I’m writing a … thing. One of the characters in the story is female, and related to the protagonist. But she’s married, so her surname has changed.
I spent hours racking my brain, and finally came up with a first name that had a certain amount of alliteration with her maiden surname, and didn’t sound awful with the married last name I wanted to give her, a nod to Sherlock Holmes because the story is a mystery.
The final, married name I came up with for her?
Well, I bounced around merrily for a few minutes, pleased with myself for crafting such a perfect name. I told my fiancee, Maria, and she looked at me blankly, before saying, “Isn’t that the girl from Harry Potter?”
Yes, people. I made a character named Emma Watson. God damn it.