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THE REGENDER PROJECT: Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days” is the second regendered novel I’m officially releasing and it’ll be available for free for a short time. It wasn’t actually the second novel I worked on and has only been completed relatively recently. The reason I moved it up in the release order was because of how much I enjoyed reading the regendered version. It proved to be such an easy read, while at the same time demonstrating everything I wanted from regendering a novel.

While the feat itself is fairly easy to achieve these days, there’s still something about a race against time, particularly towards a destination or along a route, we can call relate to. Anyone who’s ever missed a train, bus, or connecting flight knows just how much of a difference it makes to their total journey. Throw in a few obstacles and mishaps and you have a classic adventure story.

Perhaps what I enjoyed most was how easy it was to read after regendering. It read just like every other adventure novel, and the fact the main protagonist, along with most of the other characters, were now female had almost no impact on the story. Perhaps there was some bending in how characters behaved in their new genders compared to what we might expect, but that’s exactly the story of impact I’m looking for by regendering novels. To explore gender stereotypes and our preconceived notions of how they should act.

As usual, Around the World in Eighty Days had its own unique challenges and quirks to address. You can read more about them in the author’s note below. Be warned, though, it may contain spoilers if you’re not familiar with the story.

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A Collection of Unfortunate Tales

Hello again!

First up, this has been a crazy week. Well, a crazy few weeks actually. It’s amazing how many things need to be done in order to build a website and launch a collection of books. No doubt it’ll continue to be crazy around here while I get on top of everything.

On the plus side, the reason everything is so crazy is because I’ve actually got books to put out. Quite a few books actually. The bulk of them will be for The Regender Project, but I also have some of my own writing to release.

My original goal when I set out to become an author was to write novels. While that’s still my plan, I’ve found short stories to be a better format to use while learning the writing craft. They’re certainly not easier. If anything, I find them to be quite a bit harder, but their size means they can be finished within a reasonable amount of time. I can then learn from having finished a completed piece of writing before moving on to the next one.

The end result is that, as I’ve practiced and worked on my writing, I’ve collected quite a few stories. As I mentioned in this post, it is these stories I’ll be releasing together as A Collection of Unfortunate Tales, accompanied by a free promotion.

Most of the stories in the collection are fairly quirky, with a few twists and turns thrown in, but they’re quite diverse in the tones they have. They range from comedic, to thought provoking, to ones that are a little more dark. Hopefully that means there’s something for everyone in it.

So grab a copy of A Collection of Unfortunate Tales by clicking the link below. It’s free for a short time, so be sure to tell all your friends about it also, and leave a review about what you think of it!

Also, be sure to check back later in the week when I introduce The Regender Project properly, along with the first of its novels!

A New Year and a New Beginning

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year’s period. Mine was pretty fantastic but also filled with a fair amount of work. As you might have noticed, my website has been completely overhauled. I didn’t mind the old one but it had turned into more of a diary and personal journal than I had originally intended it to be. I decided since I was ready to release some books this year it made sense to give the site a fresh start as well. Turns out that rebuilding a website takes a bit more time than I thought, and while I’m happy with the results so far, I’ll keep working on it over the next few months to make it better and easier for everyone to use.

Did you notice how I snuck releasing books in there? Yep, I’m finally ready to ready some real pieces of work and start promoting them. Previously I’d published some short stories but it was mostly to get some experience in the self-publishing process and working with Amazon. Those stories are now included in my first original work, A Collection of Unfortunate Tales, along with the best of the other stories I’ve written over the last few years. They’re mostly quirky tales, with a few twists and turns thrown in. There’s also a wide range in their tones, so there is something for everyone in the collection.

The other major release I have is The Regender Project. It’s something I’ve been working on for a few years now, and thinking about for even longer. You can read more about it on The Rengender Project page but the short version is, I’ve taken classic novels and re-written them after swapping the genders of all the characters. So Sherlock Holmes is now a woman, as is Dr Jekyll, whose alter ago has become Miss Hyde. The goal in doing this is to help promote gender equality by illustrating how unbalanced the genders have been represented, historically, in fiction.

Having worked on the project for a while, I now have a number of regendered novels are available. I’d originally planned to release them, one at a time, during the first week of January, along with a free promotional period. Unfortunately, it turns out publishing can take more time and effort also, so I’ve had to adjust my plan somewhat. I’ll now be introducing one of the books each week, along with the free promotional period until I’ve caught up with all the novels I’ve regendered. Then I’ll switch to releasing two new books a month for the rest of the year. Sign up to my newsletter now so I can keep you up to date with all these releases.

In the meantime, click on this link to download and read my short story collection, free for a short time, then feel free to write a review telling me what you think!