While anyone with the barest of knowledge of Greek mythology can see that Hados is Bolfodier’s version of Hades (their names are only one letter apart), most might not realize that there’s more connections between the myths of our world and the underworld of Bolfodier. Similarly to Ancient Greece’s view of the afterlife, Bolfodier’s is a sprawling vastness that’s divided into three parts. The Gates are basically Elysian Fields (a Heaven-esque place for heroes and demigods and the truly worthy of mortals); the Fields are equivalent to the Grecian Asphodel Meadows (a.k.a. the Fields of Asphodel, and the place where most people would go after they died); and the Pits are Tartarus (the deepest part of the underworld where the cursed and truly evil individuals spent their afterlife in torment, similar to Hell). But the deepest cut into Greek mythology comes in the naming of Korena. In the myths, the wife of Hades was Persephone, who occasionally went by the name Kore, and was routinely brought back to earth to appease her mother to ensure the harvest. Similarly but in reverse, Korena and Hados are cursed to only spend one day on Bolfodier every 25 years by Lilith. The second half of Korena’s name comes from the Greek goddess Athena, virgin goddess of wisdom and strategy. I thought this fit in well with Korena’s introduction as Empress Annabelle, a man hating immortal who declares war on the protagonists. And the final bit of Greek influence on Bolfodier’s underworld comes from Zotz, the underworld’s guardian that barely gets mentioned. Zotz was supposed to be the equivalent to Cerberus, the infamous three-headed dog that kept the spirits of the dead in the underworld and kept out the living. But his name actually comes from Mayan mythology in the form of Camazotz, the giant bat god of death. And as a creature that is described as sounding like “a dragon trying to howl like a wolf”, isn’t a giant bat a perfect mixture of the two and a much more fearsome guardian than a dog with three heads?
While it wasn’t on the top of her list of priorities upon her return to Terang (at the end of the second part of the book), Iselda was determined to have Braria’s currency shift away from gold and towards silver after hearing of the death of Nina. And while her friends and family were equally outraged by the tale of the goddess’ death, and supported her motion to make gold worthless, the idea is ultimately decided against because of gold’s importance to the greater Bolfodier community. Pan and Sabrina both bring up the point to truly have the average citizen disregard gold would be next to impossible without telling them why she was trying to have gold left by the wayside; something everyone realizes is a very dangerous secret that should not be revealed if they wish to keep Hados, Lilith and Korena safe. So, with a heavy heart and a tearful prayer to Korena, Iselda admits defeat on the issue, while resolving to try and have as much gold exchanged from Braria as she can in the remaining years of her reign.
So awhile back I hinted at a special announcement due to come out soon. Well, today is that day. Today, I’m officially launching what I’m calling the Write It Forward Event; a chance for anyone and everyone interested in adding their own spin on the world of Bolfodier and potentially have it become canon. Full details are on the new Write It Forward page here on bolfodier.ca. This is me handing one of the reins of creative control over to my readership, as well as a desperate bid to get some attention outside of those who know me personally. So please, let all those creative types you know know about this event.
So, a few months ago I got the idea to take the idea of giving a backstory to fanart of famous characters turned evil (most of which were Disney) and posting the twisted thoughts that came to mind. I’ve since posted a few on Facebook, but I’ve decided to take the next step and put it up on FanFiction. I haven’t found a place to post the pics that inspired these dark tales yet so if anyone knows a good place I’d love to get it. So please read the shorts that turns some of our favourite heroines into the Princesses of the Dark Side! More are sure to come when I find some intriguing pictures.
So, for those of you who know about my book, but don’t know about the fact that I also have a fictionpress account, allow me to remedy that fact. FictionPress and FanFiction are where I first started posting my writings and where the idea to publish The Kanta Chronicles first came to me. I have other stories on these sites and I’d like to invite everyone to check them out; links can be found on the home page of the site. Most are only one chapter long, shorter than 5000 words and an interesting read. The exception to this is the Lucifer & Lilith story, which after a year and a half, I finally posted the 32nd chapter to. The link to that story directly is this: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3165335/1/Lucifer-Lilith-Love-Leads-To-Sin Hope you all enjoy it, even though it’s a little different from The Kanta Chronicles. So finish the book, leave a review here, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters and Goodreads, and then read L&L and then leave a review on that site or here about that story. Thanks again for all the support!
Ok, so I know I’ve been a little behind on giving my weekly updates recently (as in only 3 since the end of June) and I’m completely sorry for that, and hope to make it up to you all in the coming weeks when I hopefully return to my normal schedule. As with most things, my laziness is to blame and you should all know that I can procrastinate with the best of them (see my bio for full details), but I’m here to get back into the groove, by revealing yet another secret to the world of Bolfodier that is not found in the book. And for those of you still waiting for that special announcement I mentioned in my last post, don’t worry I’m adding some last minute stuff to hopefully get it the attention it deserves and it will be made by the end of September.
Now, for today’s topic, I’d like to look at a few of the supporting characters from The Kanta Chronicles and reveal to you all their hidden connection. The characters in question on Gideon Vanto, and Remus and Romulus Shaw. As is stated in the book, Remus is Romulus’ father, but something that isn’t said in the book is that Vanto is Remus’ father. Yes, although neither of them know this truth, they are actually father and son; but with Remus having a even mix of both of his parents’ looks it isn’t as clear as Pan and Leo or Iselda and Shade and Nikki that they’re related. But seeing as Vanto only had romantic relations with 2 woman in his life (both being one night stands) he never considered the possibility of fatherhood. But this isn’t to say that the two didn’t end up having a close relationship. Vanto took a special interest in Remus when he first joined the Brarian army (as seen by his bringing him on the journey to Vagala). Over the years, the two became very close friends to the point that where Romulus came to view Vanto as a grandfather/uncle/mentor. And when Vanto retired from service (during the 3 year time gap in part three of the book), he strongly urged and recommended Remus to replace him as General. And while everyone thought that Remus would make a great General, he vehemently refused the post saying he didn’t want the responsibility of the nation’s security on his shoulders, but that he was humbled by the offer and recommendations of his friend and mentor (and secret father).
