While considering a representative name for my new blog, I researched synonyms for “traveler” and found “zingara,” the Italian word for “female gypsy.” Great word! I thought, and submitted it as my blog name. Unfortunately, “zingara” was already taken. I was pretty attached to the word by that point and wanted to utilize it somehow. Adding a number would have been easy, but I don’t really like user-names that include numbers and generally think they are tragically uncreative. So, I tacked “poet” onto the end; and while tacking on the word “poet” isn’t terribly more creative than just adding a number, it’s still NOT a number. Plus, I like to think of myself as a “female traveling poet.” It suits my romantic personality and sort of reflects my tendency to take myself too seriously, despite criticism from folks who are less romantic and self-serious. I’d like to add here that while these characteristics sometimes create obstacles to my writing success (I rarely let others writers read my work), I’m pretty much over tying to change my romantic, self-serious characteristics and am resigned to living in harmony with them. I’ll no longer apologize for possessing these characteristics and instead focus my energy on being more “gypsy-like” and less an anchoring fulcrum for others.
Hope you enjoy my meandering musings in the years to come.