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Ray Caster: Full Disclosure [Nov. 28th, 2005|01:32 pm]
Ray Caster
Many of you have been wondering where I've been for the past nine months. I'm here today to tell you the whole truth.

Before I tell you the true story, I would like to take you on a stroll down memory lane via your own comments:




"i'm sure your book deal after all this will turn into a hefty profit."
- aerospace - 2005-02-05

"Caster, I don't care how this ends up, you have to at least write a book about your life, I think."
- seinjunkie - 2004-07-05

"You know Ray, odds are that your weird life reports is going to grow so popular with time that you'll be asked to make a book out of it. And you're not even a call girl/expensive prostitute!"
- hawk_one - 2004-09-25

"Will you PLEASE make a movie about your life, or at least a book, or something? Honestly... You need to share these kinds of things with the WORLD!!!!"
- halfwayhappy - 2005-02-01




You wanted me to write a book, and the time for that book has come. But before I get to that, there is one more thing about me that you should know.

I am not Ray Caster.

There is no Ray Caster.

The story that unfolded in this journal was actually written by Marcus Alexander Hart, aka marcus132. This probably doesn't come as a very big shock to most of you. Throughout Caster's adventure your disbelieving comments grew more and more belligerent. Some of you called it right out. This is the part where you get to say "Hah! I KNEW it!"

You have all partaken in a writing exercise which, like the Doctor on Caster's beloved Voyager, expanded far beyond its original parameters. I never meant to hurt anybody with this hoax, and outside of a few potentially bruised egos, I don't believe that I have.

As I mentioned before, Ray Caster's LiveJournal has been turned into a book entitled Caster's Blog: A Geek Love Story.

For more information on the book, please visit CastersBlog.com.

Many people asked me if I was going to dedicate a section of the book to the reactions of Caster's online friends upon finding out his secret. The answer is no. Like Caster's LiveJournal, his book is fundamentally about telling a story, not about perpetrating a hoax. In fact, the true nature of Ray Caster and his journal is mentioned only briefly on the very last page of the book.

I do, however, feel that I owe each of you a forum in which to voice your reactions to the true Ray Caster. This post is that forum. Are you upset? Impressed? Excited? Here's your chance to tell the world your feelings in your own uncensored words.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for believing. I hope you all had as much fun during your year with Ray Caster as I did.
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[User Picture]From: savrille
2005-11-29 04:24 am (UTC)
Nevermind. I read FAQ. I now smart.

I guess for the sake of the FAQ and the fact that I'm one of those friends that was "lucky" enough to be included in the book, I should go ahead and post my thoughts on the matter.

Betrayal. Pain. Anger.

eh. Not so much. Maybe a little betrayal, with a side of annoyance, but other then that...

I had a bit of a struggle to figure out just how I felt. On one hand, I think it was a brilliant bit of work. On the other, I felt like a friend had died when I found out Ray wasn't real.

Many of us that have been on the web for a long time learn to form friendships with virtual people in much the same way we do in real life. Hell, some of us are better at the virtual friends. Through watching and conversing with each other about our lives, we actually seem to get to know each other better then the real life friends. Such was the case with several of us and Ray. Of course, it was all one sided and I overstate somewhat for a lack of sufficent words to convey the degree of which I felt a friendship with Ray. I'd have to say it was somewhat above "random guy on the web" and somewhere below "Call me, buddy!".

I did like the guy.

I take all the credit for Soupcan.
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