If you use a pen name here, how did you decide on it?
My pen name is Timetraveler2. I chose this one because I am quite old now (72) but have traveled extensively in various recreational vehicles (which is why I write about that topic). Since I am married, I consider my husband to be Timetraveler1. We travel together, but it is his mechanical and driving skills that make our trips possible. So, tell me YOUR story!
I have two pen names. This is my maiden name and the name I use when publishing stuff. I just like the sound of it. My husband's name doesn't go with "Billie". My other pen name is the fictitious name I use referring to myself in some letters that I post because those letters were from my first husband and I'm not sure how all concerned would take react. (My present husband doesn't care especially if those letters can make us a few shekels.) I tried to use some similar vowel sounds in that particular pen name (assonance I believe you call it) so it's catchy. BUT, Timetraveler2, 72? quite old? Didn't you hear? Seventy is the new 50 or at the very least, 60. (That's what I'm telling myself and I'm sticking to it Cheers, Billie
I got my first web domain in 1995. A friend of mine decided that since I lived near Austin, that Austinstar would be a good name. She was right! I still own austinstar.com although I don't really use it anymore except as a backlink for all my other work. But the name has stuck and now I feel that I totally own it.
And I'm 62, but as much as I would love to travel in an RV, I can't convince my husband to pick up and go anywhere! He's a real homebody. I sometimes make trips with friends, but it's not the same as being on an adventure with my best friend. So, I stay home.
We traveled a lot when we were younger. So, I do have many memories. Especially of Hawaii where we met. And Mexico where I almost retired to. He's from Massachusetts, but never wants to go back there. He says he considers himself to be a Texan now. He eats enough barbecue to qualify, LOL!
Austinstar-always loved your name - My husband thinks a road trip means traveling 500 miles a day and stopping. That's one idea I'm trying to change. PLUS it doesn't have to be a big RV. Fuel efficient Class B's are becoming very popular.
I think I would like a conversion van. For going to the beach!
I was going to use my real name, but as I had set up an account earlier (before the Squidoo transfer) I wasn't able to use that account. The name I use is a name I devised for promoting all my different writing on social media. (roots=genealogy)
I got mine because my son loved these two colors. He refused to changed his fav color.. He was 3 years old then.
Originally here at HP my identity was established as 'tsmog'. I used it for years back when chat rooms were the rage along with a forum presence. I use it extensively with memberships and as a reviewer such as Yelp, Amazon, and etc. An example is it is my member name at eBay where I had a store in a niche market for years. 'tsmog' stuck more than the store name did with patrons. My intent was extending that seeking a brand recognition here at HP, even though I never really wrote on that niche market.
It is comprised of my initials with 'og' added. That was a nickname acronym in the workplace for old guy. At chats and forums with close circles it stood for opera ghost. An intent was to add enterprises or Ltd. to it with a formal business licensing.
I really did not understand internet marketing especially with identities until the past few years. Consider I have been online since the early new millennium. SEO? Never heard of it until joining HP some four years ago. From that doing a simple search on Google I discovered 'tsmog' kinda' was hijacked by an entity or two as 'Tsmog'.
I can see how valuable a pen name or online presence that is with a niche market. Yours is a good example. Easily the RV lifestyle can be associated to Timetraveler2 offering plausibility, reputation, and a presence of expertise / authority in a niche market.
My offline pen name I do not really wish to be associated with an online presence. It does have a small reputation with poetry anthologies. I have submitted other works too using it without luck thus far. I wish not for it to be a part of my experiments with writing such as that of 'tsmog'. I'll learn from that for offline writing.
I have two names I go by. Peeples is my maiden name. I've always been fond of it. When in foster care many of the social workers and group home leaders only called us by last name, so I got use to being called Peeples. My other name I use when doing online writing is Annsalo, which is a Spanish name given to me that I have yet to figure out what means, but since it's on my Drivers license I have kept it simply because it sounds neat.
TT2......I do have a pen name, as you can see....It's a series of initials that have very special meaning to me. There have times in the past 4 years of my time here that I thought I maybe should have used my actual name.
However, it really doesn't take long before nearly everyone becomes aware of our real names, so it's fine.
I think if I were to write elsewhere online, I may use all or at least part of my actual name. If I were to ever decide to write THAT BOOK we all have inside of us, I'd surely use my own name.....
I wrote THAT BOOK 30 years ago and updated it for Amazon as a Kindle book earlier this year. I had to use my real first and second names for it because I filed for a copyright back then and had no choice.
I'm not sure I'm allowed to do that here, but if you email me, I'll tell you!!
My pen name is Chateaudumer. It is the name of our small beach resort in Marinduque, Philippines
The purpose of my hubpage is to promote positive lifestyles. I grew up Seventh Day Adventist, which is great for that, but one fault it has is the proliferation of bulls**t rules. I wanted to promote what people CAN do to enjoy a healthy snd wholesome life. I was going to name it "Just Say Yes" (as opposed to "Just Say No to Drugs"), but that name wasn't available.
Ana Kolomeka, the pen name I use for my facts of life books, is the Hawaiian version of the name Andromeda. It's a name I've always liked; that's why I chose it.
by William Benner 4 years ago
How many of you Authors use a pen name and why?I been thinking of using a pen name and was wondering how many Authors at HP use pen names.
by Elizabeth Fairweather 18 months ago
What are your thoughts on this? I do use a pen name and I'm really torn about it. On the one hand it's convenient so that my private/public life are kept separate and I find I don't have to censor myself while writing. On the other hand, I sometimes wonder if I am not cheating...
by John Coviello 5 years ago
I am considering publishing a novel under a pen name. I'd like to set up author pages where it is published. Where can I find a legal photo of someone else that I can use as the image that goes with my pen name author profile? Thanks!
by Imogen French 4 years ago
Is it best to use a pen name or your real name on HP, and how easy is it to change your user name?I am considering a change of name here on HP, and wondering what the implications would be. Has anybody done it, or have an opinion about it?
by duffydyer 6 years ago
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by Jay M. Juster 5 years ago
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