Monday, August 21, 2017

Beat the Heat Finale

And thus ends Beat the Heat.  I hope this is a satisfying ending to the series. :)

I kind of wish I could go back and fill in the missing months.  I enjoyed these characters, even if I let this series fall to the side.  No promises, but... maybe I'll revisit them someday, in some form.

Up next: a longish, character-driven Altered Fates series. :)


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beat the Heat 31

It was surprisingly difficult to find an appropriate picture for this.  Anna Kendrick doesn't smile much in her movies or her photo shoots.  She smiles on the red carpet, but a red carpet picture wouldn't really work for this caption.

Anna Kendrick seems like a bubbly, smiley person to me, so I wouldn't have thought it would be that difficult.


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Friday, August 18, 2017

One Week Later

Diary - Tropical Triangulation

Don't ask me why there are a bunch of rubber duckies in the pool, by the way; they were there when I got there.  I think someone was having way too much fun.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beat the Heat 30

Beat the Heat had problems, even aside from the fact that I couldn't keep up with it.  I didn't have enough ideas to sustain the story for an entire year.  I struggled to find ways to keep the series going.  There was nothing especially interesting about the series itself; it was a pretty straightforward Bikini Beach story.  While I still think it was an interesting idea to try to tell a story in real time, I think I needed more to work with.  More characters, more conflicts, more plot twists than where inherent in the scenario that I'd set up.

There were also pacing issues.  One of the central ideas of the series was that Luis and Cameron's attitude toward their transformation would flip over the course of the series; Luis would start out intrigued by being a woman, but would come to hate it, while Cameron would hate it at first, then discover he loved being a woman.  I think I had them flip too early in the series, though.  Their character arcs were essentially over by the time I'd abandoned the series in January.

Both these problems--the pacing issues and the lack of ideas--might have been solved had I planned the series out in advance.  While I had an ending in mind, I was making up everything in the middle as I went, which made it difficult to come up with major plot developments and appropriately time out the important character and story beats.

On another note, this a subplot I'm kind of disappointed I didn't have a chance to explore in much depth.  Luis despises his coworker Connor, a cheerful idiot who overshadows Luis at work simply because he's a man, but finds himself falling in love with Connor in spite of himself.  Luis would have hid his relationship with Connor from Cameron/Cassie out of embarrassment.  I think it could have led to some fun, funny captions, but I never quite got around to revealing Luis's relationship with Connor.


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beat the Heat 29

As long-time readers will remember, I started a series last July called Beat the Heat.  It started off as a one-off caption about a pair of friends who visited Bikini Beach in an attempt to escape a heat wave and ended up getting stuff with annual passes.  On a whim, I decided to turn Beat the Heat into an experiment to see if I could tell a story in real time, following the friends through their year as woman.

As it turns out, I couldn't.  I abandoned Beat the Heat several months ago; the last part went up in January.  My health problems were flaring up around that time, and I was struggling to keep up with my caption writing.  I needed to let something go; and because my Beat the Heat captions never got many views or comments (they got the fewest views of any of my captions by far), I decided to abandon the series.

But the series deserves an ending, so here it is.  Starting today, I'll be releasing a four-part conclusion to Beat the Heat.  While the series was mostly improvised, I always had an ending in mind; these four captions remain mostly faithful to that ending.

If you haven't read the rest of Beat the Heat, I think it's probably safe to jump onboard with this caption; I hit on most of the most important details of the series in these new captions.  But if you want to read the rest of the series, or if you want to refresh your memory, you can find the entire series linked from my series page.

Monday, August 14, 2017

437 Years Later - Selfie

New caption set in the 437 Years Later sub-universe of my Legends of the Dark Tower universe. :)

And I suppose I'm the last person in the world who should criticize anyone for taking pictures of themselves, lol.