I Killed the Guppies, Too–Fish Friday #4

You read right: I killed the guppies.

I know by now you’ve worked out that I’m a bit of an idiot. I’ve told you before the nano-aquarium crashed, then recovered, looking just beautiful, but then I did something stupid. I caved.

Okay. My twenty gallon long aquarium was going along beautifully according to plan, but I had been doing some research out and about town to discover if either of the two local fish stores had any ember tetras and how much they cost as well as seeing if there are any of the other plants I needed were available without having to go up to Salt Lake at a great fish store called Fish4U. So at Jay’s Jungle in Provo, I was looking through his tanks when Jay himself walked up and started talking to me about what I needed. Unfortunately, he didn’t have anything I wanted. He didn’t even have any of the plants I need (or the ones he did were nearly dead). The problem with Jay’s Jungle is everytime I go there, the store is empty. I don’t know how he stays in business. So while I was in there talking to Jay, I started feeling a bit guilty and bought two male guppies. They were very attractive, but I should have noticed they were very much full grown and had some fin damage. I just felt guilty talking to Jay while his store was empty when I actually never intended to buy anything since he didn’t have anything I wanted.

So, I decided to put them in the nano-aquarium. The two guppies did great for a week and then one morning I noticed they were both swimming clumsily and a bit sideways and often nose down telling me they both suffered some sort of damage to their swim bladders. I moved them over to the twenty gallon tank as soon as I could. The nano-aquarium was crashing again–for the third time in three months. I was sick of it and decided it was time for the nano-aquarium to be pulled down. The twenty gallon had been cycling for a month and had quite a few plants in it, so I figured the fish, snails, and other plants would survive a quick, but permanent, change of environment. And both fish did fine.

For a while.

After two days, the twenty gallon still looked fine and the fish were eating and seemed to be recovering. However, I was really worried the two fish were not providing enough bioload to kick start the nitrates, so I called up to FISH4U, found out they did have some ember tetras at a very reasonable rate. I took my grandkids up there and bought six beautiful ember tetras and put them into the twenty gallon without a quarantine. I was that kind of worried. Everything went well and the fish seemed very happy.

For a while.

Three days later the two guppies were fighting ferociously with each other. After a day of that, the smaller one was so beat up, I separated the two by putting the injured one behind the aquarium’s Hamburg Matten Filter (HMF) for safety away from the bigger guppy. The smaller one was so hurt, it couldn’t move it’s tail well at all and the bigger one was swimming sideways or nose-down again.

Yeah, It didn’t take long after that. Three days in fact. Both fish were eating okay, but it’s pretty bad when a full grown guppy gets outcompeted for food by a bunch of tiny ember tetras. The small one ate the food as well, but struggled getting to it. The current behind the HMF is so slow, it shouldn’t have been a problem. Eventually, neither could move and sank to the bottom of the tank, so I euthanized them.

I hated doing that, but this is just another proof I need to stop being such a pansy and just be patient. That stupid nano-aquarium combined with my incompetence killed five fish and three shrimp. I hope to never go through that kind of crap again.


100 Days of Poetry: Day Four–Stanza 3 Hammers

I wish I could’ve worked longer last night, but I was so busy yesterday, I only ended up doing the minimum time: thirty minutes. I just couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. I finished drafting at a quarter till midnight. Way late since I had to be up this morning at five to start running errands.

Stanza three used to be stanza five. I rearranged the order to embrace the narrative quality of this poem and maybe to add a little tension. I mean, the stanza either starts with a “hammer” or “Samael.” Pretty intense, right?

Stanza Three

1st Draft                                                                      2nd Draft

There’s this hammer                                               Old Samael’s

banging lifted                                                            waffle hammer,

out nails, clawing                                                     sympathetic

up the ones that                                                        as a punch press,

won’t settle and                                                        bangs down lifted

sings hymns in tune                                                 up nails, claws out

loud and righteous                                                   unsettled pegs,

“bang, bang, bang, bang.”                                      and silences.

The “silences” and “nail” bits are pretty important to what is going on with the poem. To be real, every word in a poem is important, that’s why the drafting process is so important. Okay, I know not everyone believes conciseness is important. There are some really long poems out there that do a lot of nothing, but sound way cool doing that bunch of nothing.

