Happy October!

By eugena On October 23rd, 2014

*Waves* Hello out there, readers, it’s been a long time.  Well, when you’re an attorney, there is just so much to do.  I’ve still been working on my books, but I didn’t really feel the need to keep posting that here.

So, I’ve finally reached the ending of Megami Pandora.  Yay.  Cheers.  干杯!  I have to fill in all the lovely scenes between the beginning and end that I haven’t finished yet, but it’s thrilling to work on an action-packed scifi novel like this one.  In a sense, I really have two different places to end – one biggie cliffhanger and one traditional place to end.  I’m liking the cliffhanger more and more.  But don’t worry, If I stop there, the rest will be pushed to the front of Megami #2.

So, in The Age of Merrik, Rise of the New Masters and Dark Desires, I’m struggling with just how much I want to make a current “good guy” into a “bad guy.”  Yes, it’s actually a surprise for you audience on what happens, but is this character so irredeemable that everyone wants to off him?  I guess you’ll find out.  But you would actually have to tell me.  That’s the beauty of writing.  I have an opinion, I write the story, yet always ask the audience.  They may take it completely different.  Take the Brianna vs. Liana debate.  I could care less that someone betrayed their boyfriend.  Yet when asked who they despised more, Brianna or Liana, all the females I asked thought Briana was the worse of the two.  I’m disagreeing with the XX genes out there and saying it’s far worse to betray your entire nation like Liana did.

Have fun out there readers and pursue what you love to do in life.

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Novels Updates

By eugena On March 4th, 2013

Hello Readers and Fans,

It has been a while since my last post, hasn’t it?  I have definitely been busy (though you could say I’m always busy) with the lawyer side of my life.  I am very happy I am one now.  So in that vein, I put the writing projects off several weeks.  I did not stop working on them, but I did decide to do some more planning with where exactly they were going.

Most recently, I have outlined the entire Megami series.  Yes, spoilers.  I have officially posted it now, it is a series.  I have not really posted what #1, Pandora, is about because it is just too much spoilers.  I don’t want to give anything away.  More importantly, I really don’t want to say too much and them someone else steal the idea for this series (or other series).  And no, I am not making that up.  It is something to be very concerned about.  That is a piece of advice (note, a writer’s advice, not an attorney’s advice) I would give all of you aspiring writers out there.  Do not put too much out there on the Internet or share your writing too much with others, even your close friends.  Consider filing a copyright your work.  Want legal advice?  Ask a copyright attorney, not me.  I do not give legal advice over the Internet.

In Shinigami Saga, currently working on title TBA book 1, I have the beginning and the end planned.  I also have some scenes in between, so it is a matter of filling in more detail.  I am once again very happy I bought Scrivener software.  It has so much easier to use than Microsoft Office for planning novels, particularly long ones.  I am also looking into filing in more character names.  I will be using most if not all Japanese names in this book.  Yes, like Megami, the book is in English, but I may throw some Japanese phrases in there.

In The Age of Merrik, the title I know most of you are interested in, I am mainly working on the direct sequel right now, Rise of the New Masters.  It begins shortly after the events of The Anointing.  However, I suppose some of you might find it to be directly after The Anointing with the Zsastar scene.  That scene aside, I would say it occurs shortly after.  I have just finished writing about a character death.  This character was not a main character in The Anointing, but did appear in that novel.  I anticipate another direct sequel after this book.  Rise of the New Masters will feature all seven of King Malik’s Generals.  The main antagonist of this story will be Malik’s Seventh General rather than his Fourth General and Son, Zsastar.  Dark Desires is on hold for now, but some of the related content I develop for Rise of the New Masters may appear in Dark Desires.

Under my Miscellaneous series category, under which I also include my stand alone books, I am working on my Phoenix (working title) book.

Those are the books I am more actively working on now than others.

I am considering adding a “Q & A Corner” to the blog.  If any of you have any thoughts about that or other things, send me an email.

