#010–What’s in a (pen) name? How do you find a good one & keep your privacy…sort of?

I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.

The Pitfalls of Honesty

I came to the conclusion this weekend that one of two things needs to happen: I need to learn how to become a much better liar, one who doesn't give a damn if there are mistakes and can bluff like crazy. OR I keep being honest financially and employment-wise, but learn how to deal with the debt and anxiety that results from it.