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Mon, Jan. 7th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Crosswords and Names

Particularly for those who write Science Fiction or Fantasy, choosing both character and location names can be a daunting task.  In many cases, authors tend to borrow from Greek Mythology to name planets, characters, creatures, and perhaps cities and other locations on those planets.  Sometimes people use "word generator" programs to come up with something.  (And of course for those who write more earthlike works, we can search the phonebook for a character name or use an alternate name or spelling for a location name.)

Sometimes something you would least expect might end up being a word generator.  This morning as I worked one of the Crossword puzzles in the paper, I came across a clue dealing with one of Charles Dickens' books.  It was a fill in the blank sort of clue and the answer ended up being, "A tale"  as in A Tale of Two Cities.  However, when printed in all caps and with no spacing in the puzzle, it was "ATALE."  The lack of a space between the two words put a different look to it.  Right now I'm searching for some place names as I finish up the third Stone Island Sea Story, so I jotted it down and began doing some substitution, some addition to, and perhaps some other changes.  Ended up with "Atolan," which may end up being the name of a pirate stronghold.

Another answer in the puzzle was "in the LAP OF luxury," or "LAPOF."  I've modified it to "El Posvid."  Not sure if I'll use either of these, but I'll keep my eyes open as I work the puzzles on a daily basis.   I've also noticed that online names. URLS and the like can work the same way when we don't use any spaces.

Just thought this might be of use to anyone trying to come up with names.
Dave

"Hotchkiss' Paradox" Cover Art for Beyond the Ocean's Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story.