How did you choose your LiveJournal username? Is there an interesting story behind it?
I had a different LJ account way back in the day when you had to have an invite to join. I don't think I used it that much; honestly, I can't even remember what my username was. I got sucked into Xanga for a bit, blogged at MySpace for a while, and then pretty much stopped blogging entirely.
I rejoined LJ in early 2009 and got stuck on what I wanted my username to be. I've used various handles over the years - including a character name from The Princess Bride and one referencing my favorite Kate Atkinson book - but I wanted to start fresh.
I've been a big Neko Case fan for years now, and she had just come out with a new album that included a song called "Middle Cyclone." The title appealed to me in that I'm a middle child and have a temper which could probably be described as...well, tornadic. The first time I listened to the song, I immediately fell in love - with her voice, with the instrumentals, and, above all, the lyrics.
baby, why am I worried now?
did someone make a fool of me
before I could show them how it's done?
can't give up acting tough
it's all that I'm made of
can't scrape together quite enough
to ride the bus to the outskirts of the fact that I need love
it was so clear to me
that it was almost invisible
I lie across the path waiting
just for a chance to be
a spiderweb trapped in your lashes
for that I would trade you my empire for ashes
but I choke it back
how much I need love
I'm all about self-deprecating humor and defense mechanisms. Doesn't mean I'm not all squishy on the inside, you know?