Why Myles Taylor

I get a lot of people who ask me this question so I figured I'd answer it here. It's a long story, so if you don't care, you might just want to move on.

It's kind of a long story really. It all started when I was about 12 years old and my sister and I were talking. We like to create fictional worlds and talk about the future, so today we decided that we would pick the names of our future spouses. I honestly don't remember what we came up with for my future wife, but I instantly told her that she would marry a man named Myles Taylor. When I was eight years old, I read The Prince and the Pauper for the first time, and Miles Hendon was my hero. Because I thought it looked more exotic and original to spell it with a 'y' instead of an 'i', I went with Myles. I don't remember where I got Taylor, but I thought that the name had a nice ring to it. (FYI, my sister is now married to a man named Cody Jelley.)

Later on, I got my second computer and, in typical Michael fashion, named it. I called him Myles Taylor. At the time, I was attending a very conservative and strict college in South Carolina. I spent a lot of time online, but their system would log you out if you were inactive for x amount of time. I would often go to web pages and read long articles then I would go to browse again and find that I had to log into the system again. To prevent this from happening, I logged into the chatroom of one of my favorite military history forums which constantly refreshed every few seconds. This kept the connection active and saved me the trouble of having to log in again. However, if for some reason I closed the chatroom window or got kicked out, I would have to log in again. I couldn't log in using the same name as before and sometimes this happened multiple times so I soon ran out of variations of my name to put in there. Soon I started logging in as Myles Taylor. People really liked that and used to call me MT, which they found ironic considering I was from Montana. Pretty soon, I started using Myles Taylor as my primary login.

As time went on and I started writing more and also registering on a lot of forums, I decided it was good to have an alias and a penname. For starters I wasn't too fond of my own name and secondly it's always nice to have an anonymous identity when you're online. As time went on I started to use it more and more. Now many of my online acquaintances, usually on message boards, know me as Myles. I do find it a bit odd if people call me that in person, but lately it's bee happening more and more.

So that's the story of how I came be...Myles Taylor.