Naming is incredibly subjective, and incredibly tough. Names are usually the first things we see about someone or something. It’s often the first impression we get, and the impact of a name can be important in a story. Sometimes, names mean something. Sometimes, they don’t. I am not here to tell you which is the better way, but I am here to talk about a few of the different schools of thought around naming.

This is a giant post about names, different kinds of names, and lots of different ways to play the name game with characters and places.

INSIDE THIS POST: One of a probable series of posts giving an overview of what can go into a name, plus a ton of links to generators and articles about naming at the end.

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I wanted to use “Iron Guard”, but no.



fCan piling logs be an art form? Yes, apparently. There are people out there who arrange huge piles of logs into beautiful pictures that will gradually disappear as they are burned throughout the cold winter months.

It can all seem a bit absurd until you realize that, depending on the type of wood and how they’re cut, logs actually present quite the variety of colors and textures for someone with the patience and the eye to take advantage of them. There are even art galleries that have showcased art like this. If you’ve been inspired to create your own log pile art, share it with us below!

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