Writing log- September

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If you hadn’t seen the reading log post for a while, I bet you don’t even remember when it was the last time I posted something about my writing progresses!

So I’d say it’s about time! This post was really overdue!

If I think this way, I realize that I managed to be a shame even as aspiring writer, other than as mum and generally speaking as human being!

I opened this blog mainly to speak about writing and not being able to write more often about writing seems a bit silly.

However, let’s see whether I’ll manage to avoid a too long rant and keep going with the update on my writing status!

If you thought I’m doing a big mess with books, reading my previous post, you can easily guess I’m doing the same with writing.

And you’d be right!

I have so many notebooks, pieces of paper, apps on writing, drives connected to my emails, files on my computer and laptop, that I really have a huge mess going on.

In other words, I don’t know what is where!

Despite that, in the attempt to give a tidy up of this endless sea of bytes and paper I narrowed down to four, at lease for the moment, the number of notebooks that I always have at hand.

Here you have them in the pictures!

From the left:

Orange notebook – In here I’m jotting down the elements of the new project, the urban fantasy about hunters. I’m putting notes of my researches, notes on the world building, notes about the plots and the characters.

Sheep notebook – In this one I’m trying to tidy up and give a more or less definitive form to the plots about my high fantasy world. Each plot is followed or is going to be followed by the list of characters, maps and main information about the world or the particular nation.

Gray notebook – It’s where I’m writing the actual book. A part from the fact that I had too many files on the computer, I realized that I couldn’t stay in front of the screen too long anymore. As I’m working in front of a computer now, I barely manage to update this blog, so in order to keep writing I’m using pen and paper…old style!

It seems that it’s working at the moment, let’s keep the fingers crossed!  

I’ll curse myself for sure when I’ll have to pass all the writing into the computer – eventually I’ll have to – but for the moment it’s important to move on!

Small notebook – As you might read on the cover, this one is the notebook where I write the ideas I have for the blog. I usually bring it with me at all the times, everywhere, so I won’t lose any idea anymore.

Of course this means that also weird dreams and ideas for my books are going in there, but at least I know where they are…at least for now.

Once these notebooks will be finished and I’ll have to start a new one, I wonder whether I’ll be able to find them a place in where I’ll always be able to find them or they’ll get lost as the previous ones.

It might seem that I treat them like I didn’t care, but it’s not so. I’m just messy.

So, aspiring writers out there, can you give me an advice on how to tidy up the mess or sort the situation?

How do you do?

How do you organize your writing?

How do you manage not to lose your stuff?

Please, please, please write to me in the comments below!

Those, at least, won’t get lost!

Visiting the Amerigo Vespucci sailing ship!

One of my passions, a part from writing and fantasy, are ships and pirates!

Sometimes I think that an awful lot of my posts begin with “one of my passions”, and maybe this could be the reason why I find hard job to gather the time to second and nurture them…they’re simply too many.

I know I should concentrate on one at time, but it’s kind of difficult to me.

But that’s me, right? Unless I decide to change completely my brain and way of thinking, I guess I’ll have to figure out a way to do so!

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So where was I? Oh yeah, Amerigo Vespucci is an 83 meters long sailing ship the marine cadets of Livorno use at the end of every first year of academy. They go on a 3 months training trip and, from what I learned, I can tell you that their training it’s pretty hard, both physically and mentally.

I saw it docked near my new office.

It’s not unusual seeing tall ships docked near there, as I work in the port area. For how big my passion is, however, I never managed to go and visit one. I only went close and watched the outside while rushing for work or home, but the crew wasn’t there.

This time around I found out they were organizing tours of the ship, but the visit times were exactly matching my working shift, lunch break included. It was so sad. The ship was leaving in a couple of days and once again I wouldn’t manage to visit it.

However, one of my colleagues that very day announced that in her partner’s office were organizing a guided tour for the Vespucci. If she wanted she could join with a couple of people more.

