What’s in a Name?

As I mentioned in the previous post, I struggled coming up with a name for my new site. I wanted it to be something that could stay with me forever, unlike the location-based name of my former blog “Mona’s Apple.”

My brother T- suggested I keep a journal of my daily adventures with Agnes. If you haven’t met her yet, please take a moment to read her story. I liked the idea, but it seemed too narrow, and while I’m sure I will occasionally recount tales of us strolling through Culver City, I wanted this site to be more than that.

My top choice before deciding on this name, was “Le Bon Mot.” “What’s the good word?” “I don’t know, let’s check!” had a great ring to it. To my disappointment, the site was already in use and the www. domain was on sale for a whopping $10,000 on GoDaddy. Non merci. While I will forever be a Francophile, having spent three years of my childhood in Paris, every cutesy French-English idiom I liked was already spoken for. Zut alors!

As someone who is in the process of trying to pitch a children’s picture book to agents and publishers, I decided to make my blog a bit more writing-focused. I contemplated naming it after some vintage typewriters, like the Underwood 5. I have always loved fountain pens and thought a brand of fountain pen could be a fun name. Then a light bulb went off in my head and I came up with the first word in the title. Quill.

Dog and quill. The happy quill. Flavorquill. Just to name a few that bounced around in my head.

Then today as I was searching for venues for my upcoming wedding, a topic I will be writing about here (though hopefully not ad nauseam), it hit me.

Welcome to Wine and Quill. Once five o’clock hits and I’m at the computer, a glass of Zin or Cab isn’t too far from my hand. My many joys in life are often made brighter by a good glass (bottle?) of wine, so the choice was easy.

I hope you will stay, swill this around and give us some legs.

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