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transtrashofthesouth · 10 days ago
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Love is a fickle fiend who feints
Left just when you think you have her understood.
Once, she left me spinning uncontrollably down
Into her grim well of despair. She cut me, she made me
Bleed - she made the bed in my darkest days and said
Stay.
Here with me,
We can be together forever.
Everything smelled of rot and ruin -
Light couldn't shine through to where she laid me.
I imagined myself dying there.
Twice, she raised me up to the precipice
Overlooking a vast sea at sunset, the colors
Pouring over the sea and into each other.
It was breathtaking. It was worth the hike. The view was
One to die for. She said
All this and more is yours, sweetness.
But it will cost you everything.
Tucking the hair behind one of my ears,
As if what she had told me was a comforting sentiment.
After having her presence thrice inside of my head,
She decided to change the tune.
Once painful turned pleasant,
Once bargaining turned into giving,
She wrote a new script.
Once, she let me lay my head into her lap.
Through my hesitancy, she seemed genuine, calm.
Relaxing into her, she leaned down and whispered to me,
I was never going to hurt you, you know.
-@transtrashofthesouth
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puppyinaboxblog · 12 months ago
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“May your crops yield no fruit, and may your firstborn son learn to bear all his days, then may you learn the importance of bearing bodies.”
Salamander Skin follows a prince cursed for his father’s misdeeds against a witch before he was born. During the day he lives in a “female” body but during the night he has the form that’s true to him.
This curse was kept extremely secret, the king claimed his wife had twins but the son was born extremely sickly, so he could not leave his room, but his “daughter” could.
Following the king’s death however and the uprising of his brother, the prince’s uncle, the lie begins to crumble.
This is a work in progress cover for a book concept I’m throwing around. I’m trans and wanted to write a trans story in the fantasy genre. I know not a lot of other transgender folks see being trans as a curse of sorts but I do so I intend to write my story here.
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writeanapocalae · a year ago
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Hello writeblr! It's trans day of visibility! If you have any trans ocs you'd like doodled, please reblog this with a short description! I'd love to do some art for you guys!
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augustheart · a year ago
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“Since I have learned from our tradition that we bless both, the good and the bitter, I will bless in a voice hushed and weak: ‘Blessed are you God, who has not made me a woman.’”
--Even Boḥan, Kalonymus ben Kalonymus
“God blessed me by making me a transsexual for the same reason God made wheat but not bread and fruit but not wine, so that humanity might share in the act of creation.”
--Something That May Shock And Discredit You, Daniel Lavery
"Blessed art thou oh G-d who made me not a woman. Double blessed is Doctor Green who has." 
--A Secret Woman, Rachel Pollack
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transcendragon · a year ago
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Rules to Living As a Human Among the Fey
Remember why you’re doing this. Why you’re here.
Always be polite, be kind when you can.
Never take kindness or help for granted; take it wherever you can, but never rely on it.
Remember: this world was never made for you.
Take note when they bear their teeth and claws, but never react.
Don’t break the rules until you’re sure it’s safe.
If you must break the rules keep it quiet and unnoticeable.
Make yourself vibrant and loud when you need to.
Make yourself small and boring when you need to.
Remember that they make the rules; remember you aren’t bound to them.
Love may guide, but love alone will never bridge the gap between you.
Be as simple and clear as possible.
Always, always give them a smile.
Remember: they like to think of themselves as generous.
They think to give the most basic of respect is generosity.
Take every inch and never let go.
Remember: your life is on the line.
Whether you’re among them by choice or not, your game is the same.
Stay closeted as long as you can; they can chose to be bound to the truth, but you know your life is on the line.
Oh, did I say rules to living as a human among the fey? I meant rules to living as a trans person in a cisgender world. As a nonbinary person in a binary world. As a queer person in a straight world, as other things doubtless too, but as a trans nonbinary person in a cisgender world especially.
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transcendragon · a year ago
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Clone Outpost
The rumble of the mining bots makes the entire facility tremble, but Inferior Zeytord 4634 is so used to this that it doesn’t even register. ThreeZs (IZ 80090) and DoubleOs (IZ 76001) are monitoring the machines for this darkside shift, so it’s not his problem right now. Or at least it shouldn’t be. 4634 had taught the others carefully when they came, and the still-learning newbie IZ 895601 wasn’t on deck right now. He wouldn’t even be ready to work nightshift for a couple of weeks, until 4634 thought he was ready. It’s been a long while since ThreeZs and DoubleOs needed 4364’s supervision, though.
4634 wouldn’t even be awake right now if the supply shipment weren’t running so late.
