Let Me Bring Your Dreams To Life!

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Hey, folks.  I want to bring your dreams to life!  Seriously.  I have recently had the pleasure of creating three different stories on commission, and I have enjoyed the experience so much that I have decided to make commissioned stories a regular part of my writing practice.

Do you have certain dreams or fantasies you would love to see brought to life in the form of a short story or novella?  A plot you would love to see explored? Please allow me!

Here’s how it would work.  You would sketch out the plot and characters as well as the preferred length.  This can be as detailed or as abstract as you prefer.  One of my collaborators wrote down a plot point by plot point synopsis with very specific scene requests.  Another just offered a couple sentences.  Both projects were a blast and turned out great!

Once I understand what you are looking for, I would then write out the story and send it to you for your thoughts, feedback and/or approval.  I would then revise as necessary based on any additional ideas or requests you have, and then you would have your story.

Right now, I would charge 5 cents a word and request the rights to distribute the story with you sharing in the author credit.  If you prefer to remain anonymous or would like a story just for your private enjoyment, we can work that out as well.

Now, my specialty is, of course, stories exploring gender identity in which characters experience sex-changes of various kinds. I am only interested right in writing stories that fall into the TG or genderfluid category.  I do have some things I am reluctant or unwilling to write about in this realm, but if you have any thoughts or ideas message me.  I will entertain your pitch without judgement.  I will only decline story ideas if I feel I am not going to be able to enthusiastically and passionately bring your vision to life!

Hope to hear from you! redbankmick@aol.com

Check out my stuff on Amazon!

Cooper

Let Me Bring Your Dreams To Life!

Game of Gowns

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I have a new book underway, and I am very much obsessed with it to the point that I am dreaming about the characters and their lives, waking up with scenes in my mind that seem to have written themselves in the night.

As the title to this post suggests, the new stories owe something to Game of Thrones, specifically a desire to portray a TG story set in a more brutal fantasy world.  It begins with our hero, the rightful heir to the throne, betrayed, transformed into a woman and then given as bride to a brutal warlord.  Our hero, now given the name Delicatha, finds himself trapped in a woman’s body and a woman’s life with a stone age husband who considers him good primarily for providing sexual pleasure on demand.

Meanwhile, the usurpers who stole his throne, emboldened by their success and their new power begin to establish a matriarchy in his kingdom, driving rivals to begin plotting to overthrow these dangerous females who would upset the “proper” order of things.  Soon, boys will be girls and girls will be boys, and the lines between the sexes blur as all the kingdom is forced to play the Game of Gowns!

One thing that happens when I write is I will begin to also create artwork, and above you will see two rough ideas for covers I have been working on.  Both tell stories that will echo one of the primary themes explored in this novel: men who find themselves the conquests of other men, subjected and turned into female sex-objects.  I may choose one of these or neither, and any feedback would be great.  In any case, this will be a much more slutty book than I have written lately– or ever– but the sex will all serve to explore characters and identity.  How would a warrior and a man used to not just ruling other men but brutally killing them in armed combat react to find himself small, helpless, reduced to serving as the wife of another?

How does a man get power when all he has is his pretty smile?

I expect to have this one out by the end of the month, so hopefully one or two of you will read it and get as much pleasure out of the experience as I am getting out of writing it!

 

Game of Gowns

The Sting of a Bad Review!

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I just released a new short story.  I enjoyed writing it, and I felt like my readers would enjoy it as well.  It’s in what is for me a new genre; female muscle growth, and the second story I have written on commission.  While the FMG genre isn’t my “home,” so to speak, it is definitely in the same neighborhood, and I am able to explore many of the themes that fascinate me.

This story, which ended up being called Brittany, is also different in that it had a throwback feel.  It was fun and a little zany, and that also appealed to me.  I like to get out of my comfort zone.  So, I posted it and sat back, eager to see if I got a review, and what that review might say.

Well, I did get a review.  One star, and the reader hated it.

It’s happened before.  The first work I ever posted on Amazon got a bad review to start.  It was called Cramps, and I thought it was a very innovative and excellent piece of TG fiction, but the first review was not kind.

I have learned to detach from the reviews.   I try not to get too excited about the good ones or too down about the bad ones.  In fact, I have the most trouble dealing with NO reviews.  At least if someone hated something enough to write a review, they had a response to the work!

