Webcomic Profile: Wildflowers

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Wildflowers
A web comic about love, life, and trying to comes to terms with being transgender. Sometimes dark, sometimes light, and always an attempt at a honest look at transexual life.
Updating every day, including weekends!

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Comment on Happenings
GreenKrog, 25 May 2016 10:33 am
@CuteDress&TwinPonytails: Dr Daniel Bernt is not a psychologist, he is a physician. This said, he deals with emergency trauma on a frequent basis, so he is familiar with how people react to events such as what happened with Annie on Halloween.

He is angry right now because he isn't using the right words and Annie doesn't get what he is saying. Julie is better at communicating than he is, but he is doing the best he can.

That, and I didn't know where he was going with this when I wrote it either. By the time the night finishes, it will make perfect sense though.
Comment on Happenings
CuteDress&TwinPonytails, 25 May 2016 08:46 am
Annie does not seem to understand what Dr. Bernt is getting at, and neither do I, but he is the doctor and head shrink, so I will leave it at that. Plus he looks so angry. I guess 'Firestarter' would be a good meme for this sequence after all.
Comment on Why Not?
Juliet (Guest), 21 May 2016 11:54 pm
wellllll.....
i MIGHT HAVE been a bit premature with my last comment.

*blush*
Comment on Agreed
GreenKrog, 21 May 2016 11:52 pm
@Juliet: I'm sorry, what exactly is unfair to the ready? This story is in no way autobiographical in events, but quite autobiographical in emotion.

I am pleased to say that when it does get to the trial, you will be surprised by how well I have fully encompassed everything. This series plays the long game. Nothing is unresolved - just not resolved YET. I don't believe in instant gratification, my little monsters deserve better than that.

You are right, Annie does have severe difficulty maintaining happiness. I know many trans people who figured out who they were and immediately embraced and were happy with themselves. I know a smaller number of trans people who do have constant doubt and are scared of what might happen.
Personally, I have borderline personality and bipolar disorder. It means that I find it very difficult to maintain a single view of myself. One day I might be happy and love myself. The next I could see him in the mirror and be filled with disgust. I've been me for over ten years, and yet, it still cuts like hell when I hear 'sir' on the phone.

All of this said, when Annie moves in to year two of her life, her life changes to new experiences. Instead of fear of her physical safety, she is concentrated on social acceptance. How to be a friend who isn't a victim, but a friend who can help others instead of needing help. This is the standard arc of development for most people, not just trans, who are coming from trauma. Maslow's hierachy may not be complete, but it does bear a decent framework on how people treat their own lives when compared to what is given to them.

You are right, Annie DOES deserve long term happiness. For some people, that is given to them. For others, it is earned. Annie is earning her happiness, both in action, and in knowing how to be happy. Perhaps that part is autobiographical in that I have no concept of how to be happy. It is a notion that I can see in others but rarely find for myself. I am not there yet - neither is Annie.

If you want a lighter, quicker-to-please strip, I highly recommend reading RainLGBT, found in the 'other reads' at the top. If you want to read some other strips in which the character is made a victim and unable to find happiness, I recommend some of the discontinued strips found near the bottom.

As I have said in previous replies to you, this comic is not for everyone. It has very low readership for good reason.
If you do want to know what is set to happen for the next 10 years of Annies life, I can private message it to you. Otherwise, you can wait it out with everyone else, or hope that I don't take it down from my usual suicide posting that I take down every few months. Not everyone's lives are easy.
Comment on Agreed
Juliet (Guest), 21 May 2016 11:19 pm
this.....
is REALLY starting to be unfair to the reader. if this is in some way autobiographical, i apologize. i can on a certain level understand that realistically the incredible violence can and does happen, along with all the uncertainty.

and sidebar, speaking about the violence, you've mentioned 'trial' and pretty much ignored completely the second attack at the concert. unless some good words are upcoming in future strips, leaving those attacks completely unresolved is a huge question mark.

but in this case, all the great feelings you've built up, for finally, recognition of the school of her real name at least by the principal, and fulfilling her dream of going to school in the proper uniform....

it's really a cheat to the reader, or at least getting to be. don't get me wrong, i'm liking this strip, but damn.... this gal deserves some true -sustained- happiness. and her backsliding NOW just completely negates the last few rather upbeat strips. it's almost as if you only have two modes for the main character: victim or crushing doubt, and you can't think of other ways for her to be or are perhaps afraid to explore anything else.

again, if this is autobiographical, these jibes are somewhat inappropriate, but in any case they do hopefully constructively, point out a technical flaw in the narrative.

and again, in spite of the snipe, STILL like the strip. :)
Comment on My Name Is
GreenKrog, 20 May 2016 12:03 am
@Juliet: This isn't even her final form!

But yes, her name changes. It was distracting and the fem name was basically a joke. Since nobody knows how to say Toni and differently than Tony, but everyone in the comic seems to hear the difference somehow.

I did indeed see your earlier comment. I do hope that you don't find any of the content doing more damage to you than helping, that is often my concern with new readers.
Comment on My Name Is
Juliet (Guest), 19 May 2016 11:52 pm
names.......
i really..... REALLLLLLY.... wish you had chosen a different femme name for her.

the 'tony'/'toni' angle is sort of distracting in places, particularly in this one.

still, loving this though. binge reading . maybe you can find my other earlier comment..... haven't stopped since then.
Comment on Advantage
Miiohau, 19 May 2016 08:07 pm
@Yan Mouson: Consent is a complex issue. The law seems to mainly focused around using force to get sex without their consent is illegal. On the other side if explicit consent given and the person is capable of revoking it, you are the good. Between those two extremes are gray area of probably ok to impolite to near rape.
Then consent get complex. Statutory rape laws are based on the idea that an adult automatically has power over a minor. Some mental hospital polices assume the mentally ill may not be able to meaningful give implied consent because they not be able to say 'no' (For example a depressed person that can barely move). Then there Stockholm syndrome which is a very gray area, can a sufferer meaningfully give consent to his or her captor.
Comment on Dream Revelations
Juliet (Guest), 19 May 2016 05:40 pm
.....
i know these feelings though i never expressed them this way.

damn it!

web comics aren't supposed to make you cry!

8D
Comment on Towels
GreenKrog, 18 May 2016 11:27 pm
@plokmijnuhbygvtfcrdxszwaq: Scroll to the top of the page and look at the 'other comics' section. Should keep you occupied for a few days, at least!

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