<![CDATA[S. L. Gilbow - Blog]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:27:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[So Who Am I , Really?]]>Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:55:56 GMThttp://slgilbow.com/1/post/2013/06/so-who-am-i-really.htmlSo who am I, really? That seems like a rather existential question. It's certainly one I've been attempting to answer for the last fifty-six years. It's not, however, one I am going to be able to answer in a single blog post, especially not in my first blog post. But I can at least give it a start.

First, my name isn't really S. L. Gilbow. Stop! Don't leave. Come back. It's not a trick or a trap. It's merely a pseudonym, kind of like Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, or Dr. Seuss. Although I certainly don't claim to be the next Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, or Dr. Seuss.

I'm often asked why I write under a pseudonym. I usually say that it gives me a certain amount of anonymity, just so I can state the obvious. I'm not really sure now why I started writing under S. L. Gilbow. Let's just say it was probably fear. I had no idea how my work was going to be received. My writing tends to be somewhat dark sometimes, and I think I was setting myself up with the ability to separate Steve Wilson from S. L. Gilbow.

"S, L. Gilbow? No never heard of him. Why do you ask?"

Now I no longer have the desire to separate myself from S. L. Gilbow. I am quite willing and ready to accept the responsibility for every word that hack writes. I will continue writing under the name S. L. Gilbow, at least for the foreseeable future. Occasionally you will see my work published under Steven L. Wilson, but that merely means the editor missed the by-line under the title of the story on my submission.

I will finish by explaining how I came to select S. L. Gilbow as my pseudonym. I got the name Gilbow the same way my wife got the name Wilson. Through marriage. Gilbow is my wife's maiden name. I'm not the first to use this technique. Robert Heinlein used his first wife's maiden name, McDonald, for one of his pseudonyms. The S. L. are my real initials.

So who am I, really?

I'm S. L. Gilbow, of course. What a silly question for you to ask.