Project X Underway

I’m putting together another collection of my short stories. All the stories will have birds and/or animals in them, some real and some not-so-real. I’m struggling with the title right now.

The stories in it will be:

The Day the Dog Ate Popcorn
Out of the Cradle
Dog Show
Follow Your Bliss
For a Few Bottles More
Truth in a Tale
Born Again
Essay About My Mother
Turtle Love
Home on the Range

Meanwhile, I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies: Tofu Is Not A Radioactive Japanese Monster.

WRITING PROMPT: How do you choose titles for your books or stories, website or posts? If you don’t write or blog, if you had to choose a new name, how would you go about it?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Project X Underway

  1. Carol Kilgore

    March 6, 2012 at 2:33pm

    If I’m blogging about more than one thing I try to combine two or more of them into something catchy. With your list of stories, something like Dogs in the Cradle. My blog title for tomorrow is Stringy Melons. Titles are hard.

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  2. Helen Ginger

    March 7, 2012 at 9:45am

    After years of blogging, it’s not always easy to come up with new titles. I like to do something catchy, but it still has to go with the topic.

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      Marian Allen

      March 7, 2012 at 9:58am

      I’m glad you think so, too, Helen! I thought EEL’S REVERENCE was the perfect title for that novel, but people are all, “Eee! Eels!” :/

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  3. Maryann Miller

    March 7, 2012 at 10:34am

    Titles for a collection are harder for me to select than titles for a complete novel, and I really do struggle with blog titles. Do you go for something cute to catch a reader’s attention, or for something that the search engines will pick up on. Sometimes those are not the same.

    I like Carol’s suggestion for your title.

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      Marian Allen

      March 7, 2012 at 11:27am

      Maryann, I don’t think I’m going to use that one, but I do think I’m going to use her idea. I’m thinking of Turtle Feathers. It sounds funny and weird, and some of these stories are one or the other or both.

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      Marian Allen

      March 7, 2012 at 11:28am

      Right, Morgan — And you have to consider what will pop and be readable in a thumbnail, too.

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  4. Nicholle Olores

    March 7, 2012 at 11:39pm

    Hi Marian, I almost agree most of the comments above that titles are really important it must be catchy and interesting.

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      Marian Allen

      March 8, 2012 at 8:21am

      Okay, Nicholle, do you like these? Why or why not?

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      • Nicholle Olores

        March 13, 2012 at 12:25am

        Definitely Marian, I like it. They are all interesting and hope to read this all. 🙂

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          Marian Allen

          March 13, 2012 at 9:25am

          It’s happening, Nicholle! Maybe as soon as April! Thanks for all your encouragement. 🙂


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  5. Jane

    March 9, 2012 at 10:52am

    Hi, I am really drawn to Wagging the Tale,
    BUT Turtle Feathers is very compelling, too.

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2012 at 10:58am

      The trouble with Wagging the Tale is that it implies dog stories, and not all of these stories have dogs in. Of course, NONE of the stories have feathered turtles.

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