Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cilla or Gwyn? Cilla or Gwyn? Cilla or... Arrrrrgh! Help! and Goats??

Fellow people with opinions, I need your help!
For a little while now, I've been debating on whether or not to change my main character{from my main novel: The Legend of Skyrian} from Gwyn to Cilla. Can you help?
  Here are the Pros and Cons
Gwyn{short for Gwyniver}
  • Has a Medieval ring to it
  • Is suited for her era
  • Full name is unique to my story 
  • Looks too similar to "Gwinivier"
  • "Gwyn" has been used in other medieval fantasy books
  • I'm not positive it suits her character perfectly
Cilla{can be short for Percilla}
  • Has rarely been used at all
  • Suits her character maybe a little better than "Gwyn"
  • I like it's slightly musical sound and how naturally comes to me when I think about her character
  • "Percilla" is a period name from the 18th and 19th centuries
  • It can come off as sounding "prissy" - which my character is not in the least!
Well, there it is. Can you help me out? Please leave a comment and vote!

Other news.....

The weather has been gorgeous around here{at last}! In the 70's and 80's! Can you believe it?
 I have been riding and photographing like there's no tomorrow. I want to stick all my pictures up on Wandering Stills, but the computer with the pictures, the iMac, needs a brain transplant aka new hardrive, so that's out until Da can find enough time to install it. :/

 Some more May news:
A few day's ago, while I was feeding the horses, I found that my brother's rabbit "Madam Miffy Fluffypaws" had died. And that it was probably my fault. *guilty look* You see, the day before I'd given her some fresh grass - and it might have been to much. Rabbits have extremely delicate digestive systems... I might have kicked her bucket, so to speak. Well, that's the only reason I can find anyway. I could have been something else I don't know of but...*shrugs*  She was young, bouncy, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed until I found her stone dead.
So that's it for the rabbits around here. It couldn't have happened at a worse time, either, when I'm trying to convince my Da to let my get a couple pygmy goats. I cacn do goats, by the way. I've had them before for years and we got on splendidly! But Da doesn't think we need them, Mum says if I can care for them and keep them off her lilacs it's okay.
  So really all I need is a purpose for them other than "pets" in Da's eyes. I don't fancy raising them for meat. And I don't think you can milk pygmies, can you? People with goats, please throw in your advice!

Thank you!!! Gwyn/Cilla :)


  1. Percilla does sound rather prim-and-prissy...but you can use that as a story in itself. She dislikes her full name (perhaps named after the usual spinster aunt no one really liked but couldn't offend?), hence shortening it to Cilla. Or a younger relation couldn't manage the mouthful? There are a whole flock of options. :)

  2. Hmmm... True, true... :)

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  4. I like the name Cilla, since it's easy to say. The name also sort of glides as you say it, which is another good thing. :)

  5. I love the name Cilla! Sometimes characters names don't exactly math their personality. I am so sorry about the bunny. :(

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  6. I like "Cilla" better! Though it's from the 18th and 19th centuries, I think it could easily fit in a medieval story without standing out too much. And for a medieval story, it's less popular than "Gwyn", and that's a good thing, imho. Though I do like "Gwyn", too. :)

  7. Goats! Goats are awesome :) I hafta say though, I'd go for Nigerian Dwarfs over pygmies. I have Nigerians ;) They're more like miniature full-size proportion, not like pygmies that are kind of...podgy, hehe. Also they have a really sweet disposition, and I hear pygmies tend to be harder to handle.
    Lastly, they milk very well. This last is hearsay, because I've had my goats for two years, and trot them off to the buck with much fuss when they seem to be in heat, but so far no luck. I'm pretty sure that's just bad timing tho :P

    So yeah! Nigerians :)

  8. Thank you Bethany! Hmmm I don't know where to get that kind - or any, really - around here other than milk nannies and such, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled!

  9. Honestly i like Gwyn just sounds better if you ask me...but well that's just my opinion. LOL

  10. I like Gwyn, please, don't change it!