Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Quickie poll

Don't forget the Number 500 Giveaway! I hope to see several more entries before the evening is over.
I'm happy -- not about the state of the world, of course, but about my trilogy. In the last few hours, I did a bit of cosmetic surgery on the first novel, and the current word count stands at just under 90,000 words. Ideal! Not only that, but this first novel is one tight sumbitch, and I think anyone who finished it would have to buy the next book. But that's just me. I'm chucking the working title (The Brakan Correspondent) because it put the main character's father front and center. I want to keep Cree (the correspondent's daughter) center stage. All of the titles below refer to her, although they also have double meanings that spread to a few of the other characters as well. Tell me whether any one of these grabs your eye better than its neighbors: Nest Out of the Nest Fallen from the Nest Fledge Fledgling Thanks! D.


Blogger THIS! Christine said...

Nest or Fledgling both evoked an emotional/imaginative response for me.

2/01/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Doug, I already have the book (in a German translation), and gift certificates don't work for me because of the shipping costs, thus I won't participate.

2/01/2006 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous fiveandfour said...

"Fledgling" is most evocative to me with "nest" coming in second.

2/01/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger mm said...


Does this mean you didn't like the title I suggested?

2/01/2006 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Bam said...

I like Fledgling. Followed by Nest.

And I' ve been busy trying to not get my ass kicked by my TBR pile. :(

Oh, and there's school, I guess.

2/01/2006 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Edwin said...

I'd opt for nest because of the multiple meanings you've given the term.

2/01/2006 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Sapphire Writer said...

I like Nest. :)


2/01/2006 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Maureen, I had a sudden stab of panic because I thought you had given me a suggestion that I hadn't acknowledged. So I searched my email inbox and found the relevant letter. Your suggestion, To Mock A Killing Bird, has a certain charm to it, but too many people already call me "smart ass" to my face.

Thanks, everyone else. I like Nest, too. Has that one syllable thing going for it, and as Edwin points out, it has multiple meanings in the context of the book.

(Hey, Edwin! I didn't know you were lurking around here. Glad to have you around ;o)

2/01/2006 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

What you need is not our subjective opinions, but the scientific rigour of the Lulu Title Scorer.

You'll even be able to compare two titles head to head (beak to beak?)

The Word Verification Pixie suggest that you call it Olsimasp.

2/02/2006 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger Paul Abbamondi said...

Nest is pretty cool.

2/02/2006 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger Darla said...

Well, I'm going to be different and say I prefer "Out of the Nest," which gives you the bird child image, plus a bit of danger/adventure feel.

The one-word titles "Fledgling" and "Nest" seem too... sweet to me. Of course, the cover art could correct that impression.

2/02/2006 06:54:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Thanks, y'all. Stephen, I really wonder about that thing, but I'm going to do it anyway. I'll report back on what Lulu says I should do.

2/02/2006 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger Shelbi said...

I like Nest and Fledgling, too.

Nest makes me think of a horror novel [you know, like, 'What kind of nest, a vampire nest?' But that could be because I've been infected by Buffy the Vampire Slayer].

Fledgling makes me think of a young person/bird, just leaving the 'nest.' Both titles get me because of their 'brevity' [which PBW got me thinking about the other day.]

Of course, on a professional level, I'm clueless, but as a reader, I have loads of experience.

2/02/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

How 'bout "The Nestling Falls"?

2/02/2006 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Here's what Lulu says:

Nest 63.7% (assuming "Nest" is viewed as figurative, rather than literal)

Fledge 55.4%
Out of the Nest 44.2%
The Correspondent's Daughter 41.4%
Fledgling 35.9%
Fallen from the Nest 26.3%

Just for fun, my tentative titles for books 2 and 3:

Flight 35.9%
Shrike 35.9%

Looks like I have more work to do ;o)

2/02/2006 04:06:00 PM  

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