Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear

By Lucy Valentine from Heather Webber’s Absolutely, Positively

Oh my good gosh, I need your help. I (oh-this-hurts-even-thinking-about-it) overheard a conversation about future titles for my misadventures. And, let me tell you, I’m scared.

As you know, my previous misadventures were titled Truly, Madly; Deeply, Desperately; and Absolutely, Positively. My next book is planned to debut early in 2012, but it still needs a title. So what has me so scared?

Just look at this list of titles I heard bandied about as possibilities:

Willy Nilly
Handy Dandy (Dovie would *never* let me live this down.)
Wishy Washy
Hanky Panky (This one is actually Dovie’s choice.)
Fuzzy Wuzzy (Sean won't stop laughing. I'm not seeing the humor.)

See? It’s terrifying, isn’t it? Please help me by suggesting some good titles, because so help me, if I get something like Hunky Dory, I’m going to have to go into hiding...

Note from Heather:
Someone is exaggerating slightly. True, those titles may have been mentioned, in passing (aka desperation), but there are others in the running as well, including Topsy Turvy (I kind of like it, though Lucy is afraid of the tomato comparison). I’m also thinking of phrases with only one ly word in it... but am definitely (aka desperate) for suggestions. Any ideas?

27 comments:

  1. Well, let me give you "-ly" ending words to see if they trigger with the plot:
    Helplessly
    Hopelessly
    Dearly
    Definitely
    Undeniably
    Unbearably
    Wantonly (that's for Dovie)
    Wonderfully
    Lovely
    Lively
    Warmly
    Wisely

    I've got a ton more but some are too sad/intense or too romance novel-y ... some are just not something I would pick up like:

    Queasily ;)

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  2. Queasily! Very appropriate after hearing those titles I overheard.

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  3. How about Definitely, Maybe? I do like Topsy Turvy though. It's just fun to say :)

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  4. Kelley, there's a Lucy V short story (available as an ebook) titled Definitely, Maybe. Am kind of kicking myself now for using it already!

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  5. Possibly, Forever

    I would love a Valentine wedding.

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  6. That could be why it sounded so good to me :) I had seen it before!

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  7. Those are truly terrifying titles. Looking at the list Aimee provided, there are some possibilities. Like, Wonderfully, Wisely or Hopelessly, Lovely. I don't know. Still too early in the morning in North Dakota.

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  8. Aimee, those are wonderful--I may pick your brain sometime. I like Hopelessly, Helplessly. I can't wait to see what others suggest.

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  9. I'll be worried for you, Lucy, until I hear the final decision!

    MJ (who is no help whatsoever)

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  10. Sorry, Lucy,

    I hate coming up with titles and always breath a sigh of relief when my own don't sux.

    Hugs,
    Skye

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  11. ROFL! Heather, I asked Chris if he had those three titles and had to name the fourth book, what would he name it? The first thing out of his mouth was "Hell, yes!"
    My thought was "Helplessly, Hopelessly", but that sounds a bit desperate...

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  12. Hi Heather. I have complete faith you will come up with the perfect title. But to fill in the time until that happens here's a few to make you laugh:
    Sincerely, Always
    Actually, Definitely
    Finally, Definitely
    Pretty lame, I know. Honestly, I need two aspirin and a nap after all that mental effort. As I said you will think of the perfect title.
    Mary Louise

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  13. The only ones I could come up with was:

    Desperately
    Desolately

    Maybe too extreme? Oh well, you'll definitely think of something before long.

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  14. Pleasantly
    Barely
    Surely
    Tangly
    Blindly
    Finally
    Courtly
    Stately

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  15. Thanks, everyone!

    I think there's a title somewhere in these comments! Just have to put some adjectives together. Now maybe Lucy can calm down a little.

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  16.  Kind of, sort of
    Eventually I know there is something there, but I cannot think of something to go with it
    Clearly, quickly
    Suddenly, lovely
    Quickly, quietly
    Romantically, again there is something there just not sure what. Lol

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  17. I like what Lisa D. suggested, Possibly, Forever, except that I would switch it around to Forever, Possibly. Can't say why!
    Dru has a couple of interesting ones there - Blindly, Tangly. Can't you just picture it?

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  18. Goodness, Janet! I'm honored. You let me know and I'm on the job. I tend to be a pretty good brainstormer. :)

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  19. Brn2shop9, there are some great ideas there! I'm going to play around with them. Holy Moly cracks me up.

    Also loved Lisa's suggestion, but that seems like it should be the last book in the series...and we (Lucy and I) don't want that quite yet!

    Blindly and Tangly--lol--I can definitely write a plot around that. ;)

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  20. Glad you like it. Btw I am queenreading on twitter.

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  21. Hopefully, longingly
    Fondly, lovingly
    Wishfully, hopefully
    Charmingly
    Intensely
    Fiercely
    Cruelly
    Disturbingly

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  22. Lucy - Heather mentioned your need for a title at RWA whilst I was fawning over you and telling her how much I adored you - and then I promptly forgot about it. Glad you blogged to trigger my memory. Someone used the word eventually in their comments, and I think that has possibilities - speaking of which, I also like possibly. So maybe Possibly, Eventually? Hopefully is also good, but I'm not a fan of helplessly. You aren't helpless, Lucy! Maybe we could even throw practically in the mix.
    I'll keep kicking things around, but tell Heather I finally got around to reading Nina's books - and I'm plowing right through them! :-)
    Tara from RWA

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