Reg’s Dlog (Well, what else would you call a dog’s blog?)
The Old Girl was reading an article in a writing magazine about naming characters in stories. It said that writers should ask permission first if they want to use the name of a real person although it did point out that there are seven billion people alive at the moment and quite a few of them will have the same name, so this may be a bit tricky. If you are a writer, have you ever contacted anyone to use their name? Apparently Ian Fleming asked some called James Bond if he could borrow the name – and the rest is history.
I think the Old Girl will be safe with the name she chose for the heroine of her book ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’. Obviously, she didn’t make up the name ‘Daffodil’ but it’s not one that parents of little girls usually consider. At least, not to my knowledge. Perhaps you know better? Or, perhaps you are a Daffodil? Please let me know.
By the way, I’m thinking of changing my name to ‘Vogue’. Any thoughts on this? It’s the suggestion of my new girlfriend, Heidi.
The hero of my latest story is the thoroughly debonair and handsome Rog. If you are called Rog and you object to this, please let me know before I finish the first page. It’s taken me long enough to finish the opening paragraph, so if you aren’t happy about an adventurous and dashing hero being named after you, please get in touch. Obviously, if anyone contacts me, it’s going to delay the whole story, so in the meantime, why not get hold of a copy of the Old Girl’s story ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’? You can get it in ebook format here on the Muse It Up Publishing website as an ebook or as a paperback here. The choice is yours.