October 15th, 2012

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rambling about reading

I explored around in fan fiction again.  In the areas I've been looking in, there are a lot of futanari (girl!peen) and boy!pussy stories.  It's its own thing, as Stultiloquentia said.  Those characters aren't trans*, just have different anatomy.  Stultiloquentia did a theory on it.  It seems like with those stories girls are exploring their bodies and others' bodies vicariously.  Genderswapped anatomy usually seems to go under the kink memes, but those stories themselves don't necessarily have what I think of as kinks.  I suppose genderplay itself is thought of as a kink.  (Frankly, I'd be really happy if I could figure out how to search the fluff memes, too.)

I'd like to see original romance that takes genderqueerness more seriously.  L.A. Witt did a fascinating exploration of gender in her story Static.  Alex Beecroft has written a story with a transman as one of the romantic protagonists.  It can be done, and those two authors did it well.  If I knew of a project to collect and publish trans*/genderqueer stories, I could think of a couple more Macaronis who might be interested.

I made a list of trans*/genderqueer authors who write m/m, and easily came up with a half dozen people offhand, and those were just authors I'd read published books by, not counting the fan fic writers.

Kate Hill has written some stories in which characters are magically genderfluid.  She's gone back to that a couple of times.  The late Barbara Karmazin wrote a couple of novellas with intersexed protagonists.  I would have loved to have gotten more stories set in those worlds.

I'd love to talk to some of the Blind Eye Books authors, to see what they might explore.  There are a couple of other authors published by, respectively, Samhain and Loose Id that I'd like to ask about writing stories with trans*/genderqueer characters.

I remember a couple of discussions in which trans* readers of romance said that they wanted stories that would reflect their experiences.  I'm trying to pull some thoughts together as to how that could be made more possible.  I couldn't be an organizer, as I have no sense of organization and only a couple of the authors know of me.  I'd be happy to help in other ways, though. 
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Monday so far

I was sleepy at midnight last night, and tried to go to bed at 12:30 a.m., at which point I became wide awake.  I tried again to go to sleep at 2:00 a.m., and no dice.  I tried again at 4:00 a.m., and finally got to sleep at some point.  I slept until 1:00 p.m.  I wished I'd been able to go to sleep a lot earlier, and get up a lot earlier.

I spoke to S. for a bit.  We'd been talking about either going to lunch or dinner together.  Obviously I'd missed lunch.  We rescheduled a possible dinner to another day when it wasn't pouring out.

The new "Shipping News" column is up at AfterElton. It had the Box Scene clip as an example of what fans asked for and got through Twitter. I think that putting the clip up was much more orchestrated by the Powers That Be of the show than by fans, though there was a lot of fan participation. Some TV show Powers That Be seem to be more up on social media than others.

There are other modern-day TV show writers and producers who seem aware that some fans see slashiness in their shows. Some of those writers tease slash fans, but I don't think anything more is going to happen than teasing. I can believe that shows that are presently being created could have male bisexual characters, and I'm sure there will be more shows with gay characters. I also think that some shows currently being made will just have slash potential teasing, if they acknowledge anything at all.

There's getting to be a little discussion about the history of fan fiction in the comments.  (http://www.afterelton.com/column/shipping-news-10-15-2012)  This week's column author is nineteen years old, but some commenters are talking about fan 'zines.

I am packing shorts, some T-shirts, and summer nightgowns away for the winter.  I'm putting them in the storage container that had my comforter.  This led to doing laundry, as I didn't want to put dirty clothes in with clean clothes.

I have an editing job I want to work on tonight.  Hopefully I'll get a second one to work on.  I want to finish up two by Thursday night.

Later: A.C. called.  I had a couple lines on where she could stay from suggestions by S.  S.M. e-mailed me back with some suggestions, too.

I filled the container that had my comforter in it with shorts, T-shirts and summer nightgowns.  They're all clean, though they'll be musty-smelling by May or June, I'm sure.  I put them in a plastic bag in the container.  The next project is getting my flannel nightgowns out from storage.