Character Names – Kieran and Lark

Last month, I shared two names I wasn’t using for my Camp NaNoWriMo novel. I had realized I’d chosen too many names starting with “Al” or “El” and had to change some. Well, today I’m sharing two of the names I did use for Camp NaNoWriMo. Feel free to use these names, but just remember, I did have them first! ūüėČ

Lark is a girl’s name. It is of English origin and means “songbird.”¬†According to Google, the name also has the meaning of “something done for fun, esp. something mischievous or daring; an amusing adventure or escapade.” That second definition fits my Lark very well! She’s the main character and tends to get herself into all sorts of¬†scrapes as she is trained to¬†be the stand-in for the real Queen.¬†She is quirky, slightly crazy, and tends to be a bit proud. I loved the name Lark because it is simple, yet beautiful.

Kieran is a boy’s name. It’s Irish and means “little dark one” according to nameberry.com. It’s also the name of an Irish saint known for his generosity. While the name has saintly connections, my Kieran is anything but a good guy. Kieran starts out as¬†charming, trustworthy, and kind. He becomes good friends with Lark, and she eventually trusts him with her biggest secret: that she’s not really the queen. Unfortunately for Lark, Kieran works for the villain, and ends up betraying her.

Both of these names are very versatile, and I could see them used in all sorts of genres from fantasy to contemporary fiction.

What do you think? Would you use Kieran and Lark on your characters? Comment below! ūüôā

~ Kayla

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An Interesting Word – Oubliette

Yesterday, my Camp NaNo novel’s main character, Lark, found herself running from the palace guards who were trying to arrest her. The guards did manage to catch up with her after she ran smack dab into a Scottish guy (who is a future MC). Lark was taken to the castle, sedated, and today, she will wake up in Queen Alessandria’s palace. What does that have to do with the interesting word in the title¬†of the blog post? Well, knowing I would be putting Lark into a castle at some point, I checked out a book at the library: The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Middle Ages: The British Isles from 500 to 1500. This book and the rest in the series¬†are great if you’re writing historical fiction or in my case, happen to need a list of castle terms. As Lark’s now trapped inside a castle, I thought it was a good time to pull out my handy-dandy castle term list and get my facts right!¬†Looking over the¬†list, I came across a lot of interesting words and¬†decided to share “oubliette” with my readers! ūüôā

An oubliette is a tiny dungeon where prisoners were kept, according to my Writer’s Guide book. It also says that “it was so small that the person stood hunched over and could neither sit nor move into a comfortable position.” It was typically a secret dungeon with¬†a trap door on the ceiling as an entrance, but it had no exit. The owner of the castle could throw a prisoner down there and completely forget about them. The word oubliette actually is derived from the old French term oublier which meant “to forget, show negligence” according to http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=oubliette.

I found a really interesting video on YouTube about an oubliette that they discovered at the Gallery of Justice.

Thankfully, the palace guards didn’t have any plans to lower Lark into an oubliette. I’m sure I can find some way to work this word into my story, though. It’s too interesting to be left unused! ūüôā

~ Kayla