Pseudonyms have always been something I worried about, since I have one of those unfortunately impossible to pronounce names. I'll always remember the first day of senior year in High School, where I was taking 9 classes, and in every single one, the teacher started out by reading role, and would always get about 1/4 of the way down the list and start something like "kei-ruh dee..." and then give up, and I would raise my hand. "That's me." They'd ask me how to say it. "Car-a (the low back 'a,' like in "Car") Dee-juh-ral-uh-moe." Then they would blink at me in astonishment. By the time the ninth class rolled around I as so exhausted and tired of this farce that when my last teacher looked at my name and looked pale, I started in on giving the pronunciation, and messed it up. I had forgotten how to pronounce my own name, after so many people butchered it.
(Why don't we effing teach IPA in school? We are a mixed society! We have names from all over the place! Make everyone learn IPA and this won't HAPPEN.)
So the problem with taking a pseudonym is two-fold. 1) it seems like it's capitulating to the lack of education in this country, and 2) it's an identity thing. It's like when I went vegetarian and still ate fish, because I come from a family of fishermen, and not eating their catch would be violating my own family's identity.
I mean, I'm probably going to be publishing academic papers and such under my real name, (since it doesn't matter if you can pronounce an academic's name, and my entire field knows IPA), so if I'm writing books about princesses and such as well, (well, actually I'd really enjoy it if they were connected, since I'm not ashamed of either thing), it might be better for my professional standing if I had a pseudonym. I could use my mother's maiden name, my middle name, (where the M. comes from), but it's a very... Anglo-Dutch name, and the fact is, Mediterranean genes are stronger than Northern European ones, and Mediterranean culture is too. So the truth is, I don't want a pseudonym.
But the question wasn't whether you wanted one or not. It was what would it be. So, my choice?
C. Digger (suggested by cousin)
It sucks pants, but it's still my name, sort of. And that's important to me, because I want to be able to eventually give some people in my family a book with my name on it, not anyone else's. After that, changing genres, or other issues, sure, I'll think about it again. But I want that first one to be mine.
EDIT: Okay, everyone else is having a lot more fun with this! Colin Smith used an anagram, which is really awesome. I've decided that if I need one, I should have the pseudonym
Marid Alicoroga - "the jinni who asks for garlic"
This does not improve pronounceability though.