I wrote Barcelona when I was a student at LeMoyne College. I submitted it to a writing contest for college students at Syracuse University and it won first prize (must’ve been a slow year!) — around $300.
I kept a notebook of names, so that when it was time to write something I didn’t have to waste a ton of time looking for suitable names. I had a list of female first names, male first names, and last names. One day I was playing around combining names, and came up with Barcelona McKenzie. Then I thought “What a dumb name! Why would anyone name their kid that?” I decided to find out — by writing the story!