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 Posted: Wed Jun 14th, 2006 04:42 am
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now that timmy has revealed that he is mrs. butterworth, i think we should have some kind of amnesty here and let everyone come out of his respective closet.  as for me, i really haven't posed as a consistent character.  i will admit i got a few people upset about two years ago when i made believe i was a college girl asking all  you smart playwrights to write me a play for one of my classes.  i thought i would get lambasted.  i did, but i made some people genuinely upset.  so i'm sorry about that.

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A couple years ago I took much time and serious effort to help that smart girl write a play.  Remember?  She needed it right away for a theatre class but wasn't a theatre major so didn't know how to write a play.  In fact, I pretty much wrote the thing myself even though I had a completely opposite view of the subject matter.  I did have my suspicions at the time, but cast them aside to really try and help.  You really need to pray to God and ask forgiveness.  In fact, maybe you should write a play for Him.

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"COME CLEAN" (...you must have a touch of that religious "guilt" thingee, leon, that's mostly catholic imposed at a very young age...) ...and that's not a bad thing, either.

....Mrs. B was a poor joke, started on a poor whim. am i "sorry?" no. the personal attacks were reaching epidemic proportions. did i wimp out by creating such a character. absolutely. it was just easier.

my writing has improved since i found this place. i'm learning things. i'm now using Final Draft, i DON'T send to contests w/fees, and am very close to completing my first full length. even if it goes nowhere, i can tell myself i wrote one. i've three different short plays going this summer and was just asked to do a reading in August at a writing center. life is good. (Mrs. B is back in her kitchen where she belongs.....

will all this last here at this forum? there are good people here. with faults. we all have faults. i hope so....

best of luck to everyone's writing....

timmy

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This will be interesting.

As for me, once, maybe five years ago, I posted once under a pretend name because Richard Porter was really scary back then, and I wanted to give people a heads-up on something.

That's it.

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What I want to know is who was Harvey the invisible rabbit.  I really liked him, despite some thinking it was me.  Does anybody know?  Is he here?

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edd, you wrote me a play?  very sorry.  i remember cj writing a play for me, and i was surprised she went to the trouble.  i thought a few people would call me names and that would be the end of it. 

 

and actually, i think, edd, that i wrote the blurb after someone else wrote something similar.  but i just made the writer a bit more ridiculous.  i think you responded to the first writer.  and cj responded to me.  don't know if there's any way to look back on the old site, is there, paul?

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I spent days rewriting what your fictitous character supposedly wrote.  I reformated and gave it all the my best talent and love.  No need to go back.  It's a fact.  Water under the bridge.  You fessed up and now that I vented it's a closed matter. 

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The old site ? Nope, it's dead and gone.  It was all a dream

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The play was about a young woman, married I think, she was going to have a baby maybe and the problem was whether to abort it or not - something like that.  She was somewhat religious in the matter.  If that wasn't the play then I'm glad it wasn't you. :>)

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The only time I used pseudonyms was when someone stole my identity and posted under my name with my email address.

Don't regret it.

Never attacked anyone while in "pseudonym land".

Wouldn't do it again. Too bland an existence.

Deepak
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Hey look, a signature line! Go Deepak. Other than the "drama queen" post, which I think got more responses than any other in the old forums history, my only other pseudonym foray was when I created a HUGE storyline through many characters responding to many different posts.

I thought it was one of the cleverest things I've ever done, but nobody seemed to catch the joke. Then I left for a few months. Man, I swear that was funny.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 16th, 2006 05:41 am
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i can't believe this is all the confessions we're gonna get.  come on, people!  fess up.  you will be forgiven, and will be given permission to remain in the u.s. (george said so.)

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Guess who!

Go to my website http://www.barbara-kahn.com

The first person to correctly guess my previous screen name will get one dot of mana, if I can figure out the algebraic formula to assign it. (Should the second person who guesses correctly get two dots?....) Ahhh, never mind. Forget it. I didn't post very often under either name, and I never entered into the wars, so it doesn't really matter.

 

 

 

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Wow Deepak-you're hot. lol

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Hey - my first post on the new board.  To be honest, it scares me a bit hence my reticence to post.  I like simplicity!

Anyway, responses in (reverse) turn: if there's mana up for grabs, Barbara, then I'm tempted to respond to your challenge but given that we exchanged mails of late it would be kinda cheating so I'll hold back (for now); and as for pseudonyms used on the old board, I once posted as a classmate to a girl who'd written a dreadful play that everyone slagged off (I googled her and found the name of someone in her class ... I recall that Mark James must have done the same as he remarked on it saying it must have been genuine) ... anyway, in hindsight, it's all a tad sad!

