A friend of mine recently asked me how to pronounce "Circeae". Before we go any farther, it's /SIR-see/. I told her that one reason I put sci-fi/fantasy books back on the shelf is if they have names I can't pronounce. When I set out to write my own stories, I vowed never to do that...and yet the title of my series is hard to figure out! She told me that creativity doesn't often flow with our intentions. Quite true!
As I've written before, "Circeae" translates to "daughter of the sun." I thought that sounded neat. I wanted to create a parallel universe that held an edge of familiarity, but was distant enough allow for different, foreign concepts. The Circeae System is home to humans, just like you and me. I intended for the solar system to be the obvious design of an intelligent creator. Now, don't take that the wrong way. I'm not tooting my own horn. I look at our world and its place in the solar system, and marvel. It's quite a "coincidence" that our planet just happens to be in the right place and have the right conditions to hold life. I chalk that one up to intelligent design. So through the Circeae System, I am just pointing back to God. It's all about Him.
The other thing I liked about the name "Circeae" was the "ae" combination at the end. My first and middle initial. That's part of me there. I also tried to incorporate that throughout the series. Some of the planets have that combination, as do a few of the characters. I started to name all the Logia with the "ae" somewhere in their names, but that got to be a little much. However, their symbol does have an "ae" hidden in it. The above design is a crude rendering, as I am a writer, not an artist.
We are working on a site update. Soon, you will be able to explore the Circeae System beyond the simple starfield map. It's going to be super cool - so be sure to come back! We'll also be adding some character information and excerpts. You'll want to return!
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