Editor's note: Below, Steve Shilstone outlines how one of his characters, a witch, got her name. Steve recently had a book released, called The Blue Hills. It's part of his e-book series for readers in grades five through nine (and older readers, as well, I suspect). You can learn more about Steve's writing at his site, Fiddleeebod and at his publisher's site, Wild Child Publishing.
Once upon a time there was a very fine English actress named Jane Horrocks. And in the equally fine English comedy television series, Absolutely Fabulous, she played the role of Bubble, a delightfully confused airhead. One day it happened that a poor scribe who had never chopped wood or milled grain or made a shoe or sewn a suit was inspired to write a story about a lavender witch living on a strange world of magic and trolls and dragons. Being a great admirer of Absolutely Fabulous, the scribe decided to assign to his witch the personality of Bubble. And so, taking up his quill and dipping it into his pot of purple ink, the scribe wrote out for the first time the witch’s name, Babbling Jam Hatrack. For, you see, he took Bubble and altered it to Babbling. He took Jane and turned it to Jam. He took Horrocks and made it into Hatrack. Bubble Jane Horrocks became Babbling Jam Hatrack. And the lavender witch came to life and led the scribe through many tales until finally she revealed her true name to be Babba Ja Harick and told the terrible tale of her evil sister, Semma Ja Harick, who flew down the Well of Shells portal to Earth and came to a nasty end in a gingerbread cottage oven. Babba Ja Harick continued to fly the sky on her broom and tend to her crystal ball on the world of Boad until she retired to a peaceful cottage beyond the Blue Hills. And she’s still there to this very day unless she isn’t.
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