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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

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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