He’s tapped into the system interface on the cargo deck, writing reports as he waits. He figures he might as well get something productive done. The Newbie was going to help him unpack the supplies, but 4634 sent him to bed an hour ago, so now unpacking was going to have to wait until tomorrow. 4634 might as well get something productive done.
An alert on the monitor popped up in front of the atmospheric conditions report 4634 had been working. The cargo vessel was finally here, flashing its Zeyfficial Certificate and this week’s security code through communications.
4634 sighed. He sent off the responding codes and pressed the button to open the transport bay as usual, ready to get this over with so he could sleep.
4634’s interface showed the cargo vessel as it pulled into the airlock, and 4634 frowned. It was a different ship than the standard long haul Zeycraft. It didn’t even look like a Zeytoidian military vehicle at all. The vessel was sleeker than the usual bulky style, and it had an insignia on the side that 4634 didn’t recognize at all.
He checked for his gun in his side pocket. The vessel had a Zefficial Certificate, and those were very hard to check, but it was better to be sure. It had been a long time since 4634 had used his weapon, but he was sure he still could.
With the affirmation that his gun was ready at his side 4634 went out to meet the cargo ship and it emerged from the airlock.
The ship’s door opened down with a thunk and a figure stumbled out of it. 4634 blinked. It’s been a long time since he’d seen one of them.
It was a single person. A human person, 4634 could still tell, though he hadn’t seen any of those since his time on the front lines. The human’s eyes were distinctively brown instead of red, his skin and hair were dark, and in general his features different from 4634’s own in both obvious and subtle ways.
“I’m really sorry about the delay,” the human said. He wore a grey and blue uniform much less dramatic that of the green and black style of the Zeytoidian military. The human drew one hand through his hair as he stared down at a notepad in his hand.
The human gave 4634 an apologetic smile, but got only a blank stare in response. Shifting uncomfortably, the human continued: ““My navigational system does not have a good time working this far out from colonized space. I mean,” the man gestured, “not that this isn’t colonized, you’ve obviously got something going out here, but man. The farthest cargo hub is so far- I mean this place doesn’t even show up on the map-”
“You are not a Zeytord Clone,” 4634 inturrupted. “You aren’t any part of the Zeytoidian military.”
“Uh, yeah, no.” The human shook his head. “No, I don’t have any Zeytord in me, no. I work for a communications and cargo company, actually. The Space Frontiers.” The human gestures again, this time specifically to the emblem on his ship. The logo.
4634’s hand strayed to his weapon.
“Why are you delivering the cargo here?” 4634 demands.
“Woah!” The human’s hands shoot up with palms outstretched. “I’m just working a job, dude! We have some good contracts with the Zeytoidian Empire! We’re a neutral, third-party business or whatever you want to call it. We just do basic supply runs.”
4634 took his hand off his holster and shook his head. Everything seemed to check out, and if this man was going to attack he probably would have already.
“We’ve just always gotten our supply from other Zeytoidian ships,” 4634 said, “and you were very late.”
“Yeah,” the human rubbed the back of his neck. “Sorry about that. I’ll get here quicker next time! You want your cargo?”
After the cargo was securely dumped 4634 had to sign the proper forms that said that he got it. Double the amount of forms as usual, for both the contractor and the Empire. 4634 still felt slightly off-balance.
“There was no announcement about a third-party contractor coming in,” 4634 commented as he skimmed the paperwork.
“Yeah, well, you know the empire, almost as bureaucratic as the Republic,” the human shrugged as if 4634 knew anything of the bureaucracy of the Republic. “Anyway, it’s a bit embarrassing, isn’t it? They probably don’t have enough troops for this kind of non-combat grunt work anymore.”
“What do you mean?” 4634 asked. “Why not?”
“Not after those recent battles, the ones the Republic won,” the human said. “You haven’t heard? They don’t announce these things?”
“They announce victories,” 4634 said, with a shrug of his own, “sometimes.” And when they did announce those victories this mining facility was often some of the last to know, being isolated and far from any Zeyloidian, Republic, or even fragment colony space.
“Huh,” the human said. He didn’t appear to have any words after that, and for a moment they shared an awkward silence. The human cleared his throat.
“Anyway,” he said, “gotta be going. You’re my last delivery for this run, but I’m running late enough as it is.” He began to turn back toward his ship, but gave 4634 a little wave. “Nice to meet you, though. Stoic as you are, you’re a lot nicer than the other Zeytord clones I’ve met!”