For those of you interested in The Age of Merrik sequel, I think you will have a lot to look forward to.  I think you all will enjoy the other books as well.

Have a wonderful and safe week out there everyone!

 

Eugena Moulton

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Happy Birthday The Age of Merrik 2012

By eugena On September 7th, 2012

Another year, another birthday (or anniversary) for The Age of Merrik.  September 7th or Novem 7th in The Age of Merrik timeline terms is also the birthday of Merrik of Tyera.  I look forward to writing more in the series and the prequel that serves as background for the Sword Masters.  The sequel should be a challenge to weave everyone together, especially the cast of Sethane, Malik’s kingdom, I have planned.  Perhaps a great question is, if you are already Malik’s General, what is to stop you from taking his head and becoming the new king?

Fan Favorites:

Miriam and John have always been a fan favorite.  Areya and Miriam will be in this one, plus the new addition, Miriam and John’s child.

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Nathan’s Backstory Fleshed Out

By eugena On August 2nd, 2012

(I’m putting on my armor in preparation for wicked flammie from an FBer who is very – offended (understatement) – that Nathan of Anthama is returning from the dead.)

Nathan of Anthama, what a tragic hero.  He saves the day and was tormented by the demons of his past.  Well, of his father to be exact.  Nathan is the son of one of King Malik’s henchmen, a product of an unwilling union.

I’ve fleshed out some of his teen years.  Yes, he was older when he died, but the teen years were formative and were abusive times in his life.

I did not have much to say about the Western Region or the Western Sword Masters before, but this will become important in Rise of the New Masters, since Anthama is a main Western city.

For Nathan fans out there, see his heroic deeds in the Dark Desires prequel and his bid for revenge in Rise of the New Masters, which follows The Anointing.

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So Many Worlds

By eugena On February 16th, 2012

How many unfinished writing projects do I have? I don’t just mean the ones I’ve listed here. I recently looked into some really old and I mean really old short stories and now I think “Wow I could make that into a great idea.” I suppose now the great challenge is – of my fiction projects – which gets my time?

Well, obviously, none of them really get any of my time since I’m still in school right now. But besides that.

I feel a bit stumped on The Age of Merrik. Yes, I did this one to myself. I had such a large cast of characters that I said to myself, “Let me condense this,” and I don’t think that is working. So, forget condensing. I’m just going to write as I want.

It’s really a hard toss up. Do I spend time on a book that I already have one published? Or do I spend time on a new series. I don’t have a contract right now on a sequel per se, so do I put one on hold?

And I said “per se.” Excuse the law student.

I had plans for writing over my previous summer break, but some of that went to studying for exams I had to take.

I don’t think writing fiction – apart from romance novels – why, WHY did I ask yet WHY are they so popular – can be an occupation for everyone. It doesn’t necessarily put food on the table or pay any bills.

But I can still move forward. Still write my love triangle with my favorite Shinigami (I did say I was going for a romance angle on this one), still decide Merrik’s fate.

I read some piece of “trash” (I’m being nice) short romance novels last weekend, trying so desperately to get the appeal. Trying to even see what exactly to write to get a novel to sell. I just can’t do it. Not that sort of rubbish I read. About every other chapter there was another hook up and guess what – the plot had not gone missing – the plot was so paper thin it could be seen through until next century.*

Trashy romance, you will not have my Shinigami. Readers if you want sex in my books**, don’t you all have your own imagination? I get it. You want some in there. Fine. I’ll do the “Greek stage” thing rather than “Roman.” Oedipus won’t be putting his eyes out on stage.

* If you didn’t get it, I mean these books were about a character meeting up and “hooking up” with other characters. The “plot” was just a vehicle to switch from one partner to another and so on.

** You won’t find that much graphic sex in them if at all^. I’m sure you all can handle that. I’d still say some of my books would be rated “T” rather than “M” [^Though is it graphic? Maybe I’m exaggerating on it? – See Comment]

Adventure and action is my thing. Elves are not. They are always “We are so much better than you because we are elves” that it is disgusting.

