Visitors

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Are You Talking to ME?

I think I’m finally getting used to being called Tessie.


Oops – did I fail to mention that Tessie Bradford is not the name I was born with? I first typed that Tessie is not my “real” name, but that’s not exactly true, is it? It’s my alter ego’s real name, and she’s me, too! How we selected it still makes me smile.


Originally, I wasn’t going to publish under a pen name. How was everyone going to believe my work was my work if my name wasn’t on it? My uncle, an attorney, advised that in this internet world, where people can find other people pretty easily, it might not be safe. My mother-in-law, who shares my first and last name, had some concerns that her friends might think she wrote the books, which could be good or bad, depending!


As is my way, I asked my family for help. My older brother’s contributions, though hysterical, were more suited for porn actresses. My younger brother only had suggestions of what he didn’t want; which was anything that might let someone know he was related to me! The ones my husband came up with were just plain boring (sorry, honey).


Once I had a list of suggestions, I talked to my daughter, who was away at school. We laughed uproariously during the conversation but realized we hadn’t hit on the right one yet. She said to me, “Mom, what about your stripper name?” I stuttered for a few minutes before asking, “WHAT?” “It’s the name of your first pet and the first street that you lived on,” she replied matter-of-factly. Tessie Bradford rolled easily and comfortably off my tongue.


Next thing I knew, everyone who heard the story was talking about their stripper name. Some of my favorites are Frosty Harrison, Victoria Burningtree, Captain Aspen, Pumpkin Maple Lane and, believe it or not, Ben Dover!

13 comments:

  1. You were fortunate in the name of your pet and your street! Tessie Bradford conjures up images of a shy housewife with a secret!
    Of course I tried it out for myself. You gave me a laugh this morning...Tessie Bradford meet Cuddles Botteville!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. What? No "Boobsy McCoy" in there? That sounds like a good stripper name.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hey Cuddles! I love your stripper name! Thanks for stopping by.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Fran,Boobsy McCoy is classic. I instantly got a picture in my head of a sturdy, takes no sh*t woman running her own bar in a small town somewhere.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks Tessie. I'm not sure too many men would opt for a stripper named Cuddles. I suspect that's not what they're looking for. It's certainly not in the job description! No..Fran's Boobsy's could outweigh Cuddles in the minds of most, if they choose to go looking! lol

    ReplyDelete
  6. Of course if Boobsy is too busy runnin' the bar and spittin' baccy, I'm available! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Pamela: That's why Cuddles is perfect - its got the whole good girl/bad girl vibe going on!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Tessie Bradford is so perfect and has such a ladylike ring to it. It sounds like a society girl not a stripper. lol. If I had followed the stripper name formula I'd be "Whippy Fallbrook"-which could still happen...
    XXOO Kat

    ReplyDelete
  9. "Well I suppose it does sum me up," she smiled demurely while looking at him from under her long dark lashes. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  10. Then we have Blaze Starr and now Dita von Teese, who is btw (I just saw this morning)appearing in Paris soon.
    WANT TO GO WITH ME?
    All my bags are packed.
    Continental out of Newark straight to CDG, take the train to a stop in the Marais, go to the tiny restaurant where Picasso and Hemingway took their hot chocolate and gateau with fresh hand-whipped cream, then over to the performance????
    OUI.
    See you at noon at Newark.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oui Cerise! I love Dita Von Teese! I'm packing my bags now. I think we should all go, it will do us some good! We can travel under our new stripper names. lol
    XXOO Kat

    ReplyDelete
  12. We would definitely have to travel under our stipper names - we wouldn't want the Paris authorities to be able to track us down after we played our way through their glorious city!!

    P.S. Whippy Fallbrook???? Fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  13. My first dog was a rescued Whippet that liked to burst out the front door and make my mother chase him down with her car. lol

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving a comment.