Thursday, January 10, 2013

What's in a Name?

So...since I don't have enough going on these days (ha ha ha), I decided I wanted to write a Halloween story to submit to The Wild Rose Press for this year. In 2012 I had a Thanksgiving story, in 2011 I had a Christmas story, I figured it made sense to stick with the holidays. Trouble is, the deadline is just before the end of January. I really, really am hoping to make it, but I've had little to no time to make any sort of decent progress. I catch a few minutes at the keyboard here and there, but not enough to really sink my teeth into anything. But, at least I'm getting bits and pieces written. I'm not looking to make this a super long story. It's going to fall more in the Rosette category (2,500 to 20,000 words).

Right now, my biggest issue, besides not having enough time to write, is I can't find a good name for the hero. I'm using Rafe as a place-holder for now, but I'm not wild about it. He's mysterious, sexy, and just might possibly be a vampire, so the name needs to fit: Steve, Tom, or Mike just isn't going to cut it. If something doesn't come to me soon, I'm going to head to my favorite resource for names...internet lists of baby names. I really prefer to have my characters name themselves, but at this point, with time running short, I'm getting desperate.

Any ideas?

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



  1. setting? What does h do for a living? Sprcisl skills or tslents?

  2. I like Rafe - or how about Axel, Roth,or Zane?
    Or try googling 'unusual boys' names' and see if anything jumps out at you!

  3. I like Rafe too. But some others--Julien, Asher, Caleb, Jethro, Luke, Quinn, Victor, Xavier? Good luck!

  4. Ana, It's set in modern times. He's actually the new executive director of the library where the heroine works.

    Paula, Oooh, I kind of like Zane.

    Jennifer, Hmn? Caleb and Luke are tickling me, too. I actually thought about Quinn at one point!

    Thanks ladies!!

  5. Let us know what you decide on, Debra!

  6. I like Liam.

    When I'm trying to think of names, I'll sometimes let my fingers randomly sweep over the keys and then play with the letter combinations to create something original.




    If I don't like my creations, I'll finger fumble again. With this method, I created a band that has made at least a small presence in several of my novels: LeafJet8.

  7. Joyce...That is SUCH a clever idea. I'm so going to try that sometime.

    I'll let y'all know what I decide. Thanks again, ladies.