Friday, July 19, 2013
A Bit of Crowdsourcing
That is the term the kids are using these days, right?
Back in my day we called it "brainstorming" or "asking around".
Either way, that's what I'd like to do in regards to my new project, Last Chance. I've been working on some character profiles and have hit an interesting snag. And, since I know I have the creme' de la creme' of the writing blogosphere to draw from, I figured this would be a great place to ask the burning question....
What do I call these people?
I'm not talking about real names....I think I have a pretty good handle on that. No, what I'm talking about is naming conventions where people in the 1850s would use to describe, basically, a super human.
I mean, if they saw a guy lift a horse or a stagecoach...and their identity was hidden...how would they describe him?
Would they fall to biblical or mythological conventions to describe the guy who flies like a bird and is strong as an ox?
Yep, that big fella what flies around threw that there boulder clean inta the sky. You know who I'm talkin' about.....that Herk You Lees, fella....
Anyway, I'm just looking for a little feedback on some potential names that might work well within the context of 1850s Wyoming.
Main Character: Daniel Chance-- Possess extraordinary powers he doesn't quite understand. An ex 'gun for hire', killing was second nature to Daniel. He sees his gifts as being from the great beyond and as a sign to change his ways. Basically, his powers manifest as he needs them. He's very versatile and still learning what his limits, if any, are.
Naming ideas-- Gabriel, Archangel, Apollo, The Stranger, Avenging Angel, Turbine, Johnny Nitro, Providence, Paragon.
William Ironhorse-- A Lakota Indian and shapeshifter who can communicate with animals and is sensitive to weather patterns.
Naming ideas-- Avatar, Totem, Renegade.
Alistair Russell-- A British expatriate on the run from the law for a crime he may (or may not) have committed. Deciding to use his knowledge of brand new "steam technology" to fight crime, he's the town sheriff by day and masked vigilante by night.
Naming ideas-- The Yankee, The Dandy, Jim Dandy
Rebecca Carter-- Owner of Carter's General Store by day, super speed induced, masked gunslinger, by night.
Naming ideas-- Lady Lightning, Miss Rysk (actually, I kind of like this one)
Elias Reynolds-- The Mayor of Last Chance who uses his mystic abilities to hide a big secret as well as protecting the citizenry.
Naming ideas-- The Stranger. Obviously, I need more than a bit of help with this one.
So, what do you think.....any thoughts or ideas?
Are there any 'must see' resources I should check?
Let me know and thanks in advance.
Have a great weekend!