One of the things I run into the most online is the question of where I took the name Windemere from. Many people think I snagged it from an existing place. Specifically, a lake area in England that might actually be named WindeRmere. This isn’t the case, but I figure 5 years of fielding this question means I should do a post.
The list keeps going for WindeRmere with places in the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. So, what is the true origin?
Originally, I had a world named Mylrix, but that was for another set of stories. It would get absorbed eventually, but people were still telling me it wasn’t catchy. This was in college where I was still learning and taking advice very seriously. So, I needed to think up something else and began combining words, letters, and whatever I could think of. It was during the early spring in SUNY Oswego, which is on Lake Ontario. The weather was nice enough to go outside and take a walk while I thought of more ideas. This led to me going down to the lake shore where the wind was very strong. Just stared out in the direction of Canada and let my mind wander. I kept focusing a lot on the wind because it nearly knocked me over a few times. Played around with that word and landed on ‘WINDEMERE’. I liked the sound of it and realized the wind showed up a lot in my descriptions too. So, it stuck and I went on for 12 years before anybody told me there was a Lake Windermere in England.
Anybody else ever come up with an idea and then find out years later that there’s something with the same name?