What’s in a Name? Excerpt Included

January 21, 2015

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Hi, again!  Author Pat Henshaw here.  So you might be wondering what my novella What’s in a Name? is about.  Maybe an excerpt setting down the basic premise might help, right?  Well, here’s an explanation from point of view character, barista Jimmy Patterson:

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“Okay. How’s this for a deal?” He [the burly bartender who's not telling his first name] put down his knife and fork and leaned into the table, stabbing me with his eyes. “I’ll give you a week to guess my name. Seven chances. Every day you can ask a few questions, then come up with what you think my name is. If you’re right, I’ll buy the best bike for you and teach you how to ride it.”

“And if I’m wrong?”

“You owe me a kiss.” He leaned back in satisfaction.

“A kiss? One measly kiss?”

“Oh, I don’t want the measly ones. I mean a real, God of Love kiss. Something to set my ass back a couple a notches.”

Now I really laughed. Right. Me, giving him a humdinger of a kiss? Right. Who were we kidding? Oh, well. Didn’t matter because I was going to accept his challenge.

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Easy enough.  All Jimmy has to do is guess the bartender’s name.  In the meantime, Jimmy decides he’ll call the bartender “Guy.”  It’s not the perfect name, but it’ll do.

If you were Jimmy, what would you choose to call “Guy”?  Would you rely on the fact that he was a big, bearish man?  Or would you go with a generic name like “Guy”?  And if you were “Guy,” would you be insulted by the name Jimmy chose?

3 Responses to “What’s in a Name? Excerpt Included”

  1. Angela says:

    Well i wouldn´t be insulted by the name guy.

    But if i was Jimmy and i would have to name this man i would call him mr Big! I loved the tv serie Sex and the City :) And looking at the cover of your book the man sure is big.

  2. Pat says:

    I think Guy’s a pretty affable man who uses his size when he’s working at the bar. Since he’s been watching Jimmy for over half a year and now Jimmy’s free, he’s also trying to be as agreeable as he can. He doesn’t want Jimmy to slip away, so I think Guy’ll agree with any name that isn’t an out-and-out insult.

  3. H.B. says:

    I don’t think I would be insulted.

    I’m not very creative so I would probably call him Mr.Deal just because I would remember him as the guy who made a bargain.

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