Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Birth of Kylie

Before I get into the contents of today's post, just a quick administrative comment. I've decided that in order to catch up for missing last week, Monday's and Wednesday's updates will have two captions instead of one (assuming nothing crazy happens, fingers crossed.) So that just leaves one more caption to take care of, which brings us back to today's update.

I've decided that after a year and a half of writing captions, it was about time I included myself in one. I've held off on doing this for so long because I've always felt that I could write a better story if I created completely new characters every time. It's the same reason I don't do sequels to my captions, I tell the story I want to tell and then I move on. But during these past two weeks I came up with an idea that I liked so much I was willing to break both of those patterns, her name was Kylie.

I've seen a lot of captions where the guy loses himself to a female persona (including some of which I've written myself.) So I started to think, what if he didn't disappear. What if instead of being trapped in the situation, it was more like he was stuck in the passenger seat. So I played around with the idea of having two personalities in one body, the usual sort of dominant/submissive relationship that would cause, but something didn't feel right. I had changed the general premise, but I was still writing the same stuff I always had. So I decided to have some fun with it. I gave it a more playful tone, and threw in a little sarcastic humor. The final piece of the puzzle came when I realized that instead of being just two people in one body, I could also make it two different bodies in one life. When one personality is in control the body is male, when the other takes over it's female. But both personalities are always present and can constantly comment on what the other is doing.

The decision to include myself came when I realized how much enjoyed this idea, and this was something that wasn't going to be a one time affair. I figured there wasn't any better way to ensure I'd do this series justice than to have a more personal stake in seeing it's done right. I hope you all enjoy it, because I can promise that this is just the beginning.


  1. I so do love your captions! But really sweetie... you are too hard on yourself. Now I don't want you to stop! (Please no!) But you need to be able to take a little break every now and again.... batteries must recharge!
    And I LOVE this 4 part series!
    Kisses, Jessie

  2. I appreciate the sentiment, but one of the main reasons I make captions is to improve my writing. The best way to do that is to keep turning out new material on a regular basis, which is why I keep myself on such a tight schedule.

  3. it was worth the wait. nice caption

  4. I have to say this is some of your most inspired work. The writing is tight, funny and engaging and I love the humor. Reminds me a bit of Smitty's work, but that's a good thing. Your distinct footprints are all over the place and I'm really curious as to what's going to happen next in this mini-verse you've created for yourself.

    Also would love to know who the model is.

  5. Thanks, I had a lot of fun writing this.

    The first panel is Chrystal Lee, and the last three are Hailey from Hailey's Hideaway, one of my all time favorite models. I just wish more of her work was a better fit for captioning.

  6. what a great tale i do hope you will do more i love the thought you put into all your work it is very much appreciated and inspiring. hugs an kisses....meg

  7. You're allowing Anonymous comments now? Sweet!

    I love love love your captions and I love you for making them. Most of them have such happy endings and that's very important to me. Also, the pictures are very well chosen and the formatting always leaves them easy to read. You're one of the best captioners out there just for quality, but coupled with your dedication to regular output and your open and friendly attitude on your blog, and your tendency to hit all my buttons, you're frickin' amazing. Keep the torch burning!

    Regarding the current caption, I really liked how it started, and the grinning model you picked is priceless, but the character of Kylie seemed to be playing with fewer cards than the other two; she just wasn't as witty. I was so disappointed the caption didn't end with Rauk realizing he really *had* been sold a timeshare, forcefully, and Kylie wickedly pointing out that Bermuda really *was* lovely this time of year.

  8. @Meg: Thank you, I'm glad to see my effort is appreciated.

    @Very Good Karma: Thank you for the kind words, it means a lot. As for this caption, you're absolutely right. I'll definitely try to give Kylie a little more to work with in the next installment. Thanks for the input, I always appreciate notes on how to improve.

  9. Let me first say that I've been reading for a while and have been consistently impressed with your work. Your caps are always interesting and well written. This story in particular drove me to comment because of how close to home it feels. Your character reads a lot like myself (right down to the snark ;) ), and that really intrigues me. I'm excited to see where all you go with this story!