Catherine Linda Michel

Have you read I Need A Hero yet?

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If you haven't, may I humbly suggest you go and do so? Grover has improved with each posting, and this story is no exception to that rule. I truly believe that this Grover's best effort yet, and being a friend of hers, I want everyone to see and appreciate this wonderfully funny story. If you have a funny bone, this tale will give it a good workout. I've never done anything like this before, and I hope Grover will forgive me for gushing about her story, but it's just that darned good. See for yourself.

Did you know?

Now I know that you have to clean the outside of your computer screen, but did any of you know you know you have to clean the INSIDE of your screen? I sure didn't, but I found a place where you can get it done for free.
http://www.raincitystory.com/flash/screenclean.swf

Glad to have been of service. *giggle* This was sent to me by "understanding wife"

Hugs 'n love,
Catherine Linda Michel

I just received a letter,

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from my former employer, the most recent one, that I just left for health reasons. I'll transcribe it here. Remember that during the time I worked there, I transitioned, undergoing my Real Life Test. Their attitude during the time I worked there was understanding, supportive and caring.

"Dear Catherine.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the nearly 5 years of service that you have dedicated to CARTS (Chautauqua Area Rural Transport System) through your assignment here as an Office For The Aging Senior Aide.

Let this be a warning...for all of us!

Yesterday, while out doing retail therapy, on my way home, my car died on me. I managed to coast into a somewhat secluded parking lot, tried re-starting the car...no joy. I went inside a nearby business, called a tow truck, and went back out to wait in the car.

About V.A. Hospitals and treatment of TS patients

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I began HRT while still receiving Social Services assistance. I was initially diagnosed by my therapist and then had it confirmed by a shrink who, while not necessarily agreeing that I was a good candidate for SRS, still started me on hormones and T-blockers.

One more small step.

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I recently received my new Veteran's I.D. card, with my real pic on it. That makes two picture ID's. Driver's License and Vet's ID... both with me as Cathy. When I get back from The SCC conference, I will submit the paperwork to legally change my name.

Baby steps, my friends, but important ones.

Hugs 'n love,
Catherine Linda Mchel

An online list of SciFi writers...and I'm ON IT!!

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I know it's not really a big deal to anyone else, but to see my name there with so many mainstream authors, just gives me a little shiver of something. LOL.

http://www.scifan.com/writers/mm/

Another Trip To The V.A Hospital, and a SURPRISE!!

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Got on the bus at 6AM, slept most of the way. Spent a thoroughly awful time getting my breathing tested, blood draw, endo consult, blah, blah, blah. Rained most all day.

The Top Shelf Girls. Poised to invade SCC

For those who know about SCC this blog will be, perhaps, a bit redundant. For those who don't know, SCC is the biggest TG convention/conference in the world! It's been being held annually for the past 18 or 19 years and attracts TGs of all stripes, from all over the world, to Atlanta Georgia.

Mamma Mia. The Movie. WOW!

I finally had the chance to view Mamma Mia, The Movie. All I can say is... I had a BALL!!! What a fun, touching, musical! Loving Abba's music helps a lot, but everyone did a great job of either singing or lip synching and the whole thing was a wonderful movie experience. I particularly liked the sing a long feature on the DVD. *giggle*

Voulez-Vous!!
Catherine Linda Michel

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Southern Comfort Conference. Here I come, ready or not!

Well, I just finished making my reservations for the Conference and for my hotel room! This is a BIG thing for me. The first time out of my comfort zone, away from home. I'll be visiting Grover and Paula on the way to Atlanta, and seeing Ariel at the Con. I'll also stay a night or two with my Nephew and his family who are behind me in my transition, and can't wait to have me there.

Scared.and angry.

Tonight, driving home from an all day D&D session with my friends, I almost hit a power wheelchair that I didn't see until almost too late. The chair had NO lights on it, NO reflectors, the person piloting it and the one walking with him were both wearing dark clothing. The chair was in my lane, traveling toward me and it was dark.

