Yeah, it has nothing to do with Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Please read on!
Though I DID name the illusionist Prefect.
I made this for AnneOniMouse about a week and a half ago. I had the picture saved for what seems like months (actually 3 years! Just looked it up!) but hadn't used it. Not really sure why I hadn't to be honest, but it does give a bit of a "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies" feel though I think this is a much better scenario for how it concluded!
To me, the picture was of a changed girl that was leaving a carnival sideshow tent off a shady midway visiting a small town. I've worked around some small fairs and got to know quite a few of the carnie folk, and they were definitely an interesting bunch. The stories I could tell! Anyway, if things like this happened in real life, I bet a bunch of you would be running out to get some fried dough and go insult the gypsy women every day until you got what you wanted!
I didn't really expect the response from others though that posted to the Haven. Anne replied first and said, "Dee, that is beautiful. You have managed to get over the whole thing so elegantly. I love this sort of story and this done with class." I am so happy when what I create can make a connection for the recipient. Helena mentioned, "It is indeed very elegant. Lovely caption. This is one of those captions I can read again and again." Among other comments, Simone told me, "This is some of my favorite of your recent work. Perhaps ever! It has all your trademarks and uses the picture in a way few would have considered." Now I am positively glowing with the positive feedback!
Things like this make all the captions that get 0-1 comments not matter in the grand scheme of things. The encouragement and recognition captioning peers and fans makes you walk on air! You can "write off" the clunkers or misfires and just let them bounce off like raindrops.
Over the last week or so, I've been trying to stop by people's blogs and let them know I appreciate their effort. I have been busy but supporting others is an important thing. If you see a blog that hasn't been that active lately, tell the creators that you miss them and hope they are doing ok. Encourage the newer captioners to keep working hard. Give the big-time names in the TG arena assurances that you don't take their work for granted and cherish the hours of pleasure they've given you. These TG blogs don't HAVE to be passive. Interact and your enjoyment can grow exponentially. Trust me!
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Simone mentioned that I used "the picture in a way that few would have considered." What would YOU have come up with if you just had the picture to play with? Feel free to elaborate below! If you aren't a captioner, you can still do this. Perhaps I'll take what you had and work it into another version of this caption. If you've ever WANTED to make a caption, here's the original image!
UPDATE: An anonymous person decided to write up something in the comments section. I had a few minutes, so with a few minor edits, I marked up what they submitted as it fit well into my own design very well! Hope everyone enjoys!