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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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  • 6d, 8h
    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
    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, 2d
    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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  • ...

"How could somepony as amazing as you not have a Special Somepony on Hearts and Hooves Day?"

With that single sentence, a thousand memories came flooding back to Ms. Cheerilee.  A thousand memories of a thousand terrible dates that she'd just rather forget.

First Published
15th Nov 2013
Last Modified
14th Oct 2014
#1 · 48w, 6d ago · 2 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

First Like!

This is fun, cute, and classic. I look forward to more!

Light and laughter,


#2 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493575  I'm hoping to write at least one date each Friday.  Depends on how much time I have at work.  It's a nice break from the larger stories I'm working on now.

#3 · 48w, 6d ago · 8 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

I just realized everything you've written is gold. Have a watch.

Also, this is hilarious. Poor Cheerilee. Forever alone.

And it's short, which I like.

#4 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493625  Wait, you weren't watching me before?  Weird, I was sure you were.  I guess we've just commented on stories a lot.  Well, thanks for the follow!  I'm glad you are enjoying this.  I wanted to keep it bite-sized.

#5 · 48w, 6d ago · 5 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

If you can really write a thousand of these, I will gladly read all of them.

#6 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


Yeah, I was surprised to find I wasn't watching you too. I thought I was.

#7 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493651  I'm not sure I'm going to get to one thousand by myself, but I can pump out a lot of short, ridiculous stories in a short time.  I might see if some people want some guest spots.

#8 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

One quick fix you may wish to make: missing "on" from your short description.

#9 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

I am so on-board with this story.

#10 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493677  Oops, how embarrassing!  Thanks for that.  :twilightblush:  I'm the king of mangled sentences.

#11 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493683  Glad to hear it!  :pinkiehappy:

#12 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

You know, I never thought there'd be a way to make Ms. Cheerilee completely losing her temper believable, yet here we are.  Then again, these dock-holes she's dating are so idiotic that they could try Celestia's patience. :facehoof:

See?  It is possible to write a good story with a Random tag.  You just did it. :rainbowwild: Okay, I kid.  Nicely done. :moustache:

#13 · 48w, 6d ago · 5 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

And then Cheerilee had a mini flashback and freak out every time she found her students playing 'The floor is lava'.

#14 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493710  I was trying to study up on it.  If I was going to write a random story, I wanted it to be a good one that wasn't filled with random for the sake of random.

And yes, you guys will see.  Cheerilee has really, really bad luck.

#15 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493750  Oooooh, I never thought of that.  Life post Adventure Time must be tough for Cheerilee!

#16 · 48w, 6d ago · 3 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

GOOD GOD!! Is this story going to be 1000 chapters long?! :twilightoops::rainbowderp::pinkiegasp:

#17 · 48w, 6d ago · 2 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493764  Not sure I'll get there, but that's the objective!  :scootangel:

#18 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493766:applejackunsure: Well, Good luck man! God's speed.

#19 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

Looks like you've got your work cut out for ya. :rainbowlaugh: Good luck!

Pfffftttt.  Nice one.

I can see poor Cheerilee will be focus of many a joke.

I can't wait.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#21 · 48w, 6d ago · 2 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

And now I wonder just how she got out of that mess...

~Skeeter The Lurker

#22 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493837  Thanks!  It's a...stretch goal...?

#23 · 48w, 6d ago · 1 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493902  By the end of my series, Cheerilee will have a Navy Seal-like set of skills for survival.

#24 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


Complete with stealth suit?  That'd make it better.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#25 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493936  She's probably going to want a stealth suit for the next one...

#26 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


You have my attention...

~Skeeter The Lurker

#27 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


There ya go. Maybe get help from other writers, make a collab out of it.

#28 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

These were supposed to be exactly 1,000 words long, but apparently Word and Fimfiction.net have different opinions on what constitutes that.

I know. Weird, huh? I use LibreOffice myself and the FimFiction word counter gets it WAY off.

#29 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3493963  That had been on my mind.  I'll probably do it at some point when I'm busy writing something that is going to take a while.

#30 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


It's the quotation marks.  FimFic counts them as words.

#31 · 48w, 6d ago · 2 · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


Only two emoticons come to mind:




#32 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3494117  I knew it had to be something dumb like that.  FIMFiction has the weirdest formatting issues...:derpyderp2:

#33 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

This is priceless stuff!

#34 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3495083  Glad you like it!  It's nice to be able to write short things again.  I'm 40,000 words into my next story and it gets a little stifling at times to just persist in the same tale.

#35 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3495100  If you ever need ideas for more date-gone-terribly-wrong chapters, don't be afraid to ask around, because there is no way I'd forgive you if you stopped updating this!

#36 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3495131  I figure that I might have some guest authors jump in at some point.  I have lots and lots of ideas, but one thousand terrible dates is a large number.  Don't worry, though.  I have a mind that comes up with dumb crap rapidly.

#37 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

>>3495152  All praise the mighty xjuggernaughtx!

Some date that turned out to be. Wonder what other sort of hijinks poor Cheerilee's gotten involved in on her many akward dates. :rainbowlaugh:

#39 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

I take it Cheerilee's never disclosed any of these stories to her students. And for good reason I'm sure. :trixieshiftleft:

#40 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·

Do it, Miss Cheerilee!  No one will find the body! :pinkiecrazy:

Poor,poor Cheerilee! Her first date became :derpytongue2::derpytongue2::derpytongue2::derpytongue2: 4/5 in crazyness on the derpy grade

#42 · 48w, 6d ago · · · Date Two - Hot Stuff ·


Yes, that is right, none will find the body!:pinkiecrazy:

#43 · 48w, 5d ago · 10 · · Date Three - Lowering the Bar ·

That Gridiron just never shuts up. And apparently he eats a LOT of fiber. :pinkiesick:

#44 · 48w, 5d ago · 1 · · Date Three - Lowering the Bar ·

HAH!  Classic Jock.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#45 · 48w, 5d ago · 1 · · Date Three - Lowering the Bar ·

>>3497090  Yeah… that Gridiron… he's quite a stallion.  :trixieshiftleft:

>>3497140  I have known so many of these dudes...

#47 · 48w, 5d ago · 1 · · Date Three - Lowering the Bar ·


Same.  But think rednecks with tractors instead.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#48 · 48w, 5d ago · 6 · · Date Three - Lowering the Bar ·

Someone needs to punch that guy in the face.

Hey, Rainbow, I think we found the perfect date for you.

>>3497160  I'm from Kentucky.  I've known my share of that, as well.  Plus, you ever been to the Central Valley in California?  Man, Fresno is one of the redneckiest places I've ever been!

#50 · 48w, 5d ago · 12 · · Date Three - Lowering the Bar ·

>>3497170  Gridiron is a catch.  The kind you're really happy to throw back.

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