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More Changes, More Writing

Ah, hello there.

Yes, yes, it has been quite a while. Nearly three months, I do believe. On the plus side, instead of blogging, I have been working on Book 2, so I get brownie points, right? (Actually, no, brownies make me sick, so can I have something more like popcorn points? I really like popcorn. And dark chocolate. But that also makes me sick. Just in case you wanted to know.)
Much has happened since last post. Much of nothing, really. But I shall make my little much of nothing terribly fascinating.
Firstly, I began an extraordinarily marvelous new journey called Transferring Colleges. This basically means I get to be faced with the wonderful experience called “Being A Freshman” all over again. Clean slate. New people. New teachers. Et cetera. (Fun fact, I accidentally typed an extra letter in “et cetera,” and my computer changed it into “et cereal.” Et cereal. I believe this should become a thing, yes?) Some people may find this to be a terrifying, horrible, tiring thing to go through, not once, but twice (I transferred to my last college in the spring semester). I, however, seem to adapt well to change. As long as I have Rocky (my laptop – he is, in fact, named after THE Rocky), my pillow, some sticky notes, and a variety of pens and pencils. Oh, and clothes, I guess. Those come in handy occasionally. That’s basically all I need, and I’m quite dandy.
So, as stated earlier, I’ve begun this new journey at a new college (if you were wondering, Faulkner University), and I’ve even made some new friends, which is quite an accomplishment for me. *pats self on back* With that said, I have been spending most of my time out of class in my room… Typing…
Before I go into WHAT I have been typing (hee hee, you thought I was going to let you know some Book 2 secrets? Not so fast!!), I shall inform you that I have been going through one of those “questioning my purpose in this world” moments in my life. What am I supposed to do with my life after I get out of college in, say, ten years? (Just kidding, parents!! I won’t stay THAT long…) My major is Psychology right now, but I don’t think I will continue in it. Don’t get me wrong, the subject fascinates me, but that’s about the extent of it. I’m fascinated by the way other people act and think. (Probably because I then like to use the knowledge to flesh out my characters.) But I don’t think I would be a fantastic counselor or anything of that sort. I’m afraid I would be unable to hold back my sarcasm, and I’m afraid I could wind up in some awkward situation if someone didn’t quite get my sarcasm. Some people have asked why I don’t just write for a living. I try to hold back my laughter (and sarcasm) and simply say that I don’t want something I do as a hobby to become a chore for me, as I’m sure it would if I were forced to do it for a living. While that is true, writing also currently doesn’t bring in enough money TO make a living. So unless I want to live in a tree house and eat wild game and berries (not to say that wouldn’t be FANTABULOUSLY AWESOME, but as of now I don’t know of a tree that would make a comfortable enough home), writing probably won’t be enough to live off of. So as of now, I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. BUT, I will continue writing, whatever I do. Because writing makes me happy and I enjoy being happy. (Friendly animals also make me happy, so maybe I’ll leave society and enter the wilderness, domesticating various animals and making them my family. I particularly like bats. They are sooooo adorable. And they can fly. BONUS!)
As for bookly things, I’ve had a couple events since I last blogged! I had a book signing at Little Professor Book Center and the Dothan Main Library. (Thanks to everyone who came out to visit!) I will also be having a book signing at the Vestavia Public Library on Sunday, October 26th, and I would LOVE for you to come! Click here for more information!
I will take a quick intermission from bookly things (don’t worry, I will have Book 2 news to share in a little bit) to tell you about my delightful weekend. My friend and I drove up (over?) to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to visit our mutual friend and have an awesome weekend together. We ate waaaaay too much candy (and pizza), watched the Book 4 premier of The Legend of Korra (if you’re not watching this, then, um, why?), watched waaaay too much Korean drama (I’m looking at you, SK), went to bed waaaaay too late, and then woke up waaaay too late. THEN this afternoon we went to the theater to watch The Maze Runner! I was very proud of myself as I walked into the theater because it has been a few years since I’ve seen a book-turned-movie in which I actually read the book. But I spent the last two weeks pushing through that thing, and I finished it. (You can see my thoughts on the book here!) Then I saw the movie, and for the first time in a while (I had forgotten what it was like), I was watching a movie and pointing out E.V.E.R.Y. detail that was incorrect. Haha. Overall, the movie was very great (my friends, neither of which had read the book, loved it), and I was glad to have seen it. I will definitely be watching (and reading) the sequel!
Now. Onto MY book. Book 2. If you noticed that little progress box I have on the side of my blog, it says I’ve passed 110,000 words on Book 2. WOW. I mean, I know I’ve already written a whole book, but just looking at that word count takes me for a loop. Sometimes when I look at my book, I still can’t believe I WROTE that. I wrote a book. Weird.
Anywho, I’ve written quite a few words lately, and unfortunately, this book has proven to be more difficult to write than its predecessor. I know exactly what NEEDS to be written – I have it all planned out – but the execution can sometimes be a struggle. This book delves deeper into both characters, and both are headed to dark places in their lives. More blood is shed in this book than the last, and that in itself has been hard for me. (These are my children, remember?) A few days ago I had to kill off a character. On the character’s birthday. (No, that was not intentional… I actually realized it the day after I had written the scene.) That was the first time since I started writing that I actually killed off one of the named characters, and it was HARD. I hadn’t realized how hard it was going to be until I actually had to do it. I was very thankful I was in my room while writing that scene, because I actually started crying a little. It was just not a good day for me (or this character, obviously). But through the death, other characters were able to grow, and I’m so thankful for that. I’m so proud to see my characters grow and change and learn from their experiences, and I just want to give them all great big hugs and rustle their hair and tell them how much I love them.
My current estimate is that I have six more chapters plus the epilogue to write. It can take me anywhere from twenty minutes to three weeks to write a single chapter, based on its complexity and emotional turmoil (hey, I’m human; sometimes I just gotta take a break from my own savagery). My deadline is December 8th (my birthday!). That said, I hope to finish sooner than that! And then you guys can experience all the emotional turmoil I have put myself through. Yay!!

