What’s in a Name?

Do you have trouble naming characters? Joan Hall at Story Empire has written a great post about it, and there are even more suggestions in the comments. Check it out…

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Hi SE’rs, Joan here. Happy first day of March. The Story Empire authors are expanding our blogging schedule to Mondays and Wednesdays along with a Friday share thread. I’m the first to post on Wednesday. Today, I want to talk about character names.

A couple of months ago, while outlining my current WIP, I said to my husband, “I need a name for my antagonist.”

He was quick to respond. “How about Damien?”

Immediately I thought of The Omen. “He’s a bad guy not a child of the devil.” Needless to say, I chose something else.

A few days later, after having thought about it, I decided to look up the meaning of Damien. Turns out, it is of Greek origin, derived from the word Damianos, which is from the word damazo and means “to tame.”

Saint Damian and his twin brother Cosmo were martyred in the early fourth century…

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Fast Fifteen with Joan Hall

I know, I know. I said I was winding down for the year. But a friend of mine has published her first novel, and I'd really love to introduce you to her and her work. I watched as Joan labored over her novel from the beginning, and I can honestly tell you, her efforts were … Continue reading Fast Fifteen with Joan Hall

Not Your Granddaddy’s Westerns

Last week, AIW Press released a short story anthology called Unshod. Its tagline? "Not your granddaddy's westerns." That's probably pretty apt. I remember visiting my grandparents on Sunday evenings. If football or baseball wasn't on, a western was, and as much as I loved my grandfather, I hated his choice of television entertainment. Spaghetti Westerns … Continue reading Not Your Granddaddy’s Westerns