Wednesday, April 18, 2007

RW: Name This Ship

First, the big announcement:

I've accepted an offer from Ace/Roc to publish Drednoc (StarDoc book #8) and Crystal Healer (StarDoc book #9.) No firm pub dates yet, but I expect Drednoc will hit the shelves sometime in 2008 and Crystal Healer in 2009. Thanks to Shiloh Walker for nagging motivating me, Cathy G. for your thoughtful e-mails, and all my SF readers for keeping the faith and continuing to support the StarDoc series.

I have a HouseClan Torin scout ship in Drednoc that Cherijo and Reever are going to be flying around, but it doesn't have a name yet. I thought you guys might enjoy a contest to christen it (btw, Enterprise and Millennium Falcon? Are taken.)

To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, all of my previous Jorenian ship names combine two words that are related to nature, sky, flight, or the journey, i.e.:

Cloudwalk
Sunlace
Windmaze


In comments to this post, tell me what you'd name the Torin scout ship by midnight EST on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. I will select the name that I like best out of all the entries, announce my choice on Reader Wednesday (April 25) next week, and use the name in my novel Drednoc.

The commenter who has the winning name will receive a personal thank-you from me in the acknowledgments for Drednoc, my original artwork for the ship you've named (created and signed by me), a complete signed set of all seven StarDoc novels in print, and the very first copy of the final print edition of Drednoc that I get when it's published next year (also signed.)

The fine print: the name you post must be original, as in your own creation, and not copied from any other source or named ship. To keep things fair, please only post one name. This contest is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

138 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:32 AM

    Congratulations on the sale. :)Wonderful news. As for a name, hmm...Raindance. Jordan

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  2. TARASUN

    Congrats on the books.

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  3. Anonymous1:17 AM

    Here's my list of names:

    Shippenzisky
    Boatmcfloaty
    Airthing
    The Ship
    By-The-Gravitational-Pull-Sailor
    Eywannalandnau
    Kite

    Feel free to use them all!

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  4. Hrm... Skycall!

    Excellent news about StarDoc, by the way! All of us StarDoc fans are very happy.

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  5. Congrats on the sales!!!

    Names:
    Firerun
    Airrace

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  6. That reminds me of this video

    "That the hell is an Aluminum Falcon?!"

    Anyway - on to my suggestion:


    Winglight


    I have more, but just read your rules. :-)

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  7. Great news! Congratulations on the deal.

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  8. This is a concept I've used before in one of my stories, but I still think it's gorgeous enough to be used again.

    Windwhispers

    Hope you find a name you absolutely love!


    Wolverine.

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  9. Congratulations on the acceptance of your books. As for a name for the ship...

    ShadowChaser

    Hope you like the suggestion. Although there are alot of good ones posted already.

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  10. Congratulations on the sales!

    My suggestion: Starmist

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  11. Congratulations!

    Thunderrun

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  12. -dsr-6:31 AM

    Spiralstep -- the Spiral being the Milky Way galaxy, a form which the Jorenians deduced before they could actually see it.

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  13. My entry is Hawkwing.

    Oh Boy! Two more StarDoc novels in the works. Congratulations, Lynn. I can never get enough of Cherrijo. Hmm, I'll have time to read through the series a third time before the new ones are out... and my copy of Night Lost is shipping tomorrow.

    Stay well, keep writing.

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  14. YAY! This is so exciting. Congratulations, PBW! If I think of any ship names, I'll be back!

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  15. Melissa B.7:02 AM

    Starscape

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  16. Starchaser

    Congrats! Two more Cherijo books ^______^

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  17. Congrats on the new books!

    StormCharmer

    Everywhere Cherijo goes...cool contest idea.

    Maripat

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  18. Laura Elliott7:21 AM

    Windrider
    Sunrider
    Spacerider
    Cloudrider

    Feel free to use any of those. Congrats on two more books!

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  19. Starwing

    And yay for more StarDoc!

    Rob

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  20. Congrats on the sales.

    Name: Starjammer

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  21. Congratulations!

    My entry--Moonsprint.

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  22. For the book lover: Flyleaf

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  23. Congratulations on the new sales!

    Names for a ship? Hmmmmm.....

