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A rose by any other name...

Lest I drag us down the rabbit hole about people who don’t use commas and don’t capitalize verbs in title-capped headlines anymore (!), let me pivot to a topic that has been in the news quite a bit over the last week: character names. 369 more words


The Meaning of Miles' Name in The Society

Here it is. The last post on the names of characters in The Society. I know that for interviews I did Layton and Hunter, but since they come into the story late, I’m not including them in the names posts for now. 160 more words

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The Unpronounceables

I write crime novels. They’re mostly set in Ireland. Many of the characters have Irish first names, sometimes Irish surnames too. It goes with the territory, as they say. 610 more words


What's in a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

-William Shakespeare

How do you name your characters? 

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What's In A Name?


Basically a fancy way to say the study of words that come from other words.

We see it all the time in daily language. But what about books? 41 more words

Synesthestic Writer: When Your Words Come in Color

Synesthesia (sin-es-THEE-shah) is a neurological condition that is not well understood but it basically means the person has a blending of the senses. There are a few different kinds… 656 more words

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The Meaning of Emily's Name in The Society

Time for the penultimate (for now) post on the characters’ names in The Society. This one focuses on Emily.

“Emily” was chosen more for the connotation I associate it with than its actual meaning. 320 more words

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