Forsooth, a TG Opera from the 1700s!

 

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(Photo: Discovery of Achilles on Skyros)

Achilles, the mighty warrior, pretending to be a girl and fighting off the manly advances of a king?  Finding himself pestered on all sides by people determined he should become a bride?  This and more all happens in John Gay’s 1700s opera, Achilles in Petticoats.

The story of Achilles and how his mother, the nymph Thetis, convinced him to live as a girl dates back to ancient times and has been the subject of paintings, sculptures, epic poems and operas in French, Spanish and, happily for me, English!  For a listing of the many depictions of this event, check out the Achilles on Skyros Wikipedia page.

The Opera itself, Achilles in Petticoats, can also be read online and features some scenes that, unfortunately, could have come right out of 21st century TG fiction.  I say unfortunately because it shows how little has changed in terms of women being sexually harassed.  Here, we see a man subjected to these kinds of sexist treatments, and that is what this opera explores, with songs such as this, a duet between Achilles and Lycomedes as the king is trying to pressure Achilles into sex, leading to a threatened rape.  This is the lead in and then the duet.  Notice how Lycomedes assumes Achilles is only pretending (s)he’s not interested:

 

Lycomedes:  Since your obstinate behavior then makes violence necessary–

Achilles: You make self-preservation, sir, a necessity–

Lycomedes:  I won’t be refused!

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Lycomedes:  Why this affectation?

Achilles: Why this provocation?

Lycomedes: Must I bear resistance still?

Achilles: Check your inclination.

Lycomedes: Dare you then deny me?

Achilles: You too far may try me

Lycomedes: Must I then against your will?

Achilles: Force will never ply me!

(Achilles pushes Lycomedes from him with great force and throws him down).

One of the more interesting twists in most versions of the story is that Achilles agrees to learn to walk and talk and live as a girl because he is in love with Deidamia, one of the king’s daughters, and the only way he can get close to her is if he pretends to be a girl.  So, it is full of gender role bending fun as it is his desire for a woman that makes Achilles willing to live as one.  There is also an interesting aspect in most version in that is is  his mother, Thetis, trains him to “graceful gait and modest tongue.”  It’s an interesting dynamic, a mother being the one who takes her manly and macho son and feminizes him– all to protect him from the early death it has been foretold awaits him at Troy.  But could there be more to it?  Could there be some other factors driving Thetis to this unusual plan?

I feel like a modern re-telling exploring all these relationships and issues is past due, and so I am starting to write one now, and I am having great fun in exploring these decisions by Thetis for her son, and Achilles for himself.  Of course, in my version, there will be a physical change!

 

 

Hook and Pan Vol 2 Now Available!

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People.  I am excited to announce that the latest installment of my gender bending Neverland series is now available!  In the first book, Peter Pan tricked Captain Hook into dipping his hand into a magic pool that caused him to turn from a big, tough pirate a skinny, love struck girl.

Vol 2 picks up where Vol 1 left off, with action and romance and all the characters we love from the world of Neverland, from Tiger Lilly to Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys to the Pirates!

Check out a free sample or buy it up at the links below:

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A Boy Goes To Oz!

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For every boy out there who ever wished he could be Dorothy, (or Glinda,) or, actually, anyone else with a love for Oz, I present the latest in the bare essentials line of short gender bender eBooks: The Boy Who Went to Oz.

Let’s say he ends up in dress wearing a very special pair of slippers and leave it at that!  Links below:

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Scroll down for links to other awesome books in this series where Captain Hook’s relationship with Peter Pan gets complicated when Hook finds himself trapped as a girl, and Allan Quartermain, legendary adventurer, finds out what its like to be pressured into being a proper young lady!

One Plus One is More One!

 

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Hey, folks.  Well, thanks to all you who checked out the first two books in my bare essentials series they each popped up to #1 in their respective categories!  I have never had two books at #1 at the same time!  It’s a first, and it is all thanks to you!!!!!!!!

This is very exciting and fun for me, and I can’t thank you all enough!!!

But, I will try!

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A Genderbent Neverland Adventure

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook, eternal foes in James Berry’s mysterious Neverland.  But what happens to their relationship when Hook starts turning into a proper young woman?  There’s only one way to find out!  Take my hand and fly with me to a genderbent Neverland!

I based Pan & Hook primarily on the original play by James Berry, trying to keep the playful, child-like tone and style while also exploring the themes of the play.  If you haven’t read it, the play obsesses on the boy’s hunger and need for a mother-figure, and that holds true in my tale as well.

I have tried to create a gender bender story set firmly in the world Berry created, though with some liberties taken with the geography.  You will find pixies and pirates, Lost Boys and crocodiles!   I hope you enjoy!

 

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For legal reasons, I do have to make it clear that Kim Kardashian does NOT endorse this product!  Not at all!

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Win A Free Book!

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That’s right, people, I am giving away free copies of Brother Bewildered, the epic gender bending fantasy novel!  In this one, former swaggering alpha male Serren finds himself still trapped living as a teen-age girl, struggling to find a way to regain his manhood even while being drawn further into the life of a young woman, vying to establish himself as the queen bee at his school.

It’s action, adventure, romance and irony!  If you are one of the many readers who already bought the book, stay tuned!  I will be running more giveaways all summer long as a way to thank my awesome readers!

Enter for A Chance To Win.  No Purchase Necessary!

Also, look for another episode of Kirk within the next 36 hours!!!!!!!   It’s going to be a steamy one!

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Shattered Isles Video Up!

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Check out my promo video for The Shattered Isles Books, Brother Bewitched and Brother Bewildered!  It’s groovy!  And thanks to everyone who has been buying Brother Bewildered!  It was a blast to write, and I am so happy to see sooooo many people snapping up copies!!!  Rock on, people, and Stay Weird!!!!