Halfway there

 

You guys already know what I’m about to say in this post, right? About me going MIA after a few posts at a time. Hey, it happens — we all have lives to attend to outside of the Internet. But I wanted you let you all know that I am more than halfway* through 50K for NaNoWriMo. And I’m not even close to finishing Torque. I am currently about to wrap up chapter four, but I am having difficultly doing it.

It’s mainly because I switch between two POVs of my main characters, Cori and Ace. I can get caught up in the whirlwind of emotions for Cori that when I switch to Ace, I’m struggling to detach the two characters. But alas, this is something that I will have to fix later. I can’t waste anymore time because I got behind last week, and I am still being for this week.

But to all the writers out there taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge (and those who aren’t), I wish you the best in finishing what you’ve started. Whether it’s the end of this month or even two years from now.

Just write on!

Xo Arisa

*30,705K and counting

Romance and ages

What is the appeal behind a young female protagonist falling for an older male protagonists – the ones where the men are over 100 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 20 something.

I can’t give a definite answer to that because I am not getting a degree in psychology or anything related to development. But I just started to find this relationship dynamic interesting.

The book I am currently reading, Tiger’s Curse is about a girl named Kelsey (16 18y/o, she acts like a kid, though) who decides to go India under the impression she’ll help the tiger, Ren, adjust to life in India. But that quickly changes to her trying to break a curse on Ren she met after feeding and reading poetry to him for two weeks. Of course the tiger is not what it seems and he’s a prince.

He’s over 300 years old, and looks young ( no description how old he looks age-wise. Or there is and I forgot, whoops.) Like any book similar to this the female starts to fall in love and/or vice versa.

The plots are different but the endgame is usually the same: they fall in love. Maybe there’s an article out the that focuses on this relationship dynamic and gives the reason on why it’s so appealing to people my age or younger.

Maybe it’s possible that the book reflects our inner desire to have a older partner or someone old fashion – which some of us wouldn’t mind because some people are a-holes.

What I haven’t seen, which would be interesting is a younger guy falling in love with an older woman, someone over 100 years old looking 20 something. Or even people of the same gender with the dynamic. I bet that would be good. (Hint, hint.)

There’s nothing wrong the large age gaps, otherwise I wouldn’t have it on my bookshelves, but it is a little creepy. Especially if they aren’t legal. But that’s a huge plot hole for later.

Top 5 Wednesday | Cover Buys & Books I wish I read earlier

This is my first top five Wednesday! I will later post a video to this. As of now, my blog post will do. This tag was created by  Lainey at Goodreads! Anyone can participate, just link to the Goodreads group and posts your updates.

Cover Buys:

Tiger's Curse | C. Houck

Tiger’s Curse

Tiger’s Curse – Colleen Houck:

Currently reading this book. I saw the cover and decided to read the summary. I thought I would like, but it’s not turning out that way. I hope I can finish it.

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Progress Update (PU) | Torque

I’ll be making short updates about my novel and possible short stories. I will be keeping track for my own reasons and in case you are interested. This post will be a lot shorter than usual, but I wanted to update something for Sunday/ Monday before I post on Wednesday again. (If posts are not up Sunday, Monday is the day.)

In my previous posts, linked below, I may have talked about my novel that I am currently struggling with. I am not sure if  I mentioned the name, but I did post about the starting words of chapter 1. But I have named it Torque. The reason why I chose this title is because of the physics definition: a twisting force that causes rotation. I wanted to make a connection with physics to my main character and I also like the idea that torque could be an idea for catalytic events. In my novel, my main character (of course) is that catalytic force – that twisting force.

And her name is Cori.

When I had explained what my novel was about to others, I had a hard time trying to tell them. Mainly because, like other writers,I am protective of my work. Recently, I finally made a little summary for my portfolio director – it’s not exactly what I want to say, but it gets the point across.

 Cori is half human and half of an experimental vampiric-like race. She is aware of the strange things happening around her and her own abilities but only to an extent and becomes a catalytic force in an impending war.  

I know, the word vampiric stands out, but that’s how I originally started it. After so many changes to the plot, character, names – I wanted to keep it. I also have not thought of a name for the vampiric-like race. Well, a new name. I had several before, but that can be a separate post.

I intend for Torque to be a fantasy/ action series (four books) for adults. I currently have 3,089 words for chapter 1. Keep checking the bottom bar for current word count.(Or my struggle of the same word count.)

But until Wednesday, comment below.

XO Arisa

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Booktube and Blog name change?

