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Stories6

  • T The way she used to be

    You never forget your first crush.
    10,527 words · 762 views  ·  49  ·  0
  • T Somepony New

    New home, new life, new species. Now things start to get complicated.
    9,156 words · 888 views  ·  49  ·  2
  • T The Sparkle Chronicles

    Okay, so the girl of your dreams turns out to be a pony. Now what?
    18,479 words · 2,457 views  ·  88  ·  6 · sex
  • T Dead Pony Flying

    Rainbow Dash is scheduled for the Long Black Train, but first she has some flying to do.
    2,071 words · 849 views  ·  45  ·  2
  • T Second Act

    To be a Very Special Somepony, first you must be a pony.
    12,307 words · 1,243 views  ·  48  ·  8
  • T The Life That Late He Led

    The continuing adventures of Twilight Sparkle and Desert Brush.
    20,751 words · 349 views  ·  22  ·  4 · sex

More Blog Posts161

  • 1w, 1d
    Musical notes, so to speak

    The third Soft Spectrum album has been released, and like its predecessors, it's a showcase for chill, a genre -- at least, I think it's a genre -- that I have found welcoming in the past.  The series is presided over by Kyoga, who has composed some stuff that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  

    Also like its predecessors, it's a charity affair: the $5 they're asking for the ten tracks will go to Bronies For Good.   (As is my wont, I tossed in slightly more.)   If you go for this sort of thing, here's where you get it.

    0 comments · 15 views
  • 3w, 12h
    Having perhaps overdone it

    If I'm interpreting the new status indicators correctly — and who says I am? — I got to my 1000th favorite this weekend.  Assuming I'm running my usual pace, this means I've read somewhere around 1800 stories in the last 27 months.  (Blatant selection bias: I'm far more likely to start a story if something about it suggests I'll want to keep up with it.)

    The most recent addition is flawed and would benefit from a proofreader, but the premise — earth pony seeks a mechanical means of flight — appealed to me.

    0 comments · 11 views
  • 4w, 13h
    About that self-insert business

    There's apparently a new term for it: "transcribed aspirational self-narrative".

    Still kinda looks like Mary Sue, though.

    1 comments · 19 views
  • 5w, 3d
    There are always numbers

    So I tried out knighty's new stats suite, and I'm not sure which surprised me more: having had 21,750 chapter reads, or being in the top 3000 (barely) in follower count.  Neither of these is a world-beater, exactly, but I still suffer from How Can Anyone Bear To Read This Stuff? Syndrome.

    1 comments · 23 views
  • 6w, 11h
    The weather outside is frightful

    The major disadvantage of the lack of pegasi out here on the plain is that we're basically stuck with what the air masses in the sky end up doing, and what they're doing at the moment is giving me 50-mph winds and rain approximately the velocity of an automated car wash, albeit without any of that Anti-Spotting Rinse stuff.    (Well, that and the tragedy of leading a pony-less existence, as I did for the first 57 years of my life.)

    If you don't hear from me for a rather long while, assume I've been spun into orbit by the whirling winds.

    0 comments · 19 views
Aug
4th
2012

Counting words · 4:27pm

I am becoming persuaded that every editor in existence counts them differently.  Google is full of people who have found discrepancies between how many words they think they wrote and how many words Microsoft Word thinks they wrote.

I didn't pay any attention to this phenomenon, of course, until I landed here.  I wrote The Sparkle Chronicles in the WordPress editor, since it's the one I use most often these days.  The three chapters published here so far are listed at 3278 + 2830 + 3886 = 9994 words.  WordPress says 3186 + 2727 + 3720 = 9633.

None of this presents any particular problem -- I mean, it's not like I get paid by the word for anything I write, and I'm not going to sit here all day and count words myself -- but it is the sort of thing I agonize over for No Good Reason At All.

Dusty Sage · 173 views · Report

Well, that's an interesting glitch. Does it count non-word characters like punctuation?

I'm really not sure where the discrepancies fall.  I know WordPress doesn't count anything inside an anchor link, but since there aren't any in the story, that can't account for it.

Perhaps it's in how compound words are figured.  ("Two-hooved drinkers" might be two words in one editor, three in another.)  I don't really consider this a "glitch," which implies that something is doing something other than what it's intended to do.  And really, I wouldn't blame the FF crew for using a broad definition of "words," inasmuch as you have to have at least a thousand of them in your opening chapter.

And just to indulge my OCD: I put back in 51 (per WordPress) or 52 (per FIMFiction) words I'd struck from Chapter 3.  (They're at the bottom.)  Counting by hand (or hoof, I suppose), I get 52, so maybe it's that WP is undercounting by a shade.

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