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Interweb transition

Someday soon, I will have an author website. It's in the works. One of the things it will include is a page on atpobtvs.com: my attempt to ride on my own coattails and associate my writer's "brand" with a previous "brand" already established on the internet.

And since I have yet to receive any reviews of my original fiction writing (nor have I gone actively looking for them; it's on the to-do list), I am trying to drum up a few for ATPoBtVS. I had a lot of kind (and not-so-kind) words said about that website over the years (years!), and all the kind ones and constructively-critical ones are appreciated, but I am on the hunt for complementary reviews by academic-types that will look Uber Impressive on the website.

In order find a few, I scoured old emails, and I googled the name of my site. One amusing thing I came across was a prof using my website as an example of how to do college paper citations for web pages:

http://web.williams.edu/wp-etc/acad-resources/survival_guide/CitingDoc/CiteWriteMLA.php

Amusing mostly in how (1) I will forever be "Masquerade" on the internet no matter whether I tie that name to my RL name in the new web site, and (2) the quote (s)he attributes to me is actually me quoting someone else. I always cited my sources, but they were as anonymous internet-psuedonymy as me, and the fact that they were written by someone else sometimes escaped people.

Sometimes it didn't; I have old emails asking, "Who is this 'Rattletrap' person and is he the same person as this student of mine who may have plagiarized his work?"

You know, all my original fiction is going to take place in academia. I know that. You can take the girl out of university, but you can't take university out of the girl. The love is still there. But as much as I wish I was doing software development on some campus somewhere, I am glad I'm not a professor anymore. Hats off to all of you who are: that skill set in its entirety was beyond me.

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cactuswatcher
Jul. 2nd, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
LOL I can just imagine what my grad school advisor would have done if I'd quoted someone, who was using only a handle! "Just whoooo is this person? Whyyyy do you think they'd be suitable to quote?" Times change.

Well, since you interviewed absolutely everyone in person before they were allowed to post on the ATPo board, I sure you were able to answer that email with the greatest ease and give a complete outline of the life and works of our 'Rattletrap.' ;o)
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 2nd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not so much. But with a nod to the importance of real life associations, if they'd been an ATPo poster who attended a Gathering and were therefore someone I knew well, I may have been able to accommodate her.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 2nd, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
And on the subject of citing me and my site, the folks who knew what they were doing sent me an email asking me for MY real life name and credentials, which I was happy to supply.
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