Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Looking Back At May and Title Search

May was a busy month.  I had two Mother's Day events to attend.  I had a long weekend filled with my daughter's birthday and another family picnic and something else....  I can't even remember last weekend....  We drove... somewhere.  It was a busy month.  Writing, like the housework, has suffered.  I'm hoping to catch up.

To start my June off right, I'm starting it early.  I've re-edited a story of mine.  The language was too sentimental, so I've toned it down, while (I hope) still keeping the love of the two main characters present.  My real problem, the title.  I've had this story floating around for a while and I can't seem to find a title that makes me happy.

Here is what I have right now:  Tired Lovers, End The Day, The Happy Couple, Hot Sun, Yellow Car, Stop Calling Me and Falling on the Concrete/Sidewalk.  What do I pick?????

*Attribution: Lykaestria at the English language Wikipedia

Monday, May 14, 2012


Be.hate.d, n. - something hated deep within the heart.  Opposite of beloved.  Examples:  Peter Pan is beloved, Captain Hook is behated. Sleeping Beauty is beloved, Maleficent is behated.
     - My behated enemy

I think that's the clearest way to explain my new favourite word, behated.  My hubby used it today.  My hubby is a teacher.  He is participating in a fundraiser where the students buy tickets for a draw.  The winner of the draw will get to throw a pie at my husband tomorrow.  More than one teacher is participating.  My hubby has the most tickets in his bowl.  He said that either means he is beloved or behated.  Then we talked about whether behated is a word.  We were pleased with ourselves.  It is not a real word, but it should be.    (Wiktionary was the only place we could find an entry.  I don't think that counts.)  I may start using it in future posts.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tweet, Tweet....

I've joined Twitter.  You can find me @LoniStorm.  Why did I join Twitter?  I don't know.  So I can waist more time?  I'm hoping to find a voice, I think.  I want to know not just my voice, but the voices of the characters I create.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What’s in a Name?

How important are character names?  I think they’re very important.  They should convey part of the character’s personality.  Coupled with other aspects, I think they should evoke a desired feeling from the reader.  I don’t think names should be taken lightly.

Sometimes naming a character comes easily to me.  I don’t have to think about it, the right name just pops into my head, part of the flow of the story.  Other times, I agonize over the name.  I search meanings, I make lists, I write out variants.  It can take ages; the entire time I had planned to spend writing can be taken up with finding the right name.  Sometimes, I’ll just insert a ____ to hold the space until I decide.  Or sometimes I’ll write out He/She and other pronouns until I decide on something.  Sometimes, like today, a name I’ve used in a story for over a year will seem wrong to me and I’ll change it.  Finding the right name after ages of searching feels so good.

Am I spending to much time with names?