What's in a Name?

It's Monday again.

Er, I mean ---

Happy Monday, all!  ;D
I've got some Futuristic names for you today, me lovely beans.  It's been quite a while since I've featured any in that particular genre, and when I stumbled on Destry last week, I thought it'd be as good a time as any.  :]

{For those of you who may be new to this little blog and are wondering what this could possibly be, then please, allow me to humbly explain:  I feature Name posts every (most) Monday.  As a hobbyist writer, I LOVE finding new, unique, old-fashioned, and/or lovely names for my characters.  Being a collector of such names, so to speak, I enjoy seeking out the meaning and history behind them as well.  I started this series to share what I find and maybe even inspire names for characters of your own, if you too are a self-proclaimed writer---or even a published author.  :]  So, with all that said. . .}


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M | English
FALL-ken, or FAL-ken

Meaning unknown.  Could possibly be a variant of Falcon, the name for the bird.

F & M | English

Possibly from the name Destrier, a French surname derived from the Anglo-Norman word destrer, meaning "warhorse." 

M | African-American, English (modern), Irish, Dutch
KY-in, KY-an, k-yan or KEE-an

Possibly derived from the Yoruba name Kayin, meaning "a long-awaited child." Or a variant spelling of Cian, which means "ancient" in Gaelic.

F | English (modern)

A variant of Mia, which is the Scandinavian, Dutch, and German diminutive of Maria, ultimately derived from the Hebrew Mary, possibly meaning "beloved" or "love."

Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

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Pssst! Click here to find other names in this genre I've already shared!
Do you have a favorite of the names featured here? Can you add any new and unique ones to this small list??

Have a great week, dear friends!

Spring Cleaning Writerly Challenge Tag!

The weekend has arrived!

And for those of you taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo, we've only got two days left!
How's your goal?  Are you close to accomplishing it? or have you breezed right by and kept going? :] If you're like me, you may have had to adjust said goal in order to forego any unnecessary stress.  And you know what? That's great! No shame in lowering your objective to keep your sanity.

As for this tag:  I meant to have it posted the first week or two in April, simply because it goes well with Camp NaNo and may even serve to help further my WIP.  But, it seems now's as good as ever! and may even serve to give me a much-needed boost to finish this month's challenge strong.

  • Link back to the person who tagged you.  Christine tagged me. Thanks, girl! <3
  • Share the picture. *points to pic above*
  • Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer.  Almost to that part!
  • Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal---you choose!). *see end of post*

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)
            This may surprise you, but. . . I'm still working on the Managing-My-Time Thing. #SHOCKER  My writing goals for this year, according to this post, were:

This is still underway, buuuuuuttt it is happening!  Slowly.  But definitely happening.  Camp NaNo has certainly served it's purpose in this particular matter.  :]  I've absolutely LOVED having a cabin full of fellow writers to chat with and encourage one another.  My ideas on Noya's plot-line have been rather sparse of late, to say the least.  Which to me seems like it's time to sit and piece together all parts of the puzzle to see exactly where I am and what holes need filled.  I'm not sure I've ever gotten this far in a draft before.  (Safia's story kinda just went on and on and I wasn't sure how to fix it's plot, plus there was a gazillion plot-holes. . .)

Hasn't happened yet.  But perhaps after Camp, and once I get what I've written of Noya's draft pieced together where it should be (it most likely resembles a plate of spaghetti at the moment), then maybe I'll sit and review Safia's world.  :]  That has me just a teensy bit excited, actually.  And will probably be a great time to take a break from Noya, for the time being.

// BLOG WEEKLY -- 3X \\
Yeah. . . Sorta kinda hasn't happened the way I'd like it to.  But I'm working on it!  I've got some ideas for some new writerly posts in the making, as well as a couple book reviews coming up---and more to follow in the weeks to come.  I've also got lifey things to add to the list, as well as Baby Gabe updates!!  *^ - ^* (It's still hard to believe I'll be a mum very soon. . .)

This is one goal I've probably struggled with the most.  And if we're honest, who doesn't?  I get distracted far too easily.  And while I have near-absolute power of managing my time and how I spend it, I complain there's not enough time in the day to do what I want.  Sound familiar?  Still, it's certainly not impossible to work toward this objective, and it is definitely a great builder of one's diligence. 

2. Which Stage Are You At?  Expound!
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)
            Of all the above, I should probably say "e," a combo of all those things, with the exception of "c."  I'm doing my best NOT to go back and re-read what I've written till I have at least a majority of the first draft completed.  Why?  Because I know myself rather well, and I would be horribly prone to fix EVERYTHING all along the way. . . (does anyone else have this problem? or is it just a me thing?) 

