Monthly Archives: April 2012

What’s in a name?

A red name tag that reads "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

After reading Jim Chaney’s “Stop! In The Name Of…Terrible Baby Names” in his blog The Wordslinger, I realized I have no names for my two male characters. How am I to do a casting call without proper names for my characters? Just imagine the scene: “Hi, I’m here for the casting call,” a well-known actor says. “Goody!,” I say, “you’ll play an unnamed male character…” “Oh!,” he interrupts, “I’ll call you”. Shouldn’t be the other way around? Luckily this is completely hypothetical.

So far my female characters names are McKenzie Cameron (don’t ask me, I can’t take that name out of my head) and Ms. Ortiz (no first name). Although naming the two guys Young Hottie and Old Hottie is working for me, I’m not sure those are good names for any character. I’ll appreciate any idea (no Henry or Stephen, please).

I remember naming my baby was a breeze. The moment I knew I was pregnant I knew the name I wanted. However those two guys are a hard nut to crack.

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Innocence’s lost

This is another Pulitzer Prize winner, and it’s ironic I’ve read two such winners in a year with not a fiction winner. Sad, really sad.

Edith Wharton‘s The Age of Innocence is another masterpiece. It tells the loss of innocence of Newland Archer, a high society boy who lives a perfect life in a perfect bubble until he met his fiancée’s cousin Countess Olenska, an expatriate who takes New York’s society by storm. Suddenly his contact with new ways of thinking burst his bubble and he realized the superficiality of his life up to that moment.

Through Wharton’s narrative we witness how Archer’s world falls down but how he’s unable to stop the process, and live up to his true feeling. Quite sad actually. Therefore the ending is extremely well accomplished because it leaves you with the sour aftertaste of a life spent knowing there was another way of living it.

All I want is to be able to write half as well a Wharton.

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Casting Characters

Black and white clapper board clip art

What a great idea! It never occurred to me to do that but I think I’m doing it unconsciously anyway.  Recently I stumble upon Beth Brown’s blog Page a Day – 365. Her goal is to complete a novel, writing a page each day.   On day 6 she wrote an entry that I think I will shamelessly copycat for my short story: I’ll cast my characters. You can read all about Brown’s casting in Day 6 – Casting Characters. Meanwhile, I’ll get ready for my very own casting call.

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