Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On Solitude

Beat the Heat 25

It's interesting to be writing a series called Beat the Heat when it's actually pretty cold outside.  I was kind of shortsighted when I titled this series, wasn't I?

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Subject Twenty-Four Part 3

Gimp, the program I use to make my captions, crashed when I was halfway through writing a caption yesterday.  I had been writing the text directly in Gimp.  I hadn't saved.  I was not happy.

It's the first time Gimp has ever crashed on me.  I need to be more careful in the future.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Subject Twenty-Four 1

Always good to start a new series off with a bang.

Subject Twenty-Four is, coincidentally, a 24-part series that will run through mid-Januaryish; it's not my longest series, but since I've reduced the pace at which I'm releasing series, it will take the longest to upload (except for Beat the Heat, I suppose).  So get cozy, kids.  I think it's a fun, exciting series, though, so hopefully it will keep everyone entertained. :)

(By the way, as a literature major with a less-than-impressive work history, I'm speaking from experience here...)

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Not a Bimbo

My least favorite trope in the TG fiction community is the "bimbo" trope.  I hate it.  Hate it.  Haaaaaate it.  The feminist in me cringes at the awful assumptions about women that underlie the whole concept of "bimbos".  The idea that a male character would become less intelligent because he's turned into a woman is deeply insulting.

So here's my deconstruction of the trope.

Diary - Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Refuge 5

This wraps up Refuge.  I hope you all enjoyed it... and that, in the end, it all made sense.

I had two goals for this series.  One, I wanted to explore one of the ways someone might misuse the Chrono Corps technology.  I feel like I basically hit my intended marks in this respect.

I also wanted to try writing a series in which the exposition is slowly revealed over the course of the entire series instead of being front-loaded in the first caption.  I wanted people to want to read on not to learn what happened next, but why Carter had fled the future and what his plan was.  I didn't want the entire story to be clear until the end.  I'd be curious to know whether I succeeded in that or not.

My next series is my twist on a standard TG plot: that of the mad scientist who kidnaps a pair of people and swaps their bodies.  It's a longer and more action-packed series than Rebirth and Refuge, and I'm pretty pleased with it.  I hope you guys will be, too.  Look for the first chapter of Subject Twenty-Four this Friday! :)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ramble On

MMORPGs are typically structured around what's known as the "holy trinity", a set of well-defined class roles that are easy to understand and complement each other well.  There are "DPS" (damage-per-second) classes that can inflict a great deal of damage over short periods of time; there are "tanks", who can absorb significant amounts of damage and can attract enemies' attention to themselves and away from flimsier classes; and there are healers, who heal the other two classes.

Personally, though, I tend to be drawn to classes that are outside the holy trinity, like hybrid classes that mix two or more of the traditional roles, or "crowd control" classes that specialize in keeping enemies from being able to act in combat.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult for group to understand these out-of-the-box sorts of classes, and for developers to design content that accommodates them.  So it's not uncommon for such classes to be passed over in favor of holy trinity classes.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Beat the Heat 24

I wrote a slightly different version of this a month ago, before I'd decided that Luis was attracted to men, but the weather didn't cooperate.  That, I guess, is one of the problems with writing a caption series in real time.

Stupid global warming.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Refuge 3

Apologies for not posting a caption yesterday.  I've been having some trouble accessing Blogger.  As of today, I'm able to load Blogger through Chrome, but not through Firefox.  Still not sure why, but at least I can open it in a browser now, even if it's not my preferred browser.

Anyway... here's part 3 of Refuge:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gilmore Guy: A Year in the Life

This one's kind of niche... though I guess magic remote caps always are.

As I've been rewatching the last season of Gilmore Girls in preparation for the Netflix revival, though, I thought of this, and I couldn't resist. :)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Refuge 1

Trying a slightly different narrative approach than usual this time around.

Also... I think we tend to underestimate how difficult it would really be for the brain to adapt to a new body. This is something I touched on in my first caption for Long Live the Queen as well.  The brain has a built-in sense of how its body should be laid out; this neurological "body map" is flexible (for instance, it can adapt to the gradual process of growing from infancy to adulthood), but only to a point.

When one's body map and one's actual body are misaligned, it can lead to disorientation, psychological distress, even pain.  That seems to be what underlies conditions like phantom limb syndrome and body integrity identity disorder, and even, to some extent, gender dysphoria.  Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran has done some really interesting work in this area.

I think it would actually take a long time for most people to adapt to their new bodies if they found themselves in bodies of the opposite sex, because it would take time for the brain's map of the body to rewire itself.  I certainly think it would take longer than 15-30 minutes.  To some extent, I don't think the conflict between the brain and body would ever resolve itself, and people would likely experience some degree of bodily dysphoria for the rest of their lives.

I knowingly overlook and/or downplay this aspect of gender transformation in most of my captions, because having a character lie in bed for days on end while their brain tries to figure out where their legs are does not make for a gripping story.  But since the Chrono Corps universe is mine, I've opted to at least touch on it.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The List

I don't get the obsession some TG writers have with Hooters.  I mean, I do get it... but I really don't get it.

Like, do people really go there?  I mean, I've seen Hooters restaurants around town, so presumably someone goes there.  It just seems like a really old-fashioned reference.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Rebirth 6

This wraps up Rebirth.  The next series is a 5-part Chrono Corps series... and that's all I'm going to say about it at this point. :)

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Friday, November 11, 2016


I had so much fun writing this.  I may have to return to this character just so I have an excuse to write more lolcat. :)

By the way, some good news if you like my LotDT universe: AFK, an excellent webseries with a very similar premise (I'll readily admit it was one of several inspirations for LotDT) is coming back!  There's a new episode right here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Rebirth 4

Clicky for the cap.

Diary - Election Day

Declaring a support for any candidate in this election environment is risky.  But my diary posts are all about my experiences after transforming into a woman, and this election has taught me a lot about what it means to be a woman.  Please know I bear no ill will toward people with a political outlook than mine, and that all this post is meant to be is a reflection on what this election means to me as someone who's recently become a woman.

There's been more than enough rancor over this election elsewhere.  There's no need for it here.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


I always worry a little when I see characters who are woefully underdressed in wintry areas of a game world.  For example, this is cosplay from the game Skyrim, which is set in a Nordic-style land, half of which is buried under perpetual snow.

I mean, it's dangerous to be half-naked in the snow.  Seriously.

Beat the Heat 23

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rebirth 1

Here's the first chapter of my newest series.  This one's fairly brief, a mere six captions.  This series is entirely made up of animated captions; you'll find part one under the cut.

By the way... I've been struggling to keep up with the pace at which I've been releasing captions, so I'm going to have to slow down very slightly.  I still intend to post at least one caption a day, with series coming out every other day; however, I'll be posting series one caption a time instead of two (or three) at a time.  So I'll be rolling out series at a slightly slower pace, but the overall number of posts I make should stay roughly the same.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016