It's been exciting around here. As a writer, I made Equestria Daily (finally! ), which was way cool. As a reader, I got to read the end of Anthropology (finally! ), which was six fifths as cool as my previous utterance. The author, JasonTheHuman, also wrote an end-of-story blog post. Then my written-in-one-session story and the clopfic I've been working on came out, and neither of those are making EQD, even if they weren't against their rules. And then there's this blog post. Anyway, all those events bubble around in my head, and this comes out:
Pink and Famous is, as anyone can tell, semi-autobiographical. The part about a desire to have fame is what I made up. The part where I'm a pink pony who throws parties is taken from real life Nah, just kidding. I wrote it after Bronycon, where I saw Lauren Faust get presented with a giant picture and also saw the EQD and Everfree Radio staff host some awesome panels. Obviously, we're talking about different levels here. Lauren's genuinely a celebrity and the EQD guys are internet famous and JasonTheHuman and TAW are great fanfic authors. Me, I'll settle for any of those. And, irrespective of how big I get, I love all of you, my favoriters, followers, and commenters. Seeing the "1 new notification" pop-up, or coming home to a big number next to the little flame is always cool. Thank you so much.
Anyway, TAW's post has one opinion on how to be both Good and Popular. It's a fine opinion, but I've heard the exact opposite sound just as plausible. And then I realized that what William Goldman said about the movie industry is true of fan fiction as well.
Nobody Knows Anything.
Obviously that's not meant to be taken literally. Contrary to what President Obama says, hard work and intelligence matter. And I'm certainly not comparing myself to JasonTheHuman and TAW there. In movie terms, they're Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood, and on a good day, I'm, um. . . Kevin Pollak. But if I wrote something of the quality of Anthropology, or wrote with the consistency of TAWs stories, would I have their success?
Is it a matter of timing, like My Little Dashie and Cupcakes?
Is it pure luck? Why did Spiderses become the controversial trollfic that made EQD and not, say, A Tale of Good?
Really. If you look at a lot of the feature box stories, especially if it's a first-timer, the author comments will be a long the lines of "I didn't anticipate this many people liking it!"
I had a point with all this (I think), which is this: I don't know how Pink and Famous did well and my other stories didn't, but I prefer the former. So I've just got to keep going. I'd like, someday, to be big enough, say, to be in Wikipedia. (Hey, if Fifty Shades of Grey can do it. . . ). Or at least TVTropes. But I don't know how.to do it, and I don't think anyone else does either. I've just got to keep working.