Give your city (or town or region) a new name that reflects what type of place it is, and explain why you chose that name.
I don't want to write on the weekends. My husband gets on to me about working all the time, and I tried to spend time with them. I sat down to write this on Saturday, but I kept getting called by them to do other stuff, and I walked away from it.
I made my plan, so I can change it. Moving forward, my goal is to write a prompt a day on work days (excluding weekends and holidays).
Now, to give my city (or town or region) a new name that reflects the type of place it is, for me, is quite challenging. I struggle to come up with names for my books, businesses, etc. The only thing that wasn't too difficult were names for my children.
Chad and I had decided on a girl and boy name just a few months after we started dating. Grace Hannah for a girl and Noah Aaron for a boy.
We were never prepared to have anything other than a girl and a boy - ha.
But after Noah, when we found out he was going to have a little brother, we struggled for a bit. I wanted him to be named Eli, but Chad was insistent we weren't naming our kid after the younger Manning brother. He was all for Peyton. I was equally as insistent that we weren't naming our child after either brother, but rather for the Biblical Eli who cared for Samuel. And since Hannah and Samuel were a big part of our conception story for Noah, I thought it would work.
I got put on bed rest pretty early in the pregnancy, and Chad wasn't feeling the name. He kept saying we weren't naming him Eli, even though I'd been calling our baby this for a little bit of a time. Finally, I agreed we could consider other names.
I had Noah bring me the baby name book. I randomly picked a page, closed my eyes, and pointed to a name. Jonah.
Then, I had Noah do the same thing. He picked the same page. What were the chances of that? Then, he poked his little finger on the same name.
So, I had Chad follow suit - not sold on the name Jonah because Jonah was disobedient. He got swallowed by a whale. How could that be good for our baby?
You can imagine my surprise when Chad chose the same page and the same name...with his eyes closed too.
We took that as a sign. The middle name had already been chosen. Aaron is Chad's and his dad's middle name, so for Jonah, we chose David - my dad's first name (even though he goes by Danny - David Daniel McGee). It was also the name of my late grandfather. A family name.
But naming a town, a city, or a region? C'mon. That's a bit much, don't you think?
I'm going to rename my hometown. It's where most of my memories are.
When I think of the first words that comes to mind when I think of my hometown of Aiken and the surrounding places I spent my time growing up, I think of Southern hospitality at its finest.
Neither of those words would make a great city name. With hospitality comes charm. I think of the reality show, Southern Charm. I wouldn't want to name my area after that. It's a guilty pleasure, but most of those folks seem like a hot mess.
And I'm back where I started, with no clue what to name anything.
Aiken is known for its beautiful landscaping and horses. Big live oak trees and magnolias, crepe myrtles, and lots of azaleas. One time, I wrote a book called The Auction. I'm hoping to re-release it this year (maybe). But it was a prequel to a potential new series, Magnolia Grove. I like that name for Aiken.
The azaleas make me think of Amen Corner at The Augusta National about thirty minutes away. So, a something like Azalea Corner could work.
To me, both of those sound like cozy, beautiful places. Perfect for the quaint town that Aiken is.