so thought it might help people to get a preview of what the can expect from my patreon if they become a subscriber. Here is what you got for Jan 2023 if you were one of my supporters.
First you get to view my personal blog talking about my projects and my transition
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
so I have gotten questions about how I chose my name. I would love to say I had some grand quest and inspiration that led me unerringly to it , like I wanted to be one part Katherine Hepburn , one part Catherine of Aragon and a smidge of Kathryn Janeway but the story is far simpler.
As is the case for most trans people I went through several iterations. The first one that hung around for awhile was Jaime Douglas, Before I came out to myself – I joked about how I should write romance novels under a non gendered pen name composed of parts of my dead name. The “joke” about going by a non masculine name hung around for so long I should maybe have looked at it more closely sooner. So when I came out to my wife and started my first blog it just seemed natural to go by it , also unlike some names there was no way to just feminize Douglas (Douglia …IDK) . Then I started thinking you know I need a new middle name too and then I was like you know I am making myself to be who I truly am why should I be beholden to things that only felt partially like me. So I threw everything out and was like what inspires me. The first one I seriously considered was Róisín Dubh (black rose in gaelic) which is both a name and an old Irish song but I know how much trouble some people have with my cousin Siobhan’s name so I decided I did not want the hassle. Then I started thinking about maybe some characters from novels , which led me to Shakespeare and to Beatrice, my favorite character from Much Ado about Nothing, which I felt a strong connection to but did not seem to fit perfectly. Then I was like other Shakespeare women and came across Katherine from taming of the shrew which is a horrible character but as I rolled the name around in my head it just felt like….home. I want to say it’s more than that but when people call me that it feels right and natural. Hell, after about a year of my close friends and family using it feels like I have been her my whole life and I guess I have.
Second you get original stories from yours truly and the occasional pieces of character concept art or just general queer art. Like these Queer unicorns/