Thursday, August 31, 2017

Miss Doubtfire 5

I don't have a lot of experience with children.  I did my best to write Noah, but I don't know if I got him right.


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Diary - Someone Else's Scars

It's strange to think that my body has given birth, even if I myself have not, especially given my complicated feelings about motherhood.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Miss Doubfire 4

I wanted Catherine to be a sympathetic character, but Laura Linney's character in The Nanny Diaries is not terribly likeable.  She's also much wealthier than Catherine is supposed to be.  I had to select the images I used for Catherine carefully.


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Miss Doubtfire 3

Moving forward, most of the images in this series will be from The Nanny Diaries, which I've only watched for the purpose of making this series.  It's kind of a frustrating movie; there were some clever touches and intriguing storytelling techniques and interesting plot hooks that were introduced early in the film and then just sort of dropped, which made the movie feel a little disjointed and the plot feel a little anticlimactic.

Presumably, the character from this caption spent some time as Scarlett Johansson's character from The Nanny Diaries.  Does that make this a sort of crossover?


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Diary - Perceptions

I thought of this diary post after uploading this.

I wanted to know if other women who've changed their hair color--presumably by dyeing their hair, not through the rather extraordinary means by which I've changed mine--so I've looked around a bit online.  I've found many, many stories from women who've observed the same thing I have... that they're perceived as more approachable but less intelligent with blonde hair than with brown or black hair.  There are even scientific studies that back this up, in which they used photo editing software to see if the same face would be perceived differently with a different hair color.

So strange.
This is one aspect of living in this body, by the way, that I absolutely do not like.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Miss Doubtfire 2

"...who dyed her blonde hair brown in order to be taken more seriously by her peers."

I wrote this in June, before I knew I would soon become a blonde woman myself.  I can now vouch for the fact that hair color has an impact on how people, strangers especially, see you.


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Humans of the Great Shift - Ashia

I occasionally write captions like this, about transwomen who, through some deus ex machina or another, get the bodies of ciswomen.

Those captions always feel a little bit more personal to me, for obvious reasons.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Miss Doubtfire 1

I'm wearing my influences on my sleeve even more than I usually do with this series.  (Though I actually didn't realize that I was using the name William for a character portrayed by Robin Williams until I'd almost finished writing this series.  I just picked the name because I thought this guy looked like a William, without reflecting on why that might be...)

I haven't watched Mrs. Doubtfire since the mid-90s, so this will not be a direct adaptation of that movie; rather, it's based on the general premise, with a magical twist.  I hope everyone enjoys it. :)


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Diary - Mandela Effect Revisited

I'm basically trolling you guys at this point with this picture...

This is a picture of me from Halloween a few years ago.  I was supposed to be a vampire.  I was wearing a wig as part of the costume, which is why I had brown hair; I was still blonde beneath the wig.  It's much sexier and more revealing than anything I would normally wear... but I guess that's kind of the point of Halloween, isn't it?  To be someone you're not.

I wore this costume in my previous reality, too.  I didn't have to wear a wig, though, since my hair was naturally this color.  Maybe, if I ever make it back to that reality, I'll share pictures.

Here, by the way, is my previous caption about the Mandela Effect.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Beat the Heat Finale

And thus ends Beat the Heat.  I hope this is a satisfying ending to the series. :)

I kind of wish I could go back and fill in the missing months.  I enjoyed these characters, even if I let this series fall to the side.  No promises, but... maybe I'll revisit them someday, in some form.

Up next: a longish, character-driven Altered Fates series. :)


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beat the Heat 31

It was surprisingly difficult to find an appropriate picture for this.  Anna Kendrick doesn't smile much in her movies or her photo shoots.  She smiles on the red carpet, but a red carpet picture wouldn't really work for this caption.

Anna Kendrick seems like a bubbly, smiley person to me, so I wouldn't have thought it would be that difficult.


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Friday, August 18, 2017

One Week Later

Diary - Tropical Triangulation

Don't ask me why there are a bunch of rubber duckies in the pool, by the way; they were there when I got there.  I think someone was having way too much fun.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beat the Heat 30

Beat the Heat had problems, even aside from the fact that I couldn't keep up with it.  I didn't have enough ideas to sustain the story for an entire year.  I struggled to find ways to keep the series going.  There was nothing especially interesting about the series itself; it was a pretty straightforward Bikini Beach story.  While I still think it was an interesting idea to try to tell a story in real time, I think I needed more to work with.  More characters, more conflicts, more plot twists than where inherent in the scenario that I'd set up.

There were also pacing issues.  One of the central ideas of the series was that Luis and Cameron's attitude toward their transformation would flip over the course of the series; Luis would start out intrigued by being a woman, but would come to hate it, while Cameron would hate it at first, then discover he loved being a woman.  I think I had them flip too early in the series, though.  Their character arcs were essentially over by the time I'd abandoned the series in January.

Both these problems--the pacing issues and the lack of ideas--might have been solved had I planned the series out in advance.  While I had an ending in mind, I was making up everything in the middle as I went, which made it difficult to come up with major plot developments and appropriately time out the important character and story beats.

