Jennifer Brock

Stephanie's Deal - Episode 24


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Stephanie’s Deal

by Jennifer Brock

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Brooks has just started at her new school, a high-tech liberal environment that her dad calls a "crunchy granola" kind of place. Their policy of acceptance is important to her, since up until six and a half weeks ago, Steven Brooks had been living as a boy, since he had a boy's body. But since then, she has been living as a girl, and believes that she might just have a girl's mind. It started out as a punishment, but it hasn't felt like that for a while. Stephanie has started making new friends at the Hutchinson School, but she still doesn't quite fit in yet. As we begin this chapter, it is Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

Stephanie's Deal

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Stephanie's Deal

by Jennifer Brock


This serial is a spinoff from my holiday story, Nancy’s Patterson’s Criss-Crossed Christmas Pageant. The first couple of episodes overlap the timeline of that story, but from a different point of view. Later chapters continue showing what happens to Stephanie, for as long as she exists.

Free story idea - school girls

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I was reading an article the other day about educational statistics, and it gave me an idea for a story. But since I'm currently blocked and haven't even found time to work on my existing stories I don't need any more. So anyone who wants to can run with this:

The universe is telling me something

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This is an election year. It is also a leap year. Tomorrow, the annual American football championship game will be played, and the teams competing in this year's Super Bowl are the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Four years ago it was also a leap year, and an election year, and the Giants faced the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Mother's Monster

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I've been trying to write the next episode of my serial, "Stephanie's Deal," and I'm having trouble making it interesting. My attempts so far have just felt like filler, merely describing Stephanie's day to day life. She's starting a new school, so for her there's a lot of nervous tension and wonder at meeting new people and learning new things, but I can't seem to get that emotion across to a grownup reader that knows those things aren't that serious.

Failure again

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It seems I'm not going to finish in time for Short Story Month. I have only about 80% of a story done, and still no idea for an ending.

Oh well.

I think I'll steer clear of story challenges for a while and concentrate on Stephanie. (Episode 24 is about halfway completed at the moment, and both of my readers deserve a better update schedule.)

Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
by Jennifer Brock

A single mother about to spend her first Christmas alone receives the gift she needed most from an unusual Kris Kringle, who opens her heart and her mind to new possibilities.

Abby Normal

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Abby Normal

by Jennifer Brock

In the movie Young Frankenstein, there's a scene where Igor (that's "Eye-gor") makes an error and the brain that Dr. Frankenstein (that's "Fronkensteen") uses in the monster is not the one Igor had been sent to collect. Instead of the brain of brilliant scientist Hans Delbruck, he says he brought the brain that had been labeled "Abby Normal." This story takes the premise "What if Igor wasn't lying?" This is the story of Abby Normal, and what happened to her brain. (Note that although inspired by a comic take on Frankenstein, this story uses elements from several adaptations, and is a more serious take on the subject matter.)

Stephanie's Deal - Episode 23


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Stephanie’s Deal

by Jennifer Brock

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Brooks used to be an eleven-year-old boy who didn’t mind his parents. When they punished him for peeking at his Christmas presents by making him dress in girls’ clothes, she became more comfortable with herself and turned into a responsible, considerate girl with a much sunnier disposition. In this episode, Stephanie starts attending her new school, a liberal institution with an unorthodox approach that just might be what our girl needs. As we begin, it is Monday, February 4, 2008.
(After far too long, the author has found enough free time to release an update, and she promises to try to do better next time.)

Never Trust the Pretty Ones


Never Trust the Pretty Ones

by Jennifer Brock

A grifter with an unusual technique has to take things further when he finds himself in a tough spot. (This was supposed to be my entry in the “March of Fools” contest, but I missed the deadline by a few months, so I reworked it to fit the new theme and then finished it.)

Stories that shouldn't be written

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How do you get your muse to stop prodding you about a story idea that shouldn't be told? Every so often my writing goes to a dark place, but I've got a story concept stuck in my head that's unwriteable, and I can't figure out how to make my subconscious shut up about it.

Warning! What folllows is a description of an offensive story.

Ginger and Mr. Fogey

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Ginger & Mr. Fogey

by Jennifer Brock
An unlikely friendship forms between a curmudgeon and a free spirit.
(This was supposed to be my Christmas story, but I didn’t finish on time.)

Stephanie's Deal - Episode 22


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Stephanie’s Deal

by Jennifer Brock

When Steven Brooks was forced to dress as a girl over Christmas break, it was supposed to have been a punishment. Instead, it opened his eyes to how things just made more sense if she were female. Stephanie, as she’s now known, has been seeing a psychiatrist and hopes to be diagnosed as officially transgender, so they’ll give her hormones and operations and stuff to make her a girl for real. In this episode, Stephanie follows up on some plans she made in previous episodes, as she goes on a shopping trip to the mall with her friend Debbie, and goes over to her boyfriend’s for a Super Bowl party. It’s Feb 1, 2008, and she’s just spent the day taking placement exams at her new school.

Unequal Gifts


Unequal gifts

by Jennifer Brock

Sibling rivalry is a powerful thing. Sixteen years of his twin sister receiving obviously superior presents sends a boy into an unusual battle of wills with his father. How far is he willing to go to prove a point? (This one runs a little longer than the challenge guidelines wanted.)

