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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-03 07:52
Subject: [lj] A sort of LJ game
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I'm curious about something. What does your LJ handle mean, both to you and the world?

Mine is obvious. jaylake is my name, my auctorial brand. I originally looked at jlake, but it's a long-dead Justin Timberlake fan journal that's never been deleted, so the name wasn't available. That's for the best, as jaylake works better.

What's your handle mean? If you're a writer and you use an obscure handle, why? I don't want anyone to out themselves needlessly, I'm just wondering.
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User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2008-04-03 14:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Personally I chose something completely random which could never show up in a Google search...
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Renee Babcock: Star doily
User: renegade500
Date: 2008-04-03 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Star doily
renegade is a nickname I acquired about 10 or 12 years ago (mostly as a play on Renee, but in part because I'm sometimes known to like to well, stir things up and do things my own way).

A lot of times, renegade isn't available as a nickname, so I started using renegade500 as an online presence because it was random enough that I'd probably always be able to have it as a handle, and that has proven to be the case pretty much everywhere, so far.
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User: eljaydaly
Date: 2008-04-03 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used to use something else, but it was taken when I started my LJ. Then I saw this bumper sticker, and I thought, What the heck is that? "Subduction leads to orogeny." I looked it up, and I laughed, and I thought, Here I am, making mountains, climbing mountains, trudging uphill, so I kept it. So basically, it's geeky-amusing.

I haven't made a sale, so it's not like I'm not marketing anything. And much of the stuff on the LJ is personal, to keep touch with friends, etc. Plus, my real name is so common that googling yields dozens of us anyway.
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Tomas L. Martin
User: darrkespur
Date: 2008-04-03 15:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I use the handle darrkespur for a lot of things. I've been using it for a long time, since I first started writing/using the internets. The first part is the surname of the lead character (Jax Darrke) in the first novel I attempted, back 8 years at the age of 15. The second half is a reference to my football team Tottenham Hotspur or Spurs, because I had to squeeze some sports fan reference in there. It's been the same ever since, although my publications start increasing in number/repute I'd be temped to make a tomaslmartin one...
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2008-04-03 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I started my account years ago as a way to read other peoples' f-locked posts (that's how they sucked you in, in the Old Days) and tried to use "meerkat" (my nickname) but both that and suricata were taken, so I adapted.

If I were starting out today, intending to use my LJ as a career marketing tool, I'd use a variant of my name, but a name-change at this point seemed sort of silly -- half the online world knows me as "suri" now anyway (and my name and bio and whatnot are clearly listed in my User Info).

Edited at 2008-04-03 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Willis Couvillier
User: will_couvillier
Date: 2008-04-03 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, mine is much like yours. However, some years back everywhere I hung out at I was known as Lord Darksword.

I kinda miss those days, sometimes.

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User: wordswoman
Date: 2008-04-03 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I chose "wordswoman" because setting up my blog was one step toward outing myself as a writer (the others being to join a writers' group and start submitting my short stories). The name is a reminder of those goals.

I do put my real name in my profile, though.
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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2008-04-03 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mine is an ancient Dutch-Indonesian curse.
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Coffee Shop Whore
User: skidspoppe
Date: 2008-04-03 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Skids Poppe is an alias I used when writing for a motorcycle magazine. He's since grown but when I was starting this journal thing, I wanted to hide a little bit.
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International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
User: nick_kaufmann
Date: 2008-04-03 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I guess mine speaks for itself, eh?
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User: muneraven
Date: 2008-04-03 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: Interesting question!

"Mune" because I am very fond of the moon and the night. "Mune" not "moon" because I like the play between "moon" and "rune."

"Raven" because raven is my favorite Native American trickster-god. Also Huginn and Muninn, Odin's ravens, are often thought to represent thought and memory, both of which are pretty important to a writer.

And, having lived in Fairbanks, Alaska where actual ravens are very common, I learned to love them. Really smart, playful, adaptable birds: One could do worse than to emulate Raven.

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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2008-04-03 15:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I chose this name because my real name is so bog-common that it's tough to find available in most Internet venues.

The name doesn't really mean anything in itself; it just came from brainstorming on what pseudonym to use. That sparked a memory of my brother sending away for information from one of those mail-order course things (in his case, "firearm repair") and using the pseudonym "Stuart Pid" to see what other mailing lists ol' "Stu" got on.

It then occurred to me that "Sue D. Nym" would work perfectly as a homonymic pseudonym... except for the gender swapping; I wasn't ready to deal with that. However, similarly transmogrifying "antonym" and throwing the "P" middle initial to mark the "pseudonym" origin had the same result and helped make it less obvious.

Googling my real name won't find a link to me in many, many pages; Googling this moniker scores almost zero false hits.

-- Steve's wondering if he'd use his real name or the Nym one if he ever gets off his duff and starts submitting drek again.
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Jonathan Wood
User: thexmedic
Date: 2008-04-03 15:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I first started using the internet, before I was wannabe writer monkey, then I had some privacy issues/paranoia so I went with my college nickname (as I was mostly communicating with college buddies at the time). While I'm a Jonathan everyone called me Jon, and to avoid confusion with John the law student (John the lawyer) I, as a pre-med student, became Jon the Medic. When I flunked out the x-medic was born.

When I started on LJ, Jonathan Wood in all it's many variations was long gone, and I knew a couple of people from online as thexmedic, so it seemed like the obvious choice.
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User: madkestrel
Date: 2008-04-03 15:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's the title of my first published book. My real name (at the time of my searching)was taken, so I went for this instead.
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Kristine Smith
User: kristine_smith
Date: 2008-04-03 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I started out with "kaygo", which was a shortened form of a possible pseudonym. I decided to switch in order to make the connection between my writing and my blog. IIRC, several of us made the switch to writing names at about the same time. I think Jim Hines and Kate Elliot led the way.

Edited at 2008-04-03 03:35 pm (UTC)
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