Well, my name is Nikki Jenkins, and, first and foremost, I'm a writer. I've always enjoyed writing, but I think it wasn't until I was basically alone that I really, really got the bug. It was over a decade ago, now, but I was offered a job halfway across the country from where I grew up. It was really good money, so I took it...I was only there a week or two when I realized what a mistake I had made.
I was a thousand miles from anyone I really knew, and I wasn't bonding with my coworkers (what few there were - I was basically alone most of the time). Going out and socializing wasn't really an option (out in the middle of nowhere), so I retreated within my own mind. Luckily, I have a very active imagination, and the seeds of what would become my first novel started to sprout.
I only lasted about six months in that job before I couldn't take it anymore. I made a few friends, but it was nothing like back home, where I had my entire family and dozens of close friends. But looking back, if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing because that's when I started to take myself seriously as a writer.
When I got home, I continued writing; it actually got me through a very difficult time in which I was jobless and struggling with the fact that I had given up a very, very lucrative career because I was lonely. Each day, I would look for a job, and then, for at least a few hours, I would work on my novel. It took quite a while, but eventually, I finished it. To this day, I think it's my best work in so many different ways.
It took almost a year to attract an agent, and another six months to get a publisher interested, but eventually, I became a published author. Each step felt so monumental, and it felt like I was on my way to becoming the next great American author. But after a few months of my book being on the market, I realized just how unrealistic that expectation was.
For one, I write in a niche market (science fiction and fantasy). For another, it is really, really difficult to break out as an author. Maybe I'm just not that good. I don't know. But the best I could manage with only one book was a supplemental income.
My second book helped a little, I'll admit. I guess these things have to build. But here I am, having just published my third book, and I still can't survive on my royalties alone. It's not a big deal, really. I love the fact that people are reading my work, and that I'm at least becoming an established author. I have fans. Me. Being able to say that is enough, I think.
But you all don't care about that part of my life, really. Unless I give you specifics, it doesn't really matter anyway.
I've been reading TG fiction for almost as long as I've had a computer. I don't remember how I first found it as a genre, but I do remember that what hooked me was a site or series of illustrated stories called Maid for TV (apparently it's now defunct -- that might not even be the right name). The stories themselves focused on various forms of feminization (usually by a domineering mother-in-law). It was like an entirely new world opened up for me; from that moment on, I was hooked.
Over the years, I've patronized quite a few sites like Fictionmania, Crystal's Storysite, TG Graphics and Fiction Archive, etc, but I think the site that really got me to consider making my own TG media (captions and stories) was Sissy Trainer's blog (which is no longer around). It was just so perfect, and when it went offline, it left a bit of a hole. I'm not going to be dramatic here and overemphasize the importance of this stuff, but I will say that I had gotten used to being entertained by Sissy Trainer's stories.
Fast forward a few months, and I had just finished looking at my favorite author's pages on Fictionmania (for new stories) when I finally said to myself, "If you want a certain story, just write it yourself." And so I did.
The Omar Bell Universe was born to quite a few positive reviews. But there were also a lot of people who were offended by the stories. To this day, I don't quite understand how someone can equate a racist antagonist to a racist story. Nor do I get how people who can read a story involving forced feminization (key word: forced) without batting an eyelash can get on a their high horse about my stories. Ah, but I don't want to get started on that debate.
I will say that the comments made my some of the posters on Fictionmania prompted me to take my stories elsewhere (specifically my Omar Bell stories). I guess I should be thankful, really. Without them, I would never have created the Omar Bell blog (or this one).
When I decided to create my own blog, I knew that I didn't want it to contain only fiction. Originally, I wanted it to have captions, fiction, and movies (in the TG Tales style), but I've pretty much abandoned the idea of video. I'm just not good at it, and I don't have the time to get better.
That's when I first started using Photoshop. When I started, I'll admit that I wasn't very good, but now, less than a year later, I can objectively say that if I put in the time (and I don't always do so), I can get very, very good results.
After a while running the Omar Bell Universe, I realized that I'd basically told the stories I could tell in that universe. I didn't want to just tell the same stories over and over again (but with different names) so I started to shift my attention to my new blog (which you're reading right now). Over the next few months, I all but abandoned the Omar Bell Universe. It's not that the idea doesn't still excite me; it does. It's just that it doesn't satisfy a creative need for me anymore.
And so that brings us to the present. I've been running this blog for a few months now, and its popularity has absolutely astounded me. However, with more people coming to the site, I have to come to terms with the fact that I can't always please everyone. I cringe every single time I say a "Horrible" vote under one of my posts, but I do appreciate the honesty. I always want to get better, and my goal is to become the best TG writer and captioner on the internet.
I think I'm well on my way.
It's funny -- I started this page just to do contact information and a short bio, but when I got done, I had forgotten to put my email here.
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NIKKI'S EMAIL ADDRESS