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Pangaea Pronunciation Key

Pronunciation

If you ever read a fantasy novel, you know that words can sometimes look like gibberish. I wrote Pangaea: Unsettled Land to read a bit easier than what you’d normally expect, but in some cases I couldn’t help but come up with outlandish names. Sometimes when you make stuff up, crazy things come to mind. Here’s a list of some character names and terms that you may have trouble sounding out in your head. If you read the book and weren’t 100% sure you got it right, this is your way to make certain. If you’re about to start reading, use this as a guide to help get on with the story. Let me know if you think something should be here that I missed, and I’ll add it to the list. And be sure to share this, if you found it helpful.

Characters

Aeothesca – (Ay-oh-thes-kuh) | Queen of the Middle Third.

Annonymn – (An-oh-nim) | Princess of the Middle Third and Queen Aeothesca’s younger sister.

Benitez – (Ben-ee-tez) | Gisela’s last name.

Heuresyt – (Yor-eh-sit) | Douglassaire’s true last name.

Lesech – (Le-se-ch [‘ch’ as in ‘church’]) | A warrior from the Southern Third and Douglassaire’s rival.

Creatures

Lusae – (Loo-say) [plural] / Lusus – (Loo-sus) [singular] | Mythical creatures with magical abilities ranging from earth, fire, water, or air.

  • Ceffyl – (Seh-fill) | A lusus that resembles a horse. Has the ability to control water.

Terms

Djed Key – (Jed Key) | A mythical sword on the isle of Ether that’s said to be the source of the world’s magic.

Elao – (Ee-lah-oh) | The god of Pangaea.

Ether – (Ee-ther) | The name of a mythical island that no one has ever seen or visited. Also the name for magic in this story.

Etherean – (Eh-thee-re-an) | A human with the power to control one of the four elements: earth, fire, water, or air.

Pangaea – (Pan-gee-ah) | The setting of this story.

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Anime and Videogames as Story Inspiration

Anime Girl

Everyone has a source that inspires them to do something creative. You may think this odd, but for me that source is video games and anime. I’m definitely a nerd at heart. I’ve recently been so busy with juggling work and networking events that I was pulled away from the things that fill my imagination. Now, as I’m writing my next book (which I’m planning to be the first in a series), I found my brain needed some creative nourishment and I’m back to enjoying the things I love. So, I’d like to share with you why those mediums aren’t a waste of my writing time, why they work for me, and what specific works I resonate with. If you have a similar process or a favorite manga or videogame, I’d love to hear all about it as well!

I’m not wasting my time

There’s a lot of people who think that gaming and watching TV don’t add anything to your life. As a writer, it’s easy to fall into this way of thinking because we’re obsessed with pounding out a certain amount of words per day. I’ve tried to downplay the fact that I enjoy such things just so I didn’t get the stigma of being lazy, but this isn’t always the case. In an episode of The Creative Penn podcast, author Michaelbrent Collings explains just how doing something seemingly inane can be, in fact, productive. Watch the clip below at 11:58-13:30 to hear his thoughts.

 

Collings speaks in terms of being a writer, but the same mentality can be applied to any outlet. As he says, “…I’m not just fooling around. It is for a real professional purpose.” Now, I’ve been guilty of getting carried away with the enjoyment of everything, but after hearing this I don’t feel so bad. If I’m having a hard time getting words on a page, going to TV and games is my natural way of refilling my brain with possibilities. I’ll just have to start taking notes so that I’m still working and not slacking off.

The Anime Influence

If you’re a fan of Japanese animation, then you already know what’s so special about it. It’s a cartoon, but they usually contain content for teen or adult audiences. Back in middle school, when I got hooked on Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, they were a  nice break from the usual animated shows I’d watch. Instead of trying to be funny and having only two secluded 15-minute episodes packed into one half hour, these programs gave me a continuous story. Characters changed, some died, and I was taken on a journey I’d never experienced on TV. These action-packed anime shows illustrated to me just how well fantasy and science fiction could be done. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Death Note
  • Read or Die (OVA and TV series)

To this day, I still watch this stuff because it gives you something completely different and original from popular American fantasy and sci-fi. That doesn’t mean they get it right all the time, and I absolutely love a lot in those genres from creators in the States. But it’s good to get something different.

Gaming the System

Another of my favorite things to do is play video games. This medium has provided so many influences in my writing because you get an immersion into a world unlike your own. You can’t quite get that anywhere else. Books are the only equivalent, but certainly a slower pace. The Final Fantasy series blew me away when I was first introduced by its tenth game. The deep stories of that series and others like it inspired me to begin creating my own. Not only that, but I constantly thought of ways to do it better. Now, I like my fighting games as well, but not for story; just for gameplay. If you catch me online playing one of these, I’m probably taking a break…or wasting time. Here are some of my favorite games:

  • Dead or Alive
  • Uncharted
  • The Elder Scrolls
  • Mass Effect

Enough About Me, What About You?

If you play video games or watch anime, what are some of your favorites – past or present? And if you consider yourself an artist, how has this influenced your work? I’m really looking forward to reading some of your answers. Comment below and let’s see what we have in common!

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