What's in a Name?

Posted by Ayna Ravan on May 10, 2010 at 8:18 PM

It's been awhile since I've checked in with any of you and it's time I got back into the swing of things!  I had a bad bout with pneumonia a couple of months ago and any signs of routine were blown right out of the water.  Yes, I did finish the one short story, Stashed, but there have been no more openings and very little happening on this site.  It's time to start over and get the ball rolling once again.

There have been a few changes since the last check-in.  Emily has gone to work and though unable to attend the weekly Scribble sessions will still be posting as a Scribbler, after all she is our resident poet!

Gathering Grove, our Scribbler's Central for meetings, has closed its doors.  We were saddened to lose this wonderful coffee and books place in Everett, but the word is it will be replaced soon by something similiar called Books & Beans.  Looking forward to it.

The big change you might have noticed is in my name.  I've decided to use my pen-name, aka, nom de plum, on this site and so have changed everything to Ayna Ravan.  I want to start submitting short stories soon and as I'll be do that under my pen-name it would be appropriate to change everything writing related to the same name.  Raven is a family name from a few generations back and Ayna is a variation of my middle name.

I've thought about a pen-name for a very long time and considered the pros and cons of using such.  But when it comes down to it, I've started a new career and it calls for celebratory way of proclaiming it.  A new name is my way of doing such.

What, you may ask, have I been writing - if not openings and short stories - while I've been away from the site for the past few months?  I've gone back to work on the novel that got me started writing stories instead of plays, Spiritus, a tale set in 6 B.C.E in the holy lands.  It concerns a group of women of the old religion, nature oriented, as they find their way of life is being systematically stamped out by the Tribes of Man.  That's all I'll tell you for now.  I'm 10k words into it with 7 years worth of research notes and plotting.  I'm having a delightful time with my characters, and I believe they are enjoying it as well.

Other than that I'm also collaborating on a new musical as lyricist and composer which has got my mind humming, literally.  I won't be posting any openings for a few more weeks while I work to rebuild my before-illness routines.  But I will check in here more often.

I would like to know what you think of my new name as an author.  Please add your comment to this post.

Love and Laughter,


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