So, where do I go from here?

I’m going to keep working on my novels. Each one has its own characteristics. and writing styles that are appropriate to it.

Here’s a rundown:

  • The Age of Merrik Prequel: Dark Desires – Eleya v. Zaedrif novel, prior to Merrik’s introduction. Do you love your people more than the one you love?
  • The Age of Merrik #2: Rise of the New Masters – Merrik and Eleya seek their missing people. Meanwhile, Nathan returns from the dead (A favorite character of mine, though he’s only mentioned in passing in The Anointing) and seeks revenge on who slayed him while wishing to save his beloved Regina Eleya.
  • Shinigami #1 – Supernatural. Because being a god of the dead just isn’t enough for Kamishiro, he’s got to want the whole world. Enter Shirayukihime, beloved protagonist. Not gonna stand by and let it happen.
  • Phoenix – Fantasy. Multiple gods and mayhem. More TBA.
  • Megami Pandora – Science Fiction. More TBA.
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Dark Desires of the Soul

By eugena On October 24th, 2011

Wow. I could really put THAT as my prequel title.

I’ve really evolved Zaedrif as a character. First as a boy who shared that name, wrote that out for a young man of the same name. First, he was a good guy. (As readers pick up.) He’s got a dark past and I get to exploit it in this novel.

Of course that leaves me with a problem. I get to create some interesting characters I must be killing off. I’ll try not to get too attached. I suppose this happens in writing prequels. I wouldn’t say Dark Desires has epic battles. I would say it has several important battles and the point being to cut off the epic battle which is inevitable.

Will there be an epic battle? Sure, I think Rise of the New Masters will set the “last straw” before it.

Considering I originally planned 8-11 novels of this series, I have to do some rearranging.

 

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Is the book always better than the movie? Are there any exceptions?

By eugena On August 31st, 2011

A WordPress Prompt Post — Audience, what do you think?

No. Nothing is ever always better than something else. Usually for those of you who read a book and enjoy it then it is a disappointment to see the movie or television adaptation. It will never be similar enough (some exceptions).

As a writer, technically, I could write anything any way I want. Novels are generally written as they come to me and I edit them. Structure per se is not a necessity.

Movies, however, are an entirely different story. The majority of American scripts are written in a particular formula or structure. There are certain variations and sometimes trend changes. To a certain degree, I have started planning my novels in the same structure as a screenplay, at least for its backbone.

An example in action: Number of Characters

The Age of Merrik: The Anointing has a very large cast. I will be cutting down on that cast in Rise of the New Masters, but will probably be expanding it in Dark Desires since it focuses on the Swordmasters. When I wrote the screenplay adaptation of The Age of Merrik: The Anointing, however, I reduced the number of characters and turned The Four and Miriam into two characters.

Movies and novels are generally different. They usually can be both appreciated. Fans may not like a book’s adaptation. I think the Stardust movie is much more enjoyable than the book.

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Yes, Zaedrif is a Bad Guy

By eugena On August 19th, 2011

I’ve gotten some fan Q & A on my comments on the “bad boy” Zaedrif.

Most of this gets revealed in Dark Desires. It’s up to the reader by the end of that novel if Zaedrif’s actions in The Anointing are in atonement or if deep down he’s just still the same.

Dark Desires focuses on Zaedrif’s Dark Desires that ultimately lead to many deaths and the Fall of Nemea. There is a lot more Zaedrif/Eleya pairing in this novel.

So, if you’ve been so kind as to read The Anointing and wonder just what’s going on with him, that comes out in Dark Desires and will most likely also be addressed in Rise of the New Masters.

For a glimpse at the bad Zaedrif, read the previous post, “Bloody Destiny.”

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Dark Desires: Bloody Destiny

By eugena On August 19th, 2011

Bloody Destiny

An Eleya/Zaedrif Scene from Dark Desires (Prequel to The Age of Merrik)

The vibrant red gush oozed out of her side. Clutching it briefly she dove into a roll, narrowly missing a fatal strike.

