So I know you're all so totally wrapped up in my life and hanging on my every word around here that you don't need any reminder in the least . . . but. ;-)
The whole NaNoWriMo thing? Still happening. I think I even have a pretty good plot idea . . . which I shall be keeping under wraps. *cue the hearts of the plagiarists of the world breaking* I really like it - it may even be good enough for trying to publish when I'm done, although that remains to be seen. Either way it'll feel good to be (non-blog) writing again. I've missed it.
Anyway. I'm planning on spending the summer doing some prep work - sketching a bit of an outline and making up a dramatis personae. (side note: doesn't that sound so much more literature-y than character list? I should get bonus points with publishers just for knowing the term, lol!)
Anyway. I'm currently still in the process of naming (and in some cases creating) characters. I've mentioned . . . okay, mostly ranted . . . about it a few times before, but I am a total names junkie. As in, I can spend hours reading articles about baby names. And picking and re-picking names to use on theoretical future children. (this is the part where I should probably not admit that at one time I was absolutely determined to saddle some poor girl with Alexandriana. that would be tougher to learn than Ashleigh Elizabeth . . . which apparently almost happened.) But I sometimes get the feeling that I get lost in all the names. You know how if you read or say a word over an over for some reason it starts to look and/or sound wrong? Like when you're correcting a spelling test and by the time you get to the end you're not sure if the kid who spelled it "August" got it right . . . or the kid who spelled it "Ogst" did.
Also - that, you know, totally didn't happen last week. And Katie totally doesn't need to go through those tests again to double check them. (one of those sentences is true, lol)
So I need a little outside perspective. I have a few names I like and am possibly kicking around for this story . . .or maybe another one . . . or possibly a child, although I'm trying to stick to names I don't quite like that much for characters. Because I like so many names - especially girl names. Anyway. Since it's me, by a few I naturally mean pretty much every name I like in every possible version and with every possible spelling that doesn't look like a made-up Polish word or the ultimate in secure, unbreakable passwords. Which do you prefer, why, what kind of character comes to mind when you hear that name? (and at this point at least all the characters are pretty WASPy so keep that in mind if a particular name calls to mind a Polynesian princess or something. that's the perspective I'm looking for.)
Also I'm just a huge dork who wants to know what everyone else thinks about a bunch of not-quite-random name variations.
Adrianne/Emmaline (Is pronouncing it Emma-leen too out there?)
Quin for a boy - has it become to girly?
Quin for a girl - too trendy?
I could seriously go on for days . . . but I'll spare you. I get the feeling you're already bored. :-)
I need to find a less nerdy hobby.
P. ost S. cript
Some days it doesn't take much at all to crack me up.