Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Name that Rat Contest for Book II of the Nightshade Chronicles!

Okay, so I'm writing part two of Nightshade City's sequel which is due to my publisher on October 1st, the same day Nightshade City releases! Gah! So, in honor of that, I want to do something fun and get your help naming one of my characters, who will appear in the sequel!

Who is this nameless rat?
He's a sweetheart through and through, but let's just say he's not the sharpest knife in the block. He's the kind of rat who knows not to give out a secret, but can be easily swindled into giving it up without even realizing it. He looks up to grown rats like him, but sees them more as parents than equals. He's lanky, with a gawky build, long necked and unkempt brown fur. He's chews on his claws quite a bit and pulls on his ears when he's nervous. His favorite food is a very sour root called Waterchip and he's been known to fall asleep in the strangest of places!

Rat Naming Rules:
Please no goofy names like Mr. Pickles or Peanut Butter. It can be a common name or something unusual, but I'm going to tell you that Doug the rat will most likely not win! Ha, ha! I like unusual, but not too weird--a name that could translate over to our world, even though it might be considered a bit odd. It really just needs to be something that suits his description. Some examples of my characters names: Juniper, Billycan, Killdeer, Texi, Virden, Suttor, Vincent, Victor, Clover, Cole, Cobweb, Montague, Thicket, Stono...hopefully this will give you an idea of the kind of names that work! Please follow my blog if you don't already by clicking on the google followers link. You can put your entry in the comment section, but please only give one or two name ideas.

On Friday, I'll post the winner and that name (maybe the one you came up with) will be published in Book II of the Nightshade Chronicles!

Naming characters is a favorite part of writing for me, so have fun with this!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

xoxo -- Hilary

58 comments:

  1. How about Milo or Mizel?

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  2. My two name suggestions are Rooney or Elsworth.

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  3. Hmmmm. When I'm silly and or a bit slow (According to my ten year old) She calls me 'Goober' :-)

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  4. How about Bob. It's common and for some reason, cracks me up when I hear it. Bob...Bob...LOL. But don't tell my brother-in-law. His name is Bob. =D

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  5. Fun, Hilary! Naming characters is one of my favorite parts, too.

    Demure (because of its meaning, which fits your rat) or Cotter (which I came to when defining noble, an antonym I liked)

    Good luck!

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  6. Carolyn! Bob the rat??? :)

    I love everyone's names so far!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  7. Franklin, Jojo, Dunder, Rixford, Boxwood, Charlie, Stanley

    :D

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  8. How about the old Welsh name "Owain"? Comes from the Welsh word for "lamb." He sounds like one.

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  9. Dave Hargett6/01/2010

    Longneck, Snorer, Drowsy, Bumblebore (bumbling, kind of a bore), EarPuller, ChipWit.

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  10. Hey guys, please remember only one or two name choices. If you've already listed more than two don't worry about it. I'll just go with the two I like the best!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  11. Oh, and if you've only entered one, please feel free to add a second if something hits you later! I love everyone's choices!

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  12. Hi! Stop by my blog for your award.

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  13. I absolutely love making names up. What fun! Love your blog by the way. It looks like a lot of fun.
    I'll be back.

    www.a-pen-in-neverland.blogspot.com

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  14. I like Coriander, but since you already have a lot of C names, I guess... Zero or Grey.

    Good luck finding a name you like!

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  15. I have it.

    The winner.

    POSSUM!!!!!

    How better to celebrate the marsupial kingliness??? :-D

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  16. I was going to pick Isabeau in honor of the movie Ladyhawke but that's for a girl, so instead, I will go with "Stealth(y)" as an opposite play on his character. :O)

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  17. What a fun little contest! I like the names you have picked out already for your other rats-- very creative!

    Hmmm, Samson? (or Sam for short). I might come up with another one later. I'll have to think about it some more =)

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  18. Fredo - The one guy who couldn't keep his mouth shut in Godfather II. "Fredo -- you break my heart." Plus he wasn't too sharp either.

    Squeeks - I just think it's cute for a rat with a runaway mouth.

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  19. Perhaps that should be Squeaks. :) ooops

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  20. Great and fun contest, Hilary. Good luck with your deadline :-) I'll ponder a name. Looks like you've had some good suggestions so far!

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  21. Hilary - From your description, he kind of sounds like a "Wendel" to me.

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  22. Anonymous6/01/2010

    How about RayRay or Scamper (inmoemory of my little Scamper who was exactly as you described!)

