Day 22 – “V” V**** – My Last Name
Ahhh pseudonyms. I have been hemming and hawing over what I want to do with regards to the name I tack onto my work going forward. I had been using my maiden name up until I started this blog about a year ago. As much as I still love it, my maiden name was German, difficult to pronounce and even more difficult for others to spell correctly. After I got married, I was using my married name, but have always thought about dropping the use one of my two last names all together, and simply using my first and middle name: Christina Rose.
I think it works. I did a name search of “Christina Rose” and the most popular individual that came up was the artist of a series of adult coloring books (different “industry” all together so no competition there), a little known actress, and a porn star (different spelling of the first name). So yeah… No competition. 😉
My biggest motivator in dropping the last name was for anonymity. I don’t mind sharing my personal email address with other writers should they want to communicate outside blogging, and for the most part am a fairly open person. I’m not, and most likely will never be, famous to the point that I’ll have to worry about stalkers. (Though, I have a few exes I worry about from time to time…) The desire for privacy is more motivated by the desire to protect my family, my husband being a very private individual.
For those of you that have been following my blog from the beginning, you may remember I had my last name posted, but I recently changed that to my first and middle name shortly after updating my “About” page. It just seemed like the right time to do some much needed blog housekeeping.
Thoughts? Does Christina Rose work?
What are your opinions on pseudonyms? Do you use a pseudonym of some kind? Is it a completely fabricated name, does it hold meaning to you, or is it a modified version of your own name?