What's in a Name?
There's a person named Sarah Wilkinson. She does several comic conventions each year, and is an incredible artist.
And... she's not me.
This came as kind of a shock! If you Google "Sarah Wilkinson", there she is, right in the first listing. In other words, the first thing you'll find if you misspell my name on Google is someone who has a similar profile. Even if you spell my name correctly, Google helpfully asks if you meant "Sarah" instead!
Having my name misspelled is par for the course. It comes with having an unusually spelled name, as I'm sure anyone who's in a similar boat can attest to. Most of the time, I overlook misspellings without a second thought - although I will say that I do notice when people spell my name right upon contacting me for the first time. It's probably the easiest way to get on my good side, apart from bringing me chocolate or nice sharp cheese or Jelly Babies.
Am I worried about the other Ms. Wilkinson? Should I change my name or start going exclusively by my long-time pseudonym, Nightlyre?
Pfft, heck no. I like my name. I wouldn't trade that extra consonant for anything. And, well, if that means I have to be known as "that other Sarrah with the two 'r's", then so be it!
P.S. If yesterday was Earth Day, can today be Mars Day?
Posted by Sarrah Wilkinson on 4/24/2013 - Page last updated: 4/23/2013
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