Today's blog has been eaten by an oral abscess. And no, I'm probably not going to write "Gargling With Salt Water....As A Writer."
I hope to be back on track by tomorrow.
In the meantime, since I always try to provide some content every day, enjoy an article from another blog about choosing character names. It's harder than it seems. Ignore conventions and you seem ignorant of literary precedent, follow them too closely, and you seem unimaginable, anachronistic, and trite. Go too far against them, and it comes across as ham-handed, and acknowledges the conventions by defying them anyway. Everything has to be done with careful finesse.