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    Series I've been messing with.

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by FreddieTheYeti, Oct 4, 2010.

    Okay, I've got this series I've been kind of messing around with, and I really just cannot name anything. It's about an ancient species that disappears, and another species finds the tomb. The alien species had found them on a monitor in a Lesothonian (Name tbd) listening post. They find the tomb, and they find out April (one of the main characters) is the chosen one. she talks with the Council of the Gamma, and learns she has godly powers. She then goes back to the her realm, and wipes all evil off of the universe. End of first part. Magnus (another main character) gets jealous, and plots his revenge against April. He gets a little group of people to finish the job. The plan doesn't goes as planned, then Magnus just shoots her. End of second part. Bridge between Gamman and Zodian (another name tbd) worlds are dissolved. Magnus goes back to the tomb, and is shocked when he can go to the Gamman council room. He then has a choice, go back to the day he killed April, before he carries out the plan. Or tries. Or he can stay in this reality. He sets everything right by choosing to go back. Then, April is guardian of the universe. The Vectra. I just need names for 2 alien species, 5-6 planets, multiple codenames, and a couple names for zones.

    Thanks, FreddieTheYeti :D
     
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    Names are the only problem you will have? Once you get people to make uip some names on your behalf, you'll have no more difficulty with those trivial matters of dialogue, description, pacing, character and plot development, etc?

    You really should work through the naming yourself. Believe it or not, that's the easy part.
     
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    ditto that!

    and...

    stop thinking series and start writing a book that's so good your publisher will want more...
     
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    Thanks, I was actually thinking about making little four to five minute podcasts on itunes.
     
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    to do what?... promote your books before you write them?

    or do you mean that's what your series will be and you're not writing books?
     
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    Well, I had originally written it in the form of a screenplay. So, I've been converting it into a book. I'm not having too much trouble, though. Just the parts after them talking...
     
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    In other words, the bulk of the story. :D
     
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    Well, yeah... my 8th grade vocabulary isn't too high though.
     
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    ok tell us about the species and the planets - it's fun naming things
     
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    The planet is a forest planet, mixture of Endor, a tropical rainforest, and a fairy tale forest (without the pumpkins and singing birds and stuff).

    The species is kind of a fox/old 50's alien (weird combination, I know).
     
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    Naming is fun.

    My tip: Don't make the names TOO fitting to the point where it's cliche. In other words, naming a goth girl Raven or naming a hunter Hunter or naming an emo poet guy Edgar Allen is not a good move.

    In general, I prefer shorter and more normal names to 5-syllable, otherwordly-sounding names. It doesn't mean you have to go with a common name, but something that will be easy for readers to remember.
     
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    Oh, I've got the names for the characters. Magnus and April.
     
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    so lets see old Scots for fox is Tod, and maybe use a 50s name or association with it say - Todlon I know it is naff lol need longer to think about it

    What about Xylem for the planet?
     
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    I really like Magnus.
     
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    Love the planet name, It even looks more sci fi because of the x :p but i think I'm gonna go with Volpinon, Maltese translation of fox.
     
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    much better lol Xylem is the water transport system in vascular plants. Phloem is the food. Your name for fox is much better - it may now be useful to raid the Maltese language and traditions for other names.

    I called my planet Litae after the three daughters of Zeus who cleaned up the world. My planet is the eternal/internal organs of the universe cleansing the energy that passes through the universe through conduits that according to legend carry a small insect like a firefly which works like a blood cell for energy lol it is a bit nuts but the name works.
     
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    I like Xylem a lot. Really, naming is something that should take the least amount of agony.
    (But just to let you in on a secret: I'm awful at naming. I've given myself ten whole months, and I still haven't gotten my fourteen + character names down pat. :eek:)
    What you've got so far sounds great.
     
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    Thanks for the names and support, if you have anymore ideas for cities, underground bunkers, etc., feel free to post.
     
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    It is hard without knowing too much about them - I usually take my characters from behindthename website use the random renamer. Just keep the culture the same for each race. only ones I am sort making up are my fire people. I use names that mean something that fit the person and I like the look of like Angus, Socrates, Tom, Gilbert, Kazuto, Tola, Phirun etc

    Then for places I look at them what are they like - then I use something that works with them like Litae for the planet, old names for countries - Scotia, Moravia etc or tweak something Mediteranea. Small villages like Covesea, Culbin and Burghead have been used. My main town is by the sea so very boringly it became Seatown lol
     

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