4634 acknowledged this with a nod. Unsurprising. Uncloned humans were considered even lowlier than the Inferior Clones, at the bottom of the Zeytord hierarchy.
“Goodbye,” he told the human.
The human lingered in his mind, though probably because it was the first person he’d seen in over two decades without the same face as his own.
. . .
The next supply run was on time, and Newbie was there to see it. Newbie, of course, had never met a human before.
“You look so weird!” Was the first thing Newbie said upon seeing the human. 4364 shook his head slightly, but the human just laughed.
Newbie was very curious.
“What’s your name?” Newbie asked.
“Xaviera Thresh,” the human replied, handing Newbie a box to unload and pack away.
“What kind of name is that?” Newbie asked, crinkling his face into a frown. “Where did you even get that? I mean, Thresh comes from 3, right? Does Xaviera come from 6?”
The human looked amused. “You know humans don’t get assigned numbers, right?”
“What!?” Newbie exclaimed. “How do you keep track?”
“Through their name, mostly,” Thresh shrugged. “I think the numbers are even more confusing. How do you remember them all?” “How do you remember all the names? How do you even name things?” Newbie asked in return. “What qualities made you an Xaviera? Or a Thresh?”
“Well, you keep track through families, kind of,” Thresh began to launch into an explanation of names. “That’s where the last name comes from, it’s usually shared by at least one of the parents who raised or made the child. The first name is chosen individually, and many first names are associated with different cultures or genders.”
“What’s a gender?” Newbie asked. Xaviera opened his mouth to explain, but 4634 had to interrupt to give Newbie his next job.
Newbie scampered off to follow instructions. Thresh shook his head, but there was a smile on his face.
“You know, before this I’d say that all Zeytords were stoic, cold even,” he said. “I’d say it’s coded into your DNA, a feature gifted from Emperor Zeytord himself. Now I’m not sure what to think, because there isn’t a bone of stoicism in that kid.”
“He’s a child,” 4364 said.
“Yeah. Too young to be working on a mining facility in most places,” Thresh commented.
“I was on the front lines of the war even younger,” 4364 said. “The facility is safe. It’s a good job.”
Not that Newbie ever believed 4364 when he said that. No, Newbie wanted the glory of battle! To fight for his Emperor, his country, himself! That’s practically the slogan of the learning facilities for Inferior Zeytord. The other four had been all for it too, playing at it all the time when they were younger and first sent to the facility. It’s only Four-Four got sent off and failed to come back that they stopped being quite so enamored with the idea.
4364 hoped that Newbie just grew out of it.
“Oh,” Thresh said softly. Even without his constant gesturing the man was expressive, and 4364 could read the emotions in wide brown eyes. Surprise, some, but mostly anger. And sadness. Perhaps a touch of pity, but small enough for 4364 to ignore. “I didn’t realize they had Clone troops that young.”
“It’s part of why helmets are regulation,” 4364 said. “Children are not intimidating opponents.” The information wasn’t a secret. They didn’t know any Empire secrets, the Inferior Zeytord crew of an isolated planet. Thresh probably knew more of empire affairs than they did.
“Huh,” Thresh said. He sighed. “Well, it’s a nasty world out there.”
There was a sadness in his eyes that made 4364 look away.
Their conversation ended as Newbie came rushing back in.
Newbie went off to deal with the last of the boxes as Thresh and 4364 went through the forms.
“You can really tell he’s yours, the kid,” Thresh said with a small smile, looking after Newbie.
“He’s not,” 4364 said without looking at the man. “There are no Inferior Zeytord fathers, and we are simply both clones of the Emperor Zeytord. There is obviously a resemblance as we are genetically identical, but it doesn’t represent a human biological relation.”
“The resemblance might not represent a ‘human biological relation’,” Thresh said, “but I wasn’t talking about a physical resemblance anyway.”
. . .
Emperor Zeytord decided to make the ranks of his army out of the one person he truly trusted and believed in: himself. There were roughly three ranks of Zeytord clones, though some of them may have subdivisions: Royal Zeytords, Middle Zeytords, and Inferior Zeytords. Royalty was his closest advisors and potential heirs, all based on the Emperor but specifically customized for excellence at their roles. They’re often given incredibly strength, dexterity, healing, intelligence, slow-aging, and resilience. Almost all the most powerful people in the Empire were Royal Zeytords. These Zeytords had one blue eye, like the Emperor himself, and then one green to be clearly differentiated.
