Don’t Be Confused – I Changed My Name

Hello all!

So I changed my url name. I’ve talked about changing it before, and now I have. It’s a bit of a funny name, I know, but it has a lot more meaning to me than “Aspirations of Flight,” and is a tiny bit less… corny. Heh.

Dragons have always been highly representational in my life of strength, wisdom, and ferocity; I feel this is important to take with me as I move forward in my writing career. Also, being “awake” also means paying attention, being aware of what’s happening in the world, and actively engaging with it – a reminder to me as much as those who may read what I write. I hope to write to inspire and provoke thought for those who read what I write, and the reminder to stay “awake” is important to me.

There’s a quote I came across a while ago, by Jose Rizal. Perhaps I am belittling the original meaning by applying it to my fantastical, imaginary stories. But it still struck a chord with me, and is something I hope to remember as I continue on my writing path:

“I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: ‘Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents.’ ”

So, as I go forward, I bring my dragons and my sleeplessness with me.

P.S. Also… looking at the url, one could see “Awake Dragon” or “A Wake Dragon.” A wake, which is a ceremony to celebrate life and make sure the dead person is really dead (to make sure they don’t “wake” up), could also play into this. So, a dragon who wakes the dead (or those who are sleeping) … or a dragon who simply celebrates life and what has gone before.

Too much of a stretch?

About R. K. Brainerd

I've been writing since my pre-teens, mostly in the realm of fantasy and sci-fi. Taking interesting concepts and dropping complex characters into fantastical worlds is my jam. I also raise dairy goats and herd cats, the evidence of which can be found on my Instagram. Welcome to the adventure. View all posts by R. K. Brainerd

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