The team that’s come together for Weird. Not Weird is so talented I can’t even begin to express my gratitude at being able to work with them. Today, meet the two actors rounding out our cast, Ian Hayes and Vlada.
Ian, who will play James Elkes pre-gender swap, caught my attention with a reel that showed range and fearlessness. I had gone onto Backstage looking for actors, spending hours watching their performance reels. Ian picked some tricky scenes, the kind that may have scared others to put out there.. And he nailed them. I felt he was perfect to play the part, and when he agreed it was a real coup for this production.
Vlada, like James, showed tremendous courage in her acting choices. Her reel sparkled, and I felt like I had found my Ariel, the woman who changes James. Vlada brings a distinct energy and persona that you are going to LOVE. I don’t want to say anymore only because you need to see it to appreciate it. My words will not do justice.
So, now you have met the cast! And, guess what? If you are still reading, I have more exciting news. Filming on the first episode begins Saturday, August 8th, (which is tomorrow as of this writing.) Sound the trumpets!
Keep coming back for constant news on the works being produced for my upcoming Patreon (Opening September 1st!)
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:
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 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.
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!
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.
First of all, I hope everyone out there is safe. It’s a scary time. Wash your hands!
Now, if you are locked down and looking for something fun, I have two very different new ebooks out for your reading pleasure. Forever Mine is a forced femme story inspired by the book and TV series YOU in which a first person narrator talks us through as she targets and then feminizes a man– of course, it’s all for his own good! I would describe this one as dark.
On the brighter but still kind of dark side is 1950s Sitcom Season Two. This one picks up where Season One left off, with our feminized hero still trapped as a woman and living in a 1950s sitcom. The story is written in the manner of The Honeymooners or I Love Lucy, and it loaded with 50s fashion, music and lingo. Links below:
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
Bradley has always felt like a girl, but his whole life he’s suffered in fear, hiding his true self. What would his Dad say if he found out? His Mom? And, he’s sure all the other kids at school would laugh at him. But the girl inside Bradley longs to be free, and over the years she is determined to free both herself and Bradley from living a lie.
As some of you know, I have had the pleasure of creating several stories on commission from a wonderful person who prefers to be known only as Anonymous. Each of these stories has been a joy to write. I feel Freedom is the most special of all these commissions. Please check out a free sample at the links below: