Hey blogging friends! Perhaps because it's a new year I've been feeling the change bug. I've already changed the template for my blog Hammer Folk Woman--and may change it again!--and want to change things on all the others, too. Until I do I have decided to change my display name, the name I "sign" my posts with. From now on, instead of PoorGrrl at the end of my posts you'll see Seane-Anna. Don't worry, it's still me. I just wanted something different.
Why Seane-Anna? Well, Seane (pronounced Shawn) is what my family calls me. It's my nickname, derived from my middle name. Of course, I don't actually spell my nickname Seane. I got the idea for that spelling from remembering that in French adding a silent "e" to the end of some male names feminizes them. Thus, Michel because Michele, Jean becomes Jeane, as in Jeane d'Arc, aka Joan of Arc. See, I was paying attention in French class! So I took the Irish male Sean and made the feminine Seane, sort of a Gaelic/Gaulic hybrid. Hehe!
And Anna? That's a corruption of my first name which has been mispronounced and misspelled all my life. Anna, with both A's pronounced like the "a" in father, was the prettiest such corruption, courtesy of some Bosnian refugees I used to work with. They couldn't say my name right but at least they gave it a melodic Slavic twist. And I now pay tribute to them.
So that's how I came up with Seane-Anna. From now on PoorGrrl will just be part of my blog's title. If you want to address me call me Seane-Anna. After all, that's who I really am.