The thing is, the silence and nails concept, is important to my the direction I’m trying to pursue. We’ll explore that more as the poem progresses.

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100 Days of Poetry: Day Three–Stanzas 1 & 2

Day three, last night, was great–I wasn’t up until midnight writing. Nope. I got a full night’s sleep, because I started writing a lot earlier in the evening. I don’t know if this makes a lot of difference in poetry writing, but I certainly feel better today.

I am a bit of a night owl and I have always written better under a small lamp when everything else is quiet. Unfortunately, I have to wake up early every morning to run errands for the family do a bit of work. That’s just how it is. Life is busy.

Looking at my poetry and thinking about it all day yesterday, I really felt unsatisfied by the word “giant.” It’s just one of those words that doesn’t work. It just sat in my head ruminating and even while I was working on the second draft of stanza two, I was bothered by it. I finally stopped working on stanza two and yanked out my thesaurus for some inspiration and I found the word “Brobdingnagian.” This is the name of a race of giant people in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The bell in my head went off and I knew I had it. Even the odd name and the way it stutters around the mouth works. Now, there are some problems still with stanza one, but after a third draft this stanza feels a lot better.

Stanza two came a lot easier. My main goal was getting away from including any reference to senior citizens. Most of my church’s congregation are not old people and since this poem is inspired by my Easter Sunday experience, I decided I wanted to get away from aging the congregants. I also need to get away from the word “bucket.” It just isn’t specific enough. The word “chantry” slid right in without too much work.

Here are the two stanzas I worked on and their progression. Both are getting closer to what I want and are feeling a lot stronger than the first draft.


First Stanza

2nd Draft                                              3rd Draft

The giant treads                                   Brobdingnag Rex

the hymn’s rusted,                              trods, trolls, the hymn’s

flecked, hatcheted,                              rust-flecked, exposed,

hiked headless nail,                            bossless nailhead

Meandering                                           pierced, meanders

foot-tromping blood,                          dolorous, off

dolorous, off                                         tempo and pitch,

tempo and pitch.                                 footprints, bloodprints.


Second Stanza

1st Draft                                                 2nd Draft

A bucket of                                             Obviating

nose-up feeder                                      the jubilee,

mackerel, calling                                  the chantry of

dirges to the                                          feeder mackerel,

moon, silver haired                             nose-up pleaders,

parishioners                                          intones dirges

flinch at tempo:                                    cowed, daunted, by

“too fast, slow down.”                         rameumptom.


What about tonight? Well, the poem is beginning to have a lot of narrative properties and instead of fighting this, I am going to push forward a bit. I am going to change up the order of the stanzas by putting stanza five after stanza two. I thought about this as I was walking back from my three in the morning bathroom trip.

We’ll see tonight how that works out.

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Comic Craft: Eleven Rules–Rules 1-3

I watch a lot of YouTube. The subjects I pay attention to are comic creation vlogs, fish-keeping videos, and travel vlogs. Two comic vlogs caught my eye this week: 9 Tips For When You Make A Longer Comic Or Manga Project” by Natalie Batista and “Kevin Makes Comics 1 – 13 Rules” by Kevin Cross. Batista and Cross are professional comic artists with many years of experience. Between the two of them, they came up with twenty-two different rules for successful comic creation for both print and electronic comics.

Cross has a non-rule rule. He created a rule that gives the individual cartoonist the option to make their own list. His rule is called “Season to Taste”. This rule means the comic artist is essentially free to make their own rules just like a cook seasons their food according to their own preferences. I like this rule, so I distilled Batista and Cross’s twenty-two rules down to eleven of my own by combining some rules, keeping some rules, and discarding. I have eleven rules. This week I am going to list the first three with full descriptions. Next week I will continue this list.

Here are the first three rules:

  1. Read. This is Cross’s second rule. He suggests a successful cartoonist would read a lot of fiction and nonfiction and as often as possible, read non-comics. In my creative writing classes, the professors said as a minimum, a poet or author should read ten times the amount of work in their genre as they produce and then to read a lot outside their genre.

This is a challenge for me since I am so busy, but since I am going back to school in the fall, I will definitely be reading a lot of non-comic materials. However, this also adds emphasis to what I wrote about last week when I said I am having problems finding comics I want to read. Right now, I am only reading one web-comic three times a week. If I am posting two comics a week, I need to be reading twenty or more web-comic posts a week.

  1. List Inspirations. This is Batista’s seventh rule. She recommends a cartoonist, particularly a manga artist (not that there is much difference), should make a list of what personally inspires the cartoonist.

To me this means keeping a notebook with me wherever I go, so I can keep notes when I need to. Essentially, if there is something that I can use from my life to improve or contribute to my comic I won’t forget. Another application is if I have a new idea for a project, I can have a place to flesh it out. Now, I am doing this with my bi-monthly D&D game, but I do not plan on making a D&D fantasy comic unless I can be sure it won’t be derivative.

  1. Personalize. This is Batista’s first rule. She said to make comics personal, meaning it has to be about something that carries special meaning to the artist. Once the cartoonist has this idea in mind, then the cartoonist should then refine that personal concept and brainstorm the concept out so it can be easily applied to the cartoonist’s comic project.

Last week I mentioned some of the things I do not want to write about or read in a comic. That is not to say I think what is important to other cartoonists is not worth writing about. It is just not important to me. This is where my challenge is: what is important to me? Right now I am writing about my fish hobby. I know there are a lot of people who think the fish keeping hobby is important. It also meets all the requirements I listed last week. There is another story I wrote ten years ago in short story form that I think would make a great comic. There are bits of everything I listed last week in it, but none of those four restrictions dictate the direction of the comic.

The rules listed above are great brainstorming rules. Sometimes, brainstorming is hard, but by staying aware of what is going on in contemporary literature, making lists, and keeping the project grounded in passion, the cartoonist, including myself, will be able to begin organizing a successful project.

100 Days of Poetry: Day Two–Stanza 1 and Drafting

Last night, I worked on my first poem in my 100 days of poetry project. I posted the full rough draft of the poem yesterday and mentioned it had problems. This is always the case. I rarely ever get a poem right the first time. I don’t think anyone does, plus I want to get back into the habit of spending loads of time with a poem.

Sunday night, I worked on the rough draft for little over an hour and last night I worked on it for an hour. Two hours isn’t bad. I read once Mary Oliver worked on each of her poems for at least 72 hours. That’s great. If someone worked on a poem for eight hours a day for a couple of weeks, then that would cover Oliver’s requirement, unfortunately I don’t have that much time per day to donate to composition. This is only going to get harder when school starts in the fall, but if I recreate a lot of the good habits I had when I went to school before, then I should be able to work on poetry for three or four hours a day, just I’m not sure if that would be everyday.

So what about the draft?

The first version of stanza one was as follows, with the new lines placed to the right:

First Draft                                                     Second Draft

Rust flecked, heavy,                                    The giant treads

hatcheted, and                                             the hymn’s rusted,

groaning, the hymn,                                   flecked, hatcheted,

an exposed nail                                           hiked headless nail,

head stepped upon                                    meandering

trailing blood, missed                               foot-tromping blood,

its notation’s                                                dolorous, off

verve: “fervently.”                                      tempo and pitch.

Honestly, I don’t like the second version much either, but it’s going in the right direction. This doesn’t mean I’m going to work on this stanza again tonight. Tonight, I’m going to work on the second stanza and if everything goes well, then I will work on the third stanza.

What don’t I like about the first stanza? Now, I love list poems and I have written quite a few, but the list of modifiers–rusted, flecked, hatcheted, and hiked–is just a little much. I also lost a bit of the metaphor from the first version. I know some people are going to have trouble that I changed the subject from “hymn” to “giant.” I don’t have a problem with it, but I do have a problem with the word “giant.” “Giant” is more of a placeholder while I work on this a little more, meaning I’m searching for a better word basically meaning “giant.” Another problem is there is a bit of subject/predicate agreement conflict. Even in a poem, the grammar must be accurate (IMO). Thus the reason for the drafting process.

In my article tomorrow about comics, I go over a cool comics rule about drafting comics. The comic rule basically states the comic writer needs to write, write again, and then write at least once again. With carefully crafted poetry, there might be a lot more drafts than three. I have redrafted some of my published poetry up to fifteen times (I suspect even more). I guess the biggest habit I’m working on right now is rewriting. As time goes, I’ll be working on effective drafting and hopefully finding a beta-tester who can give me sound, honest advice.

