The two main female characters in the story that I'm working on are Rachael and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is easy, and has a lot of potential nick names: El, Elly, Liz, Liza, Lizzie, Beth, Bethie, etc. I think those carry over however you spell 'em. How would you spell "Rach" as short for Rachael? I read "Rach" as rhyming with "mach" but perhaps that's just me. I always had a problem with the spelling of "soc" for a nickname for...hmmm...socialite? I'm not really sure what it's an abbreviation of. It's pronounced "Sosh" with a long O. Always sticks for me, regardless. Some day, I'll name a protagonist "Mary" or "Jenny" and then I won't have to worry about this @#$#@. Thanks, C.