Lord of Columbia Series

The Story of Columbia

Why Lord of Columbia Was Almost Days of Gaia

A Riddle

The series found a name in Lord of Columbia, which beat out both Days of Gaia and Age of Columbia, simply because Lord was a hotter search term at the Amazon market than Days and Age. It was a strategy I picked up from Derek Haines of Just Publishing Advice.

But what was the symbolism behind Days of Gaia?

And with such symbolism, why didn’t I just leave Days of Gaia put while the term ‘Lord of Columbia’ would’ve just been another phrase within the pages of Northern Knights, Swords of Destiny, and Missing in Columbia?

Because to be honest, Days of Gaia had far more meaning.

Do I regret changing to Lord of Columbia?

Of course not, as Lord of Columbia to me has always held a darker tone than Days of Gaia, which was a play off the NASCAR movie, Days of Thunder if any of you remember it.


What is Gaia?

Gaia is the world in which Lord of Columbia is set.

In Gaia, about ten percent of the population hold supernatural abilities, the most prevalent of which are the Stoicheion abilities, and for those following my blog, you know by now the Stoicheion abilities involve control of the five classical elements: water, earth, fire, air, and Spirit.

But what else do we know about Gaia?

And no, I’m not talking about mythology, so you can rule that one out.


Days of Gaia

Think about that phrase, and forget Gaia for a moment.

There’s something very important about Gaia, and I’ll say this: Usually, I’m more vague here.

Yes, this post is a riddle to you all.

The first hint is in the title: Why Lord of Columbia Was Almost Days of Gaia.

The second hint is the second to last and next to last word in the above sentence: Days of.

I think some of you might be following, but others might still be staring at this page with a blank look on their faces.

What are you getting to, Todd?


Theory of Evolution

Yeah, I’m kind of talking Charles Darwin here, but I’m also talking about something else, and that’s a circle.

See, a circle really has no ending. There’s not beginning, and no ending to a circle.

If life really is a circle, it means we’re reborn after death, but in a different body.

Just a theory.

In a circle, the sun rises, sets high in the sky around midday, sets, and disappears for the night.

The Earth orbits the sun in a circle.

Just imagine, for a minute, if the circle theory were real, and that’s the third hint right now as to why I almost called Lord of Columbia ‘Days of Gaia.’

Look at the title of the post again.

Think of those second and next to last words once more.

Now imagine if the universe really moved in a circle and we can completely acknowledge the theory a circle has no ending in universal terms.


Something’s Still Missing

Oh, something is still missing, and when one reads through Northern Knights and Swords of Destiny, something is indeed missing.

One can read Neo Skyehawk and something isn’t mentioned.

In fact, in Missing in Columbia, a character mentions they wished Gaia had (fill in the blank), and that other planets in the solar system have (fill in the blank).

But there’s another object to pay close attention to.

Such an object is present in both Lord of Columbia and Neo Skyehawk.

Now we’re talking mythology, because the object in question, as well as Gaia, are derived from the same mythology.

And this is the fourth and final hint.


Reviewing the Hints

Okay, so look at the headline once more, which reads ‘Why Lord of Columbia Was Almost Days of Gaia.’

Hint two: Emphasize ‘Days of.’

Hint three: What if life really was a circle?

Hint four: Gaia and another object mentioned in Lord of Columbia are derived from the same mythology.

It says A LOT about Gaia itself.

Bonus Hint: Let’s have some fun and I’ll throw you a fifth hint: Contrary to popular belief, I never had to do much world building for this urban fantasy series; the world was already built for me.


Missing in Columbia

Missing in Columbia holds the solution to this four, or five, part riddle.

One character states Gaia’s age.

The same character longs for something other planets have, but Gaia doesn’t.

These are two additional massive hints that say a lot about Gaia.

A small number of you might be able to break the riddle and tell me what Gaia really is.

Final (seriously) hint: If you’re proficient in astronomy, you might definitely be able to break this riddle, which is the final hint.

So, I’ve scattered hints all throughout the work and tried to remain subtle about it.

Now you make the call.

What’s the significance behind Gaia?

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  1. Very interesting information that had me thinking. Yes, I did not totally understand it but you definitely have me intrigued about the book.  I never thought about how much thought goes into a book title and how it is affected by an Amazon search.  I guess that is really similar to SEO with a website.  Am I correct?  I definitely learned something.  Thank you!

    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      I never knew until very recently. I literally stumbled across this article from Haines that I linked this time last year and it made all the difference in the world. Your title and even subtitle act as keywords in all online store search engines, and when Lord trumped Days and Age, I didn’t have a choice! 

