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.

BRINGING A STORY TO LIFE: THE DOTS CONNECT THEMSELVES

After taking time to bring a couple of visions to life in the form of new t-shirts I was setting up to work on The Day Before when I made a decision which circled back to an action taken earlier that ended up being like a tap on the shoulder from the universe saying, “How’s this for help?”

Help I hadn’t asked for but now see I definitely needed.

I did take time to just chill today but I truly am happiest when I writing/creating. 

Folding Back on Itself.  As a follow on to a conversation about Neil Young and Crazy Horse last night, Aaron sent a link to an article on Nils Lofgren this morning.  While reading it I saw an ad pop up for a musician.  The title intrigued me so I typed it into a document with the idea I would circle back around to it at some point and check it out.

I often jot titles of groups or songs down to circle around to later and typically that later is weeks from the date I jotted it down.

Right after bringing the manuscript for the latest Dragon Core story up I decided to check out the artist’s new album.

I was that intrigued by the title – Where the Guitar Meets the Forest.

I launched iTunes and – the album wasn’t listed.  However, several other songs were available so I clicked on a few.  One jumped out not because of the song’s title but because the lyrics perfectly fit the essence of the book I’m working on!  The song, 1000 Days, reminded me that I hadn’t yet set up a playlist for this book and while that isn’t technically necessary it often helps put me in a frame of mind for a scene or a character.

In this case the song is helping with two scenes, the one I’m working on and one that’s toward the end of the book.

I couldn’t help but think of the breadcrumbs that had to be laid in order for me to circle around to something I needed yet didn’t know I needed.

  • Trip to Record Store to land a gem that led to an interesting and somewhat passionate conversation about Neil, CSNY, and a number of other issues intertwined over the decades.

The guy just got the Neil album in. It wasn’t there when Aaron visited 24 hours earlier.

  • Aaron deciding to send me the link and then putting a bit of pressure on me to read it.

It was one of those things I was going to look at later but he kept talking about it – read an excerpt – so I read it.

  • Seeing an album with an intriguing title while reading the article.

I normally ignore ads.

  • Deciding to look up the artist then deciding to check out her other work when the album in question didn’t show up.

The first couple of songs I listened to turned me off to the point I was going to give up but something told me to try other songs.  Glad I followed that instinct!

  • Choosing the song that ended up being a perfect match for what I needed for the scene I’m working on.

It helps me think ahead and keep to the theme line I’ve got going, something that isn’t always easy when you have multiple plot lines going.

Secret Messages.  As a final note I can consider that there are multiple messages in these events.  In taking time out to put this article together I ate into time I might have spent on the novel.

It’s time for dinner.

My guess?  Someone’s telling me I need more chill time.

Happy 4th of July!

The new t-shirts are on my store under the EM logo.

WRITING: IN THE HEAT OF IT

Taking a break from The Day Before in what locals call unusual heat and as most houses don’t have AC (including this one) finding creative ways to address challenges.

You know it’s hot when your champagne glass needs its own ice bucket.

As uncomfortable as it is, it’s not nearly as bad as what I’ve dealt with over the years.

  • Michigan

Grew up without central air.  Add humidity to heat and you get something called the heat index.  Plenty of nights sleeping on top of the covers.

  • Louisiana 

School lets out in May for a reason

  • Arizona

The day Aaron and I unloaded the moving truck?  It was 118.

The day we moved into the Fort Collins house? Minus 18 – real not wind chill.

A balm to it all aside from the trees and cooler night temperatures that allow for a comfortable sleep is the fact we recently invested in an Audio-Technica turntable with Boston Acoustics Pre-Amp and ELAC speakers.  While Aaron was eager to grab up Neil Young and Radiohead LPs- though I surprised him with a Ray Manzarek collectible – I opted for the following as my first repurchases

  • Emerson Lake and Palmer Works I
  • This is The Moody Blues
  • Beatles Rubber Soul
  • ELO Time

I grew up on 8 tracks and vinyl, graduated to cassettes including those I recorded from vinyl, then CDs, and eventually streaming.

I eschew satellite because thanks to compression ratios, guys sound like they have their speedos too tight.  No thanks.

