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  1. #6
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    Thanks you guys!

    renrose -- we're saying Marietta the same I just have it written out in a confusing way I think. ^_^ When I say publication stages, it means I have have sent the manuscript to publishing companies and their editorial departments are looking over it. So, waiting for acceptance would be better suited I suppose ^_^. I'm about 100 pages from finishing the second novel too and I'm hoping to finish in the next 2 weeks before the baby gets here. ^_^
    Also, why do you say Llewelyn like that? Is that how it's actually supposed to be pronounced?

    Charlieandperry1 -- I might have invented Elenwen. I can't find it anywhere and it just popped into my head as I was writing the character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dantea View Post
    renrose -- we're saying Marietta the same I just have it written out in a confusing way I think. ^_^ When I say publication stages, it means I have have sent the manuscript to publishing companies and their editorial departments are looking over it. So, waiting for acceptance would be better suited I suppose ^_^. I'm about 100 pages from finishing the second novel too and I'm hoping to finish in the next 2 weeks before the baby gets here. ^_^
    Also, why do you say Llewelyn like that? Is that how it's actually supposed to be pronounced?
    Firstly, how exciting!

    Secondly, yes. In Welsh, 'Ll' is a letter with a pronunciation like 'hcl' (super hard noise to write down) Just noticed you spell the name differently to me though. I've used the 'll' letter both times but you only have it at the start. With your spelling it would be more like 'cloo-elen'. Not 100% on the 'y' at the end. My Welsh friend told me it sounds like an 'eh' when it's by itself but I can't really say when it's next to l's.
    Last edited by renrose; May 25th, 2013 at 04:31 PM.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

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    Oh Dantea, the prospect of publishing a novel must be very exciting for you. Good luck!

    Etrean – eh-tree-an (good) - Reminds me of the poor country Eritrea. I like it the sound and look of it. Did you make it up?
    Faron – fah-ron (neutral) - I would pronounce this one more as "fair-in" but maybe I'm thinking of Farren.
    Alsandair – al-san-dare (good) - I like this form of Alexander.
    Rannulf –ran-nulf (bad) - Ranulf/Ranulph is usually spelled with one "n" but many authors redo spellings and make up names so who cares?
    Pivane –pih-vane (badish) - Similar to Jeremy Piven?
    Alexis –ah-lex-is (bad) - Definitely bad after the Dynasty vamp!
    Juliana – ju-lee-ah-nah (bad) - Pretty
    Phillipa – fil-lip-ah (bad) - majestic
    Marietta – mary-eh-tah (good) - She sounds like a goody two shoes.
    Syrena – sigh-reen-ah (main bad guy) - I'm surprised that this is a male.
    Maji – mah-ji (neutral) - Different
    Absalom – ab-sah-lom (good) - An underused Biblical name
    Pax (bad) - This name is harsh so I do imagine a baddie.
    Quella – kwel-lah (bad) - Definitely a badass. Cruella de Ville could be her sister!
    Victoria – vic-tor-ee-ah (neutral) - Classic
    Soroka – sor-oh-kah (bad) - It sounds like an exotic name from India
    Amara – ah-mar-ah (alias for Syrena) - this is very feminine for a male character
    Etain – eh-tane (good) - I love this Irish name.
    Samantha – sah-man-thah (good) - Every Samantha that I've known as been a bad girl.
    Andrea – an-dree-ah (neutral) - a newer classic name
    Theona – thee-oh-nah (neutral) - Pretty Greek name
    Odette – oh-det (neutral) - Not very attractive in sound
    Zarex –za-rex (neutral) - sounds like a medication. Male or female?
    Cassandra – cah-san-drah (bad) - lovely Greek gem
    Kiera – keer-ah (neutral) - I prefer the Irish spelling Ciara since you have an Etain.
    Cecilia – seh-sil-yuh (neutral) - Frilly and feminine
    Dahlia – doll-yuh (neutral) - Some may pronounce it as "day-lee-uh"
    Majendra – mah-jen-drah (bad) - This looks like a Hindu name. Sounds cool but bad.
    Felicity – feh-lih-sity (neutral) - A Felicity is a "happy" name so she should be good!
    Jocelyn – joz-len (neutral) - Gender neutral gem
    Lilith – lih-lith (neutral) - Neutral is the way a lot of people feel about Adam's first wife.
    Seren – seh-ren (badish) - This name does have a sinister sound to it, doesn't it.
    Tacitus – tac-ih-tus (badish) - Many Roman names do sound badish
    Mathis – ma-this (good) - Johnny Mathis?
    Reynolds – rey-nolds (good) - A surname seems odd but I don't know your story.
    Altair – al-tare (good and I already realize this isn't a 'correct' pronunciation) - Ethereal
    Lilandra – lil-ahn-drah (bad) - A smoosh? A cross between Lilian and Alexandra.
    Cynthia – sin-thee-uh (neutral) - It's nice to see this name being used.
    Aurelius – aw-ray-lee-us (good) - I pronounce this name as "aw-re-lee-us". Love it!
    Vega – vay-gah (neutral) - Suzanne Vega and a star.

