"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." How about a lotus? It has other names: Nymphaea and Water Lily. Here's one from Monet's garden in Giverny.
They're amazing and beautiful and symbolic. I love them, and I identify with them. Part of it is that as a child a family friend called me Lotus Blossom. I always loved that. It made me feel like I was beautiful and special like a lotus blossom. With a given name like Lois, people were constantly giving me nicknames. That was fine by me. I thought my name was old fashioned and lame. It stuck out wherever I went. Spelling it was a problem. Pronouncing it was a problem. I've been called Louis and Louise more times than I can count. Even my mother, who I was named after, didn't go by Lois. It was even old fashioned in her generation.
I have made peace with my name over the years, and now I like it. If someone comes into a room and calls for me. I know it's for me. There are not 10 people named Lois in any given room ever. (Maybe at a Lois convention, but otherwise...) There have been a few times in my life when there have been 2, but you get my drift. It's unique, and that works for me now.
I was chatting with a friend yesterday about the name of my blog, my username, a possible pen name, and my real name. As an author, what do we do with our names? We want people to be able to remember them. We want it to pop up with us first on the list of google searches. We want our blogs accessible and welcoming. What to do?
When I first set up my blog, I wasn't really thinking about all that. I was looking more to being incognito. I like my privacy and was concerned about putting myself out there on the world wide web. Now I'm thinking I should have done things differently. I'm thinking that before I do much more with this blog that maybe I should set up one with a more accessible name. No one, as yet, has been able to get "domus muscida" on the first go round, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th either for that matter. What? You're not all Latin scholars?
And Lotusloq as a username may have to go too. It's short for Lotusloquax which is what I use on Livejournal. It means "speaking lotus."
I think I would like to keep the Lotus part. It has depth, meaning, and beauty like the flower, and I think using Nymphaea is fraught with double entendre that I don't want. Haha!
Do you have any ideas out there? What do you think? Should I change? Should I make everyone bend to my geeky ways? Any name ideas?
Maybe I should go with just the English: Speaking Lotus or Lotus speaking? or Lotus Blossom Moss? haha! Can you see I'm floundering? Help! Please!