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Hey, I've got three and a half manas ... how can that be?  I've only just posted?!  Can someone explain ... ?!

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Arg, Mathew, you fooled me. Cad! That's so obvious, too. Oh well.

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matthew,  we all would have three and a half mana if we posted our names three times.

 

or maybe it's the british aura.

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I used to post as simply Matthew and then someone else did likewise and, on a whim, I adopted the triple moniker.  Starts to annoy me after a while but I feel like it's my branding and doesn't feel right to change now!

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inga?  jensey?  you mean you're never coming out of the closet?  come on!  be a sport!  we'll all have a good laugh.

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Hmm...  That was long ago. I think there may have been one other tag name, but I don't recall and I, as Barbara noted, stayed away from the firestorms.

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leon wrote: i can't believe this is all the confessions we're gonna get.  come on, people!  fess up...

I framed Roger Rabbit.

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I have lusted in my heart to assume an alternate identity to bitchslap pretentious others but it was in connection with an old UK playwright forum.  

But here's some other confessions:

 

-- When my grandmother died, I used the information to force my friends to do what I wanted.  I was 18. 

-- When Princess Diana died, I didn't feel sad at all.  The news announced that she had scrambled eggs for dinner at the Ritz before she died, though, and ever since then scrambled eggs have been a big favourite for me. 

-- I once keyed a car in Washington that had blocked my space. 

-- I once forced a legal assistant to finish preparing for a court filing even though the police had ordered that we evacuate the building because of a bomb threat (my office was next to Treasury which is next to the White House).  In fact, the police were behind me yelling at me when I did it.  This caused considerable stress for the legal assistant.  The filing was, however, made in time. 

-- If I spend over a certain amount on dinner at a nice restaurant, I feel entitled to take an ashtray.

-- I do not think that ownership attachs to umbrellas and treat them like the American Indians used to treat land. 

-- I never ever check out of a hotel at or before the deadline.  I live by that line from Sweet Bird of Youth:  "CHeck out time is when I want to leave."

 

 

 

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My dear Swann,

You are delicious!  I think we may be related.  Ask your mother if she ever knew a blond blue-eyed trucker who smelled of cigar smoke.  You might be my baby half sister.  Are you rich?

What did you write today?

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...i once kicked a street corner Santa in the kiester and ran like hell because I saw him smoking a cigarette before his gig.  I was nine.

...i once kissed a student teacher in high school.  And liked it.  So did she.

...i once, while highly intoxicated, moved an idling (but unoccupied) police car around to the other side of a shopping mall.

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Spiritually, Edd, I would love to be your baby sister and already think I am.  I am blonde and blue eyed but genetically it's unlikely.  My mother was in a very strict Evangelical christian phase around the time I came into the world.#

Oh, here's another one - I lied about my age in my profile!    

Timmy, I love you for your confessions.  Fantastic.  One of the funniest things I ever saw was a group of students at Oxford steal a police car while the policemen were trying to disperse another rowdy student mob.  I was watching the whole thing with some other students from a window and it was the most perfect impromptu play. 

 

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timmy wrote: ...i once, while highly intoxicated, moved an idling (but unoccupied) police car around to the other side of a shopping mall.

Wow. Now I love you more.

That rocks.

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Re identities:

On another Web-Site a poster turned up under the name of, "Little Hippo". She then posted a poem of mine "Eric Satie". I thought it was a member of a writers' group I attended. (She was a musician and liked the Poem that I'd "given to her")

She also PM'd me, nothing indelicate, but suggestive. I didn't respond and she ultimately dropped out of the group. Though the postings continued.

(Yawn, oooh etc)

End of tale, Little Hippo was my wife who was sure I was having an affair with this woman and was trying to "tease me out". How do I know, one of my sons "let on."

On yet another website I am also CynicSid, though this is well advertised.

Goodness, I could bore for the Universe,

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Oh well, as long as we're in confessional mode:


I am Spartacus.

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...as the new year approaches, I must confess that I secretly dress up as Jimmy Crack Corn...but no one cares.

Happy New Year (toot - toot)

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Swann1719 wrote: I have lusted in my heart to assume an alternate identity to bitchslap pretentious others but it was in connection with an old UK playwright forum.  

 

Meheh - I'm with you on that one, Swann - it was very tempting indeed. It's still up and running too, so there's still time.

I think my worst must be a bit of tea-spitting. And doing things like slightly unplugging certain bits of someone's computer - that's always fun to watch.

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