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  • E Awaken, Scootaloo

    When Scootaloo loses hope, Princess Luna is there to help her learn to dream again.
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  • E Diary of a Silent Tyrant

    Encased in stone, Discord observes the events around him and reflects on his life
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  • E Apple Ninjas and Other Vital Concerns

    Big Mac shows Apple Bloom that the farm can be a blast, even when her friends are all busy for the day.
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  • E Checkmates

    After finding a chess set in the library's storage closet, Twilight is eager to play a few games and turns to Applejack and Rainbow Dash. Teaching the two most competitive ponies in Ponyville a new game should be a snap, right? RIGHT?!
    3,673 words · 6,245 views  ·  461  ·  5
  • E Cheerilee's Thousand

    Cheerilee goes on one thousand terrible dates.
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  • E Diary of a Pliant Tyrant

    When Fluttershy finds out that Discord used to keep a mental diary while imprisoned in stone, she begs him to continue it. Grudgingly, he promises to document his thoughts about his new life among old enemies
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  • E A Door Jam

    Twilight, Applejack and Fluttershy end up on an adventure when Pinkie develops a strange obsession with Sugarcube Corner's back door.
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  • E Easy As Pie

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  • 1w, 1d
    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, 6d
    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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  • 2w, 6d
    Cute

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  • 3w, 2h
    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...

    15 comments · 92 views
  • 3w, 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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The Crystal Empire is slowly being destroyed by a patchwork monstrosity of unspeakable power.  King Sombra's forces have fought valiantly, but what hope did they have against a creature that can twist reality itself?  In a desperate bid to save his people, Sombra, and his wife, Queen Chrystal, have called the great Star Swirl the Bearded.  However, solutions often come with a heavy price.  Sometimes the results aren't what were expected.

Cover art by Ezpt (2135D here on FIMFiction)

First Published
25th Nov 2013
Last Modified
8th Jan 2014
#1 · 48w, 4d ago · · · The Ritual ·

Wait.

This is...

OH HELL YES IT'S FINALLY OUT!

~Skeeter The Lurker

Looks like you might have botched the italics.

This creature...  I wonder, is it Discord?

The lion's paw it has...  And what it said...

~Skeeter The Lurker

>>3534383  Damn it!  That's the second time I've screwed italics up today.

Thanks for catching that!

I'm getting a kind of Game of Thrones feel from the perspectives you're doing.

I quite like it.

All in all, this is a incredibly awesome start to this fic.  I can;t wait to see where it goes.

~Skeeter The Lurker

>>3534405  Thanks, man.  I wanted to use some different perspective to get across the feel of the world.  

Oooh, I like the new take on Sombra. I'm guessing you already have a plan for how he's going to be corrupted? It already seems like his heart was torn out... Is there anything more to it than that?

>>3535932  Lots more.  The next few chapters will explain a lot.

#11 · 47w, 6d ago · · · The Ritual ·

Have you ever considered submitting this story to Equestria Daily? You can find out how to do so here.

>>3555944  Yes, it's been submitted already, but EQD waits are usually pretty long, so I wouldn't expect to see it there for a month, at least.

But thanks for having the confidence in it to think it should be submitted!  I really appreciate it!

Run away, my crystal pony equivalent.

I noticed one error (I wrote this down on my notepad earlier, but forgot about it until now):

Sombra’s mouth had sagged open as the creature fell to the ground, cackling and clutching its stomach. “Oh! Oh, you should see the look on your face! You’re simple too much!”

Also, just a nitpicky thought, you could probably remove the 'had' here. Though that really is a tiny detail. :pinkiecrazy:

>>3722561 Thanks!  It's never too late to point out an error to me.  I love squashing them!

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