Archive | May, 2016

Keeping House

23 May

Some updates for you as my business continues to evolve:

  • My Facebook username/url has changed. Find me at facebook.com/redinkenthusiast
  • www.redinkenthusiast.com is live. The address redirects to this website; it is not a separate website. In the future, that web address will become my author site and this will remain my editing and writers’ references home (to be linked to through a blog button via redinkenthusiast.com). The reason behind the change is to create brand consistency in all online presences linked to my company and to give clients an easier handle to remember than my current marsicowritesite.wordpress.com.
  • New email address for business: amanda@redinkenthusiast.com
  • New pages upcoming for Humans In My House and Acephalous book 1 (these are what will eventually make up the whole of the new website). Looking for illustrators for these projects and associated marketing materials (banners, book/author cards, character plush toys).
  • New tagline: Author, Editor, Red Ink Enthusiast™

Thanks for hanging in there with me! Let me know if you run into any glitches. It would be greatly appreciated.

Amanda Marsico

 

 

Pro-Tip: Naming Characters

2 May

Whether you’re the type to go for allegory, obscurity, trends, or historical accuracy, naming your characters can take daunting research. It’s a fun job, don’t get me wrong, but it helps to have thorough tools to get the job done.

Baby name websites are a good start. Just Google “baby names” and you’ll find a number of sites that’ll do the trick. They usually include origin and meaning of the name. In addition, many rank the names based on popularity. So, if you want to reflect the times, you can choose a popular name. If you want uncommon names, you know what to avoid. However, these lists, in my experience, are exclusively for given names. And that makes sense. People aren’t looking at lists of surnames for their children. They get those automatically.

Writers, though, we get saddled with having to choose it all. These decisions, if you’re one to put a lot of emphasis on names reflecting personality like me, are foundational ones to make. (It’s totally fine to arbitrarily choose a name based on aesthetic preference alone, too.)

The website Behind the Name is the most thorough list of surnames I’ve found. It includes many geographical areas making naming by ethnicity or nationality is easy. It provides the meaning of each name listed, and it is detailed about noting any variations in spelling or language where applicable.

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of Behind the Name today while working on the second installment of Acephalous. New characters, new names. Comment below if you’ve got your own favorite naming sites to add to the conversation!

Happy writing.

Amanda Marsico

Author, Editor, Red Ink Enthusiast™

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