because (1) i've an aversion to calling people by their actual names, (2) i like to give the friends i write about at least a thin veil of privacy, and (3) i like to manufacture the sense that we're players in a screwball comedy, i bestow nicknames upon everyone i know.
this has been going on for years. ever since partner and i became math partners and said, hey, let's just call each other "partner" so we never have to have the awkwardness of calling each other by our actual names ever again.
is it really even that awkward to call someone by their actual first name? now, i think it's more intimate than awkward, but i'm so inclined towards nicknamery that i cannot stop. it's a practice that seems to have magnified with age. or maybe it's just that i know more people and have more close friends, so it's become more glaringly obvious that the characters in all of my stories have wackadoo names.
some of them are super obvious. like, lindear or k.clen or jmills (ok, so most of them are obvious). but there are some that are what i like to call 'deep fried'. meaning: steeped in layers of unfathomable context.
ie. croftie's name is lara. her nickname is croftie. this derives from the name lara croft because croftie, like lara croft, is a total badass. collectively, croftie and her husband [the dread pirate dOugO] are called 'the crofts', leading to the all to frequent assumption that their last name is, in fact, 'croft'. it is not.
as a result of all the required backstory, there's not infrequent confusion among my friend-group about who is who. i say all of that to bring up this conversation with Friend today and an explanation of which i am almost shamefully proud: