Writing Woes: character names…FANTASY EDITION

Hey all! Things are going pretty well in my neck of the woods. Got some nice work done on 404 while in the car on the way to and from Door County last weekend. And I’m getting through the short stories for Unfading Daydream! Hooray!

Today’s post is one I’m revisiting. Last time I handled this (in Writing Woes: naming characters), I only really covered regular names.But there’s another beast that rears its ugly head from time to time…fantasy names. Why am I handling this now? Because a friend of mine mentioned that his DM for his Thursday campaign needed to think of 50ish names for characters.

That’s a lot of names to come up with.

So…here we go~

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Now With a Paper: Death Note, a Shakespearean Tragedy?

Hey all! Today’s post is a requested post from Arken. They wanted to see the paper I referenced in Death Note: Shakespearean Tragedy? – so I’m actually going to post it. I will say that this is an old paper – I wrote it in 2008 while I was in college, so it might not be the best paper out there. I’m not editing it or anything either.

I will say that I remember it being a trip to figure out how to properly cite anime and manga in an academic paper.

So here’s the paper~

Obviously, there will be spoilers for Death Note from this point on.

Shakespeare in Anime: A comparison of Death Note and Richard III

One would think that between anime and Shakespeare the parallels would be slight.  However, with the anime Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and many tragedies, but mainly Richard the III by William Shakespeare, the similarities are there.  In Death Note, a prep school student by the name of Light Yagami finds a Death Note on the ground outside of his school.  Upon reading inside the notebook and discovering that it allows a person to kill another person with only the knowledge of their name and face, Light decides to try it out and confirm the notebook’s powers.  Once he does this, the true owner of the Death Note, Ryuk, a shinigami, or rather, death god, appears to Light and scares him half to death. After realizing that it does, indeed, kill people, he takes it upon himself to rid the world of evil and become the new world’s God.  His decision to use the Death Note in that manner eventually leads to him being found out and his eventual demise. In Richard the III, the tragic hero is Richard, the duke of Gloucester.  In the play he is bitter towards his brother, King Edward IV, and in general, everyone’s happiness at the end of the bloody civil war, the War of the Roses.  Throughout the play he manipulates those around him and kills everyone who is ahead of him in the line for the throne. At the end, he is defeated by Richmond, who takes the throne as King Henry VII.

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Short Story ‘Just A Little Slip’ Published in Invisible: the mystery of hidden illness

Hey all! This is something I’ve been meaning to scream about for a bit now but have been caught in a very bad brain state which has been exacerbated by burnout. Back in January, I found a posting on a Facebook writing group I’m part of for an invisible illness anthology. I decided I wanted to submit. I wrote most of the story in 24 hours, which was rather stressful. I don’t recommend writing a story, short or otherwise, in that amount of time.

But I was accepted.

And as of a couple weeks ago, Invisible: the mystery of hidden illness is out and my short story ‘Just A Little Slip’ is one of the stories it features.

The description (of the anthology):

Imagine this: your life is a battle with an unseen enemy. The invader strikes from the shadows, causing injury and chaos. It saps your strength and undermines everything meaningful. You fight alone, as no-one else can see or understand the beast – and they might even believe it’s all invention.

An invisible illness is a disability the world doesn’t notice, the lab test can’t find, or both. They can be temporary or permanent. We often find our stories are told on our behalf, and overlaid with the messages and meanings of others. This book is a space where writers with experience of invisible illness (mainly their own) have chosen to speak in their own words and reclaim the narrative. Some have spoken directly, others in metaphor or poetry.

Invisible is in several parts. “Betrayals of the Body” focuses on physical symptoms such as chronic pain, “Serpents of the Mind” explores cognitive and mental issues, and a brief “Interlude” offers advice. Some recurring patterns and themes can be found: pain is often a monster or demon, and several of us are inspired by the metaphorical territory of music or water. These are explored in monochrome artwork and carefully-chosen vintage pieces.

This unique collection shows people dealing with adversity in their own ways. Multiple allergies, hypermobility, trigeminal neuralgia, brain injury, complex PTSD: these are some of our adversaries’ names. There are moments of hope and strength, flashes of sarcasm, and at times human weakness and despair. We cannot be reduced to a single voice or explained away with a single story.

Invisible is an independent project raising money for ME Action in support of their advocacy work.

The authors featured are: Andrea Hintz, Caitlin McGee, Carina Barnett, Debra L Scott, Jeff Russell, Lia Rees, LL Lemke, MG MacDougal, Margarita Meklina, Odessa Silver, Penny Blake, Rachel Spina, Rosa Sophia, Ryn Richmond, Sammie Trinidad, Saoirse O’Mara, Shayla Maxwell, and Virginia Carraway Stark.

This was a delight to work on and I’m honored to be a part of it. Be sure to check it out!