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Well, it's the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Again, I want to thank my friends and acquaintances and fans for all of the great attention I've garnered this past year.

I still cannot believe I've gotten more than 100,000 views ... I originally just started writing and drawing to satisfy my warped little needs and express a side of myself that sometimes is just busting to get out.

I hope your 2012 was kind to you and that 2013 is amazing. Best wishes to all and to all a good night! :heart:


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Sometimes known as David
United States
I was raised by my stepmother throughout most of elementary school and junior high school. She wasn’t a bad person, but like most of us, she had her problems. The most glaring of which, I am sad to say, was a serious jealousy of the father/son relationship I had with my father.

I was a typical boy, I suppose . . . I enjoyed fishing and racing my bike and I dreamed of being a soldier or an astronaut. My stepmother’s way of handling this situation was to bring me into her world, make boyish things distasteful to me and instead make me do 'special' things with her, things that no boy would do with his father’s knowledge, much less his approval.

In short, whenever my father was out of town I spent a great deal of my time learning the mysteries of lipstick, nylons and heels, not to mention household chores, dolls and books about girls. It was rough giving up my GI Joe for Barbie and 'Spider-Man' for Nancy Drew. I wasn’t too crazy about any of that at first, but it made my stepmother happy and kept peace in our home. And so, I just shrugged my shoulders, sighed … and learned to enjoy my predicament.

Anyway, whenever my dad was away, I spent many a Saturday and Sunday wearing girlish clothes, playing the role of 'Daphne', my stepmother’s favorite daughter. Instead of shooting my pellet gun and reading comic books, I would sit with her and watch romantic musicals or help with her knitting or sewing or some other sissy such thing. Sometimes she would 'let' me play on my own, which meant I had to pretend to enjoy playing with my Barbie and carrying a purse around the house.

That was what I had to face whenever my father left me in the hands of my mischievous and conniving stepmother.

Talk about feeling helpless. :please::tears::please:

As much as I hated some of the things I had to do back then, I now treasure the legacy I was given. I have to say that if given the choice ... I wouldn’t change a thing.

Click here… to read my most popular story, Lipstick Discipline.


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uselesselise 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Holidays Daphne :)
Have you thought about writing your autobiography David? (if you are really David ofc)
I think I missed your birthday. If so -- I apologize, and a late HB!!
Daphne, i love your stories and I think that David would benefit from ballet clases to learn posture, discipline and grace. A leotard, ankles socks and ballet slippers can be a very good to feminize David and also as a wat to make him more sensitive to the arts. It was a great exercise and experience for me. 
Molotav Aug 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey there! I really enjoyed your piece "The Belittling," so I drew a lil something as thanks!…
I love your stories and drawings. Thanks for that !
You are certainly welcome! :hug:  Don't be a stranger! ;)
Your Tumblr page is AWESOME!
Thanks!!! I LOOOOOVE tumblr and I adore my little collection. *sigh* But I spend waaaaaay too much time there. I am a tumblr addict! LOL!!!
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