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Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure

4 November
My birthday is Nov. 4 of 1971, so you can do the math for my age. I am divorced and the mother of one sweet little boy. I'm told he's ADHD and the medication really does help, so I can't argue the diagnosis. I am a chemist working in pharmaceutical formulations. I would list my interests, but you can see that just below this. ;) I come here to rant, to show off, to talk, to laugh, to ask advice and to be entertained by my friends and acquaintances doing the same.

Now, about my username. Once upon a time there was a man by the name of Thomas (not to be confused with my son, Thomas) who was running an AD&D campaign. As he had an orphaned character that really needed to stay in the campaign, he asked if I would like to take her up and I agreed. This character's name was Solenacea (and to this day, I don't know if I am spelling that correctly...) and she was an elven Spellsword (or something like. She was good with both sword and spell.) I enjoyed playing with her, but the campaign petered out.

Then I started playing Asheron's Call. I made an Aluvian for my second (and, in the end, main) character and needed a name. Solenacea was pretty cool, but hard to spell, so I shortened it to Solan. According to AC lore Aluvians take their father's names as their last names with the added suffix of "-sun" for sons and "-mad" for daughters. Hmmm, Solenacea of Thomas' AD&D game quickly became Solan Thommad. And I was pleased. I started using the name for chat boards, even those not directly associated with AC. (As an aside, I couldn't help making an AC character for my son called Thomas Solansun.)

At least, I was pleased until I got one too many gripes from certain brothers about just how hard it was to /tell Solan Thommad, that is. ;) Keep in mind, one of the brothers often played Surin Lannock and the other had secondary characters with names like Renix's Librarian and Renix's Butler. ;D But I digress.

After that I started using just 'Solan' when I could but that was already taken when I started LJ and I just couldn't part with good old Solan (I answer to it in RL, for heaven's sake!) but was still smarting from the 'too hard to type out' comments. Thus I am Solan_T.

A note on just how I pronounce this, since it really isn't self-evident. I pronounce 'Solan' rather like "stolen" without the "t". "Thommad" is a little trickier. I have been heard to prounounce my son's name as "toe-MAHSS", rather than "TOM-ess", so perhaps you will understand why I thus pronouce "Thommad" as "toe-MAHD".

Yeah, completely pointless, I know.