Taking part in the Title Recreation

What’s in a reputation?

Am I the one author who agonises over names for days on finish?  I suppose I discover it tough as a result of I believe names are so essential in characterisation. They provide the reader clues as to what sort of individual they need to anticipate. It could appear arbitrary as we’re all given names by our dad and mom – after they do not know what kind of individuals we are going to finally become.  Then once more, many dad and mom agonise over their youngsters’s names too! We give youngsters names after which hope their characters become what we might need for them. However on this planet of fiction we strive to decide on names that swimsuit the character we try to create.
As an example, age and period play a giant half in my decisions. A girl who was born early 19th century wouldn’t be known as Rhianna or Stacy. Simply doesn’t ring true, does it? However Arabella or Victoria does. The age of characters can be essential in deciding names. I can simply think about an older man known as Hector or Jeremiah however not a younger boy. I believe most readers assembly a personality with these names would mechanically have of their thoughts’s eye and older man even earlier than any bodily description is given.
Whether or not your character is the antagonist or protagonist can be essential in naming. Though generally one would possibly wish to improve shock by giving an evil character an innocuous title… I believe it will depend on how you are attempting to current your story.

Male heroes names are usually sturdy masculine names – they aren’t normally known as Fred or Bert – however feminine heroines may additionally be sturdy ‘no nonsense’ names too. I wouldn’t select a reputation like Ophelia or Primrose if I needed my heroine to be seen as sturdy and succesful. However then once more, it’s all a matter of non-public selection… In truth, the extra I give it some thought, the extra I like Ophelia!!

After we are launched to individuals in actual life we could also be instructed their names however it isn’t the one data now we have of them. We are able to see how they behave, what they seem like and listen to them communicate. We are able to make judgements about what kind of individual they’re (though we could become completely improper, after all!)

However in writing fiction now we have to provide a powerful first impression by phrases solely to have the reader ‘see’ our character of their thoughts’s eye. I imagine this is the reason names are so essential. My two newest books had quite a few title adjustments earlier than I settled on names I appreciated.

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In ““The Afterlife of Darkmares” all of the character’s names had one thing to do with gardens or countryside. It merely made me assume tougher to give you names. For instance the outdated woman was known as Cora Gimbletree and the principle character’s was Kate Linden. There was additionally Redwood, Culpepper, Garford and Blackthorn – surnames of different characters. It additionally helped that the story was set in a small village in rural Derbyshire.

witcheye%2Bcover%2Bfront - Taking part in the Title RecreationAgainst this The Witcheye Gene had modernish names comparable to April, Gregory and Vince. Nonetheless the principle character was known as Kendal ( which had a backstory all of it is personal) as a result of her dad and mom had been in Kendal Cumbria after they found they had been having her. However I selected fastidiously for the title of the villain… I can not inform right here as it could spoil the story…

How a lot significance do you give to naming your characters? Do you agonise or go along with the story and alter the title later to suit the character?
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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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