Stephanie's Deal - Episode 21


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Stephanie’s Deal

by Jennifer Brock

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Brooks is an unusual girl. Until six weeks ago, she was living as a boy, but then a foolish decision to peek at her Christmas presents and a church pageant with a crisscrossed theme combined to create Stephanie’s girlhood as a punishment. But she eventually found that living as a girl fixed a lot of the things that weren’t quite right in her life before. She’s now friendlier, less withdrawn, and happier in general with things. In this episode, she learns more about her new school. As we begin, it’s the last day of January, 2008.

(The author would like to apologize to her readers for taking so long to get this installment out. The wait for the next one won’t be nearly as long. The writing on it has already been started)

Oscar Night - Part 21

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Oscar Night - Conclusion

by Jennifer Brock

A year ago in the story, but about a year and a half in our time, this story began when novelist/screenwriter David Fine attended the Academy Awards wearing a red suit that his friend fashion designer Claude Marsh had made for him, accompanied by fashion model Maritza Delgado. That night, an insult from a fashion journalist caused him to make the flippant comment that he'd wear a gown if he was nominated again. Since then, David and Maritza have fallen in love, moved in together, and he's made some changes in his wardrobe and appearance at her prodding. At Claude's prodding, David made even more changes, as they'd decided the only way to pull off wearing a dress at the ceremony and not look like a fool was to become as throroughly female as possible, even going as far as to make some surgical alterations. In this, the extra-large final installment of our story, we learn whether it was all worth it. Our action will begin on the day before the awards.

Survival and Sacrifice

When a plane crashes on an uninhabited Caribbean island, a young man does what he can to help the other survivors. This one goes into some pretty dark places and gets a bit graphic, so be warned.
 

Survival and Sacrifice

By Jennifer Brock

Stephanie's Deal - Episode 20


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Stephanie’s Deal

by Jennifer Brock

Last year, Steven Brooks was a sad, lonely eleven-year-old boy who’d rather spend time in worlds of his own imagining than to have to face the real world. His parents only cared about grades, and his sister was a jerk. He was hoping to get a videogame for Christmas that would allow him to escape even further, and took a risk to peek inside his mother’s closet, which turned out to be the worst and best thing Steven ever did. He got caught, and his punishment (for weird reasons related to his sister teasing him about a crazy pageant) was to dress and live as a girl for the duration of his school break. Since then, Stephanie’s eyes have been opened to a better world with friends and a loving family and plenty of reasons to smile. In this installment, her doctor has some interesting news, and her secret is revealed to significant people.
(It’s a supersized one to make up for taking so long between chapters.)

Oscar Night - Part 20

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Oscar Night

by Jennifer Brock

David Fine was a novelist who'd twice been nominated for an Academy Award for adapting his stories into screenplays. The last time he'd worn a red tuxedo that had been designed for him by his good friend the designer Claude Marsh. Fashion reporter Jane Waters had made a rude comment that colors were only for gowns, and David had joked that he'd wear a gown if he was nominated again. Claude had orchestrated a plan to turn David into a stunning vision of glamour and grace in his gown, by becoming as believably female as possible. With some encouragement from the girlfriend Claude had introduced him to, David even went so far as to undergo some surgical alterations. Under the tutelage of Kay Thomas, our heroine "Dee" has been learning how to become a woman. It's Friday morning, the Oscars are in two days, and Dee has just had a romantic experience with a man the night before.

Stephanie's Deal - Episode 19


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Stephanie’s Deal

by Jennifer Brock

Five weeks ago, eleven-year-old Steven Brooks made a foolish decision and has been living with the consequences ever since. He peeked at his Christmas presents and for punishment his parents decided to make him dress like a girl during his vacation, since he’d already had to be a girl for the pageant at church, which was criss-crossing the boys’ and girls’ roles. School was delayed, and the punishment extended, but it really doesn’t seem like a punishment any more. Stephanie is enjoying her life as a girl far more than Steven liked being a boy, but there have been a few bumps in the road.

Oscar Night - Part 19

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Oscar Night

by Jennifer Brock

At last year’s Oscar’s, novelist/screenwriter David Fine wore a special dark red tuxedo designed for him by his friend Claude Marsh. After being insulted by TV personality Jane Waters, he joked that if he was nominated again he’d wear a gown. Claude organized a “cabal” of experts to work toward convincing David that the best way to pull it off would be to become as female as possible, and he agreed, especially when his girlfriend fashion model Maritza Delgado was keen on the idea. He even got a number of surgeries to make him more female, and has been working under the tutelage of feminine behavior expert Kay Thomas. When we left off, our heroine Dee had gone on a date with Joe, a paid escort, and was kissing him on her doorstep, unsure whether to send him home or invite him in...

Oscar Night - Part 18

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Oscar Night

by Jennifer Brock

Last year, Novelist/screenwriter David fine wore a red suit to the Academy Awards and made a joke about wearing a gown the next year. Somehow his friend clothing designer Claude Marsh and his bisexual fashion model girlfriend Maritza Delgado convinced him that the best way to make a good impression in a gown would be to present himself as convincingly female. David even agreed to get a number of surgeries, including an impressive set of breast implants. Claude hired "Feminine Deportment Coach" Kay Thomas to teach David, now known purely by the intial "Dee," how to become a woman. Dee's gone through a number of lessons, but it's now time for the one she's been dreading - Kay is making her go on a date with a man.

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