#AtoZChallenge: Wolf


By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (gray wolf Uploaded by Dolovis) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So “Wolf” is my real last name. You can imagine the teasing I had as a child; people would deliberately mispronounce the first half of my first name as “Is a” and you’re smart people, you can fill in the rest.

But I’ve always liked it. In sharp contrast to my first name, it’s easy. Usually. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called a customer service line and they can’t find my record because for some reason they think it’s “Wols.” Even when I say “Wolf. Just like the animal.”

Any takers on what a “wols” is? What it eats? Where it lives?

I like to think I carry the spirit of the wolf with me (or maybe the wols, too, depending). It’s interesting how a name can shape us, especially since they’re usually given to us.

It’s why naming a character can be so difficult at times. I admit I’ve changed names in the middle of a manuscript or even further when it just didn’t feel right, after I’d gotten to know the character.

But hey, we can’t all be Wols.

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15 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Wolf

  1. I like wolves and wouldn’t mind sharing a last name with these critters. They are so beautiful. It would be a bummer to be Ima Dung-Beetle though. My daughter goes to school with someone whose last name is Moose and whose first name sounds like Lily-on-a. How about Lyca Fox? Or Justin Tyme? I might have to consider these possibilities for a character name someday.

    W is for the Watergate Scandal

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    • ABSOLUTELY! Especially if you write cozies, those names will be perfect. Lyca Fox especially, that one would make me chuckle.

      Yes, Dung-Beetle would be a major bummer… 😉


    • My first name is the challenge. I’ve gotten some really interesting pronunciations!

      Volf is likely the correct way to say it, though there’s no evidence of German in the family.


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