Anything is possible with Stream of Consciousness writing.
When I read the prompt, “name,” I recalled a Facebook post on my son’s time line about somebody using somebody’s government name. It was funny, yet disturbing, that in some subcultures, using someone’s government name is a faux pas.
My son, who is 29, changed his name a several years ago. Except he didn’t change it legally. He just goes by a different name. Except when he does his taxes or gets a pay check, then he uses his government name. He’s so outside the box. I like to think that he’s just asserting his independence.
Isn’t there some culture where it’s the norm for people to pick a new name when they get to be adults? Doesn’t that make some sense, to add a name of your choice?
When I was a kid, I didn’t like my name, or my red hair, which isn’t so red anymore. I didn’t like being called “carrot top.” I wanted a name like “Kathy,” not a name with a boy’s name in front. But later, much later, I kinda liked my mom using the familiar “Jo.” She’s gone now, and no one else calls me “Jo.” Well, maybe now and then my dad calls me “Jo.” When he’s gone, no one else will call me Jo. Sheesh, I didn’t know I was going to go there.
Now I think my name is okay, but I would rather be JoAnna than JoAnne. A tiny change really. Sometimes I use JoAnna just for fun.
It’s great that we can create our own names on blogs, or for other on line identities. Or is it? Sometimes I wish I’d been more anonymous here on WordPress, then I could write all kinds of crazy stuff and no one would know it was me, unless I was too honest. That’s been known to happen. Maybe when I retire…. Anything’s possible.
This week’s Stream of Consciousness Post was: “name.” And the instructions to “Do with it whatever comes to mind! Enjoy!“
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Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. Have fun!