There have been numerous times that I’ve used a name that is not my own. Numerous times! Numerous reasons! Numerous nominal nameity names.
Rosalind Wulf is one of those names. When I was born I was not dubbed “Rosalind” nor did I inherit the surname “Wulf.” Rosalind Wulf as an identity is a few weeks old.
“But Rosalind,” you say, “if that is your real name,” you continue, despite our having already established that it is not in fact my real name, “why are you being so forthright about your identity being pseudonymous? Don’t you care about concealing your identity?”
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: Nah, not really.
Less snarky answer: I’m not really using my pseudonymity to conceal anything. To explain, allow me to conceal less. I’m getting married in the foreseeable future. I don’t mean that as some weird euphemism for being single and sad and telling myself “it’ll happen! it’s gonna happen SOON!” about getting married to some person whom I’ve never met. No. I am engaged to a person whom I’ve loved for many years and we are Getting Married. But he lives overseas from me, and while school and work are aligning with reasonable ease, life takes Time and while marriage is happening, it’s going to be a long drawn out process of getting married-on-paper to appease visas and immigration, and then making enough money to have a decent wedding ceremony, and god, when am I going to fit a legal name change in there?
That’s the issue. Do I wait until I’m married and have my last name changed to publish anything, or do I publish under one name and then another?
Nah. Why bother with name change nonsense that’s not set to one definite date, when I could just get a name, static name?
So that’s why I’m Rosalind Wulf. I don’t care if you find out my real name. I’m not going to tell you, because then it creates a game where you get to figure out my real name, and when you finally do, you tell everyone and they’re like “yeah, uh, we already know.”
Also I want to clarify that I so support people who don’t take their partner’s name when they get married, or who hyphenate their names, or who do basically whatever they want with their names. Taking my partner’s name is what makes me happy, and I always support people in what makes them and their relationship happy.