Middle Zeytords filled all the rest of the leadership positions and professional military jobs. They were the officers. There are non-Zeytords civilians in the Empire who may hold professional positions, the conquered masses of humans who require Zeytord leadership, but never in military positions. Few even in any government positions, either. Many Middle Zeytords may move on to a comfortable civilian life after successful careers in the military or government. They’re differentiable by their yellow eyes. The standard Middle Zeytord was modeled after the Emperor, but without the same boosts in intelligence and strength favored to the Royal Zeytords. Still some booths to strength, healing, and slow-aging, but nothing like the superhumans that the Royalty often ends up being.
And then there’s Inferior Zeytords. They are pretty much all the same. They are almost all footsoldiers in the millitary, and though there are stories of heroic Inferiors making officer status you never actually see any of this happening and trying to verify the names in those stories will get you nowhere. The only customized line of Inferior Zeytords are the ones that serve as servants to the Emperor, who are given decreased strength. All other Inferior Zeytords get increased strenth and healing, but take a hit to intelligence somewhat. They’re not made stupid, certainly, but they aren’t meant to be all that smart, either. All Inferior Zeytords share the same red eyes and low status, but they may at least count themselves as better than humans.  
The Emperor himself is the original of all of these strains. He designed the cloning technology used and is known as a strategic genius even to his enemies, if an amoral one. He certainly uses biotech and nanotechnology to upgrade himself, though exactly how is a secret privy to only a trusted few. It’s certainly true that he hasn’t aged since 30, leaving him looking younger than many clones made decades after his birth.
Especially the Inferior Zeytord.
Targets to the Republic, cannon fodder to the Empire, the veterans that 4364 served with would often say, when they weren’t being watched. When they were being polite.
4364 was lucky, for an Inferior Zeytord. He was reassigned.
. . .
“Do all humans look like Thresh?” Newbie asked 4364 once, as they all lingered in the small dining area before lights out. The mining station was off, as a break for the machinery more for the clones staffing it. The place felt empty without the constant hum of the machines, and they all instinctively gathered together to combat the loneliness the silence threatened to bring in. It was already lonely, here on the outer edge of colonized space, where all real human civilizations were nothing but points of light in the sky if they were visible at all.
It was nice in its way, though. The empty expanse of the planet. The few opportunities they had to all gather together, when the machines were turned off.
There was no lounge area built into the mining facility. There were cramped sleeping quarters, an exercise room to fight the effects of low-gravity, and a make-shift kitchen with a dining area attached. So when they gathered, they gathered in the kitchen, turning a couple of crates into chairs so that they could all sit at the table.
“Don’t be stupid,” Sixes (543666) said. “Humans all look different, they’re not clones.”
“Yeah, silly,” Sevens agreed. “Didn’t you learn anything before you came here?” Sevens only had two sevens in his number, 678973, but he and Sixes came from the same IZ educational facility and were inseparable. From shifts to names they were together.
“Yeah, I know, but they never actually said what was different!” Newbie protested. “Like, they still all have the same amount of limbs, right? And Thresh was a different color, are they all different colors? And why’s Thresh a different shape?”
“Thresh is a different shape because he’s female,” ThreeZs explained. He had a soft spot for Newbie. Well, all of them did really, though Sixes and Sevens showed theirs in odd ways. ThreeZs frowned.“Or she’s female, maybe I should say? I’m not sure.”
“It’s hard to be sure, I don’t know what culture Thresh is from and some of them use pronouns to differentiate and refer to females with she and her.” 4364 said from the kitchen, as the only one of them who had ever been around humans before. He was finishing preparing the food. “Some of them use pronouns in more complicated ways, and often they have more pronouns, though, they often have categories called genders that are associated with but don’t always match up with physical sex.”
“Sex?” Newbie asked, nose wrinkling. “Isn’t that how they make humans?”
“No, he means sex as in the charictaristics that Thresh has that you don’t,” ThreeZs said patiently as Sixes snorted. “That’s because your physical sex is male. All of our physical sexes are male, because Emperor Zeytord is male.”
“I heard some of the Royal Zeytords are female,” Sevens said. “Can you imagine? It must be so weird.”
Sixes shook his head. “Royal Zeytords are all kinds of weird.”
“Female like Thresh?” Newbie asked. “Wait, so are he and him the pronouns associated with males, then, if they’re the ones we use?”
ThreeeZs beamed. “Absolutely!”
“So have we been calling Thresh by the wrong pronoun this whole time!?” Newbie exclaimed.
“Nah, Inferior Zeytords always use he, didn’t you hear?” Sixes said.
