Not a model, but hopefully looking good

OK, before we get to the bit in the title, lets do the begging bit!

So fine, I have decided (in a moment of craziness) to actually launch a fund raising campaign, to at least partly (and hopefully more) pay for the costs of formally changing my name to Miss Stephanie Harlean Carpenter. Has a nice ring to it, doesnt it? Works all ways around, as those who know me as Steph can still call me that, but I can also legitimately use the name Harlean, as and when I want to. Lets face it, how many people use their middle name anyway? ūüėČ

No, this campaign doesnt involve donating large sums of money, at a quick costing (allowing for fees, and things), £120 should be enough, though if it goes slightly over, it would be good. Fine, I know it wont, but no harm in hoping. Indeed, anything beyond what one wonderful friend has already donated would be quite something!

Fine, the link https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb Even a couple of pounds will help, so please be kind, though more would be wonderful. But given that most reading this only know me through the blog, ah well…

Right, begging over, well in terms of giving to me at least.

Tomorrow night, I’m off to a fashion show. Its for a charitable cause in Leeds to sort of launch the studio for the people who I had my 2 photo shoot sessions with. Why sort of? Because its to launch the new studio, even if it has been operational for a while, this is the formal launch. No, I’m not modelling, just part of the audience, but it should be fun. The link, even though I know most readers of this arent local to me, is https://www.facebook.com/events/1608781949397731/ (apologies if you dont have Facebook, but its the only link I can find). Please check tickets remain before just turning up, just saying…

Yes, I will be there, using my old name, though if anyone calls me Harlean, I probably wont blink!

Lastly, the video. This is a Kraftwerk song, but this is definitely not their version! It is in German, but I’m sure you can cope, I prefer it that way anyway.

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What would happen?

I suppose this came about because of a recent story by one of my favourite writers, Redecoration, by Tang. For those of you who need a link, its

http://www.asstr.org/~mcstories/Redecoration/index.html

To save you reading it all before reading this blog, I’ll summarise it as Nicola, an administrator in an office, gets changed into Nikki, motorcycle courier rider. Yes, the clothes look changes from traditional to leathers, as you would expect from her new role, but also goes from hetro to lesbian. All this because she has a rival who wants her job!

Its a great story, you should read it if you get the time, and let the author know Merry sent you. Of course some of you will have read it already of course. But yes, you get an idea of where this is heading. If this happened in real life, how easy would it be to cope with a whole new identity, let alone a whole new sexuality, and fashion style? I think its fair to say, probably as hard as Nicola does initially in the story. Of course, because of the fictional mind control, and magic involved in this story, she soon learns to cope. But in real life…?

I suppose a lot depends how dramatic the changes are, as I have proved to myself, just changing your name isnt that difficult a thing. Well, alright, I did once or twice early on, sign my old name, to amusement at work,¬†but anyway…I soon got the hang of it lol! But a whole new look, a whole new job, and a whole new sexual attitude, maybe not so easy!

As much as I’d love to arrive in my hotel in Seattle in a few weeks time, and find a US Passport in a different name (yes, one of the obvious ones, but I have my reason for not mentioning it just yet), an address in the country, and preferably a job, that would be great, and no reason at all I couldnt cope with that, though it might make my current pre pay credit card fun to use lol. What might come as more of a shock would be if the picture looked ‘a bit’ different to the current me, say. Even more so if I got up in the morning, or just went in the bathroom straight away, and looked very different. Sexuality with me, hey, lets face it, if I was interested in guys, girls, or both, then that would be a change for me anyway!

But lets face it, how weird would it be to go to the address given on your ID, and know that you live there. Even more so when you have no idea what to expect, though I suspect knowing ‘me’, the apartment would probably be fashionably decorated 20’s style, though complete with internet and cable TV lol! As for my wardrobe at home…

Even more so, the job. If you go by the story, people would know you at the workplace, and you would know the job too. I mean, I suppose a call centre operator, I could probably cope, but anything else nowadays…? Not sure if interesting would be the right word as much as fascinating would be. Especially if somehow or other I know how to drive a car! Now that would be something.

The where, well I think its fair to say that unless I’m a farmgirl, or worker in Cherryvale (in which case I do hope I can drive), then the obvious places for a certain new me would have to be either Wichita, or Rochester, NY I think. Yes, you know who I’m hinting at looking like lol, not that it was ever hard to work out I guess, if you’ve read any, or many of these.

But if anyone is actually thinking, I can provide her with that experience, feel free to do so! I’m sure I could cope with being a Brooksie lookalike, I really do! ūüėČ

Funny thing is, I discovered by typing into You Tube that there is a famous Meredith Brooks, just shows how out of touch I am with modern music. Yes, either Meredith, or Mary would be the obvious christian names for the ‘thoroughly modern brooksie’, I think. And funnily enough, she recorded a song called “What Would Happen”, even if it wasnt about a situation like this. One of her other songs (I Need) actually mentions Seattle in the lyrics, and she was born in Oregon, the next door state.

