Good evening! I hope this post finds you all well.

Currently my puppy is barking wildly at my pet rats, and I’m finding it slightly difficult to focus… My father keeps warning him that he is going to be bitten, but it seems my puppy does not understand English. How unfortunate…

Anywho, it’s been a while since I last blogged. As it turns out, I haven’t had much time to do anything lately. Though, today I will try to update you on bookly things.

First off, my book has been going through copyediting this month, which covers grammatical and structural errors. Though, next month will mark the beginning of conceptual editing, when I will actually be working with an editor to make the story the best it can be (Eep!).

It’s extremely sad how long it’s taking me to read through my own manuscript. What normally takes me two to five day to finish (this even includes editing, commenting, etc.) is taking me nearly one month to finish. Crazy stuff, guys.

Alrighty. Now for a question from my dear FCP, Jacquelyn Hovey!

Question: How did you come up with your interesting character names?

HOLY PICKLED MUFFINS, I LOVE THIS QUESTION!!!! Sorry, just had to get that out before I went into the answer. (:

My Answer: Okay, here’s the short answer: Latin, the Bible, and randomness.

And now for the more involved answer! Oh, goody!! :D

So, I took two years of Latin (Sophomore and Junior year) and absolutely loved it. Not necessarily for translating or even for structuring my own sentences, but for the vocabulary. If you’ve ever studied Latin, or just taken a peek at the language, you can probably figure out that so many English (and many other languages) words have Latin roots. That part fascinated me as well because I loved to learn a new Latin word, then figure out whether or not there were any English words that came from it. Quite enjoyable, indeed.

Bouncing off of that, I use Latin words for many of my character names. For instance, the two main characters’ last names have Latin bases: Zenia Curser (curro, currere, cucurri, cursus–meaning to run over, traverse) and Xavier Patrocinor (patrocinium–patronage, protection). Now, I don’t choose these names randomly–they each mean something. Zenia’s last name describes her Ability: she can run at incredible speeds without tiring. Xavier’s last name describes what he must become in MotC: Zenia’s protector.

Now, the second place I go to find character names is the Bible. It’s a great place to find unusual names, and I really enjoy searching through it to find the perfect one (:

Zenia’s parents names are Josiah and Meribah, and her step father’s name is Micah (all from the Bible). Also, Kedesh, the name of the western country on Macathia is from the Bible–it’s one of the cities of refuge in the Old Testament. (:

The last place I go to find names is my own randomness. Sometimes I come up with a character that just doesn’t fit any name I find, so I simply create my own or use a random word. (Even though I say I come up with the names, I’m sure they are owned by some random person over yonder on the other side of the world or something…) For example, in MotC, there are Thalion, Rune, Relik, and Mirus, to name a few.

Oh, and I also look through a baby names book to find character names. I simply cannot stand naming a character a random name that does not fit his or her personality, so I make certain the meanings of the names in some way describe the characters. (:

I hope that answered your question, Jacquelyn! :D

And, since I’m on the subject of naming things, I’ll also mention that I derived the word “Corripian” from the Latin word “corripio,” which means “to take hold of, to snatch up; to seize.” This definition describes the capabilities of the Corripian, which I will not describe any more for the time being! (;

And that’s all I have to say for today! I hope you all have a safe, blessed week, and–of course–a merry Christmas!!! :D

Farewell to all,

B.H. Parker

“Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” -Psalm 83:18 (NIV)