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Old September 20 2008, 03:59 AM   #16
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Q & A: TerriO came up with this one. I was struggling to come up with a title, and she asked me, "What is the novel about?" I said, "It answers everything about Q." And she said, "Duh!" and suggested this title.
I always thought it was a clever title!
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Old September 22 2008, 02:38 PM   #17
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Q & A: TerriO came up with this one. I was struggling to come up with a title, and she asked me, "What is the novel about?" I said, "It answers everything about Q." And she said, "Duh!" and suggested this title.
I always thought it was a clever title!
*bows* Danke.

As for myself:

"Three Sides to Every Story"--Aside from being an homage to my favorite band ever, Extreme, it's something that fit the story to the letter. There are three sides to every story: yours, mine, and the truth. We saw one side of the story onscreen, and by getting to the other side, maybe we could shine a light on the truth of what happened during the occupation of DS9.

"'Q'uandary"--Obvious. It's a Q story. With a few exceptions, those stories tend to have "Q" in the title. And since Selar was in a bit of a dilemma, "'Q'uandary" it was.

"Malefictorum"--an occasional misspelling of the second half of Malleus Maleficarum. And since the story's getting ready to make it's first paperback appearance, that's all I'll say on that.

"Eighteen Minutes"--This was almost called "Time In A Bottle," but I changed my mind. I really wanted to put in stark terms from point one just how much time was taking place in our world while this story happened. So much life in so little time. The Doctor was only there for a few minutes, but what he left behind was enormous, and how it affected him was even greater.

"Progress"--This had dual meaning. One, it was the name of Gold's transport ship (which was an homage to the Russian supply ships for the ISS, and considering they were transferring supplies to a new space station, it fit), and the other was showing how much things had changed since the last time we saw Drema IV.

"Remembrance of Things Past"--This entire story dealt with with the past, both literally and figuratively. Putting the past to bed and learning to move forward was a central component to the story.

"That Sleep of Death"--This one came from the editor. It was a reverse working here, in that I came up with the story to suit the title.
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Old September 22 2008, 06:44 PM   #18
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"'Q'uandary"--Obvious. It's a Q story. With a few exceptions, those stories tend to have "Q" in the title. And since Selar was in a bit of a dilemma, "'Q'uandary" it was.
One difference in the titles is that yours has quotes around the "Q", unlike the episodes... and even the one episode that had the "Q" as part of a word, "Qpid", just let the "Q" stand unquoted. Was there a reason for the single quotes in your title?

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Old September 22 2008, 08:01 PM   #19
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there's quotes on all her titles. The title is Q'uandary - presumably the apostrophe is to emphasise the Q...
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Old September 22 2008, 08:28 PM   #20
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there's quotes on all her titles. The title is Q'uandary - presumably the apostrophe is to emphasise the Q...
Not wanting to get caught up in this, but the title was typed with single quotes around the Q (as opposed to a single apostrophe) and double quotes around the entire title, therefore David's 'Q'uestion.

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Old September 22 2008, 08:49 PM   #21
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"'Q'uandary"--Obvious. It's a Q story. With a few exceptions, those stories tend to have "Q" in the title. And since Selar was in a bit of a dilemma, "'Q'uandary" it was.
One difference in the titles is that yours has quotes around the "Q", unlike the episodes... and even the one episode that had the "Q" as part of a word, "Qpid", just let the "Q" stand unquoted. Was there a reason for the single quotes in your title?

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IIRC, I was trying to make it stand out from a more bland title like Quandary. Because, really, Quandary on its own is a brutally boring title. Bo-better than Ambien for sleeping-ring. There's no pop to it. So it's a dilemma in a story. Big frigging whoop. There's always a dilemma in a story. Problem to solve, thing to do, it's like calling a story Story. Hello, Author Obvious.....

'Q'uandary however, just brought something different by setting the Q off. Which kind of illustrated the story, too.

It's amazing what a bit of punctuation in the right place can do to make a godawful title fit so much better.

Nine times out of ten, I don't have to do that much thinking on titles. So far, I've been very lucky in that regard. *knock wood*
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Old September 22 2008, 09:38 PM   #22
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'Q'uandary however, just brought something different by setting the Q off. Which kind of illustrated the story, too.

It's amazing what a bit of punctuation in the right place can do to make a godawful title fit so much better.
I agree. It's a very cool "looking" title, too. Plays with the eye for a second.

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Old September 22 2008, 11:08 PM   #23
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"'Q'uandary"--Obvious. It's a Q story. With a few exceptions, those stories tend to have "Q" in the title. And since Selar was in a bit of a dilemma, "'Q'uandary" it was.
One difference in the titles is that yours has quotes around the "Q", unlike the episodes... and even the one episode that had the "Q" as part of a word, "Qpid", just let the "Q" stand unquoted. Was there a reason for the single quotes in your title?

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In addition to Terri's answer, all of which is true, there's also the fact that "Q-uandary" looks like a typo.

And it's single quotes because it goes inside a short story title, which is in double quotes. If the title was being put in a British magazine that italicizes short-story titles (as some do), it would be properly rendered as "Q"uandary.

This has been another *THUD* useless fact....
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Old September 22 2008, 11:53 PM   #24
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This has been another *THUD* useless fact....
What's next? The "Wheel of Morality"?
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Old September 23 2008, 01:38 AM   #25
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This has been another *THUD* useless fact....
What's next? The "Wheel of Morality"?

I LOVED that show!! I'd always rush home from school to watch it...

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... and I was the TEACHER!!
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The Unhappy Ones: This is the literal translation of QuchHa', the Klingon term for the smooth-headed Klingons seen in TOS and created by the Augment virus mess in "Affliction" and "Divergence."
Where was (or, if applicable, will be) this story?
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Old September 23 2008, 05:13 AM   #27
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The Unhappy Ones: This is the literal translation of QuchHa', the Klingon term for the smooth-headed Klingons seen in TOS and created by the Augment virus mess in "Affliction" and "Divergence."
Where was (or, if applicable, will be) this story?
Whoops, sorry. That's the title for my Klingon "wrath" story in Seven Deadly Sins, on sale in trade paperback at finer bookstores everywhere a year from now.

So I should probably write the fershlugginer thing at some point.............
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^ 'Sokay. I just realized how totally nonsensical my last post was.
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Old September 23 2008, 03:09 PM   #29
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'Q'uandary however, just brought something different by setting the Q off. Which kind of illustrated the story, too.

It's amazing what a bit of punctuation in the right place can do to make a godawful title fit so much better.
I agree. It's a very cool "looking" title, too. Plays with the eye for a second.

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Thanks. One thing I always try to do is find a title that fits thematically, and also jumps off the page a bit in the TOC if it's in an anthology. Sometimes I get titles that I have to find stories for later on. Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen, in the Doctor Who anthology was one where the title hit me first, I filed it away, and found a story that fit it later. My first original work, which looks to be coming out next year, is called Love and Other Excuses.

I don't claim to be an expert on titles, I'm only saying what works for me. Fit the format, fit the story, and draw attention to itself on the cover/TOC. Those are basically my three rules. 8)

Yes, I have a story idea file, as well as a title idea file, why do you ask?
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