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)
            Snippets!!  I do love snippets.  :]

Noya nodded, her feverish mind laughing at her and wondering what more strange and bizarre things could possibly occur? She was trapped in the most beautiful prison of marble and glass, her captor was a Beast unlike anything she had ever seen, and a griffin was asking her permission to enter the sanctuary she had unofficially claimed as her own.
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     Ilsa’s features sobered. “I only wish I could assure you not to worry, dear one. But I fear it will only worsen as time runs out.”
     “I understand.” Noya wrapped the robe tighter, feeling a sudden chill. “I wish I could do something. I wish I could fix it all.”
     “Such noble thoughts. They hold a kind of magic, I daresay. But none so strong as that of a name.”
      “A name?”
    “Ná. I am forbidden to speak of such things, but I can say the power of a name is worth far more than the greatest treasure of this world.”
     “Do you mean. . . the name of the king?”
     Ilsa did not reply, or couldn’t, but her eyes spoke volumes.
     Noya was quiet for a moment, stroking the wet locks of her hair. Ilsa moved then, and taking a comb, silently offered to comb her hair. Noya nodded.
     “So. . . If learning his true name, if it holds such power as you say, would that be the key to breaking the curse?”
    Ilsa looked pained for a moment, as if battling herself to speak her mind, but finally she stated simply, “Names have meanings. It is up to the bearer on whether they become worthy of that meaning. Most do not.”
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     Noya felt Baradil scoff and the image of a dragon pompously sipping his tea whilst guarding a mound of shimmering treasure entered her mind. She would have laughed but the wind stole her breath. Instead, she attempted to send a thought-image in return. But all that came was the single word riddled with her silent laughter: Pompous?
     He tilted his head in her direction, one amber eye catching her own. He was doing his griffin-smile, but she caught the underlying contempt.
    Perhaps it was not best to argue the virtues of Dragons while perched atop a Griffin who thought them pompous…

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)
            Alas. . . I do not have an official writing space.  Nor do I have a photo. . . Sorry!  I tend to take my notebook and laptop to wherever my mood brings me, which is usually the couch.  Or the bed with a ton of pillows.  Or, on the gorgeous, sunny days, outside somewhere.  :]

            I do, however, LOVE keeping a large notebook with me.  Over the years (I actually can't remember when I started this, but if I weren't so lazy at the moment, I'd go dig out the first one), I began purchasing school-subject notebooks and dubbed them "Sari's Misc. Notebook *insert Roman numeral here*."  I honest don't recall which number I'm on currently as I forgot to title this particular notebook.  Along with my handwritten notes and excerpts/snippets that I jot down in there, I then transfer from paper to my laptop.  It does take some extra time doing it that way (and sometimes I just type my thoughts directly), but I love the feel of pen and paper in my hands just as much, if not more, than typing.  :]  I also get to double-think (not over-think, mind you) my ideas and excerpts that way.  Make sense?

            Anywho, kinda boring with no photo, but I've got a friend coming to visit and then we're meeting up with other friends to see AVENGERS: INFINITY WARS!!!

So, on to the tagging!


Please don't feel obligated to do this tag!  
(And I apologize if you've already done it or been tagged before) 

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Here are the Questions
(For copy and pasting purposes)

1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)
2. Which Stage Are You At?  Expound!
a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)
3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)
3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)

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Happy weekend, y'all!!!
I'm totally enjoying this gorgeous Spring weather. :]

Happy Monday! // Names + Reveal

Happy Monday, folks!
Has yours been any different from my quite rainy, sometimes sunny, kinda day?

I have just two names for you today, and they may in fact be names I have already featured. . .

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MFrench, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
ga-bree-EL (French), GAHP-ree-el (German), GAH-bryel (Spanish), GAY-bree-ǝl (English), GAHP-ryel (Polish)

From the Hebrew name Gavri-el meaning "strong man of God."  In Hebrew tradition, Gabriel is the given name of one of the seven archangels.  [We don't agree with this number.  The Old Testament only mentions one archangel, Michael.  (Jude 1:9)   The word angel is derived from the Greek angelos, meaning "messenger."]  He appears as God's messenger in both the Old and New Testaments, announcing the birth of John to Zachariah and Jesus to Mary.  

This name has been in use occasionally in England since the 12th century but did not become popular in the English-speaking world until the 20th century.

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M | English, Biblical

English form of the Late Latin name Iaconus, which is derived from the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov (Jacob, "holder of the heel" or "supplanter").  This was the given name of two of Jesus' disciples: James, brother of John, and James the son of Alphaeus -- as well as one of His brothers.

Since the 13th century, this name has been used in England, though it became more popular in Scotland, where it was borne by several kings.  It was the given name of the English explorer, Captain James Cook (1728-1779); the Scottish inventor, James Watt (1736-1819); the Irish novelist and poet, James Joyce ( 1882-1941); and six American presidents.  A well-known fictional bearer is the British spy James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming.