“Have you gone mad? What is wrong with you?”

She tried either, but only a squeak came from her lips. Looking up into his eyes, she saw a stranger staring down at her, belittling her without words. As much as she tried to reach inside herself and draw out her power, nothing was left. It had been a gamble. She told herself it was worth it for the others.

No matter how much time she bought for them, her time was now coming to a close. The hammering between her ears pounded like a gavel passing judgment. This was her last day. She had lost everything, and now the beast in front of her would not find her life enough.

He grabbed for her, frustrated in his indecision to take her body or her life.

The more she struggled through her breaths, the more blood oozed, the shorter her life became. She listened in to the clanging of his blade as he dodged. She may no longer have the power, but she knew the blade well enough. She knew his fighting style, even if she had not known him well enough.

She heard the weight of his over-confident step, his preamble to a bloody strike. With the last of her weight, she slammed into him, knocking him off balance. Nearly by instinct, she grabbed at his belt, pulling the sacred dagger from its sheath. It had still been there, and it had called to her.

She drove her knee into the back of his leg, forcing the rest of his body to his knees. She held the dagger to his throat.

“Was she worth it?” She breathed heavy, her lungs screaming for air she could not get. “Were their lives worth it, Zaedrif? Are you as much of a whore as your father?” She screamed the last part at him with what strength she had.

He only laughed. The beast that was once her friend, once her betrothed, laughed. “I will have you,” he vowed. “I will have you and then I will rule.”

“Like hell!” she snapped back, barely keeping her footing.

“Only a matter of time,” he taunted. “I’ve stripped you of your power, your magic, and soon I will strip you of everything.”

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Some In-Depth Q and A

By eugena On July 5th, 2011

Currently watching SKU…I am one happy otaku.

Hello loyal fans and readers. Today’s been dramatic in the USA…after all, it has been the Anthony verdict. I’m going to refrain from making comments. I am sure I will be having lots of chats about it when I return to law school this fall.

The Age of Merrik, it its initial form was a book I had in my mind many years ago. In one sense, I feel like it has been my entire writing life. When I was still a kid, I wrote that book. In my mind anyway and kept notes on it. Years had passed and I morphed it into its second form, one featuring the Swordmasters, then later into the final form which was edited and published.

The Merrik of long ago focused on a trio — Zira, Zsastar, and Zaedrif. Yes, they are all “Z” for a reason. They were the reason for those three crystals. There was in fact another story entirely for them. That story passed into legend and two of the names were reused as new characters. Zsastar, still The General, now had a father, Malik, and the backstory of Sethane took roots. Zsastar now fought the Swordmasters — save Eleya — whom he still desires to dominate. No, Zsastar does not love. He is not capable. He is immature, but dangerous. He won’t falter to slay anyone — except Eleya. Zaedrif was no longer the teenage child. He became a cunning traitor — though most of his treachery was in fact a motivation I would have for Dark Desires.

Dark Desires and Rise of the New Masters will depart their predecessor and feature many changes, one of which is last names.

Some of the questions I have received:

  • What about John and Miriam?
  • What about Cle’an
  • What’s the deal with the crystals?

I’ve gotten the crystals question quite a lot. So, I’ll give you all a little hint: very important to mind/power transference. Yeah, not really too much of an answer. Eleya did not seem to have much effect with the blue one, but her memory and power had been sealed away by the end of Dark Desires which effects the influence of the crystal. Why did Zaedrif have them at first? Okay, I’ve already spoiled it a bit. He’s really a bad guy, but a bad guy at the end of his life, seeking to earn his redemption. Is he the same person as the Dark Desires baddie? You will all have to wait for that.

John and Miriam will have some sort of reunion. Cle’an will face his past and show his true loyalties. Will those crystals be important again. Yes, you all can bet on that.

I will need to flesh out the past a bit more (Dark Desires). For now, I’m focusing on Megami Pandora and Shinigami Saga.

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