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No Winter Lasts Forever, No Spring Skips Its Turn
Be Myself, She Said
Sparta Verse: The Cabin, the beam lantern, and the crossbow 
3rd-May-2008 08:43 pm
Rodney and John

Okay, so this is a little experiment. When I write, I collect images of the things I'm writing about. Sometimes I take pictures. Sometimes I just snagg from the web. I was able to collect these three pictures of images from This is Sparta; I thought it might be interesting to post them, to see if I could figure out photobucket and that whole thing.
The first image is the cabin. I went looking for "backwoods cabin floorplan" and found a whole bunch of things I couldn't use. What I acutally decided upon is formally known as a :::cough::: "hunter's cabin" which I thought was appropriate, considering. I messed around with the floorplan a bit because I wanted the kitchen to have nothing along one wall. So miracle of miracles, I actually was able to somehow erase the stove and move it over to where you see it now. I still don't know how I managed it. I erased a few other things as well, I think there were built in shelves or something. At any rate, this is pretty much how I pictured the cabin in the woods where John, Dean, and Sam live during the summer from hell. As you can see, it's pretty small and there's not much too it. You can get a good crossbreeze if you open all the windows, though, so it's not too bad. Imagine, if you will the kitchen table up against the top left window; you can barely open the fridge if someone is sitting there. The bedroom is Sam and Dean's. There is one bed, the end of it goes against the window on the right wall there. Dad's couch occupies the empty space where there is no text. 

As I was working on my Big Bang for 2011, I thought it might help my artist, Kazue7294, if I drew a little layout of the area where the cabin is and the woods, and such. Then I thought I'd share. : D

The second image is dad's beam lantern. We had one of these when I was a kid. You basically screw in this huge battery that's about the size of a brick, and you will never run out of light. You can set the thing up on the edge of anything, and light your way through fixing a flat or whatever. You can also angle the beam anywhere you need it to go. It's somewhat heavy, you can't just shove it in your pocket or hang it around your neck. It's serious lighting power for when you need to search for something, or someone, in the dark.

I don't know nothing about no crossbows...but I tried to find out what I could. Basically they provide a lot of torque without the user having to have a lot of muscle power. They allow you to concentrate on your aim and not the pull. The crossbow provides the torque; you just aim and shoot.

When I went to the two local bow and arrow places to ask about crossbows, they almost laughed in my face. At first, they were shocked to see me in their shop. They were all dressed as if they were, at any second, going to go deer hunting with bows and arrows. That's a real sport, you see, because it takes skill and cunning. Then, when I asked about crossbows they gave me the once over.

If I'd been a man, they would have laughed me out of the place. Because I'm female, I got the feeling that they were humoring me. This, I felt, was on account of the idea that "real" hunters don't use crossbows. The power of the crossbow makes it easier to hit your target - thus, it takes the sport out of it.

They gave me the address of some dude who deals in crossbows, but they did not approve. I didn't bother telling them it was for a story. At any rate, I figure the Winchesters use crossbows simply because they don't have time to mess around and don't need to prove their manhoods. They need to hit a target, and however they can get the job done is fine. Most crossbows on the internet are fancier than this, all tricked out like a seventh grader's notebook. I figured the Winchesters would go for simple and black. This was the simplest, blackest one I could find. 


4th-May-2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Nice detailed props for your imagination! ;-)

BTW, I printed your fic out today to take to work with me to read (94 pages!) and I can't find no glaring error...yet.
4th-May-2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I have long been admiring your graphic images and how much they add to your stories (those beautiful headers!) and I thought I'd try my hand at posting, at least.

Yeah, the story is long, and bad things happen. I had a fit of pique and reworked the ending so it's at least a little happy. Poor babies!
Thank you, THANK you for reading it for me, I just need to know that I'm not insane!
4th-May-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Posting things like this (and that other thing you just posted!) makes a fic journal very interesting! It gives insight into the writers thinking and process. It's cool to see what toys you like to play with.

You're not insane at all. The story is awesome! The drama rises very well, and I'm very, very pissed at John! Again, I love all the little details in your writing, the way the physical world looks, feels and tastes! Very compelling pics you create!
4th-May-2008 03:59 am (UTC)
I'd been noticing that when I went to your LJ, and you had new pics, I would get all inspired. And that picspams in general were rather fun, especially if there was clever commentary to go with. I finally got the gumption to figure it out. : D

Okay, I have to ask. Why are you mad at John?
4th-May-2008 04:03 am (UTC)
"Why are you mad at John?"

For not being able to read Dean's mind.
4th-May-2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh my! He is definately a distracted father, who is trying to do his best. Sam certainly shares your feelings, I think. A dad should know.

One thing I found interesting was the issue of who was responsible,which I could not resolve. Dean for not speaking up? Dad for not pushing the issue? The principal who might or might not have been covering for Gunther? Gunther himself is responsible, but there's a chain of people along the way, but nobody picked up on it. As they say, that I was not expecting.
4th-May-2008 04:20 am (UTC)
That's the way things happen in real life. Adults are caught up in their own crap, they have selfish, self-serving and very reasonable and unreasonable reasons for turning a blind eye and kids pay the price.

Your story is very stark and realistic within the situation and the chain of events rings true, again backed up by the vividness of the sensory details. The fact that dean has memory lapses if very telling and sharpens the edge to a razor fine point. Also very true, is how pissed off Sam is. He can't understand, because he's not Dean, he's not John's eldest son and he's not the big brother. He's never been in Dean's shoes, but this makes him see and he doesn't like what he's seeing. Dean's not invincilbe, he's vulnerable. He was a very hurt child, and that makes his action that much more heroic, and sad.
4th-May-2008 04:46 am (UTC)
So you're peeved at John for making Dean pay the price for John's blind eye? Yeah, that makes sense. To me he seems much gentler than my other John, I guess I just didn't realize till Sam started raising a fuss how he'd done wrong by his son.

Now who's pointing out things I didn't even know were there! That's so cool, you know. Cause you're right, Sam is overwhelmed by this whole thing, but more than that, it changes the way he thinks about Dean.

I felt so bad about the things I did to Dean in this story, SO bad. I had to take a break after each interlude with Gunther, and take a walk or go get coffe, something! I didn't think it would be so hard.

4th-May-2008 04:07 am (UTC)
these are awesome. :)
4th-May-2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Hey, thank you!!! I used them to practice uploading from PhotoBucket. : D
4th-May-2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Great pictures.

Wow, that cabin is a lot smaller than I imagined it to be, but of course I know absolutely nothing about backwood cabins. Three people in that small space, even if they spend most of their time outside... I'd go claustrophobic.

And honestly, that crossbow scares me. It just looks so lethal.
4th-May-2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd loose it too, though you would get used to the close spaces and stuff. Plus, Dad's got them outside training a lot, and they're not used to any better. I had to get a floorplan like this because the couches and walls kept moving around in my mind. And I had no idea where the bathroom was!! When I found this particular floorplan, my eyes bugged out of my head, it was almost perfect. I had a graphic of the front of the cabin, but it's wandered off somehwere. I'll post it when I find it.

A crossbow can certainly kill, that's for sure. I wouldn't want one in the house!
5th-May-2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for these. They're really interesting and yes, they do add to the story. It is interesting to see the cabin. Like Keks80, I hadn't pictured it so small.
5th-May-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I figured that in John's mind, staying indoors all summer wasn't number one priority. So yeah, it's small and there isn't a lot of privacy. It comes to about 780 square feet. I had an apartment that was around 900 square feet, but that was just me. They'll be bumping into each other all the time.
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