I have made up "Partof Shan" at first because I write poems, and my own name simply does not sound like a poet, I chose Partof because poems are "part of" me, also it is neutral, because I do not feel particularly that I am male or female when I write or create, and "Partof" sounds like a Russian name, we know Russia has great poets. ; )
Then slowly it becomes my identity, some people really call me Partof even they know my name, I think they find it exiting and funny to do so and also they show me in this way that they accept and understand my art.
Sometimes I wonder if I were not Partof Shan, who I really am? And sometimes I even think I should keep what I do as Partof as a secret when I meet new people, see what I am to them if they had never seen things I created. Or we do not talk about what I make. (It is just an experiment in my head, I have not tried it yet.)
And recently I discovered another unexpected advantage of making up my name, which is: it is the very first results if you google it, I like it.