Monday, September 20, 2010

The Name Game

Hi – I’m Herb. My life and business partner, Don, and I run Herb and Don’s Herb Stall at Bailey’s Farmers’ Market. Yeah, that’s a lot of Dons and Herbs. That’s sort of why I’m here today.

Here’s our problem and it’s very simple: it’s Paige Shelton, the person who took the time to create us and give us life on the pages of her farmers’ market series. Putting it simply: she can’t keep us straight.

When she first wrote FARM FRESH MURDER, she began the tradition of jotting down ideas and character sketches in these small notebooks. Over time, she’s used a number of them and they are in a messy stack on her desk. She’s not good at keeping them in chronological – or any other for that matter – order.

Every single time Don and/or I come into a story (which is frequently in books two and three) she has to rummage around to find the original note about us. She thinks we can’t see her, or hear her, but we can and we both wait not-so-patiently for her to grab the correct notebook and then thumb through the pages to find this: Herb = short, bald, adorable musician. Don = male model-ish. Okay, she’s expanded both of the sketches in other notebooks, but it’s that original scribble that sparked our existence and the one she always searches for to remember who’s who. And she’s done it again and again. It’s a little insulting at this point.

We’re terribly grateful to be a part of the Bailey’s and Monson, South Carolina worlds, but we’re getting tired of having to be “looked up.”

Maybe y’all could give her a hint or two regarding name/person association so she could just keep the story flowing – the interruption stalls everything. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks and take care.

Herb (the short, bald, adorable musician)
And Don (the male model-ish)

7 comments:

  1. Hi Herb,

    How about this--associate herb with a short, round bunch of herbs from the garden, and Herb Alpert for the musical part.

    Don is easy--male model=Don Juan

    Hope this helps,

    Denise

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  2. I was thinking Don with Adonis. :) Also Don backwards is nod, which I find myself doing whenever I talk to a male model type because I go all deer-in the-headlights. For Herb, I think Denise has the best association.

    Glad to hear they both make appearances in book two and three!

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  3. Both very good suggestions, Denise and Kourtney!

    Thank you!

    Herb, Don and Paige

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  4. Herb the hairless and Don the dashing.

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  5. Oooh, very clever, Jennifer.

    Thank you!

    Herb, Don and Paige

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  6. I suck at word association.....so I'm no help....I just think Dandy Don and concur on Herb Alpert. Or just think of them in their underwear...oh wait...wrong instance..that's for speaking in front of an audience...sigh....

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  7. LOL, Vickie! Thanks for commenting.

    Herb, Don and Paige

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