Her true and legal name is Kitt Kathleen O’Malley. She loves her name and is grateful her parents came up with it — a great stage name if there ever was one. Her first name is typically a nickname for Katherine or Kathleen, so her name is redundant.
She had thought that Katherine meant catharsis, or purification through emotional release, a meaning she’s always identified with. Now that she researches her name, the etymology is unclear, perhaps originating with the goddess Hecate.
Hecate (Hekate) is a goddess of Greek mythology who was capable of both good and evil. [Metaphor for bipolar diagnosis?] She was especially associated with witchcraft, magic, the Moon, doorways, and creatures of the night such as hell-hounds and ghosts. [Who knew?] She is often depicted carrying a torch to remind of her connection with the night and in sculpture with three faces, representing her role as the guardian of crossroads. [Interesting…]
– Hecate by Mark Cartwright & [Bracketed writing by Kitt]
Anyway, yes, she openly expresses strong emotions, perhaps less so now that she’s medicated for bipolar disorder. She remains theatrical, loving attention and being on stage. She’s also a Leo, so add that to the mixture.
For this piece of flash fiction, she’ll go by Kate. Why? Because she named this piece Kate before she started writing and because it ties into the “Kiss me, Kate?” poem which ensues. Is she a shrew, a woman of violent temper and speech? At times she has been, but she hasn’t overthrown a table in over a year or two (she just did that once). She has been known to throw adult temper tantrums. Something she’s not proud of. Luckily her meds and psychotherapy help her keep an even keel.
Kiss me, Kate?
You cannot tame this shrew
This woman of sometimes
Violent temper and speech
She remains wild and free
At heart a non-conformist
Pugnacious and proud
Writing in third person, as true or as outlandish as she pleases, taking liberties with the facts, perhaps this will grow into an autobiographical novel. More likely than not, these words will remain here as a flash and then die the death of so many other blog posts, lost over a relatively short time period to the archives.
Talking to Yourself in the Third Person Can Help You Control Stressful Emotions. MSU Today. July 26, 2017.
Third-person self-talk facilitates emotion regulation without engaging cognitive control: Converging evidence from ERP and fMRI. Scientific Reports 7. Article number: 4519(2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04047-3.
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Thanks! I’m experimenting. Been blogging in first person.
I think so!
I like third person because it feels more freeing/3 dimensional. But there is an intimacy in 1st person too. I have never really written much in first person except for journal type things for myself. And you are right, you have a great name!
So funny, I get tired of writing in third person. Time to start a novel, Kitt!
Thanks for taking the time to read some archived posts!
That’s the plan.
Thanks. Seems that too much of my post writing goes nowhere. Written, then forgotten.
👍 Scrolled my browser to find one of your archived first person narratives (https://kittomalley.com/2016/05/11/early-dating-dialogue/) I really enjoyed, Kitt. This post is in the third person narrative indicating you are “Kate”, a Geeky Goddess born under the Zodiac sign of Leo. I agree, you are that woman. Also, enjoyed your related post “So Easily Broken”. Thanks !!!
Oh, wow, this was a fascinating experiment! I do hope that you do more with this style.
This was a fascinating departure from your other posts, Kitt, and certain lines leapt out at me.
This one was incredibly poignant:
“More likely than not, these words will remain here as a flash and then die the death of so many other blog posts, lost over a relatively short time period to the archives.”
Proud of you for experimenting! 👍
Takes guts! 💜
She likes it when he writes in the third person. LOL
Testing the concept —- He likes it.
And doesn’t it make it so much easier to ‘speak’…and then ‘listen to’ when you read it back to yourself 😀
I think everyone should do it, it can be quite ‘enlightening’ 😀 <3
Just experimenting. Getting sick of writing in first person.
It was actually a very insightful piece Kitt by doing it in the third person 😀
Thank you for sharing…all of you 😀
It is in accepting ‘us all’ that we finally accept ‘ourselves’. You are ‘treading those very boards’ in life my friend <3