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Tagged! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003

Almost missed getting tagged by author_by_night to explain my username.

And that's the whole meme: explain your username, and then tag five others.

As I'm not sure how often I'll be around I won't tag, but the story behind "fernwithy" is boring and short, and based on me not learning how to turn off chat.

I'd been on a huge Tolkien kick, and was starting to write the story that would become The Jewel of Brandy Hall. Before that, I'd written under my real name in other fandoms. I was in grad school at the time, and a lot of my work was done online. And people kept hitting me with IM requests. I'm not a great chatter at the best of times--it is so not my medium--and it was annoying me a lot when I had both homework to do and a story to write, but as I had never intended to use IM, I'd never learned the ins and outs of turning it off. I was on AOL, and I finally decided that my best bet was to just open another screen name and do all of my work while signed into that one. I wasn't feeling very inspired, and I had a window open to write my story, and I'd just named my hobbit!Sue's mother Fern Withypoll. "FernWithypoll" was too long, so I shortened it to "fernwithy" and called it good. Alas, I have a short attention span, so while working, I started frequenting the Usenet group alt.books.tolkien to talk to other Tolkienites, and I became known as "Fern" there first, since it was how my posts were signed. And after The Phantom Menace came out, I signed onto a mailing list from that address as well. For awhile, it was concurrent with my TFN username, JediGaladriel, which was created around the same time, but I started using the Fern name nearly everywhere that wasn't TFN, and wrote all of my SW fanfic under both names. Other fanfic would look silly with "Jedi" attached to it, so it was all just Fern. And then somehow or other, I got a reputation as Fern. So it stuck.

Of course, by the time I finished "Jewel," I had to change Fern Withypoll's name, because, ick--having the same name as a character is tacky. So the hobbit lass whose name I stole became "Lily Withypoll."

And that's all folks. ;)
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randomposting From: randomposting Date: June 2nd, 2006 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Mine's pretty self explanatory. ;)
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: June 2nd, 2006 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, neat!

I actually love talking on AIM to other people, but I can see why some don't. And I admit that I have gotten rather strange IMs.
sreya From: sreya Date: June 2nd, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, for the longest time I was Jaya Solo because my first involvement online was in a chatroom where we roleplayed SW characters. Jaina Solo was already taken, though. :~p Tacky as it can be, there's also something fun about taking on the name of a character.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I'll miss your posts, both regular and Shades...
My username is one I've used since early, early in my internet life, meaning early high school. I played Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 7th grade, and it was the first name that popped into my head when I needed a pseudonym.
matril From: matril Date: June 2nd, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, both my user names are pretty lame, Mary-Sueish sort of things. On TFN I tweaked my real name into Cindé and tacked on "of Naboo." And Matril is the name of a character in my orignal novels. At least she's not the main heroine. Just the founder of the midwife's order and the mother of fourteen children. :P
From: maxzook Date: June 5th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

How I got my username

It was the summer after my freshman year of college. My high-school friend and soon-to-be college roommate John and his friend David were in the woods near John's home in Pound Ridge, NY, indulging in the ingestion by combustion of a certain substance not officially approved for medical use by the AMA.

They got lost (which gives you an idea of the potency of said substance, given that this was, after all, Westchester County), and began to think that they might have to change their permanent residence. Eventually they make their way to a house with a mailbox reading "M. A. ZOOK". In gratitude for their deliverance from the wilderness, without further ado they changed their names to Marvin Arthur Zook (John) and Milton Andrew Zook (David).

Within a few days everyone in our circle of friends was a Zook, including myself (Max Alexander Zook) and my then-roommate and classics major Roger (Marcus Apollodorus Zook). Marcus keeps the official list of Zooks which has grown to over three hundred names, including my (ex)girlfriend who officially changed her name to her Zook name to spite her parents. There are now dozens of second-generation Zooks and, I suspect, we will soon welcome our first third-generation Zook (this all started thirty-four years ago ...)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Vader's Mask

slightly unrelated, but I can't seem to find your email on your website. The link to "The Shifting of the Sands" is broken and I can't seem to find that story anywhere else and I would like to read it. Is it on another archive or where might I be able to find it?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vader's Mask

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