    Solarway
    Stellernight
    Lunarlight

    (Never was any good at this kid of thing...Maybe I should go back to puns, remember?)

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  24. Since Skywalker has been previously taken:

    Starpath

    Congrats and good luck!
    Leah

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  25. Anmada9:07 AM

    Wonderful, exciting news! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

    Skyriver

    (maybe I'll add this to one of your Q&A days: do Jorenians dance? I thought of Skydance, for the joy that "dance" implies in movement; However, when I think of Jorenians the idea of "joy in movement" leans more toward warrior fighting training, which can be dance-like. Between that and the graceful gestures in speech, would there be a need for dance to have evolved? I'll stop now.)

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  26. KTBeck9:39 AM

    "Volant Fox"

    (Nimble, winged, cagey, and dangerous if cornered.) ;)

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  27. Congratulations on the book deal.

    For the ship's name:

    Aurora's Storm

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  29. TERAVEGA

    Congrats on your new contract!

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  30. Congratulations on the book deal!

    I could only think of one name and it's rather long, but I'll post it anyway.

    Wind Through the Grass

    I use to live on the High Plains. We see a lot of that sort of thing there. Have fun writing the new books!

    Ris

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  31. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Dawnrider


    Congratulations on the sale

    M. Gregoire

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  32. Melissa10:09 AM

    A lot of people seem to be posting more than one name...Didn't the rules state that we are only allowed to suggest one name in order to keep things fair?

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  33. Congratulations on the contract! Can't wait to see more of Cherijo and Reever. Well, mostly Cherijo.

    Anyway, my name idea is the Snowblink. I like it because it fits the requirements, has a smaller feel than its mammoth counterparts, and reminds me immensely of Reever's "cold eyes." Hope you like it.

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  34. Anonymous10:34 AM

    They did, Melissa.

    Congratulations and big cheers for the sales, PBW! That's exceedingly happy news.

    My entry is the Skyflame.

    Jess

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  35. Congrats on the sales!

    My entry is Aetherrove.

    (Aether can also be spelled ether.)

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  36. Bridget Medora11:06 AM

    Yay, more StarDoc! I was hoping this would be the good news you mentioned yesterday.

    My entry: Zephyrkin

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  37. Please post only one name to keep the contest fair for everyone.

    For the folks who skipped reading the rules and have already posted more than one name: I'm only going to count in the first name you posted in your comment. If you'd rather have another from your list in the contest, delete your comment if possible and/or repost your entry with the one name you like best.

    Anonymous folks, please put something in your entry that will allow me to identify you as the winner.

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  38. Dorothy11:32 AM

    Stormrise

    Also, thrilled about the book deal - very much looking forward to more StarDoc

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  39. My entry: Starsail.

    Cool contest, PBW! And what a mouth-watering prize.

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  40. Starglider

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  41. Congratulations on the book deals. :)

    My entry: Dawnsinger

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  42. Congratulations! That's awesome!

    Okay, how about...Firefly. What? No?

    Hmph.

    Then how about:

    Slipstream
    Contrail
    Icedance
    Stormtrack or Stormtrek
    Stormsurge
    Stratusrise
    Moontide

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  43. Garnigal12:28 PM

    Moonrunner

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  44. Huge congrats on the two-book sale. It is always so heartening to see the power of a dedicated fan base to keep a series going.

    Loving the names submitted and getting a big kick out of all the people who are so excited to participate that they didn't actually pause to read the rules. Kinda like I'd react to a contest offering a lifetime supply of Doritoes, I imagine. :)

    My entry: Fireheart

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  45. Kaelle12:47 PM

    Drat. The two I thought of (Starwing and Starsail) have already been listed above.

    Hmm.

    Starbreeze

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  46. Congratulations on the sale!

    My suggestion:

    Moonglide

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  47. I would name it 'Stormrider'

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  48. How about Wing's Joy? It's two words, true, but implies the pure fun to be had at the helm of a speedy scout ship.

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  49. Jim - Starjammer is the name of Corsair's (Cyclops dad) ship in the X-Men. Yep, I was a bit of an X-Men geek. :)

    I suck at things like this, and I've gone for a two word name so possibly shot myself right in the foot.