But no, I dont want to be her, I want to be plain Meredith (call me Merry), or Mary Brooks, from Kansas lol! Middle name, please, do you really have to be told? The song, the obvious one given the title of this blog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGS3TaHHNBw

A New Me

No, dont worry, nothing dramatic, but I hope by now that a few have noticed the new name at the Garden. Its fun, and probably works better for me nowadays than the old one in all honesty.

Today, that new me took her first chance to do some writing of her own. There are some (including myself) that would suspect the previous one was, but that was argumental, the method was technological, and it was male dominant, both classical RU8 traits, even if the storyline was clearly something very new, and for obvious reasons, might have had a Brooks factor to it.

What I’ve done today though is to write an fd story that is clearly Ms Merry¬†Brooks, and not RU8 in the slightest. And yes, it was fun to do. Yes, it was inspired by MCGuy, and his antics over at the Garden the last couple of days, but Merry loved writing every word of it, to be honest. I hope someone doesnt mind too much, all the same, as it might be fun posting that to the Archive. I might even get to write more fd stuff if its well received, something I never thought I’d do. Just proves you can teach an old dog, new tricks lol!

My inclination is to post it in my new name, and see what reaction it gets that way. There are a couple of reasons for that in all honesty. Its nothing like an RU8 story in its nature, even if I am a bit more femme domme naturally nowadays than I used to be. The other (though maybe thats negated by Garden knowledge of the author) is to see what reaction a new writer gets on the reviews, its been a long time since that happened for me.

Lets see, the story is set in Cherryvale, Kansas, so lets relate the video to a famous citizen of that town. Now, who could that be…whistles innocently…oh, I know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3a-R_gUj3s

My Sweet Louise

Its just as well that I know much of my readership here emanates from the MC Garden, because in all honesty, anyone visiting this who isnt a member there isnt going to know what I’m talking about!

Almost a year ago, the Garden came under attack from some bots, or whatever, the end result of which was some attempted password cracking to try and gain entry. In the end, the Garden won, I’m pleased to say. The thing was, I amongst a small number of people was one of those whose password they were trying to crack. Ended up having to change my name from the traditional one of Robotunit8, and thats how Stevie Nicks came into existence, a play on my own name, with dry comments relating to the far more famous pop star of that name. I didnt change the famous robot style avatar though, that at least survived, even if the name no longer truly matched it.

And yes, Kris did come up with a new avatar image for me shortly after, still with a degree of robot relation, but more fitting into the new me. And now, it might finally get used, well assuming I dont like the current one too much that is! Which, well…its growing on me already.

No, I havent finally (after nearly 54 years of life) totally outgrown the whole robotisation thing, though its fair to say that for a few years now, its been much less of a priority in my life. Still fancy doing a major transformation scene, still holds some appeal, but its not as big a thing as it used to be.

Some may have noticed in recent months a new, interesting development. Blame Fembotheather and her avatars, blame a certain OMD video, or a combination of both, but a certain amazing lady from the 20’s has began to play more of a role in my life. Hey, despite unofficially being retired from story writing, ‘she’ convinced me to write one indirectly about her! It seems to have been recieved quite well, despite some gaps between chapters, because of, you guessed it, getting time to write! If anyone hasnt worked out who that is (and I’m not sure how if you havent!), her name is Mary Louise Brooks, though many just know her as Louise, and probably only know about her because of OMD, and the Pandoras Box video. Alright, if it wasnt for Heather, and Andy McCluskey, I wouldnt know much about her either, I suspect.

So anyway, getting to the point. We had another “minor hiccup” at the Garden a few days back, and 1 or 2 decided to go into “alternate universe” mode, as some did a year ago, when name changes were more critical. I wasnt going to join in, but then, the idea of paying tribute to Louise for a short while, combined with the overdue change of an avatar, well I joined in!

So now at the Garden, for a while at least, I’m known as Merry Brooks, a neat alliteration you have to admit? And a new avvie, a lovely picture of her. To be honest, it suits perfectly, though my fringe isnt as strong as hers, and my hair is blonde, but minor points… Apart from that, it fits me so well that I’m tempted to stick with the pic (sorry Kris) even after I change the name back at some point soon.

The Forum still knows me as Robotunit8 lol, name changes arent so easily done over there. If it wasnt that I liked the avvie there still, I’d be tempted to use Kris’s there, and might yet. But that avvie there is more like a download than anything else, and that might be Louise being downloaded into my mind, I should be so lucky!

Alright, I’ll bring this marathon post to an end in the usual way, a music video. I would love to have found the original New Seekers version of this, but it wasnt to be, mainly I suspect because it was only a B side, and album track for them, and it was 40 years ago! But I found this, so…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=bdLgIemFNIY