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 byline. It 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.
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.