I hope you all have a delightful night and a wonderful October!

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” -Romans 12:11-13

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Hello, again!

I write to you today during one of my classes (sshhh, don’t tell anyone). Don’t worry, though, I can multitask very efficiently. *nods solemnly*
So, the past couple weeks have been quite interesting for me. Firstly, if you haven’t noticed already….

MARK OF THE CORRIPIAN HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED!!!

Yes, well, it is true. The day has come (8 days ago, actually), and Mark of the Corripian is officially available for purchase in paperback and e-book format. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet,  you should get one! I’d be delighted to hear your opinion on it.
Before that happened, I attended the Write-in-the-Middle young writers conference at Montevallo University on 20 February. I enjoyed speaking to the middle schoolers and I’m so excited to see where they go in the future. Who knows, maybe one of them will become a best-selling author one day! And I get to say I knew them. (;
Back to the release date of MotC. You may wonder why I did not blog on that very special day. Well, that is a good question. I probably should have found the time, but I had a couple tests to study for aaaaand… It just didn’t happen. I thought about it, though. It’s the thought that counts, right? (No? Well, okay.) I’ve actually thought about blogging a lot over the past few days. Yet, something always seemed more pressing, such as hanging out with my new friends (shout-out to Bailey, Mary, and Sara), watching random movies or TV shows, or writing on Book 2 (I don’t apologize for this one). Though, speaking of TV shows, I’m currently slightly emotionally involved in the show “Arrow. ” A friend of mine who  lives six hours away watches it at the same time as I do, and we discuss it over text. It’s quite an exciting adventure, though often frustrating since the characters do stupid things REPEATEDLY. (Oliver, you know I’m talking to you.) But that’s okay, because in the end it’s only a TV show. Obviously the only real people are the ones in books…
Speaking of books, I have started reading again. (I have phases when I don’t read for a while, and then I remember that I actually enjoy it, so I return to it.) Currently I’m just reading what is required in my World Lit class, plus a few extra stories in my excessively large world lit book. I’ve decided to read Beowulf since I haven’t had a chance to yet (this is for you, Susanna), and maybe I’ll finish it before I finish this semester of school (fingers crossed–I can be a slow/distracted reader at times).
Oh, and I thought I’d answer a question today that I’ve been getting from a few people.

Question: How do you find time to write while keeping up with other aspects of your life?

