Intro: I was googling myself one day. Yeah I admit it. Every so often I peek into the ether to see if anything is going on with my name on the Internet. Typically, there's not much happening on this front. During this particular search, however, I stumbled upon something quite amazing—at least I thought so. Here’s the tale.
Back Story: A few years ago, I was the assigned marketing writer on a videogame called American McGee's Alice. In this game, Alice returns to a dark, dark Wonderland where she confronts deadly enemies at every turn. For the game player it’s an-every-step-could-be-your-last kind of thing. As the marketing writer, it was my job to churn out copy for the package, the website, and random other materials. It was also my job to step into the role of a Victorian-era physician assigned to treat Alice at her friendly neighborhood insane asylum. You see … the poor girl’s mind just wasn’t right, and it was my responsibility—as her syringe-toting doctor—to keep a journal and report on her progress or lack thereof.
A Few Years Later: The game came and went. I moved on to other projects. Then, one day while poking around the Internet, I came across something strange—my name kept popping up in connection with a Hungarian dance troupe. After more sleuthing, I saw that a choreographer named Attila Csabai had created an entire modern dance production based on this version of the Alice story. Stranger yet, and most astonishing to me, I learned that the entire production (called Cyber Geishas II: Alice's Diary in Wonderland) was inspired by my little journal.
The Point: There’s no point really other than to state the obvious, which is that the Internet can be a place of weird delight and discovery. Try googling yourself someday. You never know what you might find. In fact, you might even learn that your work has somehow become the inspiration for a mysterious Hungarian dance. Curiouser and curiouser indeed.