by: Kelly Ann Rogers
With 127 stories posted at Crystal's Storysite,
Janet Stickney is for many of us 'our Janet,' a friendly, familiar voice. Her stories take
a romantically idealistic look at young boys becoming young girls, and they always have a
happy ending. Janet had been an apparently inexhaustible font of these amiable, carefree
tales of transition, which she turned out with well-honed proficiency, but she has
recently decided to cap the well from which they sprang.
Janets basic story presents a teenage boy who is either thrust
into cross dressing by events beyond his control (e g., lost bet, strange punishment), or
who is already a cross dresser and gets caught, forcing him to come out. Caught by your
parents - remember that? I dont know how yours behaved, but mine totally freaked,
and our home remained in emotional turmoil for years thereafter. But not in Janets
world, which, it turns out, is the best of all possible worlds for a young T-girl.
In Janets world, mom is remarkably accommodating, first helping our young T-girl
to look the part and later leading her seamlessly to her transition. Dad either helplessly
shakes his head in wonder at his adorable new daughter (she calls him daddy, he calls her
kitten) or he is an active enabler, assuring that our girl doesnt back out of
whatever deal led her into skirts in the first place. If theres a sister, shes
helpful too, loaning both clothes and emotional support. Its as if a cross dressing
teenager was lovingly plopped down in the middle of Father Knows Best or Happy Days.
In this sweet alternative universe, our young heroine is embraced by her peers,
integrates well into society from the very first time she goes out, and always finds a
boyfriend. Indeed, this enlightened suitor, who is often an old pal, doesnt need
more than a few heartbeats to decide that his former buddy would make a swell girlfriend.
As often as not, these two get married, so Janets girls dont even have to date
around to find a guy who accepts their little limitations and differences.
Can it get any better than this? Probably not - there is a notable lack of angst,
emotional turmoil, and social dislocation. The result, of course, is that even though
these stories all take place in our everyday world, they are about as realistic as a Brady
Bunch TV (oops, make that television) show, which must have been just how Janet intended
them to be.
I cant help but admire the easy was Janet tells her stories and her seemingly
effortless productivity, but I do have two major gripes about her work. The first is
familiar even to Janet. Many of her stories are very similar. She has created a large
multitude of mostly minor variations around a common theme, and perhaps a lay off, which
will allow her to explore new directions for her skills, is a good thing. Second, Janet
has pretty much avoided any exploration of her characters psychological realities.
She presents us with young boys doing one of the hardest things imaginable, becoming
girls, and they do it easily, comfortably, and without major impediments. The
psychological difficulties of transition are simply never plumbed in any depth, and I
personally miss this kind of detail, which would give readers an opportunity to better
know and relate to her likeable characters.
Be that as it may, Janet serves up her stories with trouble-free style. Her vocabulary
is never overdone, and her generally strong feel for grammar, sentence structure, and the
effective use of paragraphs makes reading her work pretty effortless. Unlike many TG
authors, Janet typically doesnt linger long on details like clothing, the inevitable
salon visit, or sex. Instead, she focuses most of her attention on the narrative, and as a
result, her sure-footed stories are always internally consistent and progress at a brisk
Two stories, the first one of her oldest and the second one of her newest suggest
directions Janet might explore. "Savannah", one of her earliest efforts, is a
somewhat harsh tale about loss, revenge, and redemption. I discovered it soon after I got
on the web, and its been one of my favorites ever since. The recently posted
"Terms of Life" displays Janets most complete examination of
difficult emotions and uncomfortable family dynamics. My own hope is that this will
represent a new direction for Janet, and I, at least, would welcome similar efforts in the
But for now, Janet is Janet. She serves up warm-hearted fantasies about becoming the
girl of your dreams. If this catches your fancy, and who doesnt need a dose of this
every once in a while, grab a handful of her stories and settle down in your easy chair.
Janet wont astonish you with great flashes of insight into the nature of boys who
want to be girls, but neither will she surprise you with anything nasty. Shell
reliably give you the nice relaxing read you were looking forward to.
by: Heather Sinclair
Janet is one of the most prolific authors on the scene today. She has posted 4.3
billion stories...ahem... uh, a lot of stories. As I perused through her thirteen pages of
postings I started to notice a common theme.
I know you are saying to yourself Shes going to say the same thing everyone
else says: Always a boy that winds up being transformed into a girl... liking it, gets
married, lives happily ever after.
I think I might take a different approach and say "Damn! This girl is a good
writer, and it shows, story after story."
I dont look at her plots as being similar in theme in as much as I wish I could
write nearly as good as her. Take these stories apart and place them under ten different
author names and you would be saying that there are a lot of good writers out there.
To hit the high points: She has excellent style. She doesnt rush through the
story just to get it posted, so you dont feel as if she does it for the spank value.
They arent sickly sweet, so you wont need boxes of tissues, nor are they
overly sexual, again you wont need the boxes of tissues. Ok, that joke was screaming
to be told.
Her stories are strictly CD/TV. She dipped her toe briefly into the Magic pool, I guess
to experiment, and then she moved right back to her element.
Janet obviously puts a ton of work into her craft including a lot of heart, a little
angst, and ultimately the inevitable happy ending. Some might argue that this isnt
real life. Real life containing turmoil, hatred, physical violence, sexual gratification,
disease, blah, blah, blah. In the words of Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science) "I
know about real life, dont screw with a fantasy." Or something to that effect.
Janets universe is a fantasy universe that I am sure a large majority of us wish
we could be a part of. Understanding parents, supportive friends, and true love are but a
few examples that I wish I could encounter from time to time in real life. She writes that
fantasy in spades, and makes me feel good in the process. Can you ask for anything more?
A few weeks back I thought we were going to lose a major talent, but with the support
that you readers gave her I think that she knows that she is well loved.