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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

About Migmar the Gnome...

It has been an incredible week of Venom and Song discussion. During the CSFF Blog tour, over 75 separate posts have been made with who knows how many comments. Please see the previous article here and visit some of the links. Amazing analysis. But there was a post today by author John Otte asking about CH and I including a character in Venom and Song with a certain, er, uhm, problem. And I thought, wow, I better clear the air on this issue. {Pun very much intended}

Official Disclaimer: If the very mention of the word "flatulent" or any of its synonyms causes you feelings of dread, apprehension, or disgust, DO NOT READ ON. And by NO MEANS should you click on the picture below.

So here's the skinny on Migmar the Gnome King and his, uh, condition. There's a story behind that. Kind of a behind the scenes story. Christopher Hopper and I were in Scranton PA together, working on the outline for Curse of the Spider King. And you know how it is trying to come up with fantasy names. Some of us can take forever researching etymologies and looking up roots from Welsh, Celt, Saxon, etc.

Well, we stumbled upon, not a name generator, but a generic fantasy character generator. It basically had a HUGE database of creatures, races, and people PLUS identifying characteristics. It was pretty late at night, and Christopher and I were kind of goofy. And we kept clicking the generator to read these really random silly character combinations. Things like: drooling, red-headed knight, bug-eyed gargoyle with a limp and so forth. We were literally in tears and clutching our gut b/c the funniest character generated was "Flatulent Barrister Gnome!" Ever since then, it's been an inside joke and we decided to bring Migmar to life in Venom and Song.



So there it is. Don't hate us.

12 comments:

Squeaks said...

LOL! So that's the meaning behind him...I was wondering. He's one of my favourite characters :P *applause*

Squeaks.

Anonymous said...

I personally thought that Migmar was a HILARIOUS character, and one of my favorites. (Only thing I didn't like about VaS was the young love and the fact that you killed off my favorite character!! Oh, well. Jimmy's my new favorite character.)

Keep up the good work!!
daughteroflight

Eldra said...

I must admit, I was curious as to why you made Migmar the way he. . . uh, is.

Patrick said...

Haha! That's quite funny!

Jake said...

LOOOL! This seriously cracked me up. :) You and CH definitely have a...sense of humor. *tries to keep a straight face*

Jadi said...

It's always an interesting thing, finding out why some people picked the names they do. The best ones are when it's funny like this instance.

Aidan Romero said...

Where did you find that? Could you share the link?

Tori said...

I LOVE when characters have a - ahem - special origin like this :)

Noah said...

Yeah, could you give us the link to the generator if you still remember it?

WayneThomasBatson said...

I don't still have the link, but I bet you could find it by doing a search on "Fantasy Name Generators" or "Fantasy Character Generators."

Noah said...

Ok! Did you ever get my email about the AOC option? If not, I can send it again.

Adam Jr said...

That is a funny story about are, uh, barrister. ;) Imagine what would have happened if you didn't use that character generator machine. Migmar wouldn't be the same...possibly for the better lol!

Adam the Wanna Be Elf