questions are, but I don’t think I would have gotten as far as I am without you. And don’t ever be worried about offending me! Haha.

All right, so back to editing and such. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be editing, but I do know that I should soon have a cover photo for the book. I’ll share that with you guys when I get it!

Aside from that, I’ve also been working on Book 2 in the Corripian Chronicles. Once again, I scrapped it all and started over, but this time I mapped out what I want in the story. I’ve found that this can be very beneficial, versus my old way of simply writing as I think it up (it works sometimes, but usually just frustrates me). I still have random moments when I’m about to go to sleep and I suddenly get a SUPER DUPER AWESOME idea for a character/scene, and I have to hop up and write it on yet another sticky note, which I had to the rainbow-ordered collection on my wall. (; Really, the best scenes come when I least expect them!

Oh, and this is a little late, but Xavier had a birthday a few days ago!! April twelfth was his special day. And that just so happens to be the same day my wonderful father was born! What a coincidence!!

And, speaking of birthdays, I believe today is also a very special day… Which means I’d like to give a shout out to one of my first readers and an Xavier fan to the core, VIRGINIA EVELYN DYER. I love you, best friend, and I hope your day was filled with happiness, more icing, rainbows (because they’re pretty and, obviously, in rainbow order), and possibly flying unicorns (because that would be kinda interesting). And thanks for putting up with my obnoxious obsession with talking about my story and stressing over it. Your patience with me is truly amazing. I applaud you.

All righty then. That should be all for tonight, dearies. Have a fantastic night and guess what? Tomorrow’s Friday. And Fridays are fantabulous.

Have a safe weekend! God bless.

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.” -C.S. Lewis

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