Academaze will come out on June 20! Preorders will start on May 31st! Of course, I will share all the information here.
Today was a very busy day, plus a day of the monster headache… So nothing serious on the blog tonight.
The book will be under the pseudonym Sydney Phlox. (My publisher recommended I pick a pseudonym that sounds like a real name, so xykademiqz was out.)
I knew that I wanted a gender-neutral first name, so Riley and Sydney were at the top of my list. Why? I simply like them. Also, I am in a male-dominated field and I never write my first name on papers if I can help it, it’s always just first-name initial. If I can avoid being mentally downgraded before the referee gets to the abstract, I consider it a small victory. This is not me being paranoid. I know at least one female NAS member who swears by the same approach, which has served her well for decades. Besides, J.K. Rowling is J.K., and not Joanne for the same reason — people dismiss female writers as, you know, female. If you can get readers to give you a benefit of the doubt enough to read the book synopsis, that’s a small victory as well. (Not that I can write or sell books as well as J.K. Rowling.)
Besides, I really like my real first name, but I can’ use it. And if I can’t use it, why not be named like an awesome city?
[Edit: I can’t believe I forgot Sydney Bristow!]
The blog theme is black an purple, so for a little while I thought it should be Lily Black or something similar. Then I decided to google possible names of different shades of the color purple.
Phlox jumped out as the best last-name contender of the bunch! [I didn’t want to be amethyst, fuchsia, or patriarch (!)] I urge you to look at the different names for greens, blues, blacks, etc. — it’s fascinating!
Anyway, this is my last name:
Phlox is also a common flower:
Aaaaaand, last but not least, Phlox is a character from Star Trek: Enterprise!