Merry December 2014

By eugena On December 16th, 2014

Hi everyone.  I hope you all are having a fun-filled and safe holiday season.  Last month was National Novel Writing Month, and I didn’t get my goal of 50,000 words, but I did get over half.  I’m pleased to say that The Age of Merrik: The Anointing sequel, Rise of the New Masters, should be finished by the end of the year.  Then I anticipate some time for edits and later publication.  Considering the large amount of material I have already written for it, I will be breaking my draft of Rise of the New Masters into Rise of the New Masters and (I don’t feel like sharing the title quite yet, SPOILERS) book number 3.

 

I look forward to a prosperous 2015, filled with (among other great things) more books.  Merrik Moulton and I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry, fun, and safe holiday season.

 

Happy Holidays 2014

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Side Perspective

By eugena On May 7th, 2014

Hi Everyone

I hope you all have been doing well.  It’s been quite a while since my last update.  I am still working on the novels.  It seems like ROTNM is right now in the highest demand of them.  I’ve been working on flushing out that side character, Talissa.  Why?  Well, yes, a side character really is not that important until she is given importance.  And, yes, this one has a surprising role.  As some of you might recall, I have already outed this character as a traitor.  Well, perhaps she is a tricky one.  After all, who did she betray?  Well, yet another traitor.  So, overall, she was still loyal to her top master, just not to her immediate lord.  That’s a very broad overview, however.  It gets pretty complicated when you ask her to go against the vile King Malik and his even more so disgusting General Number Two.  Actually Malik is like a shining knight compared to that guy.  Zsastar, as bad as some of you might see him, can’t hold a candle to General Valoren of Sethane.

And for those of you reading into close detail, Valoren did I say?  Yes.  Same spelling.  Different person.  For readers of The Anointing, you may recall Brianna’s two loyalists, Jonas, who becomes an important character in Rise of the New Masters, and Valoren, who seemed to be more mature than Jonas, but not too much said about him.  There is something to say about his family, however.  They named him after General Valoren.  And, oh dear, Merrik, had you known the names of King Malik’s Generals, this name alone should have tipped you off to something.  But that’s a reflection of real life there.  Even the most learned persons can be ignorant or simply non-observant to something that seems so glaring obvious and important.

The books is progressing well with this new Talissa-centric perspective.

 

Recap on what I have posted on Malik’s Generals’ identities:

General 1: The only female General.  She has a personal stake in Zsastar’s well-being.  At great odds with General Valoren.  This begs the question of why haven’t the two of them killed each other yet.  Which is certainly asked and addressed several times.

General 2: Valoren (of Sethane), biological father of Nathan

General 3

General 4: Zsastar, Son of Malik

General 5

General 6

General 7: Nathan (in disguise)

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Second Life

By eugena On September 27th, 2013

Hi Everyone out there, a belated Happy Merrik Anniversary!  Of course, as you detailed-orientated fans know, this is the V1 Anniversary, pre-Sword Masters era of V2 and V3 (Final) of the book.  It’s still Novem, so I think we can celebrate all month long on this one.

I can hardly believe that some of the biggest planning in Rise of the New Masters revolved around the Anointing protagonist Zsastar.  Let’s just say at this point, defeat has changed him.  Is he willing to lead a new life and pay the price for it?  And who exactly are the real allies to whom?

Following Zsastar’s defeat, on the antagonist side, readers will meet the First General, King Malik’s only female general.  And she is not to be trifled with.  Through her dark magic, one hero is lost and other held captive.  Yet perhaps the greater question is how to undo the binding restrictions on the leader of the Sword Masters and give Merrik’s lost people a chance to return home.

As much as I love to write in the dramatic fight scenes, I also enjoy writing the relationships between the characters.  I am rather fond of the dynamic of one character with his or her undying devotion to the other character.  In The Rise of the New Masters, this gets explored in several sets, including Talissa and The Regina as to the past.  In Shinigami, this is the Shinigami and her dragon during the Second Life.  Spoilers end here.  Hope to do some more work over the weekend.  Back to writing about my favorite God of Death.

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Favorite Character Moments

By eugena On June 18th, 2013

Hello out there, Readers and Fans.

I’ve been a very long hiatus from both blogging and writing, well fiction writing that is.  I thought I’d return with a few of my favorite moments.  My favorite comedic one has to be my very short spoof, A Modern Medieval (Picture Perfect).  I laugh every time I read that over, even though I know what’s coming.  As for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing, which I know some of you are familiar with, here’s a list warning: spoilers

Eleya: “I wanted the impossible, and now it is possible.”  (My favorite line.)  Eleya gets a happy ending – for now.

