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A Rose by Any Other Name?

Alas. Alack.

I have failed miserably in selecting a pen name. That is, I’m using my real name as my author name.

I just read an article that says your first name should have two syllables and your last name, one. Like Stephen King. And here I am with a one-syllable first name and a verboten three-syllable last-name. What to do?

Shall I henceforth become Anna Whit? I think not.

I do think saint names are cool. I once contemplated Anna Saint Whitaker.

My writer friend Cara Marsi’s maiden name was Palmarella, but she chose not to use it because she said it was too easy to misspell and mispronounce. I think she made a big mistake to ditch such a beautiful Italian name. It has character and flow, unlike the Germanic sound of “Whitaker.”

Anna Saint Whitakerella just doesn’t have the quite the same ring to it.

Anna La Whitakerella? Nay, again.

How about my maiden name “Howard”? Also Germanic.

Below are a couple of name generator sites I’ve been playing around with.

http://online-generator.com/index.php

http://generator.chucklehound.com/

Following the two-syllable/one-syllable rule I came up with “Kimi Kind” and “Zoucka Stale,” which have a nice ring to them. Or maybe my favorite author and the street I grew up on—“Bronte Sammons.”

 On second thought, I’ll stick with my real name for now.

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Blog Revival?

After a hiatus of almost three years, I’ve been thinking of reviving my blog. For one thing, I got a nice note from a woman who said she liked my novel Dog Nanny, and I think she’s now following my dead blog. I also thought, hmm, that makes three followers. My friend Lynn, my new fan, and me. Yes, I somehow clicked a button and now I’m following myself. I seem to be doing that a lot these days. 

I believe that’s why I quit blogging. That and the fact I’m too much of a perfectionist. Yes, there, I’ve admitted it. It took me forever to post just one blog because I was forever tweaking it. And playing with colors and fonts and what-not. And looking up words, like “what-not,” to see if I spelled them correctly. FYI, I am not going to look up “what-not,” so if I’ve misspelled it, I’ll just have to live with it. Unless my friend Roberta, who is not following my blog, corrects me.

Then there were the pictures. I could spend an hour searching for just the right picture to go with the blog. And sizing it and trying to decide whether it should go on the left or the right or center. Not this time. No ma’am. I am NOT going to include a picture with this blog. So there.

Holy moley! (You learn to talk like this when you teach high school for many, many years.)

Holy moley! I just looked and I suddenly have 436 followers! Where did all these people come from? I asked myself. Then I remembered clicking on a Facebook thingy, so I guess these are all my Facebook friends. The ones I abandoned about the time I quit the blog.

Anyway, with that many people following me, maybe I can quit following myself. Except it’s kind of nice to know where I’ve been.

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Online Auction for Diabetes Research

Help Find a Cure

Since I’ve been blog-challenged of late, I thought I’d piggyback off my friend Lynn Reynolds’ blog today.

Lynn is showcasing author Brenda Novak’s 5th annual online auction to raise money for diabetes research, which runs throughout the month of May. All proceeds from this year’s auction will be donated to The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami.

Brenda, whose son suffers from juvenile diabetes, has raised over $500,000 for diabetes research.

Items to be auctioned range from a personalized tour of Edgar Allen Poe’s house, celebrity autographed items, laptops, gift baskets, a high-definition TV, lunch with famous writers, vacation getaways, even a day of bridge with a famous player.

Lynn has put together a wonderful gift basket of spa items, containing bath salts, soaps, moisturizer, bath gel, a pink iPOD shuffle, and an iTunes gift card, among other items.

And if you’ve been drooling over the new Amazon Kindle, look no further. A group of writers from The Wild Rose Press are offering a Kindle and a $70 gift certificate. Bidding will continue throughout the month, so check out all the fabulous items and bid. There’s something for everyone.

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