S.C. Parris

S.C. Parris

Dark Fantasy Author

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Welcome to my Blog! Here you’ll find posts about my life, inspiration I find on the way, and of course, writing updates, excerpts, and cover reveals! I’ll even be reviewing books I read (if you’re here for movies I’m into, check Monster thoughts). Grab your tea (or coffee) and stay awhile!

The Nature of Change and Trusting Yourself, In Writing and Life

It’s no doubt that change is inevitable. It’s something I struggle with from time to time.

Recently events in my life have pushed me to take various steps.

For one, I turned down a seemingly fulfilling writing job with benefits and decent pay in order to move to Georgia with my fiancé.

Graduation was a hell of a day.

Graduation was a hell of a day.

Is this a terrifying step? Yes.

Is this a drastic change from what I thought I’d be doing by now? Yes.

Am I excited by the drastic move I’ll be making to a new state, essentially starting my life over when I’ve lived in one place my entire life? Yes.

Am I terrified by this very same prospect? Yes.

Do I regret turning down the job offer? Yes. And no.

Part of me feels as though I wouldn’t have grown and advanced as a person the way I severely need to if I stayed here and struggled with my fiancé to save, to make a living, and to pay off debts.

I graduated Cum Laude with a 3.60 GPA. I’ve always been a B+ student.

I graduated Cum Laude with a 3.60 GPA. I’ve always been a B+ student.

Speaking of debts, I recently graduated college (yay! Finally!) and I look to utilize my research and writing skills with a position that provides a day-to-day experience of doing just that.

I’ll be keeping track of my thoughts on this blog as the month of June wears on (and I’m holding myself to it). Hopefully we’ll be set up down there so I can continue to write every day while continuing the job search.

*I’m taking this move on faith, faith in myself and that ever elusive mistress, the universe, to guide me to better opportunities.

With this comes some time (I hope [there’s that word again!]) to get more words down on my novel.

The Dark World series

Yes, I’m still writing Book: 6 of THE DARK WORLD SERIES (I admit I haven’t had the time I’d like to focus on it with job searching, working, graduating, and preparing mentally and emotionally for this move).

I’m also planning on writing more articles, submitting articles to websites and building my much-needed portfolio. (It’s on this site but hidden. If any professionals desire to see it they can use the contact form listed in the navigation panel at the top of the page.)

I suppose I never took writing as seriously as I needed to. It was something I was good at and something I could sit down and do in a few hours or less (academic papers, that is).

My goals may have been skewed due to this move, but if there’s anything the trials in my life have taught me is that I’m resilient, adaptable, and capable of anything.

As for my creative writing prospects, I do have a few more works in the pipeline that I hope to get started on once I’m almost finished to finished-finished with my dark fantasy series.

Because it never ends and despite all of this, I will only grow as a writer and a person, and that’s the great takeaway from any trial.

‘Till next time,

With Blood and Love,

S.C. Parris

S.C. Parris

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The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Title: Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy

Wordcount: 90k

Planned Deadline: February 2023

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