Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A List and a Name

Hello, Lovelies!

After posting 'Birthday - Part 3' yesterday and making a comment about creating a list of the soldiers in the squad, I had a friend of mine ask a very direct yet amusing question. To quote: "How many f***ing characters do you have in that story?" This gave me a good laugh but I figured it would also be worth it to provide an accurate answer.

With that said, the squad is just that, a military squad consisting of one squad lead and three fireteams. Each fireteam consists of four people that therein contains a lead, a rifleman, an automatic rifleman, and a specialist. This equates to a grand total of thirteen people who I'm attempting to give snippets of their personality given the short-story medium while still focusing appropriately on the tale.

Without further ado, here's the breakdown:

Squad Lead
 - SSGT Rebecca Coughlin

Fireteam Alpha
 - Lead
     o SGT Alfred Bullock
 - Rifleman
     o PVT Katelin Greer
 - Automatic Rifleman
     o PVT Darya Mikhailov
 - Grenadier
     o SPC Jack "Brick" Warfield

Fireteam Bravo
 - Lead
     o SGT Akihiro Kuroba
 - Rifleman
     o PVT Carter Ludwig
 - Automatic Rifleman
     o PVT Elena Cooper
 - Designated Marksman
     o SPC Adewale Dixon

Fireteam Charlie
 - Lead
     o CPL Jeremy Quinn
 - Rifleman
     o PVT Vicente Nunez
 - Automatic Rifleman
     o PVT Henry Gorman
 - Medic
     o SPC Mei Xi

Hopefully this gives you insight into who is who along with the hows and whats.

Now that we've shared that, I wanted to turn a question around to you. I blasted this out on Twitter a little bit ago, but didn't really get a response so I thought I'd ask again where my real commenters tend to be.

Obviously, we've been referring to the past few short stories as all being part of the 'Lost' universe; so named because of the first story 'Lost'. While that was not what it was meant to be called, that's definitely been the working title for a couple weeks now. I don't really feel like it's a good name overall, particularly given the presence of the 'Lost' TV show, so I've been debating a couple of other options. There are three names I'm debating on for the collection of short stories.


What do you think? Do any of these grab you? Personally, I'm thinking 'Infested' might be my favorite, but figured I'd blast it out for consideration.

As always, I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for joining me.

- RB


  1. That's a lot of characters.
    I like Infested. Packs a punch.

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  3. I prefer Morph simply because it is a more interesting word.

  4. Infested was the one that grabbed me when I saw it.

  5. Infested is good - but might give too much away. Morph for me.

  6. You know Infested is good but it makes me think of bugs, which of course fits but not being too found of bug infestations I can't warm up to it.
    Morph is good, but I think my favorite is Stolen. Although its probably been used before. You could always do an Amazon check.
    I also liked the list of characters. I love when books have a character index.
    Have a good one.

  7. I'm a fan of one-word story titles, so I will go with "Stolen".

    Greetings from London.

  8. I like Infested. Although, how about naming it after the creatures?

    1. Was thinking about it. But I also thought it might be overkill. Still debating though.

  9. Hi Robert - it'll be interesting to see what you decide to do ... cheers Hilary