To briefly digress, I just changed my website title from ‘Exploring the newbie writing world’ because eighteen months after publishing my first book I now finally know everything.
Oh dear, as if. Ever. Now, where was I—oh yes, the new title. Well, that’s it. The new name. I say that a LOT. At this rate by the time I reach my sixties I’ll need an atlas to keep track of my monologues, Heavens knows how I will cope in conversations.
The idea is to stop ignoring the fact that time is flying by at a fairly terrifying rate of knots, and start snatching some of those flickering minutes and pinning them down here on the blog. For that matter, start putting them to work. The yesterdays were mostly fun (with bits stuffed into boxes and pushed under the bed marked DO NOT OPEN.) The tomorrows look slightly alarming and potentially challenging. Today, well, are we all making enough of today?
Changing your website name is a two second job. Ever been tempted to change your own name? I’ve always liked the name Featherstonehaugh, mainly because of the pronunciation*, although spelling it out for those not in the know must get less amusing with time. Still, if I wanted to call myself, for example, Elegsabiff Featherstonehaugh, a name with a fine ring to it which would drive bureaucrats pleasantly insane, I could do so.
Abracadabra, done, I just changed my name. Of course getting the bureaucracy in line—passport, driving licence, all the hundreds of places that would prefer me to stop rocking the boat and stick with my original name, please—would take significantly longer and cost a fair amount, fees all over the place.
For my own fun, however, I can use any name I like. Beulah, Dowager Duchess of Onderness? No worries. As long as I am not using the name for purposes of fraud, I can call myself Spot the Blue-eyed ET from Sirrius, if I want. I need only to print my calling cards, and I’m on my way.
If the idea has caught your fancy, I found this website in my idle browsing. I have no idea if it is the best way to go as this is not a serious in-depth investigation into name changes, just a brief glance – How to change your name
So what would you call yourself?
Ever researching on your behalf
Yours, as always,
Grand High Priestess Butterfly Pearl Featherstonehaugh*
(*Fanshaw. But you knew that)
Great post Elagsabiff … a chuckle or three … thank you!
Oh, you have to say what name you have chosen for yourself, go on!
Love the thought of changing my name but all the bureaucracy would put me off – hate red tape of any sort! It’s bad enough when I have a new credit card through and have to update my details in a couple of places! I do enjoy writing under a pen name though which is much the same apart from the fact I’d never get a passport – loads of people call me Georgia now even those who know me in real life when they are being mischievous and it makes me feel just a little bit mysterious 🙂
Not surprised, it is such a pretty name!