A Rose by any other nameSome questions from Terry McLaughlin--
I recently found out I'm going to be a grandmother for the first time. Awwww... Okay, now back to blog business.
One of the first topics that popped up after the big announcement was the baby's name. Something from the family? Something Irish? Traditional? Modern?
We writers get to choose our characters' names, and it's A Big Deal. Some of us adopt pen names, which is An Even Bigger Deal. Parents choose their children's names, which is The Biggest Deal Since Sinatra Played Vegas. Names are powerful things, aren't they? Full of meanings and layered with contexts and filtered through our life experiences, all wrapped up and tied with a big identity bow.
So, here's the questions part. What are some of your favorite names? Names you've picked for your characters? Memorable names of characters you've enjoyed? Clever names for pets you've known? How did you choose your children's names? What name would you have chosen for yourself, if you'd had that chance?