Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Ever Burning Zeppelin Prompt

If you recall this post, I was grumpy because I wanted to post a creative prompt - in that case, art - and see what my readers made of it, and was grumpy because I couldn't find any fantasy art that was explicitly Creative Commons. Well, I finally found something to post.

What follows is a video of someone traversing part of Caminito del Rey (the King's Little Pathway), one of the world's most stupidly dangerous hikes. According to Wikipedia's article (insert praise of Wikipedia here), Caminito del Rey was built between 1901 and 1905 as a walkway to service a hydroelectric plant (I didn't know they had hydroelectricity in the early 1900s - did you?) and renamed in honor of King Alfonso XIII's trip along the road in 1921.

Caminito del Rey has seen better days. The three foot wide walkway is missing a safety rail in most places, leaving nothing between a hiker and a 984-foot fall but balance and chutzpah. In some places there are holes, and a few sections have fallen away completely, leaving hikers to walk along the underlying metal structure, balance-beam style. There's a safety cable, but the walkway has still claimed several lives. The Spanish government has closed the walkway, but you know morons people, and that doesn't stop them.

Your instructions are to:

  1. Watch the video (it's really, really cool).
  2. Tell me what it inspires you to create - a story, a game, a character, rpg or otherwise - and maybe leave some of said creation in the comments.

And that's it. Here's the video:




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By the way, Burning Zeppelin Experience's Google Analytics data hit an all-time low yesterday, so I'd appreciate the comments, even if you haven't got anything to say. I don't want to whine (too much) and it's not like I'm going to quit or anything, but it was discouraging, and I'd appreciate the boost.

7 comments:

Scattercat said...

Well, you got today's flitterfic, if that makes you feel any better.

Mark said...

It does. Thank you very much.

Mark said...

Also, looking forward to our meeting tomorrow. I'm still getting this whole not being a flake thing down.

Scattercat said...

Wouldn't it be day AFTER tomorrow? *checks computer*

Yes, okay, it's still Tuesday.

Goddammit, don't do that! I had a hard time remembering what day it was BEFORE I started working nights on the weekend!

Josh said...

Hmmmm....wow....pretty cool blog....i've been thinking of trying to blog more, but I keep getting so caught up in whether what I'm writing is what I'm really thinking...honestly what makes me most creative is giving myself permission to do something that no one else finds interesting but is meaningful to me...

Ben said...

That was built in 1905? Who in hell built it? How did they even get up there?

I'm seeing a high speed chase scene. Something science fiction. Below is lava or razor sharp crystals or just nothing at all, forever. Some kind of protective suit keeps you alive in the hostile environment, but crazy magnetic forces threaten to push or pull you off at any moment, and your enemy is right on your heels...

Mark said...

@Josh

Yeah, you should blog. Everyone shoul(*sings*) "everybody oughta have a blog" bum bum bum.

@Ben

One word: sweet.