By G.M. Malliet
Nina recently blogged about how she collects titles for stories. Strangely, I don't have such a list.
I do collect names for characters, though. I can hardly get through a book or newspaper without jotting down some interesting name or other I come across.
I think this is partly because I have a bad habit of naming a character and then changing that character's name endlessly with Search/Replace as I progress through the story. I think that happens because it is so important that the name fit the character, and as the character develops, so the name might need to change. Don't try this technique at home as it will quickly drive you crazy.
Anyway, here is my collection of interesting names - some first names, some last, some either/or:
Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880 – feminist from Nantucket)
Lancelot Andrewes (real name, translated bible)
Vyvyan (male – first name of Oscar Wilde’s son)
Chantal Lavant, Levantal, or Laurant
Button Gwinnett (historical figure – revolutionary war)
Henrietta, nickname Hen