What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when we discuss names. You’ve mentioned, Pete (aka Spence), how important names are to you, and that you actually can’t write the character until you have the right name. How about this month we talk about Iggy, Chet’s best pal, especially since his name was suggested by readers yesterday?

Pete: I’m not the first artist (for want of a better word) to fall for the appeal of the name Iggy. In that I stand on the shoulders of Jim Osterberg, Jr. And may I recommend in passing Jim’s duet with Francoise Hardy of I’ll Be Seeing You.

Mrs. P: And what is the appeal of the name Iggy?

Pete: For me, the appeal was that the character came fully formed as soon as the name popped into my mind. Iggy’s all about id, lack of restraint, totally unselfconscious goofiness and yearning.

Mrs. P: And then to have him pretty much shut inside the Parsons’s house for the whole series so far, watching Chet through the window?

Pete: Makes the odd moment when they do get together –

Mrs. P: Like the bathroom scene in The Dog Who Knew Too Much?

Pete: – all the more explosive.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete. Iggy appears by the way in HEART OF BARKNESS, now available for preorder. In the meantime, there’s always the e-short story pictured here.


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32 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. B.Stover
    9:03 am on March 15th, 2019

    Iggy has interesting characteristics. (Of course, I had to look up Jim Osterberg.)

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:29 am on March 15th, 2019

    Good morning everyone.
    The name Iggy makes us grin.
    Hobbitz, breathe.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    10:07 am on March 15th, 2019

    Do you think this was how Nicolas Petit felt?

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:00 am on March 15th, 2019


    I looked up Jim Osterberg too, although I just noticed his stage name in the tags. Clever, about the song “I’ll Be seeing You.”
    Iggy does stay at Chet and Bernie’s for a bit in “A Fistful of Collars” (which I just finished re-reading yesterday), while Mr. Parsons accompanies Mrs. Parsons to the hospital. A ukulele was involved… :^)

    HOH: I like that blanket! :^)

    BooBear: How are the boxes coming along?

    Good day to all!

  5. ALR
    12:46 pm on March 15th, 2019

    I don’t know if Hobbitz will read this, but if someone leaves this room because someone else is rude, then someone else wins. And that is too bad for all of us.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    2:45 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Boo!…I hope Boo didn’t get packed away in one of those big boxes…yeeep!

    Missing!…Weather Kat and his pal Nana…sniff!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:00 pm on March 15th, 2019

    RIO! I was watching “Whiskey Cavalier” and the show used this song for the closing scene…It made me think of you, since this is how you would sound if you sang! I love this song!


  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:32 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Rose!…What is that show about? Is it about Whiskey?…snort!snort!

  9. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:02 pm on March 15th, 2019
  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Show!…That looks like an interesting show…snort!..I will check it out, especially if I am singing in the background…heh!

  11. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:03 pm on March 15th, 2019

    RIO! When it was first advertised, I wasn’t really that interested in watching it. Then, I watched the first show and got hooked. It is a fun “Mission Impossible.” This is only the third week it has been on, so you can catch up easily. It’s the third episode where you are singing in the background. :^)

    I don’t know if you watch “The Good Doctor”, but I like that show too.

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:03 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Doctor!…I did for awhile watch “The Good Doctor”. But somehow I just didn’t anymore…grunt!…But I will check out Whiskey when I can…snort!..Which reminds me, I haven’t had a good swim inna Vat O’ Beer in a long time. This winter has been way too long and miserable…wheeze!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Hey!…Our “Tech” guy (maybe) Michael Baker is still in the running of the Iditarod!…snort!…I hope he is freezing his ass off…heh!heh!snort! …Well shoot, he lives in Willow so that is not our technically our “Tech” guy…grunt!

  14. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:44 pm on March 15th, 2019

    RIO! The season finale of “The Good Doctor” was a real cliff-hanger!

    Good thing this wasn’t your Friend’s library! Snort!


    When is your Friend making bread again?

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Library!…My friend says they’ve had a lot of roof damage and the basement flooded big time so far…grunt!…One day she was out there trying to rescue children’s books because the roof was leaking so bad…gasp!…Things seem to be calming down now and repairs are being made…snuffle!

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Bread!..My friend has the whole weekend off finally after 2 + 1 weeks!…snort!…She was putting in extra hours while the college kid was off doing a training thing…whuffel!…So this weekend after taking Mother and the Great Grand Niece shopping she is planning on making Bread! And a whole lotta of other goodies…snort!snort!

  17. Open Doc
    8:14 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Friend: Might I suggest making Ole Doc shaped bread. It always seems to taste better. Burp!

  18. Ole
    8:14 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Open? Who is this Open guy? He better not get bread shaped like him.

  19. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Open!…Is Ole Doc open for business, whatever that might be???…snorkel!

  20. Ole Doc
    8:25 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Open! Step right up! I am now offering guided tours of watching me sleep. Come one, come all! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity…until I take my next nap on a different pillow.

  21. Thieves!
    8:33 pm on March 15th, 2019

    LouLou: Your approach and our approach to construction is the same. We knew you were good people. However, however, however, Beau is a stickler for cubbits. We are going along to get along. Something about luring him into a false sense of something…we forget.

  22. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:44 pm on March 15th, 2019

    ARK!…snort!…I ordered an ARK days, maybe even months ago!…grunt!…Where in da dawg is it?…wheeze!gurgle!

  23. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Shop!…The Beausmobil is still in the shop down the street…snort!…Beau didn’t leave any money in his Will for me to get it out. Now he is counting on that ARC to get him places…heh!heh!…Wot a guy.

  24. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:09 pm on March 15th, 2019

    RIO! Bread! Slurp!

  25. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Rose!…My friend says she sure wishes she could send you a coupla loaves…snort! …You will have to get your own fishes…heh!

  26. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Bed!…Off to my warm soft bed where all my toys are in just the right places…snorkel!

  27. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on March 15th, 2019


  28. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on March 15th, 2019

    LuLu!…Oh! My Dawg!…I posted without having to put my email and name in the blanks!…wheeze!….A Baker Boy Miracle has happened…snort!snort!…I will test this once again with this post!..yeep!….Hold onto yer ears!

    Nope!..Test failed…rumble!

  29. Herd of Hounds
    10:15 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Today’s finishers:
    21 Richie Beattie
    22 Ed Hopkins
    23 Martin Buser
    24 Aaron Peck
    25 Charley Benja
    26 Michi Konno
    27 Lance Mackey
    28 Jessie Holmes

  30. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Fluke!…I swear it must have been a fluke…groan!….I was hoping he had been actually working on this her blog….sniff!…Where is that cane I love so much??

  31. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Now!…Off to my warm soft bed!…gurgle!

  32. Thieves!
    11:31 pm on March 15th, 2019

    Bed! We wish we were in bed, but ole Beau has us painting the ark while he sleeps. Won’t he be surprised to see we painted it with flames! Noodles!

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