What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, so time to discuss a character name from one of the books by Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn. How about we do Arthur, who narrates half of RUFF VS. FLUFF, first in your new Queenie and Arthur series? And let me add that although it’s middle-grade, adults with fake ID can read it, too, and it’s available for preorder. Okay, Arthur – that strikes me as a somewhat different type name from Chet, narrator of the Chet and Bernie series, and even more so from Bowser, narrator of the Bowser and Birdie series.

Pete: You’re so right! First, I really can’t write a character until I have the name. Sometimes I use a fill-in name for an early chapter or two, but by then, thank the lord of fiction, the right name comes. Arthur is not an energetic dog like Chet and Bowser. He’s no athlete, not in particularly good shape, perhaps somewhat lazy. A tweed jacket, pipe-smoking type – but only metaphorically. I thought the name Arthur suggested all that. Lurking in the background, I suppose, is Arthur the elephant from the old Babar series – do little kids still read that? The point is there’s something heavy about the name, at least for me. As for Arthur’s heart – also lurking in the background is the dude who pulled the sword from the stone.

Mrs. P: Are you saying that in the end there’s something heroic about Arthur?

Pete: No spoilers!

Mrs. P: In that case, see you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name!


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21 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:26 am on October 15th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. We like the name Arthur, it has all kinds of wonderful connections. Besides if he’s going to keep up with Queenie he needs an authoritarian name. We are waiting impatiently we may add for that book.
    Make a good Monday all.

  2. B.Stover
    9:45 am on October 15th, 2018

    The reference to the pipe smoking and tweed jacket makes me laugh! I also like the comparison to King Arthur. What fun this novel will be.

    Good morning all.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    11:22 am on October 15th, 2018

    Our Fake ID is On Order from the Turtle Man…Alice is following up on it.

    Monday…BooBear’s Lest Favorite Day of the week…but soon all that will change.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    11:25 am on October 15th, 2018

    Least, not lest!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:42 am on October 15th, 2018


    I also laughed at the tweed jacket pipe smoking reference! :^)

    It is a grey, drizzly day in this neck of the woods.

    Good day to all!

  6. BearSpiritDog
    12:20 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Wose: We would be Happy to Share some of our Sunshine with youse.

    Rio: Is Your Friend going to Try Making the Farmer’s Cheese from scratch?

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    1:40 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Bear: I want to know if Friend is going to make Farmer’s Cheese too!

  8. Herd of Hounds
    3:17 pm on October 15th, 2018

    We found the cottage cheese vs farmers cheese discussion educational and enjoyed it.
    The ball games have been pillow chewers. What could be better in play offs?

  9. Staff
    5:00 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Arthur. There is a lot of weight with that name. It was our father’s middle name.

    I hope Peter does Queenie’s name next week.

  10. Nancy A. Drew
    5:17 pm on October 15th, 2018

    I was expecting a package of lovely spices from Penzey’s today. But it didn’t come. So I decided to look at the tracking history.

    October 15, 2018
    In Transit to Next Facility
    Your package is moving within the USPS network and is on track to be delivered by the expected delivery date. It is currently in transit to the next facility.
    October 14, 2018, 4:02 pm
    Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
    October 12, 2018, 8:47 pm
    Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility
    October 12, 2018, 7:32 pm
    Accepted at USPS Origin Facility
    MILWAUKEE, WI 53222
    October 12, 2018, 11:20 am
    Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item
    MILWAUKEE, WI 53222

  11. Staff
    5:18 pm on October 15th, 2018

    I wonder if BooBear would want to go pick it up for me. I am sure anywhere in Houston is near to him….LOL

  12. Herd of Hounds
    6:57 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Wow, Staff, that is taking the great circle route. Mom ordered a canoe from Maine for her retirement and paid for express delivery. Two weeks later she found it was in Salt Lake City, not TN. Sheesh. If it weren’t for bad luck, she wouldn’t have no luck.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    7:13 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Staff: We ordered an Express next day Delivery for Melanie many years ago…it Arrived 2 Weeks Later…Grrr.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    7:21 pm on October 15th, 2018

    BSD, you must be a part of the if it weren’t for bad luck group, too. Mmm? Is it a Plunderers thing?

  15. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:35 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Staff: Sounds like the marauding goats have a hoof in this…

  16. BearSpiritDog
    8:19 pm on October 15th, 2018

    We haven’t heard from the TMGs in a Long Time.

  17. Thieves!
    9:43 pm on October 15th, 2018

    OFAs description of Arthur reminds us of a cross between Ole Doc and Wee Nigel. Heh.

  18. Thieves!
    9:50 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Yeep! What if the MG that saw Teddy in Vermont was a distraction so other MGs could make off with Staff’s delivery. Trust no one!

  19. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    9:57 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Debbie once tried to ship a quilting ruler to Staff in Notth Dakota, but Amazon told her that it was a sensitive export control item that could not be shipped outside of the United States. Apparently they did not know that North Dakota was part of the U.S. or they confused it with North Korea. Also why a plastic quilting ruler would be a sensitive, export controlled item was also confounding.

  20. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on October 15th, 2018

    Amazon!…And this is the reason we here will not be ordering time sensitive cheese from them!…grunt!

  21. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on October 15th, 2018

    October!…Baseball is still on…wheeze!…We are watching the Brewers kick some Dodger butts and enjoying it immensely….heh!heh!

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