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

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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!

 

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!

 

LULU!!!!

Hey, people!  Just some publication news– I am making my books available on Lulu for the first time!  You can find them on my author page, and I will add more over the next few weeks.  I decided that I wanted to offer more options for readers since not everyone prefers the Kindle.

Some thoughts on my first three Lulu publications:

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Cursed by a witch, King Holland Jordain begins turning into a girl.  One of the first stories I ever wrote, I originally published the first half of this story on Fictionmania under the title Witch War, and it marked the first time I explored in writing an idea I had thought over for many years: what if a man were trapped in the world of a fairy tale princess?  In this case, I added extra dynamics to the mix because as Jordain becomes more feminine in mind and body, his wife takes over rule of the kingdom and his own daughter takes a role in his feminization.  I had a lot of fun in this as the king suddenly finds himself being subjected to all sorts of restrictions and expectations, including a debutante ball and his wife’s desire to see him married off for political advantage.

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I had one idea when I started Voices:  What if all the men on Earth suddenly had high-pitched voices like little girls?  I didn’t have any idea where the story would go or what would happen, but just started with that notion.  As I wrote, I decided to gradually add more changes, so that as the boys got used to their new voices, they had another change and another.  I enjoyed writing the first story so much, I wrote two more.  One took place at the same high-school but featured the outsider kids more than the cool kids, so it mostly focused on a speed metal kid and his girlfriend, and the third featured a group of male and female soldiers.  I really enjoyed this work as it explored how the changes might impact the psychology of a jock, or a punk, or a soldier.  What would happen if a male commanding officer suddenly had the voice of Mini Mouse?  Would people still listen?

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And Krystal Kinsey.   One of my personal favorites to write and a disappointment in that not too many people actually ended up reading it.  For Krystal Kinsey I wanted to explore a story where a straight white man allows himself to be gradually transformed into a woman of color.  The main character, Arthur, considered himself a failure, suffered a lot of self-hatred and has become consumed with the belief that the cure for everything wrong with him is FAME, so when a famous and powerful agent comes along and promises to make all his dreams come true, he is eager to leap into her trap and gradually allows her completely change his identity and turn him into a prancing pop princess whose fame is built as much on his willingness to be used as a sex object as it is his singing.  I loved the character and writing the story, and I had really thought it might be one of my most successful publications, but alas it was not to be!  Now,  maybe a few more people will take a chance and read it!

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The Hero’s Journey: TG Style

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When I began writing the first in my Hero series, I started off with a desire to marry Joseph Cambell’s theories as outlined in Hero with a Thousand Faces to genderfluid fiction.  I thought it would be interesting and fun to use the theory– which has served as the basis for an array of very successful movies from Star Wars to The Matrix to Knocked Up– and apply it to the case of a man who finds himself trapped in the body of a woman.

For those who aren’t familiar, Joseph Campbell was a scholar who decided to study all the world’s myths.  He was intrigued to discover that certain stories were told in every culture throughout history.  The names changed, the settings, but the essence of the stories was the same.

One of the most persistent was that of The Hero’s Journey.  You can find all kinds of sources out there on the particulars– here’s one—  but the core of the idea is that the hero’s journey is universal because it is all about growing up.  When the story starts, the hero is self-centered, selfish, dependent– like a child.  But, through the course of trials and revelations that occur on their adventure, they are transformed into someone who is other centered, independent– like a parent should be.  This story has universal appeal because everyone is either growing up or has grown up.

And so, I started my own story with a character, Pete O’Malley, who had been a tough guy cop, and now finds himself trapped in the body of a beautiful stripper.  Not only is he a woman– and this is a problem for a lot of reasons including the fact that he was an unconscious chauvinist– but he has also lost his status as an NYPD officer.   So, when the story starts, he is mired in a case of the poor mes, focused entirely on himself and his own struggles, and not worried in the least about how his actions and attitudes or even his sex-change– may be impacting other people.

I won’t say anymore about his journey here, but you can read it for yourself if you haven’t.  The story was meant as a stand alone story, but I found myself interested in the character of Pete as well as the others we meet along the way, and so I eventually wrote a sequel and a kind of flash sideways that explored how Pete’s partner dealt with his own sex-change and why his response was so much different than Pete’s.

In all the books, I wanted to have my characters discover their best, heroic selves as a result of their being turned into women, and in each case I felt the character’s personality would have an impact on how they adjusted and accepted or struggled against their new lives as well as their obligations.

I feel the Hero saga is among my best work, and as I finish the third book, I am excited myself to see how all of these characters continue their heroes journeys, and how those journeys transform and remake them into different and, in most cases, better people.

 

5 Questions with Donald Allen Kirch

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Hey, folks!  I am so happy to share with you my interview with Donald Allen Kirch, author of the recently released TG horror novel Drop Dead Gorgeous, as well as the TG classic The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight, one of my all time favorite TG works.

Enjoy!

1. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

I kind ‘a fell into “TG” fiction. I loved the movie “Just One of the Guys” and “Switch” when I was younger. I have always found the “possibilities” of this genre fascinating.

2. One of the things I admired about Ka-Ron was that you created a very detailed and fascinating fantasy world of your own in which to place the TG adventures of Ka-Ron. Can you talk about the world building process and why the details of the world were important to Ka-Ron’s story?

