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  • Wednesday
    Shut Up, Brain!

    It's really annoying when you have what should be a passing idea that becomes a permanent, insistent idea. I was talking with Steel Resolve the other day, and he was lamenting the dearth of Fluttershy/Rarity romance stories. Mostly joking, I told him that I'm going to write him one some day, and that it would suck, but I'd write it for him all the same.

    Strange thing is, I can't quit thinking about it!

    Now let's break down why this is ridiculous:

    1)  I don't have any freakin' time.  Seriously, I just semi-retired because I can't get three seconds together to write.

    2)  Fluttershy is not a favorite of mine.  I don't particularly care for writing her.

    3)  I've tried to write romance several times. It's never really come together, besides what I write with Steel.  I'm going to have to give him most of the credit on that one.

    4)  Every idea that I have for it is miserably sad.

    All of this points to it being a horrible idea, but my mind is fixated on it for some reason. I should probably just bang out a chapter so that I can look at it and say, "Oh, yeah. That's bad. Let's throw that in a drawer where no one will see it again."

    But it's something about challenge. I have all these great ideas that I think people will like and that I know I'll enjoy writing, but they aren't as challenging as writing a miserable romance about a character that I don't like in a genre that is my weakest. So my interest is all piqued. It crowds out all the thoughts that I need, and I find my imagination playing out scenes of a story I don't want to be working on.

    Why, brain? Why?!


    8 comments · 57 views
  • 1w, 1d
    It's My Cheeri-versary!

    26 comments · 129 views
  • 1w, 4d
    Story Recommendation #3

    Wow.  It's been a long time since I've read a story that I liked well enough to recommend.  Yeesh.

    So let's discuss Spring is Dumb by HoofbitingActionOverload.  As is the case with these things, I'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but what is below this might contain them.  Consider yourself warned!  Warned, I say!

    This is a romantic comedy, and romance really isn't my genre.  I like the idea of it, but I find most stories to be generally overwrought, and no category has more offenders in that department than romance.  And that's precisely what makes this story nice.  The romance in it felt very natural to me.

    Less natural was the comedy. Now don't get me wrong. This story is funny enough to get a couple of actual laughs out of me. I almost never actually laugh out loud. It's more of a mental registry that something is, indeed, funny. My mind makes a little mental checkmark, but it doesn't usually translate into a smile or a chuckle. This story did a time or two, and for that, I applaud it.

    However, that didn't stop it from feeling like it was clubbing me on the head with the premise from time to time. There is a certain repetition that is going on in the story for comedic effect, but there is a fine line between 'still funny' and 'getting old.' Toward the middle of the story, I was starting to get pretty tired of the schtick, but the great thing is that the story also mostly does away with it at that point, too.  Not quite quickly enough for me, but I'm prickly and easily irritated, so for most readers, it will probably be right in the sweet spot.

    One thing that I really liked here is that this is a comedy with romantic elements, and that really lets the romance at the end have greater impact. It sets up the conclusion well, then delivers because you're ready for that change of pace. I think the instinct on it was good.

    Occasionally, the narrative voicing falls off track, but it's a rare problem.  Once or twice, HBAO has Rainbow think things that are humorous, but not really something that Rainbow would think. Then he kind of has Rainbow point that out to herself, but that's a false joke in my book. You can't have someone think about how they'd never actually think like that. But like I said, it's a nit-pick, not a recurrent thing.

    I was left wondering why it was divided up into two chapters. I didn't see the need to break up the flow.

    In the end, I found myself really enjoying this one. It's not perfect, but who knows more about Not Perfect fics than me? Eh? Eh?!

    No one, that's who.

    But the comedy hit its marks quite a bit of the time, and the romance was heartwarming. That seems like a win in my book.

    2 comments · 56 views
  • 2w, 1d
    So BABSCon...

    I know it's kind of a ways off, but I was curious to know who among you are planning to go to BABSCon. I'm not very confident about the fanfic side of things this year, so I figure if we want to represent, we will probably need to get on top of things.

    Are any of you planning on trying to host a panel of some sort? Do people want to meet up in a hotel room like we did last year? Should we get a group together and go get some food? Should we stage a coup and storm the main stage, taking the Goldies for ourselves?

    It's kind of a strange thing, these cons.  Everyone is always waiting for everyone else to get on top of things. I figured I'd try and get the ball rolling. We have a lot of creative, interesting people with informed opinions. It'd be a shame if we couldn't get some great panels out of all that experience.

    18 comments · 83 views
  • 2w, 3d
    Do You Like Melodic EDM?

    Well, if you do, why not check out statoose's bandcamp page, and see if his new track is up your alley. At a single dollar, that's quite affordable for three tracks totaling over eighteen minutes.

    For those of you who don't know him, statoose is a great guy who's helped me with quite a few of my stories. He's particularly good at picking out sentences that don't work well within the context of the paragraph that contain them, and he's helped me shine up many a lackluster phrasing. There's not much I can usually do but say thanks, but this is my chance! My opportunity to make a small dent in the imbalance of our karmic scales.

    However, I wouldn't do it if I didn't also like the end product. Melodic trance/Uplifting Progressive House isn't my usual EDM choice, but this is well done, in my opinion. I could certainly mix this into a set for my more melodic friends, and I'm sure they'd love it.

    So if it's your bag, swing on over and give it a listen. Free streaming, so what do you have to lose?

    0 comments · 38 views
  • ...

"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
15th Nov 2014

First Like!

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

Light and laughter,


>>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.

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.

>>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.

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


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

>>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.

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

I am so on-board with this story.

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

>>3493683  Glad to hear it!  :pinkiehappy:

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:

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

>>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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Skeeter The Lurker

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

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


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

~Skeeter The Lurker

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


You have my attention...

~Skeeter The Lurker


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

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

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

>>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.


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


Only two emoticons come to mind:




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

This is priceless 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.

>>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!

>>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.

>>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:

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

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


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

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

HAH!  Classic Jock.

~Skeeter The Lurker

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

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


Same.  But think rednecks with tractors instead.

~Skeeter The Lurker

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!

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

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