Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Meygan the Saucy Chamber Maid
Oh noes! I caught the "Caitlyn Virus" LOL There must be some sort of antidote or ointment I can take!
For some reason, this picture posted in Mey's caption folder really struck a chord with me. I just kept WRITING and WRITING, until I had a huge amount of words to fit into the text box. Usually, at most I have to shrink the text a bit or squish it some, and adjust the spaces between paragraphs.
This caption, however, had at least two extra paragraphs that I had to account for. I made the text smaller than usual to fit more in (I like to use a 24 pt font in captions, sometimes 30 pt, with the paragraph spacers being 12-14 pt.) Even then, it was overflowing.
I had to do a huge pruning and editing job to get it where it needed to be. unlike much of my work, I REALLY needed to set up the caption, and to show the motivation for WHY he was dressed up like that. I also had to connect the dots to the ending I had planned. Using myself as the catalyst seemed the best way to KEEP Meygan in skirts. I also had to setup that finality somehow without overwhelming the story, and yet tying it all together neatly.
I ended up tightening up sentences as best I could, by economizing what needed to be said. I wish I had kept everything I had written for it, as a comparison for this blog, but working exclusively in Photoshop meant I'd have had to make a conscious effort to save it.
Having said all that, I think it is STILL a really effective caption, which conveys a sense of entrapment and humiliation, with a bit of hope that he pulled it off, THEN the whole moment of truth arrives anyway. Also, the fact that he originally dressed up like that because of pride, yet the ego played into his downfall, is another wonderful element I enjoyed seeing.
The one thing I didn't put into it was Dee's motivation for all this. I had it worked out that the wife was bi-sexual, and had an affair with Dee beforehand, and I didn't particularly like Matthew marrying her. I figured that the caption worked just as well, if not better, with that information withheld.
SIDE NOTE: I used the term "future wife" as a fun little aside to "The Room" which is a "horrible but in an awesome way" film. Since the writer, star, etc .. is not necessarily a English first writer, he never uses the word fiance .. it's always "FUTURE WIFE" so I wanted to have fun with it.
DISCUSSION: Did I do a good enough job of whittling down this into one caption, or should I have tried to make it a small series? I didn't want to make the picture smaller or really crop it, and she hadn't posted another picture if that was part of a set. Could I have edited it more while keeping the story intact?