    Aquila's Forge

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  50. Laura Elliott2:02 PM

    Lynn,
    These are pretty good names. Let's hear it for the creativity of the StarDoc fans! Maybe you should think about creating a fleet of Jorenian ships :)

    Laura

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  51. My suggestion is Nightrail.

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  52. My suggestion is:

    Autumstorm

    And congratulations! =)

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  53. Oh, man.... this just totally made my day. Two more Stardocs. That's like an early birthday present.

    *G* Gee... do I nag? I never nag. Unless of course it actually might accomplish something. Now comes the crappy part. Waiting for them.

    As much as I would love to give a brilliant name, I just finished a book and my brain is mush for a few more days.

    Only thing I can come up with that fits the general 'Jorenian' feel is Rainsphere.

    I gotta admit, though... Skywalker would have been fantastic. Too bad Lucas has already taken it.

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  54. congrats on the 2 book deal.
    How about 'Blueyonder'

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  55. Oh, congratulations, and I can't wait! :)

    Idea?

    Thundersoar

    bella

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  56. Kiesha Smith4:28 PM

    how about MOONLIT

    TaKiesha

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  57. Looking forward to the next two.

    ThunderRoar

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  58. No suggestions at the moment, but... Congratulations!!

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  59. There are some good names here! But here's my entry:

    Zephyr's Wing

    PS: Congrats!

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  60. I came up with:

    Star Drifter

    Great contest!
    Cheryl

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  61. Snoopy Dance! Congratulations, PBW!

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  62. Congratulations!

    I would have to say XenonMist.

    I loved Boatmcfloaty and Aluminum Falcon.

    Maggie

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  63. Hi Lynn Congrats !!!^_^

    How about NimbusStar

    nimbus meaning rain cloud

    Amanda

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  64. Congratulations on your sales. I'm glad that StarDoc's made it to nine books.

    I filled half a sheet of paper with names, but I'll be good and give you only one (scan, scan, scan, mumble, mumble ... this one? ... that one? ... all right, if I was writing this, what would I use?)

    How about: Skyhopper

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  65. Funf contest! NAd congratulations!

    Stormlance

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  66. What about NovaFleet?
    It's means fast star.
    Hugs, Danette

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  67. E Kretzsc8:39 PM

    StoneMelody

    I think it just sounds cool :D And I'm a music girl.

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  68. LOL--I did read the fine print, but got interrupted for over an hour while I was thinking, and just totally spaced. So to get back to being fair, my one suggestion is:

    Stormsurge :)

    Sorry about that! *blushing*

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  69. How about Ironfire? That's manly ship name :)

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  70. Anonymous9:29 PM

    O.K.

    This is so cool, because I finished Plague of Memory on Sunday and I was really hoping there'd be more.

    Therefore, I submint:

    WhisperedHeather

    All naturey, and covert and all. Huh? Huh?

    -Nathan

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  71. Many congratulations on the deal.

    Suggested name: Skyskim

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  72. Anonymous10:58 PM

    If you don't use Articwend I might see where I can put it.

    - Wesley

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  73. I was trying to get one that didn't incorporate parts of the three names you've already used; i.e., cloud, sun and wind.

    Therefore, how about this:

    Brightstar

    Congratulations on the books.

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  74. This is awesome. I just read StarDoc a few days ago for the first time. Then read Beyond Varallan and Endurance in about eighteen hours. It would've been faster, but school got in the way. I am pining because my local used bookstore does not have Shockball. I might actually have to (shudder) go to Borders. Because I must have it. Now. What do you mean there are 60 books waiting to be read on my shelf...?

    As for the names...geez. I'm really tempted to just post all the ones I can think of. But I was a good girl and read the rules, so I won't. (I will change my mind about eight thousand times, though.) Okay, the one I like the best is...

    Skyfall

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  76. My entry is

    Starstrider

    as in she strides among the stars

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  77. Anonymous1:35 AM

    I've come up with some names I like, but I think the one that fits in with your already named ships best is Starpath.

    At any rate, I had fun thinking up names.

    Karen, the lurker

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  78. Congrats on the book deals.

    My nomination is "l'eau reve" (water dream) which you could combine to leaureve

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  79. Congratulations on the new book deals!

    Best,

    Doug

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  80. Flamestrider

    Congratulations on Drednoc! I'm dedicated to your blog, but this is the first time commenting.

