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How Do They Come Up with These Names?

Have you ever read a book, watched a movie, or eaten at a restaurant that has such an unusual name or title that you couldn’t figure out where it came from? Take a look at this.


This is a restaurant called Bikkuri Donkey. That means Surprising Donkey. I’ve eaten there. It’s a hamburg steak restaurant. There are no donkeys and I was never surprised. So why this name? Anyone have any suggestions?

Have a strange name or title you can’t figure out? Share it in the comments.

Blog Name Change

I’ve decided to change the name of this blog, but I’d like your input. I have four names in mind.

Sausages and Cream

Spatula Dreams

Denizens of the Palaeozoic

Ugly Bags of Mostly Water

I had another in mind, but it might be too offensive to some people. But you may consider it.

Shut Up, Wesley

So, what do you think? Which do you like?

Pseudonym or Real Name?

I’m sure every author has to decide this some time.  Do you use a pseudonym or stick with your real name?

I guess there are advantages and disadvantages to both.  If you use a pseudonym, you can have a degree of privacy.  It also allows you to write different genres under different names and keep them separate.  If you’re a best-seller, maybe you won’t be recognised in public.  Disadvantages?  That’s a tough one.  Maybe it feels like it’s separate from yourself, even though it is you.

As for using your real name, I think it’s closer to you.  It is yours, not your pseudonym’s.  And when people meet you, it really is you.  You’re not known as another name, so they can actually address you with your name.  I think it would feel strange if people addressed me with a different name.  But on the other hand, you’re easier to find online.  Less privacy.

In my case, I’m using my real name.  It’s a fairly uncommon name, but not a difficult one.

What do you think?  Do you have a pseudonym?  Or do you prefer to use your real name?