Date: 06/24/14 05:12 pm Title: Introduction + Liner Notes
Thanks for taking the time to put the collection together. It was fun reading through the shorts. My favorite two were the last two. The promise is a beautiful little story that had me tearing up a bit at the end. Being able to find someone to share the experience with without judgement is one of the greatest things imaginable, and the loss of that would be heartbreaking, but not nearly so as never having had it to begin with. As for the bargain Iove deal with the devil (sorcerer in this case) type stories. Although I would love to be a princess with filial obligations myself.
All in the cracker was just pure bimbo fun, I love fantasizing about becoming bimbofied, but losing who you are in the process (necessary to become a pure sex object) makes it a less than perfect fantasy for me. I may not always be comfortable with my body or who I am, but I am still me. I feel like losing yourself is something just short of suicide fantasy. Ehh...now I feel like I'm being harsh and judgmental. If you're offended I apologize, I do honestly enjoy the bimbo fantasy myself from time to time. I just feel a bit dirty afterwards because of the implications.
Future ghosts I didn't particularly enjoy. The fundamental story was fine, but the short sentence style doesn't really appeal to me. I do appreciate that you are writing and sharing though.
Formula is intriguing. That act of transformation seems really unpleasant to me. If such a thing were possible I would love it, but for my imagination and fantasy purposes seeing globs falling off in my minds eye really just doesn't appeal to me. Other than that aspect the understanding wife and voluntary mental change to stay with her SO is awesome.
What the!? Comes in as my third favorite. I'd love to swap with my sister and be expected to be pretty and domestic. The stresses of work and constantly climbing the ladder I would happily trade for a domestic life of caring for a husband, house, and kids. And getting to be pretty.
Birthday girl I honestly hate. I'm sorry, it's not the writing, it's the fundamental premise. The idea that someone with magic would force gender confusion upon someone as a trick and leave them in the wrong body is one of the most evil things I could imagine. I'm glad the family is understanding and working to the operation, but to force that level of self hatred on someone and the societal stigma that comes with the change...just no. I love stories the change the body and then the person comes to appreciate and enjoy their new gender, but to change the mind and leave someone the was comfortable with the selves trapped...*shudder*
I don't have a lot to say about timelapse. It just didn't particularly strike any chord with me.
Good deeds was a fun little story. Getting ones greatest desire at the final moment of desperation is nice. I just don't really like the suicide aspect of it. It reminds me of dark times that I'd rather forget. Rather than the gun to head, something a little less dark would have enabled me to enjoy the story more. I understand the realism all to well though.
Slugs and snails just seemed very depressing to me. It's also harder for me to relate to on a personal level because it's tran in the opposite direction. It is well written, but it feels so depressing. It coveys it well and I'm sure comes from the honest feelings of dreams from the author. It is honest and beautiful, but so sad.
Lone Wolf was interesting. I love the werewolf tg transformation and it makes me want to go find some more anthropomorphic tg fiction. It definitely left me wanting more.
Overall I wanted to thank the writers for being willing to take the time to write and share the stories. I'm sure that a lot of themselves went into the stories and baring a part of yourself like this can't be easy. I know I haven't been able to bring myself to do it. You have my deepest respect and gratitude.
Author's Response: Hi Velomark :) First of all thanks for reading, and thanks for the feedback. I understand that different people have different tastes, and I appreciate where you're coming from, but I want to make clear that Birthday Girl was intended as mild horror. It's perfectly fine if that's not what you're looking for, but I just thought I'd make sure it's known that I don't condone evil clowns, but sometimes you need one in order to explore certain internal conflicts. Again, your comments are very much appreciated, and I'm glad you shared them :) --Lyodor
Date: 06/23/14 06:52 pm Title: Introduction + Liner Notes
These anthologies (I can say it because I'm not in this one) just get better and better. It's a varied selection, but all the stories are good quality. People, read them all!
Big thank you to Hutcho and all eleven authors for an enjoyable collection! oh, and the intro is hilarious, too!
Date: 06/23/14 06:46 pm Title: Good Deeds
DAW, a fine follow up to your 'Facades'; this works perfectly. Well done! Are you planning a whole series of stories about Meridian?
Author's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I won't say it's out of the question, but I don't foresee a large number of Meridian tales. That being said I think I might have a one or two tales lurking inside my head.