I love name stories. The funny ones, the misunderstood ones, the weird ones.
I have a lot of name stories. I’ve been Leanne Shirtliffe since the day I was born, and that same name will be etched into my tombstone one day. Life with this name is entertaining, to say the least.
Here are 10 Ways You Can Twist My Name:
- Forget the r, and become Leanne Shitliffe. Yes, letters have arrived in the mail this way.
- Lose one of the f’s, and you are now Shirtlife.
- Add a c in the middle, and you become Leanne Shirtcliffe.
- Add a t to the end, and voila: introducing Leanne Shirtlift. Not that a 16-year-old guy would ever say this to a developing 13-year-old girl. (Pass the sarcasm, please).
- Listen to your friend’s dad call you Lion Shirtsleeves.
- Change the first vowel to an o, and you become Leanne Shortliffe, which is rather ironic when you’re tall.
- Wait in a Thai waiting room for three petite women to consult each other before calling “Lennie Shh.., Lennie Sh..ur.., Lennie Shur-something?”
- Find your name in several basketball tournament programs listed as “Leanne Shirtless.”
- Listen to announcements over the high school P.A. system written by your witty coach: “The varsity girls surprised everyone by playing Shirtless for the entire game.”
- Swoon as a poet reinvents your name: Lean and Shuttle on Life.
Why all this name reflection?
Well, I’m getting my name out there. I’ve added Leanne Shirtliffe to my blog title, and I’ve changed my twitter handle to @LShirtliffe.
I am finally heeding the advice of Kristen Lamb, social media expert extraordinaire to writers everywhere, and author of the brilliant books We Are Not Alone and Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer. Kristen gave me the push to put my name out there, to become the writer I am (and want to be) by claiming my name. And when I did switch my Twitter name from @Ironic_Mom to @LShirtliffe, Kristen championed me.
Swag For You
I started this blog for many reasons, the least romantic being “because two agents told me to.” But I’ve come to love blogging because of you, my readers. Some of you lurk, some of you comment; regardless, I appreciate all of you. In short, you rock.
So, to celebrate my 200th post, I’m giving away some swag.
Leave me a comment – maybe tell me a story about your name – and you’ll be entered to win one of five prizes below.
Prize 1: A set of the most amazing kids’ cards, Spark Story Starters. These creative cards for kids are the brainchild of Tamara Vukusic, an amazing woman I met at the Surrey International Writers Conference. If you want your kids to develop their creativity, you need these cards. Go to Spark Story Starters to check them out. There’s even an iPhone app.
Prize 2: A book and CD of Froggy in My Throaty. My sister-cousin, Sonja Reisdorf, is the talented author and singer; I also suspect she is one of the women my husband thinks is funnier than me. Her website is at Wee Be Jammin and she’s just released her first full children’s CD. Froggy in My Throaty is a catchy tune that never fails to get my twins jumping, dancing, and knocking over heirlooms.
Prize 3: A stunning, modern-style mango wood vase from Thailand.
Prize 4: Beautiful handmade pressed flower miniature cards from Thailand.
Prize 5: A Guest Post: You can either guest post chez moi or have me guest post at your site. Your choice.
So, don’t forget to comment. And thanks, eh?