“Inferior Zeytords don’t have a choice,” DoubleOs muttered at the end of the table. “Just like with everything else.” DoubleOs was usually pretty quiet, so Newbie blinked up at him. 4364 made a note of it in his mind.
“Wait, humans get a choice?” Newbiw asked. “A choice of gender or pronouns or sex?”
For a moment 4364 watched the table as they all blinked and considered the possibility. They may have all been clones of the same person, but they were all having different reactions. Sixes and Sevens looked taken aback. ThreeZs was thoughtful and DoubleOs stared down hard at the table.
“It can be complicated, and there are often pressures in different cultures, but yes to an extent,” 4364 said as he poured out the Foodstuff(™) he’d been preparing from the pot into a large bowl. Foodstuff was never very good, it was designed to last and be shipped in builk more than taste good, but at least it was better cooked.
“They need medical procedures to change sex, often,” 4364 continued as he brought the pot of food to the table. The others shift eagerly in their seats. “But it’s all doable.”
It was times like these that 4364 most treasured the company of the others.
“How do we know Thresh’s pronouns, then?” Newbie asked, as the others started on the meal in front of them.
“You ask,” 4364 said.
. . .
“What’s your pronouns?” Newbie asked the next time Thresh gave a delivery.
Thresh blinked, taken aback for a moment, and then smiled. He seemed to relax.
“I use they/them/theirs pronouns,” Thresh said. “It’s rather old fashioned of me, I know, but I love the history of them.”
“They/them like plural pronouns?” Newbie asked. “What kind of history do they have?”
4364 let them completely unload the ship before sending anything to the store room so that Thresh could continue his- their conversation with Newbie. They piled the supply boxes high on the anti-grav carts used for transport around the facility maybe a little higher than was advisable.
It turned out Thresh was from a planet near the Solar System, the original Solar System, and they were more tied to Terran ways there. That territory was deep in the Republic, and 4364 had to wonder how Thresh ended up delivering cargo as far from the Republic as you could go for company ignoring the war to make as much money as possible. But 4364 himself didn’t press, and Newbie and ThreeZs wouldn’t know the implications of that information.
Thresh seemed happy and patient to explain, but there was something wrong. Not with the discussions or Newbie’s questions, a feeling that began even before Thresh began talking. It was different. 4364 could feel it in the air. Maybe it was the way Thresh stood, or something in their gaze as they chatted while the rest of them unloaded the supplies. A tension. A sadness.
“You know, you could choose your pronouns too, if you wanted to,” Thresh told Newbie.
“But all Zeytords are hes,” Newbie said. “The Emporeror Zeytord’s a ‘he.’”
“He might be, but that doesn’t mean you have to be, not here,” Thresh turned to look over at 4364 as he continued speaking. “There’s no one to keep track of the six of you here. You could basically do what you wanted, regardless of the Empire.”
“That’s not a very Zeytord way to think!” ThreeZs said, shaking his head. Newbie, however, looked intrigued.
4364 was more interested in what laid in Thresh’s gaze at the moment.
“Go take these to the storage area on your own?” 4364 asked ThreeZs. “Take Newbie with you, go over everything with him. I need to chat with Thresh here about something.”
“Well, just make sure you make it clear that that kind of talk doesn’t happen here in the Empire, okay?” ThreeZs said.
“Does this mean I get to drive one of the carts!?” Newbie exclaimed.
4364 nodded absently to both, and they were off.
He and Thresh stood silently for a moment.
“You can call me Xaviera, if you want,” Thresh said.
“What is this about, Thresh?” 4364 asked, and Thresh frowned and looked away.
“You don’t need to be rude,” Thresh said. They were rubbing absently at their arm, as though more nervous than offended.
4364 sighed. “I don’t mean to be rude, it’s just- something’s up. You’re making me tense, Xaviera.”
Xaviera swallowed, and glanced up at 4364. “Yeah. Yeah, something’s up. I’m not just delivering cargo this time.”
“No?” 4364 asked.
“No.” Xaviera said. “I have a message. All of you here are supposed to report to battle.”
4364 is silent for a moment.
“Why are you the one delivering this message?” 4364 asked. “This should be part of the Zeytord command.”
“It’s too important to send through your systems, which may have been compromised, I think,” Xaviera said. “And all of the other Zeytords who may have delivered it are reporting to battle. All of the other Inferior Zeytords.”
4364 paused for a moment, reading between the lines.
“This battle is going to be a bloodbath, isn’t it,” 4364 said. It wasn’t really a question.
Xaviera breathed in shakily. “Yeah. The Republic’s been winning for awhile, and I think the Empire might be going for a desperate strategy.”
