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Why the name Opium Tales?

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I discussed why I picked the name Opium Tales in my previous blog entry. However, I want to flesh it out a bit.

Originally, I had thought of Dark Tales as the name. But someone already grabbed the dot com of Dark Tales. It was a game. It’s very important to have the dot com, not the dot net or some hyphenated domain name. When you send someone over to view your site, you don’t want to remind them “dot something else” or “with a hyphen.” Confusing spellings are a killer as well.

Plus, I really like the ring of Opium Tales. It has a nice ring to it.

Opium and Romanticism

Opium was the unofficial drug of the Romantic era. So many Romantic artists and writers did opium in one form or another. Lizzie Siddal was on it. As was Hector Berlioz, one of my primary teachers (I study his textbook).

Then of course you have several of the Romantic poets doing opium. Samuel Taylor Coleridge may have written Rime of the Ancient Mariner on opium. Lord Byron, John Keats, and Percy Shelly, three of the poets I’m heavily influenced by, did opium and several of them had opium problems.

Do I glorify opium? Of course not! I’m just alluding to the past. I don’t think I need to tell anyone that it’s not good for you.

Historically though, it’s safe to say that opium had a hand in the Romantic movement.

The negative connotation is a good thing

People who know me in real life know I’m a relatively happy person. However, my fiction writings are the opposite. Characters, even the primary characters, keep dying and I rarely write with a happy ending. Happy endings appear so rarely in my writings that I could use a happy ending as an unexpected twist.

Thus, Opium Tales has a nice ring to it.

About the featured image

That’s Lizzy Siddal of course. Opium addiction helped cause her premature death.

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