a rose by any other name is just plain silly

please bear with me here
this is a little silly and I hope you don’t mind
it’s about a name
specifically, mine
I’m preparing to self-publish an illustrated book of verse
(or implode which ever comes first)
contemplating the horrors that are marketing and social media
I know there will be no shoving of any kind
no please, please, please like me
or buying readers lollipops (well, I might give lollipops)
while mulling over cover designs
then considering over-stimulated memories, over-saturated book shelves and over-saturated markets
I started pondering the length of my name much like Ebenezer Scrooge had to ponder the length of his chains
I began wishing my name wasn’t so name-ish
lyrical names: Virginia Woolf, J.K.Rowling, Mary Shelley, Maya Angelou, Sylvia Plath
these spectacular writers have glorious memorable names in equal measure
my name
just way too long (and a little funny;))
AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack
when I attempted a wee bit of creative retooling ‘odd’ things ensued
a rosekiss
well, I looked that up in the urban dictionary
anus kissing–this is not good on any day
(unless we’re speaking figuratively and I might have to at some point;))
wet between the ears and a migraine from stampeding animals
and my personal favorite
Ann R.K.
say this fast
and your present state turns immediately into disorder
the next attempt was a whimsical nom de plume
the best I could do was Ann Merlot
(this suggested by 2 women both over 80 years of age)
unsure, I queried a dear, intrepid writing friend
who suggested Ann Merlot might go well in a nightclub
(a very dark nightclub with shiny poles)
she smartly and wisely put me back on the path to name normalcy
so if and when this book of mine surfaces
as the leaves begin falling off the trees
and you once again dream of sugar plums and lollipops;)
there just might be a book somewhere out there
by a silly gal who goes by the name–
AnnMarie Roselli
set in bold, sans serif, 18 point type

oh yea, thanks DS

Pencil Cap


10 thoughts on “a rose by any other name is just plain silly

  1. Ann R.K. Or Ann R. Key. I like it:) But your names wonderful as well and when someone reads your book they will know that Ann R. Key could just as well have worked. I’m so happy for you and excited to see the cover. 🙂 Yay!!! Congratulations.

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  2. I think that reads just perfectly. Although if you change your mind you could go with A.M Roselli
    As a wine drinker the merlot appealed to me also, but not in a professional way. 🙂


  3. “About to self-publish an illustrated book of verse…” That’s the most exciting news I’ve heard in weeks– months– eons!! And you’re very wise, my dear AM, to think thru the whole name biz. These things are important on some cold, crass merchandizing level. They shouldn’t be, but they are.

    AnnMarie Roselli sounds perfect. When in doubt, embrace your heritage, as Doc Frankenstein used to tell the guy onna slab… : )

    And none o’ this “there just might be a book somewhere out there”– there will be a book somewhere out there!!– and it will bring joy to all your fans!! Ebenezer Scrooge will rattle his ponderous chains with glee, and the pudding will sing in the copper!! Stay the course, mighty author-poet-artist!!

    P.S. I’m tempted to say something about a rosekiss by any other name, but… I think not. : )

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    • ah, my funny friend-
      I’m hoping I can actually pull a book out of that dark rabbit hole where all dreams of publishing often hide. now you Sir, have a wondrous name, quite perfect for pulp:)
      My version of Frankenstein has Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in it:)
      perhaps it’s best to leave rosekiss alone – it’s really entertainingly horrible and exquisitely raunchy enough on its own;)
      you know I do always appreciate reading your spectacularly colorful and wonderfully uplifting comments –
      have a wondrous weekend, Mark

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  4. You’re welcome, you silly girl. Why you thought you needed another “name” is beyond me, but I guess we’d all like to put on a new name now and then, like a new outfit, or a new life. 🙂 My descriptors I’m none too sure about, but thank you. And your book–will be great, will sell, and (all your family and friends) will be proud of you and your creation. Have a great day, Miss.

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