So, for those of you who’ve read x portion of the book, you’ll have undoubtedly realized that some of the names of people and places are a little hard to pronounce. So this week’s post is going to be my guide to how you pronounce those names properly. I’ll write the word out how it should be said using real words to break down the pronunciation. The brackets will indicate a section of a word that is used, rather than the whole word; i.e. (li)brar(y) indicates that the brar sound from the word library is how you would pronounce the first syllable in Braria. Capitalized letters will be read as that letter, whereas lower case letters will be read as the sound that letter makes; i.e. T is read like t-shirt, but f is read like the ph sound in photo.
Bolfodier- bowl foe die are
Braria- (li)brar(y) E a
Toxai- tox(ic) A
OJA- O ja(r)
Victorinox- victor in ox
Terang- t rang
Nosiop- noise E op
Noigler- noi(se) g (Chand)ler
Vagala- vag(ina) a la
Valva- valve a
Valya- val(ue) yeah
Cawdor- caw door
Holista- holist(er) a
Gothtor- goth tore
Nefas- knee fas(t)
Pitag- pit tag
Ichmensch- (f)ish mens ch(eer)
Vanus- van us
Clowia- k low E a
Blackreich- black Reich
Valle Ragaz- val(ley) ra(t) ga zz
Panken- pan ken
Iselda- is L (zel)da
Jazabel- jazz a bell
Brudas- brew d ass
Hados- hay dough s
Korena- core E na
That’s all the important names that come up more than once and I hope this helps all of you better hear the world the novel takes place as you read it. But if there’s something that I left out, or you’re still unsure on something, leave a comment on this post and I’ll update it or try to better explain it.
Ok, I know I haven’t posted anything in a couple of weeks and today isn’t my normal update day, but since the book’s publication, my sending of copies to the Kickstarter supports and a few reviews, I haven’t really had all that much to post. I’m awaiting reviews (which you can now post on this site (as well as the sites that the book is sold) to get a general feel for the reception that you as my readers are giving me. Though the sample size is small, and potentially biased, I’m happy to report initial reactions of those who’ve told me they’ve read it is good. I’m going to wait until the middle of September to give an official overview of the reviews, but I hope this optimistic trend continues.
Also coming within the next month, to give people time to read the book and spread the word, I have a special announcement in the works. I’m not going to give any more details than that at the moment, but I think it has the potential to help make this book take the world by storm.
I’m also happy to announce that you can now buy The Kanta Chronicles at the store where I work, Valu-mart in Minden, Ontario. Supplies are currently limited, as well as hard covers, but the more we sell the more that can be shipped to the store for all your cottage country reading needs. And I truly believe that The Kanta Chronicles has something for everyone: magic, romance, action, betrayal, a grand battle, secret societies. All that’s missing is a partridge in a pear tree. So don’t miss out on this great read and a great opportunity to have a meet-n-greet with the author at his other job!
While I didn’t start writing the second section of the book until I was in my second year of university, I actually created the character of the immortal Empress of Toxai back in high school during a creative writing exercise. As with any character, the initial spark of creation is not what the flame becomes; and Annabelle is no different as she was originally fully grown and much more tyrannical than how she appears in the book. But one thing that never changed was how the Buddhist interpretation of reincarnation, and specifically that of the Dali Lama, influenced how Annabelle achieved immortality.
Though I’m sure I’m wrong about this in reality, as I learned the broadest of strokes about Buddhism, learning that the spirit of the Dali Lama seemed to take over that of the child who will become the next Dali Lama was an interesting concept to me. Though I’ve since learned that the child is born with this spirit within them and it slowly emerges over time (similar to the show Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra), the thought of this possession-esque really intrigued me as a way a world leader would work. As I do with everything that influences me, I bastardized this into what we see in the book in a much more Supernatural possession rather than true reincarnation.
But that isn’t where the influences stopped. There’s also the way in which those who rule in Annabelle’s place as she finds her new body determine the child coming to the palace is indeed the real Annabelle. Buddhist monks show a variety of objects to the potential Dali Lama, and depending on what they choose is a how they determine the real reincarnation from those who are not. Annabelle, and by extension Toxai, takes a less likely to be influenced by chance approach to proving her identity. Before she dies, Annabelle would take her three most trusted advisers and servants and tell them secrets about herself that no other people would know about her. Talking to each individually, Annabelle would tell them each different things and they would then devise questions that one of the others would ask and report her answers back to the question inventor. She would also hide her most prized possession, the Eternal As We Are ring, during one of these private conversations and only retrieve it when being questioned by the person she was talking to when she hid it. Correct answers to the questions, along with knowing the location to the ring, are what help determine that she is indeed the returned Empress.
OMG! OMG! OMG! Guys, the day has finally come! The Kanta Chronicles is officially listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Chapters websites (which are the links above). If you supported me on my Kickstarter, you’ll be getting a copy shortly; but for those of you who didn’t, please feel free to buy one now. And don’t forget to leave a review or two and rate the book while you’re there. I know it seems a little expensive, but please remember that I’m still a struggling author and that this is my first book. But once again, thank you to all of you, I couldn’t have done this without you and all the support that you’ve all given.