Technical Aspects

When one is writing a book, or especially a series of books, technical details must be attended to. In the Tellurae Aquaous series I have created such details as a currency system (based on the “stater” which is the equivalent to a penny, or a pence), and even new constellations. I thought my readers might be interested to hear the “legends” behind some of the constellations:

Yorien: the wandering warrior, unjustly cast out from his home and forced to wander the desolate plains of the night sky alone, with only his sword and a broken shield. He is said to be the protector of the innocent.

Chareele: the fair princess who fell in love with Yorien. But alas, he did not love her in return, for her love was kept secret even from him. Eventually her love was discovered by her enemies, for her heart shone in her eyes. She was banished from the kingdom and made to walk the nighttime sky as well, but upon the opposite horizon from her love and forever facing in the opposite direction. However, the brightest star in the sky is that of Chareele’s heart, and the purity of her love shames the blind eye of Yorien.

The Gryphon: with outspread wings, the gryphon is a symbol of courage and daring, he follows Yorien on every quest, but far enough behind so that Yorien never knows or sees who it is that gives him aid.

Wyvyrn: the long, powerful king of all dragons flies through the night at the top of the sky. He is the symbol of nobility and magic, both of which are now at best difficult to find in the world.

Artairus: The constellation named in honor of the great king Artair. When that King among kings passed into the shadow realm, his people named a group of stars after the great man who had led his people in peace. His is a constellation of seven stars, six forming a half circle, and one lone star centered beneath them, symbolizing the Great King as ruler over the six main powers of Tellurae Aquaous. (Llycaelon, Aom-igh, Effoin-Ebedd, Endalia, Kallayohm, and Yochathain)

Ethalon: The eagle, the symbol of pride and nobility, flies across the southern part of the sky

Alianna: A unicorn, the symbol of beauty and love, appears in the sky above Chareele’s head, protecting her.

~ jenelle

What I Write/Why I Write

I wonder why my words
Never seem to stay
Exactly how I mean them
But change from day to day.

I write what I feel
Deep down inside of me,
Using my pen
Setting my emotions free.

I write what I see
In the world around
People I meet
Their stories abound.

I write to remember
Feelings I’ve felt,
Struggling to record
Hands that I’ve been dealt.

I write to fascinate
To evoke emotion,
I write to create:
Express fantastic notions.

I write to reveal
The deepest part of me
Thoughts, dreams, ideals
Helping others see.

I offer only insights
To try and leave you thoughtful
And perhaps to shed some light
Upon this darkening world.

And so, dear reader,
I give my words to you
Do with them what you will
Be harsh not in your view.

~ jenelle

NAMES

One of the most frequently asked questions I come up against as an author is: “How do you come up with names for your characters?”

There are a number of factors that have to come into consideration for a character’s name.

First of all is the question of meaning. I like for a character’s name to have some sort of meaning that correlates to something in that character’s personality. I have two invaluable resources for coming up with names, an old, battered baby name book, and the babynamesworld website. Second, there is the sound of the name.Third is spelling, fantasy characters can’t be named mundane things such as “Bill” or “George”… however, a mundane-seeming name can be spiced up merely by re-thinking the spelling; thus, “George” becomes “Jorge”, “Jeff” becomes “Geoff”, etc. If I don’t like the way one name looks or sounds, I might even combine two or more names to create something new. For example, I liked both “Katrina” and “Katelyn”, but neither one seemed quite right for a character. I combined the two and voila! “Kaitryn” was born. If the character is a dragon or some other fantasy creature, the names become easier because I can just make them up. These names tend to pop into my head quite easily for some reason. Dragons need strong sounding names with lots of syllables. Gryphons have beaks and therefore their names need to have lots of hard sounds and few liquid sounds. Their names are more abrupt and tend to end with a “k” sound. Unicorns and Pegasus need names that roll off the tongue with lots of “l’s”, “w’s” and “r’s”.

For countries and other things that need to be named, or in times of great frustration, I tend to swipe my fingers across the keyboard several times and then search the results for any interesting sounds that could be the beginning of an idea for a name: thus were “seheowks” named. The benefit to this method is that if no interesting ideas spring to life from the haphazard assortment of letters that come up on the screen, at the very least I get the satisfaction of whacking on the keyboard for a while. :-)

~ jenelle