Well, so I saw a suggestion to talk about names and stuff if I’m ever stuck for a topic. I thought to myself, “my name would be cool to talk about, at least my first name, but I’m doing this blog anonymously.” Then I read on and saw that it suggested talking about how I came up with the name for my blog. So, here are my reasons:
Firstly, I love willow trees. They’re just so elegant and droopy and they look so climbable that I can’t help but love them. They’re both strong and flexible, while holding an unfathomable wisdom (or maybe that’s just the Pocahontas influence kicking in).
Secondly, rivers. They follow a path but at the same time carve out their own mark in the land. Whether it’s a little babbling brook or a raging stretch of rapids, they contain both beauty and power, much like how I want my writing to be.
To dive deeper, part of my love for willow trees comes from reading Fellowship of the Ring, the part just before they meet Tom Bombadil and they fall asleep under Old Man Willow. I know he was a cranky old tree, but the idea of trees being able to take revenge on people who try to bust them up is very appealing to me.
While Siren Alunai is my screen name for most sites, Willow River is what I will probably use as my pen name when I get myself published. That actually began when I was trying to think of a different username for a site and the thought “Willow” just popped into my head. Since willows are known for being around water, and I always picture them hanging their branches into a river, Willow River followed soon after. It’s a soothing image for me, but also one with almost limitless potential, and that’s probably what appeals to me most.
Fun fact, there is actually a river called Willow River. It’s somewhere in more Northern Canada.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little blurb. Let me know what you think about my blog’s name, or what sort of names you would use for your own blog. Please, leave a comment.