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Ari Austin

  • That was beautiful. You are really quite right. I have that a little bit in my book, but when you put it like that, I should use that analogy a lot more.

    I fully intend to make my romance novel as appropriate as possible.

    Thanks!

  • Would you rather be jailed or exiled?

    Liam: Jailed. I’ve been exiled and it’s so much worse.

    Elsie: Because I was around when Liam was basically exiled, I’d rather be jailed too.

    Ian and Liam: No.

    Ian: You can’t be jailed because you would never make it! You should definitely be exiled instead. I would come with you.

    Liam: As much as I hate…[Read more]

  • Ari Austin posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    @lydiajoy
    I love that you have a sheep named after him!! That is so perfect!
    It is set during the revolutionary war in America, and as best as I can tell, like 50-70 years after they leave Scotland. More or less the Revolutionary war. The first one is about Malcolm’s grandson, and Malcolm is in it, and I think Jenny might be a little bit (?) but…[Read more]

  • Ari Austin posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    @lydiajoy
    Yes, I am! And not after the one in the movie either. (Thank goodness!) It’s a fun name to have, and I have discovered it’s the only name that could ever fit me. I’ve never met anyone else with my name, but it’s kind of fun to watch people get confused and hesitantly repeat it. Although, it’s also nice to have them immediately recognize…[Read more]

    • @amaustin

      Umm…I absolutely love Angus, too. I’m kinda hesitant to admit this, but I have a stuffed sheep named after him that always sits on my bed. (Also, agnus is Latin for “sheep,” so I feel like that fits.)

      I haven’t read the Faith and Freedom trilogy, but I might have to when I have the chance. What is it about? Are Angus and Duncan,…[Read more]

    • If it wasn’t clear, Angus is my favorite character. 🙂 Also, have you read Douglas Bond’s Mr. Pipes books? I’ve only read a couple of those, but they’re so good.

  • Ari Austin posted a new activity comment 7 months, 1 week ago

    @kimlikesart
    College is trying to kill me. I’m trying to have a life, do NaNoWriMo, and get As in all my classes. I have five weeks until I graduate with my Associate’s Degree, and I think I’m about to start counting the days because I have way, way too much to do. But I’m learning, and getting As, and almost done, so I guess it is going too…[Read more]

  • This was an amazing article!
    I am currently writing a book that has three main characters that are normal people with normal life experiences. Until stuff starts happening and they are running around fighting for their lives. At the end of the book, they will all be captured, and I want to kill off one or two of them because, in real life, they…[Read more]

  • Ari Austin posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    @kimlikesart
    It is really funny to me how your ‘would you rather’s are often very close to things that happen in my book. I have a character that is forced to marry someone they don’t love, and I have a character that chooses to turn their best friend in for a crime that the friend committed. 🙂

  • Would you rather snitch on your best friend for a crime they committed or go to gaol for the crime they committed?

    Elsie: Julia would never commit a crime, but if she did, I would rather go to gaol for her than tell on her. I’m sure it would be for a good reason.

    Ian: *looks at Elsie* I would rather go to jail for you than tell on you…

    Elsie:…[Read more]

  • Your question made me laugh. Is it ever sensible? Probably not… Unless you are using it to woo someone. I think it’s sensible for a guy to use a bit of romance when proposing, otherwise, the girl might just say no. (depending on the girl I suppose) But in most cases, it’s probably likely to set your heart way ahead of your head. I guess, as I…[Read more]

  • @arindown

    I do pronounce it like from the Lord of the Rings! That’s actually who my parents named me after. 🙂

    Baby naming books are full of weird things. They are helpful for finding normal names that my brain won’t come up with alone though.

    I am not smart enough to create my own names. I mostly write in the “present-day America”, so I…[Read more]

  • @arindown

    Yeah, developing the plot is always a good idea… just not as fun as romance. :] If I ever finish the third draft that I’m working on of my book (somehow no one told me that books take so much work when I started. Although, I didn’t exactly know anyone who wrote when I started, nor did I tell anyone when I started, it just kind of…[Read more]

  • Would you rather be feared or respected? 

    Elsie: Feared. If I were feared I wouldn’t be in the mess I am stuck in the middle of right now.

    Ian: Feared. I think that no matter how much you fear someone, you are tempted to respect them the tiniest bit for how they got there or how scary they are. So technically, I have both.

    Liam: I want to be…[Read more]

  • @Laur_M

    I would love to look at your NaNoWriMo! I’m sure it will be amazing!

    I think some Christians do have different standards, but I guess for me, I wouldn’t even have them kiss before marriage. That’s just personal though, I think it really does depend on the person and what they are comfortable with. Only up to a point though, because the…[Read more]

  • That makes a lot of sense. Most of the people in the Bible are certainly not what I would refer to as romantics (not sure about Solomon. Maybe he’s a romantic, but not a great one) but you do make the excellent point that there is at least something to build on.

    I, personally, don’t have my characters that start out Christian go any further than…[Read more]

  • Ari Austin posted a new activity comment 7 months, 4 weeks ago

    @kimlikesart
    Yes, Song of Solomon. 🙂 I think romance isn’t forbidden, but… I can’t really argue that. It takes it pretty far there, doesn’t it? I haven’t spent much time in that book, but perhaps I should. It might really help with this problem. Thank you!
    My best friend is complicated. I would say I have three best friends, all of whom I go to…[Read more]

  • (You’re characters bring up an interesting point that there are other ways to get rid of hair)

    Would you rather never be able to say thanks again or never be able to ask for help again?

    Elsie: um, I’m kind of desperately looking for someone to help me, but I can’t bear the thought of not being able to tell them thank you.

    Ian: There are ways to…[Read more]

  • I’m 100% a romantic, there is nothing that melts my heart faster. But, that being said, how much room does the Bible leave for romance? What is taking it too far, and what is biblical?

  • I am absolutely late to this thread, but it’s because I’m new. I did not join until recently.

    Chivalry is the most romantic thing. But, to be fair, I am such a sappy hopeless romantic. At this point, everything melts my heart. (I least in books and my writing. I know nothing about real-life romance.)

    My first thought on when you asked what I…[Read more]

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