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Gender issues make the news

I realized today that I've been tending towards flowing positively lately. I realized this because being bitched out by one of the servers today (who was obviously grumpy) was making me flow negatively for a while. When I realized what I was doing, I stopped and flowed positively again. I find it's been getting easier and easier to do the more I do it.

(Flowing positively means being in a positive mood, MAKING myself be in a positive mood by thinking of things that bring about such a mood. "Flowing negatively" is the same thing, only towards a negative mood. Everyone knows how to do it negatively, few challenge themselves to do it positively. I was so sure I couldn't flow positively, but I learned how. Now it's easy. :-)

I made another $10 in tips today. (I am unsure what the percentage I get is, but I like getting about $10 in tips every day) I had $20 in tips (and entered it into the computer at work) and used it to pay for gas. Gas was only about $16, and at Kum & Go you get a free Des Moines Register newspaper with purchase of gas. The front page article was about one individual's struggle with gender identity... "From Larry to Lauren." I laughed aloud when they said gender identity disorder was "rare," because if they knew what I know... well... :-)

Anyway, thinking about that article helped me realize that I have no stories or novels which feature a person with gender issues. Considering that I myself am MTF transgendered, I found that incredible. For genders of characters so far, I have had males, females, and hermaphrodites... but no transgendered folks. So now I am endeavoring to think of one.

Chaotic Blessings;
---Fayanora

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kiarrith
May. 1st, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
let us know. i really like well written/interesting stories with gender roles out of 'norm'

Loved Wraeththu. Would like to read some hermaphroditic fiction that is on such a level...
fayanora
May. 2nd, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
My novel, "I'll Tell You No Lies," comes out on June 25th, and has a hermaphrodite as a main character.
kiarrith
May. 3rd, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
*ears up* will keep an eye out.
fayanora
May. 3rd, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
It will be available at www.publishamerica.com and amazon.com when it comes out.
consortofvenus
May. 1st, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
Amusing online comics help me flow positively. Stand-up comedy does the same. Dramatic movies and stories can go either way. I bet with Harry Potter I could bring on the positive flow.

I'm considering making a new character I'm writing, like me, an active rejecter of gender-bounderies. The only reason said character won't be wearing a dress is that it doesn't look-good on his figure. And the only reason he doesn't get a sex change is that, while he feels he'd like either equipment, he doesn't care enough to change. I really should stop talking about my characters in public before I write them. Vert anti-climatic... but it's so hard not to.

I want to find some fiction with those type characters. Online short stories... anything. I want to include such characters in my stories as well; it's just that I've met very few transgendered and transexual people and I need more examples to understand the concept in order to feel secure in my ability to portray them making them realistic. Although, if I had the confidence, I feel that my imagination could create an accurate character without the examples.

I've done very well with woman characters. Men are even easier (being that I am one).

Although I have a problem with using female/male VS woman/man. In that I don't know the definitions. I thought they were the same however I may be mistaken. And then there's feminin and masculin which, I know, refers to the so-called natures of each.
fayanora
May. 2nd, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't get a sex change unless they could give me all the working "plumbing."

Amusing online comics help me flow positively. Stand-up comedy does the same. Dramatic movies and stories can go either way. I bet with Harry Potter I could bring on the positive flow.

I was referring more to things I can take with me anywhere in my mind.

I really should stop talking about my characters in public before I write them. Vert anti-climatic... but it's so hard not to.

LOL! :-)

I want to find some fiction with those type characters. Online short stories... anything. I want to include such characters in my stories as well; it's just that I've met very few transgendered and transexual people and I need more examples to understand the concept in order to feel secure in my ability to portray them making them realistic.

Want to interview me?

I've done very well with woman characters. Men are even easier (being that I am one).

Indeed.

Would you like to read a copy of "The Dinner Party"? It's a story I wrote, with a Duenicallo for a main character. Ah'Koi Bahnis secondary characters. It's a pre-Reformation story.

Although I have a problem with using female/male VS woman/man. In that I don't know the definitions. I thought they were the same however I may be mistaken. And then there's feminin and masculin which, I know, refers to the so-called natures of each.

Huh?
consortofvenus
May. 2nd, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Pre-reformation of what?

See I always thought that the words 'female' and 'woman' for example, meant the same thing. Recently I've read differently on a forum. And while I'm planning on getting deep into the gender in my story I should research these little details in an effort to get the most accurate language possible.
fayanora
May. 2nd, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Ah'Koi Bahnis used to be very violent and abusive to the environment, but this changed during the Reformation... the era when the planet struck back with the intention of making them go extinct. Instead, they learned how to live in harmony with nature. So they reformed, and called it the Reformation.
consortofvenus
May. 2nd, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Ohh I see. Ok, I'm always game to read some good stories.
fayanora
May. 2nd, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thou hast mail (bellacondite)
consortofvenus
May. 1st, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
I think the only reason that unconventional gender-concept characters aren't written more often, beyond that people with lacking in imagination can't relate enough, is that many view these things as negative; like writing about a highly depressed character or a cancer patient. Like a disorder. I think that many prefer writing characters with "positive" and normal (without major problem) aspects. They can't think beyond that to an idea that something like this could be in fact positive... sort of like being enlightened and converting to the appropriate religion.
fayanora
May. 2nd, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
I don't consider my gender disphoria to be negative. It's just part of who I am. I'm sure it's from past lives on Traipah, so who would know if being female would even help it. Well... I take that back, sort of... it would help a lot. I think the gender disphoria would always be there, unless I could be made into an Ah'Koi Bahnis.
geek_dragon
May. 1st, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Have you read Venus Envy? It's a comic strip I randomly fell in love with and is the only online comic I follow. If you haven't heard of it, I'd *strongly* recommend that you start at the start, rather than jumping in now. Not only do you get a sense of the characters, but you get to see the artist develop.

To consort of Venus, I've ran into a fantasy series (Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever) that features a LEPER as the hero. I guess it could have worked but I found it hard to get into. I like fluff reads, rather than too serious drama, that could be why.

Back to Fay again, just because something is "rare" doesn't mean there isn't thousands or hundreds of people with it. Like people tend to find each other on the net, and people that are quietly fringe (gay/bi/pagan/ trans/ shy/ geek/ depressed/ physics nerd/ etc) tend to find their "flock" a bit easier on the net.
fayanora
May. 2nd, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Links?

Consort of Venus can be called David or Brax.

Back to Fay again, just because something is "rare" doesn't mean there isn't thousands or hundreds of people with it. Like people tend to find each other on the net, and people that are quietly fringe (gay/bi/pagan/ trans/ shy/ geek/ depressed/ physics nerd/ etc) tend to find their "flock" a bit easier on the net.

"Rare" implies "one in one million people" or something like that. "Uncommon" would've been a more accurate word.
consortofvenus
May. 2nd, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
I shall check out that book.

I'd like to check out that comic as well. I loveeeee online comics.
zoshua
May. 4th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
Godds/ess, like you said.. if they only knew..

Holy fuckin goat shit.

Lovin the edge of your journal. *adding* since I'm such a chao voyeur!! IO Panuit!
fayanora
May. 5th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Okay. :-)
fayanora
May. 5th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
You interested in joining omni_magick?
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