Ah, the moment of truth. This is an exciting and terrifying part of starting transition. After all that waiting, when your therapist comes out and calls your name, it really snaps you back to reality that this is actually happening. (Funny side story: My therapist double-booked on the night of my first appointment, so I kinda had it twice in one night. XD) Rain seems to be holding her own pretty well, but I think she’s had a good mentor by her side to keep her grounded.
Despite this technically being the last page of the chapter, I still have one more post before we’re ready to move on. And much as I hate to do this, there will also be a small hiatus following the next post. I’m sorry I have these hiatuses so frequently (believe me; no one wants them less than me), but if ever there was a time in which I needed it, it was now. I just have a lot going on all at once and I’m more than a little stressed out.
Again, there will be one more post at the next update. Following that, chapter 18 will definitely begin on November 25th. Thank you for enjoying my work, and for putting up with my incessant hiatuses.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
Also, I'm saving for SRS, and to be perfectly honest, I could use your help! If you can, great. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
Well hey, better to have a delay between chapters than randomly cut out at a very inconvenient time like a lot of other webcomics. :P Best of luck taking care of whatever ails ya.
Also, d'awwwwwwwe Rain, what a sweetie. <3
Yeah, take a break if you need. We'll still be here :)
Wishing Rain good luck at her appointment, too!
Have to say that taking a break between chapters is much more sensible then some of the webcomics I read.
@Drakanor Dream and Hannah:
Oh, I agree. Before starting Rain, I'm pretty sure every webcomic I'd ever read had been known to periodically disappear for days/weeks/months at a time. It was almost always in the middle of something big, and it was next to never explained (and often, without even an apology). Fans (myself included) would take it because they like the comic, but this sort of bitter relationship does grow from it. The fans start to complain and the author starts to resent the fans and it's just a really unfortunate chain reaction that I've watched end many webcomics over the years.
I try to learn from others' mistakes though. So when I need to step away for a little while, I do it between chapters, and try to announce when I'll be going and when I'll be back. I think it helps build trust between the author and the readers which people can appreciate. You guys appreciate the courtesy, and I appreciate the understanding. It works for everyone, and I can promise everything will continue to go strong with this ethic. ^_^
TL;DR - Thanks, guys. I appreciate it. :D
Glad you told us ;w; would of been worried if you suddenly stopped doing everything.
Also take your time. Really I'm sure most of us (if not all) would rather have you happy and a few/no comics then sad/stressed and a bunch of comics.
I have a question, one that really has nothing to do with this page, but one I'm curious about.
If all the gender based parts of our society were reversed, like it was the norm for men to wear dresses and makeup and shave their legs and act sexy, and women never wear skirts except for the occasional kilt and they don't shave and they work on cars and play football and stuff. (Yes, I know that there is a minority that do do these things, but I'm talking like, you pop in a Disney movie and Rapunzel is rescuing the prince from the tower type normal.) If everything was flipped like that, would you still want to change your body? I'm not trying to be offensive or anything, I completely know transgenderism is real and not just in your head, but I'm just curious, because, for me, I don't really care what's in my pants. I am a girl, but somedays I dress feminine, other days masculine. And I know I have a lot more freedom in our society to do that than men, but I don't know. I mean, that's the reason I consider myself bi (pan), I don't care what genitalia others have or if it fits with mine, I just care about how I act as a human being and how others act. So, anyway, I'll stop rambling now.
No offense taken, Lily. And no worries. I like hypotheticals. Keeps me thinking. ^_^
There's more to gender than gender roles, to be fair. There are femme trans boys and there are butch tomboy trans girls. And if I'm being honest, neither are terribly uncommon either (at least, based on many of the people I know).
So, in our reality, you've got tomboy trans girls who wouldn't be caught dead in a dress, they hate wearing makeup and they don't want to do feminine things. Maybe they don't even want surgery. They HAVE to be a woman, but the stereotypical gender roles have no basis in why. It's hard to explain, but there's just... something deeper.