About Desert Misstake. I'm surprised

that NO ONE has caught the most obvious pun, at least to me, that I included in the story!

In Casablanca, the Head Police figure, played by Claude Rains, was named, Captain Louis Renault.

More about The Angie Zapata Murder case. Defense and Prosecution have rested their cases

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http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=114195

I tend to agree with those who say this scum should rot in jail for the rest of his misbegotten life...NO parole!!!

Legal Name Change and other stuff.

I spent three freaking hours on the phone yesterday, Monday, going from City Clerk, to County Clerk, to Surrogate Court Clerk, to Superior Court Clerk, to Family Court clerk, trying to locate one lousy form that I need to complete my legal name change paperwork. It's called "in forma pauperis...in English, a poor person application.

News on the Angie Zapata Murder Case

Angie Zapata was an 18 year old MtF pre-op TS who was killed by her 'boyfriend', beaten to death by him, supposedly when he 'discovered that she was a he. The'boyfriend' claimed that when he 'suddenly' found out that Angie wasn't what she seemed, he panicked, and beat her to death, probably to soothe his offended 'macho pride.'

I am not the author of this post. It's copied from a Veteran's TG forum.

Depression. According to my therapist. I have it.

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I am exhibiting almost all the signs of clinical depression. I've been highly emotional lately, and constantly sleepy. I've gained weight and can't seem to concentrate for very long. I can't seem to care very much about anything either.

She wants to put me on some type of anti-depressant meds, but I have a real problem with that kind of thing. I'm going to try to fight my way through this without meds, so if I get short with anyone, or vanish for awhile, please don't be concerned.

Catherine Linda Michel - The Rest Of The Stories

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Catherine Linda Michel -
The Rest Of The Stories

Including works using the pen name Cathy_t_

Catherine Linda Michel is a warm, loving, single transwoman. A denizen of the Great White North...not the Yukon, Western New York, Cathy claims to brush more snow off her coat than most people shovel. Cathy is presently retiered due to health reasons. She has been writing for over ten years, solely on the internet, but has published HEADLIGHTS GIRL, achieving a lifetime goal. She thanks all those who have helped her along the way, for their kindness, and help. She sends love and hugs to all her fans and friends on the internet.


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Prue. PLEASE contact me.

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I so miss you and our talks, whacky though they may have gotten. I'm concerned about you, and I just want to make sure you're okay, and that we're still friends. You know you're still responsible for me, don't you? An old Chinese belief is that if you save someone's life, you are responsible for them for always.

At least let me know that you're okay and that you haven't forgotten about the old Drama Queen, Cathy_t_?

huggles 'n love from,
Catherine Linda Michel

A big, little change for me.

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Confused about the opening for this blog? Well, don't be concerned. The big, little change, has to do with getting a new drivers license...with my NEW pic on it! Yes, that's right. I'll no longer have to worry about being stopped by some over-zealous public servant, and having to explain, however patiently, why I don't look like the picture on my license.

I hadn't even thought it was something I COULD do, or would be allowed to do, but I checked and found that I could, indeed, have a new picture taken and placed on my license.

A Broadcasting Legend Is Gone. Paul Harvey Has Died

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Paul Harvey has died at the age of 90. Whatever I might say about him would be understatement. He was a legend, and his unique views and broadcasts will be missed by millions.

Home That Love Built - Set up, first story, and Rules

The Home That Love Built
A new universe from Catherine Linda Michel

Consider this an introduction to my dream of a place where abused, impoverished, cast out T-girls could go to and be respected, helped, and loved. It's been my dream for many years of such a place, and I thought I'd write about it.

Thanks to everyone who read, voted and/or commented on Desert Misstake

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I want to say thank you very much. As I said, this is a story which, I hope, will be just the first of what will be nothing but complete stories from me, from now on.

The beginning of a new life, free from cigarettes

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Yesterday I finally obtained a prescription for the anti-smoking drug, Chantix. This morning I took my first pill. I have set a date to finally be off cigarettes. March First is the date.

