Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Shadow of The Mojave On The Brain

August 9, 2017
   Still seeking a splash page image that conveys the dark side of Olive Oatman's story. Got up this morning and gave it one more go. 

Daily Whip Out: "In The Shadow of The Mojave #5"

         Still not quite right. Too controlled, perhaps? I have been noodling this idea all summer with varying degrees of success.

Daily Whip Out: "In The Shadow of The Mojave #4"

Daily Whip Out: "In The Shadow of The Mojave #3"

Daily Whip Out: "In The Shadow of The Mojave #2"

Daily Whip Out: "In The Shadow of The Mojave #1"

Daily Whip Out: "In The Shadow of The Mojave Bonus Scene"

   After all that, I met with my production staff this morning and decided to hold off on the story in the next issue of True West (November) until I have better overall coverage. It's a great story and I don't want to rush it. I also hate it that I'm just going in circles with this opening and perhaps, like so many of my peers, it's time to hang it up. But then, I just read this in the paper this morning. . .

"Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."
—David Letterman on his retirement and his new show on Netflix (a six-part series)


  1. Didn't some wise person once say, "Be sure you're right, then go ahead." Go to press when YOU feel satisfied with your effort.

  2. FWIW, number three is the best I think. Peel the banana when it's ripe.

  3. They lived on and swam endlessly in the river and had alot of fun. Olive was a world class swimmer and swam the river constantly with the other Indian girls. They even threw her in to make her start getting into it with them. After her release up in Oregon her swimming abilities were legendary and she gave demonstrations for the locals who were stunned. A distance shot may be in order of the scene and I wish I had your talent. A distance shot of the topless girls as they were--in their barkskin dresses "or less" would also solve the issue of the various powers that be---demanding the shots be "not quite so detailed" that you have mentioned in the past. It would show a different side of Olive that most are not aware of--that her time there had alot of happy times--and she didn't like leaving. The usual side of Olive and Mary Ann is the "tough woman that saw her family massacred struggling for survival". However the true mystery of the situation that is not shown is a female that left a life of essentially a "a religious hellhole from the dark ages"--and went into a situation "living free on the river and the stars at night"--------quite likely with an Indian brave that most women can only fantasize about. The side of Olive Oatman that sits now like unpicked fruit of history is the side that shows why she cried for years with here head in her hands that she wanted to go back.


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