His bona fides are far more impressive than mine. I’m just this guy, you know? And although I’ve considered shedding my nom de net in the past, I have no military rank, degree, or job title that would enhance my writing, could it be tied to a legitimate name.
On the other hand, I have an article in a trade magazine coming out at the end of this month about everyone’s favorite plastic-looking assault rifle, and it’s going to be published under the byline of “Shelby Murdoc”. “Shelby” is my real first name, though I’d appreciate it if everyone just kept calling me “Murdoc” on the site.
(And, yes, I’m quite aware that most folks named ‘Shelby’ are of the fairer sex. Rest assured that I am most certainly male and I intend to stay that way. I happen to like my name very much, thank-you. And, as you can tell by how I’m railing on about it, I’m not self-conscious about its generally-feminine association in the slightest. Really. I’m going to go out and shoot something in just a minute. Then work on the car or chop down a tree or something.)
I was going to make this earth-shaking revelation when the magazine came out, but why wait? No one really cares anyway.