New Book Up! Jack Danger!

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Put a new book up on Amazon this week–  Jack Danger, time agent.   Jack prides himself on being unstoppable, on doing whatever it takes to complete a mission.   But what happens when he jumps into the body of a young stripper, and “whatever it takes” suddenly includes doing some things in positions he never really considered as a man?

As always, I like to play with ideas of masculinity,  as my hero struggles to adapt to life as a woman, even while trying to “be a man.”   This is an R-rated story featuring some grinding along with the action and adventure, and it also had a female to male body swap, as Jack Danger’s partner, Marybeth, finds herself in the body of a tall, handsome man who has some very strong feelings toward the sexy little woman Jack has become.

Links!

US

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072MZM4LM

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072MZM4LM

Germany

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B072MZM4LM

France

https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B072MZM4LM

Canada

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B072MZM4LM

Australia

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B072MZM4LM

Spain

Italy!

 

New Book Up! Jack Danger!

Your Name (spoilers)

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Based on the novel by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name finally came to my local theater after raking up over 300,000,000 dollars at box offices around the world.   The story centers around two teen-agers, a city boy and a country girl, who begin to swap bodies during the night.

The characters do not, initially, know each other, but as they spend time in each other’s bodies and living each other’s lives, they naturally start to get an understanding of each other, communicating by leaving journal entries, and their lives become intertwined as they bicker, commiserate and become inter-twined with each other’s friends and families.

What emerges is a unique and tearful love story with a bunch of plot twists and reversals that challenge the characters and make the audience suffer as we wait to see how, if ever, these characters will get together.

I found Your Name to be one of the most beautiful animated films I have ever seen, including numerous still shots that inform and fill out the world of these characters, as well as stunning scenes of natural beauty.

Despite my warning, I don’t want to reveal much of the plot of the movie.  I will say this is a film that does not spend a lot of time exploring gender.   Aside from one or two moments, especially when they first wake in bodies of the opposite sex, each character just adapts to the life of the body that they wear.   There is a fascinating story line about the girl’s town that is gradually revealed as the story progresses, and a kind of hazy magic to the proceedings, as we discover that in the girl’s town, body swapping is not all that unusual, and it is taken as a matter of course.

I loved every minute of this film, and I will be buying it on DVD to watch again and again.  It is a very moving and traditional story about love, with very non-traditional sci- fi flurishes.

Bring the tissues!

Your Name (spoilers)

Legion: (Spoilers)

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So, I know a lot of us heard about the body swap element in the new FX show, Legion.  In fact, it served as a central element in one of the promos for the show. I haven’t been so excited for a show’s premiere in a long, long time and even raced home from a social engagement to make sure I got to watch it live.

The TG element of the first was promising, but not awesome.  I love the girl that he gets placed inside, and the whole thing was set up nicely because he is in love with her, and they have a relationship, and then he suddenly becomes her, and he is just kind of freaked out and wanders off into the city.

We get to see him check himself out in a mirror, touch his new boobs, but not much else. There is a trippy scene where he has all these flashbacks to being a boy, and his mom calling him her little boy, and it contrasts nicely with him now this pretty blonde woman, and sugggests ways in which the switch may be impacting his sense of self. However, before really having to deal with his new body and gender at all, her just suddenly pops back into his own body and goes on with his life.

As for the series, the body swapping character, Syd Barret, remains in the show, and the two of them continue to have a relationship.  It seems very likely there could be further explorations between the two, and that as she learns to control her power she may do swaps with other people.  As it is, she projects into his mind and influences his thoughts and memory, and we get a nice role-reversal where she comes and rescues him after he has been captured.

In addition, Aubrey Plaza plays a very butch character named Lenny who seems like she may have some gender issues of her own.

So, I think this show is going to have lots more to say about gender fluidity, and will have additional body swaps as well.  Best of all, it is a really interesting show in its own right, and is great to watch, so it isn’t like one of these TV shows or movies where you have to suffer between the TG moments.

It should be interesting, and I can’t wait for the fanfic to get going!

 

 

 

 

Legion: (Spoilers)

The Swap Versus The Swap (Spoilers)

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In this corner, Meghan Shull’s young adult novel, The Swap.  In that corner, Disney Channel’s movie length adaptation.  Which will emerge as the true champion?  Ring the bell and let the battle begin.

Both the book and the film are PG, and both of them artfully dodge anything that a family or young person might find creepy or weird.  For example, in the book Jack, in Ellie’s body, refuses to undress for his physical because he knows it would be wrong for a boy to see a girl naked.  In the movie, when Ellie’s mother induces him to take a bubble bath, he wears a bathing suit.

