Madcap (zimdanen) wrote,

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Explain your LiveJournal name and its meaning. When you're done, tag as many people as there are letters in your name.

Years ago, I was involved in bulletin board roleplaying games. They were a lot of fun and allowed me to develop my writing talents, even if I did have to deal with a bunch of people who couldn't write/spell/stay in third person. I was going to start my own - I created a continent (that ended up looking like a camel's head) and colored it, set up geographical conditions and relationships between nations, and started writing up histories and descriptions. I had an excellent one written up for the demons that had enslaved much of the land. I named this world Zimdan*.

At the time, I was reading a series called The Belgariad by David and Leigh Eddings. In this series, one of the main characters was born, 7,000 years ago, in a town called Gara. He was an orphan, so he was called Garath - meaning child of Gara, or somesuch. I took that concept and extended it to my world to create a character called Zimdanen - child of Zimdan*.

I used to go by the name Stile online, which came from The Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony. [Sidenote: This series is also why my favorite color is blue.] However, as this series is extremely popular, the name Stile was not always available. Where it wasn't, I started using zimdanen, which was ALWAYS available - since it was, as I said, a name that I created. After a while, I just switched over to using it exclusively. [I'm not entirely certain why or when I started writing it in all lowercase letters.]

* The world may have been called Zimden and I added the an in the middle of the word. That's what I had thought for the past years, though it makes more sense to have done it the way I described above.

And now, I tag:

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