Random Generators

I’m a computer junkie. The thought of writing longhand makes my spleen hurt, so it’s no surprise that I do all my writing on the computer. I also use a number of tools online help with my writing. I use generators in several situations; sometimes, I’m in a manic frenzy of word-vomit and simply can’t stop to think of a name, so I’ll use a name generator to produce a character name on the fly. This is typically for minor characters, like those coworkers that pop up, or the random person on the phone. (I have to tell myself I’m not allowed to keep checking for a better name, though!) The name will usually change along the way, but sometimes they stick. The other time I use the generators is when I’m doing world-building work and need help developing names. For example, many of the names of Annika’s atrion in THE IMMORTAL CODEX were adapted from some of the generators at Seventh Sanctum. Usually when I find a name I like, I’ll adapt several others to sound like it, such as Pradassa and Nadessa, which are both mentioned in the book. A single pass at the Angel/Demon name generator, built to imitate a mix of Greek and Hebrew, gives me this gem: Upiralon. Some sites I love: Seventh Sanctum– fantasy, Angel/Demon names (used for the atrion), company names Serendipity – fantasy Random Name Generator – more mundane names Behind the Name Random Generator – random name generator with names from all over the world I also love Kessels Language Generator. While I have created a  lot of the words in the fictional language of...

Unbreakable

Welcome to the humble beginnings of my site. I hope that as I work toward publication, this will eventually become a repository of information and extra fun stuff about my book. For now, I’ll kick it off with something that inspires me. I’ve been a musician since I was a kid; first tinkling along on an electric keyboard by ear, and eventually studying music more formally throughout my school years. Music has always evoked strong imagery for me; I associate songs with sequences of action or particular emotions. Now that I write regularly, music is a huge part of the process. I have a hard time writing if I don’t have any music. Sometimes I find that I have  to keep it low or listen to a single song repeatedly, otherwise my attention is constantly drawn to the new song or the lyrics I hadn’t noticed before. Each book that I’ve worked on (three as of this posting!) has its own soundtrack. For The Immortal Codex and its sequel, I created two separate playlists for each. One ‘soundtrack’ and one score, each with an eclectic mix of music. Here is one song that I listened to constantly while writing and editing The Immortal Codex. It’s Annika and Wendy’s unofficial theme song, although it’s sort of become mine as well as I’ve begun searching for publication. I hope you’ll enjoy it!...