Meta Monday: And So It Begins

MetaMondays5First things first: this meta is largely the result of a post by Quintessential Editor, plus some follow up comments. Writing out my thoughts over there gave me the push I needed to go forward with this plan.

(By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to Quintessential Editor yet, stop what you’re doing and rush over there! Lots of thought-provoking stuff for writers of all stripes.)

As some of you know, I’ve self-published before under a pen name. I don’t think I ever mentioned that name, though. For what it’s worth, it’s Miri Thompson. The  “Miri books” deal with gay characters, romance or bromance, and power exchange or power imbalance—sometimes in the context of a consensual D/s relationship, sometimes not.

There. I’ve done it. I just outed my pen name. Wow. The world didn’t come crashing to a halt! In fact, it feels weirdly good to own it.

Okay. My fears about this might seem silly. Why am I even worried?

It’s the power exchange/power imbalance thing, honestly. You know, the D/s. What happens if people know I write this stuff?

But they already know. It’s slightly evident in The Horned Gate and a major component of  Crevlock Tower!

These aren’t exactly front page revelations. And how many people are waiting to judge me for exploring power imbalances between characters? (Um, yeah, okay. Sometimes in a smutty way.)

The answer? No one, probably. I have a loving and accepting family. I have loving and accepting friends. And I know there are readers out there who like exploring this too. So, really, there’s nothing to stress over.

But not hiding what I write? Being okay with who I am and what kind of stories I’m into? That still feels like a big step.

Meanwhile, I have a concrete plan now: I’m going to reclaim those novels and short stories for my own name, albeit with some changes. I’ll use September to take down the books under Miri. Then, come November, I’ll use NaNoWriMo for any revisions. By the end of that month, I should be ready to republish the books under Jenn Moss.

The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write a brand new novel of at least 50,000 words in the thirty days of November. But they allow NaNo Rebels who set different goals. This year, that will be me.

So here goes nothing.

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5 Responses to Meta Monday: And So It Begins

  1. Love the pen name. Miri immediately strikes me as a cat warrior…because of Mirri from my favorite block of Magic the Gathering (oh yes, nerd splosions abound). I’m excited you decided to do this. I put some thought into a pen name because Wastelander is vulgar and full of gore explosions. But then I was like, “Dude, you are a super vulgar madman…what did they expect you to write?”

    Now if I was writing in your genre it might be a little different. But that’s what makes you such a beacon of courage. I think it’s a great example to other writers who may be struggling with the same questions. When it comes down to it, all readers deserve to have books tailored to them. And that includes people who want smutty D splosions splattering the pages. They should be able to look at us, as the authors, as unafraid. Perhaps they can pull some strength and confidence from this as well.

    On a side note, my Wasteland Wednesday was partially inspired by your Tarot Tuesday. I liked how you were able to tie the element of tarot cards into your characters and introduce book aspects in this way. It’s a really clever way for you to introduce aspects about yourself and your fictional creations to readers.

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    • Jenn Moss says:

      Thank you for your kind words! Alas, I don’t know Magic: The Gathering well–I need to remedy that someday. I played a few times with borrowed decks but I’ve forgotten everything except that the cards are gorgeous and land generates mana.

      Meanwhile, I’m honored to have contributed to Wasteland Wednesdays! (Okay. In a round-about sort of way, but I’m still taking credit.) I can’t wait to see what aspects about yourself and your fictional creations you introduce to us!

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  2. pawan35 says:

    It is a great honor to have met you….although online your words struck deep….recently realized my some not so great in terms of society and parents passions….a passion to write not even having a graduate degree and no english studies no control over the language thus grammar is just fun like movements in my post..hope you don’t mind lol and even if you do there is a gift because of some awkward writing you may smile because you will see silly writer there….

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