2 hours ago
I'm all in favour of the nom de plume. Anyone that enjoys my broadcasts and stories for kids would probably not be as enthusiastic about reading my thrillers aloud before bedtime. So I have two names that I use. Many of you out there have also invented an interesting name, so what about your profile pic...
Why are so many of the authors on site shy about showing what they really look like? I've lost count of the cats and dogs and orangutans that grace the Authonomy profile pages. The black outline prior to uploading a mug shot I can understand, but why not let us see the face that launched a thousand or so words...
Your thoughts please...
Posted: 01/05/2012 12:54:34Last Edit: 01/05/2012 14:19:39 by Casimir Greenfield
5 hours ago
I put my real pic up, unfortunately, when one is typically the photographer, you don't end up in may of the photos! My daughter took this one of me and my son!
Mindy Posted: 01/05/2012 13:07:30
43 days ago
validation. my name has no part in what i hope to accomplish. Posted: 01/05/2012 13:10:06
Hi Mindy - it's a great pic - it's real and we can see the person behind the words.
Now, I love my dog, but he has his own facebook page and I doubt he'd let me use his picture...
So, we're not worried abut the quality of the image here, it's the thought process behind it all I'm curious about.
Posted: 01/05/2012 13:13:51
9 hours ago
<------------- thats me! Not my day to day expression, I hasten to add. Posted: 01/05/2012 13:14:35
17 hours ago
My avatar is the main location of my novel. I use it for that reason, coupled with the fact I hate any photograph of me, and tend to avoid being photographed in the first place.
The real me is easy to find, therefore knowing what I look like should be a deal breaker. The profile name, I should say, has been changed, to my "rank" in the Alliance of Worldbuilders...
If I'm ever fortunate enough to get picked up and published, I will succumb to the author photo, but until then, I'll let people enjoy the location... Posted: 01/05/2012 13:44:53Last Edit: 01/05/2012 13:51:05 by Earth Countess Rose
49 days ago
But, in RL, I'm a 6 ft tall bird. Posted: 01/05/2012 13:47:23
10 hours ago
@Mindy -- Same here. I'm the photographer in the family, so there are very few decent shots of me. My avatar is one I liked mainly because of my son draped over my back. Posted: 01/05/2012 13:50:52
10 days ago
Then I had to change my name because my main character stole it (she had a legitimate reason).
But I'm still me.
I did masquerade as a bloke called Clarence once, to get material for a novel I never wrote. I didn't get material, I got a bloke up the road keen to actually meet me and share a pint. Whoops.
I stopped playing that ill informed game.
Posted: 01/05/2012 13:51:25
A few years back I went on some forum with a crazy picture and fake name. It was a personal fear of the unknown, I thought the internet was a scary place full of dangerous people and if i stuck my personal details out there then "HACK!!!" Ouch, see how that word just jumps out at you? scares the death out of me ;P
Didn't take me long to decide that I should only ever be myself. Now i even think pen names are a needless mask, it reminds me of those people who walk around in a cape or stick letters after their name.
Dr. Leon Gower PHD AB BTH Esq Posted: 01/05/2012 13:52:42
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