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.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 14

The series ends, and Rick has his happy ending. :)

I'm actually not sure I've seen this episode; if I have, it's been many, many, many years.  I watched The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as a kid, when it first aired, and I think I watched a few episodes at some point later, but it was a long time ago.  Fortunately, Google knows all, and I was able to find a plausible conclusion for Rick's story.

Coming Tuesday, the four-part conclusion to a  series that I've neglected over the last few months.

You can follow this and my other series on my series page.

Diary - Dance Class 2

I know it's crazy for me to be wearing a jacket in summer, but they keep the air conditioning in the dance studio cranked way down.  (Or up, or whatever.  It's super cold, is what I mean.)  I wore a sports bra and shorts to my first class, and I regretted it so so much.  So now I wear leggings and a jacket I can take off if necessary.

Also, yeah, mostly older ladies in my class.  I'm not sure they approved of what I wore to my first class.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Humans of the Great Shift - John

You may have noticed I don't use any screencaps from Game of Thrones in my Legends of the Dark Tower captions.  There's a reason for that: I actually haven't watched Game of Thrones.  Surprising, I know, given my interests.

It's partly because I don't have HBO, and it's partly because I'm trying to read the books first, and they're such long books, and I keep getting distracted.

Someday I'll finish reading them.

Or maybe I'll just give up and watch the show.  That's probably more likely.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 12

I was a little uncomfortable writing this caption.  I don't think I'm legally allowed, when writing a series like this, to skip the "slave Leia" scene; but I also know that Carrie Fisher hated this outfit.

As a compromise, rather than focusing on the fetishy aspects of this scene, I tried to make it as empowering as I could, focusing on Rick/Leia's leadership role and ultimate revenge.


Diary - Mixed Feelings

Sometimes I get the feeling I'll never be truly content.

Though for most of the last year, the last few weeks aside, I felt something closer to contentment than I ever remember feeling, so, you know... maybe someday.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Diary - Collegeton

Here's he caption where I talk about my day in Collegeton.  I wrote a little more about it the next day.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What Possessed Her

This is, in part, an exercise in telling a TG possession story without actually explicitly spelling out what's happened.

I'm guessing most of you can read between the lines and figure out what's happened to Becky and why.  I wonder if someone who hasn't read as many TG stories as we all have would be able to figure it out, though.

Storytelling is an accumulative process.  Every story we tell builds on the stories that came before it.  We develop tropes.  We develop shorthand.  We develop cues that only make sense if you're familiar with a particular storytelling culture.  It's very similar to how languages develop.

I don't watch much anime.  I don't really enjoy watching anime, and I have trouble following anime plots.  I think that's true in part because anime has a very particular set of tropes and visual cues that I'm not familiar with because I haven't watched anime.

The same is true here.  When a strange old man gives a young woman a ring, we draw conclusions that people outside of this community might not.

Diary - Haunted

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 10

Surprise!  This series will be shifting universes for the next few parts.

I've had the idea for this series for about a year.  My plan has always been to have Rick become Leia after he'd run through all the Indiana Jones movies.  The idea became all the more poignant when Carrie Fisher passed away last year.

So... I guess this series is dedicated to her.

Diary - Phantom Friendships

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Remote 8

Diary - Stolen Memories

This is a picture of me from my first year of college; I would have been 19 at the time.  I don't remember having this picture taken, but I remember finding it as I was looking through old pictures of myself a few months ago.  I remember seeing the brunette woman in all my old pictures... but, of course, they actually all show the real me.

This was before my hair dye phase.  I still have a bunch of pictures of myself with green or purple or blue hair.  I didn't imagine that, at least.