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And I still have to copy-paste Kartchottee or it comes out Kamchatkee. For all I know that really is a Tlingit sounding name or a legitimate Tlingit name. Ow ow. Or it's something completely different and would mangle it. At least Kartchottee is an actual Tlingit family name. Like someone who's got English as a second language deciding to use Taylor or Jones as a character name for an English speaker character. At least I hope so. But I can do more research in the edit stages anyway.

The main thing is to make sure that it is absolutely spelled consistently throughout the novel so that if later research gives me a better name, I can change it by Global Search/Replace instead of having to hunt down every instance and missing one, so that later readers ask "Who's Kartchottee" or "Who's Kamchatkee?"

Maybe some character will get it seriously wrong because he has trouble pronouncing it. hehehe...
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Nov. 12th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Why not abbreviate it to Kart while you are writing and go back with Global Search/Replace to change it to the full name? It makes my typing fingers tired just thinking of that name. Nevertheless, it is a very cool name.
Nov. 12th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
I think if I started doing that, I'd rapidly get confused and start typing in the full-but-mangled version. I'm not used to abbreviating names unless it's an actual nickname the character has. If I use the copy-paste method then I can trust it's consistent throughout -- and there is so far only one name that difficult to hang onto.

I also copy it out of the original listing in the Cast List so it won't change per chapter. I think what I'm doing is working. Pausing to remember to abbreviate would take longer than alt-v does.
Nov. 12th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Ah. To each his own laziness ;)

I have standard abbreviations for all the long words and names that I use frequently, to the point that my Mac can now auto correct most of them for me, and it will flag the others in spellcheck.
Nov. 13th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Wow. That is so foreign to the way I do things. You're younger, I think. Autocorrect usually causes me many more problems than it solves, correcting coined terms and words that aren't in the dictionary and everyone's names. I have a spelling knack and prefer my spell check to be optional and conscious, that flagging function in Word is immensely distracting to the point it's hard to compose in it and still stay in rough drafting mode. I get to the long tedious process of dictionary filling and spelling checking and the little interruptions throw me in copy edit mode, suddenly uncreative.

I also never abbreviate anything because of the spelling knack and my typing speed. I read fast. I read entire words by recognition rather than spelling them out. Every abbreviation has to be learned like a foreign word. I got used to a few online ones like LOL and so on, after... over a decade of hanging out online. I still can't get used to u for you or anything like that, it scrapes my nerves when I see it -- and with abbreviations my mind flips around guessing what it is between several things it could mean even if it's a common one.

Remembering character names is like remembering people's names that I met, or handles. I'm not good at it, and it tends to bug me until I actually get it. Sometimes I do by the end of the novel. Sometimes I don't and that comes back to haunt me.

Oddly enough I might be learning Kartchottee's name by discussing it! I've been typing it out in IM and the past couple of times rather than copy-pasting, so maybe I'll get to the point I can type him in. But abbreviating him would drive me nuts and I'd start thinking his name IS just Kart or Kar or Kartch. It'd feel wrong and I'd go to change it and wow, Kamchatkee would come back into the story...

I don't want to make him twins. No. No. No. Bad idea. Bad bad idea and if he is or was, then his brother's name has a very different initial or something. Twins don't always get cute names very close-sounding to each other. No no no no no... Kamchatkee can be in another book and not a Tlingit!

Edited at 2009-11-13 01:39 am (UTC)
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