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Road Trip Wednesday #113: Pseudonyms


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This Week's Topic

If you couldn't use your own name, what would your pseudonym or penname be?

Road Trip Song of the Week:
"That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings
Kody Keplilnger

Kody is the NYT bestselling author of The DUFF, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare, all from Little Brown/Poppy, as well as Lying Out Loud, Run, and the middle grade novel The Swift Boys and Me, from Scholastic. Born and raised in Kentucky, she now lives in NYC.

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54 comments:

  1. I'm already using a pseudonym: Ann Elise Monte. My real name is harder to spell, harder to remember and easier to make up insults with.

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  2. Um... i think i know the answer to this one http://beck-nicholas.blogspot.com/2012/01/rose-by-any-other-name.html

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  3. It'll be interesting to see some of the replys this gets, as I've seen a few stories in the past about people who've changed it to reflect or ignore Maiden name changes, or because they simply 'didn't like' their own name. To mix metaphors, it seems like a bit of a pot-luck minefield.

    A particularly sad case I saw once was when a small publisher told a 14-year-old girl to use a psuedonym because her birth name, something with 'Cod' in it, would make people think of fish... way to give the girl issues. >:(

    My own response is over here.

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  4. Good one! Here is my post where I reveal my first name :-)

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  5. Good morning, Day Trippers! It's been a while and it's good to be back.

    Here's mine:

    http://www.crowriverwriter.blogspot.com/2012/01/on-road-again-name-by-any-other-name.html

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  6. http://readingontheftrain.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-pseudonyms.html

    This one was easy for me!

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  7. I'm attached to my name, because it's mine, but I gave it a whirl: Under Duress

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  8. I'm already using a pen name too.

    Here's mine:
    http://jennhoffine.blogspot.com/2012/01/road-trip-wednesday-whats-in-name.html

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  9. This was fun! My post is here: http://lo-hughes.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-pseudonyms.html

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  10. Another great topic. Here's mine:

    http://cindythomasbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/road-trip-wednesday-pseudonyms.html

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  11. Great topic! Here's me and Quita's answer:

    http://seepamwrite.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-whats-in-name.html

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  12. Well, it would be Amy Renske, of course! Here's Why.

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  13. Fun! http://jenniferpickrell.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/rtw-meow-come-on-my-pseudonym-makes-sense/

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  14. So wow, I had a lot more thoughts on the topic of Pseudonyms than I thought I did.

    Here they are, plus a rant on IPA :)

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  15. I'm seeing a name theme the last few days . . . but naming characters (and your persona) is half the fun!

    here's mine or http://angelicarjackson.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-whoooo-are-you.html

    I'll check out everyone's later today; I unfortunately haven't had time any longer to go through all 30+ posts. But a comment on mine always gets you a comment in return, and if an RTW post shows up in my feed because I already follow your blog (unless you have light writing on a dark background in your blog design--can't read those).

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  16. what a fun topic!! Mine is here

    http://marilynalmodovar.blogspot.com/2012/01/ya-highway-whats-in-name.html

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  17. Well...that took about five seconds: http://ariannasterling.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-pseudonyms.html.

    Teehee.

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  18. Ah, this is so perfect for me this week! http://karamtaylor.com/2012/01/11/rtw-noms-de-plume/

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  19. Here's mine: http://thewordsonpaper.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-call-me.html

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  20. I'm curious to see all the answers.
    You can read mine here:
    http://theresa-foreverours.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-penname.html

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  21. I couldn't think of one so I used the Fake Name Generator to come up with one for me.

    http://daydreamertowriter.blogspot.com/2012/01/whats-in-name.html

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  22. This turned a bit philosophical...

    http://www.chelseyblair.com/2012/01/road-trip-wednesday-pseudonyms.html

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  23. Here's mine!

    http://www.sarahenni.com/2012/01/11/rtw-my-nom-de-plume/

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  24. Here's mine: http://aliciagregoire.blogspot.com/2012/01/name-game.html

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  25. Here's mine:

    http://karensandler.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/rtw-a-rose-by-any-other-name/

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  26. Fun topic! http://www.rebeccabehrens.com/2012/01/rtw-name-change.html

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  27. Here's mine.

    http://katescottwrites.com

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  28. My very first time joining RTW. A good way to start.
    http://lifedebatable.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-whats-in-name.html

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  29. My answer...
    http://functioninginsanity.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-pseudonym.html

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  30. I love this topic! Everyone's responses are wonderful. I love this because dealing with the topic of pseudonyms really brought out my pride in my own name.

    Here's my own experience, and the origin of my name.

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  31. This one was really tough for me

    http://writerschasm.blogspot.com/2012/01/rtw-pen-names.html

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  32. I have a pen name in mind, but I don't know if I should use it...

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  33. I liked this post a lot! I've often wondered if I should use my legal name, or if I should use a penname. So, I'm letting you all decide which one sounds better!
    http://vickiorians.blogspot.com

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  34. Great topic!

    Here's mine.

    Can't wait to read about everyone else's noms de plume!

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  35. I have three very specific reasons for using a penname. http://sarahnicolas.com/blog/2012/01/rtw-my-penname/

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  36. New to the game!
    Here's mine: http://rosewoodpencilbox.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-first-roadtrip-wednesday-or-hopping.html

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  37. Mine:

    http://beyondthepenofwords.blogspot.com/2012/01/road-trip-wednesday-pseudonyms.html

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  38. SO HARD! I really like my name. So as a fun cop-out I made a poll that includes some of the most interesting names from my family history.

    Choose my Pseudonym

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  39. Here is my first one!

    http://amandanicolemiller.blogspot.com/2012/01/road-trip-wednesday-penname.html

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  40. Is Chenoa Fawn a pseudonym?

    Even the phrase 'nom de plume' stirs the imagination! I look forward to visiting the previous posts ...

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  41. My real name is Arabic and NO ONE pronounces it right! Even my mom can only pronounce my first name (she's not Arabic, my dad's side is from Lebanon but my mom's, well, white). My pseudonym, hands down, would be Venus something, maybe just Venus. I don't know why, but I've loved that name since I was little.

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