TGIF - Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Question of the Week: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What’s the most unique character name you’ve come across?

I hate it when authors try to get *too* clever with their names, especially in a contemporary setting where they stick out like a sore thumb. It's different with speculative fiction, where you *expect* odd names. With that in mind, I have to go with Tasslehoff Burrfoot (from Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance Saga) and Rakoth Maugrim (from Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry) as long-time favourites, but I also have to give credit to Clive Barker for some truly memorable ones like Immacolata (Weaveworld) and Pie 'oh' pah (Imajica).

Parajunkee also hosts a Social Hop for Facebook and Twitter, which I've taken part in the past two weeks. So, if you're one of those people who aren't on Blogger, or who just don't like Google Friend Connect, it's a great way to keep in touch and follow one another.


TGIF is another blog hop designed to provide much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by GReads, it's an interesting way to recap the week, pose a question, and find some exposure with a different audience.

Question of the Week: What do you take pride in when it comes to blogging?

Having worked with some friends to help maintain and promote their blogs over the last couple of years, and having seen how easily blogging can either become a chore, or descend into little more than a meme-popularity contest, I guess what I take the most pride in is the honesty, the passion, and the sincerity behind my blog. It represents what I read, what I write, and what I take an interest in every day of my life - I enjoy it, and I get excited when I have something to share.

Don't get me wrong, I'm also intensely proud of the friendships and connections I've made through the blog, and I'm grateful for each and every comment. That interaction is what makes it truly worthwhile, and discovering a new book for the TBR shelf is one of the highlights of my day. At the end of the day, though, I would have to honestly say I will always take more pride in being passionate than in merely being popular.


  1. Those are definitely different names! Here my FF:

  2. Tasslehoff? Oh god no. I immediately thought of Hasslehoff running on the beach in his speedos - that's word association for you. Anyway, happy Friday, I'm a new follower now, here's mine

  3. This is really fun coming across a lot of unique names. Quite a break from Hunger Games and Twilight. :D

  4. I think I need to read that series--those names are intriguing.


  5. Not familiar with that series but definitely a name that would stick with you.

  6. Don't know that series, but wow, the name is really unique!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  7. New follower stopping by :) Tasslehoff? That's ridiculous.. haha.

    Here's my answer:

  8. I like the fact that you take pride in being passionate about blogging! The reason I started blogging was mainly for myself and not for other people - so I can definitely agree :)

  9. Very unusual names you have there! New follower, so nice to meet you!

  10. Very different names.

  11. Those are some awesome names! I LOVE unique character names!

    Have a FABULOUS Friday!!!! :D


  12. Being passionate about your blog is the basic to make it popular, isn't it? If you don't put your heart into the things you do, no-one else will come to like them. ;) Yet, I agree that being serious about your "work/output" is more important than any number of followers or events hosted or whatever has to do with numbers and statistics!

  13. How about a wizard named Rincewind and a traveler named Twoflower? Part of the highly imaginative Discworld by Terry Pratchett.

    New follower, Happy Follow Friday, you can find me at Full Moon Dreaming

  14. Okay, those are some really creative names there.
    My FF Post
    And don't forget to enter to win a Kindle Fire. My Hottest Boys in Books giveaway ends tonight at midnight!

  15. I like unique names in fantasy literature but not in comtemporary. Those blog ideas for sharing and exposure are great ideas.

  16. Those names sound good for dragony, wizardy stories.

    I know I'm late - I usually am. Setting up and twitter, FB follows took all my Friday on-line time,so here I am.

    I'm a new follower and you can find me at
    I finally chose my fav unusual name but you'll have to visit me to find out what it is. Hint: Celtic Queen

  17. If it's too unique then that would pass as a weird name to me. And that would annoy me to continue reading the book!

    Happy Friday! New follower here!

  18. You picked some unique and different names. I like the idea of your TGIF Feature & Follow Friday, but I am not clear on what I am supposed to do. I don't want to make mistakes. Maybe I will just wait for the next one because I do want to participate.

    I love your answer about blogging. It shows how sincere you are and that you are a blogger for all the right reasons and I applaude you. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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