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"Why did you just share names we've already seen here?" you may ask.
And why does it all look so different from normal??

Wellllll. . .

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We had a gender reveal party yesterday!!!

photo credit to me mum :] 

About 50 people (!!!) showed us their love yesterday by partaking in this celebration.  We had a blast!  As you can see, GREAT food, fellowship, and some target practice.  :]

So BOY or GIRL??

It's a BOY!!
(I apologize for the tiny video!! It's all I could do at the moment... heheh)

Hence, the reason for the rehashed names.
Because that's we've decided to call to our little boy!  Baby Gabe.  <3

So there's my amazing news for the day, y'all.
Have a lovely week!


What?? No Name post???
Yeah. . . I know.  I kinda. . . er, forgot.  Heheh.

So, I decided to share an update instead!
Yep.  While my blogging schedule has not happened as I desired (there's not enough TIME in the day to do what I want/need to do!!), and lifey things always seem to get in the way (excuses, excuses), it's quite obvious I'm still working on the managing-my-time thing.  ;D

Aaaaaannnnnddd, I realized last week that I've posted absolutely NOTHING about myself and the baby.  I mean, other than announcing that I'm now a mama-to-be (Wow!), I've not shared a thing about my journey so far.  

And to be honest, I wasn't sure how you, my dear readers, would take it.  Would you even WANT to know?  Even though you possibly aren't even close to thinking of a family of your own and it's all you can do to focus on school?  Seriously, I'd love to know what you think.

For now, I'll move on with my update.  :]


We have reached the halfway mark at 20 weeks!! 
WOW.  It doesn't seem like that much time has passed, but then again, it does seem to have gone by rather quickly.  

According to an app on my phone, Baby is approximately the size of a Belgian Endive.  (Yeah, I totally had to look that one up too. . .)

He/she is about ten inches long now, weighing in at 10.5 ounces.  And is extremely active!  I cannot tell you the joy it is to feel the little "flutters," as it is called, of tiny kicks in my tummy.  :]  

This coming Sunday, we are having a gender reveal party, and I can HARDLY wait!!! My hubby already knows---and won't tell me a SINGLE thing---as he broke down at the ultrasound visit and HAD TO KNOW once he saw the tiny hands and feet and then the beautiful profile. *points below*  I elected to wait, despite the fact I'm DYING TO KNOW.  I will definitely try to post pics next week!!

So precious!

In all honesty, I feel awkward sharing such things.  But this is my life now!  I've always hoped this little blog could serve as encouragement and inspiration for other young (and even much younger) ladies.  If I can share a small glimpse of what your futures could look like and give first-hand stories of my experiences, then that's what I'd love to do!  But really, I would wish to do so only if there's an honest interest.

So honestly:
Are you apt to read such posts?  Or would you be one to click the link, skim the words and photos, and move on?  (Absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, please don't misunderstand me!)

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Thanks for dancing by, y'all.  I hope you have a marvelous week!
Welcome, glorious Spring weather!!!

What's in a Name?

Monday arrived again, folks! (And is nearly over now as I write this. . .)
I do hope yours was pleasant and filled with thanks for another day.  :]

The names I've got for you today are particularly interesting, if I do say so myself.  At least two have a tidbit of history and Eastern mythology.  


M | History

Possibly of Turkic origin, meaning "wise."  According to other existing theories, it is believed to be of Gothic origin, or a Gothic form of a Hunnic name.  This was the given name of the brother of Attila the Hun.

F | Near Eastern Mythology
TEE-ǝ-maht, TYAH-maht

From the Akkadian word tâmtu meaning "sea."  In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat was the personification of the sea, appearing in the form of a huge dragon.  According to legend, she died (rather brutally) at the hands of the god, Marduk, her great-grandson.

M | Norwegian, Icelandic, Swedish, Danish

Meaning "lone warrior."  From the Old Norse name Einarr, derived from the elements ein "one, alone" and arr "warrior."  This given name shares the same roots as the word einherjar, the word for the slain warriors in Valhalla.

M & F | English (rare)

From the English word for the type of songbird.

Names & meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

Book Review || The Tomb of the Sea Witch

The Tomb of the Sea Witch
Beaumont & Beasley, Book 2
Kyle Robert Shultz

publisher | release
YA Fiction, Faerietale Retellings, Fantasy

Private detective Nick Beasley used to be a debunker of magic--and a human being. Then he found out magic is real. The hard way. Now he's on the run from a powerful council of enchanters who want him dead, along with his little brother Crispin and the renegade enchantress Lady Cordelia Beaumont.

