Im not talkin about people who PRETEND to be me on-line--(remembor i never spam, i never flame, i never even post on pubblic forums, under my own, or anyother name).
And Im not refering to people who pretend to be ME in media interveiws
No, I mean severol real people also truly named Walter Miller whove sent me fan mail. Turns out its a danm popular name. But im not based on any of them and there not based on me. Also, Im the one who retains copyright & all rights to this work, including the charactors of myself, Granfather, and all othors.
Plus all these Walter Millers all have diferent middle names from me or NO midle names. I recently changed my middle name to reflect my new email adress with Hotmail which is email@example.com. (So my name is Walter Underscore Miller, or walter_miller).
But back to those other Walter Millers: As can be imagined each one of these other Walter Millers is very nice. (and certanly smarter than ME).
There have even ben famous Walter Millers thruout history including a famous deceased sci-fi author, a former South Dakota govornor, a past speakor of the Alabama legistatore, a famous blues musicien, a Holleywood director, and someone famous enough to name a Elementry school after as there is one of those in Pensylvannia. Also, Providence, Rhode Islond holds a 'Walter Miller Day' each summer in honor of a locol hero. Theres even a charactor in a ficticous novel, a "Professor Walter Miller", so even when my book gets published i wont be the first one with this fine name. (Plus one things for sure i aint no danm profesor Ill tell you that.)
Beside, my FAQ page also says how my dad changed the name of his famly years ago to the nondescript Miller (sort of a German version of 'Smith' or 'Jones' and the 4th most poppulor sirname in the U.S.) years ago to disasociate himself from Granfather--whose name ISNT Miller as ive ofton said.
So ive thoght about doin the same, along the lines of: "This homepage is not an atempt to embaras anyone (EXEPT granfather) and any resemblance in situation (geez, we ARE rural disfunctonol trailer folk, so THATS certanly a new originol idea--DUH!) to anyone else is is unintentoinal and pueriley coincodental."
But in order to say that, and keep jerks from stealin my work, it woud mean that Im admiting I am a fraud.
So a dilemma arrises: How do I maintain credobility & at the same time efectively cover my ass? How do i claim to be who I am withuot havin to declare im NOT? Well I fuond the answer the other day in the movie Fargo.
Granfather rented Fargo the othor nihgt and I noticed somthin quite interesting (beside the cameo of The Artist Formorly Known As Prince--yes, look carefuly): In the begining of the film it said: "This is a True Story" and they even named a place & date. But at the end of the film it gave the old boilorplate: "This is a work of Fictoin...blah blah...coincidental"
So after I watched the movie I wrestled with the enigma of wether or not Fargo was really TRUE or just a bunch of CRAP...and then I thoght about it more...and I finaly came to the conclusion: This is ecxactly what my readers say about ME!
I recalled a qoute from granfather: POLITICIANS, SQUIRRILS, AND ENTORTAINMENT LAWYORS: THE ONLY 3 SKILLED TO STRADDLE BOTH SIDES O'THE FENCE AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT GETTIN THEIR BALLS COUGHT ON THE BOBBED WIRE.
So therefore I too include the folowing:
NOW HEAR THIS:
"Other than certain exagorations that stem from emotonal problems, disfUnctonal family sitaution & a poorselfimage THIS IS THE TRUE STORY of a yuong man a.k.a. Walter (underscore) Miller."
N0W HERE THIS TOO:
"This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any person or persons living or dead is unintentional and purely coincidental".
There i said it. Now speakin of REAL people with bodily funtcions which strech the limits of belleivability, if youl please ecxuse me I have to haul the old basterd off the pooper. Hes ben there an hour & now hes screamin at the top of his lungs cause his leg fell asleep and he cant reach the remote to change the channol and the part with Mark Russel just came up where he sings. You know how much he cant stand Mark Russle.