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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Back to the Backstory

By eugena On November 14th, 2012

(Spoilers follow!)

I am deep into Rise of the New Masters, planning out what happens in Sethane when Zsastar returns to his father, King Malik.  Neither Zsastar nor Malik are main characters in the book, but they are given the important treatment to create a foundation of what is to come.  General 7, Nathan of Anthama has risen from the dead and he is out for revenge.  Will even the antagonist Malik stand a change against him?  Well, sure, he is not the king for nothing!

Eleya, however, is taking on an inner battle of her own.  With all of her fellow Sword Masters seemingly out of her reach, she must confront her own emotions, battling what we in the modern world might consider as a depression.  Her own history is key in this book.  Of course, guest staring that voice present in the preview mentioned in The Anointing.

Meanwhile, I will take time to plug a wonderful piece of writing software I am demoing, Scrivener.  It is available for Windows and Mac platforms in British English.  It has been very helpful in easily moving about scenes.  I have quite a bit written for Sethane, but now I cut into that and insert a section relating back to our heroine, Eleya.  The rest of the Sethane section returns afterward without any messy copy and pasting in Microsoft Office that sports that awful “Normal” template.  As another aside, writing software is NOT intended to teach you how to write (even if it was ever to say so).  That is something you must learn on your own.  It can give you pointers, but never expect to become a world class writer by simply clicking some “randomize” button for all necessary points – basic plot, setting, characters, etc.  I will probably post a more comprehensive review at Musings Reviews later.  If you are looking for screenwriting, however, I will still recommend industry standard Final Draft.  However, the current price of Scrivener ($40 Windows, $45 Mac) would still make it worth it for the screenwriter as well.

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Making Character Progress (September 2012)

By eugena On September 12th, 2012

Well, I am now battling for Rise of the New Masters character development.  These characters have problems.  And when I say problems, they could do with a good ship’s counselor.  But in this time of war, as the Malik and his kingdom have been in, now is not the time to be worrying about mother complexes.  Yeah, a bit disturbing, but it takes all kinds of characters to make a novel work.  I did a lot of outlining for Malik, General 1, General 2, and Nathan.  A lot more to do with Nathan.  Being raised from the dead is, well, traumatic, but wanting to go all out (And who got that Persona reference?  Raise your hands, fans!) on those responsible for your death is understandable for him.  Not to mention it works well on the plot.

And if you have a PS3 (or XBox 360, )I highly recommend picking up Persona 4 Arena.  I will be writing up my review of it in Musings soon.

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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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Malik’s General 5’s Details Changed

By eugena On August 29th, 2012

On a previous post (Track Malik’s Generals), I noted that General 5 is deceased and Malik is seeking a replacement. In Rise of the New Masters, General 5 is alive and will play at least a minor role.

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The Anointing Sequel to Feature at Least Five of Malik’s Generals

By eugena On August 29th, 2012

There. I’ve said it for you Age of Merrik fans (whom I all thank dearly).

King Malik of Sethane has seven generals, numbered in order of rank. The five in Rise of the New Masters will be:

General 1: The only female general

General 2: Biological father of Nathan

General 4: Zsastar, Son of Malik

General 5: Male, other details unknown

General 7: Nathan

 

Thank you to my fans who look forward to more of my work!

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Getting Back To It All

By eugena On August 29th, 2012

I’ve done a lot of outlining, notes, and summaries these past two weeks, mostly centering on Rise on the New Masters and the Phoenix (title TBA) novel.  Of all books, I have made the most progress on my Phoenix (title TBA) novel.  I always knew the general idea of the book, and the main characters.  I even have a few drawings of the dragons.  Yes, I said drawings.  I’m not good at many things as I would like to be in the drawing world, but I think I did pretty good on the dragons.

So, I get to the ultimate question, if you have gods in the novel, how do you make those gods bland bleed?  How do you make then vulnerable to an enemy?  You could have their army vs the enemy, but that’s not what I want here.  I want the actual god in its weakness.  So, I’ve got a lot to flesh out on that, but I am making progress.

I’ve been writing a few scenes for this book, not in chronological order.  The best one I wrote this week was for a character who had one last moment with her mother before another slit the mother’s throat.  It was quite the best of the scenes this week.  She was just reacquainted with her mother, whom she did not believe for a long time was in fact her mother.  Finally, that truth was revealed only to have the mother ripped away from her.

Big simplification, but I don’t want to give away spoilers so early.

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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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Weekly Update

By eugena On February 26th, 2012

It’s that time again. Yes, I said again. I get to be bombarded with exams again this week. Sigh. Insert image of me fighting it.

But on another topic, I debated this week on whether to call the Shinigami element gods kamui or kami. I had them tagged as kamui for quite a bit but I may be changing this to kami.

On my Age of Merrik series, I gave some thought as to some of the more popular drama and who is a favorite character. In Rise of the New Masters, I may decide to have Oroco arrested and sentenced to hanging, leaving the rest of the crew to rescue her. Should be interesting.

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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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