Pen-Name: Thomas Kichi
My real name is Thomas Broderick. When first starting out as an author, I discovered there were already two other Thomas Brodericks writing and publishing with that name. So I came up with a pen-name to submit under.
Thomas Kichi comes from Tamekichi, a goofy Japanese nickname that can be written with the characters 為 (good) and 吉 (luck). I placed in a contest and got a story published under the name, so I've kept using it.
Newsletter: Kangaroo Communiqués
I wanted to call the emails I send regularly something to help remind me of the reasons behind it.
There's a story I love called "The Kangaroo Communiqué" by Haruki Murakami. You can read Philip Gabriel's translation of it online at Zyzzyva. In it, a young man's response to a woman's complaint letter sent to his company evolves into a strange, rambling personal confession committed to cassette tape. But in another sense, it's a story about an isolated person reaching out and attempting to connect while lacking the right words.
At the end of the story, the narrator says:
At any rate, I’ve been aspiring to incompleteness, so I guess I should go along with it without any qualms. What supports it all are you and the four kangaroos.
I've made it a goal of mine to aspire to the incompleteness the narrator speaks about in this story. That is, recognizing I won't be able to get things right, and asking you understand and forgive me for trying. And what supports me is all of you who I send it to.