Merrik (Merrik I):  Can I really pick just one?  Okay, the ending.  They both get a happy ending for now.  It may be The Age of Merrik, but Eleya is very central.  “I kneel before the one who guards my heart.”

The General Zsastar:  Tough call.  The final battle.  As for a tie to book 2’s bond with his mother, see his promise to avenge his father and mother.  His ties with his mother is very important in book 2.

Brianna: Zsastar’s rejection.  No one wants you, Brianna.  Although, my #2 has to be the Brianna/Eleya confrontation in the dungeon.

Liana: I could revisit the who is worse, Brianna or Liana debate.  Liana will always get my vote since she is a traitor.  But she does get some justice at the end when Merrik spelled her to look like Eleya and she gets turned over to Zsastar.  Look for her to return.

Cle’an and Elisha: I have to group these two together since my favorite moment is when Elisha (in Reyenas) drops some pretty large hints to Cle’an that she is interested in him.  Sorry, Cle’an, we won’t know what happens between you two until Rise of the New Masters.  However, for those of you following my screenplay adaptation, it was really hinted that these two get together.

Casseya: All the angst in knowing she’s helped out Eleya only to find out that Merrik has moved on from Brianna to Eleya.

 

And what are some other favorite moments in upcoming books?  One moody dragon + one shinigami = a lot of good character interaction.  I am looking forward to this one (Shinigami Saga #1).  And a new character, Talissa, in Rise of the New Masters.  She was a former Central Region Sword Master charged with treason.  Her life was spared only because the one she betrayed was a traitor himself.  She still promises her allegiance to Eleya.  Talissa is a new opportunity to discuss treason.  What happens when one betrays a betrayer?  Will one be remembered as only a traitor or is there some good remaining to come to light?

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First Review on Amazon

By eugena On August 30th, 2012

http://www.amazon.com/The-Age-Merrik-Anointing/dp/0595413676/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

I just looked at my The Age of Merrik: The Anointing page on Amazon and saw I got a review, 4/5 stars.  I am very happy that someone not only read my book, but reviewed it.

It was done back on April 16, 2012, but I had not noticed it before.  I have no idea why it did not appear sooner, but I am still happy to see it.

Now that the bar is over, it’s been an uphill battle to get back to the books – my books – but a lot of feedback from readers and friends lately have been really encouraging.

I know, I published the book back in 2007, and it has been 5 years, but if you’ve never been to law school, I don’t think you can understand how much it consumes your life.  But in the end, it’s worth it.  Especially if you can get a job.  Hard to do in this economy, but working on it.  In the meantime, back to books!

And for those of you who would like to support my book by buying it (thank you!), please do so if possible via the direct link as I believe I get more royalties with this link.

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The Choice Is Yours

By eugena On October 1st, 2011

Being an American, I’m fully acquainted with apathy. Maybe not in all parts of America, but it has been a golden standard in parts I have lived in.

In the past two weeks, I have been asked what my published novel, The Age of Merrik: The Anointing is about. In one way, it is difficult for me to summarize. I used it as a writing process to further hone my skills (they are far superior to what they were when it was published). In addition, I wrote three versions of it. Yet I really have to stop and think of a short summary of the published edition.

The protagonist, Merrik, is a young ruler of a kingdom (Tyera). After an eight year absence, The General, the Son of King Malik (a ruthless king) has returned to finish destroying Merrik’s homeland. He and his forces use Tyera as a base to enslave the neighboring kingdom (Rikan). He challenges Merrik and although Merrik is up to the challenge, he finds that most of his subjects have become apathetic and willing to accept The General without question (and falling for his lies). Merrik eventually fails the challenge and his rule is usurped. Only when his people and the people of Rikan are willing to fight for their freedom do they have the chance to receive it again.

Political Undertones

Political Marriages – A big theme of mine. Very big in my new novel WIP King’s Romance (working title). Merrik agrees to keep his enagement to Brianna for cultural reasons, but says she will merely “bear . . . [his] children quickly” and be banished from the hearts of the people.

Political Sucession – A cycle of rise, fall, and rise to leadership. Merrik, The General, Merrik. The inheritance of Sethane (Malik’s Kingdom) is assumed to be left to The General, though most of this importance is viewed in other books. Skye, former Swordmaster of Rikan, gave up her freedom to hand what land would become Nemea to Zaelen (Zaedrif’s Father) and to save him from Malik.

