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  • Thursday
    Avengers 2

    Massive excitement: that's what I'm feeling. they are planning for some all out craziness, if this trailer is to be believed. Ultron is no joke when it comes to villains, and they've made him a menacing as he ought to be, at least in this short clip. They managed to turn Ronin into a clown for a half a movie, so it's not like the deal is sealed. Still, I trust Joss Whedon to make good choices.

    I both love and hate trailers like this. You can definitely get a sense that big things are happening, but not enough to really know what they are. Or course, it revolves around Ultron, and anyone who knows the character can see where that arc logically leads to, but how exactly that is happening is unclear. We just get a sense that there is conflict. Lots of conflict. Conflict upon conflict. That's cool and all, but it doesn't really give me an idea of whether I'm going to dig the thrust of the film like the trailer for Captain America 2 did. That trailer let me know that it was going to be Cap questioning the current system while also fighting to protect it. That was interesting to me. This has... um... Well, it's got a lot of destruction and some ballerinas. And Cap gets his shield broken, which would be bigger deal if adamantium was a thing in these arm of the MCU.

    But we do get a nice look at the Hulkbuster armor, even though Tony Stark has no chance against the Hulk. Well, comic book Hulk. He's always kind of underpowered in movies and TV, and necessarily so. Keep in mind that comic book Hulk is invited to cosmic level meetings between concept beings like Eternity and Death because he is the living embodiment of rage. Unless they've made changes to the character that I'm unaware of, the Hulk literally has no upper level of strength. As long as he's getting mad, he's getting stronger. Tony Stark's armor has no chance against someone who is a threat to Death. At least, not in the comics.

    Unfortunately, we also get a few shots of Black Widow and Hawkeye not doing very much. That's really a big concern for me. They've actually impressed me with both characters so far, but I'm still worried that they'll just be relegated background status before too long. It's what I think of as the Justice League effect. What do you need Green Arrow for when you have a team that includes The Flash and Superman. I mean, what possible situation could arise that one of the two of them couldn't solve more efficiently? However, I was a fan of Barry Allen Flash, so it might be that he's less powerful than before, but there was literally nothing he couldn't do back in the day. Anyway, I just hope they continue to make those characters useful.

    The odd thing here is that it diverges from the main stories that we have been following, so I'm curious to see how it will all come together. We have the loose thread of Loki in Asgard. Thanos is out there. Hydra is has a strong grip on the world. Yet none of this is evident at all in the trailer. We do get to see Captain America in an old castle at one point, which could point to Baron von Strucker (Seen at the end of Captain America 2), or maybe investigating some of the Red Skull's old artifacts. Or maybe even Baron Zemo, if we are lucky. If so, Joss, please don't have that weird, pink ski mask thing on him. Some things just don't translate well. A pink and yellow bodysuit with eremite trim, capped with a baggy pink facemask is one of those things.

    All in all, I'm excited to see what they are doing with Ultron. Joss Whedon says that are going against the trope of the Coldly Logical Robot Destroys The World thing. He's saying that Ultron is a flawed, illogical mess, basically. I think that's either going to be totally fascinating, or a complete disaster. Joss has a history of great characters, though, so I'm eager to see what he's done with that kind of a concept. It would be nice to move away from that Skynet kind of thinking into something new.

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  • 1w, 2h
    Update and Errata

    So the new story is coming right along.  It's about a third of the way through an editing pass, and so far only one or two major things have come up.  I have gotten from just about everyone that it's pretty dark, though, and that's disheartening.  The Dark tag is the kiss of death, in my opinion, but I don't want to lie to readers.  If it's dark, then it is.  I'll just have to live with that lower view rate.

    This is the hardest time for me as an author.  I love writing.  I love publishing.  I really, really hate editing.  You take this thing that you think is really great and give it to other people, who then tell you why it's not so great.  I find it to be demoralizing.  And then I get angry at myself for being childish, but it's a process.  I get feedback, then I enter into a small depression for a couple of days.  After that, I'll use the feedback to hopefully make the story better.  It's always helped in the past.  My stories have always come out better and stronger, yet I sit here and feel down about the whole thing for a few days.  That drives me up the wall.  I hope to one day be past that.