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100 Days of Poetry: Day One — A Rough Draft

Every once in a while, I’ll see blogs where someone tries to improve themselves by performing a 100 days of something. I thought I might do this with comics, but soon realized, I’m going to school in the fall for poetry. I guess I better do a 100 Days of Poetry. This does not mean I will be writing 100 poems. I could do it, but the poems would suck.

My basic idea is I’d write poetry for at least thirty minutes (or more) and report here daily, showing my progress.

The poem I’m posting today started during church, bounced around my head for a while afterwards, and then leaked out of my pen at night after everyone went to sleep. Here is the rough draft (and no, I don’t have a title, yet):


Rust flecked, heavy,

hatcheted, and

groaning, the hymn,

an exposed nail

head stepped upon

trailing blood, missed

its notation’s

verve: “fervently.”


A bucket of

nose-up feeder

mackerel calling

dirges to the

moon, silver haired


flinch at tempo:

“too fast, slow down.”


I’ve got this cross

of rusted nails

and brown-bagged fish

barrowed from who

knows. I horror

over the stains

vinegar can’t

absolve: “millstones.”


This grist ground with

bonito and

and English man’s

bones and bakes well

enough for lunch

egg, mayo, and

chive sandwiches

murmurs, “yummy.”


There’s this hammer

banging lifted

up nails, clawing

out the ones that

won’t settle and

sings hymns in tune,

loud, and righteous:

“bang, bang, bang, bang.”


Obviously, there are some problems. Over the next week or so I hope to polish this up, so I can start something new next week.

Do you have a suggestion? Comment below.

I Wish I Read More Comics

I started reading comics. Again. I took a year off. Keep in mind, when I read comics before, I meant daily, newspaper style political cartoons. I would really have loved being a political cartoonist, but I am just not partisan enough to be an effective political cartoonist. I’ve taken loads of those political surveys to plot where I am politically and I always come out a centrist with slight libertarian tendencies.

Yeah, it didn’t make sense to me either. The biggest problem is I gave up when the Republicans decided to nominate Trump and Clinton looked inevitable. I couldn’t believe our country would nominate the two least qualified people to be president.

Please, I don’t want to argue.

So, I’ve had a reset. I’m reading new comics by artists I’ve never read before and it’s a hard journey. I do not find pleasure in the comics I used to read daily (except Bug Martini). So I’ve had to re-examine the types of comics I want to read and also produce. As of today, I’ve published two comics and scheduled another, but I deleted one of the comics and am quite nervous about the other two comics. I have the same problems with what I’m producing and what I am trying to find to read.

This sucks, but I would love suggestions.

What am I looking for? Ummm:

  1. Non-political. I’m looking for something that isn’t political. This, of course, is impossible, but I would like if politics rarely, if ever, comes up. I do know the cartoonist’s politics will always bleed/leech through, but I would like politics not to be the subject of the comic.
  2. No Porn. I’m looking for something where sex isn’t important. This is not impossible, but I need to be clear, I’d like a comic where the gender identity, gender demographics, and sexual preferences and habits of the comic characters is unimportant to the direction of the comic.
  3. No RPGs. I’m looking for something where old D&D/Pathfinder campaigns are not rehashed in even the most interesting of ways. I play Pathfinder and started playing D&D back when D&D books came with staple binding. I love the game, but RPG comics are beat to death and generally boring.
  4. No Super People/Things. I’m looking for something where superheroes might exist, but just have no bearing on the characters involved. I hate spandex. I hate mutants. I hate powered people. The metaphor is boring, over-wrought, and cliche.
  5. Non Fiction (-ish). I’m looking for memoir, journalistic, and educational comics respecting the above requirements even if they incorporate some fiction elements.

Clones: Character Basics

The Dark Times are a part of Star Wars fans like me see little of and know even less about (especially after the Disney purge). The television show Star Wars: Rebels is as close as we get, but I wish could interact interact with the far deeper story. A new Star Wars MMO would do just that. The current Star Wars MMO, Star Wars; the Old Republic (SWTOR), is fun to play, but I’d love to play something relating to the movies.

SWTOR follows two different types of storylines and then side quests that are nice, but often have little to do the over-arching story. Nice enough, but what about race/cultural storylines? What about alignment storylines?