I still love my little story, and I have a warm fuzzy feeling when I remember writing it, creating the cover, posting it.  I hope some people will enjoy it as much as I do, but I also realize that everyone out there own their own response, and it has nothing to do with me!

Brittany.

US

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H9K0W38

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H9K0W38

Germany

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01H9K0W38

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01H9K0W38

Australia

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01H9K0W38

France

https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01H9K0W38

Spain

https://www.amazon.es/dp/B01H9K0W38

India

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B01H9K0W38

Japan

https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B01H9K0W38

The Sting of a Bad Review!

Mantra (Spoilers)

When Mike Barr set out to do a sex-change superhero comic, he went for it BIG TIME.  Not only did the warrior Lukasz find himself reincarnated as a gorgeous, buxom woman, but also a single mother.  Early issues featured our former tough guy struggling with all manner of female issues in his secret identity, where he finds he now has a name right out of a corny romance novel, Eden Blake.

Eden’s first days as a woman are filled with some stock scenes you would expect in any story in the gender swap genre: putting on a bra for the first time, learning to do make-up, dealing with getting hit on by guys, but there was also that very interesting and rarely seen twist that he was a single mother trying to figure out how to balance his motherly duties with work and, of course, his secret identity.

His superhero life was also complicated by his new gender, as he not only found himself forced to learn and rely on magic instead of brawn, but also to wear the kind of ridiculous costume typical of old school female superheros.

Meanwhile, his age-old enemy, Boneyard, decides he wants to force the now very female and fertile Lukasz to marry him:

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Early on, I found the series interesting because it explored more than most comics had the character’s gender conflicts.  Lukasz resents his new life as a woman, and he eagerly seeks ways to escape womanhood.  He finds it annoying and disturbing that he has to deal with men pursuing him, wanting to marry him, but at the same time he seeks to use his new sexuality, dressing for work in a skirt, heels and a tight blouse, or putting on a sexy dress and flirting with a man to get information.  Lukasz finds himself accepting an essentially misogynistic, feminine role in his pursuit of his lost manhood, using his curves to get what he wants.

In addition to the storylines, the artists who penciled the series often put Lukasz into very feminine poses, which was also fun to see:

Ultimately, the gender-swapped Mantra came to an end when Marvel bought out Malibu Comics and decided a gender fluid superhero was too edgy and hip for their universe.  I have always felt it would have been better as a graphic novel or limited series anyway, because the conflict can only go on so long in my opinion before it just becomes a stagnant character.   The true series did end very well, though, with Lukasz not only accepting that he was now a woman and a mother, but taking pride in his new sex, so the story did have a conclusion after all, and one that was, at the time, different from most of the material I had ever seen in which being turned into a female was always a terrible shaming experience.

Check out the Mantraverse Website

Or pick up some issues at Mile High Comics.

Mantra (Spoilers)

Grab Bag (Spoilers)

Having trouble focusing today, so I decided to stop fighting it and just write it all down without putting it into essay form, and to start with I am thinking about a moment from Hedwig, the recent Broadway revival, in which the actor Lena Hall emerges for the first time en femme.

Lena played Yitzhak, the brow-beaten lover of Hedgwig who is repressed throughout the show, forced into a servile role dressed and acting male, but toward the very end of the show Hedgwig gives Yitzhak permission to put on female clothes, and when Hall emerged she was a radiant vision of feminine joy.  I can’t possibly convey to you the eruption of responsive joy that brought forth in the audience and in myself, and it remains one of the great moments of live theater I have experienced.  I once saw Hall in Hell’s Kitchen, and she was with some fans who wanted a picture.  She was looking around for someone to take the picture, and I almost offered, but I was so overcome with emotion remembering the scene from the show I worried I would embarrass myself and instead turned and hurried down the street.

A counter to that moment occurs in Kinky Boots–  I am referring to the musical here– where Simon first appears dressed in male clothes.  He seems shy, self-conscious,  diminished, and he shares with Charlie that he has always felt more confident and assertive in women’s clothes.

Clothes, and what they mean and do to us.  I suppose that emerges as a theme.  In many of the TG books out there, especially in what I think of as the old school categories, clothes were used as a means of punishment, particularly in the genre where some disobedient boy is forced to dress as a girl.

