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Fragment of a work in progress

           “Do you have a name?” asked Gerta.
            “I do,” said the raven.
            Gerta waited.
            The raven fluffed its beard. “I am the Sound of Mouse Bones Crunching Under the Hooves of God.”
            Gerta blinked a few times. “That’s…quite a name.”
            “I made it myself,” said the raven, preening. “I stole the very shiniest words and hoarded them all up until they made something worth having. Sound and God were particularly well-guarded. Crunching I found in a squirrel nest, though.”
            “May I call you Mousebones?” asked Gerta. “It’s…a lot to say all at once.”
            It was hard for a creature with a beak to scowl, but the raven managed, mostly with the skin around its eyes. “I suppose,” it said. “If you must.”
            “Mine’s Gerta,” said Gerta.
            “There’s your problem right there,” said Mousebones. “Much too short and not enough in it. I don’t know how you expect to become anything more than you are, with a name like that.”

He needs his own picture. I want to see Mousebones scowling. I also like that Crunching was in a squirrel's nest. Very...poetic.

Fascinating. Especially about finding the words. And the whole name. Hooves of God? I wonder what kind of hooves.

This has something of the flavour of Alice (than which no praise can be higher).

"I am the Sound of Mouse Bones Crunching Under the Hooves of God" reminds me delightfully of the titles of the bird paintings by Matt Adrian (Google away!) aka The Mincing Mockingbird. The first book of art was entitled "It Is Folly To Assume My Awesome Lies Dormant" and the second is "I Have Heard My Praises Sung In Screams" (which would also be an awesome raven name, although perhaps better for an owl). Although it can be very dicey to recommend artists to other artists, I think you'd *love* both the art and the painting titles.

I saw this in a bookstore and forgot to write out the title to mention here! It's definitely reminiscent of some of Ursula's stuff.

"Because it is my name, because I can not have another in this life"


Raven Logic.
Yep.
Can't beat it.

I love you so hard.

Which isn't like I love you long time.

I mean, I'm Asian but that's just silly.

There’s your problem right there,” said Mousebones. “Much too short and not enough in it. I don’t know how you expect to become anything more than you are, with a name like that.

There's quite enough in the name Gerta. It is, or course, an anagram for Great.

I am Ergo the Magnificent. Short in stature, tall in power, narrow of purpose and wide of vision. It's all well and good for you to have a short name when you're ten feet tall, but short people need big names to give them weight!

(seriously how did I beat everyone to this?)

"What mattered more to him was his name, which might take up to three hours of introduction when spoken to humans and, spoken fully, might consume nearly twelve hours. For purposes of the visas and other official papers that hasty humans required of one, there were several short forms of his name, which pleased him.

"He was regal, as befitted a T'carais and a being more than nine hundred Standard Years old, though among his race he was known for his occasional hasty action. On visas he was thus: Twelfth Shell Fifth Hatched Knife Clan of Middle River's Spring Spawn of Farmer Greentrees of the Spear-makers Den, The Edger."

I'll bite - what's that quote from. It's GOT to be a wonderful source!
I like MouseBones too.

Love it!

And I want to see a picture of Mousebones scowling, too.

Edited at 2014-10-01 02:54 am (UTC)