Friday, June 30, 2017

From the Deeps




This is exciting.  It's my first standalone caption (or set of captions, I suppose) set in my Legends of the Dark Tower universe in months, since before I started posting The Noob.

There's a lot of worldbuilding in this caption.  It builds on some of the concepts I introduced here, having to do with the theology of Arlayne and the sundering of the elves.  It's meant to serve as an introduction to deep elves, similar to what I've done with angelkin and demonkin.  It also teases a few details about dwarves and introduces the Deeps and the Lovecraftian horrors that live there.

While I enjoyed writing and sharing The Noob, the fact that it's over frees me up to post more LotDT captions, which is nice.  I have a lot more ideas for this universe.

~Heather

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Diary - Rebirthday


Part 3 of Man the Barricades was due to go up today, but that's entirely too gloomy a series for a rebirthday party.  Look for it tomorrow instead.

~Heather

Monday, June 26, 2017

Man the Barricades 2


I love writing captions from the perspective of someone who isn't aware of the transformed character's transformation (or possession or body swap or whatever).  Imagine overhearing a conversation like this.

~Heather

You can follow this and my other series on my series page.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

From the Outside


Titles are always difficult for me.  I wasn't happy with the title for this caption until I realized there were several layers of potential meaning to it: the caption is about Brandon coming into the celebrity world from the outside; it's about entering a body from the outside;  it's about Brandon getting to see his convulsions from the outside, and it's about how they look to the rest of the world from the outside.

Sometimes I stumble across the perfect title quite by accident.

~Heather

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Man the Barricades 1


This is not an uplifting series.  I don't want to say more, for far of spoiling the story, but I feel like that much of a warning is due.

The July Revolution and the June Rebellion are real historical events; the latter is the setting for Les Miserables, which is also, not coincidentally, the source of the images I use for this series.  The September Uprising, however, is my own invention.  I tried building this series around the July Revolution, the June Uprising, and even the French Revolution, but I couldn't make it work; I needed my own historical event.

~Heather

You can follow this and my other series on my series page.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Humans of the Great Shift - Ray


I was worried people wouldn't like these "Humans of the Great Shift" captions, but people seem to be enjoying them.  Sometimes they actually get more views than my regular captions.  They definitely help ease the pressure on me a bit, too.  So, while I may eventually get bored of them, for the foreseeable future, I'm going to keep writing them

~Heather

Diary - My Name Is Heather



I've slipped up a few times and called my cousin Crystal "Heather".  It's been tough to get used to the fact that Heather's my name now, not hers.

I've also given people the female name I've chosen for myself... though I've never given them my male name.  I stopped identifying with that a long time ago.

Here's the caption where I mentioned Crystal.

And this is the site I used to find out exactly how many Heathers there are in the United States. There were way more than I'd expected. :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Noob - 437 Years Later 3


Bit of a bummer that Evan and Paul are no longer together, I know... but I have trouble imagining that a couple could stay together for 437 years.  My parents divorced a few years ago, so maybe I'm a bit jaded... but 437 is an almost incomprehensibly long time.  I really do think that, facing immortality, elves would develop the kind of serial monogamy I've described here rather than attempting to marry for life.

But don't worry.  Evan and Paul are still friends. :)

These 437 Years Later captions pose an interesting challenge.  It's hard to imagine how the human psyche would evolve after 450+ years of being alive.

Anyway... I hope everyone enjoyed this little coda to The Noob. :)  Be sure to come back on Saturday for my next series, a Chrono Corps adventure called Man the Barricade!

You can follow this and my other series on my series page.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trading Up


I don't know whether this is a body swap or a possession, so I'm just going to mark it as both, lol.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Noob 437 Years Later 2


Naraya and Zaraya were the biggest loose thread from The Noob that I felt I needed to address.  While I would love to write an enormous epic series about the consequences of a war between the goddesses of life and death, it would have been a difficult story to tell through captions... so this will have to do.

You'll have noticed that Evan has adopted female pronouns, by the way.  I used female pronouns for the protagonist of "437 Years Later" as well.  The idea is that, at a certain point, a man would get used to being a female body and adopt an appropriate gender identity.  I actually don't think this is true; personal experience tells me that gender identity is fixed at birth.  But it makes for a good story convention.

You can follow this and my other series on my series page.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Noob - 437 Years Later 1


As I posted The Noob, I realized there were a few loose ends I wanted to wrap up, so I decided to write an epilogue addressing some of those dangling story threads.  This is set in the same sub-universe as 437 Years Later, a set of captions that explore how the world of Arlayne evolves in the centuries after Patch 19 drags a few million players into the world.

I have a few ideas for the 437 Years Later concept, so expect to see a few more of these in the future.

