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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Novels Updates

By eugena On March 4th, 2013

Hello Readers and Fans,

It has been a while since my last post, hasn’t it?  I have definitely been busy (though you could say I’m always busy) with the lawyer side of my life.  I am very happy I am one now.  So in that vein, I put the writing projects off several weeks.  I did not stop working on them, but I did decide to do some more planning with where exactly they were going.

Most recently, I have outlined the entire Megami series.  Yes, spoilers.  I have officially posted it now, it is a series.  I have not really posted what #1, Pandora, is about because it is just too much spoilers.  I don’t want to give anything away.  More importantly, I really don’t want to say too much and them someone else steal the idea for this series (or other series).  And no, I am not making that up.  It is something to be very concerned about.  That is a piece of advice (note, a writer’s advice, not an attorney’s advice) I would give all of you aspiring writers out there.  Do not put too much out there on the Internet or share your writing too much with others, even your close friends.  Consider filing a copyright your work.  Want legal advice?  Ask a copyright attorney, not me.  I do not give legal advice over the Internet.

In Shinigami Saga, currently working on title TBA book 1, I have the beginning and the end planned.  I also have some scenes in between, so it is a matter of filling in more detail.  I am once again very happy I bought Scrivener software.  It has so much easier to use than Microsoft Office for planning novels, particularly long ones.  I am also looking into filing in more character names.  I will be using most if not all Japanese names in this book.  Yes, like Megami, the book is in English, but I may throw some Japanese phrases in there.

In The Age of Merrik, the title I know most of you are interested in, I am mainly working on the direct sequel right now, Rise of the New Masters.  It begins shortly after the events of The Anointing.  However, I suppose some of you might find it to be directly after The Anointing with the Zsastar scene.  That scene aside, I would say it occurs shortly after.  I have just finished writing about a character death.  This character was not a main character in The Anointing, but did appear in that novel.  I anticipate another direct sequel after this book.  Rise of the New Masters will feature all seven of King Malik’s Generals.  The main antagonist of this story will be Malik’s Seventh General rather than his Fourth General and Son, Zsastar.  Dark Desires is on hold for now, but some of the related content I develop for Rise of the New Masters may appear in Dark Desires.

Under my Miscellaneous series category, under which I also include my stand alone books, I am working on my Phoenix (working title) book.

Those are the books I am more actively working on now than others.

I am considering adding a “Q & A Corner” to the blog.  If any of you have any thoughts about that or other things, send me an email.

For those of you interested in The Age of Merrik sequel, I think you will have a lot to look forward to.  I think you all will enjoy the other books as well.

Have a wonderful and safe week out there everyone!

 

Eugena Moulton

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Big Cast for Rise of the New Masters

By eugena On January 17th, 2013

I am making good progress on Rise of the New Masters.  I had thought with The Anointing I had a large cast, but I realize as a write more scenes in Sethane (kingdom of King Malik), the cast gets bigger.  Sure, many of these new people are minor characters I would not even consider secondary ones.  So far I have written in six of Malik’s seven generals (all but the Sixth General), and I plan on featuring him, too.  This should be interesting.  I look forward to more on King Malik and the whole of Sethane vs. the protagonists and company.

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Megami Contests Extended

By eugena On January 15th, 2013

Greetings Readers.

 

I have now extended the previous Megami Pandora contests for an indefinite time.  I will give at least 30 days notice until the close of the contest.  I am currently busy with The Age of Merrik: Rise of the New Masters and do not know when I will complete Megami Pandora.

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Happy Holidays and Have a Great New Year!

By eugena On December 31st, 2012

Hello Readers and Fans:

I hope you all are having happy and safe holidays this December and will have a great New Year!

Eugena Moulton

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Writing Software Recommendations

By eugena On December 13th, 2012

As a writer, I want to point out that first and foremost, writing software cannot make you into a better writer.  It can encourage you to write more, and with more practice, be better at your craft.  It can make the task of writing easier for you.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I would like to recommend Scrivener for writing novels.

I used to type predominantly on Microsoft Office Word, but that became difficult starting in the 2007 edition.  The addition of the “Normal” style made it easy to accidentally apply formatting I did not want to text or to have the program itself apply “Normal” without directing it to do so.  Typing a novel on Word was very inconvenient when I wanted to make edits and move portions of the text to a different location in the novel.