My Answer: Life? What life?
Okay, just kidding, I have a sort-of life. One of my main characteristics is that I like to plan. I like to know what is going on at exactly what time, and if something needs to be done next week, well it’s all the better if I finish it this week instead. Procrastination is one of my greatest pet peeves, and I often give procrastinators strange looks because I cannot understand their lifestyle choices. (If I have ever given you one of these looks, I apologize. Please, carry on with your life as you see fit and ignore me.)
So, what does that have to do with writing? Much and little at the same time. When it comes to writing, my planning and non-procrastination mottos are completely abandoned. My books have no plans (except for their beginnings/endings and a few key scenes). If I should be writing on Book 2, and I really don’t feel like it, well, chances are, I will find something else to do, such as doodling or watching a movie or going to bed before any of the other college students even begin to think about sleep.
Now, with that said, I still do manage to find the time to write, BUT, I only do it when I am in my “writing mood,” which, sadly, is not any time of the day. If it were, I would have had the entire series finished in maybe a year. Unfortunately, unless I am mentally prepared for writing, nothing will happen. I will end up staring at the words on this computer screen and getting NOTHING done, which benefits no one. So, how do I solve this grand predicament? I do as much homework, studying, etc., as soon as I can so that when I AM in a writing mood, I will be able to devote a section of my day to writing and not regret it later. I usually limit myself on the time I spend on homework (60-90 minute intervals), but with writing, there is no time limit. I write until I cannot write anymore, even if the time leaks into my bedtime (gasp!). Sometimes that is thirty minutes, sometimes it’s two or three hours. The results also vary–sometimes I write 2-4 chapters, and sometimes I manage to finish a single scene.
Late last year (or maybe it was early this year) I made a goal to write 2,000 words a day. Since I’ve gotten to college, that goal has become rather impractical for me. As said previously, I’m only occasionally in the mood to write, so if I were to force myself to sit down and write, I’d only manage to type out garbage. For some writers, this is what they make themselves to do, and it works for them. (Not the part about the garbage, but about forcing themselves to write daily.) However, I’ve found that if I try to do that, my mind will get boggled, and I will only frustrate myself as I stare at the screen for hours on end (yes, this has happened before). So, while some authors will say that you must write EVERY day, I disagree. I think it’s good to figure out what works for you personally, even if it means spending a little more time to complete your work than other people believe is fit. Who are they to tell you how long you should spend on it? It’s your creation. Do what you know is right!

That’s all I’ve got for today. Here’s a jewel for you before you go. This was me on the release day of Mark of the Corripian:

Team Corripian, right here!

Team Corripian, right here!

Got my book, my t-shirt, and–you can’t really see it, but–my necklace with the mark of the Corripian on it. Represent.

Have a safe week, and say something nice to someone today, tomorrow, and the next day. Because nice people are cool.

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” -Plato

Reading is Fun Again!

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Thought I would open up with the longest word in the English dictionary. Forty-five letters, baby! YESS!!

Okay, so that was mildly random. But, as it turns out, I enjoy learning new words (especially when they’re really long and fun to spell!). Hence, I carry a pocket dictionary and thesaurus everywhere I go. Yes, I’m a nerd. It’s okay. I’ve come to accept it…

Well, I guess I should say hello to all of you dear people who are reading this. So, hello! I hope this finds you well. And I hope you have had a good Monday so far!

So, some exciting news for me is that my dog graduated from puppy classes on Saturday! He got to wear a little graduation cap, too. Except it was a little big, so he wasn’t too thrilled to have it on…

As I’m typing this, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel started playing on my computer. I love those guys! (:

Anywho, as for writing and such… I’ve reverted back to my old self (prior to completing manuscript) in that I now carry around my laptop everywhere and take it out to type every chance I get. Aside from that, I’ve also started reading again!! That’s super awesome because over the past few years, I’ve slowly begun to lose my love for reading… When I was younger I would ALWAYS have a book in my hand, and I could finish 400-500 pages within 2-3 days. And then I just stopped reading all of a sudden because I read a few books that made me angry, and I guess for some reason I thought there weren’t anymore good books out there. But I was wrong! Yay! Haha. I’m so weird.

Anyways, I’ve been reading a few different books (still reading Flowers for Algernon–almost done), including one about an assassin (sounds exciting!) and the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series (I hear they’re good). Aside from that, I think I’m going to read The Power of Six which has been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year… Yeah…

Oh! Another fun thing I did this past week was have a Studio Ghibli movie marathon!!! My all-time favorite is Spirited Away because it was the first one I ever saw and I guess it just has a special place in my heart (though, No-Face always kinda creeps me out…). But my friend and I watched Howl’s Moving Castle, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, and My Neighbor Totoro, which are all very good.

And now, for some strange reason, I have the urge to watch a Star Trek movie. It will probably be The Search for Spock because that’s my favorite. Though, The Wrath of Khan is pretty good, too. Hmm… Oh, and speaking of Start Trek, a new movie is coming out this year! So excited!

Well, I suppose that’s all I have to say for today. I hope you all have a safe, blessed week. And you should read a book! It’s actually pretty fun! (;

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”

-Proverbs 16:32 (NIV)