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Let me tell you all about a dream I had.
In my dream, I stood on stage at a convention. The room was packed with various con-goers. They hung on every word I spoke...
...and I was not alone.
Standing on either side of me were people I didn't recognize. People of various ages, races, genders, and nationalities. We looked at each other and knew that we had one thing in common; a deep abiding love of fanfiction.
In that respect, we were one and the same.
From that dream has risen the Nexus, a consortium of like-minded authors dedicated to the refining of the art of fanfiction and fighting to see fanfiction accepted as much as other fan-works are. I have already selected the first potential members and those chosen should be receiving their invitations shortly. If you have not received an invitation in a week and want to be part of this massive project, shoot me a PM. At this, the very beginning, I've chosen the first potential members based on two factors.
1. Steady FIMfiction activity.
2. At least 5 published stories.
Followers and Views don't matter in the Nexus. Only the craft matters.
Additional details are reserved for those first invited right now.
Got any questions or suggestions? Post 'em below.
We are one, my friends, and together we can do anything.
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-My 'something silly' is well on its way. In 'Tylenol with Codeine,' the unicorn created by Greg Proops for the Harmontown podcast's D & D adventures is sought by the Mane 6 for help against a vicious monster called the Ember Mauler. Don't expect much.
-Progress on 'Changelings' and 'Victory' have been slowed somewhat by a new story idea. I'm currently debating whether or not to write it or pass the idea on to someone else.
CONTEST WINNER (With a damn bullet, I might add...)
RUBYCAST! Damn girl, that was some backstory for Highwind. Well done. I'll be messaging you soon about your prize.
And now, my thoughts on the (incredible) 100th episode, "Slice of Life." This took me awhile, as I had several double shifts in a row, had to attend one of my oldest friend's wedding, and sob over the final episode of Phineas and Ferb.
-Derpy (Never gonna call her Muffins, Hasbro) has a print and delivery service. Not post-mare, but I’ll take it. Also loving the new voice. Kind of perfect. Tabitha St. Germaine does it again!
-So Time Turner, erm, ‘Doctor’ is a scientist/inventor? What a lovely idea. This whole scene was simply glorious. The throwaway line about centuries alone is probably going to spawn several dozen fanfics. Same with the traumatic experience the Doc had as a foal.
-Oh, it’s the Dude. That’s cool, I guess. This whole bit was the only bit of the episode that didn’t work for me. Aside from the “man” comment from Doctor Time Turner which made me giggle.
-They kind of nailed Octavia’s voice, didn’t they?
-HA! Mac and Cheerilee. Trying to be sneaky, but I see you! (Villainous cackling as episode fits into the Continuity.)
-I think the Lyra/Bon Bon scene might be my favorite of the entire episode. From the perfect voice choices to the small characterization bits (Lyra’s eye twitch) this was stellar.
-I also laugh at anyone who says “Your ship is sunk. They explicitly say they’re best friends.” Well duh. Of course they're best friends. My wife is my best friend, too. Also, how many of your “best friends” that you don't routinely fool around with let you caress their cheeks as you gaze deeply into their hooded eyes…?
-Also, hooray for confirming that Celestia has secret agents! (Tosses another idea onto the story pile)
-And of course I loved the bits about her blending into the crowd.
-Oh hai, Steven Magnet. This was cute, I guess.
-The Vinyl/Octavia stuff was great as well… and also clearly foreplay. (Another story idea to the pile)
-A Button Mash cameo does not make me forget the loss of Button’s Adventures, Hasbro.
-Twilicane was unexpected and absurd and I loved it.
-The Gummy scene might well be the funniest moment of the entire series, bar none. I wonder what he’s thinking about the rest of the series… (story on the pile)
-The Celestia/Luna stuff was nice, but I think they missed a final kiss on the fandom’s cheek by not throwing in a ‘Tia’ from Luna.
-Also, did anyone else expect Celestia to pull the old ‘sign my name on someone else’s gift’ trick?
-There are no words that describe how happy I am that the Doctor/Derpy relationship made it into the show.
