So, first things first: CJ Paloma is a pen name. Why do I use it? Because I sometimes write stuff that’s, shall we say, a bit brash and radicalized. I’ve also been known to use language that’s a little salty. Since I’ve held a professional license for several years in the mental health field, where keeping almost all of my opinions to myself is important, I write fiction under a pseudonym.
I mostly write speculative fiction. And, as I indicated on my homepage, I write in a genre I call “universal science fiction.” A possibly longer than anticipated explanation for why I use the term can be found at Aligned Visions Publishing, my very new, and very small publishing house.
So yeah, I write science fiction with attitude. Since I have always cared about social justice, I write stuff Unapologetic Social Justice Warriors as well as other, less passionate, but still openminded members of the human species might like. I hope you like what I write.
My motivations are simple:
- I like to write and I can’t seem to not write.
- Some of what I write ends up being well written, and sometimes people like it.
- By writing, I can avoid working at some corporate job I would inevitably end up hating. Been there, done that.
- 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. The god Janus has two faces, one looking to the past, and one to the future. But, like most mere mortals, I only have one.
“Janus frequently symbolized change and transitions such as the progress of past to future, from one condition to another, from one vision to another… He represented time, because he could see into the past with one face and into the future with the other.” “…As a god of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys and exchange”. Quotes are from the Wikipedia’s page for Janus, which I found pretty interesting- thanks to all those who compiled that entry!
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. Wikipedia has a page called “Doves as Symbols” that’s pretty interesting as well. More cultures than I realized apparently have attributed similar characteristics to doves. I like the idea of being 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!
You can also drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something specific you want to chat about.