ALIEN LOVER: WHAT DO I CALL THEE?

One of the challenges I’ve had writing interspecies relationships has been how to refer to the object of one’s desire.

To be honest, the challenge is irrespective of genre.

It didn’t help that the following were no go’s:

  • Partner

It’s too sterile.  When I hear the word partner I think of business, not “business.” 

  • Boyfriend

I once dated a guy who told me he wasn’t comfortable being referred to as a boyfriend since he wasn’t a boy.  

He was in his thirties.

When I sat down to write Port In a Storm, I considered that  rock musician Clint Malek had seen a lot of life.  Though he hadn’t lost his sense of fun or adventure he was too mature to be called a boy.  

It was while writing Metatron’s Army I realized I needed a term I could live with.

  • Lover

Christine refers to the partners she’s had intimate relations with as lovers.  I like this term.  It’s edgy enough to reflect she enjoys the physical aspects of sex as well as the fact the scenes are explicit.

As time went on I found myself challenged by more than terminology.

How do you deal with a teen romance when one of the characters is 719 years old?

I needed to be creative.

From Shadow of the Gods

I had a lot of fun with Cayden and Mica, being sure to give perspective from each.

Cayden:

When he saw the very plain white bra that screamed virgin, he groaned.  He was going to kill Jake McLachlan, hunt him down in his next life, and kill him again.

Mica:

“Hello, Mica.  Okay if I come in?”

“Yeah, sure.”

He stopped after two steps.  “You okay?”

“Yeah, fine.”  Just feeling a little awkward.  How did one act after baring their breasts to -?   Well, he wasn’t a perfect stranger anymore, was he?

Age and species difference weren’t the only challenges I had with in the Dragon Core Series.  Due to a unique set of circumstances Lage, Lucus, and Clare have an interesting love triangle.

This is fully detailed in Cauldron of the Gods.

Terminology wasn’t the only challenge with Metatron’s Army either.  Try writing sex when a character is of a species that will die if they experience high emotion. 

Such as love or lust.

There are a variety of interesting relationships thanks to the number of species and complexity of plot.

Not to mention Cirhce was born in one universe, grew up in another only to later return to her home universe.

I did take time to highlight concerns of characters crossing dimensions and sexual cultures.

There are more than just human-Vetrian relationships in the series.

And there are times I  need to set terminology aside and simply write around the challenge.

From Dragon Core

“Cayden,” she said softly stepping close, “it makes sense you’re nervous.  This is your home, your place of business.  It’s you.  Or at least it’s a side of you I haven’t seen and – it’s different with me, right?  I’m your -.”  She frowned.  “What am I?”

God, he loved her for understanding.  “You’re mine,” he replied then kissed her.

From Metatron’s Army

From Adjudication, this is one of two simultaneous intimacy scenes I had going.

The other is in Promotion, Book 11 in the series.

“Well,” he drawled, drawing a finger over the tattoo, smiling when she shivered.  “I think the waiting is over because after this?  Telling you?  I don’t feel conflicted.”

“Because I understand?”

“Because you know you’re mine.”

“And you don’t share,” she replied, her serious tone belying her amusement.

“Damn straight,” he said then kissed her.  Passionately, the bulge in his pants letting her know he was about to drive the point home.

This article is cross posted on metatronsarmy.com.

REMASTER AND NEW PROJECT

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Summer Solstice!  I hope everyone enjoys the day.

Though I’ll be enjoying some summer sun I will also be working on The Day Before, a Dragon Core piece that was unplanned.

I was going along minding my own writer’s business, finishing a Remaster Project when images from the story began popping into my mind.  Intrigued I closely examined them, found I like what I saw and decided to move it to the front of the queue.

I’d originally been considering one of three other Dragon Core stories and at first this story didn’t have a particular place to go.

It could be a stand-alone or part of another series depending how I spun it.

It stands out in one way that brought me a lot of happiness.  It popped up.  

It’s been a few years since an unplanned book just popped into my mind.

Front of the Line.  I give preference to these stories as they come directly from my unconscious.

Or wherever that creative processing center exists in the universe.

As these stories tend to become a living energy inside my writer’s soul making them a joy to work on I give them priority.

Metatron’s Legacy was like that.  I hadn’t even finished Pin, Book 9 in the Metatron’s Army series and the story just popped up.  I got it written in a couple of weeks then turned back to the MA series.

Remaster.  Speaking of Metatron’s Army, I recently concluded what a friend dubbed the Remastering Project.  Like musicians will do with previously released albums I took time to go over the books in the series with a fine-toothed comb.

I have future plans and projects for this series but I’m happy to work on other stories for now.

Stand Alone V. Series.  I have noticed that though I’ve tied some of my books to a series they could easily be a stand-alone read.

Metatron’s Army has some of each.  Metatron’s Legacy could be stand-alone though it would have many spoilers for the series as it takes place some twenty years after Adjudication.

To this end I’m going to identify books that fall into this category on my website.

Coming Soon.

In the meantime, I’m happy back in writing mode and have a number of projects in the queue including a newsletter.

I will provide details as and when they are available.

Stay tuned.