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Made for TV products. (I mean, really, who got to name the Snuggie?)
I’ve even tried to hone this skill. If I got to name a new SUV, what would I call it? Try it. It’s hard to make up a model name without it sounding ridiculous. The Ruby? The Panther?
Recently I saw a contest for “Name an Ice Cream Flavor.” Now, this isn’t practice, it’s the real deal, people. This company will develop the winning name into an actual flavor. So now I’m stressing about my imaginary ice cream flavor, too. Raspberry Coco Diamond Drizzle? Drizzle Berry Turtle Mocha?
And then I found out I was pregnant. Now my husband and I had to choose, and agree upon, a name for our little human that she’ll have for the rest of her life. It’s our first gift (or curse) for her. The pressure! We went in circles. Should it just sound nice, have a good meaning, have family significance, be spelled traditionally or uniquely? So, we finally get something nailed down, and go back to double check the initials.
Well, back to the drawing board on that one.
I think this is something I love, love, love, about writing. You get to make up characters and give them names. Good thing, because otherwise I’m going to need to have 16 more kids to give away all my favorite names.
So, how do you decide on a fictional name? How did you name your kids? And, do you have a name to enter in the ice cream flavor contest? (I’ll share the prize, although don’t get your hopes up, it’s not ice cream for life!)