Pen Names and Gender

First of all, I would like to draw attention to the fact that I have changed the title of my blog to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman. This is because of all the characters in literature, I can relate to Stephen Dedalus of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man the most. But I'm a girl, so I had to revise it a little. I moved my former title to the subtitle area there because I liked it and wanted to keep it. In Which I Blog About Writing, Peace, and Life. Because that's what I do. I blog about writing, peace, and life. Mostly life, though mine is pretty boring. Writing and peace, however, are the two most important things in my life as of now, so yeah.

Also, in case any of you care at all, I have officially put my Patronizing Patrick story into the dump drawer along side my Untitled Literary Fiction novel that I tossed last year. At the beginning of the year, I was confident about the Patrick story, but it's really gotten no where, and I have a wonderful story called The Reason upon which I've just been typing away. I hope it sticks. My attention span seems to be shortening and shortening.

Now to the post.

I've been thinking lately of what I will do when (if) I get published, name wise. The URL for my blog is my full name, Aimée Beatrice Jodoin, which I've decided is what I would use on the cover of my books. However, there are many options that I thought of but then declined. Here, I will explain what they are and why I chose to dismiss them.

Well at first I was thinking of doing Aimée Jodoin, but I love my middle name and really want to use it. I'm named after my great-grandmother. She lived until the age of 104 in Montreal, Canada, and the only words she knew how to say in English were hello and coffee, a word which she said whilst smiling and pointing to a bottle of beer. What a sense of humor that woman had. Though I wouldn't know because I don't know very much French. Also, what's the point of having a middle name if you never use it for anything? Many people think the name Beatrice is funny or old fashioned, but I don't care; I love it.

Another option is a pen name. There are a few ways of going about that. One is to change the name altogether, and the other is to use your initials. The reason behind changing or masking your name is that you either don't want people you know to know that it's you writing this book or that you want to mask your identity gender-wise or age-wise. The most prominent examples of this I can think of are George Eliot and J.K. Rowling. Both females, they altered their identity, believing that males would not want to read their work if it was written by a female. This is something I'm am slightly worried about. When you think of a female writer, you usually think of romance, or at least I do. I however, do not write romance. In fact, I can hardly stand it. There are obviously romantic subplots in my stories because love is a very important part of life, and my stories would be rather boring if everyone was single or sociopathic. So that's my main worry, that males would not want to read my writing. There is one name that I will not reveal that I have been thinking about using as a pen name in the future. It is a male's name. Maybe I'll use it one day, which is why I won't tell you guys now. However, I think I probably won't end up using it. I think I'd have to go by the name Aimée Beatrice Jodoin. Even though many, if not most of my stories have male protagonists, I would still use my own name, not a male pen name, and not my initials, A.B. Jodoin.

I will not alter my identity to make people like me.

Isn't this something that middle schoolers deal with? I will not act like a child, changing my name or my identity to make people want to read my work. It's as simple as that. I AM Aimée Beatrice Jodoin, and I will never be anyone else, so why should I let other people believe that I am not this person that I am. If the name Aimée Beatrice makes people discard my work, then there is something the matter with them, not me. What's wrong with a female writing about sex, drugs, and rock and roll? What's wrong with a female writing from a male perspective? And even vice versa! What's wrong with a male writing from a female point of view?

Why can't we all just get along? :)

Peace, Aimee