the owls of owenania: jo
Jo is my only pre-named owl thus far. A dear friend suggested the name as a lovely owl choice, and I had to agree. In thinking of a "Jo," my mind envisioned a sweet, shy, feminine owl, and thus this Jo was born. I realize that this breaks my own self-imposed "rule" of naming owls only after they've been created, much in the way that I couldn't have possibly named my own child until actually seeing his little face. However, I think it works in this case, because I probably never would have created an owl just like this one had I not had the inspiration of a name.
We never know where inspiration will come from, how a suggestion or a sight or a seemingly arbitrary detail will float around in one's mind and provide the much-needed spark for something much bigger. I've decided to start keeping track of these inspirational sparks even more. Who knows how many more "Jo-moments" may lie ahead.