In an effort to simplify my life -- and weary of the effort required to maintain three different identities -- I've decided to rid myself of one of my extra personas. Obviously, as "Kelpie" is the identity with the least excuse for continuing she is the one who will have to go. She was only a stalling tactic to begin with, while I made up my mind whether I wanted to be Madeline here or Teresa (since at that time I couldn't be both). As it turned out that I made up my mind fairly quickly, she was, essentially, a mistake which ought to have been rectified long ago. But once Kelpie is gone, there remains the question of what to call myself, because I would like to use something that combines both the real me and the nom de plume. Both names written out in full would be too long (and I am sure we aren't allowed that many letters anyway) -- but whether to call myself Madeline-Teresa or Teresa/Madeline or Madeline H. (Teresa E.), or some other variation is something of a puzzle. I am still pondering the matter -- also searching the internet for a new avatar. Something pleasing to the eye, but expressive of a double identity -- mirror twins, or woman and shadow, or something like a playing card queen with two slightly different images top and bottom. So far no luck, and I'm running out of places to look, but I'm not quite ready to give up yet. Once I have figured all of this out, however, expect to see me in a fresh new guise.