Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Blue Remembered Heels - heroine

This is an actress called Yancy, I think she's pretty perfect as Abigail (Abbey) the heroine in Blue Remembered Heels. I'm almost halfway through c2. Jessica has looked at the synopsis and Lis has read chapter one so it all looks good for entering the contest.


Mr. Nathaniel "Nate" Mayer said...

Dear Mrs. Dixon,

I must adamantly complain to you in regards to the moniker bestowed upon one of your fine characters. It appears you have dubbed the character in question as a one Nathaniel Mayer, referred to by the common abbreviation "Nate". And this, I must confess, is the crux of my problem with your very noteworthy work. You see, the name in question is, in fact, already under considerable use by my own humble self. It is my solemn request that you cease and desist in the use of this name, and I must adamantly request that you strike this name from all editions of your novella. I understand that those editions already purchased are, by the fine laws of our capitalist system, beyond your legal grasp. However, it seems only reasonable that you remove this name from all editions yet unsold. The name, as I have expressed, is under quite enough stress by my own worthy personage, and I doubt can stand the pressure of any alternate publicity.

I thank you for your swift cooperation in this matter,
Mr. Nathaniel “Nate” Mayer

Anonymous said...

"Nate"--there is no copyright on names. You have no leg to stand on.

Her writing is clearly a work of fiction, and any resemblance to real or deceased persons is merely a coincidence, as is stated on her copyright page.

Please do a little investigatory work before posting such a message on here. If you had done so, you would have realized this--her blog is hardly the forum to present such a request, nor should that request be honored.

Miss Dixon is well within her legal rights to choose any name she wishes.


Kristen Painter said...

Nate's post is the funniest thing I've ever read. I wonder if they let him do stand up at the institution where he's housed?

C. Ellis said...

I think Yancy would be honored. Her father is the late Joe Butler from the early 70's band, Lovin' Spoonful.

Anonymous said...

By the way, the actress is pretty!! I think she'd be honored, too.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Mayer, you should be honored to have an author choose a name for her character that COINCIDENTILY matches your own.

Do you honestly think you are the only Nate Mayer in the world? I would hazard a guess that there are at least 3 more out of billions of humans on this planet. Heck, maybe 4.

Your claims are only superceded by your ego.

Oh and if you don't like the capitalist system, then you better strip naked buddy, 'cause everything you wear, everything you eat and everything you drive or live in was created by somebody and they like to be paid for their efforts...making them capitalists.

Walk the walk, if you don't like the talk.

To quote my favorite pop-culture icon, Mr. T. "I pity the fool."

Take a hike, 'cause your "understanding", is what's beyond your grasp.

embersinclair said...

Sorry, Mr. Nathaniel "Nate" Mayer, but no can do. You see I'm a writer as well as Mrs. Dixon and my "real" name has been used as a character as well.
Most people think it an honor to have their names used, I've even received an email from a person whose name appeared in one of my own works and she bought a copy of the book for that very reason, but everyone's right, there are no copyright laws on names. No writer goes out of there way to use a real person's name intentionally, but as stated the work is fiction so there you have it.

I agree with Rhonda, Yancy is very pretty and fits the heroine roll just perfectly. Go Mrs. Dixon.

Amelia Elias said...

Nate, that's why at the beginning of every book there's a disclaimer that no character is based on any person, living or dead, and any resemblance to actual persons or events is purely coincidental.

If it were illegal, or even frowned upon, to use names in literature which have been used by real people, I doubt any author could ever come up with a name for a character.

Unless this is a hoax on your part--and that's very likely, given the humorous phrasing of your comment--I'm afraid you're in for a lot of disappointment.

Lis said...

I'm still scratching my head over Nate over there...

Anyhoos, great choice for your heroine :o)

Fae said...

Oh Yancy is so gorgeous. I've been a big fan of hers ever since I got addicted to Witchblade: The Series.

As for My Mayer...lol, come on guys, don't feed the trolls. He's not even a very creative troll.

Jessica Raymond said...


Jess x

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. Mr. Mayer, I regret to inform you that Ms. Dixon isn't the only miscreant to abscond with your eponymous name. May I suggest you contact the following people posthaste and inform them they have also used your name without permission:

Nathaniel Mayer, Lord Victor Rothschild - British head of a famous banking dynasty

Nate Mayer - celebrated Detroit R&B singer

Nathaniel Mayer - Director of the Drucker Brain Injury Ctr....wait, this might explain things.

G. Draven

Nell Dixon said...

Dear Mr Mayer,

Thank you for your interest in my humble novella. However my colleagues are correct in their statements that you cannot 'copyright' a name. I'm sure my other colleague Ms Rowling met the same objections from the millions of Harry Potters around the world when her own literary efforts were released to the public.
Perhaps you would care to purchase a copy of my book to assure yourself that your namesake is in fact a wonderful hero who has given pleasure to numerous members of the reading public.
This, can I'm sure, only enhance your own worthy personage's standing.



Nathaniel "Nate" Mayer said...

Dear Mrs. Dixon and Devotees.

I must admit that I find myself uncharacteristically at a loss as to your unwillingness to acknowledge my rightful claim to the name in question. I can only assume by your brash response that you did not fully comprehend the nature of my request. I simply ask that you cease the unwarranted use of this name for any of your characters, and that you be certain to strike the name from all copies of your work yet unsold. I see this as but the most minor courtesy, and am sure that when you see the reasonableness of my request you will readily comply.

Perhaps the reason for your gruff rebuke was due to the complexities of the publishing industry, an industry which I admit I am something of which I am an expert. You are fretting over the difficulty of convincing your publisher to heed my, or rather our, request. This is quite normal, and I understand you may be uncomfortable. Therefore, I have seen fit to offer you an alternative means of resolving this conflict, which will lead to the placation and mutual benefit of all parties involved. I simply request that, if you must continue to use my worthy cognomen, you also include a picture of myself, as the rightful barer of this name, on your cover. I feel this portrait of myself (http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s216/NathanielMayer/20040510_2.jpg) should be quite sufficient for the task in question. I expect this request will be more then acceptable to yourself and to your publishers.

I thank you for your swift cooperation in this matter,
Nathaniel “Nate” Mayer

Anonymous said...

You're not very funny, nor are you original, Mr. Mayer.

It would be wise of you to drop this subject posthaste.

Or there could be legal ramifications AGAINST YOU for harassment of Ms. Dixon.

Nell Dixon said...

Dear Mr Mayer,
This blog will soon be switching to moderated comments. I believe the legal position is crystal clear in these matters, as my colleagues have already stated. There will be no further response from me on this subject and any further statements from yourself attempting to persue this will be referred to the appropriate authorities.


L.K. Campbell said...

Is this guy for real? This has to be a joke.

Amelia Elias said...




Really, there's so very little else I can say. Especially since it's hard to type and laugh my butt off at the same time.

an industry which I admit I am something of which I am an expert

Hee hee hee with a side order of huh? And made more extra-special hilarious and delightful because a real publishing expert would know this is a totally absurd request.