J is for

Just Dance.

I need a little bit of happy in my life right now, so this is it. I like this video game. I can’t play games like my brother or father. Too many buttons on the controller make me very confused (yes, I’m aware of how dorky that sounds, but I’m being honest here).

But this one is relatively easy. And funny. At least when I do it. I cannot dance well and this is done in the privacy of my home where I won’t be mocked too badly for my lack of coordination. Although my cat gives me funny looks and tries to catch the cord on my wrist upon occasion.

Character Names
Female                                                                         Male
Jacinta – form of Hyacinth                                          Jago – supplanter
Javiera -owner of a new home                                    Julio – youthful
Juana – gracious God                                                  Julian – youthful
Jocelyn – happy                                                           Jerome – sacred
Jade – a jewel                                                              Jasper – treasurer

H is for…


 
HAVOC
 
 
 

Merriam-Webster defines Havoc as “wide and general destruction: Devastation 2) great confusion and disorder “

But I also like the character of Havoc.

The younger brother of Scott Summers in the comics, Havoc is one of the x-men I know the least about. I know I love his name. I also love the movie above. I think this guy is the wounded hero in the film. He’s got a history that I’d love to dig into. I hope they do that in the next one. But what about Scott Summers?

 Let’s play a would you rather… so which brother would you rather? The eyes or the chest? The blond or the brunette? The wild child or the guy with control issues? Havoc or Cyclops?

Personally? I’d go for Havoc. Not in a creepy she’s-a-cougar kinda way. He’d have to be around my age before I’d go out with him. At least late twenties. But as far as the two brothers? Give me a wounded hero any day. I’m not so great with guys who have control issues, like Cyclops. He’d be way too controlling for me. But Havoc? Hell yeah.

You?
Character Names
Unisex names
Haldis – Stone Spirit
Henley – high field
Hadar – Splendor or Glory
Harlow – from the mound of the people
and my favourite of all time
Haven – safe place

G is for…

GLEAN!

As a writer, one of the coolest things I get to do is learn all sorts of really fascinating things about my characters. The hard thing about being a writer is letting the reader learn them bit by bit, not info dump on them. The readers need to glean the information from the text.

Take Sherlock. He’s going to go through all the clues and not share what he finds with Jon Watson. Poor guy. But he does share them with us, we just don’t add them up like he does. I love trying to get to the end result before the episode does. I try to glean the information the same way he does.

Trying to hold back the information in my writing is much more difficult. Is this too much or not enough? How do I guide the readers to this conclusion and not that one? Am I holding back enough or is this an info dump? These are the questions that plague a writer when creating.

So how do we do it? You won’t like the answer. Practice. Reading how other writers do it and seeing what can be applied in your own work. Getting feedback. Basically all the stuff that makes you better if keep at your craft.

Character Names
Female                                                                          Male
Ghita – Pearl                                                                Garrick – from a place covered by oaks
Ghislaine – Pledge                                                       Gage – Measurer
Gryphon – mythological beast                                     Gavyn – white hawk
Gwendolyn – blessed ring                                            Gideon – great warrior
Gypsy – Bohemian traveller                                        Gunner – warrior

F is for…

Wait for it…

FISTICUFFS!!!

This is a Grandma word, a word that I love.  Fracas is a close second. But they both mean the same thing.  A fight! Who will win, will the hero master the new skill or will the heroine bite off more than she can chew? A good fight in my story is almost as satisfying to write as my sex scenes. There is lots of action that I can use to demonstrate a character’s quirks, intelligence and emotions. So do you have a place in your WIP for fisticuffs?

Character Names
Fallon – of a ruling family
Finley – fair warriors
Farren – Iron gray
Flynn – descendant of the red haired man
Falcon – bird in the hawk family

*today’s entries are technically unisex names, both sexes sport ’em with equal grace…or not*

A-Z challenge E is for

E is for… EMPATH

I know, I’m supposed to be introducing you to words you might not already know, but I have to slip in the occasional snippet of somethin-somethin that I find fascinating too. See all my previous entries about superheroes.

I always thought the telepaths had it easy in a story. They kind of bore me. I mean, where’s the fun if you can tell exactly what a person is saying inside their heads? And also, who talks all the time in their heads? I usually feel something first, then think about it. And I don’t always use words. Pictures, music, memories, scents, sensations, FEELINGS are sorted through the queue as well.

But an empath? They can get the whole she-bang! Maybe not the words, but they can tell your emotional temperature from a mile away. Much more useful if you want to, say, flush out the liar in the group. They would feel deceptive, right? And who needs to misinterpret signals when you can tell what the person is feeling/meant in a relationship? Also, jerks out for the quickie would be unable to hide from your wrath…

Think of various characters when you watch the video below. Anyone you’re writing about?

Character Names:
Female                                                                                     Male
Echo – Sound returned, Nymph who pined away                   Egan – a little flame
Eleana – form of Helen, “the shining one”                              Ephraim – One who is productive
Ellery – form of Hilary, cheerful woman/bringer of joy         Errol – wandering
Eris – goddess of discord                                                         Edik – form of Edward, rich guardian
Everilde- A great huntress                                                       Egor – form of George, farmer

A Day – Always

Okay, on the A-Z challenge here goes my entry!

Thanks first and foremost Arlee Bird for the A-Z challenge!

So my entries will be simple (I hope). For today…Always.

First is my favourite movie quotation involving the word ‘always’.

   Free write: Always. A word that should never be bandied about as often as it is. She looked up at the steamy window. The rain had soaked her through to the bone, but she hadn’t felt anything since she’d seen the two of them, hand in hand. They’d giggled. She’d felt her heart shatter. He’d said he’d always love her. But always had just ended.

Character Names:
Female                                                               Male
Anemone – Breath                                             Adair – Noble spear
Althea – Truth                                                   Akos – Falcon
Aren – Eagle ruler                                             Ajax – of the earth
Asuka – tomorrow                                            Argus
Azra – Pure                                                       Asher – blessed

Would you rather…

Here’s a quickie post, the rules are simple. If you answer this post on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so I can check yours out too! Or just answer in the comments section
 
Would you rather… Thor
 
 
 
or
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a Ryan Reynolds supporter if for no other reason than he is a wonderful Canadian export. But the God of THUNDER? Really? Is there any comparison to be had here?
 
Well, Thor’s a bit of a stick in the mud sometimes, and the Green Lantern can manifest things with just his thoughts…his dirty, dirty thoughts. Okay, there are merits of both. So…can I have both?
 
Who would you choose?