link salad

  • Jack Dann has a new website
  • Margo Lanagan's blog has been syndicated into LiveJournal (thanks to Pam McNew and Celia Marsh)
  • Handy tips for using Microsoft Word (including selectively replacing hyphens between number spans with en-dashes)
  • Gillian Pollack hosts a discussion about short stories and emotional engagement
  • Deb(orah) Biancotti muses about her last name. In her post and comments both she mentions in passing the joy of the name Deborah — Deborah? Deb? Debbie? It doesn't matter what you choose: other people will decide what they like best for you. My family call me Debbie as well. I loathe it. (They know this, but habit is a cruel master.) And small children apparently cannot help but add the -ie to my name. I like Deb in person or online, but on paper I guess I'm used to the whole kit and kaboodle. (Filling out those exam papers at uni, where you had to write your name in little boxes and then colour the appropriate circle underneath, nearly took the entire exam period. Oh, how I envied the RSI-less Kate Smith's.)

6 thoughts on “link salad

  1. Duuuuude. I feel your DeborahDebDebbie pain. Want to be called Gregory? Want to try, really, and have every asshat call you Greg, even when you introduce yourself as Gregory, to the point you often put your name down as Greg, really without thinking, because you sort of like Gregory better, sounds so…writerly. 🙂 And Greg rhymes with egg, and well, that's Just Not Right. Trust me, I know. I heard all the dinks when I was growing up. But I'll show them yet. Revenge…revenge…*shakes self* what? Oh, sorry. Drifted.

    Yeah. It's weird what people assume they can do with your name. At least I haven't heard "Greggy" since my cousin was oh, 10.

  2. Sucks, dunnit? I actually introduce myself as Deb in all occassions now, since it's my preferred version. (Deborah's a cool name. Just strong, y'know? And far too many syllables for speaking with friends.) And people immediately say, "Debbie, hi." You can hear the enamel on my teeth cracking. Introducing myself is quite a linguistic chore sometimes, what with me correcting them on my first name, and then having to correct them on the surname as well…

  3. People could, you know, just dang well *ask* which you prefer. That's what I do. 'So you're a Greg or a Gregory or a …? Oh, really? Gosh I've never heard 'Gregory' become 'Studmuffin' before, but cool.'

  4. t'other Deb: it's not a difficult concept, is it? And I must admit some people are courteous enough to check first. Not many though. (And, really, I'm not sure encouraging Gregory to refer to himself as Studmuffin is such a good idea…)

  5. Hi, Deb!

    I am only partially responsible for the syndication of Margo Lanagan's blog. I asked Celia Marsh (LJ user tanaise), who is very talented about those things, to please syndicate it for me. She, then, gave me the user name and I shared it. 🙂

    Interestly enough, whenever I was introduced as Pamela, it was never shortened to Pam. I had to ask to be called Pam, as Pamela had become a name I never identified with. Yes, it is still my documented title and the name I sign upon checks, but that person is a cardboard figure for official purposes mostly. Yes, I disliked filling in the circles as well.


  6. Hi Pam, welcome aboard over here. Interesting to know that people don't automatically shorten Pamela. Now that I think about it, if I'm introduced as Deborah it's often not shortened, although I'm only ever introduced with the full name in work circles, and people are a little more formal and less inclined to take liberties in that situation. I wonder why it's okay to shorten some names and not others?

    Thanks for letting me know 'bout Celia, I'll update the post.

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