12w, 1dHorse Stories v1.010 comments · 166 views
Over the past several months I've been making a final editing pass over all of my horse stories in my spare time. Changes include:
- Spelling / grammar corrections (repeated / missing words, etc.)
- Stylistic and other minor corrections based on reader comment / PM feedback.
- Text formatting corrections.
- Further cleanup of some text from the Greentext -> Prose transition.
- Formatting corrections specifically for the eBook (.epub) versions.
All four stories (Exchange, I Dream of Luna, Pirate Hats and Whatnot, and Performance Review) have received these fixes. While there's no real need to re-read anything (no modifications were made to plot or character dialog), if you've previously downloaded .epubs in the past and would like a cleaner copy of any of these stories, I would suggest re-downloading them now if you're so inclined.
Once again, in order to get a good .epub copy of Exchange, you'll need to use Calibre as detailed in this post, but I'd also recommend using it for any of the other stories, or any story on Fimfic in general, as the files it produces are much nicer than the default ones you'll get from the site itself.
15w, 6dExchange .epub Version10 comments · 299 views
A reader recently brought to my attention the fact that the .epub file that Fimfic outputs for Exchange is improperly formatted and missing huge chunks of several chapters as a result! Apparently this is a common issue with the site's .epub generation and I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, but I wanted to make other readers aware of a solution I've found to the problem.
There's a neat little free program called Calibre eBook Management that has a very convenient plugin just for Fanfiction. It's pretty straightforward to use, and I've confirmed that the version of Exchange Calibre produces when using the plugin works properly in all the major e-readers and e-reader software I've been able to get my hands on.
It's fairly simple to use. After installing the program, click on the Preferences button and select 'Get plugins to enhance Calibre' from the menu. Install the FanfictionDL plugin from the list, which will add a new button of the same name to the toolbar. From there, you can use the 'Add New from URL(s)' option to add stories to the program which will then convert them into working .epubs for you. I highly recommend you give it a try, as even ignoring the missing chapter information, the .epub files Calibre generates of Fimfic stories turn out much nicer than the ones the site's native generation produces.
22w, 20hOne More for the Road21 comments · 459 views
Retirement Fact #45: When you retire from something, you instantly get teleported to the nearest beach with a margarita in your hand.
It’s true! When I retired from writing, I suddenly found myself standing on the sandy shores of a sorta trashy beach in the dead of winter, the freezing spray from the rolling waves nearby chilling me to the bone. Luckily the local hotels were fairly empty due to it being the off-season, so at least I got a good price for a room, and one rental car and several hundred miles later I safely made it back home late in the afternoon of the following day.
I guess the lesson to be learned here is to not retire in the winter. Or, if you do, at least get yourself in the proximity of a better beach.
I have to say, I was highly skeptical when readers were trying to convince me to bring my stories here after I got out of the pony fanfiction game. I was tired, had almost no free time, and honestly didn’t want to put in the effort to convert them to prose. “No one there would like them anyway,” I said, despite constantly being told I was wrong. “Everyone who wanted to read them already has,” I said, despite not really believing it myself.
But in the end they convinced me, and I spent many sleepless nights going through and cleaning these silly little stories up. (And yet there are still typos and missing words everywhere, I’m sure…) And in the end I was proven wrong, because it’s plain to see that some people have definitely enjoyed them.
It’s been really heartwarming to read the positive responses in the comments, and personally really amusing to see readers trying to guess the two longer stories’ outcomes as the chapters were posted. Based on feedback, I got a pretty clear picture of what ended up working and what didn’t, which I suppose will be helpful if I ever decide to pick up the pen again for any reason, even though it’s doubtful that’ll happen.
I just wanted to say thanks to those who’ve followed me and enjoyed my work. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be coming out of retirement, because to be honest I don’t want to have to drive back from the beach after I retire again. (Those rental cars are expensive, especially if you purchase the optional insurance that they always try to upsell you.)
However, I also want to express my gratitude to you guys in a meaningful way, so Exchange is getting one more bonus chapter. You might have seen me mention it once or twice elsewhere, but now that it’s around 80% complete, I think it’s safe to announce it here. I don’t want to give an ETA because I’m terrible at those, but it’ll get done fairly soon I’m sure.
This bonus chapter, “Five Vignettes”, is actually a series of five short stories, two of which you may have read before, that take place after the conclusion of the first bonus chapter but before the story’s epilogue. I’m hopeful that everyone who read and enjoyed Exchange will find something to like in at least one of these short stories. As always, the usual Anon & Cel shenanigans with be present, in addition to a few other things.
I know it’s not much, but it’s all I can offer. Thank you all again for the kind words of encouragement and support. You guys are awesome, and you definitely made those sleepless nights editing and rewriting these crazy horse stories worth it.