Writing & Reading

What’s in a Name?

    Okay, first of all, let me explain the name.  A few years ago, during one of my many, many talk therapy sessions, my counselor asked me to make three lists: one with at least ten adjectives that I liked, one with at least ten present participles (verbs ending in “ing”) that I liked, and one with at least ten nouns that I liked.  Alright, so, not that hard, but I was feeling pretty grumpy at the time (I was in talk therapy for a reason after all), so I went ahead and chose such inspiring words as muddy, cantankerous, weeping, and door.  But then the better part of me got the better of me (I can’t explain it, but somehow it usually does), and I started choosing words like expanding, soaring, chanting, sunshine, music, rife, compassionate, and succulent. 

    So I brought these words to my sainted counselor, and she told me to write each word down on a small piece of paper, keeping each category separate, in it’s own pile.  Then she asked me if I wanted to hear a slightly off-color and possibly politically incorrect joke.  I’m pretty sure my face was a mixture of bemusement and bewilderment as I shrugged and said, “What the hell?”  So she told me about a young man who goes to see his tribe’s shaman to ask how each person in the tribe gets his or her name.  And the shaman explained, “When a baby is born, the shaman goes to visit it, and the first thing the shaman sees as he exits the infant’s home becomes the newborn’s name.  So, why do you ask, Two Dogs Screwing?”

     And then my counselor asked me to pick, without looking, one piece of paper from each of those three little piles. 

    Audacious Singing Moonlight—my new moniker, for what purpose I couldn’t then imagine.  Even now, it’s seems a tiny bit erroneous and not a little, um, what’s the word . . . new-age-y?

    I suppose I can deal with the Singing bit  It’s a little sappy, but the truth is that I am a singer and I love singing. 

    Moonlight?  Well, my given name is Diana, so I guess I come by that one fairly honestly as well (vampire narratives notwithstanding). 

    But Audacious?  I’m really not very, if at all.  I’m a rule follower.  I even obey the speed limit—most of the time.  And I’m scared of just about everything—starting this blog for instance.  But you know, it could have been worse.  I had clandestine and sweaty on that list of adjectives, too.  My new alias could have been Macabre Laughing Tree.  No kidding.

    So I guess I’ll just have to find a way to grow into this Audacious Singing Moonlight persona.  And, if you’re up for it, I invite you to come with, to read along as I challenge myself to write this blog in not more than one hour per day (I have other, hopefully more profitable, writing I’m supposed to be doing), but to also keep it fresh and meaningful and, well, good writing.  I bid you to accompany me as I dare myself to express my audacity (it must be in there somewhere) and to sing my moonlight.

    Oh, God help me, I really am sappy.  (Sigh.)

9 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?”

  1. This absolutely delighted my heart. It promises to be a marvelous blog and I am jumping up and down waving pom-poms in your general direction. More! More! And, er, excuse me but I think you ARE audacious indeed. And a fine thing, too.

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  2. I think that I won in the “writing late” category, because it is 1:30 a.m. in Monterrey, and here I am awake as an owl, but I enjoyed so much your first blog that it does not matter what time is it. Congratulations!! I am sure this is the first of many blogs.

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  3. I asked for your kindness, and I have received it. Thank you so much all you lovely people for your enthusiasm and support. I hope you find something worthwhile to you here each and every day.

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  4. I am apparently a little late jumping on the band wagon, but I am also VERY proud and happy for you…I think the name fits you perfectly…did you know one of the definitions for audacious is “extremely original, without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive” I have always felt that you are the most audacious person I know (and I don’t think that’s a reflection on me…after all I worked for over 5 years in the hotel & restaurant business).

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  5. Okay, so I did my assignment. I got distracted and picked twice from one pile, so here it goes: “freeing, cooperating open-minded enthusiasm.” What do you think? Feeling kinda one-track minded here! Not enough creativity! This stuff is hard!!! 😉

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    1. Brava, Freeing, Cooperating Open-minded Enthusiasm! Maybe your mind only needs one track right now–and you just need to stay on it and see where it takes you! (Ooh, that sounds exciting!)

      Anyone else want to pick and share a new name?

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