It strikes me that the whole house of cards falls over if you give away
what the initials mean - so I wouldn't start it if I couldn't carry it
through to retirement. That actor TP McKenna did a good job of keeping
it to himself. So did PD James for a while. Does anyone know what MrT's
name was - he had the advantage that one was unlikely to persevere if he
did not volunteer it on first blush. Then there was HR Pufnstuff and the
Anne of Green Gables woman and ee cummings they did a reasonable job.
Didn't Alex in Clockwork Orange have a mask which was some chap called
"peebee shelley" so Percy had gone acronymic in the future rather than
at the start of his career. Then one is reminded of Cary Grant telling
Eva Marie Saint that the O in Roger O Thornhill stands for nothing which
is the best option I think. A generation ago I was disappointed when an
American scientific journal wanted full names on a paper as I have
always liked to use my initials PC as I fancied it sounded rather like
one was a police officer in a british children's show like Thomas the
Tank Engine. Having given out the info I have no option now. Think
Cheers PC Dillane ( the C does stand for something)
Thomas Stratton wrote:
> >> I will probably appear on my first scientific publication some time in
> >> the next year
> Well, this is why I came to consider this. Although I am not (or
> probably will not be) a literary writer, as a scientist my name will
> appear on scientific papers, etc. Our current project is not
> finished, but I will certainly appear on the paper whenever it gets done.
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
>> Thomas Stratton wrote:
>>> I will probably appear on my first scientific publication some time
>>> in the next year
>> ??? sorry. I don't get this statement.
>> As to names... What's comfortable?
>> What kind of image suits who you are? No laws. No rules.
>> Some publishers may have conventions that they want their
>> authors to use, but that's just a guess.