Every couple of months I have to use an alias for work projects. The process feels just a little bit cloak and dagger, and I try to have fun with it.
Each time the alias I choose is slightly different. I always use my real first name ever since the day someone called me by my fake given-name-of-the-day and I didn't realize they were talking to me. The surname is always unique. Sometimes I plan the name out in advance, but sometimes I forget until I'm in the car driving to a location. Then I look around for a street name or landmark that I can appropriate, or listen for something on the radio I can adopt.
For example, yesterday I heard a commercial that said a St. Louis Symphony concert would include selections from the Harry Potter soundtrack. I decided that 'Potter' was my name for the day. However, I'm nothing if not flexible, so when someone called me 'Porter' I decided not to correct them.
Five years ago today: Fresh and New