The story focuses mainly on the characters and their relationships.  Jack has a strict, military father and three rough-housing older brothers.  The father is cold and distant, and he pushed his sons to extreme physical fitness and competitiveness.   When Ellie finds herself suddenly in his body and life, she has to adjust to being yelled at, wrestled with by half-naked boys (all of whom she finds very attractive, something she must hide since she is in the body of a boy and a younger brother.)  She also has to experience other embarrassing moments, like waking up with morning wood.  We learn that one reason for this testosterone driven dude life is that his mother died a year ago.

Jack, on the other hand, finds himself living a life of luxury and ease as a girl.  He has a big, fluffy, comfortable bed, a loving mom who is full of hugs, encouragement and understanding, and even makes pancakes for him just about ever morning.  Jack, though, shies away from this mother’s attempts to be close, and his further horrified when both his mother and his doctor want to talk to him about his impending menstrual cycles and graduation into womanhood.  In addition, he now finds himself mystified by the female politics of the all-girl world he finds himself in, and as a shy boy who never could talk to girls, it is an extra terrible struggle as he finds himself a girl in a girl’s world.  In the book, remember, Jack is now a 12-year old girl, so the all girl social  makes sense.  It is a little harder to believe in the Disney movie, where they are both sophomores in high-school, but this is a Disney Movie, where even adults never do more than offer each other innocent little pecks.

The movie did a better job creating suspense. In the book, the characters believe they just have to make it through the weekend, so that can find the nurse that switched their bodies and get turned back.  The movie made a better choice; the characters have a limited amount of time to earn the right to return to their own bodies, or they will be trapped forever in their new lives.  And how can they earn the right to get their own bodies back?  Well, Jack has to perform rhythmic gymnastics, wearing full make-up, body glitter and tiny little outfit, gracefully dancing around while twirling a ribbon.  Ellie has to dominate other boys in hockey, though she finds a way to use some of her gymnastics skills along the way.

In the end, and stop now to avoid the ultimate spoilers, the book just stops.  The characters do what they need to do, and then they just pop back into their bodies.  The whole thing about the nurse and getting through the weekend vanishes.  In the movie, we get the traditional false ending.  The characters fulfill their quests, and then… they don’t change back.  They think they have failed, and they both seem resigned to their new lives.  Ellie turns to Jack as he stands there in his gymnastics costume, and says, “I am sorry Ellie.”  He looks at her in her hockey gear and says, “I am sorry, too, Jack.”   I would have liked for more of this section of the film, where the two characters are facing their futures and boy and girl, but it turns out they really needed to deal with their unresolved parental issues.   Jack opens up to “his” mom, and they have an emotional moment together, while Ellie stands up to “her” father– and then they are restored.

In the end– sorry– do both.  Read the book.  See the movie.  Both argue for a more genderfluid sense of identity as Jack in some ways makes a better girl than Ellie, and Ellie makes a better guy. Meanwhile, both of them learn that they can indulge in activities that defy norms and actually not only enjoy them but get stronger as Jack learns to enjoy bubble baths, for example, and Ellie starts to thrive in bro-culture.

One regret for me comes from the casting of the movie.  Peyton List is taller and actually looks more muscular and athletic than the scrawny actor who plays Jack.  List looks like she lifts weights, and has a bigger bicep bulge when she challenges another girl to a fight than we see from Jack, who in the book is very muscular — it would have been interesting for me to see Jack react to the realization that as a girl he actually has more of some of the things guys want–  height, muscle– but  maybe I will just have to write that book myself!

 

 

 

The Swap Versus The Swap (Spoilers)

Five Questions with Nikki Jenkins

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Hey, folks.  Nikki Jenkins was awesome enough to take the time to answer a few questions about her work as a writer of TG fiction.  I am a big fan of her writing, which you can find on Amazon.com. Also, be sure to check out her website!  ALERT:  The website does include some nudity!

  1. Talk about your interest in creating TG fiction.

 

Going back as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in TG fiction, but my first real exposure to it was an illustrated site that dealt with the feminization of men by strong women.  I can’t for the life of me remember the name of it (it’s been quite a while), but it sparked an interest in this very specific type of erotica.