Today, I’m focusing on briefly indicating the details for Clones as a playable race/culture for the Republic. Clones are a three way race/culture where the Clone mold, Jango Fett, was a human and also a Mandalorian Bounty Hunter, adopting elements of being a human and a Mandalorian. In addition to both of those two elements, Clones are the Republic’s expendable soldier forming a distinct and interesting galactic sub-culture. The cartoon The Clone Wars does a great job explaining a lot of their story and why they are so interesting, but a closer experience of their lives upto Order 66 through The Dark Times and then finally to the conclusion of The Battle of Yavin Four.

I will be working on a four part storyline, just not today. Today, I want to cover the different types of Clone character classes that would be fun to play. In SWTOR, there are two trooper classes, Vanguard and Commando. If we treat Clones as a race/culture, then we must determine the classes they are most likely to be played beyond just being a Trooper. Here are the three core classes with two sub-types each:

  1. Infantry Trooper: A) Heavy Trooper B) Assault Trooper
  2. Irregular Trooper: A) Scout B) Sniper
  3. Support Trooper: A) Officer B) Tech Specialist

The Heavy Troopers are similar to SWTOR’s Commando Trooper and Assault Troopers are like Vanguards and that covers most of the troopers in the movies and cartoons. They are both my favorite to play in SWTOR. I love shooting virtual guns and a Clone Infantry Trooper would be amazing.

But what about Captains Rex and Cody? They aren’t either a Vanguard or a Commando. They are much more like SWTOR’s Smuggler subclass, the Gunslinger. Rex and Cody are good hand-to-hand fighters, but are even better dual-wielding two pistols, making them classic Irregular Troopers much like a special ops soldier, carrying-out the more intriguing and brutal of small squad missions.

In the background of the movies and the cartoons are several other types that would be very fun to play, like the sniper, officer, and technician. These classes would be diplomats, spies, and saboteurs, moving around the fringes of battles, destroying defenses, disabling computer systems, and command elements.

When the player starts character creation, they would select first Republic not Separatist, then select “Clone” as their race, and then select one of the six classes available to them. The only draw back is all the Clones look the same in the face and in physical construction, but obviously, the Clones make a few personal selections like haircolor, haircuts, facial hair, scars, tattoos, eye-color contact lenses, and skin complexion (not color or tone, however–they’re still genetically Jango Fett).

As soon as the character is completed, the Clone opens their dormitory door (without any prelude cut-scenes giving missions or anything) and starts shooting at droids with the lowest quality gear a shiney Clone gets to carry, having only one objective, getting from point A to point B while killing twenty Separatist Battle-Bots and completing a couple bonus quests relevant to their classes that pop up while the battle unfolds.


I Just Started Planting My Shrimp Tank; Fish Friday #3

Five weeks ago when my desktop tank was crashing, I decided it was time to get an old twenty gallon aquarium I had up and running again. Fortunately, the desktop aquarium survived, but once I got started with the new project, I couldn’t stop.

My twenty gallon aquarium is going to be a shrimp & peaceful fish tank. I was thinking about doing loyal biotope aquarium, focusing on Neocaridina davidii var. red or Red Cherry Shrimp and where the shrimp are from, but I am so out of practice with freshwater aquariums, I decided I better not. My aquarium is going to be a mixed community tank, focusing on shrimp.

Oh, and I’m going really slow.

I’ve had water in the aquarium for three weeks. Most of that time, I have been soaking the Hamburg Matten Filter and processing driftwood I found in the Provo River. Yesterday, I added rocks, substrate, an ornament and some of the plants I will stock in the aquarium with.aquarium plants amazon sword crypts In the picture you can see everything except one of the plants. There are two types of plants shown here: three green crypts (Cryptocoryne wendtii var green) and two Amazon swords (Echinodorus amazonicus). I’m not going to need any more of those plants. The green crypts will get about four inches tall and the Amazon sword should grow tall enough to go over the top of the water. Both of these plants were selected because they are easy to deal with, inexpensive, available locally, grow well in low to moderate light, and fit the needs of the livestock I want in this aquarium.aquarium plants driftwood crypts cryptocoryne wendtii green 

The green crypts, shown to the right were cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap and come highly regarded for ease of care according to several on line sources and reliable You-tubers (particularly Sean Peck at Pecktec — he has several aquariums filled with the red variety of this same plant). The other thing is they will provide good hiding places for the shrimp and two of the fish types I will stock.

aquarium plants driftwood amazon sword Echinodorus amazonicus rock ornamentThe Amazon sword, shown here, cost a little more and isn’t as easy to care for, but I’ve grown it in the past and the cardinal tetras and zebra danios I had in the old planted tank I had twenty some-odd years ago, loved it. I found it in several local stores and in the LFS I like, but none of them looked very good. I had to trim half of the leaves off these two samples after getting them from Petsmart. The LFS samples looked horrible.

