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    A direct sequel to Sketchy Salad Symphony. Picks up not long after it left off.
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  • 13w, 6d
    GalaCon!

    Hi everyone!

    Just a quick note to let y'all know, I'll be at GalaCon in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on the 2nd and 3rd of August. Look out for me there if you're going! I'll be playing at the formal gala ball event :)

    Also I haven't stopped writing things! I've just gotten kinda stalled on what I have up here, what with all the other things I've been putting my hand to of late. Don't fret folks!

    —Sketchy

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  • 58w, 6d
    Oh crap I'm getting old. My birthday's coming up...

    …in fact it’s going to be upon us in literally ten days’ time, which is ever so slightly terrifying o_O

    Apropos of that, I’m just gonna post up a short thing here in case you wanted to get me something nice. I mean, I know that’s not gonna apply to everyone who follows this blog at all, but I know it applies to some of you at least.

    So! Here we go. What I would really love for my birthday is…

    Art!

    Specifically, I would love more than anything to see some scenes rendered from the first pony fic I wrote, Sketchy Salad Symphony, which you can find here on FimFiction. So if you’re artistically inclined or you know someone who is, and you’d like to show your appreciation, please go right ahead :)

    Funds.

    I don’t like asking for money for stuff, but as a currently unemployed person with a passion for music, and with music being an expensive passion, I’m left with little alternative. If you have some bits burning a hole in your pocket and you'd like to show your appreciation, toss some in my tip jar. I can use it for getting my hands on some better equipment for the things I love to do. And that rather relatedly brings us onto…

    Hardware?

    This is the last thing on the list as it’s also the most expensive for if you happen to be in the mood to splash out a bit on getting me something nice. There are two rather expensive pieces of kit I’d love to get my hands on currently, but due to the aforementioned jobless and penniless situation, both are out of reach.

    I’m wanting to get my hands on both a (*sighs at the name*) YouRock Guitar ver. 2 and a Leapmotion controller. Either would be very much appreciated, as the YRG would let me write tabs for people to learn from simply by playing (not to mention it’d give me a whole new range of creative opportunities for my music), and the controller would similarly allow me to do some awesome new stuff music-wise and art-wise.

    This is one of the seldom few times I’ll openly ask folks out there for these things, and only because my birthday’s coming up so it’s a valid excuse :p

    Again I re-iterate, don’t go feeling like you must buy me something simply because I’m asking. If you’d rather not or you can’t afford to, don’t. The best gift I could ask for on my birthday is, after all, the friends I already have :) Anything beyond that is icing on the cake to make a sweet day all the sweeter :p

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, guys ^^

    —Sketchy.

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  • 64w, 3d
    BUCK is coming!

    So as many of you know, BUCK 2013 is almost upon us. I bring this up because some of you may not yet be aware of who all is going—and if you follow this blog, I need to let you know RIGHT NOW that I'll be attending!

    Of course, I won't be the only well-known face there: they're having a whole load of guests from the community, including The Living Tombstone, Glaze, AcousticBrony, and even the head of FimFiction himself, Knighty.

    Oh, and also there's gonna be this girl called Michelle Creber there too, I hear she voices a pony in some show about little horses or something ;)

    If you don't yet have a ticket, head on over to www.buckcon.org and grab one! Assuming you can manage to get to Manchester for the 23rd of August, that is.

    And on an additional note: if you can make it to the con, I've an extra something for those of you who're fans of my work. It so happens that I wrote a book a little while back, which is available through Amazon. It's called Beyond The Sky: Book 1 of the Asunder Saga, and it's modestly priced. If you happen to own a copy (or if you nab yourself one) and you would like it signed by the original author, bring it along and track me down! I will be more than happy to put my name on it personally, along with a message or maybe even a little doodle, if you'd like. I think it'd be a good way of giving you guys a lasting memory of the fun you're gonna have there, after all, along with a good read to boot!

    Anyways, that's all from me for now. I may toss up a few more blog entries closer to the con. Stay tuned! Oh and one last thing: I am still working on writing my fics, so don't worry yourselves there ^^

    ~Sketchy.

