Aurora’s Journal Day One


Hello once again, Readers!! I started two new pages: Aurora’s Journal and Fenn’s Journal. It’s just an experiment for now, but basically I want a spot for them to write out their thoughts for the readers of the trilogy to see. For now it will go chapter by chapter starting from the beginning. My goal is for them to write one entry a week. It’s not going to have anything to do with my normal posts though which I should be getting back into the swing of now that NaNo is over.

Any who…I hope you enjoy! And if not, just hang in there, other posts are to come!



Dear Journal,

My name is Aurora Megalos. I can’t believe I’m doing this right now. I guess I’m supposed to tell you everything. At least that’s what Fenn says I’m supposed to do. He bought you for me yesterday. He has one of his own and told me he thinks it would do me some good to write out my feelings. Maybe he’s right. Lately everything has been so crazy. I keep having these strange dreams about a man with glowing blue eyes. I don’t know what it means. Maybe I’ve watched too many sci-fi movies.

But I can’t seem to let go of the thought that maybe there’s more to it. This morning, when we were on our way to work, there was this guy at the bus stop that I haven’t seen in town before. After getting in my usual tiff with the bus driver, the guy dropped an amulet. I couldn’t stop myself. I went for it. When I touched the amulet, the dreams that I have so often, surfaced. I saw the glowing blue eyes and the clearing. That has to mean something right?

But what’s even stranger is the fact that my eyes changed color. They turned blood-red. I mean, how does that happen? I felt this surge of power when I touched the amulet. It was like something was waking inside of me. Something that I have always passed off as being crazy. I can’t keep lying to myself though. How else do I explain my anger issues that result in fires erupting around me? It’s like a horrible version of Carrie.

Needless to say, Fenn freaked out. I don’t blame him either. I can’t name how many times he’s had to come to my rescue. I won’t admit it to him, but he’s been the only one in my life who has kept me grounded. I trust him. Sometimes I wonder if it can be more than that, but we’ve been friends for so long, it’s hard to imagine potentially ruining that. I don’t trust myself enough to risk it.

Anyway, the guy took the amulet before I had a chance to figure out what was going on. He noticed my eyes and said the bus was no place for my change. What was he talking about? It scares me to think that everything I had believed was pure crazy about myself, might actually be true. What if I am something more than just a girl with issues? I don’t know. I don’t think I’m going to have a chance to find out. The guy got off the bus before I could make any sense of the situation. But what’s even crazier is that he did something weird to the passengers. I think he made them forget what had happened…using what I assume is some sort of magic that came out of his hands. Fenn saw it too, but he didn’t say anything about it. Figures.

I know…it all sounds ridiculous. If anybody ever found this, they’d probably think I’m a nut. Believe me, I’ve replayed this over and over again in my mind, praying that this was all just a bad dream. But if I am to be completely honest with you (which is what Fenn said I should do), then I have to admit that I don’t think one single part of it is ridiculous. I felt what was inside of me. Pure power. The kind that can change the world. I just wouldn’t be caught dead admitting that out loud. Especially not to Fenn. He wants me to be normal. Heck, I want to be normal.

Oh well…I guess I’ll never know. But at least I got it out onto paper. I actually feel good about this. Fenn has a knack for knowing just what I need.

I have to go back to work now. My breaks up.


♪ A love of music ♪

Hello Readers!!!

Long time no see right? Sorry…I have a million different things I’ve been trying to accomplish all at the same time lately. Okay, so maybe not a million, but a few too many for sure. And most of the time I can’t even decide which project I should start first, so instead I end up staring off into space rather than being productive. Silly, right?

I digress. 

So recently I’ve been asked what exactly “Echelon Out” means-the little thing I always use as my outro for every blog. Of course some things are better left unanswered, but in this case it’s a perfect opportunity for me to explain how music helped me write my novel Born in Flames.

My most favorite band is 30 Seconds to Mars (the photo above)! They continue to inspire the epicosity of the magic and suspenseful action that makes up the Born in Flames Trilogy. Heck, they are the definition of epicosity! (In my mind at least). The Echelon are the fans that follow them (and I am a HUGE fan), so it’s only fitting that I end my blogs as “Echelon out”-a disguised thank you to them. And if my novel ever hits the big screen, they are the band that I envision playing the theme song for the movie. But that’s just a dream of mine and I only give myself one dream at a time to achieve. My current dream is to go from e-book to paperback…:) I can achieve that by getting as many good reviews as possible, so I’m crossing my fingers that when my novel is finally released, people will fall in love with it and want to leave an awesome review. One can hope.

Any who, so aside from 30 Seconds to Mars being a huge part of what inspires me while writing, I wanted to name a few other bands that I listened to while writing Born in Flames. Paramore was a huge influence. Actually, the singer Hayley Williams, played a part in inspiring my main character Aurora Megalos, from the ruby-red hair down to the feisty personality. A few of their songs that played in my rotation while writing were: Adore, Breathe, Conspiracy, Crushcrushcrush, and Never Let This Go. I was always able to find the perfect song to fit the mood of the scene I was trying to write around Aurora and her feelings in that moment from their albums. 

Another band that was a constant go-to was Mutemath. The voice of the lead singer Paul Meany, helped inspire my other main character Fenn Lovick-Aurora’s best friend and roommate. Whenever their songs played in my rotation, Fenn became easy to visualize. The love songs written by Mutemath such as: You are Mine, Noticed, Clipping, and Pins and Needles, helped evolve Fenn’s love for Aurora from just friends, to someone he could see himself with forever. I wonder if these bands realized when writing these songs, how much of an impact they would have on people. For me it is a blessing. A tiny bud of an idea grew into a hearty tree of a story all thanks to their genius.

On a weird note though, the last main character of Born in Flames is Zordon-the arch-enemy of Aurora. He is the only character that I did not use music to inspire me for. I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because he is so dark and demented and for him I had to tap into a place that music could never take me. Music lifts me up, makes me feel better even in my darkest mood, and I couldn’t very well accomplish Zordon’s twisted actions with a lovely song playing in the back ground. Actually, I don’t think there’s a song out there that could sum up his evil mind.

And on that happy note (lol), that about sums up the bands that helped inspire me while trying to get out what was swarming inside my mind. There were many other songs that I listened to while writing, but mostly these bands were the few that stuck out and helped me focus. So I leave you with a question: What big thing were you trying to do and what band helped you do it?

That being said, Echelon out ;)