And for now, I hope you enjoy this little visit with Evan! :)

You can follow this and my other series on my series page.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

In Over His Head


The American education system is very Western-centric.  It would probably be good for American students to learn a bit more about non-Western cultures.

Some of you may not be familiar with my Chrono Corps series; I haven't posted any Chrono Corps captions in a while.  If you haven't read any of my Chrono Corps caps, or if you need a refresher, I have a primer here.

I haven't gotten as much mileage out of my Chrono Corps universe as I'd expected.  Women's lives, their roles, their power, have often been severely restricted; it can be difficult to think of missions that male agents can complete as women.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Diary - Home


 My normal caption schedule resumes tomorrow.  Be sure it stop by on Sunday for the start of a three-part epilogue to The Noob. :)

By the way, I went to that play last night, the one that local actress invited me to.  At the end of the play, while she and her castmates were taking their bows, she announced I was in the audience and invited me to come up onstage, which I reluctantly did.  She hadn't told her costars about me, so they were pleasantly surprised.  I felt extremely awkward and self-conscious being onstage and having the audience cheer for me... but I also kind of enjoyed it.  It reminded me of my high school drama classes, and the play I was in back in middle school.

I'd forgotten how much I love the SOUND of walking across a stage.  There's a certain way your footsteps resonate that I like.  Granted, last night was the first time I've ever walked on a stage in heels... but it still brought me back to when I would hang out in the multipurpose room in high school and practice scenes.  Nice warm memories.

I spent some time after the show signing autographs and taking pictures with people in the audience, and then, as promised, I went backstage and met the cast.  They peppered me with questions I really wasn't prepared to answer, about what it's like being an actress in TV shows and movies, about what Courtney Cox and Brad Pitt are like, about how I broke into Hollywood.  I improvised as best I could, but jeeze, I wasn't expecting to have to talk about Jennifer Aniston's career  in so much depth.

They were all trying to make a good impression on me, and some of them gave me their contact information.  I think they want me to try to hook them up with people in Hollywood.  I feel so bad that I can't actually help them.  What if they try to get in touch with the real Jennifer Aniston and find out she doesn't remember ever meeting them?  They'll be crushed...

Okay, now I'm feeling really guilty about last night.

Though, on the other hand... I guess I don't know if any of them actually like me, do I?  They were all warm and sweet and friendly toward me, and I felt at the time like I was making a real connection with them, but maybe they were just trying to use me to advance their careers.

Is this what it's like being a celebrity?  Being swarmed by strangers?  Doubting the sincerity of every person you ever talk to?  Wondering if people like you for you or if they like you because you're famous?  Having to tread lightly around people, because with great fame comes great responsibility?  If so, I absolutely don't want to be a celebrity.

A few of them asked me to go out for drinks, but I was feeling so uncomfortable by that point that I opted against going out with them.  One of them offered to share a bottle of wine he had in his dressing room; I don't drink, so I said no thank you.  So then they started asking me if I'm pregnant, which people apparently love to ask Jennifer Aniston; I said no, that I just had an early morning tomorrow, and I didn't want to get a hangover.

It took me an uncomfortably long time to disentangle myself from them, but I finally got away from them and went back to hide in my hotel room... where I found, of all things, a bottle of wine, along with  a note from the hotel staff saying how excited they were that I was staying at their hotel.  I guess word about me got around.

This probably all sounds a bit negative, but really, I had a good time last night.  It was fun being Jennifer Aniston for a day.  But the lesson I learned, ultimately, is that I wouldn't want to be famous.  I'm happy to be wrapped once more in the cozy blanket of my anonymity.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 14


It's going to be a bit bittersweet to become myself again tomorrow... but I think I'm ready.  Being someone else for two weeks has made me realize how much I've come to love being myself over the last year.

I'll probably put up a caption tomorrow night talking about what it's like to be back in my own body, maybe sharing some final thoughts about the last two weeks.  Regular captions begin again on Saturday. :)

It's been a strange, fun, interesting two weeks... but I want to be me again.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 10


Oops, apparently I lost count of the days, lol.  I originally titled this "Day 11", but it's actually only my tenth day in this body.

