Sunday Spotlights


Colorful characters with compelling cognomens

Sunday Spotlight: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon! Prolific, prominent, and positively poised! Being the name freak I am, I picked up The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook many years ago now. I was so excited to see a published text about names that wasn’t a baby name book. I read it cover to cover, marveling over all of the unique…


Sunday Spotlight: Idris Elba

Idris Elba! Skillful, suave and second-to-none! Who wouldn’t fall in love with the smooth voice and handsome features of actor/musician Idris Elba? I know I certainly don’t have the will to resist either. But he is so much more than his looks and his accented baritone voice. Highly versatile, Idris Elba has achieved success in…


Sunday Spotlight: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda! Prolific, profound, and unparalleled! A long-time fan of the theater, I was so ecstatic when I heard about the recent Broadway show, Hamilton. Even though Bearded Chum was a bit skeptical of it, I thought it sounded like a really interesting idea and I’m happy to hear that it is so popular. I probably…


Sunday Spotlight: Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay! Illustrious, informed, and incredibly inventive! The Fionavar Tapestry was one of the reasons I became a fantasy buff. Reading that trilogy as a teenager opened up a fascinating world for me where reality and fantasy adventure mirrored each other and where medieval myths and magic coexisted with rich character development. I became…


Sunday Spotlight: Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien! Devoted, dedicated and definitely driven! During a particular nasty storm with a particular noteworthy name of which I’m somewhat attached, Soledad O’Brien brought her own bright appellation to shine some light on the tragic situation. Already an influential figure, she became an award-winning journalist and has since branched out into a variety of media…


Sunday Spotlight: N. C. Wyeth

N.C. Wyeth! Masterly, moody, and well-monikered! As I was growing up, I have wanted to be so many things…okay, that hasn’t changed one bit. One of the careers that always stood out to me was illustration and in fact, I wrote and illustrated my own middle grade novel way back in my undergrad years. Obviously,…


Sunday Spotlight: Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie! Talented, towering, and terrifically titled! Game of Thrones has long been a favorite show of mine and with this season kicking off in a couple weeks, I had to feature one of the most skilled actresses to appear in the fantasy hit. But Gwendoline Christie isn’t just glamorous and gutsy, she also possesses…


Sunday Spotlight: Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Dovey Johnson Roundtree! Classy, courageous and curiously called! After visiting the Levine Museum in Charlotte, NC, I became interested in the woman whose unusual name headed a few of the blurbs found in some of the exhibits. Upon researching her later, I promptly marveled at her incredible lifetime achievements and unwavering fortitude in the face…


Sunday Spotlight: Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra! Nifty, nimble, and namerific!   As the first feature on Curionomastics, I have chosen a childhood hero. As a big Red Sox fan, I followed all of the greats in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Mo Vaughn, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and Pedro Martinez, but Nomar was my favorite player. With…