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Welcome to Caster's Blog [Dec. 26th, 2005|01:32 pm]
Ray Caster
Caster's Blog book coverHello and welcome to Caster's original blog.

The entries that were posted here in real-time would go on to become Marcus Alexander Hart's first novel: Caster's Blog: A Geek Love Story. The book is available in paperback and as a free ebook download from CastersBlog.com.

If you would like to peek behind the scenes and read this "Version 1.0" of Caster's Blog, I recommend clicking here to jump to the first entry, and then using the green navigation arrows to move between entries (pictured below).

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Although the vast majority of the content contained within this blog has been carried over into the book, this version contains three things that its print brother does not:

This LiveJournal contains hundreds and hundreds of comments from Caster's friends. For the sake of pacing, only a select few comments were chosen to appear in the book, and even those were often slimmed down from their original form. A few small sub-plots that lived in the comments never made it to the book, including Caster's nickname "Soupcan Ray," and his dubious relationship with Marcus's mother.

2. Memes
Caster often posted memes as a way to make him seem less like a fictional character and more like an average LiveJournal user. In retrospect, it is easy to see that many of these entries contained clues that Caster was a figment of marcus132's imagination (Note how many of them were posted at Marcus's trademark 1:32 p.m.). Unfortunately Internet memes have a shorter shelf life than organic dairy, so many of them have become broken since they were first posted.

Click here for a listing of Caster's memes.

3. Lost Episodes
During the book editing process there were several posts that, for one reason or another, just didn't make the cut. Many of these entries were originally meant to enhance Caster's "realness" factor and were largely irrelevant to the story. There are, however, a few misinformer.com style comedy pieces that are worth checking out. The list of Lost Episodes also includes a few entries that contain images that didn't make it to print.

Click here for a listing of Caster's Lost Episodes.

If you'd like to learn more about Caster's Blog, or any of Marcus Alexander Hart's other projects, please visit MarcusAlexanderHart.com.
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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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