Monday, June 1, 2009

Easter Eggs

Flights of Fantasy recently had a great post on Easter eggs, and I've been building up this blog post ever since.

An Easter egg is like an in-joke: if you know something about the author or the background of the work, then it adds a little something extra. The example Marian gives is

... in China Mieville’s The Scar, where the flagship of the New Crobuzonian fleet is named Morning Walker. That’s a reference to C. S. Lewis’s Dawn Treader, but it’s subtle. If a reader catches the parallel, it provides a little more enjoyment; if not, the name of the flagship still sounds exotic and interesting.
This got me to thinking of all the little Easter eggs I've hidden in manuscripts:
  • I had a main character in an early work named Mina, because I couldn't think of a name for her. Since she was the main character, I switched around the letters of main to get Mina.
  • Mr. Nate Mallory of one work was named after Nathan Fillion, who played Captain Mal Reynolds in the Firefly series.
  • Belle Ravenna is named for the Greek mythological hero Bellerophon.
  • In my last WIP, I put the names of my first critique group partners as children in a classroom as a subtle way to thank them for their help.
  • The artists in my current WIP is named Harley. I originally needed a minor character who was a painter. One of my students, named Charly, had recently drawn me a picture of a gold fish. So, I named my character Harley and had him painting a koi in the scene.
  • In my current WIP, a science fiction, the name of the ship is Antimachus. They are travelling towards a planet in the Centauri star system, so I named the ship after an infamous centaur.

Most of my Easter eggs have to do with names. What about you? Do you slip in any Easter eggs into your works?
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