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One story, three legacies

I have been dreading the one story three ways project.  I don’t want to dig through the list trying to find three ways to tell one story.  I was outside a few days ago, and decided to take the story of our area over the last few weeks and tell it with photos as a replacement.  This was also an excuse for me to post some photos on flickr, and get used to using it.

Plastic tray

Makeshift sled remains.


This branch of Damocles still hangs over the walk to Seaco.


These flowers made the best of the soggy situation.


dailyshoot :  2010/02/28: Sunday challenge: Make a photo that invokes or communicates happiness to the viewer. Make ’em feel it, not just see it! #ds105


If this doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know what will.


dailyshoot: 2010/02/23: Monochrome photos don’t have to be the result of processing or desaturation. Find a monochrome composition and shoot it. #ds100

Reveille is up!

The story starts with the main character waking from a long time unconscious.  There are a number of reasons to begin at this point.  Firstly, at this point in his life, Edmond is going through major changes, and through his response to change we can learn a lot about him, and hopefully become attached to him too.  More importantly for the audience, this lets us answer questions like “where am I?” without it coming off as super cheesy.

I tried to queue the audience in as much as possible to where they are and what is going on.  The title, the colors, the location, everything should at least let folks know that something military is going on.  The fact that they are in a destroyed Atlanta, and that one of them is wearing blue wool should hopefully suggest the end of the civil war.

This starting place also gives us much to look forward to, as well as an opportunity for the characters to look back, grounding the audience in time.  We’ll have more on that in future posts.

Jim groom commented on my last post and asked me what I’ve got to post, well, the first issue of the story, and this explanatory post are out, but in giving you this, I’m also going to be giving you an explanation as to why you don’t get to see everything right now.  This blog is about how I’m doing the story I’m doing at my other blog, so it would make sense to upload all the junk I did as preliminary character design stuff.  However, if I start telling you right now when Edmond was born, how old he is, what exact date it is, what


then I wont be doing a service to the story over here.  So…. I will post character back stories, schematics, drawings, and other things relating to how I designed the characters, but only after those things wont be horrible spoilers.

Don’t be sad though, next post should include scanned schematics and Steampunk Nerf guns!

The next post on 1882 will be soon as well.  My plan was for one post per week per blog, but I want to get a bit ahead of the game in the start here.  I will also be making both blogs look better soon.  Head over to and read the start of the story!

Formal Proposal

For my story, I will add another blog to the site, and do a post per week on each blog.  The current blog will be my out of character blog, where I would discuss my decisions about the story in each weekly post.  The new blog would be a serialization of my character’s life.  Most posts would follow a chronological order (starting in 1865), but some could deviate from that standard.  The story which I would be using would be the one revolving around Edmond Drake, who is an airship captain in a Steampunk world.


I feel I’ve brutally decieved some of you.  I should have made it clear that I used to play WoW.  When I played, (I stopped about 3 or 4 months after BC came out) I played on the server Kirin Tor and was in the guild Mellonea.  Kirin Tor is an RP server, and especially when I was playing, it was relatively heavy into the RP side of things (outside of Goldshire and the barrens, obviously).

My character was a human Paladin, and I did a fair bit of raiding as well.  We made it into Molten Core, BWL (I was there when we downed the first two bosses for the first time, it was a lot of fun) AQ 20 (only the first boss I’m afraid) and Zul’gurub.  I was raid leader for my guild, and so I led AQ and ZG raids.

I also did some PvP, where I was quite successful (mostly ret build with some in healing), but what was best about WoW was the people in my guild.  We were mostly female, and the average age was something like 30.  This meant there was little drama, and a lot of close friendships.

However, because I am not playing anymore, I am reluctant to do this story.  I don’t want to get addicted again just before my senior year, and I’m loath to take my 65 to 80 for the class.  Also, I wrote a serial with my brother about our characters for an online gaming magazine, and kinda… well,

Blizz may have sent us a “cease and desist” letter

Basically, I wanted to explain to you guys why I’ve decided not to do the WoW story when there was interest.  That being said, I’d be more than happy to write a blog post or two about my character if you are curious, and I could of course copy over some posts I made on the Mellonea forums.


I found this image on flickr, and had to link to it.  My characters are going to be doing some spirited interaction with pirates, believe you me.  When you interact with pirates, a certain language comes in to play, and pictures can often help convey that.

What I’m trying to tell you is that, no offense, you aint no Jayne Cobb, and I ent neither.  So when in my story, I’m talking about why the person with the lemat revolver is grinning and the person with he colt single action army is wet’n his pants, a picture might help.  (While the Colt SAA is a better firearm than a lemat as far as reliability and reload speed, the lemat has a trick up its sleeve insofar as it has a shotgun barrel slung under the revolver barrel.  That makes a lemat into a veritable handcannon for one shot, which can sometimes make the difference.)

In short, I’ll be linking to images or descriptions of various firearms, so you’ll know as well as my characters whats what, and I’m glad that flickr has a few images of period firearms.

Squares and grids surround us in our built environment. Focus in on some squares today and make a photograph.


I must admit, I suggested that Caitlin use this shoebox thing for her grid shot, and she told me it wouldn’t look good.  Well ha!  Now we know that…

she was right.

I still like the shot, because it is a step for me.  My standard reaction ( IE my first attempt) was to stand directly in front of the object, hold the camera at eye level, and shoot.  This shot is an experiment with a different angle, one which in fact is difficult to get with your naked eye, simply because it is hard to cram your face in there.

“An old adage in photography says if you want to improve your photographs, move closer. Fill your frame today!”


As you might be able to tell, even from this single shot, I’m not too hot with a camera, or any editor program.  I took this with Caitlin’s new 15.1 megapixel 12.1 jiggawatt fully armed and operational camera.  The camera in the image is what I’ll be using for the rest of my pictures (probably).  I don’t like carrying a camera.  I carry plenty of things, but the most breakable (by far) is my cell phone.  It gets dinged up and broken pretty frequently (I even once accidentally ran over my phone with my car).  For this reason (fear of damage) I don’t carry a camera, and I’m not in the habit of taking pictures.  So this project is both a nice stretch for my abilities and kinda annoying.

Everything I am I owe to…

I was talking with my mother yesterday about the steampunk story I’ve got rolling around in my head, and she asked me a question after saying how much she liked it:

“what about copyright?”

We’re all writing stories, here on teh intarwebs.  Some of our stories are resistant to plagarism, such as stories about dealing with surgery from a sports injury.  Other stories might get taken and used elsewhere.  In some ways, that is no big deal.  If someone steals the images of me and my nerf guns, no problem.  But if someone took my ideas about my steampunk characters and used them elsewhere, I would not be happy.

I understand that it is of great value to own my own space.  The images on my blog are images I control, unlike images on facebook.  But if I am owning my own space, shouldn’t I be owning my own ideas?  To what extent are the things we talk about our own, and if someone steals them and profits off of it, what recourse do we have?