5 of My Favourite Name Resources

Whether you’re a gamer, a writer or a roleplayer, names can be an important part of your character creation. Over the years as I’ve graduated from roleplayer to gamer and then onto writer I’ve grown a collection of go to generators and resources for finding names. Here are some of my favourite ones!

 

Dog Names by Low Chen Australia

Dog Names by Low Chen Australia

Yep, that says dog names, you’re not mistaken. It has an absolutely amazing list of different names, from characters, to mythology to countries. It has so much variety that it makes it great for everything you might need a name for!

 

 

Behind the Name

Behind the Name

I love this site and it’s sister site for surnames because of it’s diversity and how easy it is to search or narrow down categories. It has a great selection and has resulted in many of my character’s names over the years!

 

 

God Checker.com

God Checker

I absolutely adore this site and use it all the time for naming my World of Warcraft battle pets. It has all the pantheons you can think of and then some – and unlike most mythological lists it doesn’t just list the main/popular deities. It lists them all, big or small, including spirits and other mythological creatures.

 

 

Fantasy Name Generators

Fantasy Name Generators

This has been my go to site for Star Wars and World of Warcraft names for years, and it has grown into a huge site with tonnes of generators. There’s pretty much every video game you can imagine, DnD, pop culture, lists of creature names and even one for weapons! This is a must have bookmark for any gamer.

 

 

Elvish Names List

Elvish Names List

As a part of Arwen-Undomiel.com, this section of the site has a list of male and female English names translated into Elvish. It’s a great way to come up with new character names, especially for fantasy stories and games. Mine, Heather, is Lothiriel 🙂

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and found some useful resources! Do you use name generators? Have any to share? Let me know!

 

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My To Be Read Pile [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - My TBR pile

My TBR pile is massive and has multiple parts. If you head over to my goodreads profile you can see my many bookshelves. I even have my TBR pile divided by whether they’re available at my two local libraries. So, yeah, this prompt was a pest! Narrowing it down to just 5 books was difficult, so I decided to add a sub-category to the prompt. First I considered new releases, new authors, indie books and comics (my local library just got an awesome subscription to Comics Plus so yey access to free digital comics!). In the end, I settled for this; 5 books in ongoing series that I am desperate to read.

 

Cainsville

The next book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, and I am desperate to get my hands on it. It’s at my local library so I just need to wait until I’m well enough to pick up books again! I’ve gobbled down every book in this series so far and can’t wait to find out what happens next. This series has been a mixture of several genres, there’s a definite supernatural/urban fantasy element but it fits into the categories of thriller and mystery too.

 

All Souls

The final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, and I have mixed feelings about it, as I have with the whole series. On the one hand I absolutely love it, on the other the books are so long and complex at times that the thought of picking up the next one hurts my head. It’s not the length, it’s the way it is written which is both a blessing and a curse. I want to know what happens next, how it all ends, and yet knowing how much text there is to get to that point – if there are even any straight answers – can be a bit off putting!

 

Bloodlines

Book 4 in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, this series continues on from her original Vampire Academy series with some familar and some new characters. I’m quite behind in it because it took me a while to get hold of one of the books, so I’m still playing catch up. This is one of those series where I’ve loved every book, but the incoming pain and danger for characters makes me put off reading it!

 

Mercy Thompson

I completely devoured Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series a few years ago, and the last few books I’ve hit the ‘must wait for it to be published’ wall. Gah! It’s so totally worth the wait every time, and again, health is the only thing stopping me from grabbing this from the library.

 

Magnus Chase

Occasionally I watch a film/tv series before I’ve read the books, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series was one of those. I quickly made my way through all of those, the next series and onto his other series based on Egyptian mythology. So when I heard he was writing about Norse mythology I was super excited and loved the first Magnus Chase book! Again, I’ve had to wait for the next book to be published so I’ve yet to get my hands on the next book and can’t wait to read where the story goes next!

 

What’s on your To Be Read pile? Do you have a short, specific one, or an ever growing never ending one like me? Do you prioritise certain authors/series? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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5 Awesome Website Cliques To Join

Sharing Saturday: website cliques

Fandom Friday is on a break for May so no Fandom 5 this week, however, I will be choosing some old topics to complete for the next couple of Fridays.

This week sharing Saturday is focusing on website cliques – the word clique has a lot of bad connotations, however, in this case, it is a positive one. According to dictionary.com a clique can be defined as “Informal. to form, or associate in a clique“. A website is literally that; a group formed due to an association with something. In this case, website cliques come in all different colours and flavours. You would apply to join one, be listed as a member and link back to the clique on your site to show your membership. Cliques were mainly popular about 10 + years ago but they’ve been making a comeback, and they’re a great way to meet new people and get some more visitors to your site. They can be for anything, from a love of a certain thing, to claim sites such as my Bookworms Clique (claim your favourite book and show your love for reading) and Level Up! (show your inner gamer and claim anything from a video game), or for a particular cause to show awareness, like Fighting Everyday a clique for invisible illnesses.

So today I want to introduce you to 5 website cliques that I think are awesome. You can view more cliques and other ‘joinables’ over at Webmaster Links. Joinables are basically anything a webmaster/blogger can join in return for popping up a code/button/link back on their site.

 

Just can't get enough clique

Just Can’t get Enough

Food Clique

Food is one of those universal things that everyone has in common, whether you’re a chocolate lover or have a thing for apples, it unites us all.

 

dearestDearest

One True Pairing (OTP)

Not everyone has an OTP, but it is a common idea in most fandoms and that is why I love this clique. Again it brings people together and it’s a great way of celebrating your fandom.

 

Dimension cliqueDimension

Nintendo DS

While I’m not a DS player, I know that it is very popular and this clique has such cute little pixels for you to use to link back with!

 

Patron - Mythology CliquePatron

Folklore/Mythology

Patron is one of the oldest cliques still active and is for anyone who has an interest in mythology or folklore. You join and list a guardian of your website.

 

Soul Sisters cliqueSolstice

Princess Claim

This is a claim clique in which you choose a princess to protect. It isn’t limited to only disney princeses, so any princess from any fandom can be chosen!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little peak into the world of website cliques and hope you’ll enjoy exploring the world of cliques as much as I do! 🙂

 

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