Needless to say that I secured a place with her, starting immediately my giggling spell that lasted the whole day! I must have looked like a frigging idiot! Or a lunatic, you pick! The truth was only one: this was a dream becoming true!

I was getting on board! I couldn’t believe it!!!

I know that I might seem a bit nut or weird, but to me, boarding, although for a few minutes, on a sailing ship was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

All my attention was concentrate on the ship and the bits and pieces that built up together form that marvel.

I barely noticed the officials, the cadets and the Capitan unless they were saying something interesting about the ship and its parts.

I asked this official, I actually don’t know the name of, many question about which one were the shrouds, details about the sails and speed in knots and the relation in between the two of them.

I found all these extremely fascinating and interesting.

Also I realized, with a pinch of sadness, that I made a huge mistake.

I don’t know if I told you already, the very first book I wrote was in Italian and it was about pirates – of course! – and ships. During the trip and the explanation on the Vespucci, I understood that some elements, crew number and basic navigation technique and details in my story were completely wrong.

I felt both bad and excited. Bad because, if I had the arrogance of editing and sending to an editor, I might have been mistaken for one cheater author who writes about specific stuff without having enough knowledge about it.

On the other hand, also I felt excited because I could confirm that I can learn more, that there are so many things I don’t know yet. 

It’s something really amazing.

Vespucci 3

Once again I want to thank so much Nicole and her partner for giving me this fantastic opportunity; and you, my dear readers, for reading until the end this post full of nonsense for any other person but me!

I hope, anyway, you will enjoy some of the pictures.

Do you have anything you like so much that makes you lose the control? That you love so much that you cannot regain the said control although you’re struggling hard in the attempt?

Let me know in the comments below!

And of course, in case you know any website where to read and learn all about ships and pirates, please, I beg you, write it here for me!

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T as Travel

Google search! Delphi!

Travelling is something very important in my life, whichever you want to take into account. Both in my fictional life, or better to say lives and the real life, travelling is key. 

Now, the consistency and the meaning are different but it’s still one of the most present things.

Let’s start with real life first. I haven’t travelled a lot in my life, I have to admit that, but I’d love sooner or later to have the chance to improve the amount of holidays and such! 

Despite the low number of travels in my life, I admit that the few I’ve made left the sign. 

If I could pick the most important, I’d put in the first place the very first travel I’ve made abroad. I went to Greece with the school and it was amazing. Well, to be honest the Athens part was something not so exciting because I found it extremely similar to Naples (and it actually was funny how two cities in two different countries look so alike). Different story altogether when I went to Delphi! Delphi is one of the most interesting and magical places I’ve ever visited. We went to see a temple and the theatre and I could touch by hand what I had studied in Greek literature in school. I felt such a wave of energy difficult to put into words. 

I hope I’ll be able to go to Greece again and visit more of that great place. 

Then I think the next important travel was the one that brought me here in Ireland. Finished the university, with my partner, I decided to move in another country and see what could happen. We didn’t have a friend here, no job and a very tight budget but we made it. I’m not sure I’d have done it alone but I’ve been here almost eight years now and I love the country.

Along with Ireland another dream was to visit Scotland and Japan. I visited Edinburgh for just a weekend but I was so happy and full of goose bumps, you cannot imagine! Without knowing it I found myself there during the clan reunion. I love men in Kilt and I found myself staring at a huge parade. But aside from that, the castle!!! Oh the castle. My partner had to drag me out of there. Scotland as well is one of those countries I want to go back to.

And Japan…sadly is still one of my biggest dreams, but I wish I could go there sooner or later.

Beside these kinds of travels, I have my fictional ones.

The very first book I wrote was in Italian, and it was about a doctor who became a pirate. He slowly became part of the pirate life so to create my main character inner travel along with an actual travel in the East Asia.

And of course you have one of my two WIP, Franny’s travel. That one too is part physical travel around Sonrisa and also a persona travel of my main character.