    I got the art back for the story, and I'm fairly pleased with it.  The artist screwed a few minor details up, but it's still pretty nice.

    Also, I'm not sure why I'm a sucker for stories with ridiculous sounding premises, but I am in the worst sense of that word.  I always look at these stories and think, "Wow, that sounds shallow/unworkable/like a terrible idea. There's no way an author would do that unless he or she had some way to really make that work in a way that's fresh and original."  It never is.

    Not true!  Skywriter's Shipping Sickness is a great example of a stupid premise that was awesomely done, but it's the rare exception, it seems.  This is probably news to no one but me.

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  • 1w, 6d
    Cute

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  • 2w, 8h
    The Tsunami

    Gah! So much to do! I have too many stories to write!

    I've just finished one, and I'm staring down the barrel of at least ten more. I don't know where they all came from. Luckily, I'm feeling pretty energized. I really like how my new story came out, and that will probably evaporate once my editor gets back to me with a thousand items, but for now, I'm feelin' fine. I'm already thinking about a sequel to that story, but we'll see how it's received first. I love it, so it'll probably fall flat on its face.

    I'm still struggling to find art, but I sent out some new requests that I've got high hopes for. The story won't be ready for public consumption for probably another month or so anyway, so I've got some time.

    But the next order of business is definitely going to be updating Cheerilee's Thousand and Taking a Job for Granite. I've sat on that stuff for too long while I worked on this new Big Mac story and First Steps. Then we will see about some collabs people have been asking for.

    And speaking of collabs, The Album 2 is seriously lagging. My Pinkie Pie chapter will never be seen! This is where I'd put the bawling Rarity emoticon, but we don't have it in the blogs, I guess.

    And how about this snazzy update? I'm liking it overall, though I'm still struggling to understand some of the choices. I can't see the lifetime performance of my story anymore? Just a monthly breakdown?  Uh, okay...

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  • 2w, 3d
    New Story Rough Is Done

    Ah, that 'Just finished a story' afterglow.  There's nothing quite like it.

    So I've finished my story about Big Mac being a boxer, and boy did it go off in a direction I didn't anticipate at the beginning.  I'm pretty pleased with it, though.  I had a good time writing it.  For the next few days, I'll probably be doing some editing, but does anyone want to pre-read it?  I'm always interested in hearing opinions on how a story is coming together.

    Now if I could just get the art settled.  WHY IS IT SO DAMN HARD TO GET ARTISTS TO RESPOND?!  I've never understood this about artists.  I tried for several years to get comic books together, and I'd meet with these artist who were totally on board.  Then they'd suddenly disappear. Six months later I get an email apologizing and telling me that they'd still like to work on the thing if it's still available.  Then they disappear again.  It's so frustrating. I'm trying to give them money to do the thing they like to do! Why is this such a complicated arrangement?

    Sigh.  Well, I'm going to contact another artist tomorrow, probably.

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This story is a sequel to Diary of a Silent Tyrant

It's funny what an idle slip of the tongue can lead to.  When Discord makes an off-hand comment to Fluttershy about the mental diary he kept when encased in stone, she begs him to continue it.  She says it will be "therapeutic", but he's sure it'll be a real bore.  But who can resist those puppy-dog eyes and a bribe of fresh cookies?  Grudgingly, he takes up a pencil to document his thoughts and experiences in his new life.  A life among his old enemies.  A life he never wanted.

Cover Image by Grievousfan who makes awesome art!

First Published
27th Aug 2013
Last Modified
27th Aug 2013
#1 · 60w, 3d ago · 9 · ·

Hey, awesome, the Discord story you spoke of is out!

~Skeeter The Lurker

#2 · 60w, 3d ago · · 2 ·

Well there goes my idea...

#3 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3115296  Yup, at long last!

#4 · 60w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

>>3115315  I know about that!  That's happened to me a couple of times, too.  

#5 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3115553

Someone gave me the idea to write a silly diary for discord in stone. Silly autobiography

#6 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3115568  That what I did for my first Discord fic.  At the same time I put it out, three other people put out stories of a similar nature, including Hoopy Mcgee's The Keepers of Discord.  Coming up with great, original stuff is so hard.  My advice is if you have a good story about the time Discord was imprisoned in stone, then go for it!  How you write is really what will set it apart.  There is always room for different takes on the same concept.

