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Gertrude
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My first proper publication is going off to the editor today, and I'm putting off sending it, because I can't decide whether to go by my actual name (Katherine) or the one that everyone calls me (Kate). I know you all call me Gertrude, but sadly that isn't an option. What do people think?

*And, I confess, a little wee bit of showing off.

EDIT: In America, the office insisted on calling me Katherine "Kate" H whenever they printed my name. It made me feel amazingly stupid.
 

Emo Squid
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There's an old Zen proverb, but I can't remember it for the life of me. The jist of it is that a name is nothing more than a means of distinguishing one face from another and is of little importance anyway because we're all the same. Or something.
Hmmm... I seem to be compounding the issue somewhat.
It's your preference, really. Do you prefer to be known as Kate or Katherine? Have you considered a pen-name? Gertrude Twinkletoes.

Congratulations, anyway.

Gertrude
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Thu 6th Sep '07 10:54AM
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Thanks! I like being called Kate, and get really irritated if anyone who hasn't known me since I was very small calls me Katherine. I have considered a pen-name, but I suspect it might cause some confusion because everyone who knows me through work stuff calls me Kate. Also I think I'm the only person in the world who is stupid enough to be writing about my particular subject, so everyone would know it was me anyway.
 

Emo Squid
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:
Also I think I'm the only person in the world who is stupid enough to be writing about my particular subject...



I doubt stupidity has anything to do with it. That's just stupid. What is the subject?

Diziet
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Thu 6th Sep '07 11:14AM
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i definitely think you should use a pseudonym.

what about:

Corky Spatula
Terry Woogan
Janice Austen-Allegro
Cliff Anklestrider
Penelope Ng
Astrid Seeminghump
Othelia Smith
Trudy Wankle-Rotary-Engine-Smythe

Gertrude
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I LOVE Janice Austen-Allegro. Oh, I'm really tempted now...

My subject, incidentally, is nuns. Very dead nuns, and specifically the books they wrote. Hence the avatar. I went to a nun-funeral yesterday. It was extremely moving and made me very emotional, even though I'd only met the nun in question about three times. Nuns are ace.

Ooh, how about Veronica Nunnington-Smythe?
 

General*
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Definately go with Kate if that's what you like to be called.

I was cursed with having my work e-mail address as the full version of of my first name which I have never used in my life. As a result that's what I was known as for the first year despite my slightly lame sounding protests.
    

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Yes, I agree, go with Kate if that is what you like to be called. I had an assistant at work who was with us for over two years. Her name was Michelle and that is how I introduced her to everyone. So, everyone called her Michelle. It was only after about a year that she admitted that no-one else had ever called her that and she was generally known as Mickey. Unfortunately, everyone had got far too used to saying the wrong thing and the name Mickey never really did catch on.

I now always ask my colleagues, especially those to whom I am line manager, what they like to be called.
 

LadyBird
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Just make your bloody mind up and send it off, woman!
 

Agentgonzo
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Go with Kate. Given that it's not of paramount importance to get it right (like passports etc) then you get to choose. Just make sure that whatever it is you choose, you're consistent in all your future publications.

When I started working, I made sure that I put down Steve* on every form (rather than Stephen) to make sure that in all directories and suchforth it was listed as Steve and I didn't get irritated by people calling up and asking for Stephen (which happens with one of my friends**)

*No, my real name is unfortunately not Gonzo. I wish it was.
**He's also called Steve, in case you couldn't figure it out.
  

Emo Squid
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I'm intrigued. All nuns?

Allen Key
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I think Kate too. Kate Nunnington-Smythe.

My company's quite progressive, it's got a special 'Known As' box on the forms you fill in when you start. Only my mum calls me by my full first name these days, and sometimes my boss if he's being silly.
 

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Allen Key was bold enough to comment:
My company's quite progressive, it's got a special 'Known As' box on the forms you fill in when you start.


Did you put down Allen?
  

