I don’t know if it’s weird, or silly, or what, but I always looked forward to titling my undergraduate research papers. To me, titles are sprinkles; that sweet hint of interesting before you bore a hole of psychobabble into your classmates’ skulls. I’ve listed some of my favorites below:
One with Nature? Think Again: Humans as Unnatural in Gulliver’s Travels
The Letter King: Written Correspondence in Sense and Sensibility
Flustered, Clustered, and Dead: Negative Aspects of Grouping in A Journal of the Plague Year
Giving Birth to Madness: Representations of the Maternal Figure in Victorian Culture
The Latino Homosexual: Pulling Ernesto from the Closet
Awfully Educated: Huck Finn’s Retreat into Mindlessness
So now I’m wondering: Why can’t I come up with a title for my magazine for Magazine Design and Production? I feel uninspired and stupid. My creative bones are brittle. Help me?
My magazine is for dads, sort of a MomsLikeMe (for which I had a brief stint as a freelance copy editor) for the paternal. So far I’ve got a few ideas, but nothing that gives me that feeling in my stomach; you know, the one screaming aha!, my personal Sherlock Holmes sans the digestion.
Don’t Wake Daddy (I was feeling nostalgic)
Dad or Daddy (original, I know)
Hey Baby (ha, probably not)
Father’s Day (also, amazingly original)
Paternal Instincts (sounds like a bad movie)
Pop or Pops
Raising Dad (what I’m leaning toward)
Note: Honestly, it helps to write it down. Asking for help means you’re analyzing a need. So by listening or reading or ignoring, you’ve already helped a ton. Thank you.
Ideas added in a brainstorming session with Brian C.:
Daddio or Daddy O
MOTH (Man of the House) Magazine