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Benedict Cumberbatch

Merry Christmas, Bonaparte Cuckooclock

IMG_9618Happy holidays, everyone! I wrote you another story with the help of the Benedict Cumberbatch name generator. Hope you enjoy it.

Once Upon A Time there was a lad of eight years who went by the name of Bonaparte Cuckooclock.

He lived in a hollowed out tree in an enchanted forest, but he didn’t see anything unusual in that for it was the only life he had ever known – and a very fine life it was too, dining on cherry blossom and morning dew and never having to go to school.

Note to any younger readers: do not try to subsist on a diet of cherry blossom and morning dew.  You’ll make yourself spectacularly unwell – Bonaparte was a character in a story, and as such his digestive tract was subject to the whims of the author.  You are, one assumes, a human child and as such you need to eat heartier foodstuffs like jam sandwiches and pickled eggs and all those other lovely things children like to eat. Feel free to leave a list in the comments.

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The Unfortunate Wandering Wimbledon

commonIt’s Tuesday, so it must be time for another short story inspired by the Benedict Cumberbatch name generator.  In case you’re new to this idea, B. Cumberbatch (actor) has a silly name that inspired someone to devise a generator to create similarly silly names, and I thought I would use it to spark some story ideas.  I’m posting them here in lieu of any more interesting or relevant content, for you to peruse or ignore at your discretion.  First I told you of Timothy Clavichord, and last week it was Syphilis Crumplehorn.  Today you can read about the unfortunate Wimbledon Commonwealth.

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Syphilis And The Squid

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Once Upon A Time there was a Benedict Cumberbatch name generator, and the names it generated were so good I decided to write a series of stories based on them.  Last week I told the tale of The Incurious Timothy Clavichord, and today tis the saga of Syphilis Crumplehorn.

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The Incurious Timothy Clavichord

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I was recently introduced to a wondrous thing called the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.  It’s fairly self-explanatory – at the touch of a button you get a name almost as unwieldy as that of the man himself.*   I like this because unusual character names tend to be a good story starting point for me, and in fact I’ve written some shorts based around names thrown up by the generator. If you’re feeling uninspired, why not have a go?  Meanwhile, in lieu of having anything more helpful to blog about, I thought I would post some of them here.  This is the first one.

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