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November 5, 2012

Legends Undying – Week Five Recap

by darkjade68

Legends Undying – Week Five Recap

Another Week has gone by, and We’ve Had a lot of Good Writing.

November is one of my two favorite months (The Other Being December), and I’m really enjoying all of the Fall Weather.

On with The Recap

The Stories;

10/29/12 – Zombie Apocalypse… Almost

10/30/12 – The Dreamer (Chapter Four)

10/31/12 – Revenge – Part I

11/1/12 – White Wolf

11/2/12 – Alpha And Beta

11/3/12 – Sophia Cloud

The Sunday Posts;

11/4/12 – Free Elections? Who Do You Think We Are? Oxymorons?

11/4/12 – Nano Writing Update #1

11/4/12 – Sunday Post – Boneheads In Space… Prometheus In Review


November 5, 2012

The Blood – Torin, Part II

by disperser

What went on before:

We are introduced to Torin, a young man just coming into his own.  He feels responsible for his friend’s death.  A death brought about by advanced age, even though he had seen the same number of winters as Torin.  Torin is recognized as being of The Blood, and is taken by the men of the region’s Ruler.  Though near the maximum age for training, Ledanai is charged with teaching him about the ways of The Blood.  He learns he was indeed responsible for the death of his friend, but in the process he learns he is something more than just part of The Blood, with abilities members of The Blood do not have.  He also learns of the history of The Blood, The Spirit, and The Elders The Blood defeated those of The Spirit in a war over the use of Magic, specifically the cost of using Magic, as it drained ordinary humans of their lifeforce.  His training now continues within the confines of the training room.

The Blood – Torin, Part II

by E. J. D’Alise (Disperser)
Copyright November, 2012

“Those of The Spirit were forbidden to congregate, and forbidden to exchange vows with their own kind.  They could, and did, exchange vows with humans.  Their bloodlines became diluted, and all descendants are now but shadows of their ancestors.”  Ledanai paused, waiting for Torin to ask any questions he might have.  She knew with near certainty what his next question would be, as nearly all her pupils asked it.

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November 5, 2012

Disperser, Week Six – I lied . . . and about names

by disperser

It’s Monday again, and this week I contribute the second installment of The Blood: Torin.

Why did I say I lied?  Because Torin’s story is a tad longer than originally planned.  It’s because of what they call “exposition”.  You see, I got engrossed in just how this world of The Blood works.  Yes, yes, I know . . . it’s supposed to be about magic and stuff, so I could pretty much make up anything I want.

That’s not how I roll.  Actually, I don’t roll at all, but if I did, I would not roll like that.  It needs to make sense to me, even if it’s made-up stuff.

Bottom line, I can’t tell you how many more posts to complete Torin’s tale.  Maybe two, perhaps three more.

For them who anticipated honesty on my part when I said a maximum of three installments . . . suckers!!  I mean . . .  oh, too bad . . . I hope it’s not too much of an inconvenience.

But now I want to discuss Names.

Names are a minor hangup for me . . . Sometimes I use the first names of friends, sometimes I pick something sufficiently generic that I have no emotional tie to it.  By emotional tie I mean I don’t have a person associated with the name, ensuring I don’t think about them when I write (a distraction I can’t help).

English names are easy . . . and I seldom write non-English names.  BUT . . . The Blood . . .  it’s a fantasy.  Fantasy calls for odd-sounding names.  At the same time, they must sound fantasy-appropriate.  That usually means an abundance of vowels . . . and some “n’s” thrown in for effect.

I am against names which are difficult to remember (I’m pointing at you Ursula K. Le Guin), or names so similar, one has trouble remembering which name goes with which character (Tolkien, you had me pay extra attention; it detracted from the enjoyment of your lengthy, often boringly so, brilliant tales).

Some authors make up their own languages . . . Fun for them maybe, but a big bother for me, the reader (Tolkien, I point at you again, my finger waving in disapproval).  To know what I mean, take a look at this list of characters, and tell me that you, the reader, kept them all straight!

So, what am I to do?  I’m writing fantasy . . . I need weird, yet easily remembered, and unique names.  Further, they must somewhat fit the character.  You can’t name the handsome hero Blerch, or the beautiful damsel Grag’lin.  They need appropriate names like Dedruin and Flien  . . . well, you know what I mean.

I resorted to looking at Asian and Welsh names.  BUT . . . I can’t very well use them as they are; sure as shi . . . er  . . . sure as the sun is bright, someone of Asian or Welsh heritage is going to chance on the story, and the name will shatter the illusion I worked to hard to create.

“What kind of crap fantasy is this?!?” They’ll say. “The hero has the same name as my weird uncle, and the young heroine is named after my grandmother . . . I hate my grandmother!”

Just like that, they will not like my story, not buy the eventual book, will lobby against Hollywood making a movie, and will bad-mouth it if the movie still gets made.

It would be the same if I read Tolkien, and Aragon’s name was, instead,  Kevin.

So, I look at those names, which to me look exotic, but may be very familiar to others, and I throw in extra letters.  Or remove some letters.  Or swap letters out for some other letters.  Then I pronounce it.

Does it evoke thoughts of heroism?  Does it make the reader wish their name were Dedruin?  Does it make the young mother want to name her daughter Flien?

How would I know?  I like my name, and I don’t have kids.  But, I make an assessment, and eventually choose names for the characters.

So, here’s my question to the readers.  How do the names sound?  Too weird?  Too common?  Would you name your firstborn after the character?

And here’s a question to writers . . . how do you choose names?