Okay, so I feel pretty lame about this, but I am announcing the official birth of my pen name. If you've been following along, you might know that I've been working as a post-doctoral researcher. Well, that time is coming to an end in the next few months, and I'm going to have to start a serious job search. Because of this, I've decided it best to separate my science career from my writing career.
Luckily for me, I've always had another name. See, when Thai people are born, we have our formal name (Davin for me) and a familiar name that all of our family and friends use. Other familiar names that you might not be aware of are Tiger for Eldrick Tont Woods and Jhumpa for Nilanjana Sudeshna (I don't know where Lahiri comes from--and she's not Thai). My familiar name is Domey. It's a name that feels very intimate to me, since usually only my loved ones call me that. But, I'm realizing that using Domey in my writing feels right and is giving my life some order.
So, you'll be seeing the name Domey around on the blog from now on--unless I decide this is a stupid mistake, which I may well do. I'm hoping that you all don't find the change too jarring, and maybe some of you will start using it if it feels comfortable.
In other news, check out this amazing artwork. It makes me wish I still had some emotional connection to pencils. There's a link to the German blog where this comes from here.