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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Reflections of Us

By eugena On December 18th, 2013

Hello out there Readers.  I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season.

I recently took the “NAMOWRIMO” month as an encouragement to work on some more writing.  Right now, I am focusing on Character Motivations.  In Shinigami, I explore Shirayukihime’s conflicted desire for self vs. what is best for her people as a whole.  I worked on one of the act “climax” scenes, for those of you out there familiar with the term (though it’s more so in the screenwriting context).  It’s certainly different to look at the before and after.  Before, she’s considering the changes in “life” (she’s a God of Death, Shinigami, is she living?) and ready to take on some desires, even if they are forbidden.  Then here at the climax for Act 1 (though I may move it along to Act 2), there is the after, or at least the begining of it.  She takes what a lot of real life people don’t, responsibility, for her actions, including things derived from those actions.  She makes what many would consider a bad choice, but chooses what she finds as a repentance and perhaps the only path of restoration left to her.  (Really sorry, don’t want to spoil it, but would you out there really read the first part if you knew this big event?  Maybe so.)

And as to The Age of Merrik, as some of you may be familiar, I am working on the sequel, Rise of the New Masters.  Lately, I’m taking the focus on Zsastar, Son of Malik.  ***SPOILER ALERT****

**SPOILER.  TURN AWAY IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW.**

So, he’s finding himself falling in love with Eleya.  Though according to the vicious First General, who has a personal stake in Zsastar’s well-being, he’s already fallen for her.  His father, King Malik, fell in love with the Sword Master and Seer Skye.  This of course caused all sorts of problems.  The long-standing feud between Ancient Sethane and the Sword Masters was temporarily broken, but only for her.  Furthermore, Malik gets revenge on the Sword Master Zaelen, father of Zaedrif and Zibiah, for betraying Skye.

So, can Zsastar do it?  Can he look past the feud like his father did?  Will he feel too guilty because, like his father, he believed that all Sword Masters are to share in the blame for Skye’s betrayal and, what is arguably, her state of death?

*SPOILER ENDS HERE*

So, what’s my recommended song for this week?  I’d have to say “Let It Go” from the new Disney Frozen movie.  I’m not much of a fan of animation in contract to a live action film, particularly of the action genre, but this was a great movie.  It had actors in it that could actually sing, not ones that did the voice and another for the songs.  It’s not as good as a musical on broadway, but it’s really aimed for kids anyway.  It’s Disney, but at least it’s not “You gotta go get married, because that’s all little girls want,” like the much earlier movies.  Disney Pixar’s Brave focused on the Mother-Daughter bond, and this one focused on a bond between Sisters.  I love singing talent, and to see it in a movie makes the story even better.  Excellent casting.  I would also recommend the music video of “Let It Go.”

And speaking of music videos, check out “What Does the Fox Say?”.  Hilarious.  I also recommend Transition’sSorry My Chinese Isn’t So Good.”

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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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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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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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Track Malik’s Generals

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Track Malik’s Generals using the labels listed on this post.

#1 – Female – desires Malik in every sense of the word hey, some character has to
#2 – Male – as bad as #1 in the lecherous sense. They are both whores and worse so. #1 enslaves males. #2 is even worse in this sense as he rapes many women. Well, he is a bad guy and no matter how much they repent, no rapist will ever be a good guy.
#3- Male – whereabouts unknown – possibly killed by sword masters
#4 – Zsastar – male – “Son of Malik”
#5 – (previous general deceased, Malik seeking replacement)*
edit: as of 8/29/12: Rise of the New Masters will feature a very much alive General 5.
#6 – Male – general sent to different continent
#7 – Male – the new antagonist of Rise of the New Masters

Update:
#1 – Female – Biological mother of Zsastar
#4 – Zsastar – succeeded his biological father whom Malik executed
#5 – Read the update post here: (Malik’s General 5′s Details Changed)
#7 – Nathan of Anthama returns

Generals to Appear in Rise of the New Masters (The Anointing Sequel to Feature at Least Five of Malik’s Generals)

I already know their names, but I don’t like to give out too much in advance. Zsastar is the current fourth general, but for the sake of this blog, “fourth general” (tag general 4) refers to his biological father.

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Zine Exclusive Story: Malik Adopts Zsastar

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

Malik faces his First General (female, name to be revealed). Beside her is her firstborn son. His soldiers witness the event.