I’ve always loved those books where it was evident the change of the character’s behavior by the end of them. I hope to be good enough to capture the shift from the former character to the result of his or her own inner journey.

Traveling I think it’s an art. I’m not entirely sure I’m doing it correctly but I’ve decided I want to improve. Our world is beautiful and I have seen just a tiny part of it. I want more!

Same goes with writing, I want to imagine more and more and more…

S as Sonrisa

This is the entrance of Sweet Moment. And it's the first adventure for Fran!

This is the entrance of Sweet Moment. And it’s the first adventure for Fran!

 

Sonrisa is the name of my fantasy world. It’s an archipelago and, if you know a bit of Spanish you can imagine the shape the islands assume when put on a map. It’s a big smile, or at least it used to be.

I’ve been working on Sonrisa for the past eight years now, but the idea was born in its core years before that. I think I was still in high school when I though about a story, that back then I wanted to turn into a comic, about three flowers and its inhabitants.

I realized that drawing wasn’t my thing. The result was that I put on a side the whole comic project and the story with it.

Despite that I kept thinking about my three flowers and the story behind them! I still have the drawings somewhere.

When I decided to turn seriously back to writing again, the core idea was still there but then new ideas joined the basic one and little by little the small garden size setting turned into a huge world. 

I kept feeding my ideas, working on details and races and every single detail you can think about. 

I have to be honest with you. Although I’ve been working on this world for so long I can’t write the word “end” yet. There are many details I have to adjust.

I know you might think that I could be one of those people never happy and you might be right. But still my main aim is to avoid lack of consistency and deus ex machina I really hate in books.

I hope sooner or later to be happy enough with it. 

For the moment, as I mentioned in my previous post, I’m letting travel my alter ego with the aim, among the others, of fixing the last details that need to be fixed. 

What do you think?

Do you think there is a limit in world building?

 

F as Franny’s travels

This is where the story starts...Baby Fields in Licorice village, Dough Land!

This is where the story starts…Baby Fields in Licorice village, Dough Land!

Franny’s travels is the working title of my high fantasy WIP!

As you know, I’m working on two different things at the moment, and Franny’s travels is one of them. The other one is Hunter’s journal and you’ll read something about that on H letter day!

I’ve been working on my fantasy world for the past eight years and I began a series of books set in that world as soon as I was working on it.

After a while I realized that the story wasn’t strong enough and maybe that was due to the fact that all the details weren’t decided yet.

So I tried to figure how to keep writing and at the same time tidy up the bunch of ideas brewing in my head.

The year Maya was born I decided to tweet about an adventurous travel. The point was to create something but at same time to give me an excuse to polish and embellish my fantasy world that was imperfect! Life, as usual, got in the way so I ended up in hospital for twenty days only four months after having the baby and I had to stop my literary travel.

But if my actions were forced to stop, my brain was far from being kept in its place.

I realized that the story was without a real aim, a part from the one of knowing my world better, and wasn’t that good. I thought nobody would fully appreciate it, as it really looked like a shopping list. I can do that in my personal notes, so I told myself.

As result I stopped tweeting in my fictional account, I did what I could to cope to everyday life in between a growing kid and work and my passion for which I’ve always tried to struggle more than for anything else!

However my thinking kept producing ideas, details and side stories, until I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I had to take the whole thing in consideration again and guess what, I realized that not only my world had evolved but also my main character and the whole setting.

When I put pen on paper again I realized that not only I had one plot to follow but almost 15. This was amazing.

So I decided to start all over again and write it down, this time as a journal, to be exact a travel journal.

The idea is to put everything on Internet and create a fictional blog, of course when I’ll manage to finish to write it down, edit and proofread it.

You’ll understand better my choice when I’ll tell you about the other WIP!

Of course I’ll tweet again about that, but it will be tidier and a better story. I’m looking forward to it, although I have no clue how long will it take! Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Would you be curious to read the first few lines? Let me know in the comments!