200 words

Are you sure you have the right name? How do you know?

I’ve never felt like my first name is mine. As a kid I wrote stories using different names to try and find the one that “felt right.” (It didn’t happen, but seemed like a good strategy.) I still wonder if one day I’ll hear a name and get that resounding sense of self that I imagine people with the “right name” feel. Of course, it could be that the song I’m named after features a woman so beautiful that it had to be a joke that I was named after her.

Then of course there are: The joys of being named after a song.

  • Number one: People sing it to you when they meet you.
  • Number two: You can never destory all copies of said song. No matter how hard you try.
    (Especially when it keeps. Getting. Covered.)
  • Number three: Growing up and understanding that the lyrics don’t just refer to a stunningly beautiful woman, but one that (potentially) steals people’s boyfriends. Awesome.
  • Number four: Learning more about Dolly Parton. Incedible talent, work ethic, sense of humour, and business sense. I’m super-cool with that. (But still on the lookout for a new name.)


Now, I’m going to block my ears, but you can enjoy this cover of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton’s goddaughter Miley Cyrus:

By | 2015-03-12T20:41:13+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 200 words

About the Author:

Author Jolene Stockman is an award winning writer, speaker, and an expert for Girlfriend Magazine Australia. Jolene writes young adult books that make you want to jump in, take over the world, and eat your red jelly beans first!