I’ve been passing time by going on YouTube watching beauty videos and peoples’ life vlogs, when I discovered the wonderful thing called BookTube. For those that do not know what BookTube is, it’s a community of video bloggers who talk about books. I forgot who I started watching first, but the more and more I kept watching the more I want to do something like that. Basically join the BookTube community and also talk about my writing, with progress updates and possibly share short stories (under 15 minutes because that’s the limit for non-YouTube partners).

When I was in Italy, I vlogged what I was doing on certain days. I was going to upload them, but my friend said he would help me edit and when we got back, two weeks later he went back to Peru. So, my Italia adventures will be waiting to be posted. I might just upload it all together. I loved doing it. One of my favorite videos is when I was in Munich and I was recording my bike ride through one of the parks. So I feel like I will be doing that in the future, when I had a solid idea of how I am going to conduct my channel.

I have been thinking about changing my blog name to Arisafwrites. I feel like the current blog name can represent any writing blog, so I might as well personalize it for me. I am not set on the name change to Arisafwrites, but I will be changing it in late Aug. or Sept.

I am going to keep this post nice and short. I will update later this week with a book haul of the books I bought or borrowing. I will also do a TBR list as well.

Until Sunday! Ciao.

XO Arisa

New Story Idea!

Hello Readers. If there still are any. (I keep disappearing because of life.)

I am currently was in Italia, studying abroad and taking trips to amazing places. I just recently went to Paris and it was amazing. While I was there it seemed so unreal, that I am studying abroad. There are many people that do not get to do this. But I’m not going to talk about my trips in this post. That’s what my other blog is for. It’s called “In Firenze” and I (will) update those adventures there (eventually). I’m still stuck on the first week because I had been out and about, napping or in class.

A while back (way back), I was writing fanfiction for this anime called “Attack on Titan,” or its actual Japanese name “Shingeki no Kyojin“. I had two ideas that I couldn’t decide on, but I ultimately stuck with the one that would of been a alternate version of what was to come in my version of the storyline.

I didn’t want to scrap the other idea and I felt like I could make a three-part series out of it. I still have some plot holes to fill out, but I have my characters’ name. I wanted the first part to be like a diary entries, the second part will switch to third-person, and the last part will be third-person omniscient (at least for now).

I’ve started writing part one and it’s called The Book of Phaedrus. This part of the series I am planning to set it in the past, either in Greece or Egypt.  The next two parts in the series I am not completely sure, but I do have the main character’s names. Part two will be about a girl named Asha, which will take place in the present and part three will be about a friend/angel named Ariel, which will take place in the future.

If you would like I can put a little piece of the beginning in one of my next posts.

See you next post, which will be in another week. Seriously this time.

XO Arisa

 

Updates, Tumblr and Writing

I keep disappearing  into non activity.  I was busy with the end of my semester at school. I am on break now until classes start  again on Jan. 14.

In the last decade there has been books made into movies. It makes me dream about my unpublished book being turned into a novel. Am I the only who thinks about that? I’ve been told that I write in a ‘movie format,’ which is accurate. Every time I think about a scene from my book, that could be somewhat interesting, it plays in my head like a movie. It goes hand in hand with being observant.

But unfortunately, it’s hard to write exactly what’s in my mind without it being sloppy or rushed. It could be the reason why it takes me longer than usually to write. But perhaps that experience just happens to me.

And then I got a Tumblr. I got one for my study abroad trip in Italy. I thought it would be best to share photos, pictures and my adventures. But. I am distracted by a lot of photos from one of my favorite animes (Shingeki no Kyojin | Attack on Titan). It really gets out of hand with the posts. I’ve done a good job with not reblogging a lot of photos, but I have over 70 likes on peoples’ photos.

If you wish to see my reblogs of Shingeki no Kyojin/ Attack on Titan and my posts on Italy here is the url: xoarisa.tumblr.com

Well this is all I have, for now. Have a good Holiday!

Pick that book back up! and NANOWRIMO

Over the summer I had the pleasure of reading for fun. It’s has become increasingly hard to enjoy what I pick up and not close it because I have to do homework. I would never be completely immersed in what I was reading for that simple factor. And it sucks.

But when there is free time, take it and remind yourself why you wanted to write. I’m going to do a little more reading before I start to write. I would suggest something that is not in the genre you’re writing because ideas from the book a could magically make its way into what you’re writing. That’s no good when trying to make your work original as possible.

It’s hard to write what you want when you have projects and homework to do. Hopefully, as the school year goes on I will read for fun before I write.

NANOWRIMO is coming up pretty soon. Every time November rolls around I say I’m going to do it, but school wants to get in the way. I will do my best and I hope to start posting short stories then with summaries of other things I’m working on. Like my novel series, Torque.

Well, until next time, pick up a book. Or books.

Let me know if this is something you do before writing or you do something else to mentally prepare yourself.
XO Arisa