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November 23, 2008

who am I?

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 8:44 pm

I was asked about one of my on line names and since it’s a little too long of a story to explain via Twitter I decided to blog about it.

Several years ago I created an on line id that wasn’t my own name.  That name is Rose Ayn.  Now, I use it in a lot of places, specifically in larger on line communities where my real name (Cynthia) would already be taken.  And yes, it is a name I have considered publishing under.

The origins of Rose Ayn is this.  My mother, for all my life, has called me “Rose.”  It’s in no part of my real name, but it’s just one of those nicknames a mother gives a child that sticks.  She used it so much while I was growing up that I will answer to it to this day.  Now, I also have a relative with the first name of Rose.  Okay let me back track here, I don’t know for an absolute fact that I’m related to this person – it’s another family story I have no reason to doubt but have never confirmed this on my own.  The relative I speak of, very distant relative, is Rose Wilder Lane.  Don’t recognize the name?  Perhaps you know her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder?  My family can be traced to the Wilders, apparently.  So, I’ve always had an affection for the family and love when I can learn something new.  A few years back I picked up a couple books by Ayn Rand, I tucked one into my purse one Sunday to read while in church (hey don’t judge).  I was reading the introduction and forward and all the historical information (which is all I’ve read of that book to this date) and was surprised to find a mention of Rose Wilder Lane.  When I got home I did a  little internet research and found out that Lane and Rand were contemporaries and friends.  Somewhere in doing all this research I started turning the names around in my head and Rose Ayn was born.

So, that’s how I put together my alternate ID.



  1. Very cool. And of course, I know who Rose Wilder Lane was. The Little House on the Prairie series were the first books I read independently on my own in 2nd grade. I loved those stories. Still do.

    Comment by Ilana — November 23, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  2. What a wonderful story! And I, like Ilana, knew who Rose Wilder Lane was–I think we all must have grown up on Little House. However, I think the best part was you tucking books into your purse to read during church. Priceless!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Now stop reading your blog and go write, you crazy NaNo chick, you!!! 🙂

    Comment by pamwritesromance — November 27, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  3. Little House was must see tv in my world growing up, I still love it when I can catch an episode on tv. I’ve had the books for years, maybe I should finally get around to reading them all.

    And hey, I can take a break or six from writing. I mean, I wrote over 33,000 words in 3 weeks.

    But seriously, if I’m not writing today then I’ll definitely be updating all my files. I have random handwritten pages all over the place that need to be put on the computer. Maybe if I clean up my collective work space I’ll get more writing done later this weekend.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — November 28, 2008 @ 11:35 am

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