Friday, 15 January 2010

Something about Blithe

Vivi noticed recently that I popped up as Blithe Auden and queried why. Like all things it has a simple and a less simple answer. The simple answer is that I was fiddling with my blog settings and decided that I should use my full nom de plume. I didn't realise that this would show up on the posts. You may have noticed that it has reverted to Blithe.

The less simple answer relates to why Blithe Auden anyway? Why a nom de plume? Well I didn't want an internet presence under my own name for obvious security and personal reasons. I didn't want to write about my own town and area under my own name. Have you read the classic (1934) Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson? That's what happens when you write about your hometown. People who know me, know that I am Blithe and that's fine.
People who don't, well that's fine too.

Why Blithe? Well I just like the name and it's a bit of a homage to one of my first fictional crushes, Gilbert Blythe of Anne of Green Gables fame. And it links nicely to the sidebar quote by Auden which leads neatly to the Auden and another homage to a poet I like.

In the end, it was simply a nom de plume that I didn't feel sounded entirely stupid. You have no idea how long it took me to work it out though.

1 comment:

Vivi said...

Aside from Vivi, which took me weeks, I'm signed up some places as Ada Fields -- both names of towns in Oregon, although their specific locations have no meaning. But I like the name. I have a few other pseudonyms, too.