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Writer’s Block: Your Username

Live Journal was probably the first instance of my using Katen as a handle. 

Previously, I had used fiona_mclaud, a perversion of William Sharp’s pseudonym Fiona MacLeod.  That handle was chosen because at the time my name was Katherine Miller.  Do you know how many Katherine Miller’s there are in this world?  So many than when I used to go and pick up my college loan check, the lady that took care of the L-Ns commented that she had a niece named Katherine Miller.  Who in fact looked a little like me.  Unless I wanted to be KatherineMiller7252, I had to choose something not my name.

By 2001, when I created my LJ, I was married and had been for over a year.  I like my married name, Katherine Nabity, but it’s still a bit cumbersome for use as a handle.  (Or username, if I join the 21st century.)  Therefore I shortened it.  Katen.  ‘Course, I never go by Kate, which is slightly counter intuitive, but it’s better than Katherinen or Kathyn.  Katen has become my default user name now, modified to Katenab if Katen is unavailable.


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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