First and foremost, if the background of a story is not believable, neither will the front story. I created the “Ka-Ron” universe to be taken seriously. I hoped that it would be seen as a serious fantasy story. The “TG” element was added later on. Most stories which take this route, the main character deserves what happens to him. Ka-Ron, on the other hand, is an innocent. He is an honorable man. The story of the love that grew between Jatel and him/her would never have worked if their world was not believable. My favorite part of the Ka-Ron universe was the creation of “My Dwarfs.” Unlike any other fantasy, Dorian was a class act. The wizards and wicca masters, the steampunk quality of the Argo, and even mixing horror with science fiction – all of it was just plain fun to create. I love these characters. They are like family to me.

In creating this world, I took the best and most tragic memories of my own life and incorporated them into the story. I have a “game” I like to play when writing: I, honestly, place myself into each story I write. In other words: One of the characters in Ka-Ron’s world is “me” – in mind, body, and spirit. In this case: Jatel. If anyone who has ever read this story were to meet me, they would say, “Hey! You remind me of Jatel.” Don’t know what I would do if I woke up as the “female” version of Jatel, but it would be fun trying to find out.

3. In both Ka-Ron and your latest, Drop Dead Gorgeous, the men are turned into women as a punishment. Can you discuss why the themes of forced sex-change and revenge interest you as a writer?

There is nothing more frightening that losing one’s identity. These two characters are normal men doing their parts in the world they are both comfortable with. Then, BAM! They wake to discover they have brand new bodies and that everything they know, have been taught, and understand about the universe…is gone. Scary stuff.

I also am a sucker for the “fish out of water” story. You’ve probably heard this said before, “If I had boobs I’d never leave the house.” Guys say that with a confident chuckle. What would they really do if they woke to a 38-24-36 body? They’d scream themselves into a coma. Their understanding of the world would be gone. It’s within that frightening fear that I like to walk.

4. Can you talk about your journey as a writer? What was the process like for you in terms of reaching the point where you felt ready to put your work out there for the world to see?

Writing is a cruel taskmaster. It’s demanding, lonely, and fantastically fulfilling. It takes great courage to expose your work. I have been writing since I was 13. Each story is a complete journey, and I learn so much about myself upon completion. However, I was quite shy when I first started doing this. It took a great deal of soul searching for publishing my first book. One bit of advice I can give to any writer starting out: Always remember – no matter how good your work is, there will always be that “one” who will gain great pleasure out of trying to bring you down. Whether it be the local “Grammar Nazi” or critic…you cannot please everyone. Learn to ignore what people say, and accept praise with honest humility. Most important: Never take “No” for an answer. Learn to accept rejection as a learning experience, and move onward to the next publisher, agent, or editor.

5. What has been the most positive aspect of publishing your work?

I’ve learned so much about who I am. Before “The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight” I barely understood what “TG” was. As I have moved forward with this adventure, I have come to admire the courage and pioneering spirit of these brave people, and I hope that I have created heroes for them to embrace. Friends have come forward, informing me that I gave them the courage to stand tall and make their personal choice to go forward with their transition. That it was the acceptance of Ka-Ron and Jatel, when each went through their adventures; and that it was love which saved them both – these stories helped them say “Yes.” I am happy with who I am and where I stand in my life. If, however, I awoke within Jatel’s female body…after a few hours of heavy meltdown…well…I could live with it.

6. What’s coming up next? Let’s hear about your next projects!

I am working on a second book in the “DROP DEAD GEOGEOUS” series. An audio book will be coming out for DDG later this year. Keep in mind, “DROP DEAD GORGEOUS” is a horror novel. It is filled with gore and some disturbing scenes. Not at all like “Ka-Ron.” Speaking of Ka-Ron, the rights of the first trilogy revert back to me at the end of 2017. I plan to see if I can republish in the States. I am also finishing up a prequel trilogy in Ka-Ron’s universe which follows the heroic adventures and tragic downfall of Count Voslow. Next to Dorian, the Count is one of my favorite characters. I have at least four novels I am currently researching. I am always looking for a great story to tell.

I hope to meet all of you, one day. Perhaps, we can meet, plan a quest, learn a little about each other, and fulfill a quest on our way to Mull Garden.

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You can find links to all of Donald’s books on his homepage where you can also buy his books from a variety of sources and in a variety of formats.

Thanks, Donald, for a great interview!

New Book

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This time, I want to tell the story of a gender swap from a woman’s perspective.

That’s the idea I came up with to get started on my newest ebook.  I have written a lot of genderfluid books in the past couple years– more than 1000 pages worth, and I am always striving to find ways to challenge myself to write something different from what I’ve done before.

This time, I decided to do a first person account of a husband and wife who switch genders all told from the first person perspective of the wife as her husband gradually turns into a gorgeous little female and she turns into a tall, muscular male.

I think it will be a lot of fun as most of my books have always focused on the male experience of being swapped into a female body or gradually changed into a woman.   This time, I will focus just as much on how the woman feels about her own transformation as well as the conflict she feels as the big, strong man she married blossoms breasts and becomes smaller, weaker and more vulnerable, now looking to her for protection.

Once I had the idea for the perspective, other parts just started to occur to me.  I dreamed of the couple trapped on a desert island, and once that happened I knew I would have to write a classic TG story with my own twists and turns.  I began to see scenes from the story, including what will likely be the opening scene.  It’s all coming to me now as I work, drive, sleep, and so now the story has to be written because I know that until I do write it I won’t be able to stop thinking about it.

I haven’t seen the end yet, but I am excited and curious to see where these characters take me.  I am excited for them, to see what they discover about themselves and how they deal with their changing bodies and challenging new environment.  It will be fun.  It always is, and the biggest challenge for me now is to just let the characters and the story take me where they want to go, to resist the urge to make it happen in a different way than what has to happen.

Here I am.  At the start.  Let’s see where we go!