This week’s RTW topic at YA Highway is:
If you couldn’t use your own name, what would your pseudonym or penname be?
Well, since I was born in the 70s, I have a rather bland, common name:
Jennifer Lynn (Pickrell)
My last name was unique at least, so much so that I didn’t change it after I got married. It also may have had something to do with me being lazy and not wanting to go through all the hassle.
I’ve had a variety of nicknames over the years, since half the people I went to school with were named Jennifer. One of my closest friends was also a Jennifer P. It might have gotten confusing, but she’s about six foot, outgoing and outdoorsy. I’m small and grumpy.
Mostly I was called “Pickel,” but I’m not sure I could work that into a professional name unless I wrote kids’ books:
Which would actually sort-of rock.
My mom wanted to name me “Melody,” but my dad vetoed. Thank you, dad! Nothing against the name, but I’d feel the need to be upbeat and sunshiney with a musical moniker.
“Hi, I’m Melody P.! Are you ready to Jazzercise today?!”
Later, my dad later lost all naming privileges when my mom was pregnant with my little bro and, wanting to give him a “family” name, he suggested:
(I’m not kidding)
While this is fine for a last name…can you imagine the torment of it for a first?
“Heh, heh, let me put my rod in your bush…heh”
So I guess I could go by:
J. Bushrod or J.L. Bushrod
That sounds manly and strong, like I write Jack Reacheresque best-sellers.
But I wouldn’t be able to say it without laughing.
I could go on and on with potentials, but I’ll spare you.
My purr-fect (groan) pseudonym:
It just sounds so clean and memorable. And it’s unassuming, like Peter Parker. Am I a writer or an unlikely hero?
Who cares that “Parker” is the name of my little brother’s cat? The one I named before I gave to him.
“Here’s a cat I got you, I’ve already named him! Enjoy!”
And now I’ve stolen his name.
So what about you? What would your new name be?
* This is where I stepped in and my bro has the best name ever. But since he’s a teen, I feel weird broadcasting his identity. So you’ll have to take my word for it – his name is seriously awesome.