We live in an era now where the lines are more blurry than ever, at least in the Western World.  Jeans and t-shirts are worn by both sexes.  More than once women have told me they only really feel like “women” when they are dressed for the part, made up and all that.  Recently I saw a post from Sarah Silverman where discussed feeling that she was suffering from the female equivalent of being emasculated, and wondering if there is even a word for that.

Consistently, the most violent cultures have the most rigid notions of gender.  The leaders always seem to have minds that believe things should always be in absolutes, male female, right and wrong, and they ruthlessly seek to punish and destroy anyone who doesn’t fit into their simple categories, which of course is everyone.  No one really fits entirely into these categories, so the best such a culture can ever achieve is to force people to act the part in public,  which leads to all sorts of rage and frustration, people blowing each other up.

Have people evolved to the point where they are now able to embrace the reality of fluid identities?  Or will the barbarians eventually win out, as they have done in the past, wiping out this era from existence and possibly even history?

Grab Bag (Spoilers)

Lift Like a Girl: Now Available!

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What happens to life at a small town high-school when boys become the weaker sex? Find out in my latest ebook, Lift Like a Girl! This is my first collaboration in the TG realm, as the characters and story were created in conjunction with SteeleBlazer, who also edited the text and made the cover!

Most awesome of all, there will be an illustrated version!  Watch for it in the next few weeks! Here’s the Amazon linkage!

US
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G2IVLF6

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Germany

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01G2IVLF6

France

https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Japan

https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Australia

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Netherlands

https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Spain

https://www.amazon.es/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Italy

https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01G2IVLF6

Brazil

https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B01G2IVLF6

India

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B01G2IVLF6

 

Lift Like a Girl: Now Available!

Do you want muscle?

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So, I found myself considering a proposal to create something new: an illustrated TG story.

SteeleBlazer, proprietor of the fantastic Mighty Female Muscle Comix website, who also maintains an excellent site on Deviant Art, started it off with an email proposing that we collaborate.  He wanted us to create a story together, working out the details of the plot and characters, and he would offer suggestions and tweaks and edits, then add pictures.  I thought– hell no.

My reaction had nothing to do with SteeleBlazer.  I had a previous unpleasant experience with a potential collaborator that made me very reluctant to even think about working with someone.

Besides, I enjoyed the autonomy writing and self-publishing my books gave me. I wrote what I wanted, how I wanted, when I wanted.  Why change that?

And yet, the idea intrigued me, and I thought – maybe it is time?  Maybe I should give this another chance?  So I sent an email, and the two of us laid out some things and got some clarity established as to how this project would work.  Between my previous unpleasant experience and my discussions with SteeleBlazer I had read Twyla Tharp’s book about collaboration, and I had realized that for it to work there needed to be clear understanding of how we would work together before either of us committed.  We established that, and then….

Disaster! The worst experience of my life!

Not really!  Actually, I have had one of the best creative experiences of my life, and I am so happy we worked together and created a really special project which I think is going to be called Lift Like A Girl.

It takes place in a small town in Iowa, and follows the lives of some typical high-school kids as something strange begins to happen:  the girls all start to get really big and strong, while the boys struggle to maintain muscle and find themselves getting smaller.

For both SteeleBlazer and I, the story is very much about what happens to the minds of the characters as their bodies change, and the ways it impacts how characters see themselves and interact with others as males become the weaker sex.  It explores how high-school dynamics might change in such a world, and it was loads of fun to create!  We look at the changes from a variety of perspectives.  Esther, seen above, is a mousy intellectual nerd with a crush on a star athlete.  Mallory is a pretty, popular girl who is all about fashion and trends:

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And Kat is a gloomy goth-chick:

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We also see the world through the eyes of Derek, the stud jock Alpha Male of the school and Jack, a member of the swim team.

This story is a true collaboration, and I feel a seamless melding of our respective visions to create something that is certainly different from anything I have written before in a variety of sometimes nuanced ways.  I don’t want to give away too much away, but I had so much fun writing this, and I have to say that even days after completing the story I can’t stop thinking about these characters as they pop up in my dreams, while I am driving, eating… all the time!

It’ll be available soon!

 

Do you want muscle?