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I’d choose Geneva

Storytelling. Today my oldest sister brought three copies of Vinehart Farm for me to sign. I held the books for the first time, as my own order hadn’t yet arrived. And I thought the wonder of it–my third book! But something was missing. I felt a separation between the Lisa who writes books that are published, read, and generally liked, and the mother wife librarian who likes to stay home and knit, prefers the light to shine on someone else, and who calls a first time trip to the transfer station an exciting morning out.

Which all makes me think about pen names and why authors use them. Are they like me, not quite joined yet and needing some wiggle room? Or do they want to shed their motherly, wifely responsible selves and take on a persona totally out of the box? If I had a pen name, it would be Geneva. Geneva Scout. Feminine and clever. Worldly and persistent. Geneva might be responsible and law abiding, then again, she might not. Sort of like James Bond, but not sexist.

But I don’t have a pen name, and I won’t in my foreseeable future. I’m “what you see is what you get.” Yet, that’s not quite right either. Just when I’m feeling dowdy, out bursts some book or song idea or a clever way to use a Mason jar. I guess all of us have surprises inside. That’s nice to know. What surprises pop out of you?

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