A Rose By Any Other Name?

Here’s to hoping Shakespeare Has My Back

When I first began to build this blog, I did a bit of soul-searching while deciding to go slightly incognito by not attaching my given name to what I write here. I promise, though, … it’s still me. And I will always be me … no matter what name I go by. I’ve had quite a few nicknames over time, and this one is really just another one of those.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

-Shakespeare

Good ole William Shakespeare originally pointed out in Romeo & Juliet, when all is said and done — a thing is what it is — no matter what you call it.

If anything, I hope doing this will allow more transparency than I could afford otherwise.

Safety and privacy are important to me. I have foster children that have been in my care as well to think about. Their anonymity is kind of paramount. Plus writing from a pen-name will allow a little respectful privacy for my family, and friends too in addition to myself. So you can expect me to be renaming and nick-naming folks, as well. I’m pretty excited about that part — I love naming things.

Above all, the idea is to create a “safe” place in a globally public way where vulnerable feelings can be exchanged freely and more confidently as I get things off the ground. This whole ADHD thing is a pretty invasive, personal thing that I honestly haven’t shared yet with many people in my life. I feel like I need to figure out who I am with this new knowledge, this diagnosis. For now, at least, I’d rather do my intimate exploring this way because so much of it is unknown territory.

Besides, I’m relearning who I am all over again in light of ADHD. Maybe I’m not crazy, lazy, or inept. I’m learning that many of the things I thought were all my fault might not be “all my fault” and that my brain is just different than a neurotypical brain. There are reasons I am the way I am and there are things I can do about it.

cavalier king charles dog wearing disguise of glasses with fake nose and mustache with a hand holding a rose

You can Call Me imgy

I’m no Beyonce, but just like she used the alter ego of Sasha Fierce temporarily to safely and publicly experiment while maintaining her integrity, that’s pretty much what I’m doing here. I write from the voice of my alter ego… my “Sasha Fierce” … my “Chris Gaines” … my “George Elliot” … my rose by another name: Imogen Luca. Imogen Luca — was chosen quite intentionally and means “innocent light” or “imagination + light.” <3

Anyway, … that’s my plan and my why until I’m ready to lose the glasses and wear the cape.

But for now, you can call me … Imgy. 

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What are your thoughts?