    Places and words:

    Thuria – thur-ee-ah - Exotic
    Jara – jah-rah - Dreamy
    Eldrisa – el-drees-ah - Sounds like an exotic witch
    Baelfire – bale-fire - oh this is wicked (in a good way! )
    Kaga – kah-ga - Reminds me of kangaroo
    Tondris – ton-dris - I like the sound of this place.


    From the second:

    Verin – VEH-rin (bad) - Too soft to be bad
    Nasir – NAH-seer (bad) - I can see evil with this name
    Erebus – EH-reh-bus (bad) - Sounds very bad
    Viatrix – VEE-ah-triks (good) - Reminds me of the word "dominatrix".
    Cornelia – kor-NEE-lee-ah (good) - It's refreshing to see this Old Roman name
    Lorelei – LOR-eh-lie (good) - Any sailors in your story? I knew a very smart woman named Lorelei.
    Bianca – BYAHN-kah (good) - Lots of Italian flair
    Carya – CAR-yuh (neutralish) - I would pronounce this like Aria with a C in front.
    Cyrus -- SIE-rus (neutral) - Strong and masculine
    Lorcan -- LOR-kan (neutral) - Irish boys name for Laurence. It has spunk.
    Delphine -- del-FEEN (bad) - I love this French name so I'm sad that's she's a baddie!
    Lilandra – lil-AHN-drah (bad) - here she is again. This woman gets around, doesn't she?
    Llewelyn – LOO-eh-len (goodish) - A fine Welsh name.
    Ulric – UHL-ric (good) - He sounds bad
    Corrick – COR-RIK (good) - A smoosh that sounds bad.
    Sophia -- so-FEE-a (good) - Yes, wisdom is good!
    HaldorHAL-door (good) - A Norse name that sounds like trouble.
    Zillah -- ZIL-ah (bad) - A rare Biblical name.
    Valeriana – vah-LER-ee-ah-na (good) - This one sounds bad to me.
    Faris – fa-ris (bad) - Could be pronounced as "fair-is".
    Demetri – deh-mee-tree (bad) - I would pronounce this as "deh-meh-tree". Dimitri would be "deh-mee-tree".
    Cassius – cass-ee-us (neutral) - I pronounce this name "cash-us" like boxer Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)
    Imogen – im-oh-jen (bad) - Shakespeare would be so proud!
    Dajanira – day-jah-neer-ah (bad) - This could be two things: a version of the Spanish Dayanara or something from India.
    Malik – ma-lik (bad) - An Arab name popular with African-Americans.
    Qadir – kah-deer (bad) - A cool Arab name
    Tahira – tah-heer-ah (bad) - A pretty Arab name
    Elenwen – el-en-win (bad) - Sounds and looks Welsh. I think it sounds pretty even if the character is bad.
    Catori – cah-tor-ee (neutral) - A made up smoosh? It reminds me of the Native American saint name Kateri.
    Moira – moy-rah (good) - Irish gem.
    Ursicina – ur-sih-see-nah (bad) - Yes, this one is a baddie for sure!
    Calinico – ca-lih-nee-co (goodish) - Cat-like. Calico.

