This is not one of my smarter ideas.
I came up with this last night as i opened my third beer. My third beer is not known for being the best beer of ideas. First beer: Great ideas. Second Beer: Decent ideas, LOTS of enthusiasm for them. Third beer: the magic bridge where all the ideas that would normally and deservedly be thrown into the pit of annihilation suddenly get a reprieve and get to come out and dance about in the light of day, and despite being generally idiotic, get to be taken seriously.
And yet here i am the next day, no beer in sight, actually going through with it. Because even without beer, i am still an idiot.
So. Here’s the deal.
Would you like to have a character named after you in the Atompunk Opera? Tell me why the MCG is named as it is. I rarely name things arbitrarily. Soldier 7285, not arbitrary. Hell, even Sollof got his name from that awesome doll designer on the net who i stumbled across back when i was juuuuuuust first approaching the Steampunk Opera and probably the first week i was writing this blog. Everything comes from somewhere and has some significance even if it’s idiotic.
Obviously if your name is Mark Swetz, Kevin Hulburt or Patrick Plonski, you are disbarred. Sorry. I know for a fact i told at least ONE of you. Probably more. Ya’ll are all too privy to my secrety secrets. Besides, technically i named a character after Mark, although he has like, 8 lines with Constance in The Soiree and gets killed immediately afterwards (but he’s her mark… named Mark. Get it? Okay, look, i can’t be clever all the damn time.) Kevin got a pub named after him in New Albion 7… i probably owe them more than that, but….
Why this is a stupid idea:
1. Characters in the operas are given period specific names (or thematically appropriate ones, like Constance). What if your name is…. something crazy? Well, we’ll work with it.
2. WORSE, what if you have a name i’ve already used? I got a comment from a woman named Amelia just the other day. What if she wins? I can’t give two different characters in the same trilogy the same name. What if i use her middle name? What if i just let her pick a name? What if she picks the name “Douchebag Jones”? I am not naming a character in this opera “Douchebag Jones” as awesome as that might otherwise be.
Okay then, Look, i will work with ya. We’ll figure something out.
So, this is a standing contest. First person who gets around to the correct answer, their name goes on some character. Could be an insanely minor character. Could be one of the majors! I can also not guarantee the moral fiber of the character. Maybe the character is a weasily, sniffly worm who humps poodles and runs away. Maybe not. No promises. I haven’t written the damn thing (although i’ve got a pretty good chunk of it figured out). I’m still working out the details. Maybe this’ll be solved 2 minutes after i post it, maybe no one will respond. So it goes.