Writing and Frustration

By eugena On February 12th, 2011

So this semester it’s “nose to the grindstone even more.” I find myself dissatisfied on my direction for the AOM sequel. Okay, so I’ll just go out and say it. I like Zae’s (Zaedrif’s) character and in some ways I’m not in the mood to kill him off.

Alas, what do you do when you have a large character cast. In all the AOM: TA versions, I had Cle’an as a central character for a small portion of the beginning of the novel, then as per Merrik’s orders he leaves. In comes Jierin (I love this name. I’m the one who made it up and I love it–and my screen writing class loved it when I worked on AOM screenplay.). The only difference between the versions is that in the third version, Cle’an plays a minor role in bringing back Elisha to Tyera. I also use him to explain more of the Rikan-Tyera backstory and to expand on Nathan and the Fall of Nemea. Though I really don’t go into the Fall too much. I figure it is quite a large backstory, one more suited for other novels. It’s directly addressed in Dark Desires (yes, doesn’t this title sound like a romance novel?) and will be addressed more in The Age of Merrik: Rise of the New Masters.

And I had to use Cle’an to bring up Nathan yet again. Nathan is beyond a minor character. He’s like a legendary hero who is losing the retelling of his heroics. He’s a character mentioned in passing, but I certainly do it on purpose. I mention him in the first chapter then later when Cle’an is in Reyenas.

Speaking of Reyenas, I just found a file I had worked on for my reference library (a precursor to the wiki), where I have a partial outline of the events of The Age of Merrik: The Anointing. I’ll have to post it to the wiki.

Oh well, I’ll just have to flush out the Dark Desires and Rise of the New Masters plots some more and let go of Zaedrif. I think I am so fond of him because of my plans for the original Zaedrif character in version one of the novel. The official spelling for his name is with a joined “ae” but for ease of use in making a searchable blog and wiki, I will write names without the joined “ae” and without the accented “i” in Serafin. Otherwise, if you conduct a laymen search without the joined letters or accented “i,” the results will not come up.

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Zine Article: Eleya, Zaedrif, and The Fall of Nemea

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Eleya has suffered much sorrow in her life. After surviving the destruction of Antham, her home country, she seeks refuge with the Sword Masters and the Wizards of the North. After revealed as the prophesized Regina, Eleya loses all opportunity of a life just for herself. She takes on the mantle of ruler and becomes a powerful figure with the Sword Masters, second only to The Serafin.

Because of Skye’s prophecy regarding Zaedrif and Eleya, she stays in Nemea with Zaedrif and Zibiah. Zaedrif and Eleya grow closer together and eventually become engaged. Zaedrif’s childhood friend, Oroco, is in love with him. Zaedrif cannot let go of his unresolved feelings for Oroco, and this becomes a rift between Zaedrif and Eleya.

Zaedrif abandoned Nemea shortly before its fall, presumably due to his involvement with Oroco. He left Eleya alone to defend it. Nathan of Anthama (who renamed his country in honor of Eleya’s home country) came to Eleya’s rescue and sacrificed himself to save her.

Many Nemeans died in the battle and more became slaves of Malik’s generals.

In The Anointing, both Areya and Cle’an become the voices of the victims of The Fall of Nemea. They both lost loved ones. Edric, Areya’s husband, was the brother of Valerie, Cle’an’s fiancée.

Although Zaedrif dies at the end of The Anointing, his memory lives on in Rise of the New Masters. Eleya must confront her past, including her relationship with Zaedrif.

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