Allen Key
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Agentgonzo was bold enough to comment:


Allen Key was bold enough to comment:
My company's quite progressive, it's got a special 'Known As' box on the forms you fill in when you start.


Did you put down Allen?



No, I put down Allen Key. I'm only Allen to close family and friends.
 

Demian*
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Luther Blissett!

Failing that, another vote for Kate. I suppose I'd use whatever name I thought of myself as, rather than anyone else's preference.
  

The Guv
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Another vote for Kate from me

Gertrude
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Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:
I'm intrigued. All nuns?



About two thirds nuns.
 

Diziet
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:
I'm intrigued. All nuns?



About two thirds nuns.



and one third...?

Gertrude
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Diziet was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:
I'm intrigued. All nuns?



About two thirds nuns.



and one third...?



Not nuns.
 

Diziet
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Diziet was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:
I'm intrigued. All nuns?



About two thirds nuns.



and one third...?



Not nuns.



does it rhyme with nuns?

Gertrude
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Diziet was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Diziet was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:
I'm intrigued. All nuns?



About two thirds nuns.



and one third...?



Not nuns.



does it rhyme with nuns?



No. But maybe it should...
 

Diziet
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Diziet was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Diziet was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:


Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:
I'm intrigued. All nuns?



About two thirds nuns.



and one third...?



Not nuns.



does it rhyme with nuns?



No. But maybe it should...



is your book called Nuns and Hot Cross Buns?

Gertrude
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Diziet was bold enough to comment:

is your book called Nuns and Hot Cross Buns?



It wasn't. But now it is.
 

Emo Squid
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:

About two thirds nuns.



Is that nuns from 2/3 of the world's religions (well, the ones that encompass monasticism) or a piece of writing that is 2/3 about nuns?

Sorry, I should've made my original question a bit clearer.

Gertrude
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Emo Squid was bold enough to comment:


Gertrude was bold enough to comment:

About two thirds nuns.



Is that nuns from 2/3 of the world's religions (well, the ones that encompass monasticism) or a piece of writing that is 2/3 about nuns?

Sorry, I should've made my original question a bit clearer.




I'm not sure anyone who isn't a nun has ever shown this much interest! It's a piece of writing about three women, two of whom were nuns. Although the section that's about to be published is all about nuns. There's a bit in it entitled 'Spanking, Starving and Steam Trains.' That made me happy.
 

Diziet
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:

There's a bit in it entitled 'Spanking, Starving and Steam Trains.' That made me happy.



when can i read it?

also, who was the third woman and was she the dominatrix who carried out the spanking?

Emo Squid
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Gertrude was bold enough to comment:

I'm not sure anyone who isn't a nun has ever shown this much interest!



Well, I'm researching for a documentary at the moment and the subject matter has led me to read quite a bit about what faith means to different people and how the express it. This, together with my general interest in some eastern religions brought me to the tale of a Taoist nun called Yu Xuanji who, incidentally, was also the first Chinese feminist poet (the Tang dynasty was a very liberal time for women).
It's an interesting read:

http://etext.virginia.edu/chinese/yu/yuintro.html


General*
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It could be about the link between nuns and Deep Purple. You could call it:
Nun Nun Nun
Nun Nun Ner-Nun
Nun Nun Nun
Nun Nuuun
    

Diziet
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General was bold enough to comment:
It could be about the link between nuns and Deep Purple. You could call it:
Nun Nun Nun
Nun Nun Ner-Nun
Nun Nun Nun
Nun Nuuun



that made my stomach hurt!


Emo Squid
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General was bold enough to comment:
It could be about the link between nuns and Deep Purple. You could call it:
Nun Nun Nun
Nun Nun Ner-Nun
Nun Nun Nun
Nun Nuuun



Or Metallica:

Nuuuuun
Nun nun nun nuunn
Nuuun Nuuun
nun nun nun nunnunnunnunnunnunnunnun

Nuuuuun
Nun nun nun nuunn
Nuuun Nuuun
nun nun nun....

NUN! NUN NUN NUN NUN!

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