THE ORIGINS OF WAR WINE & "WOMEN OF THE ETERNAL"
It was mid-July in 2016, and I was hanging out with friends during a Picarto stream. We were joking around, like usual, when my friend Ian said the two words that started all this: war wine. The moment they dropped into chat was the equivalent of being hit with a brick. It took me all of five minutes to fall completely in love with these mashed together things, and I hurried on over to my DeviantArt account to see if anyone else had claimed that name. To my relief and utter delight, it was available. Thus, the roots of War Wine were born.
I had so many ideas that I needed to get down before I lost them, so I kept notes for myself. First and foremost, War Wine was a name, not a title, and she it must be a woman with red hair: of this, I was absolutely positive, and that has not changed since she was first created.
My initial writing of her was pure verbal vomit. Putting Wine onto paper felt like an old friend had come home, and I was incredibly enthralled. In my excitement, I posted my verbal vomit to my page, and went on with more ideas.
I wasn't expecting people to be genuinely interested in this new woman have a life of her own. I had people asking me if it was going to become a novel, one or two demanding it, even. I had another suggest I create a small animation series. All of this encouragement and curiosity spurred on more ideas. I had no plans for War Wine when I first snagged her. I only knew that if I didn't snag her, I'd kick myself. I dived into scenes that came to mind: her first kiss, life-threatening scenarios, hard choices, and soft moments. I dumped all my creativity into it, and people read it.
From those sporadic scenes, I put together playlists that musically recreated the story line for Wine. I dabbled with a movie/slideshow of the end of the book - I was already calling it a book, though I hadn't really decided to do anything with it yet. A list of names, places, monsters started collecting in my Google Drive, and random scenes became structured chapters. Before I knew it, I had spreadsheets, timelines, character sketches, plot lines, family trees, and back stories all over the damn place. I created a Fandom Wiki page to serve as a compendium. I had started because people were interested, but by the time I was that deep, it had become, for all intents and purposes, a part of me.
That hasn't changed since 2016. In fact, I would say it's grown even more. Thus far, I have three books planned for Wine, with a potential series to follow along afterward. She has poetry, art, and a strong story. I've been trying to give her series a name for the better part of two years, and I've only recently settled on one, which is what you see now: Women of the Eternal. War Wine is now Book One of that series. Currently, I'm in the midst of rewriting it, but I will be posting snippets and peaks. You learn a lot about your writing in four years, and I'm enjoying the process of editing and reworking things that didn't work.
Wine was never meant to be just another character for my personal usage. She grew a life and world of her own, and I've been along for the ride ever since, chronicling it. I hope you enjoy following along with me as she walks through Eibolen and the Beyond.
May the roads always meet you, reader.