February 17, 2010

completely useless trivia

about my book... that probably no one will want to read, but it's my blog so i'll post it anyway.

-- My very first draft of Eldala started with "It was a dark and stormy night."

-- Eldala started as a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) novel. I was supposed to write 50,000 words in 30 days. By day 17, I had 53,000 words.

-- My boys and I ended up in the local newspaper. A Phoenix reporter was doing an article on NaNoWriMo and found out what I was doing. She asked if she could send a reporter to our house.

-- Teleria is based on the country of Wales.

-- I first read the word Teleria in The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander (part of the Prydain Chronicles). It was the name of a queen. When I looked it up, I found out that it's Italian for kitchen linen.

-- Brandon (now 15) drew the map. Both of my boys came up with names. I do remember that Joshua came up with Korison. He also came up with the name Arathor.

-- The name Korison is based on the Star Wars planet of Coruscant.

-- I went through my world atlas to find names for places, people, and Baraca clans. Indonesia is a gold mine for fantasy names.

-- I never thought I'd have to make up a language.

-- The first time Arathor speaks the ancient language, I just said some nonsense words out loud. I added the exact meaning later. “Kel-lema menan-dai kah-gish tehai” roughly translated is "Wall of fire, surround my enemies." Kieran uses the same phrase at the end with Ciara.

-- "Jedzah mar kavah" means "heal the wound."

-- I made up the word Eldala and Malazia. I've since discovered that Eldala is not original. There's a book out there called "Storm Over Eldala."

-- Jessa's name was originally Mikayla and her character was originally based on Miranda Otto. Later I changed her to Madeline Stowe. It took several tries to get the woman I wanted. When I saw her in a J. C. Penney ad, I said, "There's Jessa!"

-- I once dreamed that I kissed Kieran. The beard felt weird. When I told my husband about it, he just laughed. Good thing he's not the jealous type.

-- I asked a friend what it was like to kiss a guy with a beard. Joe has never had one.

-- If I ever meet Steven Waddington (Kieran), I am totally going to freak.

-- Kieran was originally a potter. Then I changed him to a carpenter. I'm glad I finally changed him to a blacksmith - you know... big, muscular...hot.

-- I actually watched a DVD about a group of smiths making an iron rose.

-- Two years ago, we were at a Renaissance fair and I found an iron rose bud. I keep it on my fireplace mantle.

-- My mother painted the cover. Her signature is in the sword. My brother was a model for the hands.

-- I worked on the novel from 2005 to 2007. I first published it in 2007.

-- Brandon made up the gurithents and the harakan.

-- My husband described the sword fights. Some are based on fights from Ivanhoe (with Steven Waddington as Ivanhoe), Ever After, and Dragonheart.

-- For inspiration for medieval times, I watched A Knight's Tale, Lord of the Rings, Ivanhoe, and Ever After.

-- I know more about medieval life than I ever cared to know.

-- I hadn't realized I would have to plan populations until the 3rd draft. That was also when I expanded the map.

-- Kieran's tattoo is an actual tattoo I found online, minus the crown. You can see it here: Tree of Life.

-- Besides Kieran and Jessa, my favorite characters are Sahbel and Dorinda. I kind of like Gilrain, too. Stefan... I just wish he'd grow up.

-- I still cringe when I think of people reading the romance scenes, even though they're very tame.

-- My kids want me to turn Eldala into a movie. I don't think so, but you never know what God is going to do.


Jen said...

I absolutely loved this!!! How fantastic! I've never thought how much work it takes for others, more or less because I haven't actually met writers like myself until I started this blogging thing, but I enjoy reading about the stories you've created and all the time and energy it took!

I love visiting the local Ren Fests, they have a fantastic one in Magnolia, Texas that my family and I go to every year!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This was fantastic! Why on earth would you think we wouldn't be interested in details like these? Loved it! ;-)

Michelle Gregory said...

Shannon - guess it's the insecure blogger in me that worries what my blogging friends will think.

Christine Danek said...

This is great! I love learning more about your book. I also have to make up different words as you did and I am stumped on a few. I have my family trying to come up with names for planets ;)

Auberne' Rose Ancalimon said...

I love reading trivia like this! I love it all! Tell your kids I want to do your book as a move too and that one day WE WILL DO IT!!!! A home movie with us as the characters! lol And wow, it must have been a experience kissing Kieran. That must have been some crazy dream. LOL! ;p My favorite characters are Kieran, Jessa, Gilrain and Arathor. I wish Stefan would grow up too! Ha! He turned out not to bad in the end thou. I love going to Ren fairs, we have a local one we go to. I would love to be in one once.

Michelle Gregory said...

my boys were thinking more along the lines of a movie in the theaters. but i don't want hollywood messing with my story. if one of my kids grows up to be a movie director, *then* i'll turn it over, but not to anyone else.

Auberne' Rose Ancalimon said...

I meant that! Scratch the home move. (how dose one do a emotioncon for sheepish? lol) I would not want your story messed with either.