Itania: The Method Behind The Madness

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Well, you've read my work, and you know my stories, but do you know me? In this short little piece I give up my secrets for naming people, and places!

Submitted: April 10, 2009

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Itania: The Method Behind the Madness: Naming

In my stories I have a varied amount of names, some which are incredibly hard to pronounce. Danellia, Alibella, Nenemy, Sarendegio, Elenora, Lily... where do I begin!?

  1. I usually start with sound patterns that are appealing to me. I like the UH sound at the end of a name, which is where you get names such as Albia, or Dania or Elenora. Danellia came from Danielle, which became Danella, which became Danellia. I then changed and added a few letters to form what sounded like Dancer in her real name: Daranciellia. Sounds like a mouthfull huh? Well it is. It's pronounced: Duh Ran C L E uh.

With Nenemy, it was a lot easier. I had been playing with the word enemy, and sea anenomie, and combined it equals Nenemy!

Sarendegio had a few different spellings, from Sarendaygeo, to Sarendegeo, to it's final Sarendegio. With this, I was playing with the name Charon, but I didn't like the shh sound at the begining so I changed it to s. Saren was born.

Lucidia I stole from a font name.

Are was when I was trying to find a different spelling for the word Air during some of the draminien language writing.

2.  Play with puns! In 1000 Lilies, the main character's name is Lily Olivia Devalle. But when you put it into a different form:

LILY O DEVALLE

it sounds like Lily of the Valley! I purposefully did that so that I could just make the title 1000 Lilies and not 1000 Days Til Home.

(Be on the look out for Clohra and her name pun)

3.  Mess up some actual names! When I was concidering a name for my female wolf pack leader, Jussya, I wanted to make it sound like Jessie, but also like my name. Jussie was one of my nicknames for little kids who can't put the Justine together, so I took the first half of that and put it with the UH sound that I like and POOF: Jussieuh. Then I simplified it so that people don't get more confused into Jussya!

I got tired with plain Elenore, or Elenor in my stories, so using my UH again I created Elenora, which was a combination of my two favorite names, Elenor, and Nora.

4.  Creating Pronounciations: In Alcranibi, you could pronounce it AlcranIbee, Alcran ebee, AlcRanibye, or my intended and much lovelier AlCraniBye. See where my headache begins?

So I spell things that can't really be mispronounced. Though it often backfires on me.

!COMMON MISPRONOUNCEATIONS!

Itania: I Tane E uh, It Ane nia, Eyet A Nia, (ItOn Yuh)

Nenemy: Nee Nee mie, Nee nee me, nee nemy (Nen Emmy)

Justine: Justin, Justice, Jussine, Christine,  (Jus Teen)

Dania: Danya, (Day Knee Uh)

Are: are (Air)

Sarendegio: Saren day gee o, Sarendegeeo, (Saren dey scjhe Oh {it's like Eugenia in russian. it's the weird scj sound that's impossible to get! please note though it is not a hard G} )

Well, hope this has sorted something out about me, but I should probably tell you where my pen name came from.

In 7th grade, we had a poetry contest, and my pen name was Itania Neshen. I got Itania from the name Titania, but I just shaved off the T. Itania was born, but I took the Ania from the german name Anja.

I then changed Neshen to Justrivger, which when you put the entire name together: Itania Octolene Justrivger, it forms an anagram of my actual name!

The name Itania has stayed with me for 3 years.

HAPPY READING!


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