After using Scrivener during a free trial period, this problem has gone.  With Scrivener, I can type a scene and later easily click and drag that scene elsewhere.  It works very well in a binder system, separating novel content from notes and research.  Scrivener comes with templates, but I have made modified templates for my own novels, which I would recommend many users do.

I would recommend for any author to try this software out for himself or herself.

Although I have not tried out Scrivener’s screenwriting templates, I would not recommend Scrivener for screenwriters.  If a screenwriter can afford it, I would recommend Final Draft software.  I have an older version of Final Draft and last I used it, it was up to industry standards for formatting, etc.

For More Information on Scrivener:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

For More Information on Final Draft:

http://www.finaldraft.com/

Also Posted on Eugena’s Musings Reviews

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Megami Pandora Contests

By eugena On December 6th, 2012

Attention readers and fans, here is your chance to make history in my novel in progress, Megami Pandora.

Megami Pandora is a science fiction novel centering around the life of protagonist Elise McNair, a law student from a small Florida town with a private college and law school.

Please read this whole post, including the rules at the bottom before entering.

Contest #1: Open to everyone**

What is your favorite local business or club (examples: restaurant, coffee shop, American Legion, Elks) and why?  Also include what kind of business it is, if it is not obvious from the name.  No adult businesses (ex: strip clubs) will be counted.

Contest #2: Open to Attorneys and Retired Attorneys**

What case has been either the most influential, important, or a turning point for you as an attorney and why?  It does not have to be a case in which you were involved.  Please include case name and official citation.  You may also include a copy of the case or summary of it if you wish.

Contest #3: Open to current and former law students (so, yes, attorneys do count)**

What staff or faculty member was most influential to you in your law school career and why?  You do not have to include the person’s name.  You could just describe the person’s occupation.  Example: “My intellectual property professor who encouraged me to pursue IP law.”  Please include the name of your law school.

Contest #4: Open to current and former law school staff and faculty**

What events or persons have been important to you as a staff or faculty member at your law school and why?  Please include the name of your law school and your position(s) there.

 

What is the prize?

If your entry is selected, a character in Megami Pandora will be given your first name.

Examples:

Contest #1 – There is a local coffee shop owned by a female owner, ___ Smith.  There is a local restaurant owned by a male owner, ____ Cartwright.  If someone named Joan wins Contest #1, the name of the owner will become Joan Smith.

Contest #2 – The case name will be mentioned and the type of case.  It will be an important case to one of the attorneys who appears which will share the first name with the winner.

Contest #3 – A law student classmate of Elise will share his or her first name with the winner.

Contest #4 – A staff or faculty member of the law school or a staff member of the community law library will share your first name.  At your request, they might share your same position you have or have had at the law school.

Rules:

** You must be at least 18 for any contest.

All entries must include your first and last name.  For contests 3 and 4, they must include the name of your law school, and your position(s) for contest 4.  If you do not wish your first name to be used, just mention that in your entry.

This character will only have 2 things in common with you: your first name and a favorite (local business or law school class) or important thing (case name).  This character will NOT be you.  It is a fictional character.  Characters have been established for Megami Pandora, and this contest just alters the two things in common.  You do not have any rights or claims, legal or otherwise to these character or other elements.  You do, however, have bragging rights.  You may request that your full name (first and last) or abbreviations or initials be posted as a winner.  At minimum, I will post initials.

I have, unfortunately received some harassing emails, etc., from some people – you know who you are – so if any of you enter, your entry will be disqualified.

 

Entry Dates:

You may enter from today (December 6, 2012 to February 8, 2013).  The entry period may be lengthened.  I will post an update if it is.

 

How to Enter:

You may enter once per contest you qualify for.

You may email me (eugenam AT gmail DOT com).  Please have as your subject: “Megami Pandora Contest Entry.”

 

How will the Winner be Chosen?:

For each contest with 9 entries and under, I will choose the winner.  I will post the winning entry by February 15, 2013.

For each contest with 10 or more entries, I will put up a poll for readers to vote.  Voting will begin by February 15, 2013 or sooner and end on February 28, 2013.  Winners will be announced by March 8, 2013.

This may change if the contest is open beyond February 8, 2013.

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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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The Audience Voted

By eugena On September 30th, 2012

Thanks to a few of my friends on Facebook, I have decided that “Sword Masters” would remained spelled as such, not switched to the one word “Swordmasters.”

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