Thursday, February 16, 2012

UNIQUE Friday!

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Q: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What's the most unique character name you've come across?

Ah... I like names that fit with the language of where ya are. I thought F'lar and F'nor were fun (Dragon fliers of Pern - now Pern is a cool name. Short and memorable!!) although I never quite knew what to do with the absence of vowel. Is it Eff-Lar or Flar? I went with Flar 'til I studied linguistics and then I wanted to add a click or a swallow to make it really hard to say.  Yes... ways I amuse myself.  (Now you know why "Colorimetry" - 'cause it sounds like yer swallowing. I chuckle every time.)

My favorite names flow smoothly. Gemma is cool in A Great And Terrible Beauty - I started with hard G, but switched to soft G when someone nicknamed her Gem, which is adorable.

Does anyone else fiddle with names in their head?  I had my own pronunciations for tons of things, 'cause I rarely bother to look them up.  Now... Paksenarrion I eventually looked up just to make sure the emphasis fell second to last, like I guessed, but I still shorten it to Paks in my head. I mean, what a name?!  I thought it was awkward when I took it for a location instead of a girl... a GIRL!!  (Sorry if you read this, Elizabeth... oh, who'm I kidding.  If ANY authors read this, please let me know so I can swoon. I still have you on a pedestal for actually finishing something.)

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  1. You should have heard how I pronounced Zaphod Beeblebrox...until I found out the right way. Yes, my mouth likes to add letters

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  2. New follower from the blog hop. I like easy names that I don't have to struggle to pronounce. I hate getting caught up on a weird spelling like Mircea or somesuch.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Returning the follow love :) new linky and GFC follower.

    Sara @ upon a love story

  4. Those are some cool and unique names. Quite the mouthful too! lol :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my FF AND for adding me to your Pinterest list. :-)

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  6. Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I responded to your post ever there. You have some names that are pretty different. But I love Gemma. I always thought if I had another girl, that is the name I would likely go with. It is beautiful. New follower GFC: GzNKz4evr and Linky: Reader's Edyn.

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  7. I always pronounce character names different in my head. It's weird. Thierry one of the character names I mentioned in my post, I always thought theory but then listened to the authors pronunciation on her blog and it is supposed to be like thy air rie or something else lol Thanks for stopping by My FF and I'm follow on GFC, Linky, Google+, and twitter.

  8. Yes, I do mess with character names in my head, too! Sometimes I don't even bother with them and kind of gloss over them. Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid series, has gone so far as to post on his website audio clips of the correct pronunciations of some of the names and places in his book. He does it so no one comes back and corrects him. He's pretty hysterical!!

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  9. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I've followed you back. :)

    Oh gosh, I think I'd get sooo many names wrong if I'd actually had to speak them out loud. LOL

  10. There have been quite a few times I had to keeping saying the name over and over in my head to see what sounded right and then repeat it to make sure I read it the same everytime.

    old follower just stopping by.

  11. I love the name Gemma! A Great and Terrible Beauty is great! Thanks for stopping by! *Old Follower*

  12. I used to say out the LOTR hobbit names aloud as they were like tongue twisters for me. Also, For the first couple of chapters I used to read "Peeta from Hunger games" as Peter in my mind!!!!

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  13. Okay, those are some pretty hard name to pronounce. Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Gemma is such a great name, it's really pretty and sort of has an air of regality to it. Great answers by the way, Paks is definitely interesting. :)

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