While growing up, not once did I want to be a spy. Not that I didn’t like spies… I just didn’t want to be teamed up with someone like Maxwell Smart. Or, even worse, be put in traps where the villain expects me to die. But the stuff spies had and the things they did I always found so freaking cool!
Now, I’m a mom and, in theory, an adult. I still am not interested in the spy life. Unless they want me to spy on some cheesecake and “take it out.” Then, I’m sooooooo in! Anyways, I still like spies. I like stories about them. I like gadgets associated with them. And I’ve stolen a practice from them. Code names!
I like sharing with people what I’m doing (especially on my ROW80 updates). But, sharing can be dangerous! It could end up unsuccessful. It can be hater bait. I could not finish it. It could inspire a better idea in someone else that is direct competition with me. The goblins might eat it. Code names are my friends!
But, my code names are a little weird. I have the Experiment series (I’ve had Experiment A, Experiment B, and Experiment C so far this year). Yeah, I didn’t really plumber for a good name there. Another code name I’ve used is GRANDMA. In this case, I took a story element that is fairly universal and central to my story to refer to it as. And then there’s ones that make no sense like PMGCB. Those letters tell me almost everything about the project. And they are a fun game you can play! “Peanut Mango Gumbo Cabbage Ball!” “Pretty Martian Gets Camel Brained!” “Pencil Made Girl Cry Badly!”
I know, I’m unfair. So, just this once I’m going to tell you the story behind a code name: I YAH!
For some reason or another, I decided I needed to write something Young Adult Horror. Not my usual bag, but I like trying different bags. Rather than take the GRANDMA approach, I decided to do the PMGCB. Instantly, I saw the obvious. Everyone calls Young Adult YA, so all I had to do was drop the “orror” and end up with YAH.
So, where does the “I” come in? K-pop. The reason this is called project I YAH is this song:
There you go! The story behind a code name! This message will self-destruct in…
Do you use code names? How do you come up with yours? Do you think it is a silly practice?