“You know what happens to Inferior Zeytords who don’t report to battle, though, don’t you?” 4364 asked.
“I know it’s not good,” Xaviera said. “But that’s for Inferior Zeytrods who chose not to report to battle. Not the ones that never got the message in the first place.”
There’s a pause, between the two of them.
“Wouldn’t that get you in trouble?” 4364 asked. “Failing to deliver a message?”
“I could have gotten into an accident, lost my message and supplies,” Xaviera said. “At worst I’ll lose my job.”
If 4364 and the others reported to battle they’d probably die. They’d in the very least be seperated. Newbie was young, new meat, and if they were going to send him in without training they had to be very desperate. This had to be very dangerous. The Empire might even fall, and Zeytord himself knows what the Republic would do with any leftover Zeytords.
“If you want to go-” Xaviera said, after several moments of silence.
“No,” 4364 said. “No. Please, lose the message.” There’s another moment of silence.
4364 looked Xaviera in the eyes. “Thank you.”
“It’s nothing,” Xaviera said. “Well, I mean, it’s not nothing, but it’s the least I could do. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself otherwise.”
Maybe they would have said more, but at that moment the doors to the transport bay open suddenly and ThreeZs rushed in.
“Newbie-” ThreeZs panted, doubling over for a moment. “Newbie crashed cart.” More panting. “In corridor five. Are you done with your paperwork yet?”
4634 glanced at Xaviera. “Yeah, I’m done here.”
“Wait,” Xaviera held up a piece of paper. “One last thing before I go. Just in case.”
4364 took it and glanced at it wordlessly. It was extraplanetary coordinates for an area that 4364 estimated feel just outside of Republic space. Above the coordinates was written the word Haven. 4364 shoved it into his pocket.
“Thanks,” he told Xaviera, “for everything.”
“Of course,” Xavier said. “Good luck.”
They both knew he’d need it.
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mx-data · a year ago
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there's a roaring beast trapped in my chest
of wind and flame and freeze it does not eat; it needs no rest
it clamps the air in my lungs fuels the burn in my blood
it twists up my tongue building pressure for the flood
and when I burst when it's free
I'll do my worst til it swallows me
I scratch the walls as my flesh roils
Earth shatters, the city falls I'm mostly water and water boils
and when I'm me, when I'm this thing I'll know the way to sink my teeth in
freed and bleeding, my voice will sing being something I've always been
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ryesbread · 2 years ago
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Finding Home
The sound of two car doors slamming was the only thing to disrupt the tense silence. A mother and her child side by side and leaving their local park. The mother's hands gripped the steering wheel until her knuckles turned white, and her child, a teenager, stared out the window. It wasn't until the car was on the street heading home that the mother decided to speak again.
"I just don't understand. How could you do this to me? To your father?"
Once again there was silence, the teen started to pull out their headphones to listen to music instead of their mother. Their mother snatched the headphones away.
"I asked you a question. Why would you ruin my day with this?"
"Your day?" They crossed their arms and stared over to their mother. "What the hell do you mean your day?"
Their mother sighed and cast a wary glance in her child's direction before she said, "We went out for a nice picnic, like we used to do when you were a kid. Then you soiled it."
"It was part of my plan."
"Your plan to listen to Satan?"
There was silence once more as the tension began to carry a heavier weight. Both had tears in their eyes, and they refused to look at each other. It took another three blocks for the silence to be broken again.
"I just wanted," the teen mumbled and played with the hem of their shirt, "I wanted you to accept me, and I thought it would be better to do it somewhere with good memories."
There was a heavy sigh before their mother looked over to them at a red light. Disappointment filled her eyes, and her frown lines were prominent. "I only have one son. I didn't give birth to two boys. I had a boy and a girl. You are my daughter, and I cannot accept whatever these ideas are running through your head."
Her youngest son stared down at his lap and shook his head. He returned to his phone then, even without the headphones, to text his best friend: I need to come over tonight. Things didn't go well. At all.
"My therapist said I could have been put in your life as a lesson if that helps--"
"A lesson in what? Patience? The hope that you'll get out of this phase soon. You're not a boy. You're my baby girl." His mother stared at the road as the tears spilled over. Whether they were tears of mourning or tears of frustration, the teenager couldn't tell.
"It's not a phase, Mom! I'm a boy! I'm your son!"
The car screeched to a halt once they were in the driveway. Both occupants of the car were in tears, but they still couldn't look at each other. There was a beat as they both sat there and waited for the other to speak, something to break the silent tension again. This time, it never came.