-Nice scarf, Doc.
-Ugh, Tennant reference. Just kidding. Kinda. (Smith 4 Life)
-I love how multi-layered the final monologue was, both in universe and also as a thank you to those of us in the fandom who gave these background characters their personalities.
-It took several rewatches before I realized that all those foals were cowering at the Changeling, he wasn't just sitting by himself.
-I know this was a one time thing, but can we please get some more Doc because HE IS GREAT.
That about wraps it up here. Hmm, 99 blog posts.
I guess next time... the Nexus opens.
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In hopes of breaking my bout of writer's block, I'm trying something new; complete silly insanity. Also a crossover... kinda. Not to be taken seriously at all. Very little editing. Very short.
I really hope this works.
“What did this?”
Twilight Sparkle barely heard Rarity’s question as she stared in horror at the charred landscape around her. The grasslands to the east of Ponyville were nothing more than ashes now. “I think I know.”
Rainbow Dash, hovering overhead, swallowed the lump of fear in her throat. “Care to let us know?”
Twilight lifted a hoof and examined the soot that remained on the appendage. “The beast is called an Ember Mauler. It’s a huge lion-like creature with a mane of flames and two flaming tails. It has one purpose and one purpose alone.”
“Which is?” Applejack reminded the others of her presence.
“Destruction. Complete and utter destruction.”
Pinkie Pie pouted as the ruined field. “We have to stop it. Before it hurts anypony else.”
Twilight shook her head. “I’ve only read of one successful Ember Mauler defeat… and I even only heard about that while I explored other worlds with the mirror.”
“Could we bring the ones who beat it before here?” Fluttershy was also there. “Maybe they could help us.”
A weary smile tugged at Twilight’s lips. “We may not have to… because I think one of those great heroes retired to our world.” She turned to her friends. “Saddle up, girls. I’ll teleport us there.”
The assembled ponies crowded around the purple princess. “Is this fella anyone we might’ve met?” Applejack tugged her hat tighter to her head.
Despite the grave circumstances, Twilight actually chuckled. “Believe me, AJ; you’d remember this guy if we’d met him before.”
"By the great gaseous goblins of Gandersnatch, what reason do you ponies have for intruding upon the home of the most gorgeous and perfectly braided oo-nicorn is all the land?"
A high five for anyone who guesses the identity of this mystery hero.
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-As 'Victory Lap' slooooooooowly comes to completion, it occurs to me that there might be a way to close the trilogy without doing straight clop. Another anthology, but this one set at Canterlot High's Senior prom. Think of it as a slightly more risque version of 'Morning Glory.' Would it work, do you think?
-Secret project is still secret. Still very excited about it.
-The next chapter of 'Changelings' is in the proofing phase.
-Let us quickly discuss something that's been troubling my mind. With every new clip of Episode 100 (Slice of Life) I'm seeing more and more negativity. I've seen comments suggesting that the show has finally jumped the shark by giving in to so many pieces of fanon and that it's inappropriate that the show's 100th episode not focus on the Mane 6.
Most troubling of all is my sneaking suspicion that one of my favorite and most influential authors, one SleeplessBrony, has apparently vanished, having not updated a story in almost two years and not logged into the site in months. Comments on his user page hint that he might have left the fandom.
One wonders; why?
Is the show really that much different that what it once was? Sure, but is that a bad thing? Not in my opinion. The show's world and characters have evolved so much in the past four years that I strongly doubt the opinion of anyone who says the show has gone downhill. If anything, it's been nothing but uphill.
Which brings us to the 100th episode.
The 100th episode is not just a celebration of the show. It's also a tribute to the world... and to the fandom.
The tribute to the world is the simple fact that it isn't focused on the Mane 6. The world and characters have grown so wide and varied that we don't necessarily need to focus on the Mane 6. I've always loved the idea that one day Friendship is Magic will end, but a sequel series will follow with a NEW Mane 6. The characters we've known and loved will still be around, but in different positions. Think of Twilight in Celestia's position, aiding the now adult CMC. Or Applejack as the Granny Smith figure. The world still lives and grows.
