After my recent blog on the Femmes about what to name the boat you’d think it’d be a cinch to come up with a name for a vacation cottage.
It’s not my cottage, I should point out, but the fictional one that my heroine, Hannah Ives and her husband have bought on Maryland’s eastern shore. It’s a real fixer-upper (the cottage, I mean, although the novel – Daughter of Ashes -- could use some serious tweaking, too) formerly owned by an attorney and named Legal Ease.
Clearly, that name has gotta go.
Family members and friends have made suggestions from a simple The Cottage to names that make me groan -- Looney Dunes, Wild Thyme, or Fiddler on the Reef. When I asked one friend for help she said, “How about Go Jump in the Lake.” Was that a suggestion, I wondered, or an order?
Hannah’s husband, Paul, is a math professor at the Naval Academy. He wants to name their Chesapeake Bay waterfront retreat Base-2.
If Hannah (or her author) don’t come up with an alternative, and soon, Paul will very likely have his way.
So, Dear Readers, we need your help. The person who comes up with the winning name will be announced here, thanked in the acknowledgements, and receive a personalized copy of Daughter of Ashes next year on publication day.
One, two, three … go!