So I’m working on this book submission for a writing contest, and I have as usual seized up when it comes to the ‘by’ part. I have this very fine name here at my disposal: Catherine Eileen Murphy. I thought for a long time that Catherine E. Murphy would look splendid on a book cover.
Except when people see the name Catherine, they diminutize it to Cathy, and I truly hate being called Cathy. Of all the diminutives of Catherine that there are, I *really* loathe that one. It’s a fine name for other people, but it’s *not* my name and I *hate* being called by it.
So that makes me want to avoid Catherine.
Catie Murphy is what I’m really called, of course, but that just doesn’t look very grown-up after the ‘by’.
Laura has suggested — no, I stand corrected; Ben, Laura’s SO who doesn’t have a webpage, has suggested C.E. Murphy.
I’m looking at that on this title page thing.
I’m thinking, you know, I kind of like that. That looks pretty good. C.E. Murphy. Yeah.