Monday, February 9, 2015

Let's Celebrate An Epic Unveiling! + Getting Rid Of A Pseudonym!

So, about two weeks ago(in this post) I over thought everything and talked about how I kind of wanted to stop using the name Nobody. I also talked about my reasons for using the name and how I kind of just feel like I've outgrown it. Thanks to the awesome words of some of my favorite blogging friends I've decided that no it won't be that confusing, and yes I am totally going to get rid of it!

Shannon suggested doing a big reveal and I liked the idea because even though it's probably never been a big secret or all that interesting to anyone else it's kind of always been a big thing to me. I am also doing a giveaway! Mainly just because it's a big deal to me and that's enough, so let's celebrate!

Let's start with a story. So, my name rhymes with my moms, I prefer to think of it as she wanted to name me something similar to her without outright giving me her name, though my dad and brother always told it like she'd wanted to name me something similar that my dad hated and so they compromised. Anyway, back in December we went to this Christmas party and my mom was introducing me to one of her friends and their husband and so he looks at us and asks us if we planned for our names to rhyme, we just stared at him. I'm thinking, yep I totally planned it, all on my own, while my mom goes just says 'nope it was a complete surprise'. I'm still not sure he got it.

How important are names? Very. As a writer I put a lot of thought into character names, they kind of define a person, you know? I've always liked my name, I also loved using Nobody, and I love my "spy name" that I use on my writing blog, Alex Steele. I put a lot of pressure on names, okay? I love finding names I love in books and sometimes weird names just put me off a book, I never liked Tris' name! Okay, it was better when she went by Tris instead of Beatrice, but still! So, basically names are important and this post is all about them!

I asked for some submissions, just names with origin stories and cool facts. so I will share those next! Two of these are just little comments that I am counting because...I want to...hope that's okay! =/

Axie saidThe origin story(of her name) is a little embarrassing though... (I was named after a character in a romance novel, lulz). 

Petra said: "I tried googling my name, but as I suspected, it kind of sucks (I like my name, but not it's origin). Petra is the female version of Petrus (or Petros), and that's about it. Like, thank you for the originality..? :)"

And Shannon said:
10 States have towns named Shannon
3 countries have cities named Shannon: New Zealand, Ireland, and Greenland

Origin of the name Shannon:
Anglicized form of the Irish Seanán, which is a diminutive of sean (old, wise). Alternatively, Shannon can be a borrowing of the name of the longest river in Ireland. It is believed to be derived from the Gaelic sean (old) and abhann (river). Sidenote: I am not Irish in any way. I have an Irish first name, a Polish last name (I am, though, extremely Polish!) and my mom is Italian! 

Shannon was most popular in the year 1976 (#17) (I was not alive then. Or for many subsequent years.) 

Also, thank you three so much!

The Origin Of My Name, found on my favorite name related website Behind The Name:

Variant of SHEILA, influenced by the spelling and sound of KAYLA - Wow, that was helpful. Funnily enough, my mom wanted to originally name me Sheila.

From a different website!

- Your first name of Shayla has given you a quick-minded, sensitive nature. Hmm, sounds likely.

- It gives you a creative ability in art, music, singing, or fancywork and an appreciation for refined surroundings. Does writing count? Then yes.

- Your sociable nature expresses affection, kindness, and thoughtfulness to the extent that it is difficult for you not to be affected by others and governed by your emotions, rather than by logic and reason. Well, I try to deny it but this is pretty true.

- As you respond to love and encouragement from others, your romantic and dreamy nature can easily lead you into love affairs. While I haven't had any "love affairs" the romantic and dreamy part cannot be denied.

- Your desire for peace at any price can result in going out of your way to avoid arguments and confrontation or hurting the feelings of others. Yes, definitely. It's very hard, actually.

- Also, budgeting can be a problem as you enjoy spending money and can easily ignore being practical. This is embarrassingly true!

Well, that was fun! The big reveal, revealed above, my name is Shayla though actually I mostly go by Shay which is what I am changing my name on everything too! No longer will I be the best Nobody(though that was probably the nicest thing anyone every said to me, thanks Petra!), it's weird because I'm not just giving up a name on my blog but in real life where since I was like 12 I'd dreamed of publishing a book written by Nobody. *sigh*

Okay, you've listened to me ramble long enough though really this was such a fun post to write! On to the giveaway, which is international, as long as the Book Depository ships to you, and the prize is a book(obviously), winner gets to choose one book off of my list of favorite fantasy books, which is listed below! Why fantasy? Because they tend to have the best names!

The giveaway will run to the end of the month and all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecoopter down below!

1. International, as long as the Book Depository ships to you
2. No cheating! I will be checking entries!
3. Winner has 48hours to reply before I pick a new one.

Winner picks 1 of the following(unless that book happens to be sold out!)!


(exceptions: if the book is part of a series (mostly I listed first books in a series), and you have the first and want the second or third or so on, I will do that as long as it part of one of the series listed above and not a preorder)


  1. Hi Shay, nice to meet you! :) Wow, your name's superpretty, by the way. And I really liked this post too. :)
    ps. my favorite name is Saga (which, in Sweden, is a girl's name).

    1. Haha, nice to meet you too! And thanks, I'm pretty happy with it. =)

      I like Saga, really cool name!

