Because I am bored and not in the mood for writing, having just finished my finishathon story. Snurched from snowgrouse and pet_lunatic respectively, and slightly edited.
What is your first name?
What are your nicknames if any?
Nico. (Never Nicky. DO NOT WANT.) I had others at school (Spitfire--after my favourite fighter plane, not my temper--and Rommel for my war-gaming) but they have faded away.
Are you named after anyone?
Nicola Marlow of the Antonia Forest books, and this pleases me greatly. My middle name is Ruth after my grandmother, and I like that too.
Would you name a child of yours after you?
Of course not! Why have two people which the same name in the house? Besides, I have no intention of having children.
If you were born a member of the opposite sex, what would your name be?
My mother said I was Stephen all through her pregnancy, but given that my brother was too, and was promptly renamed on sight because "he didn't look like a Stephen", I'm not sure I would have been either. Another name considered for me as a girl was Priscilla. I am relieved it was discarded.
If you could switch names with a friend who would it be?
I wouldn't. I'm quite attached to my name, the first ones anyway.
Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people often make with any of your names?
Oh yeah. I get Nicole all the time, even straight after I've introduced myself. I gave up when I lived in Germany and became Nicole. It's as if people don't hear a name they don't know and just aim for one they do, and that happens, less often, for my surname too. As for spelling, I almost always have to spell both names, and I still get stuff addressed to a mangled version.
Would you change your name if you became famous?
I'd change my surname, but before that. :-) It's a pain, and as with Nicola being changed to Nicole, people keep trying to make it a name they know. And I don't like that one.
The return of the Google name meme
Go to Google and type in your first name and the given phrase. Copy and paste the first sentence/phrase you get that makes sense (and isn't someone else's response to this meme).
(WTH, even Google asks me if I mean Nicole. No, I do not.)
Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search.
A: Nicola needs a hot chocolate. (OK, now I want one.)
Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search.
A: Nicola looks like a spy in a raincoat, wet brunette hair, dripping umbrella. (I love this, and it's very likely in Auckland's weather.)
Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search.
A. Call me Nicola, says sex-swap police officer (This is from the Yorkshire Evening Post. Go, my new fellow Nicola.)
Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search.
A: Nicola wants an ice-cream maker for Christmas. (Bwahahaha, very appropriate after kerravonsen's posts about hers!)
Q: Type in "[your name] does" in Google search.
A: Nicola does more than describe problems. (Yes! I
Q: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search.
A: Nicola hates anything domestic. (Sounds about right. She also hates being asked if she really meant "Nicole hates".)
Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search.
A: Nicola asks 'Is everything OK?' (And suspects the answer is no.)
Q: Type in "[your name] goes" in Google search.
A: Nicola goes over to the Merricks' house to tend to her merlin, Sprog, whom she keeps in Patrick's hawkhouse. (JOY! It is my namesake, Nicola Marlow!)
Q: Type in "[your name] likes" in Google search.
A: Nicola likes biking. (I do, but I don't have a bike any more.)
Q: Type in "[your name] eats" in Google search.
A: Nicola eats a Big Mac hamburger in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin, Germany. (I wish! Well, the location, not the meal. I miss Germany.)
Q: Type in "[your name] wears" in Google search.
A: Nicola wears a very smart black and white shirt with a black waistcoat. (I like the sound of that, actually.)
Q: Type in "[your name] was arrested for" in Google Search.
A: Nicola was arrested for throwing two lesbians out of her pub after customers complained about them snogging. (!!! I'm glad they arrested that Nicola! I might add that there were only three hits for this one; we're a nice lot. And no, I don't want to know what all those Nicoles were arrested for, even though there appear to be 354 of them.)