Good evening! I hope this post finds you all quite well!

I suppose I shall start off with a little update on the editing process… I’ve finished my first round of edits and shall send them off to the editor by the end of this week (after I look over them for the umpteenth time). Aside from that, I’ve also been working on the second book in the series, which is coming along quite nicely. I’ve learned that it really helps to actually have a plan for a story before writing it down…
Anywho, this is a little random, but today I acquired a new friend!

My new rat, Cassandra "Cassie" Webb

My new rat, Cassandra “Cassie” Webb

Oh, look, there she is!! She was sort of an impulse buy (thanks to Virginia Dyer for the peer pressure), but I’m glad I got her because she’s so cute and sweet. Plus, she gets along great with my other two rats (for now)!
You might be wondering why in the world I would decide to purchase a rat out of the blue. Wwwwwell, the main reason is because she sort of reminds me of a character from my series (just go with it). The girl in the series, Cassandra “Cassie” Webb, has white hair and pink eyes just like this little cutie. So, naturally, I named her Cassie. I’m going with the story that she’s my graduation present because guess what? By the end of this week I’m going to be a high school graduate.

I AM SO EXCITED.

Though, I still haven’t truly accepted it. At this point it’s kind of like *shrugs* Yeah, I’m graduating. People do it all the time.

BUT THIS TIME IT’S MEEEEEE!!!

Yeah, I’m a little excited/weirded out/I don’t know what I’m feeling. It’ll be cool, I’m sure. Getting out of high school and stuff. *shrugs*
SOooooOOoo. Back to book stuff. I thought I might as well answer a question today, just because I can’t think of anything else to blog about. Here it goes.

Question: What led you to begin writing Mark of the Corripian?

My Answer: I began the story because I was bored, honestly. I was supposed to be writing a research paper on polio and something else, and I decided to begin a little story while I was taking a break from research paper writing. The story was a complete mess at that point. It was told solely in Zenia’s point of view, though in diary entries. (It’s embarrassing to even speak about.) The main plot revolved around Zenia being placed into witness protection, which has carried over to the final version. But pretty much everything else has changed. Anywho, back to my reason for writing it.
I’ve never been very good at expressing my thoughts and feelings in spoken words. If you know me very well, you can probably understand what I’m thinking/feeling by the expression on my face, but a complete stranger would most likely not know how to take it. When I was younger, I enjoyed making up short stories about animals, mostly, and so I guess I’ve always loved storytelling, though I had never put forth the effort to complete a full-length book.
MotC was my first  shot at a real story with likable characters and an intricate plot. Though, if you know me, you know I’m not good at just doing the bare minimum…I have to go all out and do my best possible work. Which means one book turned into a series of four (possibly six-seven) books that have all been thoroughly planned out. And through this whole process, I’ve found a way to express myself, as cheesy as that sounds. I’ve found friends within my characters, and I’ve been able to use this as a stress-reliever. I write because it calms me and helps me clear my mind. The day that changes–the day that I write because I HAVE to, and not because I WANT to–is the day I will stop writing.
I pray that that day will not come, and I thank God for blessing me with this talent in the first place. Without Him, I would not be writing at all.

Anyways, I hope I answered that question. And I hope you all have a wonderful night and a wonderful rest of the week!

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” -Jeremiah 29:11

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