Enter The Drake!

People, please meet the remarkable human being and cinematic wizard, Drake Woodall, who has graciously joined the Weird. Not Weird team. I will share more on Drake’s remarkable humanness later. First, let me say– Drake knows how to use a camera to tell a story. You’ve got to check the work on his website: https://drakewoodall.com/ Just look at this image:

You should be sure to check out his multi-award winning short film Soot, currently entered in the New Jersey Film Festival

Drake will bring his cinematic eye to Weird. Not Weird. This is a true force multiplier in that it also frees up Allison Brooks to focus on her acting. Plus and plus. Which brings me to the remarkable human being portion of this blog. Let me tell you the story of how The Drake happened to become part of this crazy little production.

I’m sitting on the porch, exchanging emails with Ian Hayes, the actor who plays our main character before he gets gender swapped into a woman. You’ll meet him a few days. Great guy.

So, in the middle of that, I get an email from Allison. She has a friend who’s a film maker who would like to help with the project. I ask to see some links. I need to see the work. It seems doubtful to me based on my interactions with Allison should would suggest someone who is less than awesome, but– this is a passion project. I’ve invested a lot of time. I don’t want just anyone coming on board.

I watch the links. I am going nuts. It’s really great stuff. Now, I’ve gone from “I’m not sure” to– I can’t afford this guy.

I call. I tell him I basically have no money. He says, “I just want to help my friend, Allison.”

That’s a good friend.

So, I am going to have trouble sleeping tonight. I am so fortunate and so excited that we will be bringing an even better show to the TG community! Keep checking for more updates!

Introducing Allison Brooks!

Allison Brooks

Introducing actress, model, photographer and former gymnast, Allison Brooks. who will play James Elkes in the upcoming web series Weird. Not Weird.

The man Allison plays, James, an entitled bro, feels so comfortable in his sense of male superiority he lacks any awareness of it. It’s a shock and a major challenge to his assumptions about the “weaker sex” when he finds himself just one of the girls.

Allison brings incredible talent and charisma to the role as well as invaluable skills as a photographer. In addition to playing James, Allison will also serve as director of photography, showing off her many talents as a true collaborator and partner in the creation of Weird. Not Weird.

Follow Allison on Instagram and get a sense of her skills as a photographer as well as her captivating eccentric energy.

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I’ll be posting more video and other updates updates, so keep checking in here to see what’s up. In the meantime, take a look at the opening credits! I hope you will join the party on Patreon!

I have found my man! (You’re gonna like her!)

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Hey, folks. Very excited to say I have found the perfect actor to play James Elkes, the man who gets gender swapped in my upcoming web series! A model and super talented actor, I can not wait for you all to meet him– I mean her.

Actually, I kind of have to wait as we have not signed the contracts yet. However, I am hoping we get all that nailed down by tomorrow, so look for a chance to meet the “man” of the hour tomorrow. What I can tell you now is that she auditioned by doing two key scenes, the first being the one where James first wakes up to discover that he now “looks like” a woman. I say looks like because James male ego struggles for a long time to accept that this is all real and that he has now become a member of the “weaker sex.”

This actress knocked it out of the park. She added so much to the scene that as a writer I was just on my feet applauding. I looked at quite a few actors for this role, sifting through hundreds of performers on Backstage. There were a lot of good ones. But this one is the ONE who is perfect for the part. One thing I love, and you will see this if you watch the show, is that she is fearless. Absolutely fearless.

Folks. Let me tell you something: you are going love this performer. She has talent!

Okay. I just couldn’t contain my excitement. Look for the big reveal tomorrow, as well as a little taste of the show! The Patreon will launch soon. I hope to see you all there so we can make incredible art together!

Gender Fluid Film New to Amazon

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In foreground, Woo-jin is one of his female shapes.

Every morning when Woo-Jin wakes up, he finds he has transformed into a completely different person– he may wake up as any gender, age or ethnicity. When the film The Beauty Inside begins, we find him at a place in his life where he has fallen into a routine, working for himself, living largely in isolation and just making the best of his situation.

