To pseud or not to pseud ...?

No, not to appear as part of Private Eye's satirical corner, where inflated egos are punctured and pretentious jargon is laid as bare as the Emperor without his new clothes. Rather, to pick a name under which to publish all, or part, of your fictional output. Or not.

One of my former students is agonising about publishing a rather salacious short story under her own name. So you'd think a pen name would be a simple enough solution, wouldn't you? But now she's agonising over what to choose. She doesn't want to sound silly, or too sexy, or too much like herself, or foreign, or ...

I'm starting to wonder if she wants to be published at all!