I belong to Sisters in Crime. It’s a nationwide organization for people who like mysteries. We all read them, some of us write them, and some sell them. There are a large number of librarians in the group, too.
We have a members-only online discussion forum, and a while back someone asked how do established authors choose names for their characters.
Lots of people joined the discussion, and some of the talk centered around our own names--how often or how seldom we come across people with our own names.
The best post, though, came from Hank Phillipi Ryan, a well-established writer who mentioned a cartoon she’d seen in the New Yorker several years ago. It was drawn like a typical first grade class photo, with three rows of kids and a frumpy teacher.
The caption read:
Mrs. Prohaska’s First Grade Class:
- First row: Jennifer, Jennifer, David, Jennifer, David, David, Jennifer, Jennifer, David
- Second row: Jennifer David, David, Mrs. Prohaska, Jennifer, David, David, Jennifer, Jennifer
- Third row: Jennifer, David, David, Jennifer, Jennifer, Jennifer
Were you ever in a class like that?
Just think of it. In a bee colony the class photo would read:
- First row: worker, worker, worker, queen, worker, worker, worker
- Second Row: worker, worker, worker, worker, drone, worker, worker
- Third Row: worker, drone, worker, worker, worker, worker, worker
BEEattitude for Day #532:
Blessed are those who continue to plant flowers, for they shall hear us humming all summer long.
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