Rainfall 4th of July Extra: Trans

Happy 4th, those of you that celebrate it!

I figured this would be as good a time as any to unveil a story that just kind of came out of the ether.  As with most of the tales I envision, this one popped up when I was doing something completely unrelated.  I whipped out a post it, jotted it down, and continued about my business.  It was clearly a Rainfall kind of story, but it doesn’t really have a numerical place in the progression of things.

The Feel

I’m not quite sure I’ve nailed the feel I was going for in this one, but rather than front load your experience with all that I believe I have gotten wrong, I’d rather explain where I was coming from with this.  This is not a generalized story.  What I mean is: I, in no way, think that this is how a conversation of this sort goes every time the topic comes up.  Frankly, I never think that about anything I write.  I write the experiences of the characters that I envision.  I see how they feel, think, and act.  The only true story this is based upon, is the one playing out in my head.  So please don’t come at me because you see this as some rash generalization.  Again, in this fictional world, with these fictional people, this is how it went.

The Concept

I guess, at some point, I started to grow curious about whether a relationship could survive such a truth being shared.  I began wondering about the true dynamics of a relationship, and the dynamics of attraction.  How much of your attraction to someone (your crush, your lover, your spouse) is based on their gender?  How much is it based on their mind?  Would it matter to you if their gender suddenly changed, in a supernatural sense?  They would still be them, but would you shun them regardless?  How much does it matter that- to follow through with being yourself as a trans human being- you do have to make the choice to push forward?  The choice to push through everything telling you no, while your entire being is saying yes!  Is it a betrayal of your partner to be yourself, if your true self is not exactly the same- physically- as the person they met and fell in love with?

All questions that are constantly on my mind.  Being the way that I am, I don’t really have the typical stance with regard to these issues.  Gender isn’t an issue to me when it comes to a potential partner, so all I can really do is wonder while using my particular viewpoint to explore these topics through my writing.

May I Present…

So, here is what I came up with: the tale of a lovers quarrel over something completely inconsequential as far as their relationship is concerned.  Or is it the most important issue their relationship has faced since its beginning?  Your guess is as good as mine.  People are people, and experience is subjective.  Enjoy.

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Wet Sand

Greetings, and welcome back.

I’m in the middle of a not-so-great day, so I would like to keep it brief.  Wet Sand is finally as complete as it is going to get for the time being, so I would like to share it with you all.  Before that, I’d like to talk a bit about why it took me so long to nail it, and just how I feel about the way it turned out.

Dancing on Wet Sand

The problem was the male counterpart (but some would say males are always the problem, eh?  Eeeeeh?).  Frankly, the way he was originally written had me hitting a wall.  Originally, he was a fan of the main character, but then he- later on- turned out to not be a fan.  This wasn’t a problem in itself, but the true issue stemmed from it.  To be honest, I didn’t like him.  He was too excitable, he didn’t seem all that intelligent, and there was no way I would ever give him the time of day.  Here’s something you don’t know about me: I like to write characters that I would mesh with, unless they are an antagonist of some kind.  This guy, I could not mesh with.  More importantly, I couldn’t see him winning the main characters heart.

That being said, given time, I found the character I was looking for.  I think a big part of the idea of this guy that saves our female lead, despite an intense anger brought on by her actions, comes from straight-laced intellectual characters.  I realized he was wrong, and eventually came to a true understanding of the type of person he was (the type of person the female lead could fall in love with.)

Without Further Ado

I am extremely satisfied with the result of my waiting.  This one has a lot more funny than the last one, but the stories in the series were always intended to have disparate tones.  It’s a bit longer, though I hope it ends up feeling like it is too short to you!  For this particular story, I know that I couldn’t have possibly done any better than what you see today, so enjoy.

As with Beneath Her Umbrella, a PDF of Wet Sand will be available via the dedicated Rainfall page soon.

If you like it, please feel free to share it!

Wet Sand

Next time: Tune in July 4th for a special bonus episode!

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