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  • 67w, 1d
    Still not dead!

    I'm still here, folks!

    Making a blog post to let y'all know that the next chapter of Serenata is steadily being written. My life's been all sorts of busy recently, including a house move amongst various other kinds of chaos.

    However, I'm settled in my new home now, and thus can afford the luxury of spending far too much of my time writing about pastel coloured ponies.

    I recently went back and had a read through some of Symphony, and all of the wonderful comments people had left. It's the things like that which give us authors the motivation and the strength to keep at what we do, I have to say. When you know there are people wanting to read your works, to see where the story goes... that's what makes it all worth the while.  

    Expect it some time soon, folks. :)

    —Sketchy.

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  • 98w, 17h
    Oh my gosh Sketchy, you're still alive!

    Heeeeeey everypony!

    Quick update for y'all regarding how I am and what I've been up to.

    Serenata is still on hold for the time being, as I still have a number of other creative endeavours I need to start or finish. That includes a couple of commissions, one of which is rather large, and a song or two.

    However, one of the things that's actually up and on the go which you guys should totally check out is Ask Britannia! It's an Ask blog for the mascot of BUCK, Britannia! It's also something I've been slaving away at with my co-author Hazelhooves for a few months now, and we finally have started publishing content. Go check it out and be sure to follow it!

    I'm planning to resume writing things soon—though, "soon" is relative here. Hopefully it won't be too long a time.

    Stay tuned, folks!

    ~Sketchy.

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What's it like to live in Canterlot, home of the princesses, assorted renowned celebrities and sophisticated ponies?

Well, it all comes down to who you are, really - and if you happen to be a fairly ordinary earth pony, you can get on with life quite easily with few distractions.

But what happens when life plays you an interesting hand, and suddenly you're thrown into the spotlight?

This is a tale of the everyday, and how it can turn from ordinary to extraordinary with a twist of chance.

This is a tale of friends, of laughter, of love and of life.

This is a tale of who we are, and how we got here.

This... is Sketchy Salad Symphony.

First Published
15th Oct 2011
Last Modified
14th May 2012

Can't wait for more updates!

All right, I'm integrating that bit about the equinoxes into my headcanon. (Wouldn't it be the Autumn Equinox Celebration, though?)

>>13587

I went with Summer Equinox as it's occurring at the end of Summer / beginning of Autumn. That, and it's what the person whose characterisation of Octavia I'm working with named it as well :p The only other equinox occurs at a time of year I associate more with Spring than Summer: usually around March. This one on the other hand occurs in September, which, depending on your climate, still counts as Summer.

If anything, it would probably be the Spring and Summer Equinoxes. Granted, that's naming them both after the sun, but I expect it's quite possible that in the years Luna was absent, any name that they may have had in celebration of the moon may have faded from memory. Well, with at least one notable exception!

Luna acting as a Weeping Angel? Cleeeevvvveeerrrrrrrrr.:trollestia:

>>14557

I saw the opportunity for mischief and couldn't resist. I see Luna as having a childish nature, which therefore includes enjoying a prank or two.

And, being a Who fan, I couldn't resist making the reference. :D

>>14572

The episodes of the Weeping Angels made me paranoid for a good while around statues and I found myself constantly looking back while walking outside at night. :fluttercry:

>>14629

I live in a flat with one other person, and I made the mistake of watching the recent two parter with them in on my own, in the evening.

Suffice it to say, I wandered around the flat with the the lights on everywhere after that! :twilightoops:

:rainbowwild: Yay. :derpyderp1:

A little note for my readers

The next chapter of Symphony may take some time to appear here. This is simply because I am trying to keep a buffer of one to two chapters' worth of content ahead of what appears here with my writing - and 4th Movement is HUGE. 5th Movement is probably going to be big as well.

Because of that, and the aforementioned buffering, I don't want to post 4th Movement until 5th Movement is finished. Rest assured, however, it will be well worth the wait!

