Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Pushing the Reset Button
Sometimes it pays to have a really brainy sister!
Been really busy lately doing other things, and once again find myself not keeping up with this blog, though if something serious was going on, I'd like to think that I would find out somehow amongst the TG grapevine. I had about 15-20 minutes to caption the other day, and I was just looking for an interesting picture to use. It wasn't for anyone specific, just an overall idea to turn into a caption. I want to try doing that, since I often lack the drive to make anything that isn't for someone else.
I find that when I have no sense of direction, making captions is VERY hard for me. I guess that is an irony, isn't it? I would think that the choice to make ANY sort of caption you want, without any limitations placed upon your creative process, would be a godsend to most captioners. For me though, the ADHD (or ADD or whatever it is I have) makes me lose focus very quickly. I can create wide swaths of ideas when I am given a small bit of guidance, but a blank canvas just does nothing for me. Whenever I write lyrics, the first 6-8 lines NEVER end up in the actual song. Its more of an exercise in getting things moving. By that point, I usually have something to sink my teeth into. I always save them though, as I've recycled them in other songs. Isn't that ecological of me? LOL
Back to this caption, the main point I had was that the main character had been a miscreant, and was probably in a detention center or had gotten arrested a few times. I wanted to show a new start, and I wanted to keep it away from magic. The stem cell research was a bit of a cop-out, but it is still possible: and if she was on to something, the government would definitely want to keep the project alive AND test it out at the same time. They are nothing if not ruthless and secretive.
Hopefully I will be able to do some more captioning. I have another computer to work on (this one is removing stuff of my Dad's old computer and installing slot machine games to give to my Memere now that baseball season is about done) as I just finished installing a new hard drive in my daughter's laptop (and of course installing Windows 7 and all the native drivers and updates etc ...) I love working on computers but I think I'm finally getting sick of the constant swapping of CPU's, as I only have 2 monitors set up. It'd help even more if I was being paid like I usually do for computer repair!
As this is a blog exclusive, I don't mind comments about the actual caption!
DISCUSSION QUESTION: If you are a caption creator, do you have an easier time with a blank slate, or when you have to work within a set of guidelines for someone in particular? Do you set up certain times when you will caption, whenever the whim takes you, or when the situation lets you? As a reader, do you like captions more when its not geared for a certain person, or made for someone with the same preferences as you?