If only you listened

Although this poem was written to a “…friend who got lost in the labyrinth of life” I’m sure there are many parents out there who will recognise Oladewalaura’s sadness.

Oladewalaura

If only you listened when I said you should go to school;education is the grassroot of success.

If only you listened when I told you that you shouldn’t steal; there’s no alternative to hard work

If only you listened when I said you should surround yourself with like minded people; they are the ones that dream bigger than you do.

If only you listened when I said you should go out of your comfort zone; life isn’t a fairytale

If only you listened when I said you should train your brain by reading books; reading keeps your brain alive

If only you listened when I said you should be kind; kindness is like a basket ball, it bounces back

If only you listened when I said you should always have respect; too much respect doesn’t have a side effect

If only you listened when I said you should not give…

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Naming your Characters the Easy Way

I have problems coming up with names for my characters, so I liked this solution – if only to fire up my own synapses. It’s an old blog post from a blogger I’ve come to trust, but I’ve checked the links and they’re all still live. Now I’m going to have some fun coming up with more descriptive names for my characters.
Let me know which of these sites you like best – or if you know a better one.

Nicholas C. Rossis

I was having this conversation with MMJaye, and she was observing how hard it can be to find the right name for your characters.  First, I was reminded by this hilarious comic by Tom Gauld:

Indecisive novelist, Comic by Tom Gauld, tomgauld.com Comic by Tom Gauld, tomgauld.com

Then, I remembered all the research I went through when I was looking for character names for my epic fantasy series, Pearseus (in my sci-fi collection, The Power of Six, I cunningly avoided using names). The people on Pearseus are the descendants of Earth’s high society, so they’d be from all over the world.  It’s an indecisive writer’s worst nightmare; the sort of situation that keeps you up all night: I’m looking at a character that’s half Persian, halfIndian.  What is a common name for that, I wonder? Hmm…

So, when I came across the Character Name Generator for fun, I giggled like a schoolgirl. It’s a website that…

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