Do You Remember Me?

Posted on: July 21st, 2011 by Anthony Rapino 17 Comments

It has occurred to me the that some of you may not remember who I am.

Back when I was a nOOb writer with hardly anything published (actually, now that I think of it, not so different from now)  I used a screen name instead of my real name.  I don’t know why exactly.  Maybe it was something about not wanting perspective employers discovering I wrote horror.  Or maybe it was that I wanted a sense of anonymity online because let’s be honest, you’re all psychos and likely to track me down and murder my face.

Whatever the reason, once I started publishing on a slightly more regular basis, it became apparent I had to use my real name if I ever wanted fans (ha!) to find me.

So do you remember me from years ago?  I’m onipar (no cap, just the way I likes it), from the scantily clad blog Tales at Twilight.  Or have I morphed into this Anthony J. Rapino fellow so perfectly that the guise of oni vanished completely?  Here, let me slip out of my beard for a moment so you can get a good look at me.

Familiar?  I hope so, because oni, Anthony J. Rapino, or plain old Tony, I’m the same nutter you’ve known for years.




17 Responses

  1. Diana Lee says:

    Well, since I didn’t know you before, I have nothing to compare to. ‘Same nutter’ or not, it’s a pleasure to know and read you 🙂

  2. Indigo says:

    Bugger, here I thought you were planning on letting us see what you looked like without the beard, goatee maybe…but no…

    Um, stalker fan now, not so during your AOL days. Didn’t even know you then, but at least I can now say I knew him when. No doubt you will make a mark with your writing. Glad I came onboard before you got too busy for fans. (Hugs)Indy

    P.S. Bored much with the heat, I moaned in your mail.

    • Nah, I already scarred all my readers with the beard pics. :-p

  3. EArroyo says:

    I think I caught up with you during your transition. I think you’ve distinguished yourself really well into horror. I used a screen name too. Still keep it only because she’s much more fun.

    • Thanks, E.! Yeah, aliases can be a hoot. 😀

  4. Andrea says:

    How could I ever forget that your onipar. I actually used the Way Back Machine to take a stroll down WriterBuddy lane. Didn’t get to see much of the website ruins but it was still nice. Question is do you remember what my screen name was back in the day?

    • Oh no, that’s fighting dirty! 😛 You’ve been Andrea and sthrnwriter for so long now, I don’t think I can remember your name from back then. What was it?

      • Andrea says:

        Believe it or not, my screen name was southernswty. Don’t know why I chose that name. Haven’t used it since.

  5. Oh to have a stalker that would come murder my face.
    So, what were you onipar with?

    • I always used my real name with the published stories, but I used “onipar” for pretty much *all* of my networking online: my blog, writing forums, etc.

  6. Ha – I got the lecture on the name thing. Fortunately for me most people know both my names

    wishing you the best with your writing – gr8 to meet a fellow writer who is striving to be better known

    • Thanks, Moondust! Glad you found my little corner of cyberspace.

  7. Now that you mention it, I do remember seeing “onipar” comment on blogs and EDF tales. Glad to make BOTH of your acquaintances this year!

    • Yup, I still masquerade as “onipar” now and then.

  8. Cate Gardner says:

    I knew you then and I know you know and the transition was seamless.

    I was catephoenix when I first crept onto the internet because I’d read all the horror stories as to how you should stay anonymous on line. Now, half my contacts have my address. Oops!

    • Nice. 🙂 Uh oh, stalkers abound!

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