writing to know, knowing thru being, being for writing... this is me, writing about the one thing i know, which is myself... and even that is sometimes a mystery...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

fun game! you can play!

so, i've decided to submit some of my writing to my school's independent lit. mag., but, as i have a few friends, acquaintances, etc. (and an ex) who don't know i write, and who are the subjects of some of my writings, and as i am not ready to deal with people knowing i write yet, and because i'm shy and don't take criticism lightly, i need a fitting pseudonym.

something intriguing, but not pretentious. something clever, without being hokey.

any one have an idea? please leave it in the comments section. really, i'm considering any and all suggestions.

here's an idea i had: XO (pronounced "show")
i like this because it's ambiguous, multi-faceted, completely subjective. just like my poetry (...or so i'd like to think).
here's what i think of it: X and O are variables, totally arbitrary symbols, yet they connote a variety of meanings, both separately and together. X and O can mean "hugs and kisses" (or is it the other way around?), or wrong and right, nothing and everything, imperfection and wholeness.
they're unknowns, un-nameables, obscurities, nebulae. they're familiar, but difficult to grasp.

that's what i want people to think of when they read my stuff next year, "i feel like i know this person, yet i can't quite figure out who it is that wrote this." because i want my poetry to speak to multifarious people and experiences. i want it to be universal without being too general for others to identify it with a specific emotion or instant that sparked its conception.

i want people to feel as if anyone could have written what i have written, so that the poetry, and the name, become an aspect of themselves, and an extension of myself.

so, please, comment away. i will gladly consider any suggestions you have, or any thoughts/opinions you may have about the name i exampled above. thanks!
~stephanie "ogbuefi" / "XO" lee

p.s. i realized that XO also looks like a skull and crossbones. haha. i am a pirate...


  • At 7:37 PM, August 03, 2005, Blogger The ZenFo Pro said…

    Well, you could submit to OxMag could shop around for places to submit? I have the 2004 Poets Market floating around here somewhere...

  • At 6:09 AM, August 04, 2005, Blogger The ZenFo Pro said…

    Argh! Ms. Pirate, you've also been TAGGED!


  • At 10:47 AM, August 04, 2005, Blogger Steve Harper said…

    Hola Pirate!

    Love your post today!!! I like what you are hoping to accomplish through your writing and my guess it will be a lot of fun seeing the kinds of reactions you might produce and playing the fly on the wall as you watch them unfold.

    XO....ummmm reminds that FOOTBALL is almost here!

    Ripple On My Friend!!!

  • At 3:23 PM, August 04, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    i had oxmag in mind, but must admit, i have not heard of poets market. perhaps i will need to consider that. have any more information?

  • At 3:24 PM, August 04, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    tagged?! wow, what a blogging honor, to be tagged by a fellow blogger.
    now, if only i were more familiar with the tagging process and the proper tagging decorum...

  • At 3:27 PM, August 04, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    aw, thanks. yeah, i thought it might be interesting to maybe test the waters first, kinda put my stuff out there and see what kind of rxns i get. like a focus group of sorts. haha. we'll see.


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