Sometimes, it takes twelve+ years to find the final title of your major WIP.
And sometimes, your muse just needs a little bit of extra encouragement to kick his arse into gear.
Such as your best friend (also of twelve+ years!) suddenly sending you a text to ask for advice!
Because, somehow, she had almost gotten arrested the night before. Due to the fact that a pizza delivery boy had somehow decided that she was randomly dealing drugs.
(One: No, I am not in fact making any of this up. Two: No, I can’t really say that any of this left me particularly surprised, because this would happen to her. Three: Why yes, I do fully intend to pen a book of her exploits one of these days, because dear lord could I ever and anyway she approves.)
And I really can’t say what exactly about this situation left my muse essentially jumping up and down in my skull going HEY HEY HERE’S A SWELL IDEA FOR A TITLE I TOLD YOU I’D GIVE YOU ONE ONE OF THESE DAYS HEY, but by that point, I was far beyond questioning. Anything. At all.
So I gave my muse a proverbial yes-dear pat on the head, made a giant mental note of this shiny new find with glittery exclamation points all around, and continued right on dispensing advice on the general topic of Why One Should Always Tip the Pizza Guy, Lest They Angrily Call the Police on You to Claim That You Deal Drugs.
And that was the start to my week, darlings! Actually, that’s honestly just par for the course for most days, for me.
In any case, long story short, my best friend isn’t in jail and my WIP is now finally titled, hooray!
And the title itself?
If you were wondering, that would be a PIE word. :) (PIE being Proto-Indo European, or otherwise The Most Awesome Language That Ever Was.) It means, essentially, “one with whom one has a reciprocal obligation of hospitality.” The idea that all interactions, be they person-to-person or person-to-god, are held together by an exchange of gifts.
The word means reciprocity, balance, on a grandly sweeping scale. It ties us to one another; it ties us to the powers that be.
(And while it doesn’t mean ghost, the connotation there still suits me and this story just fine.)
And my own Ghostis is a mythology-flavoured urban fantasy tale, but I suppose that its new title in itself gives you a nice peek at its core. :)