It seems appropriate to reference the great Bard when this venture into writing and creativity is launching in the week of the 400th anniversary of his death.
What’s in a name? Juliet asks, in what is arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. Juliet has recently fallen for Romeo, but discovered he is a Montague and therefore her enemy. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, she says, arguing that a name is not part of the essential character of something. A name means nothing.
Of course, Juliet was madly in love – she would have said anything if it meant she could be with Romeo.
It took me a long time to come up with the name for this ‘publishing company’ – the brand under which I could launch my book series. Unlike Juliet, the right name seemed very important to me. I wanted it to hit the right notes, give the right impression, whilst being personal to me.
In the end, I named it after two places where I’d done a lot of writing – places where the germs of ideas that would later become the series I plan to publish were born. A house on Prospect Road and a flat in Raven Court.
The flat in Raven Court was occupied by a friend of mine. She doesn’t actually live there any more, but we spent a fair few afternoons round her kitchen table with a bottle of wine, or cider, hashing out plots and characters, solving plot holes and revelling in the joy of writing and creating.
It was the same with Prospect Road – a different kitchen table, the same joy. These two places, and the ‘unofficial writer’s group’ meetings we held in them, were integral to my writing a few years ago.
And the words are great too. Part of Shakespeare’s genius was that he could use a single word to convey so much meaning. It is the East and Juliet is the sun. So many connotations, so many interpretations, just from that word ‘sun.’
To me, Prospect sounds like a strong word. A person with prospects is someone with somewhere to go. A prospector was someone who took risks for opportunities during the California gold rush.
And Raven gives a hint of the genres covered – horror, fantasy. Not so much the science fiction, but those three come as a trio so often, it follows almost naturally.
Prospect and Raven has been many years in the making – growing from an inkling of an idea to the website I’m launching today. It’s been a hell of an adventure already, and I hope you will join me for the rest of the ride.
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