  2. This totally confounded and befuddled me. I am trying to follow along but it gets pretty convoluted and windy to me. I guess I’m not much into this riddle because I am not invested in this world.

    • I tried to make it like one of those social media riddles where the answer might be obvious but then the windy road begins and we’re like, “I’m just going to see if someone else solved it!” Haha! That’s what I tend to do, anyway.

  3. It’s interesting to know that you still choose Lord of Columbia over Days of Gaia despite the latter have more meaning to it. I suck at solving riddles (sorry), so I still don’t get the answer 🙁 But your post here actually sparks my curiosity about title naming. Is the ‘keyword’ research really one the most important factor in naming your story? I am writing a story of my own and have a lot of title candidates, but never factoring about keyword research.  Thank you for your answer.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Hi, Al, it really was all about keywords. Using Derek Haines’ post, as linked toward the top of the article, I used his post as a blueprint. His entire site saved me a lot of heartache! 

  4. Well I certainly remember the Days of Thunder movie (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman wasn’t it?). 🙂

    Anyway, I personally think you’ve landed in the right place with the title Lord of Columbia, as it has a more adult and serious feel about it than Days of Gia. It reminds me somewhat of a title the mighty Stephen Donaldson would have come out with for the Thomas Covenant world!

    • Todd Matthews

      April 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      It was! It actually came out a year before I was born, but any NASCAR fan like myself has seen this flick. It does sound more serious and I think it reflects the tone of the work, which contains some dark, dark, dark elements. 

  5. Ibrahim Abdulrahman

    April 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I Really don’t have indept knowledge about Gaia, from your Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. The content is good and the hint you gave is OK.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Hmmm, yes, I’ve heard of the Gaia hypothesis, but Gaia also stood for something else as well. You’re getting warmer, though. 

  6. Hi Todd,

    Good news, I am not good in astrology, so I can not break the riddle. I am sorry to announce that even with all your efforts. I still ended up in the dark. You even went out of your way to give five,I still don’t have an inkling. So, this is me politely adking you to tell me why Lord of columbia was almost Days of Gaia.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Hmm, all I can give here without giving the answers away, Peace is that there is a certain Age in the overall cycle of life in general, from beginning to end, and beginning again. I know it’s very vague, but I don’t want to give away the answer just yet! 

  7.  Hey… like others… I was totally lost! Had no clue what this was about so now you will have to write a post that answers your own riddle for us…lol… and explains each and every clue!

    Maybe you can start a trend…riddle followed by multiple choice answers! Maybe even some prizes! Sounds like fun…except you need people into Gaia  and Lord of Columbia. Keep up the unique angle…I think it might be cool on youtube too!

    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Liz, that’s one of the best suggestions yet, I must admit. I do want to set up some quizzes in the future, and now that Missing in Columbia is practically complete (I promised late March then pushed it back into April due to time constraints), so I’ll have way more time on my hands, especially as we head into July when I plan on doing not just this but working online as a full-time endeavor. 

  8. Hi Todd

    I can understand how choosing a book title can be difficult to do, as you have to be appealing to both publisher and the public in large, I got to admit   ‘Day of Gaia’ it sounds more mysterious as the readers will not know who or what Gaia is.  

    The first thought concerning the title ‘Lord of Columbia’ made me think about a drug baron, as that i. what the first image came into my head.   Sometimes a title can give a mix message.

    Thank you for the article


    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

      And yes, you’re definitely thinking of Pablo Escobar, the Lord of Colombia! I actually didn’t come across him until after I launched Lord of Columbia, but if I had Days of Gaia may have stuck as if the book grew in popularity, Google would have picked up on it. 

  9. First of all, aside from the riddle which you have presented in a unique manner for us all to solve (I admit it, I peeked at the other comments to see what the answer might be so I could come across as a somewhat intelligent dude – drats! That did not work well for me) you added in something very valuable…

    That was the source that convinced you that you needed to change the title even though the one selected ft better for the world you have built. Smart decision I think, as both titles work for me, they capture my attention and imagination. Of course, I am a simpleton at times, so this may not mean TOO much! 

    Now going back to the riddle. I feel as if I must tackle it, it is like a challenge. Gaia in mythology was a Goddess and was also the name used for the Earth at one point…So this was intended to be a story that revolves around the Days of Gaia, translated into the Days of Earth, or perhaps a different version of an Earth…

    Okay, I give up, that does not feel right…Add to my theory the Gaia mission that is now mapping a billion stars, and I am not sure if I have confused things further or maybe clarified this enough so some other person who is more clever than me can give you the answer. I will come back, I have to know! 

