I’ve always had (and loved) online nicknames.
In the mid-90s, when I was young and spry and well into my tweens, we were strongly advised to never give out real information on the Internet. Don’t give people your full name. Don’t tell them where you’re from. Etc. Despite the cultural chat phenomena of “A/S/L” (that stands for age/sex/location to which you were supposed to promptly respond with your age, sex and location)— most remained anonymous.
Thus, Internet nicknames became a thing. As I discovered my first fandom (a cartoon series called Road Rovers), I created a persona under the nickname, Dawn.
Dawn was fun and outgoing. She wrote fanart and fanfiction. She participated in late-night IRC chats. Eventually, she discovered anime conventions.
Dawn became a cosplayer.
Wasn’t she adorable?! (see pic above)
The name stuck so much that for years, people IRL only knew me as Dawn.
As I grew older and less of an adorable cosplayer, I had to drop the ruse. It took awhile but people eventually learned my real name and I got used to this current world of Facebook and social media… no longer are we hiding behind our screens. ALL forbidden information is out there, beyond A/S/L!
I still wanted a nickname though and that’s when I adopted the Space Pirate Queen for Defective Geeks.
Now here we are. A new blog for my own personal creative interests.
I hope you enjoy!