Titles and Character Names and the IWSG

The Fool answers to any name.

Grehan here. I’m proud of myself. Three consecutive months I’ve shown up for IWSG blog hop. June’s prompt goes something like this:

What’s harder to come up with: story titles, or character names?

This’ll be quick.

I don’t sweat over this stuff.

These aren’t dogs we’re talking about. Stories don’t have to come when they’re called. The title is a digital placeholder, a pointer that directs you to the genius tale you’re focused on creating.

Characters? Unless you’re writing biography, character names are meaningful only to you. I’ll bet my cap feathers nobody ever read the final page of a novel, and then sighed and said, “What great names.”

On the final edit, and the really final edit, and the edit that might genuinely be the last final edit, I’m still open to suggestion. If you’re planning to involve other people in your publishing journey, don’t grow attached.

Pitch, premise, synopsis, and story. Those are your bread and butter.

 

Character names and titles. Forget about em.

The IWSG’s co-hosts this month are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

 

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A-to-Z Challenge: Z is for Puzzle

Writing bliss. And writing risks. The Fool has it covered. The flowered Z is by artist tr3gi on canstock. CV Grehan here. 

My X and Y posts are still simmering on the stove. I put them aside to focus on the Challenge’s Grand Finale Day.

Z-Day!

Entering this month, I had planned to write more and doodle less but, five days into the challenge, a bolt shot out of the sky. Despite the plot twist, I did accomplish my primary goal for this challenge: I met many talented, generous and inspiring writers. Thank you for your hard work.

I finish the month with a doodle. A summary of my A-to-Z posts in the form of a game. I call it a ‘puzzle’ but it’s not tricky. The background image is fitting for the April I’m leaving behind, and for May which feels so hopeful.

Crossword puzzle doodle based on April posts. Writing humor. Background image is by firewings on canstock.

I’ve used The Fool image, in various forms, many times during the challenge. Once again, credit goes to artist Xochicalco. You can license the image at canstockphoto#csp6440045.

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For the solution to the puzzle, scroll down …

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You’re not really doing the puzzle, are you?

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I can’t believe you’re still scrolling.

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Time Better Spent

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The solution:

Across:

2) Power, 5) Blogroll, 6) Scifi, 7) Writerdearest, 9) Spellchecking, 11) Fantasy, 13) RIP, 19) ImPagination, 20) DaBait, 21) Sock, 22) Bio.

Down:

1) Memoir, 3) Horror, 4) WomensFiction, 6) Suspense, 8) Interrobang, 10) Mashups, 12) Typos, 14) FengShui, 15) Western, 16) Epigraph, 17) Dogged, 18) Haiku.

Thanks for playing! To show my appreciation, I will write the names of all players on the wings of captive mayflies and release them into the wild. Granted, mayflies don’t live more than 24-hours, but this will require a considerable amount of work on my part.

Happy Spring!

 

A-to-Z Challenge: T is for Traveling Haiku

Day 20 of the A-to-Z finds the Fool on a trek to an exotic locale.

To celebrate the journey — and all journeys, really — I’ve composed a haiku:

May the skies be friend-

-ly, and the flight attendants

swift with potent drinks.

See you Tuesday, Blog Follower(s)…

Haiku Humor. Writing Humor. Travelling humor. Traveling Fool on Air Interrobang in a photoshop mashup. How do you like my haiku? Deconstructed Fool from canstock image csp440045 by artist Xochicalco. Plane illustration is csp3483460 by artist realrocking. Rainbow background is csp4542256 by artist basel101658.
Oklahoma, here we come!

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A-to-Z Challenge: Q is for Quiz

Been dull around here the last couple days. Not much to read, not much to view. Let’s liven it up with a quiz.

Relax.

It’s easy.

Besides, I don’t judge. Five stars, one star, who cares? (I know you jilted that one-star reviewer and clearly they deserved it!)

Now, for the ungraded quiz.

The illustration below depicts six different genres of fiction. Can you guess which is which? (Hint: they’re kinda obvious.)

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Writing humor. Genre quiz. A photoshop mashup that celebrates some favorite genre tropes. Genre Love! See the web post for component parts.

 

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