Wednesday, July 24, 2013
We'll Leave The Light On For You - A few words for those who are leaving.
The last caption posted here was made for Caitlyn-Masked. Most of you here are familiar with her blog and her captions (if you aren't, I would suggest you take a look at them.) I've known her for a number of years and I've watched her become a fantastic caption-maker. What's more, I consider her a friend. And now my friend is leaving. For how long is not known. It may be a short hiatus or it may be permanent. Life always takes priority over what we do here, so I am happy that life has given her a chance to evolve. Of course the selfish part of me hopes she will find time/inspiration to return. I'm certain I'm not the only one who feels this way.
To make things even more somber, another established caption maker is moving on. While Smitty isn't leaving completely, he won't be doing TG captions for anymore. Smitty has always been interesting and has a high standard for his work.
I made my first TG caption in 2008 on Rachel's Haven. I had NO idea what I was getting into and why I was doing it, but I've come to know others who's created TG stories and captions. Most of those people I first met are gone. Dee is one of the originals and it seems we are the "elders" of things within our little community, especially when it comes to Rachel's Haven.
The nature of this desire (kink, fetish, longing - whatever it means to you) keeps us at an arms length from each other. We post blogs and forums about a wish to be a woman or a sexual fantasy involving this desire. It's a wish to be something else, yet we can't freely express it. So when someone leaves the community, it can be very sad.
I bring this up for a few reasons. First and foremost, I'm sad to see people I respect go. Another little light goes out and the darkness creeps deeper into the sanctuary. It also makes me realize I'll one day walk away. When that is, I have no clue and don't wish to think about it now. Lastly, it proves that we don't appreciate these creators who help us all touch on a fantasy few of us can even experience. Some actually need more than a fantasy and change their bodies. Surgery and legal matters allow them to become women. That number is few and far between for a host of reasons. Some of you know the feeling of a bra digging in your flesh or the caress of a sexy dress. You don wigs and even brave the world. A few of you are even good at it! But for the vast majority, dreaming is all there is.
Some have never made a caption or written a story. Some have never commented on one, written a story or anything to the matter. That silence is deafening. Back when I first discovered TG stories, I used to read beautiful stories on Fictionmania and wonder why they had no reviews. Times goes on and I understand, but it makes me sad. I do my best to try to leave a note of some sort, especially if I enjoyed it. I can't say I've always done so but I do my best. Because I would hate for a writer or creator to think people don't understand. Some of my favorite blogs post tons of quality material will little feedback. I want them to know they invoked a response from me (even if it's not the most pure one).
So to you, read reader, I urge you to show your appreciation while you can. You might not have your favorite TG writer or caption maker around. And to those creators who step away, I hope you find happiness wherever you go.
I'll leave the light on for you so you can find your back in the dark.
Another caption tonight for you all. My final Caitlyn caption will be up soon as well. Until next time.