They say imitation is the
cheapest greatest form of thievery flattery. So with no shame at all, I’m putting a small twist to the most excellent Nano Poblano group effort short story started by Fish of Gold. Yes, Team Pepper, Little Pepper, my friends in November bloggery, I am starting Nano Poblamo Blog Hop II The Name Game.
Here’s why. I was tagged by Grandma Lin yesterday to write my contribution to Fish of Gold’s great hop, and then went through our Nano Poblano home base page to find another blogger to tag. Why not get another post in the chain, I thought, to keep squad members happy.
Coincidentally, earlier Tuesday, my debut post for the Blog of Funny Names was published. That place concentrates of folks of fame. But the process got me thinking about regular people in my life with interesting names.
Well sure, I thought. Here’s a Blog Hop writing challenge.
1. Write a paragraph or two about somebody from an ordinary walk of life with an unordinary name. It can either be a true story about somebody you know with that name, or a fictional piece about somebody with a name you made up.
2. After you’re done posting your story, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Blog Hop II, your blog name and either TRUE STORY or MADE IT UP in the subject line. (I have told my dear wife Karen the status of my story below.)
3. Pick another Nano Poblano team member from the home page and tag them on their About page. Try to spread the wealth around from Fish of Gold’s original blog hop to start, but duplication is OK as the month rolls along.
4. The writing cutoff is Nov. 28. By the end of Nov. 29, email to me at email@example.com a list with a guess of TRUE STORY or MADE UP for each post on the blog hop. Put Blog Hop II, Final Guesses in the subject line.
5. The Nano Poblano team member with the most correct answers wins a special prize, which I will mail to them. That means you will have to email me your address if you win.
6. Have fun.
1. By markbialczak.com
All through my years of junior high school, the biggest kid in class always had the shortest nickname.
And this was a nice kid, too, smart and personable, and always ready to make the whole classroom crack up laughing whenever there was a substitute teacher.
The sub would grab the attendance sheet. Come to this kid’s name on the list and look. And stare. And start to say it. And the kid would make the teacher pronounce his whole name every time. “Augusto Emilio Williamson Cortez Junior?” “Here.” Would come the answer.
“But you can call me Tito.”
And it brought the class down. Every time.
Who has contributed so far?
I pick Silver Threading to be the next Pepper to add their story.