Will Once
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I'll let you into a little secret. Will Once isn't really my name. It's a nom de plume, a pseudonym, a made up name. It's the superhero identity that I squeeze into in the evenings and weekends. Have you ever tried changing into something in lycra or spandex in a phone box? Not only can you never find a phone box these days, but even when you can it's murder on the elbows and knees.
There is nothing sinister or exciting about hiding behind a pseudonym. I'm not anyone famous or infamous. I just want to keep my work life and my writing life separate, at least for the time being.
Where did the name come from? I'm glad you asked. A few years ago I wrote some articles for a British chess magazine called, imaginatively enough, Chess. Those articles were written under the heading of "Once in a lifetime". From that I took a username "Once" on a couple of websites, and the name stuck. Some people have speculated that it comes from "once upon a time" or even the Spanish for eleven. Nothing so clever as that, I'm afraid.
The idea behind "Once in a lifetime" is the old Mark Twain dictum that we would be more disappointed by the things we didn't do than the things we did. At least once in our lifetime we should do something to follow a dream. I've always wanted to be a writer. That has been my dream. Now the internet and the rise of devices like Kindles means that I can do that, as well as holding down a full time job and being a husband and father.
I have no idea where the adventure will take me. Perhaps nobody will read my stuff and it all ends as a huge disappointment? I just don't know. But in the hope that at least someone finds something to make them smile, here it is. I suppose the point about real adventures is that you don't know where they will take you.
Please do let me know what you think. I'm not on facebook or twitter yet (more adventures!), so for now you can contact me on: