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  • 72w, 5d
    Rant

    I'm sure a great many of you are purveyors of the fine arts. Writing, drawing, painting, singing, making music, whatever your flavour, I want to talk to you. People are going to tell you to study things that will get you a decent job, even if those things aren't in the direction you want to go. People will tell you that having dreams is nice and all, but you need to take the path of least resistance and get a nine-to-five. People will tell you that in the real world, having passion for a craft is not enough, and that everyone needs to face reality and join the daily grind sooner or later.

    Those people are wrong.

    Notice that the most they give you to hope for is a comfortable life. The vast majority of people aren't wealthy, after all, so the best an average person can strive for is an average life. You can be one of the millions of average folk out there who work all day and watch TV in the evening before bed. Lucky you!

    But personally, I would rather take my chances. I would rather study the things that interest me so that when I'm an old man I won't think "Well my accounting degree got me an okay job..." and instead think "Oh man, my days in uni studying lit and writing and meeting other writers and forming my own style and embracing the things I love most were amazing!"

    I want to know, when I'm looking at a mirror as I lay on my deathbed, that the person looking back at me didn't waste their younger years doing things they hated and working at unsatisfying jobs. I want to see some old twat writer grinning like an idiot, ideas still churning behind crazy eyes, knowing not a single second was wasted.

    So I'd like to ask you something. What kind of person do you want to be? Do you want to be an average person who lived an average life and left an average gravestone? Or do you want to be the artist with the crazy eyes, that weird kid who strayed from the path and found something beautiful?

    It isn't about being remembered. It isn't about leaving a legacy. It's not even about the chance of becoming successful because of your art. It's about realising you only have one life and you don't have nearly enough time to waste living it 'normally'.

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  • 76w, 5d
    Good lord!

    That's a lot of followers!

    In celebration of this crazy occasion, I'd like to ask for your opinions on something. A lot of people come to me for writing advice, and while I don't claim to be the most skilful writer, I do know some useful bits of general knowledge. Would anyone be interested in occasional blog posts where I address the most common problems budding writers encounter?

    Love, Dawn

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  • 92w, 4d
    Where is the next chapter?

    I'm not dead, nor have I been incapacitated. Every time I set a schedule, life makes it abundantly clear that it disapproves.

    My apologies for the lack of updates. I've been so frustrated with having no time or energy to write that I cut myself off from a few things, this site being one of them.

    The chapter is coming, but I'm not going to be so foolish as to estimate when. I ask for your patience and understanding.

    On that note, I'd like to make a note here about some rather mean PMs and comments I've received. I'm happy you're enjoying the story so much that the absence of new chapters really agitates you, but come on. I write this for fun, this is not my day job, nor is it a legally binding contract. I can't put this above the rest of my life. I know most of you are very cool about it, but the mean ones really get to me.

    Anyway, love you all and hope to give you something soon <3

    59 comments · 1,982 views
  • 96w, 6d
    University Days next chapter RESULTS

    The poll results are in and out of the 2,000+ readers, almost 300 voted. It's cool, I ignore blog posts too.

    Anyway, the decision has been made and the next chapter will cover the day before Octavia's birthday (AKA awkward snowy cuteness).

    Now, I noticed something about those who voted for the other option. They seem to be under the impression that this will just be a fluffy, pointless chapter that is basically fan service. If it's my fault you think that, I apologise, for I have misled you. The chapter will develop Octavia and Vinyl's relationship in a very special way, one that I've been waiting to get to for some time. After some careful thinking, I believe the time is right. Here's hoping it gives them strength to stand against the mother, eh?

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  • 97w, 4d
    University Days next chapter - YOU decide

    So, I'm at a bit of an impasse.

    You see, I mentioned a while ago that I have an adorable Hearth's Warming Eve chapter planned. I originally intended to do Octavia's birthday (and consequently her mother's) arc before Christmas arrived in the real world. What I failed to anticipate was just how slowly the next chapters would come along. You all know the reasons, university etc. but that doesn't change the fact that I'm a little behind where I thought I would be.

    And here lies our problem.

    In the story, it is the middle of the year. Hearth's Warming, like Christmas, happens at the end of the year amongst the snow and merriment. Having a random Hearth's Warming chapter out of nowhere would be a little silly because nothing has been leading up to it.

    Thankfully, I was about to introduce snow anyway, so at least we have that part covered. I also think Octavia's mother could be en-route during the next chapter, which means I have one chapter before the birthday and her arrival.

    So my question to you is this: What would you prefer I do?

    1. Do a lovely snowy chapter about the day before Octavia's birthday (basically a holiday special without explicitly saying it's a holiday special)

    OR

    2. Skip straight to the birthday and ignore the holiday season entirely.

    I like involving you guys because you've all been so good to me, so I leave it up to you. Option 1 will give you a cute chapter at the cost of delaying the birthday for a chapter, while option 2 will make the Hearth's Warming chapter happen when it reaches that stage in-universe at the cost of being completely unrelatable.

    We've had a lot of conflict-free chapters lately, so I'll understand if you want me to get straight into the next arc.

    Vote for your choice here.

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A refined mare fresh out of high school and a dropout following her dreams find themselves forced to spend a lot of time together.

With the help of a meddling psychology tutor and their new classmates, can they find what they've been looking for?

French Translation!

Fan Stuff!

First Published
26th Mar 2012
Last Modified
11th Jan 2014
#1 · 137w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

I like this so far, and I didn't see any grammar mistakes, so nice job!  I like Octavia X Vinyl, idk why.  just cuz.  I'm liking this so far though.

#2 · 137w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

damn, I didn't see either of the references!  Oh, and I didn't spot any grammar mistakes on this one either.  Nice work, I can see this story getting pretty popular if it continues at this rate.  At least, once you upload it.

#3 · 137w, 4d ago · 2 · · Chapter 2 ·

>>275689>>275709

Thanks for the help! Yeah, I absolutely love this pairing so I figured it was time I wrote about it. They just complement each other so well.

#4 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Hmm.... seems interesting. "Psych" really is a weird name :derpytongue2: Possible Psych-o joke ahead, though. I'll definitely watch and see how does this weekend ends. Judging by the tags, I have no idea what to expect! :rainbowlaugh:

#5 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Very well written; can't wait for more!:twilightsheepish:

#6 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Cool! I'm tracking this. Sounds purty interesting. :pinkiesmile:

#7 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

*has read Allegrezza and has incredible memory for useless facts*

*knows refrence is in there and recogniized it, but cannot put finger on exact part*

*rage ensues*

#8 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Note to self, reread Allegrezza.

#9 · 133w, 6d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

I like where this is going...very nice.  I especially lost it at the “Take psychology, they said. The teacher’s nice, they said,”

YOU SIR HAVE EARNED A TRACK AND A LIKE

Cheers,

jangledorf

#10 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

i really enjoyed the personalities of the two main characters, Vinyl and Octavia. especially since their personalities fit with the description everyone would guess from them. the conflict was also accurate, and i have to fully admit, i had a good laugh at some of Vinyl Scratch's grumblings. :rainbowlaugh:

Kudos to do, i;; follow this and see where it goes.

#11 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

and this is why OctaviaxVinyl is so much fun.

And personally (probably because I'm annoyed that I can't get the real one) I would conjecture that, to some extent, most of this is an Alegrezza reference in a very limited sense, as Alegrezza, so far as I can tell, helped to set many of the aspects of fanon which you draw upon in this fic.

Which isn't to say that this fic isn't fantastic and an original concept, just that you draw from Vinyl and Octavia's relatively well-established fanons (which are fantastic unto themselves)

This probably makes me sound like a jerk in some way. Ah well, common enough. I'll probably take some time tomorrow to state what I meant and apologize. Fantastic fic!

#12 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Gah, I wait impatiently for more.:fluttercry:

#13 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>370562

Glad you like it! I'll be posting in a sporadic, semi-weekly pattern.

>>370572

Thank you! I hope the next few chapters will be up to the same quality.

>>370595

Thanks! :)

>>370659

Hahaha, it's quite an obscure one, but then all the best references are :D

>>370676

It is a really good story.

>>370714

I WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR TRACK AND LIKE!

>>371434

I'm happy you're enjoying it! Plenty more to come.

>>371657

Oh, absolutely. Allegrezza has been a big contributor to the fanon of many people regarding Vinyl and Octavia. But lets not go overboard and say that any VxO story draws solely from that one fic. Much of their fanon personalities were established before Allegrezza, which is why we all found it so engaging: we already had a basic idea for the characters, so Coffeegrunt was able to expand on that and use it to develop them in his own way. Of course, due to the immense popularity of his fic, many bronies came to see his versions of O and V as their personal head-canon, despite the fact they were just polished and refined versions of what they were before Allegrezza. I wanted to try and nip this in the bud by including a reference straight off the bat to show that not only am I aware of (and a fan of) Allegrezza, I'm making a conscious effort to not simply ride on Coffeegrunt's characterisation.

I'm not sure if anything I just said made sense, or if it sounded rude or something, so if it did I'm sorry.

Crap, now I feel like a jerk.

>>372721

Your patience will be rewarded :)

#14 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

I am liking this! Can't wait to see more... or read more, i guess :pinkiehappy:

#15 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>373819

Hooray, I think we managed to communicate without offending people.

And I certainly never meant to insinuate that a fic drew solely on Alegrezza, merely that said fanfic was so influential to the overall fanon that most current uses of their personalities are inherently, on some level, a reference to that fic. And there was certainly existing characterizations before Alegrezza, and while I have been generally unsuccessful in hunting down many specific instances, Thunder and Lightning and, even more significantly, The Vinyl Scratch Tapes, evidence this and likely help to cement the characterizations (particularly The Vinyl Scratch Tapes given its massive popularity and relatively early use of the OctaviaxVinyl ship).Thereby, while new stories such as yours certainly deviate from the overall characterization, the general aspects of the personalities are generally maintained.

And I still have yet to realize the actual reference. ☹

#16 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>373819  It is one of my fave stories.  But it's been a while since I've read it.  So far you're story is good, I have to say, and quite the different take on how they met.

#17 · 133w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

:pinkiehappy:

#18 · 133w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>373819 WITH CHUCK NORRIS AS MY WITNISS, I CURSE YOU TO THREE MONTHS OF WRITERS BLOCK!

#19 · 133w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

>>374053

I'll be posting in a weird semi-weekly way, so more's coming soon!

>>374193

"...the general aspects of the personalities are generally maintained."

I'll agree with that.

And I refuse to point out the reference! :D

>>374973

Thank you. It's always fun looking at fanon relationships from a different perspective. More soon :)

>>375378

NO! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?!

#20 · 133w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Yaaaay octa scratch :D I can't wait to see how this goes :)

#21 · 133w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Looking great so far, causing me to anxiously await another! :twilightsmile:

#22 · 133w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Dangit, I'm missing all the references >_< Time to reread.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out, the setting has potential, and Vinyl&Octavia are best ponies :P

If I was forced to criticise anything at gunpoint, I would name that they kind of eased up really fast. From mortal enemies to best friends in ten minutes? It would have been easier if they found common ground in something (music isn't really an option in that, as their different tastes causes conflict in the first place.)

But like I said, that would be my criticism to save my life, it's still an entertaining story. :twilightsmile:

#23 · 133w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Why can't I see the bleeping references?

#24 · 133w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Can't wait for chapter 3! :moustache:

#25 · 133w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>382476

Best pairing :D

>>382866

You shall not have to wait long!

>>382918

Don't worry, they are very obscure. I'd be surprised if anyone got them.

I'm glad you're enjoying the story :)

>>382961

Hehe, I'll make a list at the end of the story and list every single one.

>>383820

Coming soon!

#26 · 133w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>384992

second best... after appledash :ajsmug::rainbowwild:

#27 · 133w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>385149

Hahah! I had a feeling you would say that, being the writer of TBW and everything.

#28 · 133w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>385152

Shocking, I know! :pinkiegasp: :scootangel:

(speaking of shocks, I'm still shocked of just how many people know my fic :twilightoops::derpyderp2: )

#29 · 133w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

*watches and waits for more* :pinkiehappy:

#30 · 133w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>385589

I think I read the first couple of chapters aaaages ago, and it just stuck with me. Not to mention there's quite a bit of fanart on it now, so it's hard to miss it.

>>386840

More very soon! :)

#31 · 132w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

This has got to be one of the cutest fics I've read! Thank you so much, and keep it up:twilightsmile:

#32 · 132w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

This is so adorable! I love it! I must has more!!! :heart: :pinkiesmile:

#33 · 132w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

I like how you turned it around in this chapter, Vinyl being confused and suddenly the one without friends.

I LOL'd at the awkward compliment at the end xD

No comment about any super obscure references I might have missed? Surely there is one?! I shall find it! :pinkiecrazy:

#34 · 132w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

I really like your... mane?

XD, awesome chapter man.  keep it up!

#35 · 132w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Many D'awws were made. MOARRR :flutterrage:

#36 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Don't you dare get lazy with this! :flutterrage:

Cool story though! :scootangel::pinkiehappy:

#37 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Love it so far, keep 'em coming and coming. :D

#38 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Really enjoying this :pinkiehappy:

The text messaging is a great addition and also the Lyra & BonBon cameos are fun to read.

My heart broke somewhat when they both admitted they were lonely and had no proper friends to turn to. :fluttershysad:

Nice touch also how Vinyl was all 'things to do and people to see' attitude and then we see her drinking alone and struggling with her feelings.

Now write moar! :pinkiegasp:

#39 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

I really like this fic, especially because I can relate to some crap in here. Vinyl, being all happy-go-lucky, even though she has a hard time. That is me, wrapped up in a nutshell.

Anyways, enough sadness.

Were there any references in this chapter? I couldn't find any. Of course, I couldn't find any in the others either. Also, I love how Lyra (my favorite background pony) and Bon-Bon are in here.

#40 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Awesome chapter, I love how you're developing their relationship.

#41 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>403281

No, thank you! :)

>>403384

Then you shall has more!

>>403397

No references this time... probably...

>>403649

Cheers man :D

>>403783

Moar soon, I swear!

>>404109

How could I get lazy with my OTP? So much is planned, never fear.

>>404247

Glad you like it! More soon.

>>404826

Thanks, I wasn't sure what kind of reaction the texting thing would have, so you've helped to reassure me :)

>>405367

It seems you can't have Vinyl and Octavia without Lyra and Bonbon these days.

And there maaay have been references..... or not...

Thanks for reading :)

#42 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>405408

Thank you. Plenty more to come :D

#43 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>405462 Your driving me crazy! :pinkiecrazy:  WERE THERE OR WERE THERE NOT REFERENCES TO STUFF?

And I guess you're right. I haven't seen any fics with Vinyl and Tavi without at least Lyra. And where there is Lyra, there is Bon-Bon. And where there is Bon-Bon, there is... something. My brain didn't think that far.

#44 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>405745

There might not have been a lack of no references.

:)

#45 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

I love this story it is one of my favorite stories I'm reading.

Nice, I can't wait for the moment when they realize they love each other, I wonder who will be the first one to realize it. I'm looking forward to the drama that will come from it.

#46 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>406491

It's going to be a fun ride, that's for certain. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

#47 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

I NEED MOAR!11!!!!11

:flutterrage:

#48 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>407205

I'm writing the next chapter RIGHT NOW! My fingers can only move so fast!

#49 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>407259

not enough finger movement speed

FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

nah I can be patient :pinkiehappy:

such a cute fic :twilightsmile:

#50 · 132w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>405794 ahhh.. Double negatives, we meet again for the last time.

Okay, I get it. There was a lack of references.

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