A Research Find: Don’t Look Down!

I came across this link while I was doing some research for How to Save a Life.

“This Luxury Penthouse Bathroom Will Literally Scare the Sh*t Out of You” (hypervocal.com)

Can you imagine having to use that bathroom every day? Let’s just say this bathroom/elevator combo did not make it into my story. No one would’ve believed it.

Friday Photo: Punctuation Saves Lives T-shirt

Love this… (Yes, I’m a writer geek)

Quote I Love: Write Only What You Love

(c) istockphoto, DNY59 2011

“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”

–Ray Bradbury

Friday Photo: I think I forgot to feed someone…

I can be pretty focused when I’m writing.


(c) Sloan Parker 2011

And five minutes later…

(c) Sloan Parker 2011

And later…

(c) Sloan Parker 2011

I think I forgot something.

Editor Friend & Prof Guy

Check out the new book I just got: The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby

No, I’m not having a baby. I just get wickedly excited when I find a writing resource that’s a gem (at least for me).

Lately when it comes time to give my secondary characters their names, I’ve been drawing a blank, selecting the same ones over and over or not finding something that fits the character. For my current works in progress I had two secondary characters whom I affectionately called “Editor Friend” and “Prof Guy” for far too long. For a while I was afraid I’d get so dang used to “Editor Friend” and “Prof Guy” that I’d send it off to my editor like that. It was nice to finally pull out my baby name resources and search for actual names for these guys.

Lists that are organized or searchable in specific ways (by first letter, sounds like, meaning, popularity per year, etc.) are the most helpful. So far The Baby Name Wizard is the best naming book I’ve used, along with these websites:


Baby Names Finder

Baby Names World

Popular Baby Names

And for last names I almost always end up using a printed phone book.

For any writers who are interested, these links have also been added to my website on the Resources for Writers page.

I’m off to work on revisions for my next installment of More Than Just a Good Book. Hope you all have a great week!