So when Cordelia suggests going undercover at a stronghold of the Council's power--the Warrengate Academy of Advanced Magic--Nick isn't exactly thrilled with the idea. Cordelia insists that the school may hold the key to Nick regaining his humanity: an ancient spell created by the Sea Witch from the tale of the Little Mermaid.

But the mission proves to be more complicated than Beaumont and Beasley had expected. An ancient threat is rising from the deep, bringing an army of the dead along with it. Shocking revelations send Nick, Cordelia, and Crispin on a harrowing journey under the sea.

The Sea Witch is not quite as dead as everyone believes...and her secrets will change everything.

Perfect for fans of Doctor Who, Once Upon A Time, Indiana Jones, or The Dresden Files, the Beaumont and Beasley series features high adventure in a world where fairy tales are history.

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WARNING: Possible Spoilers

{The Basics}
I've heard so many great things about this series.  And y'all, it's all true!! I absolutely LOVED this little novel.  The CHARACTERS!!! AHHHH, I loves them ALL.  The plot twists.  The faerietales retold.  The transformations. . .  

PLEASE NOTE:  This is the sequel of a series, and it is not a stand-alone novel.  To know the full, fantastic story, read the first! --->  The Beast of Talesend. 

{Spiritual Content}
This is a wonderfully clean novel, with absolutely no language whatsoever.  Characters use the phrase, "Dear God," a time or two.  But other than that, there are no overt "messages" or agendas to classify this as a "Christian" novel.  It is simply a thrilling, humorous adventure involving what you think you knew of faerietales.  :]

Magic plays a huge part in these tales.  The antagonist of this particular story possesses a girl and uses her to accomplish her dastardly evil goals.  She uses song-magic to do so, and can hypnotize folks to do her will.  

Undead skeletal pirates attempt to attack the academy of magic at Warrengate, but they seem to be easily disposed of as they fall to pieces without too much gnawing, kicking, punching, or magical combat.  Characters often use magic to fight.

The rather strict headmaster of Warrengate, who also happens to be a DRAGON (*cue Crispin squeal*), is always threatening to barbecue anyone who falls out of line or oversteps his boundaries.  A stone gargoyle is consumed by flames, but being stone is completely unharmed.  A horde of skeletons are burnt to a crisp.

Characters are attacked by said skeletal pirates, underwater tentacley polyps, nearly eaten by a sea-monster, and suffer cuts, bruises, and the like.  One is slashed on the arm with a dagger, but the wound quickly heals.   A Beast-creature battles a great octopus-mermaid-woman---he defeats her with a fatal slash of his claws to her neck, drawing black blood.  The Beast-creature suffers from dozens of cuts, but they soon heal.  

{Love-y Content}
Crispin (Nick's little brother) falls in love with Molly, Cordelia's cousin (after knowing her for only a couple days)---he's so cute!  Turns out Molly likes him a lot as well.  They share a few kisses hugs.  

Nick and Cordelia always bicker and argue their plans/points/etc.  But you KNOW they care for each other. 

All in all, I would TOTALLLLLLLLLYYYYY recommend this entire series to all my buddies.  (Nearly had to fight my hubby off to keep him from stealing the book from me. . .) ;D  As mentioned before, this is entirely clean fiction filled with action, humor, undead pirate skeletons, merfolk, and so much more.  I can't wait to get my hands on the third tale!!!

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Ages: 13+

What's in a Name?

Happy Monday, friends!
And if you're participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, we're in our second day!!

Did you all have a lovely Easter weekend?  I know I did---ate too much, as usual.  ;D

Well, on to the names!  Cuz that's why you're here, right??  
(Gareth & Adelaja are my faves here.)  :]

M | Welsh, English (British), Arthurian Romance
GAR-eth (or GAIR-eth -- modern pronunciation)

Meaning unknown.  It first appears in this form in a 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends by Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, in which this was the given name of Sir Gawain's brother.  Mr. Malory based the name on Gahariet, which may possibly have a Welsh origin and related to gwaredd, meaning "gentleness."

F | English
a-de-LAHJ-ah (possibly)

Possibly a form of Adelajda, which is the Polish form of Adelaide, from elements meaning "noble" and "kind, sort, type."

M | German

Meaning "warrior of the people"; from combined Germanic elements meaning "people" and "army."

F | English

Diminutive of Olga, which is the Russian form of Helga, ultimately meaning "holy, blessed."

Names & meaning via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

Resurrection Sunday // He is RISEN

Happy Easter Sunday to you and yours, dear friends!

Were you able to see the beautiful sunrise this morning?  
I hope your day has been filled with family and renewed faith in the hope we have in Christ.  Death has been defeated, and by the grace of our Lord & Saviour, we are REDEEMED!

Shine His Light every day, my friends.