Insightful, entertaining, fanciful, and poignant are the adjectives
I would most use to describe Samantha Jay. Her authorship started recently, in the late
fall of 2001, and she seems to be going on a rampage .
Four stories grace the pages at Crystals. "All For Jasmine," "Why,"
"Weapons Grade," and lastly "Peter." All four are vastly different
from each other in subject as well as style.
"All For Jasmine" is her introductory story into the cookie cutter world of
cross dressing. Most of the CD authors here have at least one story that deals with
finding someone that accepts the main character for what he is ... a crossdresser. Then
she helps him be who he really is ... a crossdresser that can dress without feeling like a
Her foray into essay's/memoirs in "Why" is both familiar (for anyone that is
a cross dresser) and helpful (for those that aspire to be one.) It is nice to know that
there are people open enough to share their personal story so that others might feel less
stressed about being who and what they are.
Samantha jumps in the deep end with "Weapons Grade." In the often writ world
of Prue Walker's "Hugglebugs." This time is a bit of a twist. The often
self-used, or accidentally used nanites are being employed in a totally different manner
... as a weapon.
This was my favorite of Sam's stories, plot-wise. Granted, it's the "nanites"
again, but the way the plot device is used makes it more than 'just another Hugglebugs
story.' I mean no slant at the universe; just that I am not a universe person.
However, I think this story could have been so much more than it was. It was dialog
driven, which is not a bad thing. Many of my own stories are dialog driven. The problem is
not to assume that the reader is privy to everything that is going on in the author's
When an author writes a room scene, for the most part, she knows what the layout is,
where all of the furniture is, and what is in every drawer of every desk in the room. She
can change it around, of course, but the point is the author knows, not the reader.
I found certain scenes difficult to picture in my mind and found myself thinking of
"The X-Files" to fill in the spaces in the office scenes and Houston (my
hometown) as a backdrop of the inner city scenes. Again this isn't a 'bad' thing. I
thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the version I would have liked to see would probably be
additional 200k worth of writing. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Last and certainly not least is the heart and soul of Samantha Jay, "Peter."
In only 46k worth of story, broken up into three parts is a heart wrenching story of a
crossdressing teen being ousted by his parents and on the verge of suicide. He calls the
'Samaritans', an area crisis hotline, for help.
His story is the first and last part, with the counselor's story in the middle. What
stuns me is that part three garnered only 90 hits. Granted the story is depressing as all
hell, but it needs reading. Being TG is not all fun and games, it's blood and tears too,
which Samantha Jay aptly shows.
In only four stories she has become quite an artist with the written word. I'm scared
to find out what is next, I don't need the competition.