Text & Drawings by Floyd D.P. Oydegaard

The Shadows of the Past
Developing a Persona

An Effective Pseudonym

Pick an "alias" that suits you: a handle that best describes how you feel about yourself, a moniker that strikes fear in the hearts of those you come in contact, like Black Bart, Wild Bill or Rattlesnake Dick! These are tried and true names that have been used so much that it won't matter if you abuse them again. Sometimes your own name works well enough if you add some spice to it. For example, Floyd by itself isn't too scary, but give it a colorful adjective and it comes alive and will cause your average sodbuster to quiver in his corn field. One desperado could have as many as twenty "AKA"s.

The fellow at the left was known as Bloody Bill Anderson

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