Instead, the mother got out of the car and slammed the door shut behind her. Her son was stunned as slowly the tension left his body. His arms uncrossed, his shoulders relaxed, and he found himself staring at his home before him.
The sob that erupted from him was tremendous. Alone in that car, he found himself unable to breathe as each heave of an inhale caused his lungs to shriek. He was alone in that car, and nobody would be coming to his rescue.
When he finally left the car, he didn't go inside. Instead, the teen sprinted down the street. He was going to find home.
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spoopy-moose · 2 years ago
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hELP
looking for some help here, I’m trying to write a fantasy novel that is set in a post-medieval, early Renaissance period, I am trying to add some non-binary, trans ppl in here but I’m not sure how without it looking forced, if you have any knowledge in this, please DM me/reblog with a comment/drop an anon if you like. I am not familiar with genderqueer people in general and don’t want to come off as ignorant or rude if I could have some help in this area, that’ll be greatly appreciated.
Thanks :) 
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Fuck This Fucking Heat
You’re not allowed to complain to me about the heat Until you wear three layers of shirts to cover your shame, That are drowning in salt, And have a lump of silicone betwixt your legs, Smothering your heat and making a skin powered furnace. The latter causing you to wonder, One: If I can bake bread with this yeast I am growing And Two: How can I unstick this phony baloney from my thighs Without tearing it in two. It’s not as if I want to wear all this shit I want to be able to wear a sleeveless shirt With the armholes cut down to my waist. But I can’t do that like other boys can. I have to make a generous donation first, Of eight thousand bills, mammary tissue, and my nipples. Plus tax. Oddly, I quite like my nipples now. It makes me sad that they have to go. So I’d rather donate them to the highest bidder. Starting bid: Eight thousand fucking dollars.
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waystoraise-blog · 4 years ago
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What if we don’t know?
Last week I answered a question that I’ll be elaborating on a little today. The question, and a few other’s we’ve received, expressed some uncertainty on how to handle trans or nonbinary characters being misgendered when other characters aren’t aware of their gender; either due to the character being in the closet, or for some other reason.
Obviously a character misgendering another can usually be handled as any other transphobic act in a story, but it gets more complicated when you’re talking about the narration. Or when you’re concerned about clarity of writing as to what’s going on. So below, are a few tips on how to handle this gracefully and clearly:
If your narrator is omniscient, just be explicit. Do not be afraid to make it clear that a trans woman is a woman, or a trans man is a man, regardless of any individual’s actions or knowledge. Make it clear that the characters that don’t know about their gender, don’t know.
If your narrator is a character within your story, or using a more limited viewpoint....well. I’d honestly still suggest just being explicit about it then too. 
Here it might be better to tell than to show, even if it’s something like: “That was when we still thought she was a boy, and she hadn’t decided on Alice, yet,” and then continue to gender your character correctly.
All around, it’s better to be explicit and clear about what’s going on. Gender your characters correctly, make sure it’s known why characters might not be doing so, if they aren’t aware of a character’s gender, etc. 
Please feel free to send us your favorite trans authors, a little bit about your favorite trans characters, or any questions or topics you’d like to see me address, too. For some of our new followers, you can find past Writing Trans articles here in the tag.
-Chris/Isabella
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gethtastic-blog · 4 years ago
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Kind of what it says in the title. Take a look!
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skywitch23-blog · 5 years ago
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I'm sorry
I'm sorry You can't see how beautiful I am. I'm sorry You can't love me for who I am. I'm sorry That you can only hate me for what I am. I am not sorry That I still LOVE you because that's who I am.
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whatsanapocalae · 5 years ago
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And in her darkest hour, where the shadows came from behind the curtains to hold her aching bones, she held onto the dagger like a beacon. A beacon it was, as it glowed bright as the Sun when she held it just so, like a lover would touch her own unwanted sex. It lit her path and kept the shadows kind, loving, instead of terrible cloying things. All the while she could hear it, the chit chit chittering of the Attachment. It was looking for her, making her want to hide the light of her dagger. She could hear the wailing of her mother, the angery growl in her father's voice, but those weren't real. They were put on by the Attachment like the airs of a fancy lady. She knew not to listen. She knew to hide. She reached into her shirt, past the silver cross that a boy who didn't care about her tribulations had given to her while smoking in her bed and to her breast. It was small and new, a flowering bud of pink on a chest she never thought would allow such growth, and she clutched it. Not power but pride flooded her, even if the soft mound of flesh was not yet enough to fill her hand. The dagger glowed brighter, the shadows caressed her skin, and she continued down the path. There was a blade, long and jeweled, in her chest. She could fight off the Attachment if she found it. If it found her. Her body was full of weapons, ready at her disposal, and it was hers. Nothing could stop her. She was stronger than any Attachment, she didn't need anyone but herself.
