Rocky was the name of my first family pet.  Years ago I did one of those “what your rock-star name is” on whatever social website was “it” at the time, where you take the name of your first pet and the name of the road you grew up on, and there you have Rocky Norton.

Deciding to give myself a pen name was a simple decision that I made years ago, when I first thought of writing I came up with the name Laranda MacLeod, which was a name that I gave myself when I was in the middle of a Lord of the Rings phase mixed with my mother’s maiden name.  Oddly enough though, I decided not to go with something that was directly linked with my adolescence, or something that was too… close to home is the only way that I can think of putting it.

The decision to start blogging here and now was inspired by one of my best friends, who has started a blog about her passion for fashion, to share what she loves and to extend herself by allowing others to see and contribute, to start on a possible career path.  It takes a lot of courage to open yourself up to the opinions of others, especially when you have a family to care and provide for.  So if someone as dedicated and time consumed as her can expand herself, then I can at least try.

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