On another note, this a subplot I'm kind of disappointed I didn't have a chance to explore in much depth.  Luis despises his coworker Connor, a cheerful idiot who overshadows Luis at work simply because he's a man, but finds himself falling in love with Connor in spite of himself.  Luis would have hid his relationship with Connor from Cameron/Cassie out of embarrassment.  I think it could have led to some fun, funny captions, but I never quite got around to revealing Luis's relationship with Connor.


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beat the Heat 29

As long-time readers will remember, I started a series last July called Beat the Heat.  It started off as a one-off caption about a pair of friends who visited Bikini Beach in an attempt to escape a heat wave and ended up getting stuff with annual passes.  On a whim, I decided to turn Beat the Heat into an experiment to see if I could tell a story in real time, following the friends through their year as woman.

As it turns out, I couldn't.  I abandoned Beat the Heat several months ago; the last part went up in January.  My health problems were flaring up around that time, and I was struggling to keep up with my caption writing.  I needed to let something go; and because my Beat the Heat captions never got many views or comments (they got the fewest views of any of my captions by far), I decided to abandon the series.

But the series deserves an ending, so here it is.  Starting today, I'll be releasing a four-part conclusion to Beat the Heat.  While the series was mostly improvised, I always had an ending in mind; these four captions remain mostly faithful to that ending.

If you haven't read the rest of Beat the Heat, I think it's probably safe to jump onboard with this caption; I hit on most of the most important details of the series in these new captions.  But if you want to read the rest of the series, or if you want to refresh your memory, you can find the entire series linked from my series page.

Monday, August 14, 2017

437 Years Later - Selfie

New caption set in the 437 Years Later sub-universe of my Legends of the Dark Tower universe. :)

And I suppose I'm the last person in the world who should criticize anyone for taking pictures of themselves, lol.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 14

The series ends, and Rick has his happy ending. :)

I'm actually not sure I've seen this episode; if I have, it's been many, many, many years.  I watched The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as a kid, when it first aired, and I think I watched a few episodes at some point later, but it was a long time ago.  Fortunately, Google knows all, and I was able to find a plausible conclusion for Rick's story.

Coming Tuesday, the four-part conclusion to a  series that I've neglected over the last few months.

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Diary - Dance Class 2

I know it's crazy for me to be wearing a jacket in summer, but they keep the air conditioning in the dance studio cranked way down.  (Or up, or whatever.  It's super cold, is what I mean.)  I wore a sports bra and shorts to my first class, and I regretted it so so much.  So now I wear leggings and a jacket I can take off if necessary.

Also, yeah, mostly older ladies in my class.  I'm not sure they approved of what I wore to my first class.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Humans of the Great Shift - John

You may have noticed I don't use any screencaps from Game of Thrones in my Legends of the Dark Tower captions.  There's a reason for that: I actually haven't watched Game of Thrones.  Surprising, I know, given my interests.

It's partly because I don't have HBO, and it's partly because I'm trying to read the books first, and they're such long books, and I keep getting distracted.

Someday I'll finish reading them.

Or maybe I'll just give up and watch the show.  That's probably more likely.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 12

I was a little uncomfortable writing this caption.  I don't think I'm legally allowed, when writing a series like this, to skip the "slave Leia" scene; but I also know that Carrie Fisher hated this outfit.

As a compromise, rather than focusing on the fetishy aspects of this scene, I tried to make it as empowering as I could, focusing on Rick/Leia's leadership role and ultimate revenge.


Diary - Mixed Feelings

Sometimes I get the feeling I'll never be truly content.

Though for most of the last year, the last few weeks aside, I felt something closer to contentment than I ever remember feeling, so, you know... maybe someday.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Diary - Collegeton

Here's he caption where I talk about my day in Collegeton.  I wrote a little more about it the next day.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What Possessed Her

This is, in part, an exercise in telling a TG possession story without actually explicitly spelling out what's happened.

I'm guessing most of you can read between the lines and figure out what's happened to Becky and why.  I wonder if someone who hasn't read as many TG stories as we all have would be able to figure it out, though.

Storytelling is an accumulative process.  Every story we tell builds on the stories that came before it.  We develop tropes.  We develop shorthand.  We develop cues that only make sense if you're familiar with a particular storytelling culture.  It's very similar to how languages develop.

I don't watch much anime.  I don't really enjoy watching anime, and I have trouble following anime plots.  I think that's true in part because anime has a very particular set of tropes and visual cues that I'm not familiar with because I haven't watched anime.

The same is true here.  When a strange old man gives a young woman a ring, we draw conclusions that people outside of this community might not.

Diary - Haunted

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 10

Surprise!  This series will be shifting universes for the next few parts.

I've had the idea for this series for about a year.  My plan has always been to have Rick become Leia after he'd run through all the Indiana Jones movies.  The idea became all the more poignant when Carrie Fisher passed away last year.

So... I guess this series is dedicated to her.

Diary - Phantom Friendships

Thursday, August 3, 2017