    Places

    Dar-el-Mendal – dar-el-men-dahl - Arab
    Dar-el-Dorahn – dar-el-dor-ahn - Arab
    Alocia – ah-loh-shuh - Some may say "ah-loh-see-uh". It's similar to Alicia.
    Woran – wor-ran - This sounds like a bad place.
    Loroth – lor-oh-th - I would pronounce this as "lo-ROTH".
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  4. #12
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    That's interesting Renrose! Thanks for trying to explain that.

    Mischa, love your comments. I'll address some:

    Etrean – eh-tree-an (good) - Reminds me of the poor country Eritrea. I like it the sound and look of it. Did you make it up? -- As far as I can tell, yes. I can't find it anywhere online ^_^
    Pivane –pih-vane (badish) - Similar to Jeremy Piven? -- I actually had no idea who that was. I had to google >.> I was looking for a name that meant "sneaky" or some such and found this which means "weasel" or "like a weasel" ^_^
    Marietta – mary-eh-tah (good) - She sounds like a goody two shoes. -- lol no. She most definitely isn't a goody two shoes, just playing for the good side
    Syrena – sigh-reen-ah (main bad guy) - I'm surprised that this is a male. -- No! I see where the confusion came in. I'll go change that to "main Villain"
    Absalom – ab-sah-lom (good) - An underused Biblical name -- I agree. Though I'm not biblical, it's a beautiful name and perfect for him. I went overboard on his whole name -- Absalom Lucien Verity -- father of peace, light and truth. ^_^ (All my MAIN characters have full names)
    Pax (bad) - This name is harsh so I do imagine a baddie. -- Yes. I wanted an ironic name for him. He's terrible but his name means peace :P
    Amara – ah-mar-ah (alias for Syrena) - this is very feminine for a male character -- I addressed the confusion up there :P
    Zarex –za-rex (neutral) - sounds like a medication. Male or female? -- Zarex is male. It's an old Greek name -- A son of Carystus and founder of the town Zarex in Laconia. -- I agree that it sounds medical which is why it's not on my baby name list any longer
    Mathis – ma-this (good) - Johnny Mathis? -- I had to google this one too >.< I don't watch a lot of TV and he isn't my musical style. Mathis is a random surname I picked out of the air for an army general >.>
    Reynolds – rey-nolds (good) - A surname seems odd but I don't know your story. -- Yes, I agree. It's for an army commander though, so he is generally referred to as Captain Reynolds or some such in text.
    Lilandra – lil-ahn-drah (bad) - A smoosh? A cross between Lilian and Alexandra. -- It's a name I know I've heard, but can't find. Probably is a smoosh, but I sort of love it.

    From the second:

    Verin – VEH-rin (bad) - Too soft to be bad -- Lol. I like that though ^_^ It's a word from an ancient language meaning 'evil'
    Lorelei – LOR-eh-lie (good) - Any sailors in your story? I knew a very smart woman named Lorelei. -- Nope, but if I were to choose one to be a sailor or something like it, she would be it ^_^
    Corrick – COR-RIK (good) - A smoosh that sounds bad. -- Actually, Corrick is a real name. From my research, it's an old norse variant of Corey.
    Faris – fa-ris (bad) - Could be pronounced as "fair-is". -- I asked on here a while back how to say this one but no one answered so I just picked the one that sounded like it would be right (since it's Arabic). I started out pronouncing it fair-is so I'll probably change that
    Demetri – deh-mee-tree (bad) - I would pronounce this as "deh-meh-tree". Dimitri would be "deh-mee-tree". -- I can see that. Demetri (this spelling) comes from the Greek Demeter, which is where the pronunciation comes from
    Dajanira – day-jah-neer-ah (bad) - This could be two things: a version of the Spanish Dayanara or something from India. -- It's actually an old Greek name. It's in some of my old books and whatnot.
    Catori – cah-tor-ee (neutral) - A made up smoosh? It reminds me of the Native American saint name Kateri. -- This isn't a smoosh either. Old Greek form of Catherine (according to some extensive research)


    Reading over all your comments, I actually realized I left my King off! His name is Dorian.

    Thanks for your replies and thanks Mischa especially for your detailed comments! I love that.
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    King Dorian! Ah, Oscar Wilde would be so proud to hear it!
    All the best,
    Mischa.

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