What’s up with the name?

I’m a curious person; I think that’s a given for writers. Today I’m curious about the “names” you go by: your blog name, user name, Twitter handle, email identity, whatever. Why did you choose them? What do they mean to you? Do you wish you had chosen differently, but now it’s too late to change it?

I’ll go first. My blog name: Out of My Mind is meant to refer to where my writing comes from, not my mental state. I was new to the blog world when I started mine, which I’d already determined would focus on my experiences as a writer, so it’s appropriate in that sense, but now that I’ve seen so many other thoughtful, funny, or evocative blog names, I wish I’d given my blog name more thought.

My Twitter handle: Since we’re aiming for name recognition, I tried for the obvious, but Twitter said no. So, cassidylewis is the closest I could get. What can I say?

My WordPress user name and biz email identity are the same: lindacassidylewis … surprise! For personal email I use my studioelle account, which is one I created several years ago when I worked as a part-time portrait artist and website designer. I used just my first and married names for those personas (Linda Lewis) so “Studio L” it was.

Humor me here on this Fun Friday post. What’s behind your names?

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39 thoughts on “What’s up with the name?

  1. I use a nom de plume because I don’t want people getting confused between my writing and my business. I chose a very distinctive avatar (the duck end) that I use on all social media sites.

    If you’re going to brand, start now! You don’t want to be changing it pre-book launch 😉

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    1. So you’re not Merilee? It’s a bit disconcerting to find out some of you are not who I thought you were. (Like I knew you. :D)

      If I were a genre writer, I think I would have picked a pen name fitting with that genre, but since I’m not, nor do I have anything to hide or a business persona to protect, I guess I’ll stick with my real name.

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      1. Well, in a way I am Merrilee. I’ve been using the name for long enough now that it feels like me. And it’s not like I have a different personality to go with the name – this is just me 🙂

        L C Lewis is a fine name to publish under 🙂

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        1. I thought of that, but when I say L C I hear Elsie and that’s really not me. 🙂 Also, when you go by your initials, what name do people call you? I could go by Lydia, which is what my husband calls me, but that’s not really any better than Linda. My father called me Sissie. My aunt called me Kitten. Oh heck, maybe I’ll just go by L. No, wait! I’ll just use some hieroglyphic instead of a name. 😀

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          1. I didn’t mean to imply that you should only use your initials, just that L C Lewis would look good on a book cover 🙂

            It comes down to what you are comfortable with.

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  2. My blog started out as Nancy Drew Too because that’s been an alter-ego for many many years. But as my blog has moved almost exclusively toward writing (with an occasional recipe thrown in for good measure), the sub-heading: Write Brain::Left Mind fits better.

    I will probably use a pseudonym for my *break-away novel* — should this ever occur! My real last name is unusual/hard to pronounce/hard to spell. I picked a pseudonym I really like and then discovered that there is already an author with a similar (but not identical) name. Sigh.

    The short fiction and poetry I’ve had published is under my real name.

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      1. Not really. Contemporary fiction with a dash of humor (I hope) and some quirky characters muddling their way through life, looking for meaning, love, and outstanding fish tacos. (I just made that up about the fish tacos — now I have to stick it in somewhere!!)

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        1. So, is there a reason why you want to use one name for your short fiction and another for your novels? Will you continue to write short fiction under your current name or change after you’re published as a novelist? Sorry, I told you I’m curious. 😉

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  3. T.A. Olivia is a pen name. I write under one because the sensative nature of my husbands employment and his security clearences. Only a handlful of people even know my real first name. I don’t really like using a pseudo for the most part. It makes me feel like a fraud at times.

    The identity Darksculptures is one I’ve had for years. It’s left over from when I used to paint and Sculpt as a means of emotional relief. It has tagged along with me since then. I’ve had the same email accounts for so long with this name I figured why bother to change to something else. Of course at the time I didn’t think anyone would actually read my blog. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for interrupting your sabbatical to respond to my question. I’ve been especially curious about your names. I had no idea pen names were so popular! So, since you’re using initials, after you’re published, how will you ask people to address you? Is there a first name behind “T”?

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  4. Trista Olivia – I just thought it had that writer feel to it. 😉

    But after playing with fonts I realized T.A. looks better on the book spine. So, that is what stuck to the wall. — T.A. Olivia. I’m sure an agent will have me change it at some point.

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  5. My name is actually Indigo. Thankfully not a lot of people go by that name.

    My blog title : Shattered Prose, came about due to the fact, I didn’t want to write like anyone else…therefore shattering an image.

    My email is a take off from my last name Ravenwood – ravensquietscreams. I’m deaf so that’s kind of self explanatory.

    My twitter name sageraven is an anagram of my middle name and the first part of my last name.

    Eventually I imagine some of these elements will have to change in order for me to be more prolific, but for now that’s the gist of it. (Hugs) Indigo

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    1. I love your name, Indigo. And you apparently gave a lot of thought to choosing your blog, email, and twitter names; they’re perfect for you. Whether your prose shatters an image or not, you write beautifully.

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