#7 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3115597

Ya...I am also writing about a changling

#8 · 60w, 3d ago · 6 · ·

You deserve eight and a half pounds of pure bacon:pinkiesad2:

#9 · 60w, 3d ago · 4 · ·

>>3115779  That sounds.... beautiful!  Just the thought of it brings me to tears!  :fluttercry:  So majestic!

#10 · 60w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

I gave you most of my thoughts during editing, so here I'll just say this: I really liked Silent Tyrant, but I dare say you've topped it here in terms of wit, strength of characterization, thematic depth... everything.  I loved the way the original managed to show both those changes in Discord's demeanor and nature of which he was aware, and those which he didn't or couldn't notice; this story does it even better, and still through a difficult medium to show un-self-aware change.

Incidentally, the ending here is a great improvement (for me, at least) on the first version; nice work!

You see, up until now, Celestia was merely a pesky gnat that I hadn’t really gotten around to swatting yet, but now she’s truly a challenge! Winning is always magnificent, of course, but it’s so much better when the outcome isn’t assured. I’ll be on pins and needles for the entirety of our next contest.

I think Discord's reaction here--the way you can read into his literal intentions, the evolving (and so often, self-serving) way he interprets events, and the slow shifting of his, for lack of a better word, "moral compass"--encapsulates what I love about this fic.  Great story, through and through.

#11 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3115821  Thanks, man!  You were a tremendous help with this.  Your insights really helped me make this something special!  :pinkiehappy:

#12 · 60w, 3d ago · 4 · ·

...And if I thought you writing a good Discord was impressive, now you've blown me out of the water. Actually developing Discord's character - treading the line between friendship and Discord's chaotic, rebellious self, and making it work, while keeping the essence of Discord the same? Straight on my favorites list. This is golden.

#13 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3116437  Thanks so much!  I worked really hard on this one, so I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!

#14 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

i would love to read a darker sequel to this story but still a funny one

#15 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

Why a pony would want to cohabitate with a creature that does nothing but make life harder is beyond me.

Oh the pure irony in that sentence.

This was absolutely wonderful to read. I'm glad to read a happy ending to all of this and to see Discord finally accepting how life can be chaotic and orderly.

Well done~ :pinkiehappy:

#16 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3115800 Applewood smoked, delicately glazed with angel tears and cooled by the giggles of newborns.

#17 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

This was really quite incredible.  Too many stories either turn Discord right back into a villain, make him an uninteresting clown or Pinkie Pie clone, or give him a complete "nice guy" makeover.  You've given him a character all his own, a personality with interesting tensions, and a natural progression of character development and relationships with others.

I'd love to see more of this Discord.

#18 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3117064  Man, why doesn't my supermarket carry that?!

#19 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3117162 They only carry it in North Korea, where there's no laws against giggle extraction.

#20 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3117124  Well, thank you!  I really enjoyed writing this, though it did feel like it was sucking the life out of me at times.  I may write a third story down the road to make a trilogy out of the whole thing.

#21 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

I'd actually would like to see what this might turn into.

Sure, the diary entries are amazing, but I'd rather much see a Discord-fic detailing the draconequus' adventures and errands that he would run for Celestia. Control over chaos is one thing, but what about the "sons of chaos," so to speak.

Does Discord's power reign over the unexpected minds of individuals? Can he control maddness? What happens when a being of equal power comes to claim Discord's crown (such as a troll)? What about the unexplainable, like the Pinkie sense or even holes in reality?

:facehoof:So many questions, so little time...

#22 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3116966  It really depends on where the show goes.  I try and fit my stories into their existing framework.  If the show leaves me with a thread of something dark, it may happen.

#23 · 60w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>3117056  It's great that you enjoyed this after reading the first one.  That was my biggest fear when writing this.  Doing sequels is always dangerous.  It's hard to capture lightning in a bottle twice.

#24 · 60w, 3d ago · · ·

>>3117174  That's... a lot of ground to cover.  Still, Discord is one of my faves, so I may work on a story with him in the relatively near future.  I have my Trixie fic to finish and another story planned after that, but once those are done, I'll be hunting for a new story.  Discord may be the way to go.

