ROW80: New Babies – Help Us Name Them!

I got some new babies for Mothers’ Day. No, not human babies. Furbabies!

We’ve had gerbils for years, ever since my daughter wanted “a small pet” when she was seven. I had gerbils when I was a kid, so that’s what we got. We’ve gone through a couple dozen since then, and once again were down to one as of a couple weeks ago when our little Onix passed away.

His cagemate, Sandy, has definitely been mopey since then. Gerbils are social animals, and are happier in pairs or trios. So we stopped at our local Pet Supplies Plus to see if they had any potential new friends for him.

They had three darling babies there, and two were boys. Since we didn’t want two to turn into two dozen a few months down the road, that was a must. But we don’t yet have names for them.

Sandy’s name is actually Sandslash, after the Pokemon. His former cagemate was also named after a Pokemon. We’ve had gerbils named after snacks (our original two were Ho-ho and Twinkie), and drinks (like KC [Kahlua and Cream] and Bailey). But none of those are  a requirement.

The lilac one (silver-gray) is a wheel fanatic. They’ve been here about four hours, and he hasn’t stopped running on the wheel since. He’s jumpy and squirmy – not unusual for gerbils, especially young ones.

The other is called a spotted Siamese. He’s mostly uninterested in the wheel (it usually seems to work that way). But even after this short a time, he’s warming up to us. The last couple of times I’ve gone to check on them, he’s practically climbed into my hand. He’s relatively calm, and will sit still to be petted. Sandy (gold one in the background, above) is the same way – he’s the calmest, most mellow gerbil we’ve ever had. And like Sandy, this new baby purrs. Yes, gerbils purr! You can’t hear them, but you it feels like they’re shivering, yet they’re relaxed, and aren’t trying to get away.

Yet even now that we’re getting to know them, my daughter and I aren’t sure what to name them. So please comment with your ideas!

Luckily, I don’t have the same problem with characters in my books. They usually freely give me their names. (Don’t be too jealous – that’s the only thing they give up that easily!) One of my goals this week was to work through How to Think Sideways, Lesson 5. I not only did that, but whipped through Lesson Six (which was just reading, no worksheets) and started on Lesson 7, where we started defining characters. Names? No problem.

Here’s the rest of my goals results:

  • Complete Lesson 5 of How to Think Sideways – Done!
  • Develop Book Info sheet for Hangar 18: Legacy and follow up with other beta readers – Book Info done, forgot to send the emails.
  • Write guest blog I promised, and email the written one to the blogger – Emailed the one, didn’t get to the other
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts – Got three intervals and two short workouts
  • Track exercise and consumption – Did well until yesterday. Lots going on, at least that’s my story!

Overall goal progress:

  • Release Time’s Fugitive, in both ebook and print – Done!
  • Complete Holly Lisle’s How to Write a Series workshop – Done!
  • How to Think Sideways workshop – complete through Lesson 8 (1-4 done previously)
  • Release Hangar 18: Legacy – OR – release Times Two (Time’s Enemy/Time’s Fugitive box set) as an ebook – Cover design for Hangar 18 done! Also got some great feedback from first beta reader – thank you, Carey!
  • Bonus: Both of the above – on hold until other goals accomplished
For this week:
  • Complete Lesson 7 of How to Think Sideways
  • Follow up with beta readers for Hangar 18
  • Write two guest blogs I promised – the one from last week, and a new request
  • Three interval workouts and two shorter workouts
  • Track exercise and consumption

Do you have any ideas for names for our new babies? Please comment and let me know! How are you doing in this round of ROW80 – or if you’re not a writer, or not doing the ROW, for this spring? Let me know that, too, even if you have no name ideas!

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  1. Happy Mother’s Day.

    Aw…your fur babies are cute 🙂 We’ve had the naming after Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh too. Heck, Sonic is named after Sonic the Hedgehog, LOL.

    How about Blaze or Sammy for the Siamese? How about Speedy or Racer for your wheel fanatic? I’m bad about pet names. I like them to be real names (something I’d name a person) or something out of mythology.