  2. Love your name! It is so pretty. Nice to meet you for real. :)

  3. LOVE your name! It's pretty :)

    My favorite name is Mabel :)

    thank you so very much :)

    1. Thank you!

      Mabel's a good name, it makes me think of marmalade though, I don't know why... =)

  4. lol at your mom's sarcasm. I loved the big reveal. Nice to meet you (sort of) Shay. :) You have a lovely name.

    1. Haha, thank you! Yeah we(my siblings and I) get all our sarcasm from my mom! =)

  5. For a while, my favourite name's been Ava... I have no idea why but it just stuck! XD

    I also sometimes like to come up with Fantasy names, such as Iltrea or Aksharna. *shrugs* I like Iltrea, I guess.

  6. Thanks for the chance! my favorite name is Emma :)

  7. My favorite name would be Penryn :)

  8. I LOVE your name! I knew it was Shay, but I never knew it was Shayla! So very pretty :) I love the story about the moron that thinks your mom doesn't know that she used a name that rhymed with hers. Like all these years, she'd never figured that out ;)

    I am very interested in names too. I love them! My kids names are Sam and Lena, so obviously I love those. Some other favorites are Georgia (I really wanted to have a baby named Georgia! Maybe a character, I suppose!), Abram, Julian, Gemma... well, I could go on for days, so I'll leave it at that ;)

  9. YAYAYYAYA. Except I knew your name was Shay MUHAHHAHA. No JUST KIDDING I'LL LET YOU HAVE YOUR REVEAL :D :D But yeah names are really cool, I've always liked the name Madeline, but I also really really like my own name already, Valerie. SO BAM.

    GOODBYE NOBODY HELLO SHAY! It would be cool to author a book as Nobody though.

  10. Alex Steele was a spy name?! I legit told you "You have a really good author name", ahahahaha. But Shay's pretty badass as well, haha. Anyway, thanks for the giveawayyyy. My favorite name would probably be a name that is like long, but then can be shortened. Also if it comes from something in pop culture. Like having the name "Maxwell" after the Beatles' song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", but then just calling yourself "Max". ANYWAY. YAYAYAYAY.

  11. I don't think I really have a favorite name, or if I do, I change them very often. Right now, I really, really like the Romanian name Alina. I think it's super pretty.

    ~Anatea xx


    I'm so glad you decided to go through with it and that you're happy with the change!! So, favorite names of mine? Well, hmm. I don't have favorites, but I do base part of the reason why I read books on them! Haha. I think you're right, that as a writer, they're so very important (sometimes it takes me FOREVER to come up with character names). I do have a story with a character named Kit right now, and I LOVE it. :)

  13. I don't have a favorite name, it changes every so often. At the moment I really love Chloe.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  14. I like the name Shay! Has a nice sound to it! :)

    My favourite name is Tyson - well for a guy anyways!

  15. I kinda like Selena because I always wished my name was spelled like that :)

  16. Nice to meet you, Shay!! I think that's a lovely name! Well, my three kids' names are Jaden, Danielle and Noah, so I guess those have to be my favorites, right? Although, I've always been partial to Zoe for a girl as well - if Jaden had been a girl, he would have been named Zoe. It was on the list of "possibles" for Danielle as well, but we waited until she was born to actually name her, and she just didn't seem like a Zoe to us. Kind of funny, right? Anyway, congrats on the name coming out party and thanks for the chance to win!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  17. HI SHAY!!!! Very nice to meet you ;) I have a little issue with my name, Charnell, because it's weird and one I have never come across anywhere else or met another one. People always pronounce it wrong and I hear 'That's an unusual name' all the time. So I've come to dislike my own name. My favourite name though.... I have no idea! My cousin recently named her baby Teaiira, which is pronounced Tee-air-rah, which sounded weird at first and has grown on me, now I absolutely LOVE the name.

  18. Asher, but only because we named our son it. And since he is the best kid, Asher is the best name.

  19. I've always loved the name Phyllis :)

  20. YAY YOU REVEALED YOUR NAME. I ALWAYS FELT BAD CALLING YOU A NOBODY. I MEAN - NOBODY. YEAH, THAT. Anywoo, Hiya Shay! My mom and dad didn't go for riginality, either. Seriously, when I was in high school, I had a class with five Sarahs. Five. FIVE

  21. I've always liked the name Felicia and I ended up naming my daughter that!

  22. You have an amazing list, I haven't read Ithem all, but the books i have read, I love them and the books i haven't read them, they are in my TRB.
    Other of my favorites are Mistborns and Warbreaker both by Brandon Sanderson and All book by Juliet Marillier.

    haha, and yes, I love fantasy names, they are the best, they are charming and originals

    1. The names I love are for boy Elend, Valek or Faolan
      and girl Neryn, Nimue or Lyra

  23. I guess I'm old-fashioned in that I like names like William or Deborah where you can have a variety of nicknames, if you so desire.

    Bonnie Hilligoss - bonnie at bonnieanddave dot com

  24. I really like William and Sophie

  25. Your name is really pretty. :)

    I like a lot of names but some of my favorites are Mireille, Saoirse and Cillian.

  26. My favorite name is Michelle. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  27. Nothing wrong with the name Toast. It is both delicious and easy to rhyme with. I might just be hungry though.

  28. My favorite names are Lila, Camilla, and Harper. Because I can't pick just one!