SurLaLune (no spaces!) started quite simply with my need for a screen name on AOL many years ago, back when screen names were the craze and I was new on the internet. It translates from French to "on the moon" in English. I was a double major with French and English at the time and was searching for a name that represented many areas of my life. It really wasn't intended to represent my folklore/fairy tale side (except perhaps my love of French fairy tales) although it has become synonymous with that part of me since then. Some of my other loves are astronomy and physics which I had given up in formal studies after my freshman year to pursue a liberal arts degree. The name represented my change from science to liberal arts in my life's focus. My regret was that I couldn't do everything although I have never regretted the change itself. I had occasionally been accused of living in the clouds or on the moon--most often by myself--so I gave myself the name to own and control it. I haven't been hurt by such an accusation since I adopted the name.
Then I ended up in library school and had to build a website for an HTML class. I chose to annotate a fairy tale instead of an assigned paper. The fairy tale was Bluebeard and the rest is history. I programmed it and went far beyond the assignment of simply proving I could program the pages by collecting more information than I needed. I kept the page up under the AOL screenname space I already had. The obsession and site continued to grow long after I finished the class and now here we all are almost four years later with a website that has grown often through my obsession with fairy tales, research and education.
If I had anticipated where I am now, I might have chosen a name starting with an "A" to get me at the top of the alphabetical lists of sites. But then again, I might not have. In the end, I just like the way "SurLaLune" sounds and looks. Even if I always have to spell it for people I meet.