In the spirit of giving, I am giving away some of my short stories. Two are set during the holidays and sure to get you hot and bothered. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
I’ve been neglecting my web site for a while and I am sorry about that… Busy time this holiday season, but this time of the year tends to bring out more of the depression in people one emotion also tends to bring out other emotions and opinions – even those people want to try and keep hidden.
I keep tabs on Twitter and Facebook and other sites to stay informed and I always seem to find ignorance – especially about the transgender community. You notice I said the transgender community and not the entire LGBTQ community. The main reason is that the LGB portion of the community has become more accepted. Why not the Transgender?
I follow someone on Twitter who described a perfect example of ignorance that just bothered the hell out of me. If we have to use labels fine, but make sure you understand the label FIRST. Don’t make assumptions without understanding.
We all want to be happy. Well most of us anyway. That happiness is different for each person, but the perception to most of the ignorant is that happiness is based on a static number of items… Home, Family and Money. Transgender persons want the same things, but the road to happiness is not based on static items.
The biggest challenge of course is CHANGE. If we met someone for the first time and never knew they were transgender, we probably wouldn’t question, suspect or even care; but when we know the person and the changes begin to take affect, the fear and perception of the visible image brings out some very difficult and unwarranted feelings. This is unfortunate and forces many in the Transgender community into hiding or worse to give up. It is the strongest in the community we look up to and admire and rely on for answers and support.
Transgender does NOT equal gay, lesbian, drag queen, queer or any other label you can think of. Transgender actually equals PEOPLE! People who laugh, cry and love like all of us and choose to be happy like most of us. The focus on the physical attributes makes you an ignorant bigot – no different from those who expressed their bigotry about other races and other genders – we don’t live in the 1900’s anymore.
To those who do not understand or fear these great people… GROW THE FUCK UP AND REMEMBER THEY ARE PEOPLE TOO!
My good friend Sally Bend (@bibrary) has scared the shit out of me again with her latest book – Fear, Love and Broken Things.
If not for the fact that I have read her work in the past, I probably would never have gotten past the preview. The talk of bugs and vermin crawling around had my skin crawl just as much as her main character Caitlin – although for different reasons.
This shorter piece tells a very difficult story about Caitlin who is in an abusive relationship and had the courage to get away from her husband. With little more than the clothes on her back, she finds “safety” in a filthy hotel room to try and recover enough to contemplate her next move.
The story has a very skin crawling set of twists and turns that will have Caitlin and the reader looking over their shoulder and jumping out of their beds. Long time abuse has her remembering the demands and instructions of her husband and at the same time Caitlin finds the liberating joy of defying him from a far. Along the way she finds the courage to reach out to a friend and confide in someone new. The chance meeting empowered Caitlin as she began defying her husband’s memory and did unspeakable things that would have resulted in devastating pain, but instead armored her as she continued fighting through the physical and emotional scars. What she never expected was to find the solution in someone so “unique.”
I always like stories that make me think, ask questions and leave me wanting more. If you’re like me… this story is for you.
5 Creepy Crawly Stars