Also, a big thank you to everyone who has commented and rated so far, I was not expecting such a high rating for the very first fic I submitted here. It's given me extra motivation to keep going and keep writing.

Stay tuned, Symphony fans!

Just a really damn enjoyable story to read. My one complaint is that you lay Salad's accent on really thick, to the point it makes me cringe slightly to read at times.

>>16944

Thanks! Apologies if you find her accent a bit difficult at times - it's difficult as someone who lives in the UK to find a decent source to compare it to for phonetics.

Just a brief update here to let you guys know that after a brief bout of writer's block, Symphony is once again trundling along at a steady pace. I should have more of it up soon.

:pinkiehappy:  This continues to go excellent places and I'm quite enjoying it as before. It was also great running in to you in the Study on IRC!

>>21497

Thanks, you too! =)

Oh, you.

Y U SO AWESOME. :pinkiecrazy:

>>35201

I just am. Thanks! :)

Okay, I'll be honest; I do NOT understand these intermezzos at all.  While I still find them quite enjoyable, I just don't get them. :applejackunsure:

>>35590

You aren't supposed to - yet. They are there to add a little bit of intrigue - consider them as a brief glance into a small snippet of time. Some of them have already been explained by the narrative, if you put the pieces together.

Another little hint: most of them are looking into snippets of the past. The very first Intermezzo was looking back at when Sketchy was to move away from Canterlot in his childhood. The dialogue is between himself and Salad.

>>35601

Ah, I see.  Much better.:twilightsmile:

#20 · 151w, 4d ago · 1 · · 8th Movement ·

>Octavia rebuffs Sketchy

>rage

>explanation promised

>phew... at least it'll get better :yay:

>Octavia tells him

>RAGE

>RAGE SOME MORE

>>51586

*Laughs* An interesting little note about that. This story is a combination of original content and adaptation of a ginormous RP log that I built up with a friend who plays Octavia. There's a little bit of art reflecting real life in this tale, because I as an RPer genuinely had little to no idea that she was playing Octavia that way.

All I can say to you is, keep reading. Chapter updates are going to start coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, because I'm now into adapting the log material proper. That's going to mean less work in terms of the ideas department (although I will be making tweaks here and there) and more content to come on a faster basis.

It also from experience so far means slightly longer chapters. 10th Movement, which is sitting ready to go already (as I always try to keep a chapter buffer in store) weighs in at a heft 8985 words, bigger than every other chapter so far. It is a very enjoyable read though, even if I say so myself :)

I'm getting mixed signals from Octavia's side of the relationship, and wishful thinking from Sketchy's.  Not a good combination usually.:twilightoops:

>>75413

Mixed signals certainly. Wishful thinking by Sketchy seems a bit harsh, ignoring all the little stuff from earlier in the night because those could just innocent enough, if a girl, who you like and she knows it, invites you to stay the night at her home late at night, in the same bed, well I don't know any other way that could be thought of. Sketchy seemed almost unbelievably accommodating of Octavia's "mistake".

.....that's just harsh Tavy doing that to poor Sketchy

AND US! gah so confused now :applejackconfused:

>>75498

I think of it all as this: Octavia has had somewhat of a compartmentalised existence. She's devoted her life to music study, and hence has spent very little time acquainting herself with societal norms. Hence, she's unfamiliar with certain things, such as how it could easily be misconstrued if you invite someone to stay the night.

On a simpler note, she's very fond of him and didn't want him having to walk home on his own late at night, nor did she want him to be uncomfortable.

As for Sketchy, well. Far be it from him to turn down an invitation of hospitality, especially so late in the day. He considered it though - but that said, would you turn Octavia down if you could tell she had something special she wanted you to see? :p

Rest assured, Sketchy knows it's not to be - if that hadn't already been established, he probably would have fled; and he was on edge the whole time up until he realised she was honestly ignorant of the implications.

That Octavia, what ever was she thinking.

Holy hay, my mind just exploded thirteen separate times.  What just happened?! :rainbowhuh:

Oh, wait, nevermind.  Awesomeness just happened.