We’ll definitely be adding to the collection including Bob Seger’s Live Bullet and Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road, though we won’t be replacing everything we listen to.

I’m making great progress with The Day Before which will fit nicely into the Dragon Core series and is more fantasy than sci-fi.  As always I have plenty in the queue and will be updating as appropriate.

In the meantime, keep cool and

Stay tuned

ADRIFT LANDING PAGE

Ah the joys of working from home when your neighbors are trying to find their way in the middle of a pandemic.

All that home renovation?  On the annoyance scale, the only sound more annoying than the sound of a compressor is that of a leaf blower.

It’s especially problematic when the one using the compressor doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing as evidenced by the fact it’s repeatedly cycling through like a portable generator on energy saver mode.  You know – because it’s not giving enough juice?!

My dad was a contractor.  I know my compressors.

Determined to get over the project hump I put headphones on, started up the Colony playlist, and went to work.  I’m proud to say the landing page for Adrift is ready for consumption!

Excerpt toward bottom of page.

I also finished the foundation for the Lessons from the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army

Release Spring 2021.

As I write this, listening to Death on Two Legs  by Queen, Night at the Opera.

And contemplating next steps…

Stay tuned.

ADRIFT FROM THE EDGE AND MORE

I am thrilled to report that I finished the updated draft of Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army.

Hard at work on Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series, Lessons won’t be ready for public consumption for several weeks.

Like so many things in my life, it’s been an interesting journey with Lessons from the Edge. 

After finishing the first draft, unable to find a place to put it that did justice, I set it aside – indefinitely.  An email from one Lamont Gates of Real Spiritual Talk Radio changed that.

And yes, there’s a synchronicity story behind that, one I will share at the end of this article.

I’m happy to again set this manuscript aside as I am able to turn my attention to other ongoing projects. 

It’s a nonfiction work which makes it a whole other ball of wax when it comes to intensity and body/mind/soul involvement.

As usual, I have a number of projects in the queue

Stay Tuned

A bit of Sci-Fi Magick at work.  I’m a synchronicity junkie.

Yep, there’s a story behind that as well.  It will be available via future article.

Back in 1997 I was introduced to Feng Shui by way of Terah Kathryn Collins’ book The Western Guide to Feng Shui Room by Room.

I’ve been hooked ever since.

I recently did a bit of what I call Feng Shui tweaking with a focus on various areas related to my writing interests.  Within hours of doing this I got the feeling I should check my email.

Which I had not done in awhile.

I had two emails relating to books I’d written.

One was Metatron’s Army, the other, Riding the Waves.  I replied to both.

To my delight, Lamont invited me to be a guest on his show so I could talk about the story behind Metatron’s Army and the role of the NDE and the Celestial Being known as Metatron in that series.  Because I’m a synchronicity junkie I saw the context in which it was meant.

And the likely nudge I was getting from the Universe, if not Metatron.

I circled back around to resurrect Lessons from the Edge.

Which I anticipate releasing by the end of April 2021.

COLONY: BUILDING THE BRIDGE

Pacing is oh such fun.

Not.

I’m not talking about pacing a story – I’m talking about pacing my mind which at the moment is like a runaway train going through the mountain that is Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series under construction.

I can count on one hand the number of times this has happened but it’s painful when it does.

It takes restless mind to a whole new level.

Under the Covers.  The issue has its roots in excitement. 

Specifically, of what’s to come.

The Idea.  A story has a beginning, an idea that may start as a small vibration of energy at the edge of consciousness, which grows if it is deemed by the deeper layers of consciousness that perceive the vibration to be more than a ripple in the creative field.

If I’m lucky I’ll get a glimpse of characters as this allows me to get a visual which provides details I hadn’t consciously thought of yet, details that can be used for backstory or various plot elements.  

Mental Movie.  Colony is a little different in that I spent a lot of energy mentally incubating it rather than starting a draft and allowing it to surface through the creative energy that uses my fingers on the keyboard to get through.

In this regard it’s similar to how Metatron’s Army came to be though I did write a draft of that one right off so this truly is different.

Construction.  Deciding I was ready to start I went through the routine steps of setting up the various documents, organizing them, setting up a backup routine, creating the artwork to go with it, etc.