Desert Misstake

This is a work based on one of the most famous movies of all time. Those who have seen the movie will, no doubt, recognize some of the names and situations described. For those who haven't seen the movie, the title is at the end of this story.

A warning to readers and fans, about Luck Be A Lady.

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While I might be cutting my own throat, hit and comment-wise with this, I feel it's only fair to let everyone know that Luck Be A Lady is incomplete, ending with Chapter 8. There WAS a chapter 9, but I have decided that it is non-canon, and it will NOT be re-posted here, or anywhere else.

Since I wrote the story, so much has happened in my life and it seems my muse has gone on semi-permanent vacation. Thus, the story remains in it's unfinished state, with no inspiration in sight for a close.

Luck Be A Lady -6-

I watched while Kim began to change and as he lost height, he gained other, ummm assets and his hair vanished. Then his whole body seemed to hesitate for a second or two before really beginning to change rapidly. As the change speeded up I could actually see the changes taking place and I just stood there, watching, absolutely amazed at what this little machine could do!

Luck Be A Lady

Part 6

By Catherine Linda Michel

I'm confused.

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My RLT is going great. I'm accepted by almost all of my friends, all of my co-workers, and some of my family. I live with a wonderful woman in a 16 year platonic partnership, I have recently discovered that an angel, an incredible, beautiful, intelligent, understanding woman, is in love with me, and I feel the same about her...and yet.

Luck Be A Lady -5-

"You have a lot to learn about being a sexy woman, Billie and I intend to make sure that you learn everything you can so you can be convincing in that new body for as long as you have to wear it. The last thing we need right now is any more attention from the world in general and if you continue to act like a man in a female body, it’ll attract attention more than if you act like what you look like."

Luck Be A Lady

Part 5

By Catherine Linda Michel

Luck Be A Lady -4-

"As far as an alien invasion goes, don’t you two think that if there was really a threat, the government would already know what’s going on? No doubt they just want to get you two out of the way and get hold of those devices so you don’t screw something up that they might have planned! You two are being suckers and I would bet that those guys chasing you are actually just herding you towards some kind of a trap!"

I looked at Neri in stunned disbelief for a few seconds. I had never considered what she had postulated and it set me back on my heels to think that this kid might be right! Prue chimed in just about then and added her two cents to what Neri had said. "She could be right you know, Bill..ie! What if she IS right? That would mean that we are just a couple of lab rats being put through our paces and we have no chance at all of getting away. At least we have no chance if we keep on doing what they drove us into!"

Luck Be A Lady

Part 4

By Catherine Linda Michel

Luck Be A Lady -3-

"Doesn’t that car look familiar, Prue?" I asked. She looked at it and thought for a moment and then said, You’re right, Bill! It looks like the same kind of car that was at my Grandfather’s motel! The one that those government people came in!" She was getting excited and, I think, a little bit scared thinking that, somehow, those agents had tracked us to this place. I tried to reassure her, and MYSELF in the process, but there were doubts in my mind as well. COULD they have tracked us here, somehow?

Luck Be A Lady

Part 3

By Catherine Linda Michel

Luck Be A Lady

My first thought was that I had stumbled on a scout craft of some kind from an invasion force and this little laptop type thing was their means of infiltrating the governments of the Earth! It made a kind of sense, the more I thought about it. I mean, there was the makeup kit, and the hair styler and now this thing which purported itself to be a body changing machine! It all pointed, in my mind, to some kind of alien invasion threat and, now I was getting worried!

Luck Be A Lady

By Catherine Linda Michel

Luck Be A Lady -1-

My first thought was that I had stumbled on a scout craft of some kind from an invasion force and this little laptop type thing was their means of infiltrating the governments of the Earth! It made a kind of sense, the more I thought about it. I mean, there was the makeup kit, and the hair styler and now this thing which purported itself to be a body changing machine! It all pointed, in my mind, to some kind of alien invasion threat and, now I was getting worried!

Luck Be A Lady

Part 1

By Catherine Linda Michel

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