Sunday, August 23, 2009

What's in a name?

Firstly, I’m very over-excited that my caption ‘won’ DJ’s Wordless Wednesday. I’ll skate over the fact that we were all winners. I can’t turn on the funny. It is the skill I’m most envious of in other people, particularly writers.

DJ’s award leads me onto wondering if anyone knows if Blogger will let me have a ‘page’ where all my blog awards are… that I can link from the sidebar? I’m very proud of every award I’ve had but on one of my rare tidy ups I had to remove them from the sidebar as it all got so cluttered. I have them sitting in a folder ready to display… but I can’t work out how to do it.

I think it might be time to don my apron, a headscarf and reach for the furniture polish for another TeaStains tidy up. My blogroll is out of date; if you have a big, showy offy widescreen, then my tea stain won’t reach all the way across it. It’s not just spring cleaning needed here…

My blog started two and a half years ago when I could hardly admit to myself, let alone out loud, that I wanted to write. It took a further eighteen months before I was writing seriously. So the blog is all a bit untidy and I suppose it needs to develop. It needs to go from a scared woman in Thailand trying to admit to herself she wants to write to a (slightly) more confident person who wants to write the best book she can.

As for publishing…I really don’t know. But, if that’s what I want, I need to start thinking about TeaStains maturing.

I started life here as JJ to avoid there being two Jens/Jennies in the Novel Racers (Spiral). And of course I wanted the anonymity too … Then I started to write my book and I learned things about publishing – such as having a platform – I became JJ Beattie because I felt if, eventually, I want to seek publication, the time I’ve spent at TeaStains will be the beginning of that. So in my big tidy up, should I remain as JJ Beattie or should I become me? Jenny Beattie?

Oh dear. I don't know and I really hate housework.

7 comments:

SpiralSkies said...

I think our blogs have to go through change as we change ourselves...

There's probably plenty of room for two Jens though I must confess, I rather think JJ Beattie is an awesome pen name. Sounds like a gritty New York journalist in a film.

And, actually, I think you are most funny. You always make me chortle when we meet X

L-Plate Author said...

I tend to agree with Spiral. I love the name Jennie Beatie but I love calling you JJ. So it is a bit of a toughie and one that I am useless to give advice on...

I think the blog land has gone oh so quiet lately, I know I don't have anything to say so I'm staying off it, but only because of that. There are only so many pictures of Flynn that I can put on there and who wants to see them all the time?

I lead a very boring and normal life but you my dear keep me laughing, giggling and smiling with your photos and anecdotes.

So JJ or Jennie, it's all the same to me x

DOT said...

JJ Beatie is cool. [He says, using hip language of youf.] Tee-hee! the word verification is 'flings' - I should be so lucky.

Carol said...

I think you should go with the name you feel most comfortable writing with!!

I agree with Spiral Jen, you are most funny and make me chortle too :-)

C x

Helen said...

I agree JJ Beattie is a cool writerly name.

I know what you mean about having a tidy up. I did that, started a more professional, confident blog, and felt pretty pleased with myself, only to then fall off the blog landscape by having a baby - resulting in no-one knowing it is there anymore!

Queenie said...

You may not be able to 'turn on the funny' as a writer, but you sure as hell can in person. I think you should go with the name you intend to use for publication, as - you're right about this - your blog is, among other things, a marketing tool. The Racers can cope with having two Jens/Jennies, they've had two Kates and two Helens before. Lovely to see you taking yourself seriously as a writer, you can give yourself a pat on the back for that.

JJ Beattie said...

Jen, I guess they do have to change. I'm just not sure which bits and to what... And thank you!

LPlate, thanks hon. I do like that this 'writing me' has a different name.

DOT, Ya fink? Is cool innit? Okay, let's stop that right now...

Carol, hmmm, perhaps you are laughing AT me... No just joking.

Helen, LOL. Let's not go tempting fate. I'd hate to tidy up my blog, make it look more professional only to find myself pregnant. Oh dear god, I've got palpitations again...

Queenie, thanks. Yes, I hadn't noticed there were other duplications.