Farewell, FanLit – Hello, NaNo!
I felt like I needed some way to stay in touch with all of you after the madness that was FanLit!
I’m gearing up to try NaNoWriMo for the first time, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you over there in the AFL Nano’ers group.
I suppose for my first blog post, it might be mildly interesting to share how I adopted this name, “Tessa Dare.” The day I learned about FanLit was September 16, the Saturday before submissions closed for Round 1. I read about the contest in a nifty WSJ article that featured our very own ErvinA. The article was passed on to me through a group of friends I’ve made in the Jane Austen fandom. On the recommendation of the same friends, I had just started reading Middlemarch by George Eliot – one of the many classics I am embarrassed to admit I have not read.
So there I was, reading the Prologue and chapter 1 of Middlemarch, in which the heroine, Dorothea Brooke, is introduced and her fascination with mystic and writer St. Teresa de Avila is mentioned. I put down the book, checked my email, read the WSJ article, and logged on to FanLit immediately. I was so enraptured with the beginning of Middlemarch, I almost chose Dorothea as my screen name – but I decided it sounded a bit old. So I took my inspiration from St. Teresa (who has always fascinated me, as well) and changed it up to TessaD. Terribly blasphemous, considering what I’ve written under that pen name. I’m probably racking up years in Purgatory every time I use it.
And guess what – FanLit took over my life, and I still haven’t gotten past the second chapter of Middlemarch.
The “Dare” part came when I created a new Yahoo email account for invites. I needed a name to round out the “D” in TessaD. I’ve just always loved Dare as a girl’s name, but didn’t get to use it for my own daughter. My husband has rather specific Theories of naming children.
Anyway, that’s where the name “Tessa Dare” came from. And now I’m rather fond of it, and her. I feel like Tessa’s my alter ego. A real writer, and what’s even better – a writer who bandies about phrases like “nubile curves” and “muscled thighs” without blushing. I’m so glad FanLit helped me find her, and all of you! Please keep in touch!