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What's the story behind your username?

Ozma is the ruler of the Land of Oz, beginning with the second book in the Oz series, "The Land of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. Most people these days are only aware of the first book, "The Wizard of Oz", but there were forty more "official" books and a lot more unofficial ones after that -- also, several movies and stage plays.

When I first went online I needed a username for e-mail, and at the time I was reading the Oz books to my younger daughter, Jillian -- she chose Ozma for my user name. Neither of us gave any thought to it someday becoming my common internet username, or we might have picked a male character! As for the number, my volunteer fire department is base 90, and I'm firefighter #14 -- in other words, 914. And so, I've been Ozma914 ever since. Here's a John R. Neill drawing of Ozma, who according to Baum was far and away and most beautiful person, inside and out, in all the land:

On an unrelated note, I'm back online. I lost my voice to a bad sore throat/cold, and then took an unplanned trip to Missouri to pick up Emily, so I've been away for about four days. In addition to her two weeks without power due to the ice storm, Emily's been going through a lot of other stresses down there and needed some time away, so I brought her back up here for awhile -- at least until the end of summer, I'm hoping. We've already embarked on a reorganizing plan for my home office and book collection, and with any luck we'll both be spending our free time working on our fiction writing careers once she's settled in.


Mar. 4th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
I did catch that post! I don't have a problem with the other authors, but I grew up on the first 14 -- I didn't even realize any more were ever written until I was in my 20's. I think I'd stick with the ones I'm most familiar with, if for no other reason than to make it easier to keep all the canon straight. Well, straight as it can be kept ...
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Same here with the other authors, though my 20s are the present and your 20s are the past. :) However, I did read Hidden Valley and Merry-Go-Round as a kid because my local library had them. They may not own them anymore as they recently had a book sale and the Baum books were being sold. (On the second-to-last day of the sale, I luckily snagged Emerald City before it was gone, too, though I would have much rather have found Patchwork Girl or Glinda.)
Mar. 4th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
I don't like to think of my 20's as the past ... even if they are. :-)

My local library had Cowardly Lion and a couple of other books, but from the time I moved to town I'd been going to the adult section, so I never found out they were up in the children's area until years later. What a shock that was for me! I asked them to let me know if they were ever discarded, but apparently their copies fell apart and were trashed without me getting a shot at them. Mostly I only own my original 14 and a handful of reprints from the 90's, as well as an ancient copy of Emerald City that my mother stumbled across.

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