Please help me to rename my essay and my book

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Please help me to rename “XXXXX Songs”

Some of you are aware of what I’ve been dealing with lately due to someone from my past finding an essay that was recently published. While the experience itself begs for an essay on the nightmare of your past colliding with your present,  issues such as defamation of character, and whose truth is the real truth, etc., the piece the woman called about has been taken down at my request.  As always, the editors at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, are wonderful and supportive.

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Whose truth? (Photo credit: Erick-Pardus)

After much back and forth with this woman, I have decided that I want to rename her character and be done with it and with her. I wish you well, XXXXX, but hearing from you is not what I want. I loved you once but many years have have come and gone  – a decade and a half – and we cannot build a bridge from the past to the present. After thinking it over these last few days, I realize I do not want your opinion on my story. Out of respect for your wish for privacy, I will keep the edits we’ve already done together so you can never be identified, but no more. We can only tell our side of the story, if we wish to do so, and accept it as our own truth. My truth is not your truth and your truth is not mine. And I am not writing journalism. This isn’t about the facts as you remember them. It’s about the emotional truth as I remember it.

If you read this, I ask you to please not be in touch again. 

For the rest of you, here are a list of potential replacement names, for the title “XXXXX Songs.” What name do you think I should use?

Marina Songs

Lucia Songs

Antonia Luisa Songs

Sabrina Songs

Anastasia Songs

Bianca Stella Songs,

Emilia Songs

Greta Songs

Liliana Songs

Sophia Songs

Gabriela Songs

Dominique Songs

Petra Songs

Anya Songs

Isabella Songs

Aurora Songs

Eliza Songs

Sasha Songs

Alexandra Songs

Gianna Songs

Nadia Songs

Loretta Songs

Freya Songs

Lydia Songs

Bettina Songs

Tatiana Songs

Sybilla Songs

Ursula Songs  

Aurelia Songs

Liana Songs

Miranda Songs

Delia Songs

Marcela Songs

Lucinda Songs

Celina Songs

Thank you for reading and for any feedback you can provide.

About Cindy Zelman

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10 Responses to Please help me to rename my essay and my book

  1. Kassie says:

    I’m going to go with Ursula Songs – a nod to The Little Mermaid. Stick with YOUR story, Cindy; it’s honest and true and all that you have. Let her write HER story.

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  2. vonthompson says:

    The poet in me like both Sasha and Sophia. However, I like what Kassie said about a nod to Little Mermaid and what that story says about being true to yourself and your feelings, so I’m going to second a vote for Ursula Songs.

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    • Cindy Zelman says:

      But the character I’m naming isn’t do noble, if that’s what the Little Mermaid’s Ursula is. And no offense meant, but I don’t like the sound of the name. I think I’m going for a certain sound and Ursula just isn’t it. I thank you and Kassie for helping me to think it through. You’re helping me get my thought process going.

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  3. Cindy, it’s funny, but Ursula was my first thought and then I thought of Cecilia (song by Simon and Garfunkel) and I’m not trying to add to your angst by giving you another name – but listen to the song. The name Ursula and the connection to The Little Mermaid makes me say no. I do like Nadia! xoxo I love your brief essay before the names – your words are just as you speak.

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    • Cindy Zelman says:

      Gosh, maybe I should go with Ursula. Hahahaha. The name Cecilia comes up in another essay so I can’t use that one. I will consider Nadia. I’m not sure what name I will ultimately choose, but I thank you for reading this and for your kinds words. 🙂

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  4. Fayewriter says:

    I kept reading songs as sings. After going down theist twice. I thought why not just song, which deals with the complexity of naming. If I have to choose it would be Tatiana for its lyricism . That’s my free Association take. Theist equals the lis

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    • Cindy Zelman says:

      Hi Faye, thanks for reading the post and for your input. I need more than Songs for whatever reason. No matter, I will find a name to go with it. Tatiana is a good one, but it almost sounds too ethnic for this piece and I do have some past associations with a woman named Tatiana. I will keep it in mind, however. Thank you again, Faye.

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  5. Kassie says:

    Here’s my rationale, Cindy. In the Little Mermaid, Ursula tries to weaken Ariel (the mermaid) by stealing her voice. I look forward to seeing you soon.

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