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WednesdayShut Up, Brain!8 comments · 57 views
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?!
1w, 1dIt's My Cheeri-versary!26 comments · 129 views
1w, 4dStory Recommendation #32 comments · 56 views
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.
2w, 1dSo BABSCon...18 comments · 83 views
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.
2w, 3dDo You Like Melodic EDM?0 comments · 38 views
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?