    Also, great post, and a good resource for publishing advice that I will take the time to have a look at. It has worked for you, and maybe it will help me as well! 

    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Oh, David, you were on the right track, my friend! You’re the closest one yet to solving my riddle revolving the importance of what Gaia is. 

  10. Hi in as much as am a newbie to affiliate marketing, I found it difficult to understand what the article is all about. I never thought about how much thought goes into a book title and how it is affected by an Amazon search.  I guess that is really similar to SEO with a website. Correct me please I definitely picked something.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      You did pick up on something there, Destiny. I’m glad you learned a little about SEO and keyword marketing from this article. 

  11. Gaia, Chaos, and Eros (=Love) existed before the creation of Cosmos.

    According to Hesiodos and the theory of Cosmogony, Gaia symbolizes the material aspect of Cosmos -not the earth, sorry Dave- while Chaos is the symbol of the Universe and Eros is the power that transforms everything -the Entirety.

    Gaia with Chaos gave birth to Ouranos (Sky). I’m not sure, but I think that only our planet has a Sky and Stoicheia (permit me the plural): water, earth, fire, air, and Spirit.

    Oh my! I don’t know Todd.

    Forget Gaia and Eros, I have Chaos in my head 🙂 I’ll have to read the books to solve the riddle. Sorry! LOL

    • That’s definitely an interesting tale, Effie, but there is a specific time that the Earth is referred to as Gaia in the scientific community. But, there’s another object whose name is derived from the Greeks as well involved here, too that many state now resides within our Earth.

  12. OMG! I never read this type of interesting article. In fact, I read it twice.
    If I am not wrong, Gaia is earth?
    I believe, Gaia is earth and it gives complete meaning to the article.

    • Kavitha, you are on the very right track here. Yes, Gaia is Earth, but there’s still more to this riddle. You’re the closest one yet to the finish line.

  13. Hi Todd!

    I’m not really an astrology fan but definitely I could still remember the Days of thunder because of my favorite Tom cruise. But, despite all your hints and clues through the keywords, I still couldn’t decipher the riddle. I like the sense of mystery and uncertainty associated with this. Though I’m still making my research to link the clues together.

    But, I wouldn’t mind your generosity to expatiate on the clues while giving out the answer because that will save me a whole lot of stress, racking of my brain and still not getting the answer..lol!

    • Todd Matthews

      April 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      I know, it’s definitely a tough riddle to solve. I can point you to the history of the solar system, which I think Wikipedia might give you a nice hint there if you researched the solar system’s history! 

  14. Lord of Columbia, Days of Gaia, I seem not to have a good grip on the subject matter, I’ve just been reading through several times but I seem not to understand any bit of this riddle. But then I know it could be a very good topic/title for a fictitious book. Thanks for going out of your way to explain tye riddle but I couldn’t just decipher.

    • Todd Matthews

      April 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Big welcome, Salim! It’s definitely not an easy one to solve, but I didn’t want to give away the true significance of what Gaia is either! 

  15. Hey Todd, sorry, couldn’t guess the riddle. I’m very curious, are you planning to post the solution soon? 

    I’ve gotta admit the first thought I had when seeing the “Northern Knights” cover is the “Northern Lights” trilogy of Philip Pullman. I so much enjoyed this trilogy, which I also saw as a huge play in London which was staged over 2 consecutive nights. Similar dark cover and dark materials… I had to go read the synopsis of your book, and it sounds very interesting! Gotta read it!

    It’s funny the play of words on nights/knights/lights. For example, my little riddle is whether the song says “knights in white satin” or “nights in white satin”? lol.


    • Todd Matthews

      April 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Hi, Phil! No worries! And yes, the solution is actually on Amazon right now with Missing in Columbia! Haha, the way I chose the title for Northern Knights was mainly due to search engines giving it a friendly up and up…or so I thought! Apparently, there are a good number of high school and college athletic programs calling themselves the Northern Knights. 

      The way you’ve described Northern Lights just motivated me to check it out on Amazon!!  

  16. From my understanding, Gaia was considered the mother of the Earth. She gave birth to different Gods and Goddess that controlled each element that created ‘Earth’, ‘water, earth, fire, air, and spirit’.
    The modern-day Gaia hypothesis presented by James Lovelock, in Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, believes that all living organisms or non-organisms are part of the earth life circle, which means if any part of the system is missing, life cannot exist on earth.

    Gaia is life.

    I don’t know if this considers the answer to your riddle?

    • Todd Matthews

      April 14, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      TQ! You’re on the right path and I must say you’re halfway there. Here’s a clue for everyone: Combine the mythology with the Earth when the latter was known as Gaia in the scientific community, and you’ll have your answer! 

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