Numbers are hard.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 8


I'm a bit more than halfway through my time in this body.  I'm not sure I'm fully taking advantage of this opportunity... but I do think I'm learning a lot.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 7


This picture isn't of me (obviously, lol).  It's the only picture I've used this week that hasn't been of me, though.  I'm trying to only use selfies for these Randomizer captions.  What's the fun of just downloading pictures of Jennifer Aniston when I can use picftures of myself as Jennifer Aniston?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 6


I spent the afternoon at the beach today.  It's the first chance this year I've had to show off my bikini body, and it wasn't even my body...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 4


I considered adding these Randomizer captions to my series page... but my series page is for my fictional series.  The Randomizer captions I'm writing are true stories about my real life, so they don't really fit on my series page.  So instead I'm tagging them all as Randomizer captions so you guys can easily find them later if you want.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 3


I suspect I have some new readers who've come here from Celebswap's blog (thanks to Celebswap for the referral!).  A quick word about me and my blog, for those of you who are new.  I'm transgender; I was born male, but I've always always always wanted to be female.  I spent more than a decade on the cusp of transitioning but never had the courage or the resources to make it happen.

Last June, the universe apparently decided it was tired of waiting for me to become a woman and decided to take matters into its own hands.  I woke up as a woman, in a universe where I'd always been female.  For the last year, I've been living life as a woman, and it's been... wonderful isn't strong enough a word.  It's been everything I hoped for.  My life still isn't perfect--it's very, very imperfect, actually--but being in the proper body, with the whole world treating me as a woman... it's been beautiful.  I still don't know how it happened... and I don't really care.  I'm just glad it happened.

I don't normally look like Jennifer Aniston, by the way; I'm normally a brunette woman in her mid-30s.  People sometimes tell me I look like that actress Marie Eliza Winthrop or whatever her name is... I don't see it.

I've been documenting my experiences through "diary" captions, where I share selfies and talk about what it's been like becoming a woman.  My first diary caption (indeed, the first caption I ever published) is here, and the rest of my diary captions are here.

My diary captions are usually just an occasional thing; my blog consists mostly of nonfiction captions.  I post at least one caption a day, in the evening Eastern time.  Occasionally I'll post an extra caption around noon Eastern time; that's usually when my diary captions, for example, go up.  I write a lot of long series, which I post one caption at a time, every other day; alternating with standalone captions.  I have links to all my series on my series page (which I'm very, very bad at keeping updated).

I don't take requests; I have some chronic health problems that limit my activities.  I have enough trouble keeping up with my own ideas; I can't really take on other people's ideas.

As for how I came to look like Jennifer Aniston... well, read back a couple of captions. :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 2


My restlessness and desire for variety and novelty get me in trouble sometimes... but now they could get Jennifer Aniston in trouble too.  Because, like, what if I do something that ruins her reputation?  I mean, it's not like I ever do anything particularly scandalous or controversial... but I've also never had the kind of attention or scrutiny that Jennifer has.  What if there's something weird or terrible or unpleasant I do without realizing it, and no one's ever called me on it because nobody cares what some random Jane Schmoe does, but people care that Jennifer Aniston makes a weird noise when she breathes or chews with her mouth open  or says the word "satrapy" wrong or something, and people take pictures, and it's in all the tabloids, and everyone boycotts Jennifer's movies, and her career falls apart, and she winds up homeless because she's a weird creepy weird-noise-making satrapy-mispronouncing open-mouth-chewer?

This is way, way, way too much pressure.  How do celebrities do this?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Diary - Randomizer Day 1


I can't believe this is what my life is like now.  Less than a year ago, I was a deeply dysphoric, mostly closeted transwoman who desperately wished, but didn't believe, that magical gender transformation was possible.  And now, in less than a year, I've transformed not once but twice, first into the woman I would have been had I been born female, and now into one of the most popular celebrities of the last two decades.  It's all so crazy.

Just to clarify: I'm not actually in Jennifer Aniston's body right now.  The real Jennifer Aniston is still out there, living her Aniston life, doing her Aniston things, just Anistoning all over the place.  I just look like her.

I didn't get to choose what celebrity I became; neither I nor Celebswap had any idea who I would become before he activated the Randomizer.  The celebrity you become when you're "randomized" is, as the name suggests, completely random.  It's a little inconvenient... but, oh, who am I kidding?  I never would have been able to settle on a celebrity, so it's probably better this way.  I certainly can't complain about who I became. :)

Because I'll be spending the next two weeks on the road, I'm not really going to be in a position to write and upload captions; but I want to document my time in this body, so, as I said, I'll be posting daily diary captions for the next two weeks, one caption per evening.  I'll resume my regular caption schedule when I get back home, including a new series.

If you somehow have not already discovered Celebswap's blog, you should check it out; while he hasn't posted much recently, he's written many, many excellent captions over the years.  I especially recommend reading some of his Randomizer captions to get a sense of what other people's experiences with the Randomizer have been like.  And while you're at it, you should read about Crestf's experiences of being "randomized" into Megan Mullally and Olivia Munn clones.

I have no idea what the next two weeks are going to look like.  My time as a woman hasn't really prepared me for this.  But it should make for some good captioning as I figure it all out. :)