"Coming out" about conlanging to people in Academia [was Re:Caryatic]
|From:||J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 21, 2001, 2:06|
"SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY" wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> > How many of us here have "come out" to people in academia, and what
> > have the responses been like?
> I've done it on three separate occassions.
> Second time happened the day of Matt Pearson's dissertation colloquium.
As Marcus will remember, I was outed that day as well, by my dissertation
advisor, who in his introduction before my talk chose to list conlanging as
one of my grad school achievements. (To my surprise, he had downloaded my
Tokana materials from the web.) I didn't really mind being outed, although
(as always) I felt a twinge of embarrassment at first.
Actually, I think that most people in the department already knew I was a
conlanger. At least, my work on the "Dark Skies" language appears to be