As to the fandom, well... we are a major reason the show exists as it does today. Beyond calls from Hasbro to make obvious toy allusions and the obvious market of younger children, a major part of how the show exists is because of us. The writers and animators have always taken notice of how the fandom lock on to certain characters (for good or ill) and look at who we see in the teasers for Slice of Life.
Octavia? Finally voiced, she was just a background pony.
Vinyl Scratch? Appeared in all of two shots prior to being adopted and fleshed out in fanon.
Derpy? (Dead-panned stare)
Time Turner has a Trottingham accent, for goodness sake!
The 100th episode isn't caving in to fan demands... it's a thank you. To which I say no, thank YOU, DHX. Thank you always.
WEEKLY TRIVIA QUESTION
Last Week's Answers: Sweetie's father Crescendo is her magical tutor and prior singing instructor. To avoid nepotism, Sweetie was transferred to the class of one Professor Pantameter.
I also accepted Twilight Sparkle, as she tutored Sweetie in magic first. No more than 1.5 points total, though.
Dawn Flower: 1/2
Swirling Line: 0
Yami Vizzini: 6
This Week's Question;
Princess Luna had many lovers across her lifetimes. We only know of four because of their testimonies... but those who hold the title of Brother Veritas know of several more. Brother Veritas mentioned one by name. 1/2 point for the name... and another 1/2 point if you create a good backstory for him/her.
Post answers below.
Collected here are the interviews and impressions of Jade Ring as he sought out the Bearers of the Elements of Harmony to gather their recollections of the day that Princess Luna rose to power.
Originally written in script format, I've restructured the story into a narrative that I hope still captures the essence of my original work. Additionally, new details have been added revealing the ultimate fate of certain charcters. I hope my readers will enjoy this revised look at one of my personal favorite works.
Something evil has found Ponyville. The town's children are disappearing, each disappearance preceded by a dream of an impossibly thin stallion.
When somepony she loves is the next to vanish, one young farmer must venture into the forest to find her. Once there, she will encounter an ancient force. It is powerful. It is terrifying.
It is hungry.
Amazing cover-art by the equally amazing Swirling Line. (She's also doing a stellar comic adaptation. Stay tuned!)
Cool bit of fan art by Timey-Wimey
This story is a sequel to Dear Sweetie Belle
Years after the events of 'Dear Sweetie Belle,' Rarity convinces herself that her not-so-little-anymore girl is stealing her beauty. What lengths will Rarity go to in order to take back what is rightfully hers?
NOW WITH A NEWLY UPDATED (and hopefully less confusing) ENDING!
Fantastic cover art by SwirlingLine. YOU ROCK!
Applejack has put up with Rarity's barbs and insults for years. When the seamstress finally crosses the line, what lengths will the young farmer go to in order to set things right?
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's masterpiece of terror 'the Cask of Amontillado.'
Wonderful cover art by XRainbow-ChocoboX
A stellar live reading by TheLostNarrator
This story is a sequel to Dear Sweetie Belle
Following Rarity's example, Applejack writes her little sister a letter. While Rarity's letter revealed the truth of Sweetie Belle's origins, Applejack's letter will shed light on the greatest unanswered mystery of the Apple family; what happened to Applebloom's parents?
Beautiful cover art by AcrylicDawn. Her DeviantArt. Check it out.
After an accident robs them of their parents, Rarity writes Sweetie Belle a letter laying bare a secret kept all the little unicorn's life.
"It's fascinating the level of depth this story takes. Just the part alone about why Rarity represents generosity is enough to bring tears to even the toughest critics. This is an amazing story in every way. Mature in some of its themes and true to life, yet not graphic or exploitive, 'Dear Sweetie Belle' is a must for My Little Pony fans who need a great, sad story to tide them over."
-Obake, Pony Fiction Archive
Beautiful cover-art by AcrylicDawn
A live reading by the Doom Pie Network Right Here