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July 2021 Updates (Writing)

By Eugena On July 24th, 2021

Readers out there may be happy to know I am going to return to my writing endeavors. I put off a lot of it (not just social media and website or blog updates) due to that unwanted attention I have mentioned before. Other things interfered as well, but that is not something I am going to say in public. No, I wouldn’t call those other things nefarious or such.

Well, no more. No more what? Let me say this in a whole sentence:

No longer will I permit the unwanted attention to get in the way of me living my life. Those person(s) know exactly who you are, and you will get no warnings from me. Not that, in some cases, the warnings have meant anything.

I am not tolerating it any more. I have already metaphorically put my foot down here. I wanted to say this more publicly on my blog here. No longer will any of these people get in my way. Whine all you want, I dare you to send me instant messages, emails, etc.

I will take appropriate action.

Thanks for listening readers. Now for the exciting part.

I am considering entering an important competition. Unfortunately, some of my planning files are missing, so I will have to recreate much of it.

You may notice I have started referring to The Age of Merrik as The Age of Merrik & The Sword Masters. The Age of Merrik is the series featuring Merrik during his time as ruler, while The Sword Masters refers to the written universe as a whole. Dark Desires occurs under the “umbrella” The Sword Masters. I’ve done a lot of backstory on Eleya and the Sword Masters. I am working on Rise of the New Masters and Book 3 at the same time. I have the cut off point between them, but have not yet decided on which book some of the secondary scenes will appear in.

I once planned a game, Shattered Sky, based on The Anointing. That was with RPG Maker Ace software. I later worked one planning a different story with RPG Maker MV software. This second game focused on a new sword master, Talissa. It occurred before The Age of Merrik. Yet none of my planning has gone to waste. I planned for a character from Rise of the New Masters to appear in the game. Now Talissa and another character from the game will appear in Rise of the New Masters along with that other character.

The Age of Merrik: Relationships and Such

By Eugena On November 4th, 2008

Ok, getting to another question.


This one stems from the screenplay version:

What is the big deal with the vow? Why not break it?  (See this post)


And a combo from the novel:

What is with the “I think I might kiss her” obsession from John? What’s the big deal about kissing? Does it mean something else?
(Yeah, put the something else in “”)

To answer them all at once, the big deal with the vow is very cultural. To break it is to lose honor. And, consider the explanation of the vow.  Merrik risks losing power by simply breaking it.

Kissing. That relates back to the vow. In real life, kiss all you want. Just be careful of mono. In the AOM world, if you are a sword master or wizard or other magic user, be careful not to lose your life. You are transferring your power to another, whether or not you want to.

The cautions of the vow become part of the culture, and even non-magic users (who may not know the origin) are cautious of it. As for “something else” it does not refer to that. Think of how much more power a character would lose that way. To answer an unspoken question, there was none of that between Merrik and Brianna. Good thing, Brianna did not need to absorb any magic power, and Merrik did not need to lose any.

Killing Off Characters (Mature Content)

By Eugena On November 3rd, 2008
The following post contains spoilers for The Age of Merrik: The Anointing. It contains references to graphic character violence (perhaps not that graphic, but some young readers might not wish to read it).
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Great Songs for Sword Master Characters

By Eugena On October 26th, 2008

Here are some great songs for various Sword Masters:

  • Ling – Zhan Shen “Mars” theme
  • For Revolutionizing the World- Shoujo Kakumei Utena
  • Virtual Star Embryology – Shoujo Kakumei Utena
  • Spira Mirabilis Theatre – Shoujo Kakumei Utena
  • Keep Holding On – Eragon
  • When the World Ends – DMB (“The Cry of War”)
  • How to Save a Life – The Fray (Merrik/Brianna)
  • Cable Car – The Fray (Merrik/Brianna)
  • Swallowed in the Sea – Coldplay (Zaedrif paring (spoiler))
  • Until – Sting (Zaedrif/Eleya)
  • The Scientist – Coldplay (Zaedrif/Eleya)
  • Stay With You – GooGoo Dolls (Annointing Finale, Merrik/Eleya)

And for other characters:

  • Lion – Narnia LWW (Serafín)
  • Misfocusing – Billie Piper (Liana)

Recs:

  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Fighting Back Sexism (Mature Content)

By Eugena On October 18th, 2008

The following post may be unsuitable for young children.

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The Age of Merrik: The Anointing

By Eugena On October 6th, 2008
The Age of Merrik: The Anointing (Book Cover)

The Age of Merrik: The Anointing

the forbidden secret of history is now his only hope

After his father’s death, Merrik, warrior and heir to the throne, brought stability to the war-torn kingdom of Tyera. But his fiancée brings about its destruction in her alliance with The General, the sworn enemy of the legendary sword masters and of the ancient Serafín. The General challenges Merrik’s authority and defeats him in battle, taking control over Tyera and enslaving the neighboring country of Rikan.

Merrik tries to regain his place as leader to rescue his people and the people of Rikan from The General’s iron grasp. In a desperate bid to save the country, his supporters find a mysterious woman, Merris, who becomes Merrik’s closest ally against The General. Aided by visions and warnings from the Serafín, Merrik and Merris must defeat The General before he can create his own super being to rule the world. Will Merrik be ready to accept the power of the ancient Serafín and become a Sword Master himself?

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