Who or what is Dragonwyst?
An identity like this develops over time, and has evolved even since I started this little virtual corner. Dragonwyst is now no longer merely an online pseudonym. I have given my first workshop on writing for children as Dragonwyst, too.
Dragonwyst is my metaphorical identity. I am a bard - a teller of stories, a listener, a poet, an observer. As I learn more about metaphors and their application, so I become more comfortable in allowing my metaphorical identity be known.
I am sure many can identify with the imagination of a child, where it is natural to be a princess, a witch, a hero. That image of oneself in that role can be empowering. One is able to overcome the dark forces, win against impossible odds, feel empowered. I found that that tendency didn't leave me in adulthood. I identified with certain fantasy characters in the books I enjoyed, and almost invariably the sort I identified with were of a bardic nature - somewhat solitary, somewhat mysterious, present when needed by crucial characters in the story. In my mind I explored what it meant to be the "woman of the woods" and for a while I used the name Woodwynd as my online identity. In time I found that was not the whole of me - there was the part that was firy and determined too, and Woodwynd was a name I outgrew.
I wanted a name that had something to do with dragons - not an easy thing to find since many love dragons! I tried Dragonwist, but found that name was already in use. I changed the "i' to "y" and lo, I could not find it in use anywhere. The idea behind the "wyst" part is the old English "wist" - meaning "knew".
Hence, Dragonwyst is one who has known dragons - dragons that are ideas, emotions, impulsions, inspirations. Dragonwyst brings this awareness of the metaphorical - the story, the meaning - to everyday life.
Dragonwyst is about living with richness and depth and passion and bringing a little of that to others wherever possible.