Okay, let me start by saying that if this is a duplicate thread, please delete it (I'm not having much luck in this department this week!) ... Was just curious about how we all came by our screen nicknames - obviously, those of us who've chosen names that are clearly NOT on our birth certificates! How did shadowritten (always lowercase 's', btw) begin life? It was actually my trading name when I was a freelance. After being made redundant, I was thinking about a new career as a ghost writer - someone who writes other people's books for them, gets little or no recognition but walks away with a handsome cheque. I figured my advertising experience was a good qualification; always having to write ads etc on behalf of others. Anyway, I suddenly found myself inundated with advertising work offers - but I didn't want to freelance under my own name, as I share this with a rather naff but well-known pop star! I was on AOL at the time, so I tried to acquire an email address that was some form of clever variation on 'ghost' and 'writing' or 'writer', but needless to say, all the best options were gone. Then I struck on shadowritten - a word I've not seen used anywhere on the web by anyone but me. It had close enough connotations to my original ghost-writing intentions, but also served well for my role as an ad copywriter. Especially when paired with the fiendishly simple strapline: 'Bring ideas to light'. Since then, I've used it quite liberally (I gave up freelance work in Dec 2004), and it's just stuck as my net name of choice.