Desparate for something else to do while ideas for this essay rearrange themselves in my head.
So, here's a brief history of all my email addresses and internet aliases. Because of course they all have stories. Come on, be enthusiastic! This is your chance to delve into the complicated workings of my mind, the morass of interconnected references and the mire of meaning.
I can see you're excited now. Why don't we start with the livejournal . . .Livejournal Username: grey_damaskena
Why? Well, the first part, grey, is for numerous reasons. First, I really like grey as a color. I prefer "grey" to the alternative, which is "gray." The former implies a certain amount of softness in my head, a warmth that the harder, sharper "gray" lacks. It's the difference between a soft mist and the harsh, cheap smear of newsprint in my mind. The other reason for using "grey" is because I wrote a short story back when I was in high school that had Death as a main character (not Neil Gaiman's, no, though there were certain similarities. All art is derivative), and said character had grey eyes, which became a theme for the story. I thought it was really good at the time (it was the best I'd ever written, at the time. Hopefully this is no longer the case), and was quite proud of it.
The second part, damaskena, is the last name of my favorite character from Judith Tarr's the Hound and the Falcon trilogy. It's a truly amazing series of books, and I highly recomend them though they're a bit hard to find. They are, in order, called the Isle of Glass
, the Golden Horn
, and the Hounds of God
. Historical fantasy. Amazing.Livejournal Name: upside down
"Upside Down" is the title of my very favorite Tori Amos song. It's quite rare as Tori songs go . . . originally it was released on the Winter single, and has subsequently been included in a few other singles. Great song. When I hear her play it live, I will be able to die with my life completed.Livejournal Friends page: blankets
Another reference to a Tori song (yeah, who's a geek?). The song is called Bells for Her, and it's from the Under the Pink album. The interesting thing about that particular song is that in an earlier verse, the word is spelled "blankets" and, later on, is spelled "blank ettes." I think the song is about the breakdown of a friendship; when the singer and the woman she refers to are friends, they are "blankets;" when they're arguing and the frienship is broken, they're "blank ettes." Thus it's a good name for the friend's page.Internet Nomiker: Althea SaDiablo
The first name, Althea, is the first name of the character from whom I also lifted "damaskena." Yes, her full name is Althea Damaskena, or Thea for short. She's Greek, she's a shapeshifting elf, and she kicks everyone's ass (in my humble opinion). She has numerous good qualities which I would be wise to emulate, though I could never be quite as cool as her.
The second name, SaDiablo, is lifted out of another most excellent trilogy of books, Anne Bishop's the Black Jewels Trilogy. Another series that I really, really like. Titles are as follows: Daughter of the Blood
, Heir to the Shadows
, and Queen of the Darkness
. There is now another book in the same world, "the Invisible Ring," which I didn't like as much but still isn't bad, and a book of four short stories, "Dreams Made Flesh," which I quite like but haven't had time to finish (I'm on the story that has Saetan-angst, and watching him suffer makes me sad). Anyway, my favorite character in said books is Saetan SaDiablo (thus the earlier comment), and I would adore being a part of his family, so I cheerfully adopted myself into it by borrowing the last name.AIM: Scryer1
This one's been with me for a very, very long time. I went through a bunch of possibilities before I finally found a SN; Scryer was not my first choice, but I appreciate the irony. Because sitting at a computer serves much the same function as scrying does: you can see far-off places and events or find out information by use of a flat, inanimate surface. Not all that different from looking into a bowl of still water or a mirror. But think of the Technomages from Babylon 5: they achieve what appears to be magic through the use of incredibly advanced science.Email address: chibi_l_sama
I aquired this one while I was in college. The first anime I was ever into, and my number one favorite anime of all time, is of course Slayers. The top dog in the Slayers pantheon is L-sama, the Lord of Nightmares. Since I am a force for chaos and evil (at least some of the time), it seemed appropriate to my friends. But since I'm a student, I'm still in training and don't yet have full smiting powers. Hence the nickname Chibi-sama. Mess with me and I flatten you with a shovel, it's that simple.Email address: ddraig_goch
Now defunct. The translation from Welsh is "red dragon." The red dragon is on the Welsh flag and is also famously referred to in Arthurian myth: as a boy Merlin has a vision of a white dragon and a red dragon fighting for dominion. I can claim about as many Welsh ancestors as any other nationality my ancestors may originate from, and Wales itself is of great interest to me.Email address and forum name: WhettedKnife
I do martial arts, and have spent quite a bit of time training in knife fighting. The phrase itself is from a poem, "Sea Fever" by John Masefield
. The text for said poem was initally sent to me by greensilkchai
, and I really like it. I also have more than a passing interest in ships and sailing, not that I know much about either. Forum name: CrownedinWood
A reference to another favorite character of mine, the Fool from Robin Hobb's Assasin, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man trilogies (I'm not going to list them all, it's too much effort. Suffice to say that they're very good). Not a name I've used often, but I think it sounds very neat.Title: Pirate Queen, formerly of Brighton
I first buckled swash back in freshman year when I played in my first game of Seventh Sea. See, I was on the pirate bandwagon before Pirates of the Caribbean (incidentally, #2 has finished filming . . .). When I was abroad, I felt it necessary to take a title appropriate for my traveling status. And since I was in a port town, a seafaring name was best. As I traveled, the title became more elaborate. I am now the Pirate Queen of the Something Something Yakuza, scourge of the Irish Sea and Ravager of the Northern Coast, currently landlubbing in Pennsylvania.
Right, that's all of them that I can think of right now. I have a bunch of other titles, most of them self-proclaimed, but I can't be bothered with them at the moment. That isn't really the issue at this point, though. No, the issue is, why the heck are you still reading this?