The name I use here, Gianna Kali, most of your probably know, but perhaps not all of you do, is a pseudonym. I do not use my real name for issues of privacy. A number of things concern me. First, I write about sensitive personal matters that sometimes include other people, in particular family members whom I wish to protect as well as not hurt. Secondly, I do not know where my professional life will lead and I don’t want potential employers finding all this intimate information about me. Pretty much no brainer stuff. Should I at some point find that my career grows out of this work I may some day “come out.” In the meantime I’m Gianna Kali.
The name is flush with meaning for me though. It is me as much as my given name is.
Here’s the story:
I am Italian-American, first generation. I spoke Italian in my home growing up. My first and last name is distinctly Italian. My middle name is Jane. I’ve never liked the flow of my first and last name with my middle name. The middle name, Jane, interrupts the beautiful flow of the Italian language. And so for many years, I’ve simply used Gianna, which translates to Jane, when I say what my middle name is—I always tell my given name as well, but I like to say my name out loud with the Gianna.
And Kali, well that name too means a lot to me. Kali is my cat. My 18 year old sweet kitty. She is part of me and will remain a part of me long after she is gone. Kali is also the Goddess of destruction and creation in Hinduism and she inspires me. Out with the old and in with the new!!
If you use a handle or a pseudonym what is your story? Or, alternatively, if you use your real name is there a story there?
Sloopy Cowbell—I really want to hear your story!!
Note: Some of you have sent me things in the mail. I usually use a combination of my pseudonym/or first real name and my husband’s last name to insure that it makes it to our mailbox. Just if you’re wondering what the heck was up with that!! Hubby has a distinctly non-Italian sounding name!!