On the second day of Christmas, my son’s house is quiet. Grace and Anna are still asleep in their beds, all tired out from yesterday’s activities. (Photos will be on Facebook later… WordPress still isn’t letting me post pictures here for some reason.) Today’s our last day in Denver with our children and grandchildren, so I’m not blogging about writing. Except that I’m thinking about writing. Just as an artist spends lots of time contemplating a picture before painting it, part of the work of a writer is thinking about what to write and how to write it.
I’ve been invited to contribute a short story or essay to an anthology to be published in 2013. The contributors will be reading our stories at the “Shoe Burnin’” in Waterhole Branch (just outside Fairhope, Alabama) in February. It’s an annual event—usually happening in November—where writers and musicians gather to share stories and songs and celebrate life together. More about why it’s called a “shoe burnin’” later.
I’ve already got my story mapped out in my mind. It takes place in the South, of course. Maybe in Mississippi. In the late ‘60s or early ‘70s. The protags are star-struck lovers—a high school football star and his girlfriend—whose lives get turned on their heads by the Vietnam War. And, like Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
This is where YOU come in. Whether you were a teenager in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s or not, what were some of your favorite names during that time? I can’t really get started writing this story until I name my protags. Any suggestions? Please leave them here or in a comment thread on Facebook. Oh, and a third character might be a Waffle House waitress, so I’d also love name suggestions for her….
So, on this Second Day of Christmas, it’s fun to be thinking about these Two Turtle Doves and what I might name them. I hope the rest of the Twelve Days are full of joy for you!