In fact, I got all three of the plant types from Petsmart. The selection from Petco was slim, except for their giant potted plant aquarium, but that tank was suffering from a cyanobacteria bloom and I didn’t want to deal with that again.

aquarium plants driftwood anubias nana back viewThe plant shown here is anubias nana. It was inexpensive and I’ve had it several times before. The only thing that eats it, in my experience, are Koi and they eat everything. This little plant is tied to a rock and placed to the rear of the aquarium where it will very slowly grow over the big chunk of driftwood, providing loads of cover for fish and shrimp.

Yes, I got a cute ornament, but why not. I might get a couple more. If I lived in Seoul still, I know where to get similar ornaments made out of granite, marble, and quartz (probably jade, too, but I’m not the biggest fan of Itaewon). The other things I did today were to measure off and mark the aquarium whereSeachem flourish aquarium plant fertilizer h2o2 hydrogenperoxide prime dechlorinator twenty percent water changes on the aquarium are and I added some fertilizer and dechlorinator after doing said 20% water change (no, I didn’t dose H2O2, but it’s nice to have around).

Lots going on with the aquarium, but it was also nice to do. In a week or two, I’ll be adding more plants and two weeks after that, I should be adding some fish and two weeks after that, I’ll be adding some shrimp and the last fish (maybe, depending on plant growth).

Decommissioned Clone Trooper #Starwars

I play Star Wars the Old Republic Massively Multiplayer Online (SWTOR) video game. I started during beta and have played consistently ever since. I am not a fanatical player since I have way too much other stuff going on in my life, but I try to play as often as I can. Either I subscribe or I do the free-to-play option. I’ll probably cut down quite a bit when I go to school, since there are several things more important than video games in my life.

What I’d love to see is a new Star Wars MMO. See, SWTOR is great, but it covers a part of Star Wars lore I could care less about. Don’t get me wrong, I just like the Clone Wars through the Rebellion period a lot better than the Old Republic period. Basically, I’d love to see a Star Wars the Dark Times MMO. Yes, there would be loads of problems with Dark Horse comics and title licensing issues, but that would/could be overcome.

The games would have to start during the finally campaigns found in the Clone Wars cartoons right up to Order 66 and then straight through to the beginning to Star Wars: A New Hope.

I have thought of the many classes, races, and planets that would work and the first ‘race’ that I’d like to play is a clone trooper. decommissioned clone trooper man mohawk star wars The clone troopers can actually be several classes, like SWTOR’s Vanguard, Commando, Gunslinger, and Sniper. When you watch the Clone Wars cartoons, you’ll notice clone troopers following these roles as well as Diplomat/Naval Officer and Tech Engineer.

Yes, all clone troopers would start out being thrown in the middle of combat on the planet Kamino during Asajj Ventress’ and General Grievous’ assault on the cloning facility. Every clone character class would start as a “shiny” clone in a different part of the assault, but each one of the clone troopers serving in the 501st Legion in their appropriate role. Right from the beginning, the clone trooper would be shot at, being in combat constantly, having class and planetary missions as well as several side missions all working to save Kamino from the Separatists. Eventually the first quarter of the game would end with Order 66 and where the clone trooper personally kills the Jedi the most loyal to. The game would end many years when the clone is quite old, after his inhibitor chip has been removed, but has successfully helped the rebellion get a foothold under the masterful guidance and military prowess of the clone trooper. OR the exact opposite, where the clone leads Imperial military legions against the Rebels, pushing them into deep space.

In either Dark or Light ending (or whatever permutations this takes–for example, a dark-hearted, evil clone who supports the Rebels or a kind, wise clone who feels the only way to find galactic peace is through the Empire), the Clone always starts in Kamino, but ends up as a Rebel or Imperial.