'La Déesse' rhymes with 'Ah, say yes' - it's French and derived from my real name in the same way that 'Hergé' is derived from 'Georges Remi.' Other than that, I choose not to use my real name online except with close friends and confidantes. I'm an eccentric bluestocking from New Zealand. I used to be a secondary school teacher of English, Media Studies and French, but had to give it up because the stress and depression got to be too much.
I live in the downstairs of my parents' house (an arrangement for which I'm grateful, but I lament that it ever became necessary) with my two cats, Pearl and Teddy. Pearl is beautiful and intelligent but crabby. Teddy is cute and affectionate but a mental midget.
I have a mother, a father and a sister, and one surviving, very durable grandmother.
I went to the University of Auckland and have a Master of Arts degree in English, topped off by a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary). I've travelled to the USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Costa Rica and England, and lived in England too. My strengths include imagination, enthusiasm and humour, with a strong sense of history and feeling for language, and my weaknesses include depression, occasionally excessive introversion and a tendency to officiously correct people's spelling, punctuation and grammar. Well, I am an English teacher. Please tell me gently if I'm annoying you; I will try to make amends. And I take nice little white pills for the depression, so usually I am reasonably calm and cheerful. Hurrah!
About 'Friends' I wish that LJ called this feature something like 'Regular Reads' or 'Bookmarks,' because the label 'Friends' implies a closer relationship than I have - or can have - with many of the people whose journals I have on this list. The situation is ripe for giving offence to people to whom I bear no ill-will. I've taken people off my Friends list in the past, not because I grew to dislike them personally, but because I was no longer enjoying reading their journals. Our interests had diverged. We were never actually friends in the first place, any more than I am friends with the characters from Achewood, whose fictitious blogs I also read. (Ray answered one of my emails once though. He told me not to become a teacher just because I was good at school. Ray, I resisted your advice at the time because I didn't know what else to do, but fuck it, you were right.) Likewise, when I don't want to add someone to my Friends list, it's usually just because there are so many journals on it already that it's in danger of becoming unwieldy. Periodically I trim it down to keep it manageable. Some people on my Friends list really are my friends - but they know who they are, as we have a relationship beyond Livejournal. The reason this LJ is 'Friends Only' is for privacy reasons. Because I work in a school, I like to keep my online identity and my real-world identity separate. Kids today play on the Internet so much that if I didn't cover my tracks it would be easy for some of my students to bump into me online, and then I'd have to act like a good role model instead of just having fun. Besides that, I sometimes vent my frustrations with difficult students or colleagues in my journal, and obviously it would not help anyone if they read what I said about them when I was just letting off steam. My point is simply that none of this LJ 'Friends' stuff on my part is meant to be elitist, snobbish or hurtful. Please don't be offended.