What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and therefore time for What’s In A Name, where Peter Abrahams (aka Spencer Quinn) discusses a character name from one of his books. What’ll it be this time, Pete?

Pete: How about Queenie from RUFF VS. FLUFF?

Mrs. P: Great! First I should explain that RUFF VS. FLUFF is the first in the new Queenie and Arthur middle-grade series. Adults may read them, but only with fake ID. (To get your fake ID come to the alley behind my office building after hours.) Pub date is March 26, 2019. Available now for pre-order – then you don’t have to worry! And now – Queenie.

Pete: Queenie handles half the narration in the series. Arthur does the other half. Arthur’s a dog, Queenie a cat. You never want to be too on-the-nose with a name, but … “Queenie” came to me right away and felt inevitable.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name!


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19 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:43 am on August 15th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. Loved Hobbitz’ fotos and narration from yesterday.
    We think Pete hit Queenie’s name on the nose… a fluffy cat narrator is obviously a queen.
    What’s in a name and hump day all at once? We’ll throw in monthly puppy meds too. Should be quite a day, enjoy.

  2. B.Stover
    10:28 am on August 15th, 2018

    I love both names–Queenie and Arthur.

    Good morning all.

  3. Hobbitz
    10:57 am on August 15th, 2018

    I will preorder it when I get home. I am already getting a lot of Russian ads on my phone as it is. Would Queenie’s name be King if she was a he? Pondering.

  4. Hobbitz
    10:59 am on August 15th, 2018

    Today was a sick day for me. It happens. Gave up my ticket to a Cossack show this evening. Drat. Two more days in St Petersburg

  5. BooBear
    11:16 am on August 15th, 2018

    Hobbit, feel better soon!! Sorry about missing the Cossack show. I bet that would have been fun.

    OleDoc made us tear up this morning when we read his post last night about the firefighters. Cannot imagine fighting fires like they do. Mom is currently reading the book series that Wookie and Teddy’s Paw recommended. Fire is a very real part of the books. Thank you for the recommendation! We are on book 3 of the 4.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    11:24 am on August 15th, 2018

    If the cat were male, we think his name would be Prince! Princes are more spoiled than kings.

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:55 am on August 15th, 2018


    I always look forward to “What’s In a Name”.

    C.Hobbitz: Great phots and stories! Feel better soon, and safe travels.

    Good day to all!

  8. dawson
    12:30 pm on August 15th, 2018

    I’m looking forward with great anticipation to reading the Queenie and Arthur book(s). But first, another Chet and Bernie!

    Old Doc: I, like BooBear, shed a tear at your post last night.

    Happy belated birthday, Justin!
    What a dream I had last night. I think because of it being the Giant’s birthday yesterday, I had a mushing dream. The Pixie and the Giant were coaching me on how to get ready for a long distance race. We made a huge batch of foot-long sub sandwiches and then there I was, mushing a team of Snowhook dogs down the trail, just like I knew what I was doing. The dogs were running as a smooth team along a lightly winding trail. It was great!

  9. Mary
    1:11 pm on August 15th, 2018

    I’m sorry that you are under the weather, C Hobbit. Such lousy timing! But I loved your photos and felt as if I were there in person. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    We love firefighters also. Our latest fire, Ferguson, brought nearly 4300 fire fighters into our community. They literally build a mobile city, complete with laundry mats, showers, sleeping quarters, and kitchens. It is something to behold.

    Heros don’t always wear capes. Sniff.

    And what an awesome dream, Dawson!

  10. Herd of Hounds
    1:41 pm on August 15th, 2018

    Get healthy, Hobbit. C&B and Q&Zaire, we are so looking forward to the new books!

  11. Herd of Hounds
    2:53 pm on August 15th, 2018

    Q&R not Q&Z…hard to type.

  12. Staff
    3:40 pm on August 15th, 2018

    I had a get together with two other sewing machine enthusiasts. One of them is also an Iditarod fan. She was telling me about a treat that one musher she knows takes out on the trail.

    Chocolate covered bacon.

    Queenie is a perfect name for a feline.

  13. Staff
    3:44 pm on August 15th, 2018

    Speaking of fires and smoke. This is what it has been like around here lately. Although the fires are many miles away the skies, which should be blue, are pale white. My throat is sore by the end of the day. It doesn’t look like smoke it just looks very very pale.

  14. SnowBella
    5:40 pm on August 15th, 2018

    Uh, sometimes I think Queenie would have been a good name for Ole Doc. He has very high standards.

  15. ALR
    9:26 pm on August 15th, 2018

    Oh yes, Staff, our air out here in Vancouver, WA looks just the same….cough cough.

  16. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 pm on August 15th, 2018

    That air is worse than smog. Remember days like that. Hope and pray fresh air comes back sooner rather than later.

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on August 15th, 2018

    Fire Fighters!…I’m glad youse guys are thinking about fire fighters and all the hot crap and crappy food and hardly any sleep and the filth they endure during their time on the line…weeeze!!…And for all the assholes who start fires I hope your house blows up and burns down – and you are probably too stupid to have insurance..so there! Assholes!…grump!

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on August 15th, 2018


  19. Thieves!
    11:48 pm on August 15th, 2018

    We don’t play with matches. We don’t have fancy thumbs.

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