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  23. Okay, there are some names here that are totally full of awesomeness!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  24. Oooh fun.
    How about Snug or Snout. Your description about him being easily swindled made me think of the two characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream who is a little easily led and nervous.
    Another one (which is a bit ironic considering the description) is Raziel, who is the keeper of secrets.

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  25. Ok he sounds like a Wilber to me :-)

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  26. How about Gary,Garret,Twiz or Twitch. I love naming characters! Good luck!

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  27. Here's my second idea, Hilary (I promise: no more after this). How about "Gimp"? Gimp is long and lanky and kind of lame and you do it when you're a kid.

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  28. I think I'd like to call him Truss - a little tied up but nine tenths of the way to trust.

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  29. Roxanne D.6/01/2010

    Goozle or Noggin.

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  30. Sylvester.

    (After the famous mouse, Sylvester Antonio that lived under Moonrat's refrigerator)

    Shelley

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  31. Oh, this is fun! I say Hershey (as in the chocolate bar) or Dudley?

    Can't wait to see what you pick.

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  32. Seriously looks like a Herman to me. :)

    Can't wait to hear what you choose.

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  33. Umm, this character sounds just like my husband. So my vote goes for Walter...

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  34. It's close to what another poster said, but Owen has always struck me as a name for a kind but simple-minded person.

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  35. Soooo...I've got my noggin' a noodlin'. After much contemplation, I'm going with Scamp, though someone said Scamper previously so the nod should go to them, and my second would be Snoots.

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  36. What about Snitch? Or, maybe Stitch?

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  37. Sound the trumpets becuase I think he could be a Crumpet. No? Ok then, something unique. Nimri?

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  38. Anonymous6/02/2010

    Pip is a perfectly proper name for a rat. But if this rat sings like a canary, maybe he should be called Ditty.

    molleesera@yahoo.com

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  39. These are some great names and this is going to be hard to decide!

    Sharon, your comment made me laugh out loud! Too funny!

    Keep 'em coming!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  40. Oh fun!

    Here's my meager offerings:

    Oliver
    Ferdinand (I don't know why but he sort of makes me think of the bull that likes to smell flowers)
    Topher

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  41. Argh, Hilary, anything to distract me from my wip!!

    Here's a few of my faves:
    Knud (Danish for "kind"), Ignatius ("eager") and Miles ("eager to please")

    Good luck -- looks like you'll have a tough time choosing this one, lots of great suggestions!

    Christina

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  42. Anonymous6/02/2010

    Nedley
    or
    Johnnyseed
    --Wendy

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  43. Camembert or Stilton

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  44. i thought of:

    DANTE
    GUNTHER

    though i did very much like Piedmont's Milo

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  45. You have many MNAY great ones here Hilary, how you're going to choose is beyond me! My rats have totally different names, in a homage to their land and leader, so I can't offer one of theirs to you. Besides,they don't 'fit' into 'our world', as you'd like. But thinking about him, I see someone drawling out:

    Henry

    And since I kew the 'scamper' mentioned above well, who was seriously just like you describe, I vote for that name as my second. :-)
    Have Fun!

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  46. Snicket. Carlson. Lucas. Morrison. Dickens. I never named rats before but just gave you the names of some of the rat-lovers I know.

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  47. Sampras

    For a more adventurous mouse, I'd let you use my dog name: Sidetrip or Trip for short. ;)

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  48. Chris Sheerin6/03/2010

    Chase - it has energy, excitement and it's pretty short and memorable;-)

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  49. Lewin means beloved friend

    Gillian Scottish Gaelic meaning St. John's servant

    and if I could put a third one which I know I can't but if I could

    Garrick means oak spear

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  50. I might have to pick more than one name and give it to another character! There are some great ones here! It's going to be so hard to decide! Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  51. What a cute rat. I must tell you I'm horrendous at naming things - my characters can tell you that!

    That being said, how about 'Whistles'?

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  52. Not sure if anyone suggested this one yet but I'm going with Finley.

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  53. I've always loved the name Clementine. :) Good luck finding the best fit!

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  54. I posted this in FB, and here are my picks again.

    Bosworth, Finnegan, or Huxley

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  55. It's all late and stuff, but I'd say Stretch, Archibald, Hartnig, Clunder, or Rozzletop. No, don't ask why. I just let the random name generator in my head whirl for a bit, and those are what it spat out. :)

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