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Just thought I'd let you know what I've been doing, and what's coming up next:
- I've been helping Steel with the latest chapter of his utterly adorable and ongoing shipping masterpiece, Green. Basically just going over that puppy with a fine-toothed comb. (Spoiler alert: it's a beast! Absolutely massive I mean, and chockfull of epic situational comedy and Rarity goodness. So definitely be on the look-out for that one!)
- I've just updated another long-neglected member of my minuscule repertoire of inconsistently-updated stories, Morrow. It's only a small update, I'm afraid -- a little over 2000 words -- especially after all this time, but, erm, it's better than nothing, right? After discovering how effective I can be when given just a few hours to write something, I'm planning on doing a little experiment with this particular story, writing small new chapters, encompassing a single scene, over the course of only a few hours. And just... seeing where I end up, basically? Hopefully that should help me be more productive with the limited time I have available to me...
- I'm going to work on the rewrite of chapter 3 of Nosing & Tasting next. I've been doing a lot of brainstorming with friends, and I've already been going over the previous two chapters and retconning a few things, to better fit with the new intended direction of the story. It probably won't be the last chapter, either...
Well, see you guys later!
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61w, 6dNosing & Tasting - Revisions?19 comments · 267 views
Ask any of my friends and fellow authors, and they'd probably tell you that one of the biggest downsides of being (vaguely) acquainted with me is that, every single time I'm about to publish something, I invariably turn to one of them in the middle of a pre-publishing nervous breakdown, utterly convinced that I've just written the worst thing ever.
Yesterday night was no different. Only this time, it just so happened that nobody in my motley crew of cloppy co-conspirators really had the time or energy to have a quick look at Aurora's Latest Potential Fiasco. Alas! I ended up publishing it anyway, of course, because I was already way behind my promised deadline and because I'm a blithering idiot. I'd been struggling with some parts of this chapter for so long that I really just couldn't wait to release it into the wild, allowing me to finally start working on one of the many other half-baked projects I have lined up.
But wouldn't you know it: this also happened to be the one time where -- judging by some of the more vitriolic comments, at least -- I actually succeeded at writing the worst thing ever!
Uh... Go me?
But seriously, yeah, this latest update received some pretty harsh criticism -- some of it, I think, needlessly so.
(If it was, in fact, the goal of some of you to make me feel terrible about myself and my writing, or to make me seriously consider just giving up and sticking to editing for others only, then... Well, congratulations guys, you did a stellar job. )
But these surprising outbursts of anger and disappointment did make me think; they made me realize I must've really screwed up this time. And it didn't take me long to see why. Especially not after reading some of the more considerate, constructive and insightful comments that followed, and after conferring with a dear friend of mine.
You were all completely right, of course. I fucked up.
I didn't take obvious reader expectations into account, and I failed to provide accurate trigger warnings up front to prevent people from perhaps becoming invested in a slowly-updating, multi-chapter story that might eventually come to include content they would not enjoy. But really, the worst thing I did was to rush this chapter out too quickly, making the stupid mistake -- out of frustration at being unable to come up with sufficiently erotic scenarios for these two to engage in -- of writing in a sex scene which, while fairly hot, was in complete dissonance with the emotional backdrop, and really just had no place in the story. It was all pretty glaringly obvious in retrospect, but I'd somehow lost sight of the big picture due to writer's block. I hadn't even originally planned to put it in there, it just... It was easier for me to write, given my own sexual preferences.
So... I unpublished the chapter for now, given that I'm unhappy with it, too. I'm going to try and fix it -- if I can. Probably with the help of other, more talented individuals.
Because I actually care about this bloody story. Because I poured a not-insignificant, deeply personal part of myself into it.
And because... *blinks slowly* I-I love you guys... You, you know that, right? *hiccup*
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Hey, are you sitting down right now? Good. 'Cause I just finished a story I wrote.
Yeah, I know, I know, it's completely unbelievable: Aurora just changed one of her stories' statuses (statii?) to 'Completed?!' NO WAI!
(I'll just give you all a moment to process this shocking fact, and would like to assure you that, no, it is not, in fact, the end of the world as we know it, and that, to the best of my knowledge, dogs and cats are not currently living together -- YET.)
And the best part is that I totally did it with the deadline I set for myself beforehand, too!
"You said you'd be done yesterday. You totally missed your deadline." *shakes her head* "Tardy."
Well, I, uh... At least I stayed within my self-allotted number of words?
"No you didn't; you were supposed to stick to around 6000 words per chapter. This last one is, according to my calculations, easily 31% larger than that."
Guh... Well, I hope you all enjoy the epic conclusion regardless. Nag...
"I heard that!"
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Sorry for the delay on getting this one out; I really wasn't feeling the sexy for a while there. Just wanted to let you know that the final chapter of Nosing Ampersand and Tasting is now sitting pretty at around 5600 words -- very close to the projected length of roughly 6000 words per chapter, in other words -- and should be finished by tomorrow. Just need to put on the finishing touches and give it all a good once-over to make the eventual publication (slightly) less embarrassing.
Which, incidentally, does mean that I've just produced another 18000-plus-word epistle consisting of nothing but shameless My Little Pony smut...
As you can imagine, I'm very proud.
One of these days though, I'll manage to actually write a short short story. You'll see.
PS: I see you, Steel Resolve, with your clever little thematic title to spruce up these unavoidable, boring and generic story-update blogs. "State of Resolve..." Man, wish I could've thought of that one! Well, two can play that game: "Aurora Orations," bitches! Or "Aurorations," if you will. It's funny 'cause my name is "Aurora," see, and that's really only one letter away from ending in "oral" -- which, as you know, I'm totally fond of, and I forgot where I was going with this.