This was the final time that she would defy him. Only one thing would assure her loyalty. For her power, he had kept her alive.

“My lord,” she acknowledged. She bowed to him, and her son bowed after her.

“Why are you still alive?” Malik asked her.

“Because it pleases my lord that I am.”

“No. Because you are useful to your lord alive. Not as a harlot.” He pulled her up to him by her neck, nearly crushing her throat.

“I will not be with you,” he said, guarding his words around the young child. “I have a wife, and it is time we had a son.”

He released his grip, and she fell back, catching herself before she fell to her knees.

Taking the boy by his hand, he pulled him to his feet, meeting his eyes for the first time. Clear green eyes, the sign of his mother’s sorcery running through his veins.

“You are my son and the son of my wife, Master Skye. We will take you now into our care. Say your farewell to the woman you once thought of as your mother.”

The boy turned to his mother, in awe of the king he had heard so much about. “Thank you,” he said hugging her. “Thank you, mother-na*.” Never again will she hear him call her mother.

Malik touched the boy’s head, and the child fell back into his arms, asleep.

“Now we will talk freely.”

He placed the child into one of his soldier’s arms. “Take him to the healer.”

“Yes, my lord,” said the soldier.

“How many children did you have with him?” Malik asked her.

She held back her words, wishing to spit on him. “One. You know that, my lord.”

“Your firstborn and only child by him. You will remember I executed him. My fourth general, traitor. Now his blood-son will take his place, but he will be my son and Skye’s son. That is the price of your redemption.”

“He will believe that you are really his father, that I was a glorified wet nurse who took care of him because his own mother will not wake.”

“All the more reason for him to be loyal to me. The sword masters took Skye from me once, and from them I will find the cure. She will wake again and see her own son. How much more will he fight for a beloved mother in peril?”

mother-na: one of my original words, “adopted mother”

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Killing Off Characters

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

The following post contains spoilers for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing.

The following post contains references to graphic character violence (perhaps not that graphic, but some young readers might not wish to read it).

Yes, it’s not my favorite thing to do, but eventually many characters must die. The plot must go on.

No, I’m not going to say who dies, it is too much of a spoiler.

This reminds me of a not-so-favorable change I chose to make for The Anointing. Originally, when Zsastar presents himself with Liana “Eleya”, I had Oroco insult her and Liana tell Zsastar she wanted to end the insults to her honor. Zsastar gives her a dagger, and much to everyone’s surprise, Liana kills herself. Yes, she commits suicide. This is her honorable way out. Her atonement. After Liana is dead and the “Eleya” turns into Liana, Zsastar demands answers. But I figured not many people have an open view to suicide, at least not “western” people.

I also wrote a version wherein Eleya, using mastery powers, prevents Liana from plunging the dagger into herself.

Then I decided, “Let Merrik handle this one.” He is, after all, the title character.

The first version of The Anointing had the final battle solely between Zsastar and the character I later changed to Eleya. I ended up compromising, having Merrik fight Zsastar in body, but have Eleya fight him in spirit.

Tag team battle!

I have a special place in my heart for Liana. After being disappointed by not leaving in the dramatic suicide, I decided, “Hey, she gets to repent or try until she succeeds killing herself.” Yeah, Liana has a lot of guilt. Mostly due to her self-appointed sense of responsibility fro her twin brother, Lianis, whom Malik’s second general enslaved.

How many generals does Malik have?

Well, at the beginning of Rise of the New Masters, the following are the ones left alive:

#1 – Female – desires Malik in every sense of the word hey, some character has to
#2 – Male – as bad as #1 in the lecherous sense. They are both whores and worse so. #1 enslaves males. #2 is even worse in this sense as he rapes many women. Well, he is a bad guy and no matter how much they repent, no rapist will ever be a good guy.
#3- Male – whereabouts unknown – possibly killed by sword masters
#4 – Zsastar – male – “Son of Malik”
#5 – (previous general deceased, Malik seeking replacement)
#6 – Male – general sent to different continent
#7 – Male – the new antagonist of Rise of the New Masters

Why are 6/7 generals male? Malik only has eyes for Skye, much the the chagrin of #1. He wants not distractions, but keeps #1 around because of her magic powers.

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