Whoops. Not quite the cheery page I was hoping to have for you today. Sorry about that. ^^;
About this one though, here's a little impromptu behind-the-scenes Raindom Fact for you.
I've mentioned this before, but when I began writing Rain, I hadn't started transition yet. So originally, Rain wasn't going to transition in the story, because I didn't want to try to explain what I really didn't know enough about. I played it off thinking she couldn't legally do so until she was 18 anyway (hence why her birthday is in August, at what is essentially the farthest point from where the story begins). Then I did start transition, and also got word from younger readers that it is totally possible to legally transition under 18... although admittedly, it can be more challenging. So at one point in the story, I did have Rain mention a bad experience with a gatekeeper therapist to explain why she isn't already transitioning by now.
But why am I talking about this?
Well, it's actually a very similar story for Rain's lack of name change. When I started, I hadn't done it myself yet, and didn't think she could that young either. And again, this has long since been debunked for me. Unlike the matter of her medical transition though, I had no idea how to explain why she hadn't changed her name yet. In my state (where she lives too), all you need to do is fill out some paperwork, and pay some money... and wait a lot (always with the waiting). Admittedly, mine was a longer than usual wait though (I've been told), so I felt like even if I used the excuse that Rain was just waiting for the paperwork to go through in the beginning, it really should've been resolved by now. So that excuse felt less viable to me.
Then a couple years ago, I visited my parents' house for Christmas. Somehow, the topic of them having recently written a will came up (oddly morbid holiday talk). And it turned out they'd used my deadname because they weren't sure if I'd actually changed it yet at the time. It might not technically matter on a will, but they agreed to fix it for me just to be on the safe side... and that's what led to this plot point.
For the record, I've never been able to confirm one either way IF it matters. I feel like there have got to be plenty of instances - trans or not - where wills were written out to people who changed their names for one reason or another, and they could still claim their inheritance. But I feel like the existence of the confusion makes this plenty believable. So even if this is completely incorrect and Rain could've changed her name a while ago without issue (though I'm sure I'll be corrected numerous times here if I'm wrong), I can also totally understand the "playing it safe" attitude.
At least, that's how I feel, so I'm okay rolling with it. Also, it helps bring up a lot of other topics too.
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Also, can I humbly request that we limit the political talk? I've been so exhausted and stressed for the past few days because of this election, and I don't know about you, but I'd rather just have a little reprieve where we can all talk about something else. I can understand why this page's topic might tie into some political concerns (although that's not what I was going for as this script was written long before I knew what day the page was posting), but I will moderate or close comments altogether if I see too much political vitriol going around. I just don't need it right now. Honestly, I don't think any of us do.
eh pages fall when they fall and despite the country either being really bummed.. or alternatively full of cheering biggots this is still a good little bit of insight into rains life and such. so its still great :3
Question, How supportive was Rain mother of her with the transitioning. I believe the only thing we have been shown is that she took Rain to a therapist before. But was she fine with it?
That is the same reason I haven't had the character in my trans comic begin to transition either. I don't know anything about transitioning. Still, I might be able to start soon, which means that I might be able to have my character start it in the comic as well at some point. I'm actually really excited for that.
Last wills are always annoying plot objects, but this is an interesting topic to discuss. Does Rain's mom had money that her evil abscent husband didn't stole?
How long has it been since her hair got cut?
I'm sort of feeling as if there ought to be a little visible growth by now, but i'm also feeling as if i might well be wrong...
It's actually kinda cute. My stepdaughter used to cut her younger daughter's hair rather like that - little less of a DA effect, maybe - until Natalie (at about age five or so) heard "Oh what a cute little boy!" about one time too many,,,
@Fairportfan: I think it's only been like 2 weeks in the story, definitely less than a month. This is only 3/11/13, so valentines was less than a month ago in story.
It has been two weeks. As Aroace said, it's currently March 11th in the story, and her hair was cut on the morning of February 24th.
It seems like it's been longer because there've been several lengthy chapters between then and now, and it's been over a year in real time since it happened. But actually very little time has passed in the comic.
That said, while I think it's unconscious on my part, her hair HAS actually gotten longer. If you look as her hair back in Chapter 26 when it had just been cut versus now, her bangs currently hang a a bit lower, and the back of her head puffs out a little more. It's nothing she can tie back or anything, but there is more of it. So it's not a huge change, but it's probably more than should've happened in fifteen days. XD
I am not a biggot and I may not be liked for it but I did vote trump and I am a gender fluid individual that being said HRC was not and is not who we needed since she is a lying scamming ....... who is no stranger to being deceitful and would have had us in WW3 due to the issues she's had with Russia. I know Trump may not always show it but he is not what the Democratic liberal media would have you believe anyway that being said Lynn great job as always loving it can't wait to see more
@Guest: You lost any pretense of credibility when you started your statement with "I am not a bigot."
@Microrapter: LOL me to. So true. :p
@Guest: hey i voted too..it was an election about who would screww up less it seems trump won i voted with my eyes closed
@Guest: I would like to have a place to not bring this up. I voted for Hilary and do not believe the lies told about her against all prof saying other wise so please take your lies else were Thank You.
@LittleLynn84: I'm not sure how it works in the states, but here in britland people change their names all the time for a myriad of reasons, the most obvious of wich is getting married. Wich is why you keep records of such thing. When my dad's change of name came up, she just uses the deed poll documents to prove that she was George until she changed it to April. so long as your name was changed after or around the time of the will writing i honestly can't see why it would be an issue. (except for weird american laws, wich are weird.)
Yes this as me very concerned. Not only inheritance but everything is harder once you change your name. Getting anything official done paper work wise takes two some times three times or more longer. Keep all your year books of school and order photos handy. Most Trans-people get rid of them only to wish they did not. Lock them in a box if that makes you feel better but you will wish you had some day. My sister changed her name and she is not even Transgender it just causes so many problems. On top of it both of us were born in Scotland and can claim dual citizenship though my parents were US citizens in the US Navy stationed there when we were born. It took me 6 months to get my security clearance to work in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. My friends who but there paper work in were working a week later. If you want to go to another country bring everything with you to prove your who you say you are you can not just a passport if you change your name. It is just such a big pain. Luckily my First name has a "O" at the end as it is Italian and everyone often mistakes it for an "A". And with a "A" at the end is the female version of the same name. I often go by REA or I like the Japanese spelling of REI can be short for my name. Anna is the name I choose long ago around 4 years old as my female name so I go by ANNA REI SMITH as Smith is my mothers last name. REA was my mothers and RAY fathers middle to. :P