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  81. Congrats, P.!

    My entry is:

    Shadowrun

    What happens if you don't like any of them?

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  82. Hi luv your books congrats on the new ones look forward to reading them here is my suggestion based mainly on the fact i see Cherijo as the ultimate life optimist

    Sunrise

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  83. Luke Herbertson7:27 AM

    Solarhawk

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  84. Anonymous8:20 AM

    I'm like the stinkin' NINTIETH comment. That's amazing... but then with a prize as tantallizing as this one, PBW, it should come as no surprise. And there's practically a week left to go... You're going to have your work cut out for you picking one! (Even just sorting through the entries to make a list.) It's like playing Apples to Apples... just make piles of "Yes" "No" "Maybe" as you go through 'em or you'll lose your mind. :-D
    Jess (Still snoopy dancin here in PA)

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  85. Hmmm...

    Mistwatch

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  86. My suggestion is Stormdance (because I think that fits with the Jorenians' "we kick ass" attitude.)

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  87. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Such wonderful news for those of those who love that series...

    Raindrop (Cloudwalk, Sunlace, Wind maze are all weather related...)


    Chiara

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  88. Lots of great entries so far, so it was hard to come up with a new one (I think SkyRiver is wonderful, especially thinking about how the Jorenians send off their dead on the next leg of their journey).

    How about MoonFire?

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  89. Great entries. Man, I need you guys to name things for me more often.

    Jaye wrote: What happens if you don't like any of them?

    I'm already seeing plenty that I like; I think the real problem is going to be narrowing it down to only one (note to self: next time, have contest to name fleet.)

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  90. OK, third try--I must be more distracted than I usually am. Sigh. Editing my previous comment to include the name I thought of originally:

    I could have sworn I already posted, but I can't find my comment.

    So here is my congrats to you on your 2 book deal! Looking forward to reading the new ones.


    And my entry:

    SeaSwept (not 'windswept')

    best,
    lisa

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  91. My entry: Nightwend

    And congratulations! I can't wait to read more about Cherijo and her wacky hijinks. ;) Seriously though, love the whole series.

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  92. Anonymous3:12 PM

    I'm a long time lurker, I love your blog and the StarDoc books so I wanted to say congrats to you and hooray for me! Now I just have to practice patience.....

    I also wanted to suggest Firequest.

    Sue

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  93. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Ok, love, love, love the books. I haven't seen this name mentioned yet so here goes nothing.....

    Starswept

    It seems like Cherijo is just being swept through her journey through the stars. Corney, I know, but I like it!
    Tami Kennedy

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  94. Excellent news!

    My suggestion Firesprite

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  95. Whoops. Obviously, that was supposed to be "Autumnstorm" with an n. Heh.

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  96. How about Fireburst?

    Congratulations!

    DiDi

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  97. What about
    starstorm
    windstar
    starsail
    journey's end
    skystar
    Congrats on the new books. I am new to this series and I absolutely love them.

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  98. Congratulations!

    My name is: Night Glow

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  99. Only one, huh?

    Shadowspark

    You got two for the price of one...

    Shadow-spark &
    Shadow's park

    both pronunciations are correct.

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  100. It's a scoutship, you say?
    Mayhap?

    Shadowlight

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  101. Oh Jimminies, this hard, especially since there are so many good ones.


    I like
    Darkshade

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  102. I didn't look at the other comments because I was afraid of being influenced subconsciously, so if this is repeated, of course the first person should get your (very gracious) reward. Anyway, I suggest:

    Mistweb

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  103. Congratulations!!!! Chapeau as we say here in France.

    Anyway, here are a few ideas=

    The Aurora Hull / The Overland / the SS Roundtrip.
    I know there are no weather ideas in it, not my thing;-)

    Pick me, pick me!!!

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  104. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Nightsail

    cgaupp

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  105. Great contest, and some great suggestions! Mine is:

    Sundog

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  106. Oh, yeah! Congratulations as well! More StarDoc - yay! I need to rearrange my shelves!

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  107. Zolah1:08 PM

    Hurrah, hooray, calloo, callay O frabjous day! Well done PBW.

    My vote for ship name is: starsinger

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  108. Anonymous2:10 PM

    my candidate: Skypierce

    -tianne

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  109. Anonymous2:22 PM

    Stormchaser.

