Merry St. Easter

No, I am not completely daft.  I’m just commenting on an early morning observation.  While dropping the kidlets off at school (all decked out in green because we have a wee bit o’Irish in us AND in honor of our Girl’s Basketball team making it to the State Tourney), I noted a few homes along the way.

Some had Easter eggs and blow up baskets adorning their lawns.  Others had left over Christmas lights bedecking their eaves, while still others had little green shamrocks hanging in windows and off front porch doors.  And so I dub today Merry St. Easter.

And, I got to thinking about pseudonyms. 

I don’t want a seasonal name like Frosty.  While he is wildly popular, he falls out of favor right about the time our friendly Leprechaun drags in his pot o’gold.  Selfishly, I want to be timeless.

Then there’s the Easter Bunny.  He’s known for only one thing.  Candy, candy and more candy.  As a pen name, that might be a little too specific for me.  Even his name is tied to a specific day and would be like me picking Cupid Young as my bylineIt might make teens cringe when I try to cross over from Valentine’s Day picture books to Young Adult novels. 

Yet Santa fairs even worse for all his notariety.  He gets ripped off all the time.  Or is he the rip off?  St. Nick.  Saint Nicholas.  Father Christmas.  Papa Noel.  Kris Kringle and Sinter Klaas to name a few.  Nothing kills sales quicker than being lost in the crowd of wanna-be’s. 

And so I ask, what makes a good pen name?  How did you pick yours?  What are pseudonym do’s and don’ts? 

As readers, what makes a name easy to remember?  Or worse, forget?

~Wishing you a Merry Saint Easter and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

An Old Irish Blessing

May the wind always be at your back. 

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and the rains fall soft upon your fields. 

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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8 responses to “Merry St. Easter

  1. I was struggling with the pen name issue for awhile, (assuming that I might need one someday!), but since I couldn’t decide on one, I’ve decided to cross that bridge when I come to it. 🙂

    • I kind of like Layinda. Maybe because I’m used to you that way, but still…

      It’s unique and has class. It’s also close enough to your real name and you’ve already been using it as a cyber presence. It might be worth a consideration or two.

  2. Merry St. Easter to you as well!

    I decided on a pen name when I started blogging. I work for a pretty conservative board of ed. If I ever get to the stage where I actually publish something it’ll probably have a hint (or more) of romance in it. My board would have a fit . A great big hissy fit.

    So.. I trolled through my memory for family names & chose 2 I liked. I really do have a (great, great, great?) Aunt Jemima – but I shortened it to Jemi. Much more fun 🙂

  3. You find ideas in the neatest places.

    I don’t have a writing pseudonym, but if I did, it would probably be either V.L. Dixon or Victoria Lee. I might adopt the first if publishers felt I would otherwise not attract male readers. Lee/Lea is my middle name and might lead readers to believe I’m of Asian decent, hence my interest in Asia. However, I dislike the idea of lying to or misleading my readers, and prefer to stick with my name.

    However, I did go with a blogging id – I’m not sure why. Blogspot wanted me to have an i.d. and since I’m the progenitor of my not-China-220AD world (an early, livejournal id), I took my Dynasty’s name (Ron, pronounced Rone) and called myself Empress of all. LOL There you have the story of my lack of humility. – The Ronempress.

    • LOL, Victoria.

      I think it is perfectly acceptable to use your middle name without worrying about misleading anyone. You’re just lucky enough to have a name that can lean toward your chosen genre. Whatever you choose will be just fine. I’m sure nobody’s been out-right rejected based on their name alone.

      I love the story behind your blog name. And you rule your empire with style and grace, your Empress.

  4. I toyed with the idea of a pen name for a while, but stuck with my real name in the end. Using the second name might be a useful tool for writers who create in more than one genre, or for those whose names are hard to pronounce or are the same as an existing celebrity. I’d use a pen name if an agent or editor requested it, but probably not otherwise.

    Anyway, I have enough trouble answering to Patricia. Most of my friends and relatives call me Pat.

    • You have such a strong name to begin with. Stoltey just sounds professional. I acquired my pen name by default. It would take a lot of press to beat out the rodeo star who takes up the first ten pages on google with my real name!

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