Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mornings with Kylie

I'm still playing around with the idea of adding titles. I haven't found a way that I like yet, but don't be surprised if you see them start to show up here and there.

I haven't done a Kylie caption in a while, so I decided it was time for her to reappear and make my life a little more interesting once again. Not my best work, but I had a lot of fun writing it as I get write dialog and be sarcastic, which just happen to be two of my favorite activities.

For those of you who are new and unfamiliar with this little universe of mine, all you need to catch up can be found here. You can also click on the Kylie tag to see what other shenanigans the two of us get up to.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Angel in the Night

Happy weekend everyone. I had planned on using my down time today to find some new images and then create a new caption tomorrow, but this image just wouldn't wait. The story formed so quickly that I didn't want to risk losing it so I quit my search and went right into captioning. Unfortunately the speed with which I created the story was not present in the formatting process as well. I went through a ton of backgrounds before finding one I liked, and then it took me a longer than it should have to work it into my standard layout without the test becoming illegible. Needless to say the whole process just reminded me of why I'm primarily a writer, and not a designer.

Speaking of design, I've been considering including my titles in the captions themselves. Under my current system all my captions are labeled by their "production code" of C# while they're being made (which explains the odd names of the files I upload to the blog). I don't come up with a title until I'm making the actual blog post. But for today's caption the title came as I was writing it. I briefly messed around with including it before deciding I had spent enough time on this caption already and just went ahead without. But the whole process had me wondering, do you all want to see titles included in the actual caption? Or do you like the way they're formatted now?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

How Lucky You Are

Nothing too special with today's update. I've had this image in my "To Caption" folder for a long time and I finally decided it was time to just get it done. It's nothing that hasn't been done many times before by myself and plenty of others, but I still think it turned out okay.

I'm going to try to turn out at least one new caption a week now that I'm back. It's a bit of a step down from my ideal of three updates every week, but I'm still trying to find a balance between sticking to a schedule and actually finding the time to create new material.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Relapse (One Year Anniversary)

While I'm not officially back from my break yet (although it's looking like that will be pretty soon) I figured I had to make something for today seeing as it's this blog's anniversary. So how far has my little corner of the tg community come in the past year?
  • 255 Posts
  • Over 1.5 Million Page Views
I'm absolutely stunned that this site has been so successful in such a short amount of time. All I can say is thank you. The fact that so many people are interested in seeing my work is truly humbling. I started this blog as a way to continue to expand my creativity and work on my writing, and I can't thank all of you enough for continuing to show your support for what I'm doing.

So as long as you keep coming back, I'll try to keep making it worth your while.

As for this particular caption, I decided to mark this milestone the same way I've done every major event on this blog, with the always stunning Ariel. In fact she was also the model in the first new caption I made after starting this blog (which was five days after my first post, but I had a bit of backlog I could burn though when I didn't feel like making new material). It's kind of crazy to see how far I've come in a year.

For me, this caption isn't so much about my own experiences with tg (which if you're interested I talk about here) as it is about captioning in general. There have been plenty of times I've considered calling it quits, but every time I take a break, I find myself drawn back in once more. This most recent break is no exception. While I've appreciated, and to be honest, needed, some time off, creating this caption reminded me why I enjoy doing this so much. And as long as that creative part of my brain keeps pulling me back in, I'll continue to keep making captions.

But that's enough of my rambling for now. Like I said, I'll probably be back to turning out material on a more regular basis fairly soon, thanks for being patient.

Here's to another great year of captioning.