 

For the longest time, I was a spectator; I simply consumed whatever media was out there (mostly on Fictionmania or a few caption sites).  The reality of it is that I’m a bit obsessive, and when I’m interested in something, I focus on it pretty intently, and it wasn’t long before I’d exhausted the supply of fiction out there.  So to satisfy that “obsession”, I really didn’t have much of a choice but to start writing my own stories.  That was the genesis of the Omar Bell Universe, which in turn led to my caption site and my subsequent work.

 

I guess the simplest answer to your question is that I started to create TG fiction because I wanted a better (and more plentiful) representation of my own personal kinks.  However, once I started, I can’t deny that the positive reinforcement of the mostly-good responses to my work propelled me to commit more time to this part of my life.

 

  1. In the Omar Bell books, as well as in works like a Warrior Reborn, the characters are radically feminized in mind and body, but kept biologically male.  Can you discuss why this transformation interests you, and how it is different to explore than a full biological change as happens in The Curse?

 

In most of my stories, I think the retention of “male-ness” is important because it provides a tangible representation of the internal duality of the protagonist’s nature.  Sure, once the transformation is complete, each protagonist (like Tristan, in A Warrior Reborn) is quite feminine, body and mind, but he retains certain aspects of masculinity (the penis and a lack of breasts) because it’s important for the reader (and the character) to be reminded that this is NOT a woman.   That feeds into the “humiliation” of it all because they can never forget that they’re different.

 

With The Curse, the humiliation aspect of a forced transformation was covered with Anna, so it was completely unnecessary (and a bit redundant) for Josh’s character to dwell on that.  So I decided to give him a bit of closure and a fresh start.

 

Literary reasons aside, if I had to examine my personal attraction to that sort of transformation, I’d  pinpoint my fascination with anything that’s abnormal.  I like weird kinks; it’s as simple as that.

 

 

  1. What are some of your favorite TG works, and why do they stand out for you?

 

I think my favorite TG work is an interactive story presented by “Sissy Trainer” on a now-defunct blog of the same name.  It was called “Pink Slipped” and focused on a young man who loses his job as a construction worker and is forced to take a job as a secretary at his girlfriend’s office.  He’s subsequently feminized, objectified, and ultimately used by his superiors.  It was a great (but very simple) story with fantastic visual aids.

 

Second would be a series I found on Fictionmania called “College Changes a Boy” by Taylor Jordan which follows a college boy’s first visit home after a year away at school (during which he changed quite a bit).  It’s written pretty well, but its real strength is that it does a great job contrasting the “before” and “after” versions of the character.  It’s unfinished (sadly), but it’s still worth a read.

 

Of course, I love Bob H’s Switch World series because of its description of a global change, and I absolutely adore “Voices” by TG Cooper for the same reason.

 

There are so many more, mostly available on Fictionmania, but I won’t waste anyone’s time by describing them all.  I do go into a little more detail on my blog, though, if anyone’s interested in my opinions.

 

 

  1. What was the experience like for you when you first put your TG work out there for the public?

 

Nerve-wracking!  Seriously – I remember posting the first Omar Bell story on Fictionmania, and then checking every five minutes to see if anyone had left a review.  I needed that validation, you know?  Once they started rolling in, though, I relaxed a bit.  It was fairly well-received, and I think that justified (in my mind at least) the whole project.

 

There were definitely some comments that made me angry, though.  Dealing with such a touchy subject, I suppose it was inevitable, but I’ll admit I got a bit defensive about some of the negative comments.  I even went so far as to write some responses into the next couple of stories, which, in hindsight, was kind of bad form.

 

When I launched my first blog (a caption site based on the Omar Bell series), I opened myself up to a lot more criticism.  By that point, I was fairly confident in my writing ability, but I wasn’t nearly as convinced that my artistic ability was up to par.  It wasn’t, by the way.  I look back at those first attempts at photo modification, and I cringe.  Still – it had to happen.  I had to progress through that before I could get better.

 

By the time I actually published a story on Amazon, I had pretty tough skin.  I knew there would be detractors, but I also knew that the product (An Experiment) was pretty solid.

 

  1. Tell us about your upcoming projects.

Oh – the fun part!  Between my long-form caption stories, my Amazon releases, and my daily captions, I have a LOT on my plate.  So I have a bit of difficulty nailing down release dates.  But here are my next few projects:

 

  1. Untitled Caption Story (request)

This one is a user-commissioned caption story (about 20-30 frames) that focuses on a young man who’s feminized by his Korean girlfriend.  It’s a fairly simple story, but the visual transformation is fantastic.

