The short-story I'm working on now is a basic dark fantasy/horror piece. I haven't written anything like this since probably high school and wanted to see if I could pull it off. Among other things it involves egotistical grad students, blizzards, giants and a talking crow (or maybe a raven, I haven't decided yet) who brings the finale of the story together .
I've been looking into Norse and Celtic myths to connect the talking crow to some deity and mythology source. Celtic is too confusing, so I looked at Loki for a trickster-type. To cut things short, I found out that old Odinn, lord of gods, held over 1000 names.
Now I knew of the Germanic name Wotan, and even the title All-Father, but 1000? Some make sense like Bileygr (One Eye) and Hrafnass (Raven God) but others like Hagvirkr (Skillful Worker), and my personal fave Ennibrattr (One With a Straight Forehead) are a little silly. So somehow out of these 1000 names I'm going to bastardize a name for my little crow, but I have to give the old gods credit. I don't know how they kept it all straight when they showed up at a party or a war. All the different outfits they must have had to keep on hand, and remembering which name to respond to. I have enough trouble keeping track of my rotating work schedule.