Still, I had to facepalm a few times at the parts where Octavia invited him into her home... at night... in her bed... and NOT seem to grasp the implications.  You explained it well and I think it fits your characterization of her.... but still.

>>78672

His characterization? Mm, indeed.

Wow that must have been awkward, like when kids want to play your instrument. It'd be best to say no, but then again you don't want to upset them.

Oooooh WHATS GONNA HAPPEN NEXT?

I'm on the edge my seat Sketch! :pinkiehappy:

over 65k ,still incomplete

what the buck did i get myself into...

>>229055

Welcome to the insanity :D

>>DoctorWhooves

"Two's Company, Three's a Crowd" - 106000 words, fifty-seven chapters(seriously), and still incomplete. I'd say this one is fairly average in length.

Which doesn't mean it's not amazing. To the contrary - it's one of the best fics involving Octavia I've read, and I eagerly wait for an update.

>>236547

Thank you very much for the compliment on the story!

More will be coming relatively soon: I have a whole chapter's worth of fic sitting ready to go, but I'm not releasing that until the chapter I'm writing is done. I like to keep a buffer up where possible :)

I don't often read OC stories, but I must say, this, THIS right here has me interested!

The personalities of the various characters in this story are quite interesting.  Looking forward to reading more. :)

>>238141

Thank you! I'm glad to have piqued your interest :)

I absolutely LOVE the way your depict the princesses in this story!  It's exactly how I imagine them in the head-canon; Great and powerful goddesses, yet kind, loving and playful.  It makes me so cheerful!  Sounds a bit sappy - but whatever - This chapter brightened up my day. :D

All these interludes... I'm looking forward to finding out their meaning!

As Cyclone said, just simply a really enjoyable story to read. :)

>>35590 They're most likey part of a grand scheme to be revealed at the end.  Either that, or simbolic/metaphorical.

>>246070

As mentioned in a previous comments, the intermezzos are a break to the normal narrative, and an introspective look into brief snippets of time. They have mostly been looks back into the past: the first one is a dialogue between Sketchy and Sally the day Sketchy told Sally he'd be leaving Canterlot, for example.

They also serve as a little bit of foreshadowing in some areas; if you are able to determine who is speaking to whom, you may get a little more insight into the content of some of the chapters - and, in some cases, a bit of foresight into what is coming.

>>241985

It's not sappy at all :)

That is more or less exacty how I think of them myself; while they may be tremendously powerful and capable of incredible feats, they are nevertheless the same as everypony else underneath. They have feelings, needs and ambitions; they are capable of experiencing the same gamut of emotions as the "normal" ponies around them.

And hence, they're just as capable of being able to love and laugh at life as anyone else - perhaps moreso as they've lived so much longer and been able to learn what's truly important.

>>247317 Gotcha.

*Now goes to reread all of the intermezzos*

>>247331 Couldn't agree more. :)

Aurora Flare?

Perhaps.

Octavia's actions towards Sketchy are a bit confusing, but it's nice to see Sketchy getting a break.  I'm looking forward to seeing how their relationship plays out in the coming chapters.

Speaking of which, you know you're reading a good story when it makes you really feel things for the characters.  I felt so happy for Sketchy all throughout this chapter. :)

>>253883

Octavia's actions are confusing as she herself is a little confused. As mentioned in my earlier comment, she's had a somewhat compartmentalised existence - hence she's a bit unfamiliar with certain societal norms.

As you'll see in the next Movement after this one you've read--and indeed as mentioned in this one--she genuinely was not aware of how this sort of thing could be taken. Call it naiivete or innocence or what you will, it's simply something she's not experienced before and hence was unaware she was making any sort of faux pas with.

Hm.  This chapter didn't really capture my attention like the others.  Not really sure why, but I did think that the huge opening scene with Freeze Pop was... distracting.  I'm more attached to the Octavia/Sketchy arc, so I guess the Freeze Pop/Blacklight parts just weren't as interesting.

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