Turning guys into gals can be tedious after awhile!
Wanted to make a caption for Helena as she's now a member of the Haven Trading Gallery. Found the source photo and thought I could do something with it. Then, it just sat there in Photoshop for awhile ... waiting for me to work on it .. as I surfed the web about the new Pope .. and got angry as the Patriots let Wes Welker go in Free Agency to the hated rivals, the Denver Broncos .. and yet nothing really came to me. I thought that perhaps I was actually hitting one of those writer's block spells where you can't really get any ideas for captions. I mean, I've made probably 1300+ captions and 1800 panels .. its bound to happen. Then I figured .. why not use THAT in a caption?!?
I know it seems more like Mistress Dee is bored, but there are only so many scenarios you can use before you can feel like you are repeating yourself. I try to approach the time worn situations from other angles, but it can seem like you've done EVERYTHING already. And if YOU haven't, there are tons of creative people like Simone, Jennifer, C(K)aitlyn, et al that have also done lots of clever things in their captions.
I am amazed at people that can do hundreds of captions all dealing with the same topic, whether its pantyhose, son to daughter, redheads, etc ... I marvel that they don't sit there and say, "Hmmm, what am I going to make today .. I know, a pregnancy caption!" and then start weeping. I have done a ton of different styles, genres, and preferences, and even I sometimes wonder if there is much new ways to look at what we do. I think that Caitlyn's kinetic text might be the last thing I've seen that is pretty damn original. Most of the time, we have to re-invent a wheel that is already good enough.
Its why I sometimes go meta in my captions. It can expand the story beyond the bounds of the caption with a wink and a nod. Another is to build a solid base of reality that will ground the more magical and mystical elements we place to our scenarios.
I used an old joke to wrap the plot around. Basics go like this, "Guy is walking down the street and is accosted by a hooker that says she'll do anything he wants for 20 bucks. He responds back, 'here's 50 bucks, go and paint my house!'." Then you hear a rim shot and watch the burlesque dancer next. Yup, its THAT old!
Since I've been doing taxes for people on the side, I figured that if a hooker asked me what I wanted, I'd have to do MY fucking taxes! That worked, but it didn't really have the zing I usually crave, so I thought about accountants and them dealing with numbers .. and with that sweet red honeypot staring at me, I figured that 69 would do just fine. Since Helena is from the Netherlands (according to her Haven bio at least!) I looked up the tax forms and they have a W for freelance workers. Figuring that (1) being a mistress is probably a self employed position and (2) we have W-2's given to us in America at the end of the year for our earnings ... a W-69 form would work well for the both of us!
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Sorry that I have not had real good discussion questions recently, but I've been VERY busy lately and still fighting a upper infection but still working. Anyone have ideas on things that haven't yet been done in TG captions that no one has tried yet .. or has been criminally underused by us making them?