Happy Holidays and Have a Great New Year!

By eugena On December 31st, 2012

Hello Readers and Fans:

I hope you all are having happy and safe holidays this December and will have a great New Year!

Eugena Moulton

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Writing Software Recommendations

By eugena On December 13th, 2012

As a writer, I want to point out that first and foremost, writing software cannot make you into a better writer.  It can encourage you to write more, and with more practice, be better at your craft.  It can make the task of writing easier for you.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I would like to recommend Scrivener for writing novels.

I used to type predominantly on Microsoft Office Word, but that became difficult starting in the 2007 edition.  The addition of the “Normal” style made it easy to accidentally apply formatting I did not want to text or to have the program itself apply “Normal” without directing it to do so.  Typing a novel on Word was very inconvenient when I wanted to make edits and move portions of the text to a different location in the novel.

After using Scrivener during a free trial period, this problem has gone.  With Scrivener, I can type a scene and later easily click and drag that scene elsewhere.  It works very well in a binder system, separating novel content from notes and research.  Scrivener comes with templates, but I have made modified templates for my own novels, which I would recommend many users do.

I would recommend for any author to try this software out for himself or herself.

Although I have not tried out Scrivener’s screenwriting templates, I would not recommend Scrivener for screenwriters.  If a screenwriter can afford it, I would recommend Final Draft software.  I have an older version of Final Draft and last I used it, it was up to industry standards for formatting, etc.

For More Information on Scrivener:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

For More Information on Final Draft:

http://www.finaldraft.com/

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Megami Pandora Contests

By eugena On December 6th, 2012

Attention readers and fans, here is your chance to make history in my novel in progress, Megami Pandora.

Megami Pandora is a science fiction novel centering around the life of protagonist Elise McNair, a law student from a small Florida town with a private college and law school.

Please read this whole post, including the rules at the bottom before entering.

Contest #1: Open to everyone**

What is your favorite local business or club (examples: restaurant, coffee shop, American Legion, Elks) and why?  Also include what kind of business it is, if it is not obvious from the name.  No adult businesses (ex: strip clubs) will be counted.

Contest #2: Open to Attorneys and Retired Attorneys**

What case has been either the most influential, important, or a turning point for you as an attorney and why?  It does not have to be a case in which you were involved.  Please include case name and official citation.  You may also include a copy of the case or summary of it if you wish.

Contest #3: Open to current and former law students (so, yes, attorneys do count)**

What staff or faculty member was most influential to you in your law school career and why?  You do not have to include the person’s name.  You could just describe the person’s occupation.  Example: “My intellectual property professor who encouraged me to pursue IP law.”  Please include the name of your law school.

Contest #4: Open to current and former law school staff and faculty**

What events or persons have been important to you as a staff or faculty member at your law school and why?  Please include the name of your law school and your position(s) there.

 

What is the prize?

If your entry is selected, a character in Megami Pandora will be given your first name.

Examples:

Contest #1 – There is a local coffee shop owned by a female owner, ___ Smith.  There is a local restaurant owned by a male owner, ____ Cartwright.  If someone named Joan wins Contest #1, the name of the owner will become Joan Smith.

Contest #2 – The case name will be mentioned and the type of case.  It will be an important case to one of the attorneys who appears which will share the first name with the winner.

Contest #3 – A law student classmate of Elise will share his or her first name with the winner.

Contest #4 – A staff or faculty member of the law school or a staff member of the community law library will share your first name.  At your request, they might share your same position you have or have had at the law school.

Rules:

** You must be at least 18 for any contest.

All entries must include your first and last name.  For contests 3 and 4, they must include the name of your law school, and your position(s) for contest 4.  If you do not wish your first name to be used, just mention that in your entry.

This character will only have 2 things in common with you: your first name and a favorite (local business or law school class) or important thing (case name).  This character will NOT be you.  It is a fictional character.  Characters have been established for Megami Pandora, and this contest just alters the two things in common.  You do not have any rights or claims, legal or otherwise to these character or other elements.  You do, however, have bragging rights.  You may request that your full name (first and last) or abbreviations or initials be posted as a winner.  At minimum, I will post initials.

I have, unfortunately received some harassing emails, etc., from some people – you know who you are – so if any of you enter, your entry will be disqualified.

 

Entry Dates:

You may enter from today (December 6, 2012 to February 8, 2013).  The entry period may be lengthened.  I will post an update if it is.

 

How to Enter:

You may enter once per contest you qualify for.

You may email me (eugenam AT gmail DOT com).  Please have as your subject: “Megami Pandora Contest Entry.”

 

How will the Winner be Chosen?:

For each contest with 9 entries and under, I will choose the winner.  I will post the winning entry by February 15, 2013.

For each contest with 10 or more entries, I will put up a poll for readers to vote.  Voting will begin by February 15, 2013 or sooner and end on February 28, 2013.  Winners will be announced by March 8, 2013.

This may change if the contest is open beyond February 8, 2013.

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They All Have Their Own Battles To Fight (Rise of the New Masters)

By eugena On December 3rd, 2012

(Spoilers for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing follow.)

Chapter one begins with Zsastar, Son of King Malik returning home to his father.  He has been defeated, not only in the battlefield, but in the battlefield of the mind.  Little does he know Malik’s newest general may be vying for his position, but that will be the least of his worry.

Chapter two opens with Eleya, deep in a depression.  She fights the ongoing fear that the other masters are dead, and that she is the last.  She wakes up alone, with no idea of the whereabouts of her companions.

Our protagonist Merrik and the other allies with him are ambushed in a short skirmish, one that is over quickly, but will quickly tip the balance of power in a rolling domino effect.  Will Eleya be able to come to terms with some of the demons of her past and aide them in time?

We shall see.

 

More on Rise of the New Masters, and more spoilers:

After some debate, I have decided to keep the cliff hanger ending for Rise of the New Masters that I had written a while ago.  A tough decision, among many, to make as a writer is if and when characters die off.  (No, I’m not telling you all who.  I keep hinting, so you are all welcomed to guess.)

So far, I will let you all in on this: there are 2 parallel tracks that are the main story.  The first, beginning in chapter one, centers on Sethane, King Malik and his Generals.  The Son of Malik, our antagonist Zsastar from book one, must go home to has beloved father in disgrace.  But the ashes of his failure are a spring board for our new antagonist, Nathan.

Track 2 is the story of the protagonists, focusing mainly on Eleya’s perspective.  Why is that?  Some of you might ask, considering Merrik is the protagonist of the series.  The subtitle of the book, Rise of the New Masters, should hint to that answer.  Eleya is the Regina, the leader of the Sword Masters, and any incoming army of new masters would undermine her authority.

Eleya must come to terms with a secret of the Sword Master history that has remained hidden from the outside world.

 

Former antagonist Jonas will appear in this book as Eleya’s ally.

 

I am considering posting a short Eleya-centric scene from chapter two on this blog.

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