Thanks so much to everyone who weighed in on my little “professional name” poll.
I got comments and emails from people who know me, people who don’t, people who’ve heard my name or seen my plays — and the near-universal response is to leave well-enough alone.
I think I agree with Peter: “There is a nice youthful perkiness to ‘Tim’ that aligns with your writing very well.” I’m also quite pleased to see that Alan is reading my blog, and thinks I’m “masculine.”
I’ll go with my heart, and broaden the “male playwright name” exception to one syllable first names with two syllable last names. It’s Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Joe Orton, Steve Martin and Tim Bauer.
Then maybe I’ll change my blog template.