Or has she just become even more stranger than usual?
Yeah, I was having fun at the Haven this morning, and picked on Commentator for posting that she had gone through the entire trading folder and made captions for each person ... and had somehow skipped me! The nerve of that person! Seriously though, she likes word play and seems to be witty, which are two things I admire in people. The ability to turn a phrase isn't easy and its why I got along real well with people like Petra. Now all we need to do is get Commentator(Dawn) to stop using such a large font in her comments and she'll be perfect! LOL
Anyway, I am going to cut and paste what I posted in her folder, since its seems like a little write-up from this blog anyway, so why try to reinvent the wheel!
Well, before I WRITE a caption, I need to test out the whole premise and transformation first, don't I? Otherwise something major could go wrong!
Reading your comments and some captions, I find you to be witty and engaging, hence I made a fun-filled meta-caption with much bantering. Not sure if you've seen much of my work, but often my characters do so love to banter. Banter, Banter, Banter! Its almost as much fun to say that as it is to say, "Credenza!" Try it! Use it as a battle cry! I dare ya! Not as fun as "Shish Kabob!" but not everyone can handle that much unbridled joy in one day!
Anyway, I figured that since you had made a caption for everyone in the active trading areas, YOU might be the perfect person to identify with trying to come up with fresh ways to turn guys into girls. I've probably done over 1200+ captions, so I certainly have had my share of odd plot lines, and often I just take whatever happened in my daily life and incorporate it into the stories I use for TG captions. Figured I could even use THAT and now declare I'm officially out of ideas. Hey, that gives me an idea for a TG caption! LOL
I think that over the past month, when looking at the new captions I've done .. I can see a "So what am I going to do NOW?" vibe of once again progressing my creations forward and not staying in any sort of a rut. The fact that I am incorporating that actual mindset INTO the captions is a new thing though; Playing with the forms, tropes, and putting the real "Dee and surrounding community" into the captions gives me a fresh outlook. I've made a few clunkers too, that even if the recipient enjoyed it, I wasn't fond of it because it felt stale. Doing as many trades as I have (and a huge back catalog of previously made captions) I have to allow myself those from time to time, but is the inspiration to do something new and fun that keep my creative spirit alive and kicking.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: What things do you do to keep the creative juices flowing? Are there certain activities, music, friends, etc .. that can recharge your creative batteries and get you out of mental inertia? Or do you just accept that you'll have periods where nothing good will be made and not bother too much with forcing something that might not be what you want to make?