10 January, 2006

How Blogger Ruined My Life & How I Am Solving My Problem Creatively

I never give my main "good" email to just anyone. And I never ever put it on the web in any form. Except for my blogger "email your comments" page. And thus the floodgates of spam have been opened. Not the good spam with free pictures of nekkid people, mind you. But the stupid spam. A typical subject line reads "a acquiesce, but eradicable". If I click on it, it crashes my MacMail program and deletes the other messages that it rode in on. Took me awhile to figure out why I hadn't gotten the emails people were waiting for me to answer.

So I took my inspiration from a bad joke (Doctor, it hurts when I do this--so don't do that) and just decided to not click on the messages. Problem solved.

Then, as I looked at my Inbox and saw all the creative spam names, I realised something. Finding names for minor characters in stories is really a pain when you write. Authors are forever telling you their little tricks. "Go through the phone book" and "Drag Queen Game"* are popular solutions. There was even a character on Chicago Hope named after a car commercial. (Lease A Catera became Dr. Lisa Catera.) But here, in my inbox, is a the lemon from which I can make life's lemonade.

So when you read my books don't be surprised to find minor characters called Eli Judd or Kelley Anaya.

*The Drag Queen Game is the name of your first pet and the first street you lived on. I get Nikki Bluffside. Tom gets Lady Bluffside. Tim gets something like Midnight Third. I've clearly got the best one.

10 Comments:

At 11:00 AM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

Mine would be Tavish Fox...I can't recall the first street I lived on, so I used a street I lived on that would fit....

 
At 11:18 AM, January 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine would be "Pepper Posidas" or "Pepper Los Posidas".

Sounds like a hispanic porn star.

Jason

 
At 11:56 AM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Ivy, the Great and Powerful said...

Oooh, I sent you an email, actually, hopefully it's not lost in space. Let me know if you didn't get it.

And my name would be "Gypsy Linden". But Jim has the best one EVER. "Rocky Hardin", I kid you not.

 
At 12:28 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Casey said...

Use Apple's Mail app and turn on junk filtering. Right click (command click) the junk mail folder and select "Erase Junk Mail"...

...although some of those subject lines are interesting to say the least. I got one a couple days ago that said "You always wanted to use your penis as a billiards cue". I can honestly say that this thought never occured to me... perhaps for some finese shots, but for God's sake not the break!

Smokie Airport

 
At 12:32 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Lee said...

Sniffy Crossbrook

 
At 12:48 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

You've been tagged...

 
At 1:17 PM, January 10, 2006, Anonymous Mo said...

Buffy Evergreen

 
At 2:04 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Steph said...

Bridget Gordon!

 
At 2:25 PM, January 10, 2006, Anonymous H Monroe said...

Charlie Andalusia

 
At 9:30 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger dailydiablogger said...

That's kinda fun. My name would be Cera Sullivan.

 

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