Some of you know I chose the pen name “D. D. Syrdal” based on a number of factors, one of which was the idea that using initials instead of a spelled out name would lessen the possibility of being dismissed out of hand as a ‘female’ writer. Many female writers over the centuries have masked their sex with masculine pseudonyms or ambiguous initials. I’ve seen a lot of female writers on Twitter who do the same thing, and because of that I was starting to have my doubts about whether or not it was still an effective ploy. Well, I think I have confirmation that gender assumptions still hold fast. I left a comment on David Brin’s blog a couple days ago in regard to a post he put up after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, discussing whether killers in crimes like that should not be named. Well, here’s what followed:
And his humorous response (which I will always treasure):
Here’s the actual blog post. If I hadn’t been sick when he was in town for his book signing for his latest book, Existence, a couple of weeks ago I might have been able to meet him. He has a great blog for the science-y types, and fans of science fiction. I do recommend it. I’m sure most of you know him as the author of The Postman, which Kevin Costner made into a movie.
I’ll admit I was a bit nonplussed at first, as I’ve never been called “Mr.” before. Now I can’t stop laughing about it. This is exactly why I chose the moniker I did, and now I see it was for good reason.
Still, it’s kind of an interesting commentary, isn’t it?