Lots of work happens before Chapter One is ever laid out.

Floodgate.  Once I started typing, it was as if a floodgate was open.  

And therein lay the problem.

All these ideas came tumbling forward and while I appreciate that I have them they are somewhat disruptive to the writing effort.

Okay, they are very disruptive.

Mental Movie Take 2:  I thought if I gave time and energy to the scenes vying for my attention it might bring a bit of calm to a mind filled with excitement over the possible ways I could develop various plot lines. 

It didn’t.

Like a bratty kid who now has a way to get an adult’s attention, the creative energy behind this particular storyline is being relentless in introducing new possibilities.

And to think about a month ago I worried my creative source was drying up, no doubt the result of mental fatigue.

Adapt and Go.  I’m hoping I get to a point where the excitement of future scenes settles, perhaps due to an inner confidence that it will all come together.  

I’m confident it will all come together. Someone needs to tell the creative source!

Calming the mind to focus on the actual writing will be awfully difficult otherwise.

In the meantime?  I’m splitting my time between mental movies and putting fingers to the keyboard.

And Adrift is taking shape.

building out the dream

While working on Advantage, first in the Metatron’s Army series I stumbled on the magick of having a playlist for the books I was working on.  Auspiciously, I simultaneously stumbled on music that fit the series in its entirety – for me.

Nigel Stanford’s Solar Echoes.

Though I continued to create playlists for books in the ensuing years it wasn’t until I was inspired to introduce a new series that I circled back around to creating a playlist for it.

New is a misnomer.  The idea for this series was born alongside Metatron’s Army back in 1984.  Not having bandwidth to do much with it I focused on MA and set it aside.

I suppose setting it aside is a misnomer too because I never fully let go of the idea.

I guess I’m peeling the onion here because beneath the idea was the image – a character.

And beneath that?  The look in his eyes.  

So much emotion – so much said – but in that moment I just didn’t have the cycles.  

I never forgot his expression, nor his body language as he stood in a doorway staring at me as if daring me to – what?

It took decades to comprehend what it was he was communicating and in that time I wrote multiple opening scenes for the story only to curl my lip and set them aside indefinitely.

I wrote an opening scene for Metatron’s Army the summer before my junior year in high school but tossed it twenty years later while sorting through a box of writing that had crisscrossed the country with me for decades; writing that included my very first novel – handwritten in a spiral bound notebook in 8th grade – along with short stories, poetry and other novels typed on bond paper.  Needless to say, it was a large heavy box.

I tossed almost the entirety of that box seven years later – five years before sitting down to start Advantage.

From there to Here.  As I write this post I am populating a series playlist with music that, like the Metatron’s Army series playlist, is mostly instrumental.

Lots of stuff by Twelve Titans Music.

I spent the day working on the various tasks that go into a project of this magnitude, managing to tackle most of the big stuff.

Including the playlist.

I will be posting updates in the near future.

Stay tuned.

A Day in the Life of a Writer with GMF Sensitivity

People who’ve followed me over the years know I have a unique history with EMF and GMF Sensitivity.  Though I have unraveled the mystery of my sensitivity to technology EMFs – heavy metal poisoning that messed up cell signaling by disrupting electrolytes – I am still aware of various electromagnetic frequencies.

Including and especially the ultra-low and very low frequencies that come out of fault lines in the hours and days before an earthquake.

Though my focus is now on writing fiction, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t learn or validate something about my relationship with these invisible sound waves that have such an impact on our world.

And human health and well-being.

Just before all the virus fun started, our family acquired a bearded dragon.  The timing was, like so many things in my life, a happy coincidence.  Not.

Not that it wasn’t happy – the timing wasn’t a coincidence.  Obviously, the universe knew what was coming and knew what a gift this little guy who isn’t so little now would be.

Well, not that anyone sought my opinion but, he ended up in my space.

It’s technically common living space but as it’s where I do the bulk of my writing, it’s mine.

Over the months I’ve gotten to know this member of the family, his habits, expressions.

Unlike how Ryal Kinkaid refers to the Light Beings, I don’t consider our BD a lizard brain.

