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2013-06-17 01:14:05 PM  
Anne Rice's real name is Howard O'Brien.  No foolin.
 
2013-06-17 01:14:46 PM  
So J K Rowling is the pen name of J Rowling? That is just as imaginative as her writing.
 
2013-06-17 01:15:54 PM  
Hang on Voltaire, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
 
2013-06-17 01:18:34 PM  
Because nobody would read war novels porn by a guy named William E. Butterworth.
 
2013-06-17 01:28:52 PM  
Name of your first pet plus the street you grow up on, as I understand it.
 
2013-06-17 01:34:44 PM  
Wait.  I.P. Freely is a pseudonym?
 
2013-06-17 01:55:06 PM  
I don't get it. TFA doesn't explain how the author chose 'Stephen King'.
 
2013-06-17 01:55:57 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: Wait.  I.P. Freely is a pseudonym?


So is Claude Bauls.
 
2013-06-17 01:56:53 PM  

Fano: Name of your first pet plus the street you grow up on, as I understand it.


Snoopy Rush? WTF you sick bastard...

/Why do I feel dirty?
 
2013-06-17 01:57:20 PM  

Fano: Name of your first pet plus the street you grow up on, as I understand it.


Harvey Gridley is a funny pen name for a chick, but I guess if I must...
 
2013-06-17 02:05:58 PM  
shittymovienight.com
www.internalbleeding.net

"Your name is... Williams, Remo Williams. We put a lot of thought into that name."
 
2013-06-17 02:16:37 PM  
No Mark Twain?
 
2013-06-17 02:17:15 PM  
When I write a book, my name will be Bic Sharpie
 
2013-06-17 02:17:22 PM  

ScreamingLemur46: No Mark Twain?


Except for the first paragraph. Nevermind.
 
2013-06-17 02:18:09 PM  
How could they leave out Mark Twain?

A steamboat pilot needed to know the ever-changing river to be able to stop at the hundreds of ports and wood-lots. Twain studied 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of the Mississippi for more than two years before he received his steamboat pilot license in 1859. This occupation gave him his pen name, Mark Twain, from "mark twain," the cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain
 
2013-06-17 02:19:13 PM  

ScreamingLemur46: ScreamingLemur46: No Mark Twain?

Except for the first paragraph. Nevermind.



Crap....I missed that as well.
 
2013-06-17 02:20:31 PM  

The_Sponge: ScreamingLemur46: ScreamingLemur46: No Mark Twain?

Except for the first paragraph. Nevermind.


Crap....I missed that as well.


To be fair, it was only mentioned and not explained.

And it was in the second paragraph, not the first. Apparently I have forgotten how to read *and* count today.
 
2013-06-17 03:22:08 PM  
I had a few stories under a pen name, but ditched it because it was corny and, more importantly, shared with a porn star.

She did spell it differently, but still.
 
2013-06-17 03:46:18 PM  
I'll give you a hint how they did it:

m.wsj.net
 
2013-06-17 04:04:21 PM  
if it was a cracked article, it would include the words mind-blowing, scary, or shocking.
 
2013-06-17 04:18:09 PM  

Testiclaw: I had a few stories under a pen name, but ditched it because it was corny and, more importantly, shared with a porn star.

She did spell it differently, but still.


...Emily Dickinsome?
 
2013-06-17 04:22:55 PM  

Fano: Testiclaw: I had a few stories under a pen name, but ditched it because it was corny and, more importantly, shared with a porn star.

She did spell it differently, but still.

...Emily Dickinsome?


Ooooooh that could be a good one.
 
2013-06-17 04:39:27 PM  
I got it off a hair dryer.
 
2013-06-17 04:44:08 PM  
I publish under the name 'Sir Poopsalot McLeakybottom' to save myself the embarrasment of using my real name, Mark.
 
2013-06-17 05:26:22 PM  
J.K. Rowling - Joanne Rowling's publishers weren't sure that the intended readers of the Harry Potter books-pre-adolescent boys-would would read stories about wizards written by a woman, so they asked her to use her initials on the book instead of her full name.

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Approves.
 
2013-06-17 07:59:01 PM  

Fano: Name of your first pet plus the street you grow up on, as I understand it.


Buster Marshal?

/Sounds 1950's.
 
2013-06-17 08:38:38 PM  
Ed McBain?
 
2013-06-17 08:46:03 PM  
No Shakespeare and Francis Bacon?
 
2013-06-17 10:39:42 PM  
No Dr. Seuss?
 
2013-06-18 06:25:12 AM  

Fano: Name of your first pet plus the street you grow up on, as I understand it.


Ginger McGregor? I'm a female scottish porn star?
 
2013-06-18 08:44:30 AM  
"Scottish author Iain Banksdied earlier this week after battling gall bladder cancer. With him died hisnom de plume Iain M. Banks, under which he wrote science fiction. I admit I'm not familiar with the work Banks wrote under either name, and when I heard the news, I initially thought it weird that two writers with such similar names died on the same day."

Seriously? It was that much of a farking stretch?
 
2013-06-18 11:07:54 AM  

dancindan84: Fano: Name of your first pet plus the street you grow up on, as I understand it.

Ginger McGregor? I'm a female scottish porn star?


I'd be Gretel Shadyside.
 
2013-06-18 04:17:49 PM  
Mary Anne Evans, along with Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell would all like a word...and that word is misogyny.
 
2013-06-18 04:33:45 PM  
And, of course, everybody knows that Jane Austen was the pseudonym of a burly Yorkshire man named "Bob".

All of the famous lady novelists of the late 1700s and early 1800s were men and most of them were dead butch.

Angus McGaskell
Benjamin Aphra
Murrey "Butchy" Wollstonecraft Shelley
That prolific Brontë guy, George, who hide behind his unmarriageable sisters' skirts
Hannah More, whose real name was Arnold Muir

and so forth.

Women didn't have the time or inclination to write fond, soppy novels. They were too busy campaigning for Parliament or against slavery like the Duchess of Devonshire, or deciding important religious issues, like the Countess of Huntington. When Knox wrote of the "Monstrous Regiment of Women" who governed Europe in his day (in the 17th century), he wasn't whistling into his hat. The ladies had no time for novels. They had their dance cards full of duels and political intrigue.

Jane Austen didn't hide her scribbling under her petit-point. He hid his knitting under his blustery romances.
 
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