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Treesong
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I'm having trouble getting Google+ to recognize my "single-part" name. My full legal name is Treesong. This name is a single word, no last name, just Treesong. I've tried several times in recent months to follow the directions laid out here:

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1228271?hl=en

The directions seem very simple. It's great that Google+ has instructions for how to handle this. I enter my name in the first name field, enter a dot in the last name field, and file an appeal to have the name changed. 

But then it doesn't work. The appeal is just rejected with a form letter saying that this name does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. But the opposite is true. The name "Treesong" would comply with the policy because it's my full legal name. "Treesong Treesong" does not comply with the policy because it is an erroneous doubling of my name.

I've tried submitting all sorts of documentation indicating that this is my real legal name: state ID, court order of name change, etc. I've included links to my other social profiles which do (surprisingly) list my name correctly. I also have the benefit of being an author and public figure, so there is copious documentation of the fact that I am publicly, privately, and legally known as Treesong.

How do I fix this? This is especially important to me because it's affecting my suggested Custom URL. But I realize that that may be a whole nother question, so first I'd like to just settle what my official name is with Google+. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Ah, okay. That's good to hear. I guess I got that impression because the only people I've heard mention custom URLs were the people who were complaining. Maybe the people who got a better URL offer just quietly accepted it without much fanfare. That does give me hope too because I have an obvious and valid reason for my change. Thanks!
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Hi everyone! My name is Treesong and I'm a cli-fi author from Southern Illinois. I just learned about this community by doing a search for "climate fiction" and finding the Cli-Fi Books website.

I've been writing climate fiction for a few years, including one novel and several smaller projects. This is the start of my first real effort to reach out to other cli-fi authors. My current circle of author friends all have varying degrees of interest in climate change as a social/environmental issue, but none of them really address it in their fiction. Since my current focus (and probably my long-term focus) is climate fiction, it's well past time for me to connect with other cli-fi authors.

Thank you for starting this community. I don't use Google+ as often as I use Facebook, but I'll keep an eye out for updates in this group. I look forward to staying in touch and learning more about your climate fiction projects. The world needs more climate fiction and more recognition of the climate fiction that's already out there!
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Thank you for the comment! I agree that straightforward facts are often not enough to engage and motivate people. Sometimes even if they agree with the facts, they become discouraged rather than doing anything positive. But storytelling can leave them feeling intrigued, entertained, maybe even inspired.

Honestly, I'm surprised more people aren't writing about the climate. I suppose it takes time. I was working on climate issues for years before it occurred to me that climate would be a great theme for my writing. Combining my writing and my concern for the climate is working wonders both for my writing career and for my desire to raise awareness about the issue. Climate fiction continues the long tradition within science fiction and speculative fiction of talking about important social issues of the day in a way that is often more engaging than an abstract discussion or even "traditional" fiction.
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"Change" made it to #7 in the Top 100 Free Political Fiction downloads on Amazon today! Get it while it's hot!
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The Kindle edition of my novel, #Change, will be free July 1-3! #urbanfantasy #climatechange #globalwarming
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Pro Tip: If you find yourself sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time, stand up as often as possible. Standing every 10-20 minutes is healthier than exercising a few times a week. Also, each time you stand, ask yourself whether you really need to be sitting around staring at a glowing rectangle. #health   #fitness  
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"But why have Western security agencies developed such an unprecedented capacity to spy on their own domestic populations? Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists, especially environmental groups, on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate change, energy shocks or economic crisis - or all three." 
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Goodbye Miami is a climate fiction blog set in the year 2030. It follows the story of Kass, an American climate refugee who leaves Miami due to flooding. Check it out and help spread the word!  #GoodbyeMiami   #Miami   #GlobalWarming   #ClimateChange   #CliFi  
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I've asked Google to change my name to Treesong rather than Treesong Treesong. After all, there's only one Treesong. :)
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"I love the smell of fracking in the morning." This video is funny, but the reality it spoofs is no joke. Fracking companies are hiring veterans with combat experience in psychological warfare to convince Americans to embrace fracking. Clearly, they see the American people as their enemies. What does that say about their product?
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"We are dealing with an insurgency." — Matt Carmichael, External Affairs Manager at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
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I love this song and video. This is why I run. Enjoy!
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This article is long but good. It discuss in great detail and with great flourish the emergence of a growing #cyberwar  machine. If I had a nickel for every time I looked out into the world and saw a #dystopian   #cyberpunk  future staring back at me, I'd be a wealthy man. #technocracy   #nsa  
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  • Song of the Trees
    Writing, Teaching, Consulting, 1999 - present
  • CSIIE
    Associate Instructor, present
  • Gaia House Interfaith Center
    Web Design and Consulting, 2010 - present
  • Advanced Energy Solutions Group
    IT Coordinator, 2009 - 2011
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I am an author, teacher, and Real Life Superhero living in Southern Illinois, USA, Planet Earth.
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  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Philosophy, 1996 - 2000
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May 19
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Justin Patrick O'Neill