A couple of months ago, I “came out” and consolidated my pen names. It’s been a work in progress, but there’s no turning back now. My main goal for doing this was openness. Although anonymity gives me the freedom I need to write freely, I didn’t want to hide anymore either.
But it occurs to me that a lot of “me” is still hidden.
I have a Facebook page, but it’s purely about my writing. I don’t share photographs or intimate details; not even my real name or my face.
While that’s going to stay that way, for a variety of reasons related to privacy and mental wellbeing, I am going to make an effort to be more open. More real. More authentic.
Why? Because there’s really no reason not to. It feels more honest and freeing as well. I miss the freedom of expression that comes with blogging; something I’ve dabbled with occasionally over the years and which I wanted to start again with the launch of the L. Moone name and website. And I’ll have nothing to write about, if I can’t share stuff about myself.
Here are a few things that you – especially if you’re a relatively new (2015 onwards) reader – might not know about me, and which I would like to get out of the way before I add more personal blog posts.
- I’m not British – I’m actually German.
- I don’t live in London (anymore).
- I don’t have kids, but I do have a family.
- The awkward goth phase I went through as a teenager never really passed, even if you wouldn’t know it by looking at me.
- I self-identify as a motorcyclist, but it’s been a while since I actually rode one. (Scooters don’t really count, do they?)