#25 · 60w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>3117192

Well then,

I suppose it's a great that you can say that. Recognizing limits is the first step, or one of them at least...

If it were anyone else, I'd have doubts but with you leading the charge then, :derpytongue2: I'll blindly follow! I'll wait paitiently as you take your time to smooth out the rough edges.

#26 · 60w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

This here? This is written art.

The way you managed to write out Discord in this,  his thoughts, emotions, it was beautiful. To not only play on his character, but to also build on it? Incredible. The way you kept true to his character all the way to the very end, yet also showing some growth in his acts that he shrugged off as nothing.

I also greatly enjoyed the way you represented Celestia in this story. Conniving, yet also looking out for the greater good of her subjects. You portrayed her the same way I would imagine her, and you did it well.

All in all, great read, wonderful writing. 10/10 Would recommend.

#27 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3117490  Thanks so much!  I really poured my heart into this story, so I'm very happy that you enjoyed it!  I was interested to see if people would be into this Celestia.  To me, she's a little too perfect in the show.  I figure that's the public face she wears.  I'm not a big fan of evil tyrant Celestia, but I do think she's shrewd and hard-nosed in a way that the series can't allow her to be.

#28 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3117184

To be honest I feel like this is ten times better then the last one! Much more depth and personality in well, everypony! Even when they don't talk much there's still spirit~ And I love that kind of stuff~

#29 · 60w, 2d ago · 2 · 3 ·

Not bad though you did not resolve any issues. As it stands Celestia has successfully gained partial control over discord. He is right you know. She is an uncontested tyrant.

#30 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

Read the whole thing.

All of it.

I just want to say, I love the way you portrayed Discord.

I'll probably go more in-depth about it tomorrow, when it's not 1:35 am and I'm bone-dead tired.

Yeah.

#31 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

Absolutely brilliant.

#32 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

You already know my reaction and thoughts on this, but let me say it again. I love it. Words can not convey my love of this brilliance incarnate.

I am starting to think you have a little Discord just floating around in your mind, just hanging out, and giving you the perfect characterization of him. Because you are dead on. Personally, I think even better than in the show.

As I said previously, this has gone straight to my favorites list on my page.

And as you deserve, this went right into the Feature Box. Bravo. You really do deserve it.

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#33 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

Not bad at all. It appears much less chaotic and humorous than the first Diary, but it works rather well as an actual story, as opposed to a mere miscellanea of mental musings.

#34 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

How are able to characterize Discord so well?

Also, good job! You made an ending that's neither: Discord becoming a good guy, nor did he stay evil. You made a perfect balance, so everyone is happy :pinkiesmile:!

Edit:  2 B onest dis iz teh bast dicord story

#35 · 60w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

This fanfic made me hate Celestia.

#36 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3117652 That's the position he's in.  She's in charge, but she doesn't have to be.  He could step up to the plate and dethrone here, but will he?

Having said that, my personal take on Celestia is that all rulers are tyrants of one variety or another.  I suspect Celestia is a rather benevolent one, but no one can be nice and understanding to everyone.  Some people are going to get the shaft in order to make things work for the greater whole of society.  Discord just happens to be that guy and he happens to also have phenomenal cosmic power, so Celestia can't exactly let it slide.

Thanks for reading this!

#37 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3117684  I'm really glad you liked it!

#38 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3117983  It's a success in no small part because you read it a million times before hand.  Like I told Statoose, I can't thank my pre-readers enough.  You guys really make a huge difference in my stories!

#39 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3118084  Yeah, I had to sacrifice some of the more bonkers elements because 1) the show turned him good (at least sorta good) and 2) because I wanted to actually get a story going.  I tried to keep his personality relatively intact, but he's got to a different draconequus or Fluttershy probably would have jettisoned him by now.  She'll put up with a lot, but not forever.

So basically I worked to make it less random for the sake of getting a more coherent story.

#40 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3118535  Thanks!  That ending was very important to me.  I wanted to leave it ambiguous because changing your personality is difficult, and especially so when you are a completely self-centered jerk like Discord is.  I already hated that MLP took away a perfectly great villain, so I wanted to leave it in a place where he could go either way.