Deceit – The General on Liana, Liana on everyone else. The General on Brianna (also in a romantic fashion).

Role of Women – Brianna sees her role as simply being with the leader. That the leader will “make” her. Both Eleya and Elisha show their abilities and importance, each making themselves by their own worth. The Swordmaster leader is female. Merrik acknowledges their worth. The General uses Brianna as she is willing, but only because this is what she expects of herself. The General greatly respects women due to his love for his mother, *****spoiler***** Skye.

Relationship

Naivety – John and Miriam. Ken’rid’s crush on Eleya. Brianna’s belief in The General.

One-Sided – Jonas’ love for Brianna. Casseya’s love for Merrik. The General’s preoccupation with Eleya.

Cultural Chain – Merrik agreeing to still marry Brianna (“the vow”). Skye giving herself to Malik to save Zaelen, simply due to visions she had about Zaelen’s future.

Betrayal – Brianna’s betrayal of Merrik (love). Liana’s betrayal of Rikan (country). Zaedrif’s prior betrayal of everyone including Eleya (both).

What is a Family? – Merrik was adopted. He has a strong bond to those parents.

Death and Rebirth – Perhaps my biggest general category of theme.

The Swordmasters as a whole are dying. Eleya should have died in the beginning but appears later. The price of this rebirth appears to be her memories and her power. Through her rebirth, she gains power. Eleya (in Rikan as “Merris”) is often appears as sickly and personifies death. “Life” returns as Merris becomes Eleya again.

Everyman

The ethnicity in The Age of Merrik is homogeneous. Mortals possesses equal rights. The only divide is within the divine – the god (Serafin), the demi-god (swordmasters), and the mortal.

A small Merrik/Eleya (as Merris) passage:

[Merrik] had thought of what he wanted to say next. He had considered this since he saw Brianna with The General. He no longer had Cle’an’s wise council, but he felt she was as wise. He needed her advice.

“I’ve thought of this Merris, and I know what I will do after The General is gone. Brianna and I will wed, and she will bear my children quickly. I will banish her, and her children will learn to banish her even from their hearts. They will grow to understand the extent of her betrayal.”

“It could happen, since she is allied to The General. Even the smallest of human hearts can understand this darkness. She would be a mother as only life would command her, not in bond.”

“She would not be like my mother. I know only the family who raised me. My bond is in their hearts, even though they did not see my earliest days.”

“The way it should be.” Merris looked down to her arms, noting that even in this light they were still paler than others’ skin. Other people possessed skin tones all the same, the shade varying only in deep sickness or death.

Chapter 11: A Small Respite

The Choice Is Yours. [Yes, that is a song reference.]

Will the masses let their own Generals conqueror them with their own apathy?

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Happy Anniversary AOM

By eugena On September 14th, 2011

Well, belated anniversary.

I completed version 1 11 years and 7 days ago. Version 3 was published in July 2007. That officially makes it 4 years and 2 months old.

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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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What Makes a Family? Blood or Bond?

By eugena On August 31st, 2011

It wasn’t until I was far into a few scenes in Shinigami that I realized I have a reoccurring theme of what defines family?

In Shinigami, a young girl, a teenager by today’s standards but an adult by time of then standards, believed she lost her mother when she was very young. yet **spoiler** she begins to believe perhaps her mother was only lost and not dead and that her mother has come back.

In the end, I believe she will say “You are my mother” regardless of whether the woman birthed her or not. The woman is what the girl had always wanted in a mother, and she is filling that absent role.

Fans of The Age of Merrik may be a bit familiar with this.

***Major Spoilers for The Anointing, do not read further if you don’t want to know. ***

The main protagonist, Merrik, is the adopted son of Her Ladyship of Rikan and Matthias (former ruler) of Tyera. These are to him his parents, regardless of whose blood birthed him.

Of course, the God Character Serafin knows whose genetic son he is. (It is a fantasy novel, so instead of “genetic,” I say either blood or refer to ancestry.) I think it will be a big spoiler. Anyone want to guess?

Merrik accepts Her Ladyship and Matthias as his parents and honors them as that. He accepts Elisha as his sister and this is the only familial bond that is present at the time of The Anointing, since Matthias is long dead and Her Ladyship makes a early exit

 

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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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