Time: 8:20am (which is kinda early for me to be sitting here writing)
Breakfast: Nothing yet, but the coffee is calling my name.
Music: My iPod is downstairs and I really should grab it because the gardeners are here.
Names are an important part of life. It’s what we answer to and really, who we are. I actually never realized the significance of identifying with my name until recently.
I got married a little over a year ago (June 27, 2007 to be exact), but never got around to changing my last name. First I was lazy, and then things came up in life which stopped me from going through the process …until now. When someone would bring up the fact that I still had my maiden name with being married for over a year, I always complained about having to go to the Social Security office, DMV (EVERYONE hates the DMV, am I right?) and calling every single credit card company, doctor, insurance, bill, etc. to change it. It never dawned on me what changing my name meant.
Now, a month later after starting the process, I feel like I’m in an identity crisis. Paperwork still has my maiden name, others have my new one and I don’t know if I’m coming or going. Each time I have to use my last name, I wonder if I got it right when signing or answering. It’s an odd feeling that I hope goes away soon!
In my current WIP, my male protagonist has an unusual name, Pence. I came about the name in an odd way. I was watching a baseball game, and a player on the apposing team’s name was Hunter Pence. I was in the middle of writing my first notes on the book, trying to come up with names for each character. I paused when I heard, “Hunter Pence slides into second base”. I instantly thought, “Wow, Hunter Pence, what a great name! I like the ring of it.” Of course, as I pointed out, names need to fit a person and it didn’t fit him AT ALL, but Pence did. I did a little research, realized that Pence was a super rare name and right away my character became Pence McCree. I think it fits him to a tee.
Now that all of my characters for the book have their names solidly in place, I hope the readers will see them as I do, not only fitting with their given names, but also the names shaping their identity.