The Story of Pete and Sally

by Jennifer Miller on September 11, 2009

in Social Media

One of my favorite book series is the Sweet Potato Queens written by Jill Conner Browne.  Her books are an irreverant, saucy combination of self-help, memoir, philosophical ruminations and recipes all rolled into one. In her books, Conner Browne uses a very clever literary device— all of her friends are named “Tammy” to protect their identity. It occurs to me that this will be useful when blogging about specific “people-equation” situations that may require a certain amount of discretion.

From now on, the main characters in my stories will be “Pete” and/or “Sally”.  Pete and Sally may be real people, or they may be a composite of people that I’ve observed in my consulting practice.  Either way, this will stave off any speculation about just exactly who’s being discussed.

Should there need to be supporting characters in my stories, then who knows?  Maybe Stan, Leticia, Susan or George will show up. You  just never know. . .

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Deirdre October 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Love it. I need to use names too. 🙂

Jennifer October 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm


I know, isn’t this a great literary device?

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