Sunday, February 22, 2009

Abnormality's Namesake

I thought I should answer this, since you've been asking. If you specifically haven't asked, then I assure you that someone else has, even if it's only the little man in my head that starts to scream and throw things when I go too long without thinking about something.

I suppose the real reason for this post is that I'm bored and I thought of some clever lines I could use.

So, you've asked, "20cc, how is it that you came up with such an original name for your blog?" Or alternately, "20cc, how is it that you can live with yourself after coming up with such a terrible name?" My answer to both questions is, I was bored, and the entire creative process took me about fifteen minutes, so I honestly didn't put a whole lot of thought into it. I considered a few similar terms, like chaos or nonsense, but I thought that Abnormality would be the least silly. Also, I humbly admit that I did consider referencing anyButton by type setting my title as aBnormality, but I promise it was only for a moment, and only because I was listening to a very dull presentation at the time.

So no, my title is not a reference to the death metal band. I've only heard one of their songs, and as much as I love metal, it struck me as noisy and unorganized. It is neither a reference to chromosome abnormality, nor the epidemic in that fantasy novel (I'm not sure such a thing exists, but it seems like the kind of thing an unoriginal novelist like myself would do).

So yes, I admit that Abnormality is not a terribly original title. In my defense, however, I did create anyButton, and one can only have so many strokes of genius at a time. I may not be good with names, but I'm still a better writer than a lot of folks out there. Christopher Paolini, if you're reading this, I'm talking to you.

P.S. If Christopher Paolini is actually reading this, let me just say that I'm honored to have been noticed by a celebrity so early in my career, even if you're only a celebrity because you started writing your book at fifteen (I started mine at fourteen, and have been throwing away and rewriting the draft every three months), and because the lemming-like American public will rush to swallow any drivel that has a pretty cover and includes dragons, vampires, or breasts.


  1. You didn't come up with anyButton... You didn't even lick the goat... You're always Buttons.

  2. I came up with the name. I suppose the idea was kind of the three of us simultaneously.