Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Viva Carlos' Blog Hop: What's In Your Name?

Blog Hop: What's In Your Name?
"We are all books because we have spines and stories to tell.”

Everyone has a story to tell and in blog land, most of us have stumble upon each other mid-sentence, so-to-speak.  

What is the story behind your blogname/url?
First off, my pony's name was totally a mistake. I was actually at the renaissance festival with my mom and was asking her if she had any ideas for a name for my new pony, who I hadn't picked up yet, and she suggested a name from a character in one of her favorite books. It was from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher and when she described the character to me I agreed that it sounded like a great idea to name my pony after her.

If any of you have read these books you're probably wondering what happened because the character's name is actually Kitai. Well, my mom spelled it from memory as Katai and I like the way it looked and sounded and, thinking it was the name of this cool character, went home and promptly named her Katai.
It wasn't until months later when I decided to start reading the series that I realize the error. Knowing that most people come up with names based on something I did a search on the word Kitai and found out that it means expectation, anticipation or hope in Japanese which would be a wonderful meaning for a name for my pony. Then, thinking it probably wouldn't mean anything I typed in Katai and found out that it means....


I was so struck by the fact that my mom had accidentally named my pony "stubborn" in Japanese that I decided to keep it. The fact that she had already been named that for awhile and that I had ordered her a halter plate decided me.

So you see, the name of my blog is a play on words since the word Katai is stubborn in Japanese and my pony can be stubborn. She is short and since it is in blog format it does tend to be a short dressage journal. It may not be the catchiest name or the easiest to remember and I've considered changing it especially if she does prove to be great at dressage since calling her stubborn than would be inappropriate. 


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