I have far too many names. Throughout my life I’ve been Resa, Terry, Zach/Zacharee, Nami, Molly, Captain, Ivy, Raven X, General The, Suga (briefly, and by one person… don’t ask), Laasya, Eva, Ishana, Ishy, Squishy, Zita, Ziti, Theresa, and numerous other shortenings of that last one.
Each has a story, but today I’m going to focus on two names: Ishana (Ishy/Squishy consequently) and Theresa.
For those not aware, Ishana Mayakashi is a pen name. I started using Ishana as an alias a few years ago and eventually came up with a surname for it. Mayakashi is the Japanese word for “fake” or “counterfeit” (zomg I spelled that right the first try!). Someone gave me the nickname “Ishy,” based off Ishana, which quickly turned into “Squishy.”
Personally, I love the nickname Squishy. Yet in real life, everyone calls me by some form of my given name. I highly doubt they will start calling me something other than the name I gave them when we met, nor do I think I could introduce myself to anyone as “Squishy” without giggling.
But this isn’t about how to get people to call you by a nickname. This is about how Ishana Mayakashi is not a real person, and I am. The discrepancy has been tolerable, until now. With my participation in the Blogenning, I’m blogging with people who know me in person, by my real name. When someone asked what they should refer to me as, I didn’t even know how to answer.
As promised, major changes will come to my blog as I end the aliases and start using my real name. I apologize in advance for whatever confusion these changes might cause, but I think making the changes here will be better than starting a new blog from scratch. Even if my blog URL will now be outdated…
And onto the second name. Hello everyone. My name is Theresa, though some people call me Squishy. It’s very nice to meet you all! To keep things lighthearted, what is the most loved, hated, silliest, or strangest nickname anyone has ever given you? How did you acquire such a name?