Week before last I submitted an article to Ezine - my first. I knew not to expect an answer on acceptance right away, but I thought two weeks was a bit much, so I started to investigate. I'd managed to miss an email/glaze over/I don't know (I have ditsy moments sometimes, so either could be the case actually) notifying me of there being a message in their system. I logged in and...... they'd suspended my account. I had recently read about how mountainmom5 had experienced the same thing at a point, so didn't think it was the end or anything and sent a message asking why. Guess why guys - just guess. My author name. They actually suspended my account because I was using the name given to me at birth! Crazy huh? They felt it wasn't appropriate. Here's the thing, I don't want to use a pen name or anything, I want to be me, so I then asked them "What now? Shall I fax over my passport page or something to prove that's actually my name?" I blame my mom for all of this weirdness - it's all her fault. But seriously though, that bothered me. I've already gotten very used to people calling me by my middle name day-to-day (since moving to Asia... folks find "Mahogany" a mouthful so it was just easier that way), but still, that's all informal interaction. I think it would be crazy to settle for using my middle name instead for something that's published, and if they don't bend on this little rule/judgment/whatever, it would be really unfortunate.