When I created my Xanga to share my thoughts and poetry, I also came up with the alias of Hana Li. The name was inspired by the song "Lithium Flower", the closing theme to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. I want to have a pen name that conveyed the coolness and mystery that both the song and the combination of "lithium" and "flower" did. Hana Li also became a way to invent myself when I was giving people the wrong impression on-line, hence the cyberpunk motif. Unfortunately, the name never really caught on since I'd still use my real names for submissions and became busy with blogging.
Therefore, Hana Li is now my burlesque stage name. For months, I agonized over finding a name that would fit the persona I wanted to convey. There were a few other good candidates, but I realized that I wouldn't answer to most of them. "Hana" was an exception, and since it never took off as my pen name, I thought I would transform her into a burlesque dancer.
My first show is this Friday. It's a lot sooner than I had planned, but I decided to take the plunge with the Academy of Queerlesque because the production was a safe space. I plan on writing a post tomorrow about identity (racial, gender, and sexual) in burlesque and talk about the hang-ups I had. It'll be up on my new blog: Lab teching my way through stripper school. The blog shares content with Dieselpunks After Dark; I decided that I didn't want to overrun the latter with self-promotion.
I also have a facebook page for Hana Li so please check that out too.
I'm excited about assuming the identity of the new Hana Li. It's going to be quite the adventure. As for a pen name, I still think I'd like to have one because there's already a writer and an artist with my name. I'm in no rush to adopt one though since I entered the world of music journalism as Jen and that's where my writing is currently focused.
Quote of the Day
"Pen names are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves." - Terri Guillemets