I myself am extremely feminine. I do wear t-shirts and jeans, but I prefer dresses and skirts. When I dress more casually, I still prefer lowcut fitted shirts, and tight jeans to show off curves. I will spend hours playing with my hair. I paint my nails regularly. I plan on having the bottom surgery some day. I... actually, I hate wearing makeup. But beyond that, I fit a lot of the stereotypical gender roles sort of "expected" of trans women. I have, on more than one occasion, been called a "textbook example" of a trans woman. That doesn't mean anything though. My status as a trans person and as a woman are no more or less valid than the tomboy trans girl example. We both feel the way we feel and do what we do and transition as we must. It might not be the same things, but that's okay.
So, in this alternate reality, where roles are reversed, and wearing skirts and nail polish is considered masculine, I believe I would still be trans, yes. I might just be considered a "tomboy" in this world though. I would still need to be a woman for all intents and purpose, but I'd be shaving my legs and wearing makeup... like some kind of "guy." In the end, I don't think I'd be much different. The labels may change, I suppose, but I am still what I am.
Of course, being purely hypothetical, I can't guarantee anything, but that's what I think.
Does that make sense at all? I'm a little tired and under the weather, so I hope I didn't just spout nonsense.
Gender as an identity, and gender roles as a social construct are two very different things. My gender is female, and whether or not I was expected to wear jeans and t-shirts or makeup etc I'd still be female. Now that's where gender identity on a personal level comes in, as far as the socially constructed standards for men and women, it is possible that my preconceptions about womanhood might change and the standard I feel I need to meet to "count" might be different, I might spend less time obsessing in front of a mirror, or I'd worry less about my weight, but at the end of the day regardless of what was expected of me or what I was "allowed" to do I'd still be a woman.
Anyway, Lynn summed it all up pretty well, I just wanted to add a bit about there being a difference between gender identity and the social standards equated with one's apparent physical sex.
Gosh dang it, why did I have to catch up right as you began a hiatus? Seriously. This comic is so good and I DON'T KNOW WHYYY.
Hi Jocelyn! I only just found out about this comic yesterday (from my girlfriend who read about it on Tumblr I think?) but I looked it up out of interest and have just this moment finished reading through the archives. I have to say I don't tend to read a LOT of webcomics and tend to be quite picky but I have been absolutely riveted hence reading everything in the last 24 hours or so :D.
Also... Well it's hard to explain but everything here hits quite close to home for me as well. I'm a bit too shy to explain what I mean right now (and don't want to bore the pants off all your other followers :D) but maybe I'll try and say more some day.. Or maybe I could PM you or something? (although again absolutely don't want to be a pain in the ass and I know you're really caught up with your SRS planning and everything else). The truth is I Do relate but I have no-one to talk to who understand which kinda sucks.. It's really cool to see such an understanding community (I've been reading all the comments too, mostly) here and it's really awesome to have suddenly started understanding so many new things about myself...
Anyway I'll shut up now haha ^^;;
I just wanted to say that you so much for bring us such an amazing comic and also for creating this community of like-minded people, and thank you to all my fellow fans too for being awesome people and contributing to the awesomeness ^_^
Edit: Oh and I'm totally going to order a shirt or two, too! I really love the Rain and Puddle one, so adorable! And I'd like to get the Have Pride one too but (silly question I know and the answer is probably no but no harm in asking? I vaguely recall you mentioning the possibility when you first announced the t-shirt designs but obviously not all design choices are possible) is there a version without the words "Have Pride" on? As in just the chibis. I love the design but I kinda need to go for subtle with my family and I think the Have Pride reference may be too obvious, the flag umbrellas will go right over their heads though haha!
Oh! And is there any possibility of a Bi pride scarf in the future? I know it's not feasible to stock every possible variety but just an idea/request/suggestion/etc. Sorry for all the questions btw hehe
@LittleLynn84: Yeah, I kind of get it. I wondered if there were effeminate trans males and masculine trans females. I thought, "What's the point of becoming the other gender if you're just gonna act like the gender you are now." It's still got me a little confused, but I can understand wanting to change your body. I mean while I might not wake up everyday and go, "Dammit, still got a vagina," I would like to be 60 pounds lighter and a natural redhead.