TiG22 is the model name of a car. I usually pay close attention to names – that is to say, I never pick them randomly. In other books I have gone to great lengths in doing so. Based on this fact, I am sure my car’s name, did once mean something. It just evades me at present.
If I remember I will let you know.
I don’t think it was important though, for I had chosen to write a fantasy story, not try and predict the future. A nuclear-powered car with a battery that lasts a lifetime, sounds as unlikely and fantastical, as anything I could wish for.
It was perfect for the opening.
Images of such a thorium-based car can be found under this link. It is worth a look.
Reading the opening paragraph doesn’t sound much like a story but more of an official document or insurance policy. In a nutshell, it describes how even a simple trip to the shops is price tagged.
Why allow people to travel anywhere for free, when they will eventually accept charges for doing so? Skillfully packed and sold to them as security, maintenance, and environmental reasons.
The next paragraph introduces George, our main character. Perhaps I could have chosen a different G name, such as Gerald, or Gary, but I know too many people with these names. (My own brother is Gerald.) I needed a name I had no connection to, a name that was virgin to my personal memories. And George, well, he killed a dragon! LOL. It would do, as after all, George, was to be the hero of my book.
On re-reading the first chapter I realize it is packed with lots of information, which later is necessary. Such as the iNeck. This is not some product by Apple the company, but simply using the prefix i, which stands for intelligent. The name iEye, spoken, sounds like something a sailor would say. LOL. So although they look clever in lexis form, phonetically they can be ridiculed.
Other such trivia is name like CloudBuster, which coincidentally, originally had been Weatherman, but I dropped this as I do believe that in the future gender discriminating titles will be something of the past. If you should find any other gender regulating comments, which I may have missed please do let me know. I write to please, not to offend. This is one of the reasons why I use the uppercase form of d, in the name GoD.
Another important fact that appears in the book is how in the future touching is taboo. It is a nice co-incidence that I wrote this before 2020. Knowing myself I probably would not have used it otherwise. I am not someone to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ and follow suit. The idea of all five books were conceived and jotted down before the end of September 2019. My only defense or proof of this being true will eventually be seen in my blog. Some people have the talent to get their thoughts out in an organized fashion. My mind is a bit like a second-hand shop, with different rooms and levels (not floors – I have never been to a second-hand shop with floors). There are all kinds of things in there, and it is kind of organized, but the shop assistants are volunteers and their friends sometimes come to help, or simply drink tea (not coffee) and chat. Now in this shop are all the things I need to get dressed are there, (write my book). In a basket in front of the back room with the books, are the socks. And there, beside some flowery women’s dresses are some trousers… Everything I need is here.
My daughter for example, her mind is like a designer clothes shop. I just think, wow! I must have something like that and move the sock basket and put it beside the toy section. Yes. That’s better.
Perhaps now, you may understand why I am still writing something that mentally has been finished years ago – scribbled on paper in bars. LOL.
But again, I am drifting, back to chapter one. (I am proud of myself for getting in the bit about touchers, before the pandemic started.)
Another important person is George’s dad. I gently touch on their relationship, and the fact that his wife Miriam is not there. Miriam is the first name that has really been chosen. As I had already played with George’s initials, I decided to carry this on with the name of his mother. What was the name of the mother of God? (Jesus in this case). Like most of the people I know, I thought it was Mary. I did not want to call her that though, as my book is not designed to continually disrespect something millions of people believe in, and have died for, but I did need a name. So I began to research the name of Mary, and surprisingly I discovered that Myriam is the actual name of Jesus’s mother. I simply changed y for i…
It was perfect! (Please feel free to correct me if any of the pages or links I use are invalid, and try to remember it’s a story, not a history book I am writing.) The choosing of names is just a bit of private fun for me, and they do not have any particular deep meaning, and are not intended to be disrespectful. They also do not influence the characters beyond the obvious, that is to say, names that are associated with good things are given to the good characters within my tale.)
And so, to the final bit of trivia before the game begins: naming a global currency.
I have never really liked the name bitcoin, not for any real reason either (word association only) also, if I am talking about the future, I do not want to make any more unnecessary predictions. So, I invented eTerra. The prefix e standing for electronic. The word Terra stands for earth or land. In my book global currency is electronic earth, and co-incidentally again, the place where my story takes place.
That’s enough for today.
I know I haven’t managed all of chapter one, but surprisingly there is a lot of detail in the first few pages. Please ask if I have missed something that might interest you.