Wednesday, January 11, 2012

RTW: Pseudonym? (With poll!)

Every week YA highway has a Road Trip Wednesday where you visit different blogs. This week their question was:

What would your pseudonym be?

Honestly I can't imagine being anyone other than Cassi.  I've thought about this question before and always am like "but I like my name."

Part of why I like my name (Cassi Haggard) is because Haggard is the type of last name that you have to learn to love.  The word has all kinds of negative connotations.   Mainly that people immediately jump to the word "hag" or those with a wider vocabulary realize the current definition of haggard is tired, gaunt and worn down.  That's not me!  I'm pretty hyper and high energy actually.

Because I am a nerd, in college we had to write a paper researching the etymology of a word. I chose haggard because it was both a word and my last name.  Do you know what the earliest definition was?  "Of a hawk: caught aft having assumed the adult plumage; hence wild;untamed: said also of an own."  Oh Oxford English Dictionary I could kiss you!  Because being a little untamed is a far cry from being worn down.

But I am completely ignoring the question aren't I?  Because that's my name and I just wrote about how I stubbornly don't want to give up my name.

Well if I must then I would still choose a family name.  Cassi Carnes sounds rather nice doesn't it?  And Carnes reminds me of my roots, good ole Stinkin' Creek, Kentucky, where my family originates from.  I'm proud to be a Kentuckian and wouldn't want to pretend to be from anywhere else in the world.  If I couldn't have Cassi I would probably pick an old family name.  They had tons of kids so I could choose from lots.

Here are some of the more interesting choices: Millie, Dicey, Cordie, (There are some names that I'm unsure of the gender like Vantlee and Nebraska), Corddia, Axie, Jula, Effie, Loetra, Mahala, Novella, Silvania, Thursey, etc

Seriously I wonder if they ran out of names because they had some many children.  But some of these like Axie and Thursey repeat!

Since I can't pick will you?

  • Thursey
  • Axie
  • Vantlee
  • Silvania
  • Cordie
  • Dicey
  • Loetra
  • Novella
  • Mahal

Because everyone always wonders about the name Stinking Creek I'll show you that it's really a beautiful place.  Every time I look at pictures it reminds me of a perfect summer day.


Colin Smith said...

If you *had* to pick a pseudonym (and I'm all for keeping your own name), how about Cassi Nebraska. Although, to me it conjures up images of prairies and that kind of Western romance type of novel. Of course, Cassi Novella would work for a novelist. :) Both of these have a nice flow to them.

veela-valoom said...

They were all first names in our family history (All Carnes actually). And some of them like Axie & Thursey repeat.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

How about Thursey-Axie Repeat?

Anonymous said...

I voted for Silvania. Cassi Silvania stands out to me and the names go well together. Also sounds quite fantastical as well so if you ever write fantasy that's a great name to have!

Unknown said...

Hello, fellow Kentuckian! I like Cordie the best. Short for Cordelia, I'm guessing? Cassi Cordelia. Two first names, but it flows in a neat way. :)

E.Maree said...

Love Cassi Nebraska and Cassi Cordie out of all the suggestions so far. :) Cassi is a great name, and I love the hawk/untamed connotations of your surname (and the fact that you're the polar opposite of it's modern meaning, that's brilliantly memorable). :D

Alex Villasante said...

I think they called it stinking creek to keep it secret - it looks like paradise.
I went with Axie, it just jumped out at me and I think that's a good thing when in a book store and scanning the shelves!

Bookluvr Mindy said...

Yay! My choice is winning! LoL

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Jaime Morrow said...

I chose Thursey. I don't know why, but there's something about it that I like :)

veela-valoom said...

I actually don't think Cordie is short for anything unless it's Corddia (which also showed up).

Silvania is such an odd name for Kentucky don't you think? My people are all Scotch-Irish mountain folk. You have no idea how many boys are named Coon in the family history.

Axie is actually my favorite too. It's cute and catchy.

Sometimes I want to move to Stinking Creek where there's only dial-up internet and no cellphone signal and just take pictures, garden and write. It's lovely. It's actually named Stinking Creek because someone through a dear in the headwaters a looooong time ago and they just named it that. It's one of my favorite places on the planet.