Of course, that would not be much of a movie, so he soon falls in love with the beautiful Yi-soo, and begins to pursue her though she, at first, has no idea the various people who come into her store are all the same admirer. Finally, he asks her out to dinner, and as the two fall in love he is forced to risk telling her the truth about who he is and how he changes all the time into new people.

Without going any more into the plot, let me say this is a first rate Korean Romance. It’s billed as a rom-com, but it really lives much more in the world of drama, with beautiful cinematography, poetic scenes and heart-wrenching emotions as the two struggle to make their impossible relationship work.

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Another of Woo-Jin’s female incarnations

The main character spends a fair amount of time as a female, and some of the most poignant and heart felt scenes occur when he is female and opening up to Yi-soo. For fans of TG elements, there are a few sweet moments: getting hit on by his male friend, shopping for his first bra and being so nervous and self-conscious he ends up running from the store, having a “mother daughter” tea with his Mom. One little detail I enjoyed was that as a female, he is often shorter than his girlfriend, and it seems like he is the femme in their relationship at some times.

It’s a good watch. Here’s a link:

The Beauty Inside

Curse Me Beautiful (Spoilers)

Curse Me Beautiful: A Paranormal Academy Bully Romance by [Marie Bradford]

Matt Hallows reigns over the all boys Drazin School of Wizardry. The biggest, strongest most athletic kid at the school, he lords it over the other boys, demanding their respect with the force of his will and, when necessary, his fists.

That changes within the first few pages of Marie Bradford’s Curse Me Beautiful, when Hallows arch-rival douses him with a potion that soon changes him into a five foot tall female with generous curves and serious, teen female hormonal issues. Falling squarely in the enemies to lovers genre, the book follows Matt as he gets in touch with his feminine side as, to his horror, he finds himself getting the hots for the very boy who stole his manhood in the first place.

The heart of this novel is the relationship between Matt and Alistair, which begins as pure hatred and evolves into something much more. Bradford is a skilled writer who has clearly studied the genre. The rising tension of the couple’s physical relationship is matched by the merging closeness of their emotional connection. There are twists and turns, pullings backs, and self-discoveries. Hallows, initially horrified at being female, comes to find more and more things he enjoys about his new life and body.

I’ll leave it at that in terms of the plot. Let me finish by saying I have read a lot of gender bender fiction, and this stands as one of the best I have read. You do have to allow the author a few leaps in logic in terms of the plot, but this is a journey worth taking.

Find it on Amazon

The Beauty: Gender Bender Fiction (spoilers).

The Beauty by [Aliya Whiteley]

Aliyah Whiteley’s The Beauty merges Invasion of the Mushroom People, literary fiction flourishes and Old-school Fictionmania for a gender bender experience best described as different. Based in a post-apocalyptic world in which all women have been wiped out my a mysterious plague, when the book starts off we are introduced to a small village composed entirely of men living in a world that has regressed technologically to a more primitive, hunter-gatherer state.

Since it is literary fiction, there must be some shimmering shrine to “the power of narrative” and so these men spend their nights gathered around a campfire as their village story teller regales them with what have become their tribal legends. Outside the town lie the graves of the last women from their group.

Enter the mushroom women. Mysteriously, mushroom creatures begin to emerge from the graves of the vanished women. They can’t speak, but they have female shapes and a kind of psychic empathy. Soon, the men began to couple with the mysterious creatures, who also take over all the manual labor in the village. The men grow weak, their arms smaller, and soon enough one of them discovers that he is pregnant.

This creates some anxiety among the men, and the story flows from there. The book certainly explores the idea of gender, and it is a different approach, the whole thing written in that literary mode meant to suggest the relating of an ancient myth. Check it out.

The Beauty

New TG Book: 1950s Sitcom!

Howdy, buckaroos! I have just put out my latest TG ebook, 1950s Sitcom. The premise of this book is that two guys get stuck in a 1950s sitcom in the manner of I Love Lucy or The Honeymooners. One of the guys, of course, finds himself transforming into a sitcom 1950s housewife, while the other settles into a comfortably boozy life as an entitled husband.