Yesterday I noticed he was acting a bit strangely.  Since there was a power outage that necessitated we hook the lights warming his space to the generator, I wondered if it had to do with that though I couldn’t figure out how or why that might be the case.

He periodically acted as if he’d been zapped but there was no obvious way there could have been surges that would have caused it.  Not to mention I’m so sensitive to electrical pulses I would have been impacted because I was sharing the power strip to which his lights were plugged in – frequently plugging and unplugging devices from it as they needed charging.  There was never any dimming of his lights when I did this – no sparks – nothing. ANDDD – he didn’t do it when I was plugging or unplugging the devices – just periodically.

This afternoon I was working on Refugee, a Metatron’s Army novel, when I suddenly felt icky.  Ignoring it since there was no obvious explanation, I continued working.

Didn’t work.

I decided to have lunch, see if that might help.  Just as I sat down to eat I got a nasty sharp pain in one of my teeth.

As if someone was jabbing a sewing needle up the center.

When chewing didn’t make it any worse, I shrugged it off and kept at the novel  hoping – and believing – it would resolve itself.

I’ve noticed while rebalancing my electrolytes I’ll periodically if seldomly get pain in my mouth that totally disappears once the balancing has been achieved.  Pain that stays away.  You know – like a cramp in the foot – growing pains?  NORMAL?!

A telltale sound caught my attention at the same moment my visual attention went to a row of windows.  EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!

The sound wave travels in a straight line which makes windows “pop” or “crack” – like Rice Crispies.  

For years my focus has turned – often along with my eyes – to the direction the earthquake wave travels.  

Even when I wake up out of a sound sleep moments before the quake hits. I turn my head in the direction of the oncoming wave.

I knew in that moment my tooth pain would resolve shortly.

As the GMFs that caused it went to zero.

All of a sudden a number of things made sense

  • The bearded dragon’s behavior

Just prior to the small quake he’d been running from one end of the tank to the other, went into his hidey hole then out, down into the greenery then out.  AFTER?  Totally calm.

  • An ache in my neck I hadn’t felt in eons.
  • The icky feeling

As I’ve written GMFs which are ultra-low and very low EMFS, are tied to feelings of despair, deep fatigue, hopelessness

  • Ringing ears

Throughout the day yesterday I experienced a high-pitched ringing that lasted seconds before disappearing entirely.  

  • The sharp pain in my tooth

Which reduced within seconds of the quake, disappearing entirely within forty minutes.

I am back at the novel after a break to share this with readers.

All a day in the life of a writer sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies.

new year new focus

I would like to take a moment to wish all readers and visitors to this site a Happy Healthy New Year!

May it be better than the one we’re leaving behind!

As the year winds down, I am putting finishing touches on a weeks’ long effort to ensure my web presence is in line with my business as it is and as I look ahead.  I’m proud of what I’ve done.

It was a lot of work!

Though I’d originally planned the various tasks to be spread over several weeks, culminating at the end of January 2021, I ended up doing a marathon stretch over several days.  

Which I couldn’t have done without the help of my team so kudos to them!

This means I’ll be able to get back to novel writing as soon as next week.

If not sooner.

I learned a lot through this year-end project, including that I don’t want to go through something like this again anytime soon.  

I am mentally fried.  Definitely looking forward to a bit of New Year’s Eve celebrating at home.

To that end, I’ll be scheduling this type of task management more regularly throughout the year.

To be fair the work I do at end of year doesn’t typically involve monumental shifts as this one has.

What’s New?

  • I’ve added a video to the Redemption Landing page.
  • I’ve redesigned the Ghost Games Case File book covers.  The new covers will be uploaded within the next few days.
  • I’ve added Alerts to the Metatron’s Army site.  This is where I’ll post the latest information on this series.
  • I’ve rebranded my business to Scifimagick: Where sci-fi meets passion.
  • I’ve created a scifimagick Facebook business page.  Posts from Elizabethmaxim.com and metatronsarmy.com will be fed to this page.

What’s Next?

I’m already at work on two new Dragon Core novels.

I have Ghost Games case files in the queue.

I have plans for additional Metatron’s Army stories.

I have a new series in early stages. The badge for this new series is on the Facebook banner.

Stay tuned!