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blaquestbird · 5 years ago
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New Blog for Writers
I just made a new blog. The purpose of this blog is to help people write their stories with a gender diverse cast and to do it accurately, inclusively, and respectfully. So far, it's just me, but once things get set up, I'm going to make some applications for mods. Then when I find people I think will be of great help, I'll email them or maybe IM them on tumblr and then if I feel I've met the right choice, I will add them to the blog. Blog in question: @writingwiththetranskids
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discoursebunny-blog · 5 years ago
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Editor Needed!
Hi y’all! I am a 17 year old writer trying in need of a friend to help me out. If you are interested in playing editor to a friendly trans girl and don’t mind reading my stuff, then send me a message! Thank you!
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waystoraise-blog · 5 years ago
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Writing Trans: Common Pitfalls -Nonbinary
Or rather, how to avoid writing yourself into them! As you saw in the masterpost earlier today, it’s been a little while since I wrote one of these and I thought it was about time. The first two Common Pitfalls articles can be found here: Gender Expression and Relationships. Today I’ll be talking about some of the common pitfalls in writing Nonbinary characters.
Nonbinary individuals are trans, unless they consider themselves otherwise. Period. End of story.
There are a vast number of identities that fall under the broad umbrella of nonbinary. While you don’t need to include each in every story, don’t isolate them or exoticize them either. It’s a good idea to have at least two nonbinary characters in your story, with different genders and different expressions of their gender.
Nonbinary people are more than just the white and afab parts of the community. Don’t forget that, don’t erase us.
Respect your character’s pronouns. Always, always, always. Even if other, transphobic, characters within your narrative don’t. Be clear about their transphobia.
If your story is any sort of speculative fiction do not, do not, have the only nonbinary characters be nonhuman. Don’t provide our only representation through aliens or inhuman means. Providing alien concepts of gender is excellent and important, doing so while erasing the idea that there are nonbinary humans too is not.
There is far more to nonbinary individuals than their gender. Our stories are not limited, you do not have to make your characters plot arc or part of the story dependent on their gender.
As always, be respectful, be clear, and be aware before you write. If you aren’t nonbinary, write nonbinary characters without trying to speak for what it means to be nonbinary.
Please feel free to send us your favorite trans authors, a little bit about your favorite trans characters, or any questions or topics you’d like to see me address, too. For some of our new followers, you can find past Writing Trans articles here in the tag.
-Chris
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waystoraise-blog · 5 years ago
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Writing Trans: Six Months
It’s been six months since I started on Writing Trans, and since I’ve started we’ve covered a lot. Today, in addition to a short article going up later, I’m posting this up as the first master-post for the last months of the column.
General Articles
Introduction | A Few Common Pitfalls: Gender Expression |  A Few Common Pitfalls:  Relationships | Traditional Narratives | Immersion | Why Write Trans? | Writing Mindfully Pronouns
Pronouns in Speculative Fiction | Using Pronouns | Writing with Them
Trans People and Their Bodies
Body Positivity | Bodies and Dysphoria | Writing with Euphoria
Handling Transphobia in Writing
Transphobia in Text | Handling Transphobia 1 | Handling Transphobia 2 | Isolated Characters | Handling Transphobia 3 | Paired Scenes
Prompts
Prompts | A Few More Prompts | Even More Prompts | Exercises | Fall Prompts
Please feel free to send us your favorite trans authors, a little bit about your favorite trans characters, or any questions or topics you’d like to see me address, too. For some of our new followers, you can find past Writing Trans articles here in the tag.
-Chris
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seanswrittenvoice · 5 years ago
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It feels like..
No matter how many books I write, how many TV shows or movies I may write for, no matter how many articles i may be in, my family will be searching for "her" name instead of Sean. The thought of it tears me apart
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inamnnerofspkng · 5 years ago
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How It Ends
Poem about starting T. HOW IT ENDS So this how it ends With the prick of a needle And learning to get a little sweaty Hair on my face Voice cracking without much grace So this is how it ends With the binding of my chest Gettin used to being out of breath So this is how it ends No more 'she' no more 'her' Finally going from mam to sir So this is how it begins And where the self hatred ends When puberty hits again Starting to learn about real friends Wow it feels good to begin again So this is how it ends Finally on my way To being one fine ass gentlemen - Levi Alex
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