    - Ricardo

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  110. Mistwing
    Frostfire
    Crystalmist
    Tidewind

    Di

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  111. Congrats on the sale!

    I skimmed entries and don't think I'm duplicating anyone's:

    Starfury.

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  112. Wow, congratulations!

    Hmm. This is a tough one. But because my eighth-grade earth science days are coming back to me:

    Stormseye.

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  113. Couldn't read them all so this may be a repeat -

    Storm Star

    Congrats!

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  114. This is really difficult. I've been thinking about it for a while and came up with some really cheesy ship names. Anyway, here are my not so bad ones (first one is my favorite):

    Dustmarch
    Starscrape
    Heatveil
    Frostpeel

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  115. Anonymous3:24 PM

    Congrats on the new book sales!

    My candidates:

    Nightwave
    Stormchaser
    Waverider

    Terri W.

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  116. Congratulations! My suggestion: Windweaver.

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  117. so excited for more books :)

    moonphase

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  118. Uh oh. I reread the instructions and it said to only post one name. I'm so sorry, please disregard the list and just consider the first name above (Dustmarch). I liked it best anyway.

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  119. Jason2:13 AM

    Hi there, Lynn! I dunno if I'm too late or not, but I thought I'd throw my name in for the heck of it.

    Wavedancer

    Good luck on the list. You've got a lot to pick from.

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  120. Congrats!! I can't wait to get the new books!

    Stormkite
    Starchaser

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  121. Horray, more books!

    I'll throw "Starsalvo" into the hat.

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  122. Anonymous11:41 PM

    Congrats on the sales!

    Here are my ideas:

    Dawnflight
    Starspin


    Crista

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  123. Awesome on the two new books! I'm so excited. =D Also, it'll be cool to have one of your reader's pick the ship name. There are so many good ones. Here's my toss within the hat: AzurianFlame. Azure is a word for a deep blue sky, as well as the color of deep blue (kind calmlike). And flame because underneath, when you mess with their family, they become like a flame, with anger and honor to try to cleanse things and make them whole (though...fire doesn't really make things whole, but it allows things to rebuild).

    Hm, and I just searched through my StarDoc book and found that the color of Jorenians are sapphire, not deep blue as I usually imagine when I read. Well, now I know. =)

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  124. Man, so difficult to name a ship using your restrictions. :P

    Eternaldreams

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  125. Congratulations!!! I'm so excited to hear about 2 new Stardoc novels!!! Now I just have to manage to make it through the agonizing wait till they are released :) I just want to say thank you for writing such fabulous stories.

    Here's my ship name:
    PeaceSeeker

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  126. Congrats on the sale!

    I've become hopelessly addicted to your blog. It's one of the first things I do in the morning, but only because I haven't found anything yet that trumps coffee.

    And thank you, by the way, for having responded to my Friday questions. I appreciate the fact that you take the time, let alone coming up with all these great contests.

    Speaking of which, I'd like to enter Stoneswift.

    Thanks again!

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  127. The name of the ship is:

    The Astrotóraí.

    It would be a Gaelic-Greek combination that translates to "one who pursues stars." (being a scout ship and all)

    Not sure if you researched the name Torin or not, but I thought it would be fitting for the ship to match the name. If you prefer to use more of a contemporary name, then please accept the translated:

    Starseeker.

    I hope that doesn't count as two entries, but if it does, please accept the first.

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  128. Anonymous7:11 PM

    Congratuations! That's fantastic news.

    My entry (after much debating) is:
    Snowdrift
    The "snow" to symbolize Cherijo's past (specifically the time she spent on Akkabarr) and the "drift" to symbolize their drifting path through space.

    Thanks so much for having this contest!

    ~Briana N.

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  129. Zephyr's Stride

    (Just plain Zephyr for short.)

    After many hours of deliberation, that is my suggestion. And congrats on the book contract - although, I really think it's us who are the winners in this - more StarDoc is on the way! Hooray!

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  130. Yay! More StarDoc!
    After many hours of serious contemplation, I had hit upon a really good entry. That was this morning, and I can not remember what is was. Or maybe I just dreamed it. In any case, I think "Shadowdart" sounds like a Jorenian scout ship.

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