What’s His Name?

Okay, so as far as my writing went, I had a quieter April than most I know.  I decided to take a step back and do only what I felt I could do.  I read and followed what I could from Robert’s “My Name is not Bob” Blog challenge,  I put forward a few Books I had reviewed for the Reading the World Challenge and while I did not take part in them I enjoyed following some of the writer’s in their April Poetry Challenge and the A to Z Challenge.  Both of the later seemed daunting to me but bravo those that took part.  I learned much just by blog hopping and reading and making the odd comment.  I did, however, stage another guest here, continued the 12x12x12 challenge by completing my April draft comfortably. Yay!

After completing my April draft I immediately got down to thinking about my May draft.  Something I had been wanting to tackle since I had returned from an overseas trip in August last year.  A story of travel an idea that had come to me via a woman I met on a plane.  She was a Headmistress of an Australian School and was totally interested in my writing ventures in children’s books. When I have allowed myself to think of how to approach the story I had always visioned a child, in fact in all my stories my main character was human. I don’t know why, but I had never thought of anything else.    When I tackled this particular draft with my protagonist, a little boy, I kept finding I couldn’t get into it, like something was not quite right, I felt very detached.  It wasn’t till I was taking a walk outside the front of our house one day a couple of weekends ago, when it suddenly struck me, right there, on top of my letterbox.  How could I have not realised it before!  I stood looking at it, took photos of it, and in my mind I suddenly saw my story take on a new life.  I raced inside and immediately took down some notes.  My protagonist would be this little black bear in blue overalls. I had aquired him a couple of years ago and I decided he would look great on my letterbox.  He has had a rough time, weathered, and there has even been attemps to pinch him, hence he is now concreted on.  His body language, his thoughts and his actions were perfect, just perfect.

Now I was stuck with just one more thing; his name!  I asked some of you a little while ago to help me on facebook, and I am grateful for the number of names you have given me to choose from.  Alas I am a typical Libran and can often find myself in a quandary wondering which to choose.  I wondered if you could help me again.  From the list below of the ones I loved the most (and believe me I have tried them all on him) which do you think is fitting for him?  Please state your choice in your comment and if possible a reason why. This ditzy blonde would appreciate your help very much.

Oh, and so you know that he does exist, here is a picture of my cute little guy;


Zaccy,    Bussi,    Scooter,    Mishka,      Kicko

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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17 Responses to What’s His Name?

  1. He looks like a Scooter to me. And he looks delightful!

  2. cassam101 says:

    Well since the best name was the one I chose and IT’S NOT HERE!!! I will suggest Bussi because of the rhymning with bear and children like that. Really good names to choose from even if mine was the best,lol. I love the bear,really good idea. I have found little creatures in the knots of my wooden floor, not real of course but I’d love to write a story about them. I need tracing paper first to trace them and then see what happens.

  3. I like Scooter, but if it is related to your travels last smmer and has a multicultrual flavor, I like Bussi, or Mishka,

  4. I agree with Pat exactly!

  5. cookiejarprincess says:

    Kicko is my first choice. I can’t really tell you why other than when I saw the picture of him, that is the name that felt right. Scooter would be my second choice but that doesn’t feel as good as Kicko.

  6. Taking Patricia’s comment into account: if the name has any tie to the culture/country take the names Mischka or Bussi into consideration. Scooter and Kicko resound well in my head, and give a character a bouncy energetic feel: if he is on the move use Scooter, if he is ‘bumping up against’ things or involved with sports use Kicko.

  7. Hannah Holt says:

    Mishka is my favorite, but I also like Kicko (if he’s the energetic type). Sorry, it doesn’t look like we’re coming to a consensus here. Good luck!

  8. Pam says:

    Look at that profile, will ya?! Can’t you hear him saying, “I’d like to introduce myself. I’m called Mishka!

  9. Catherine Johnson says:

    I like Bussi and isn’t he so cute. Good luck with the story!

  10. Mishka. He’s a Mishka. That’s final. (I like the way it sounds and it is just a cool name) I see Mishka, the book, but no mailbox! /:-\

  11. Joanna says:

    Erik has it!

  12. OKAY, OKAY, People….lol. I was getting to like the idea of Scooter, but it looks like Mishka has WON…. lol Thankyou.

  13. Go Mischka! Love it!

  14. Love it! I enjoyed reading your post. Very exciting and full of fun. And the picture, totally cool fella! Thanks.

  15. thankyou all, your very welcome island traveler.

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