Email signatures look so official. Those automatic signatures or company titles and designations people create to conclude their emails.
I was really excited when I created my first signature. It said that I was a freelance editor and proofreader, and it gave the name of my business and my website.
Lately, though, I've been wondering. Do I want to be known only for being a freelance editor and proofreader? Is there more to me than that? More that I want others to know about me when they open my email?
So, with terror and elation, I changed my signature this week.
Now, it looks like this:
Author, Poet, Freelance Editor and Proofreader
And then my blog link and website link.
I feel presumptuous.
My internal critic says, "Wait a second, you're not an author until you've written something."
Well, I reply, I HAVE written something. I wrote a terrible Christian romance novel, when I was in high school.
"That doesn't count," my critic counters. "You need to have something PUBLISHED."
I've HAD something published: four poems.
"But no fiction or nonfiction."
Not for lack of trying. What am I supposed to put? "Writer, Poet, . . ."?
"You're not really a writer, either. Writers actually write. You procrastinate."
All right, so I need another blue chip.
I can't. But . . . I remember something that makes me smile. I'm writing for this blog. And it's published.
So far, my internal critic has stayed silent.
Point for me.