 

  1. American Tranny

I’m super excited about this one because it’s a bit of a departure for me because it is definitely NOT erotica.  It’s a story about a teenage transgender girl who is forced to hide her transition from her bigoted father.  After a sexual assault, she’s forced out of the closet, and must confront the challenges associated with being a rape survivor, a transgender girl, and the abandonment of her father.

 

I know – heavy stuff for someone who’s focused primarily on erotica, but I felt that it’s a story that needs to be told.  I’m about a third of the way through with the text (it’s been extensively outlined), so it shouldn’t be that long before it’s published.

 

  1. The Witness

This is an adaptation of one of my caption stories that follows a young man who is forced into hiding after seeing his father’s murder.  The text story will differ from the caption story in a few key ways, but will follow the general plot.

 

  1. More Omar Bell!

I’ve still got about five or six Omar Bell stories to publish.

 

  1. Various

I’m working on a few more stories.  One is a story about a professional basketball player who suddenly starts to transform, and ends up as a twelve-year-old white girl (outlined and started).  Another is a story about two men who, after an encounter with a stripper at a bachelor party, begin to transform (outlined and started).  I have one where I deal with human pets that has barely passed the concept stage.  And finally, I have a story outlined where a young man slowly takes the place of his trophy-wife stepmother.

 

Yeah – I’m a bit flighty and have a ton of projects working at any given time.  Focusing on just one is difficult for me.


Thanks, Nikki. Can’t wait to see your stuff!

Five Questions with Nikki Jenkins

Slow Swap/Fast Swap

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of young strippers.

I know some readers love a slow, leisurely swap.  One day the character wakes up and notices he’s a little shorter.  Next, he finds that he can’t get a jar open.  He’s losing muscle.  Then, he pops a pair of little breasts, and his hips start to widen and round.  His voice slips to a higher register!  Eventually, he wakes up to find he has fully become a woman, and he runs to the bathroom to grab his girlfriend’s maxi-pads as he has his first period.

I tend toward the slow swap.  I find it more interesting and love to watch the character dealing with the gradual changes in their bodies and personalities as well as how the world treats them as they begin to read as female to those they meet. I love the internal conflict and exploring how different kinds of personalities react to their blossoming womanhood.

On the other hand, we have the sudden sex-change.  I feel these often take the form of swaps.  A poorly worded wish to a genie, and a bickering couple suddenly find themselves trapped in each other’s bodies.  A mad scientist builds a machine which switches minds and our hapless couple stops by their house looking for directions.   Now, Jim is Jane and Jane is Jim and they have to deal not only with their sex-change but the need to impersonate each other.

Or, as in the case of Thorne Smith’s Turnabout, a weird old statue swaps the couple into each other’s bodies and again they decide they need to live each other’s lives, with the guy becoming a stay at home housewife who ends up pregnant while his wife goes off to work.

These stories often explore radical changes not just to the character’s sex but also their identity.  Suddenly, a man is not only a woman, but a wife and how does he react when his big, strong wife starts pressuring him for sex?  Or, the sexist boss finds himself a busty little secretary, and all of a sudden his old buddies are hitting on him while he scurries around the office in his skirt and heels trying to figure out how to be a secretary and a woman in the workplace.

These are men who are usually forced to assume new roles and identities instantly, and the new roles are almost always, at least in their eyes, inferior to what they had as men.

In the case of the slow changes, there is the fun of watching as they slowly change and everyone around them knows it.  This isn’t a case where the guy wakes up as a cheerleader and has to try and fool everyone into thinking he’s Tiffany, the perky blonde who loves teddy bears!  This is the football stud who finds himself getting weaker and smaller, whose voice cracks as he’s calling plays and settles into a tea-kettle squeak like a little girl, who has to switch to showering in the girl’s locker room because his perfect D-cups are driving the boys crazy and who usually finally has to accept what is happening and ends up ruefully joining those giggly girls in their pleated skirts and tight sweaters, kicking and squealing for the team knowing that everyone in the stadium knows that he, the hot new girl, was the studly quarterback when the season started.

I feel they both have their pleasures.  They can both be great fun.  I tend to do more slow changes myself, but even as I write this I am thinking about some ideas for instant swaps and what could be really fun about them that I can’t do in a slow swap, which is, of course, mostly that sudden bucket of cold water to the face a straight, white male would experience to wake up to find he’d become one of THEM, and then when he realized he not only was in the body of that smoking hot piece of ass he’d slept with the night before, but that he now had to figure out how to live as a smoking hot piece of ass.

 

 

 

 

Slow Swap/Fast Swap

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!