So, you’ve all seen it. I know you have.
It’s right there on the cover of my book.
I’ve gone from anonymous blogger to author who shall be named.
Note: Middle-age Butch is not my real name.
I’ve enjoyed blogging anonymously for the past two years. It allowed me to open up and write about whatever I wanted. And be more flannel-y and cool than I really am.
But now the jig is up. And I’m not even Irish.
When I was a kid, I used to hate my name. It was seven letters long and contained every vowel except “u.” It rhymed with “Crayola,” kinda. It was French. These things do not make for a cool name.
In second grade, my teacher, Mrs. Ruth Dixon, shortened my name to Rae.
At about the same time, my grandmother started calling me Rae. Her favorite movie was The Sound of Music. I was Rae, or “re,” her drop of golden sun. So yeah, I’m like a butch Julie Andrews.
And it stuck. Rae.
Not a bad name for someone who gets called “sir.”
It’s one letter away from Ray.
I think I’m just feeling exposed these days, what with my memoir less than three months away from its premiere.
I’ve never had to worry about my family reading my blog. It was something I did privately. Under a pseudonym.
I worry about what they will think about the book.
More specifically, I worry that they will be embarrassed by the book. Not so much by how they are portrayed (this isn’t the lesbian version of Running with Scissors … which would be Running While Scissoring, I believe). But just by the fact that they have a daughter who sometimes gets mistaken for a man. Or young boy. Or Boy Scout.
We don’t talk about anything in our family. I have this great line that didn’t make it into the book: The elephant in the room was our family pet.
So having a book published is like airing our dirty laundry in public. Even though it’s my dirty laundry. And yes, those are my boxer briefs thank you very much.
I had thought about publishing the book under a pen name. Maybe Girl-Who-Hasn’t-Worn-Skirt-Since-Grade-School. Or Little Flower Stamen-Pistil. Did I mention that I’m part Cherokee? But couldn’t come up with a suitable moniker.
I guess I need to adjust to being a little more open and honest. To putting myself out there. Not so much with the rest of the world. But with those who claim to know me best.