#41 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3118643  Well, I hope that's because I wrote Discord well enough for you to empathize.  I feel like we see the squeaky clean public face of Celestia on the show, but she is the mare who sent her sister to the moon for a thousand years.  While I don't think of her as a tyrant, exactly, I do think she does make some ruthless decisions.

#42 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

Not entirely sure whether I like this or not... On the one hand, I do enjoy stories that center on the villains rather than the heroes, but I also prefer stories with more unconventional endings, including the sadly rare instances of the villain actually wining, where evil prevails over good, in defiance of the normal, more conventional endings where the good guys win.

This is why I disliked the "reformation" of Discord, as it were. In Discord's position, I would have just left. Headed somewhere else; another world, another dimension, who knows. If there's one thing I dislike, it's being constrained. Being told by others what you can and can't do.

That's why I'm not sure about this story.

#43 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

Okay. it is no longer 1:30 am.

Everything about Discord in this story is done right. While not canon-like ((E.G. Discord didn't stay with Fluttershy in the show after he was 'reformed' but you showed how hella amusing that could have been if Hasbro chose to entertain the idea)) you really showed how his new look on life conflicts directly with a natural need to cause Chaos, and how the chaos he causes usually inflicts misery.

I felt like I could relate with the spirit of chaos in this aspect, while not interested in doing something for the 'morally good' reasons, he still expressed distaste at the idea of being left alone again. Honestly I really questioned sometimes through the whole thing if he would stop acting the way he was and just snap and do something completely and utterly chaotic, which he did! (With Celestia)

Overall, this was really well done and amazing. I swear, everytime amazing fan-fiction like this comes out I actually prefer if things were to go down like THIS rather than like they did in the show.

#44 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

you should try making a series of these. its a realy fun read.:pinkiehappy:

#45 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3118879  That's why it took me quite a while to write a sequel to Diary of a Silent Tyrant in the first place.  I much prefer Discord as a villain, but I like to work within the framework of the show.  They changed Discord in a way that I didn't exactly care for, so I wanted to make some sense of it.

In my mind, Discord isn't evil for the sake of evil.  He's "evil" because he's different.  His mind works in a different way.  He's never had friends before because he'd never thought of having friends before, but now that he has some, he's not the same guy that he was in the past.  He has different motivations.  He could absolutely just up and leave if he wanted, but that's no longer his desire.  

That's my take on it, at least.  It's just one way to see the situation.

#46 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3118962  Well, this is a sequel (in the loosest interpretation of the word) to Diary of a Silent Tyrant, so it is part of a series.  The question is whether I go any further with it.  I'm going to wait for the new season and see if they have any Discord scheduled for it.  I don't really want to write a whole story and then have MLP go in a completely different direction right off the bat.  That can always happen down the road, but I'd prefer that it not be invalidated in a month or two.

#47 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3118643

You have to remember this whole thing was seen from Discord's perspective.

His opinions and personality strongly colour the way he perceives the world and it's inhabitants, just as it makes him disregard moral values that deviate too much from his own. If anything, this story does a good job of painting him as a narcissist, while Celestia acted more or less as I would've expected.

#48 · 60w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

>>3118894  When it comes to where Discord is these days, I felt that the show left it pretty ambiguous.  If they actually said the didn't live with Fluttershy, I missed that.  So I went with the idea that he'd made a first step, but Celestia knew he needed to keep at it.

I think the important thing with Discord is that he's not an evil-just-for-the-sake-of-it kind of a guy.  He appears to be, but I think he's a victim to his chaos.  It's just never been a problem for him before because he didn't have anything to lose.  Discord is completely self-absorbed, but is beginning to awaken to that fact.  It remains to be seen if he'll stay on the wagon.  I wanted to leave it open ended.

#49 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3119011  That's exactly what I was trying to do here.  Celestia is being pretty reasonable, but Discord is so self-centered that he sees it as an attack.

#50 · 60w, 2d ago · · ·

This is pretty much exactly what I'd have happen with Discord, character wise and everything. Right down to giving him some land to Chaos-ify. This was freaking great, read the whole thing in De Lancie's voice.

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