I originally called this blog Cuisine of Loneliness because that was the title of my work in progress.
It might not have been a smart move to name a blog after a working title. If published, the title could be changed, or I very well might be trying to publish other works. Did I want to shop around a manuscript called Trillium Lie and reference a blog named Cuisine of Loneliness? I wanted to get going with blogging and thought I’d use that moniker to get set up. Almost a year later and I still have that title attached to this blog. Why? I hadn’t come up with anything else.
At one point I was going to do a blog called Writer in the Middle. Somewhere on the Internet there is a blog with that title. It was going to be the blog for my writing group, WURDZ. I don’t recall how we selected the letters, but according to my post, at first we had Turdz. As you can imagine, we changed that immediately! We each made up a statement to fit the acronym. Of the two that were mentioned on our blog, one member chose Writer Under the Rule of the Dream Zone. She writes fantasy. When it was pointed out to me that I had a t in place of the d–I believe I have some very mild dyslexia–I came up with Writing Ultimately Raises Details of Zeugma. (How many Z words can you come up with that have some relationship to writing?)
The WURDZ blog was titled Writer in the Middle. Apparently it didn’t even reach my dreaded fourth post. For many reasons, I still like that as the name for a blog. Some reasons that fit for the group included, we live in the middle of the country and we’re sort of middle-aged. It works for me because I’m in the middle of figuring out if I’m a women’s fiction writer, although I believe I write in the space between literary and mainstream. I’ve got a manuscript titled Man in the Middle. I’m in the middle of manuscripts, as well as mid-career.
Just now, while proofing this post, The Space Between popped up as an idea. There do seem to be a few blogs that have a rift on this name so I’d probably have to call it The Space Between: Literary and Mainstream, or some other variation.
Recently I was thinking about the college application process. When I was looking for schools, the advice was to apply to three colleges and make one your safety school. Immediately a new name occurred to me, one that struck me as a metaphor for my life, at least as far as writing and career are concerned. Wait-listed at My Safety School! For me, that is a more unique way of saying, “Never the bride, always the bridesmaid,” or something equivalent. Many will view that as negative, but I think it is hilarious. Isn’t laughing at yourself and your plight a positive? For the record, I was accepted at Union College in Schenectady, a highly ranked private school currently boasting the #1 college hockey team in the nation. I’ve always been very happy with that choice.
For a moment I panicked. Last month I finally had some business cards made, and I couldn’t remember if I’d put a blog name on it. Luckily, I didn’t, only my url.
Which blog title would you choose? Writer in the Middle, Wait-listed at My Safety School, or The Space Between? Any other suggestions?