So, first things first: CJ Paloma is a pen name. Why do I use it? Well, I hold a professional license in the mental health field, where keeping almost all of my opinions to myself is important. Added to that, I also write stuff that’s, shall we say, a bit brash and radicalized. And I’ve been known to use language that’s a little salty. So for those reasons, I write fiction under a pseudonym.
I mostly write speculative fiction. To narrow that down a bit further, I write in a genre I like to call “universal science fiction.” A possibly longer than anticipated explanation for why I use the term can be found here.
In other words, I write science fiction with attitude. Since I have always cared about social justice, I mostly write unapologetic Social Justice Warrior stuff.
And no, I’m not turning down offers from the big 5 publishers currently. Did ya know that Harper Collins is one of the big 5 publishers, and has been owned by News Corp since 1989? Yup, it’s true. And in case that doesn’t quite seem relevant, I’ll try to spell it out a little further:
News Corp is the corporation Rupert Murdoch began, and in the US, its most infamous product is Fox News.
Since I write about being saved –from– a planet where News Corps like entities not only exist, but cause a lot of problems for us humans, I’m not terribly optimistic that ANY big 5 publishers are gonna be clamoring at my door any time soon. That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun, though!
My motivations are simple:
- I like to write.
- Some of what I write ends up being well written, and sometimes people like it.
- And, last but not least, I feel compelled to try to spread more utopic visions of the world in an effort to “Be The Freakin’ Change I Want To See In The World.” In other words, I write in a small effort to counteract ugly realities created by oppressive asshats. And I say that with all the love I can muster for said asshats in these waning years of American Imperialism. Yeah, I’ve still got that save the world shit going on.
Let’s see, what else? CJ stands for Clarity Janus. “Clarity” is, I hope, self evident as far as what it means.
‘Janus’ is the ancient Roman god of “beginnings, gates, transitions, time, dualities, doorways, passages, frames, and endings…Janus also presides over beginnings and ends of conflicts, and so is associated with war and peace….As a god of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys and exchange”.**
The god Janus also has two faces; one looking to the past, and one to the future. But, like most mere mortals, I only have one.
While Clarity is a feminine name, Janus is depicted as a male god. This is fitting being that I have always been pretty androgynous. Having said that, I use she/her pronouns.
Paloma is the Spanish word for dove. And a surprising number of cultures see doves as messengers of peace and love.
Under this pseudonym, I try to style myself as a messenger for peace, love, and a facilitator of change (towards peace).
Okay, that closes the door for what I want to share for now. Come back anytime!
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something specific you want to chat about. Or see what kinds of stuff I’ve been tooting about at
** Quotes are from the Wikipedia’s page for Janus, which is pretty interesting- thanks to all those who compiled that entry!