    It looks like your doing well on your goals. Wishing you a fabulous week.

  2. Aw, your gerbils are so cute! Congrats to the new additions to your family. I love that small tidbit about Sandy being named after Sandslash. I was a huge Pokemon fan. 🙂

    Awesome goals! Sounds like a lot of work to be honest, but I’m sure you know yourself and your limits/capabilities best. Best of luck, and have fun!

  3. I’d want to name them with something that meant something to do with their character – the wheel one – some name that means motion or travel or eternity (wheel/ring) you know:)

    keep smiling and all the best for coming week

  4. Gerbils are cute. We’ve had rabbits and Guinea pigs and loved them. Now two cats. Animals are so special in our lives! But sorry, I am lousy with names. We had a dog one time named “White Dog” and a cat we called “Kitty.” It’s a good thing my characters usually give me their names or they would be Hero, Heroine, Bad Guy, and Secondary Character.

  5. Raelyn – Blaze is cute, and I loved Speed Racer when I was little! Thanks for the ideas! 🙂

    Wendy – thanks! We’ve tossed around some more Pokemon names, but nothing that jumps out. 🙂

    Louise – thanks! They are fun. When our last pair died, it just didn’t seem like home without gerbils, so that’s when I bought Sandy and his first cagemate, Steelix.

    Alberta – I like your suggestion. That’s why I mentioned their personalities. Hopefully I’ll come up with something good!

    Michele – LOL same with me and my characters! Now if only they’d cough up other info as easily!

    Juliana – thanks!

  6. Thank you so much for reminding me it is a new week! I get so hung up on what I haven’t done I forget to look forward. Tomorrow is a new day!

    Looks like you have a lot on your plate but you seem to be well organised! Have a great week!

  7. You could go with the current superhero trend and name the speedy one Flash. We took several days to name my cat, which ended as up as Shadow after he followed me around for almost a week. We have another cat named Eclipse because her tortoise-shell fur looks a bit like sunshine peeking through a dark moon.

    I love seeing how you set goals. They are always specific and concise. It seems from out here that you make steady progress and knock out a lot. Best wishes for a productive week!

  8. Congrats on the additions to your family, Jennette. I’m at a loss when it comes to names. At the moment, all I can think is that one gerbil’s a Type A and the other a Type B. Alpha and Beta?

  9. You could name the one who likes the wheel Cam (short for Camero, since you’re such a fan). You could stick with the car theme for the other, or do the opposite (whatever the opposite of a car is!).

  10. Em, that’s something I often have to remind myself – and thanks!

    Julie, I like the superhero idea! My daughter does too. Now as to which ones…

    Pat, thanks! They are definitely an alpha and a beta (typical gerbils).

    Stacy – cute! I’ll consider that if I can think of something for the other one!

    Ginger, thanks! I like Infinity – if we can come up with something cute for the little Siamese baby. He likes the wheel too, we’ve found today, just doesn’t get a turn very often. 🙂

  11. Spinner seems appropriate for the nervous runner, nothing comes to mind for the calm one. Cute little guys. We’ve had a few gerbils as well, they are always little sweeties.

    Great job on your goals this week. All the best for the coming one 🙂

  12. Congrats on reaching your goals so well. Like Julie said, you’re setting yours really smart and with precision.

    The gerbil babies are adorable. I hope you’ll figure out great names for them. Camaro suggestion made me grin 😀

  13. Those gerbils are super cute, and there are some great suggestions in the comments for names. Stacy and I must think alike because the name Cam is what came to me because of your love for Cameros. You’re kicking butt on the ROW80 progress. Yay for you! Is there going to be a third book for your Time’s books?

  14. Thanks, Lynn – on both the gerbils and the ROW80 compliments! And thanks again for reading my Saturn Society books! I don’t have immediate plans to write a third – a couple other projects are clamoring for my attention – but hopefully I will at some point. Definitely if more readers start asking for them!