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NaNoWriMo Day 5

New words: 2,444
Total words: 8,927
Goal: 50,000

8927 / 50000
(17.9%)



A follow-up from yesterday's whine: the one good thing about NaNo and a story that's meandering in the wrong direction, is you can write five versions of things and count them all in the word count, then pick the one you like best in December.

At least you can by my rules.

But now, a question for anyone who's read this far: I need a name for my spirit beings. I can't call them spirits, djinn, fae(ries), angels, demons, goblins, ghouls, ghosts, etc, because they aren't any of those things, and they are all of those things. But they still need a name, something they might use to refer to themselves. And as much as I try to just "make up a name", made-up names sound lame. So I was thinking, if I could usurp a lesser-known word actually used for similar legendary creatures, that would be cool.

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masqthephlsphr
Nov. 6th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
As I mentioned to Ann1962 below, sprite sounds too whimsical to my ears, and my creatures aren't particularly whimsical. Sprite is also too well known, I think. Fay is just another spelling of fae, which is obviously the fairies or sidhe. Nimbus and kobold, on the other hand, are much less well known and might be the beginnings of a good made-up name I could cobble together.
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masqthephlsphr
Nov. 6th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, because in the Wikipedia disambiguation page, the word "Nimbus" as a name for a supernatural creature doesn't appear, not even in the section on creature names used in fictional works. Kobolds, on the other hand, have their own page full of stuff, and even I've heard of Kobolds before (probably from all the research I did a year ago in my previous vain attempt to give these creatures a name).