<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/offtopic.gif" alt="" /> totally! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" />

maybe u can open a thread on house-building so i can learn more about it.

so should i build my house to please only myself or should i have the audience in mind? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/silly.gif" alt="" />

I love that comment! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" /> Such a clever way to pull it back to the topic.

I like your idea of a building thread too. Apart from anything else I'd very much like to hear about your house too, and see some pics if possible.

I'm not sure if I can teach anything useful, but it's a process that lots of people seem to find interesting. I think there's still a bit of nest building instinct in most of us. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> It will take me a day or two to select and upload a few pictures of the process, and compile a bit of waffle, but it is something I've been meaning to do for a while.


The business of writers having multiple pen names is an interesting one. As Kiya points out there are many instances. One of the ironies faced by people who strive to be successful is that once they achieve the fame they often discover how precious their anonymity was, now they've lost it.

Having other names is in some ways a chance to get your freedoms back. The freedom to try new things, the freedom not have have reader expectations to live up to, the freedom to try a different voice, and even the freedom to fail by the standards usually expected of you (even by yourself).

On a couple of occasions I've ended up with two names on the same forum (usually because I'd forgotten the original name and/or password and registered another, only to rediscover the first one). Well, it was enormous fun. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" /> I could jump in and support myself, stage fights with myself, ridicule myself or simply try out two different viewpoints that I was trying to choose between.

This is not quite the same thing of course, but it was certainly very liberating to be able to switch away from my usual self and post in a very different style. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />