Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What on Earth is Aurumenas??

No doubt you read through my welcome post and couldn't help but ask yourself what an Aurumenas was, or even how to pronounce it. No worries. That's what this post is all about.

Yes, Aurumenas (hour-oo-may-nahs) is my very own made up word, or what I like to call an Emism. My book has a lot of Emisms, but this particular one is the most important. Inspired by J.R.R Tolkien's "The Silmarillion," I wanted a title that had a deep meaning that was special to the story. I wanted to give the reader a sense of what my story was like before he even opened the book.

So what does Aurumenas mean? Well, it literally means (however literal you can get with a made up word): The search for the Child of Auru. I will go into more detail about Auru and the Auri in a later post, but for the time being all you need to know is that it is a planet, and the Child of Auru is the one who rules it. While my main character, the Aurume, is indeed missing and all of Auru is searching for her, the deeper meaning behind the term actually has to do with the character's need to discover who she is and what it means to be the Child of Auru.

Pulled on all sides by the supporting characters, the MC (Nathadria) finds herself wanting to escape and live her own life. But being the mean author that I am, I rarely give my characters what they want. Instead, Nathadria is forced to make a decision between her own desires and the needs of those counting on her. By doing so, she discovers just how strong she really is; the real Child of Auru.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Brief Hello

Hello. Howdy. And how do you do?

Chances are that you'll skim through this little post or ignore it completely, but I feel compelled to offer a bit of welcome and explanation.

So, what can you expect from this blog? Well, as a writer of fantasy and science fiction and a mother of two very young children, I know what it's like trying to get deeply involved in a story during the far too rare moments of peace and quiet. Quite too often, I'm forced to write in five minute intervals while simultaneously feeding my three-week old and cuddling with my two year old. Just a few weeks ago, I would have told you that such a thing was impossible. But when you have a passion for something, you make do with what you have. And when you only have five minutes, you use them.

By this point, you must be thinking I'm crazy for trying to keep up with a blog, and well, you'd be right. But like I said before, writing is my passion and I can't imagine not using every available moment I have in pursuit of it.

Because my newest literary baby is my novel, Aurumenas, most of my posts will have to do with my struggles in writing it and my characters' struggles in revealing themselves to me.

So sit back and enjoy the blog!