Few favorite writerly audio things

I was going to write about my word count this week, but I felt like I needed a little more time and break down my process better. So, instead, here are a few audio things that I’ve been enjoying these last few weeks:

Writing Excuses Podcast – Mary Robinette Kowall, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor, and Dan Wells are the main hosts of the 15 minute segments. I wish they were longer, but they do touch on subjects more than once. They also bring in guest writers to help guide their discussion on said subject.  I would suggest going onto their website to explore what they have.

Well-Storied Podcast – Kristen Kieffer hosts this 15 minute podcast, which are audio versions of some of her articles from well-storied.com. Below are just samplings of her 50+ podcasts that I’ve enjoyed.

Audiobooks are how I am getting my reading fix on. So far, I’ve listened to what some may call must-reads if you’re interested in writing. Whether you’re starting to write or have something under your belt, these are great.

Anne Lamott – “Bird by Bird –  This was a short audiobook narrated by the author that gives you a push and a reminder to take on your manuscript one word at a time. I think this is a book that talks about the realities of being a writer.

Steven King – “On Writing“- This is also narrated by the author, this also reflects on the realities of being a writer. In the beginning, you hear about how King became a writer. His mini lessons begin after he talks about his life as writer and process of certain books. They are easy to understand and straight to the point, especially when covering the basics. This is a book that writers talk about when they talk about their journey.

I believe with anything that comes with writing advice, I think you should take what you need from the material. Not everything writers discuss is in stone.


Mugglecast Podcast – If you’re a Harry Potter  fan, I hope you’ve been listening to this podcast. If not, this is the perfect time; they all talk all things HP related and Wizarding World. The episodes are about an hour long on average and come out weekly.

Sophie Kinsella – “My Not So Perfect Life” and ” Surprise Me“- When I’ve listened to these audiobooks, I find myself immersed in the story; I listen to these while I work and I find myself laughing during the funny parts and during the emotion parts I feel for the character. Both of these books are narrated by Fiona Hardingham.


Helping out a friend


Always #severussnape ~ Photo courtesy of Google Images

I don’t mind helping out my friends, whatever it is I do my best to help. In this case, it’s editing the first draft of my friend’s book.

We all know what it’s like to hand over the first draft, it’s hard. It’s hard because someone may mark up and down with pen or pencil, get it back with different critiques than one was hoping for. It’s the business of writing:  start, fumble around a bit, stop, start again and eventually finish(again).

When I was in middle school,  I gave my brother my very first draft of my novel series. He read it, asked me if I was going to rewrite it and when I said no, he threw it in the trash. Yes, it was mean to do that, but it opened my eyes to be prepared for any critique. And yes, I got it out off the trash and kept writing.

It’s been hard to concentrate on her book; I put it down three times in one sitting. I hope to finish it and give her a typed up critique when we get back to school.

I gave myself a head-start  and  all ready begun to type up her critique and the things they need to work on is going to get long. No one is perfect on their first or even final draft. Eventually the writing gets better.  As I was writing the critique, I felt like a teacher. While I do this, I am hoping this is what an actual book editor for a publishing company does.

I hope what I say doesn’t discourage in her in the journey of novel writing.  It should give her fuel.

Well I am off to do something productive… I hope.

XO Arisa

Creative Writing

I started school on this past Monday and I was already excited for my creative writing class more than anything. Since I have a writing minor, I have to take this class; I had other options like business writing and technical writing, I chose the latter and creative writing.

Before choosing the teacher of all of my classes, I look them up on ratemyprofessor.com. I couldn’t find the teacher, I even tried to google him and it didn’t work. So I took the chance and decided on this unknown teacher. Turns out when I got to class on Tuesday, he’s a graduate student.

He is unorganized, but his attitude about writing is exciting and the class is pretty chill. Most professors and some graduate assistants are more strict, organized and have a set way of doing things. But this is a creative writing class, so grading things are going to be difficult to judge. After Thursday I am still unsure what’s going to be graded. I’m just going to go with the wind on this.

Sure he talks a lot, (he kept us the whole time the first day of class; it’s not unheard of, but still), I feel like I am going to get a lot out of this class. Which is good because I eventually want to write for a living. (Who knows how that’s going to work out.) He said that he believed the Harry Potter world was real, which made me freaking happy. All I could think was that I have a cool ass teacher, who kind of look likes Matt Smith (from Doctor Who #11).

He said we could call him Jacky Legs, yesterday. Which I thought was weird…I guess I am still in the mentality of Instructor-Student. Whatever. No big deal.

The first assignment is to find a poem we like and bring it in to class.

Now that I have that rant out, I will be updating the things that I do in my creative writing class along with the work I produce. I’m tired and it’s been a week. So glad I have no class on Fridays!!!


Honestly, I love when books are going to be turned into movies or TV shows; it makes the fandom of a series larger. But sometimes I feel like it’s out of control.

It’s almost like, once a book becomes a New York Times bestseller, someone in hollywood is thinking: “We can make a crap load of money, let’s buy the rights and make money”

Mr. Krabs

Is it just me? What are some of your thoughts on book to film/ t.v adaptations.


I am not really sure how I discovered the existence of fanfictions (people writing stories on published works), but I think it started with Harry Potter.

I was bored one day while I was on MuggleNet, not sure what to do and I found a link to HarryPotterFanFiction, clicked on a story and read. The stories I really liked; it was  like an alternate ending, beginning or middle. When I was younger I could not tell the difference between good grammar and bad grammar; however, I did know what I liked structure wise.

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