Today’s A to Z writing Challenge is the letter “O” for Obsession. Here is a short definition:
“the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.”
I call obsession self-possession. It is the state of overpowering one’s own reason to think logically or rationally. This trait can been seen in love, lust, greed, power, etc. It is a trait that can send people to their ruin. As a writer, the trait of obsession is a powerful tool in character development. Haggarfuse, an immortal, utilizes this trait in his quest for the fall of all mortals. He uses a henchman in the trilogy, “The Chosen One of Allivar”, to do his biding. To coerce his bidding, he uses Grushame’s own obsessive desires to work for him while never intending to live up to any of his promises.
Even Arimar has moments of obsession that lead him close to disaster. When Haggarfuse learns of his affection for Elissia, Arimar becomes obsessed with her safety and lowers his guard for his other followers. Haggarfuse uses Elissia’s obsession for Arimar against her as well. Grushame obsesses over Esmeralda and Esmeralda obsesses over her son Vicora.
In the upcoming chronicles series, obsession will take center stage in the story of two queens, one good, one evil and the affections for one man. I admit to reading the first book and part of the second book in the Twilight series. For me, a man of 52 years of age, Bella appeared as a completely obsessed individual, never justifying the loss of her soul for the love of Edward. What the story did for me was enforce my very own story line of an obsessed queen and the lengths she will go to for the love of the only man she is willing to settle for. That obsession will lead to the fall of an entire world. So when Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships, so shall Talon.
But when evil can no longer control action by one’s own obsession, possession becomes their only tool. My trilogy and the upcoming chronicles series will be filled with both.