The story is broken up into three episodes, and it is very funny, if I do say so myself, while also having an overall Twilight Zone-esque tone of quiet horror. The stories were commissioned by a client who prefers to remain nameless, but I do want to thank Anonymous 2 for this great idea. I hope you enjoy!

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Trans-Sweetie (spoilers)

If you are familiar with the manga Backstreet Boys or the cartoon series inspired by it, Goku Dolls, then you know the plot of the live action movie Trans-Sweetie. Three tough guys are forced to get sex-changes and become a girl group pop band.

I don’t know of an English translation, but the action is easy to follow nonetheless. We see the boy’s (mostly) shocked expressions as they see their new selves for the first time, watch them trying to den their new genders (the struggle to pee standing up is very amusing). We watched as they are dressed up in girly costumes and forced to compete on a TV show (they fail) and are then subjected to a grueling diet and training program including dance and gymnastics, of course wearing cute outfits (one wears a top that reads Barbie). And, we see them come to terms with their new lives, finding a kind of middle-ground between their past identities and new genders.

It’s a fun watch in any language. Check it out.

If you love slow changes…

I predict you will love The Venus Lily, a premium illustrated story now available on tgcomics.com. The Venus Lily follows the story of Matt Baxter, a hard-boiled private investigator in the mold of Dash Hammet’s Sam Spade. The story stands out for several reasons:

  1. Matt Baxter’s character is thoroughly developed before the change. I like this because it makes his journey more interesting and believable. We get to know him as a man, so his gradual change into a woman has more resonance.
  2. The change is, as the title of this entry suggests, slow. The writer is very patient and Matt’s body changes gradually, leaving him in denial as to what is happening for quite some time.
  3. Matt is skillfully maneuvered into some very feminine roles– no spoilers– that compel him to perform as his new sex. It’s interesting to watch him deal with being a woman in a man’s world.

In addition to the excellent story telling, the story features fantastic illustrations in a jagged, atmospheric style that perfectly compliments to mood and atmosphere of the text. The Venus Lily is one of the top TG publications of the year, and invites multiple readings. I would say that either the story or the illustrations are worth the price, and together they are a bargain! Check it out!

The Venus Lily

A survey of sexual fantasies

One third of all men and women surveyed by Justin Lehmiller for his book, Tell Me What You Want, reported fantasizing about trading bodies with a member of the opposite sex. I found the number surprisingly high. I had often imagined the number much lower. And yet, thinking about how many mainstream movies and television shows and books and comic books have explored the body swapping theme, I suppose I should have imagined it much higher.

Tragically, there wasn’t any more depth to this question, and it left me wondering– did they fantasize about trading bodies with specific people– a lover, a crush? A celebrity? Or was it more abstract?

Though I would have liked more depth, I still found the number interesting. It also made me wonder how many people may have still been too embarrassed to admit to this fantasy.

Some other numbers: 25% of all men and women reported fantasizing about cross-dressing. 59% of women and 26% of men who identified as “heterosexual” fantasized about having sex with a member of the same sex. Both men and women fantasized about changing their own gender role, or the gender role of their partner. Men reported fantasies of being feminized, and women reported fantasies of feminizing their male partners and taking the dominant role.

No women reported fantasizing about being masculinized by a partner, but this makes perfect sense to me in that the masculine fantasies they have involve them seizing power and demanding dominance, so it is something they take and do not wait to be given.

As an author and a human being fascinated with gender fluidity, I read the book primarily out of curiosity as well as looking for potential inspiration. I didn’t love the author’s speculation on why people have these fantasies– he suggest that they mostly rise out of insecurity, which may in some cases be true, but I think often people’s personalities are simply more diverse and multi-faceted than the binary constructs of gender allow, and we simply have a multiplicity of needs and interests. Sometimes people need to be dominant; sometimes they long for the pleasure of surrender. Sometimes people who are deeply in love not only long to be near the person they love, but to be the person they love.

Just some musings. I thought my readers might find the numbers interesting, as I did. If you would like to read the book, you can find it on Amazon.

Check out Lehmiller’s website