Announcing My Tumblr Website

By eugena On June 8th, 2014

E. Moulton on Tumblr

Ok everyone, I’m giving this tumblr a try.  This blog will have my up to date news on my writing projects, but if you’d like to also view my thoughts on other things, like shows, movies, and games, visit my tumblr page.  I will also have some things here and there about my writing projects as well.

Excerpt from my first tumblr post, “Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior:”

So among the so many other things I did this weekend, I worked a bit on Shinigami,  Knowing how the main character is at “Act 1” and will be at “Act 3” (more of screenwriting terms here than prose writing), I believe it’s important to keep showing her as being true to herself.  I think sometimes it takes genuine courage to do that.  And it will for Shirayukihime.  Just as it will for Eleya in Rise of the New Masters when she faces a truth she would rather forget.  Although important in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, this idea is not really from that series.  I think it is a strong idea present in many works.  The idea of being true to yourself is among the best things you can commit to.  After all, who wants to be lying to yourself?  Of course, in great contrast, I do have characters that are.  Brianna, for example.

I think that by writing scenes with that focus for the characters that adhere to that philosophy really fleshes them out, first of all for me, then also for the audience.  I’m looking forward to writing the hard scene is Rise of the New Masters, where Eleya and a few minor characters will be dealing with something that really puts what they believe in, including themselves, to the test.  And in Shinigami, Shirayukihime must realize her error and choose to deal with the avalanche that is its aftermath.

Once a Warrior, Always a Warror, and these characters won’t be backing down.

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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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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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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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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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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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Summer Fiction Writing

By eugena On March 26th, 2011

For my interested readers, here is my list:

Shinigami Saga #1 – I think I have enough Japanese and Chinese elements worked in

Dark Desires – This one is getting pretty fun. Watch Zaedrif lose his soul. Save Eleya’s world Defeat one of Malik’s Generals, because I just can’t kill off the King yet.

Random Romance Genre – Definitely better than that “Rape Genre” Type

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