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There's some gory stuff in videos below (including the preview image for one). Just a heads up.
Fun fact: this story was supposed to be a little lark initially. As in, I'd do an update a week, top it off in about 30,000 words, and have it done in two months.
So, consider how things turned out another confirmation that I'm incapable of writing short. And also that graduating college and working two jobs takes up a remarkable out of free time over the course of a year.
Anywho, onto my little post-story thing for The Many Deaths of Rainbow Dash. First, let's all give a big show of thanks to Caden. He's been my editor on this thing since the beginning, and he is essentially the reason that the story is even half as readable as it actually is (no, he didn't edit this blog post, why do you ask?).
And further, a general thank you to all of you for digging this story so much. I never would've guessed that my little idea about killing Rainbow Dash over and over would've proved so popular, and yet here we are.
My original plan for the story was something much more low-key, albeit just as absurd. I had noticed how often Dash appeared to be a target for doom and destruction and all things bloody when it comes to darker fics, and decided to try out doing something about exactly that. Something along the lines of Dash suddenly encountering a number of deadly situations, and somehow managing to survive/die/something-in-between. It wasn't long into the planning, though, that I realized that it would be a story that would start to get real meta real fast. Seeing as my previous story already covered the meta angle (in general, kinda-sorta), I figured that that would just end up pigeonholing me. So I changed things up to a general narrative, the results of which I'm actually pretty pleased with.
To address the big complaint I've seen: yes, Twilight should've stopped putzing about and contacted the Princess way earlier. I tried to justify what she was doing as best I could while still staying in-character (that's the number one goal I have in all my stories: keep everypony in-character), but I believe my results were only marginally acceptable. My excuse is a bit of a cop-out, too: had she done that, the story would've been a whole lot less interesting. This story's ultimate focus was on Dash, well, dying. It's right there in the title. Everything else was background to me, so even as I was slowly nudging the plot along, I wanted to keep Dash's predicament in the foreground. This is also why the curses that befell the other ponies didn't get nearly as much attention (what I said in the comments is true: that whole subplot was pretty much just an excuse for Pinkie to make the "I wonder where the fish has gone" gag"). Had I planned things out better at the beginning, I probably could've made things stronger, but things can get tricky to plan for when a story just balloons out of control.
Luckily it was still a lot of run to write as it is. So, again, I'm okay with it all.
Also, people seemed to be looking towards the Final Destination movie series as a primary source of inspiration here (along with that Captain fellow from Dr. Who, a character I was totally unfamiliar with until you all started bringing him up). That would be a good guess, but believe it or not, those movies never really came to mind as I was writing (I was never much of a fan). I was just trying to get creative with the various ways I killed Dash. And in that regard, getting ridiculous or having an overly-intricate setup works well for keeping things fun. If anything, my inspiration was stuff like this:
Plenty of blood and plenty of laughs. Just the way I like it for this sort of thing.
And... that about covers it, I think. If anyone's got a question, feel free to ask. If you spotted anything you think I could improve upon in later writings, please don't keep it to yourself. I am all about the criticism, the more the better. I know I'm still a mid-level writer (a tremendously lazy one at that), so there's always room for improvement. As to what comes next, I really couldn't say at the moment. I'm toying with a few ideas, but nothing really strong has jumped out yet. Maybe I'll actually get to my Read Later folder and actually check out some other fan fic for once (which is something I never seem to ever do, for whatever reason. Likely the insane jealousy I get when seeing how good all the other writers are without even trying. Who can say :P).
To close, thanks again for reading everyone! Definitely boosts my spirits (and weirds me out a bit) to see something I've written become so popular. Hopefully it happens again sometime.
81w, 6dOn delays and absences0 comments · 121 views
As is obvious to anyone who even glances at my stories, I'm the sort who has big delays between updates. I don't like this about myself, since it bugs me to leave folks hanging for so long. The trouble usually is that I'm the sort of writer who is both crazy busy in every other aspect of life, and also unfathomably lazy. Especially at this time of year. Like most of you, I'm a student, and we are fast approaching the end of another semester. In this case, though, it's my final semester of college, so I've got a pressing need to get things done so I can get my diploma and move on to the next stage of life (I believe it's just called Life). So, while I work on fic when I can, keep expecting delays.
However, everyone can at least rest assured that I will see Many Deaths through to the end. I've got the next chapter (and rest of the story) mapped out already, and am simply waiting for enough free moments to write it all down. I'm hoping to get it completed by the end of May, if not a little later. After that, time to get started on another story that I've been pondering for quite some time now. Assuming that the hunt for a full-time job doesn't slow me down, of course.
In the meantime, everyone sit tight. Maybe read another story on this site. From what I understand, it has several to choose from.
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That wasn't supposed to happen. Do I have to make some sort of ritualistic sacrifice now? Because I don't know if I'd be up for that (it's always a nightmare of paperwork).
Anywho, a hearty thanks to all new readers for the support. It means the world to me that all my keyboard flailing is amounting to something. I hope that what I keep writing continues to entertain. And that it also comes at a considerably steadier pace (I detest month-long breaks between chapters, especially since they are primarily fueled by my own laziness).
A particular shoutout to all these Many Deaths fans coming up here. After reading all these wonderful comments (which are like crack to me), I have come to a simple conclusion for all of you, something that I say with endless love and appreciation:
Seek help. Immediately.
That is all, carry on
96w, 6dCheck some fanart I got2 comments · 197 views
To pretty much everyone out there waiting on baited breath for whatever bits of writing I'm going to post next -please, folks, please, control yourselves. No need to resort to mob violence to spur me along just yet- I apologize for the delay. I've been remarkably busy since the week before Christmas, and now have a combination of a full-time job and finishing off two schools that are keeping me somewhat busy (also moving back to the US from Europe, that's been a bit of a hassle as well). But things are being beaten into the keyboard, so I'm hoping to have something up this weekend.
In the meantime, everyone can take a look at this bit of fanart for First Week of Winter passed my way yesterday, as drawn by this site's very own Caden. Specifically, it's of a section in Chapter 8 that appears to have struck a chord with a number of folks, although I suppose it also constitutes a bit of a spoiler for anyone who hasn't gotten that far.
Now, I am just tickled pink that someone decided to do this. It's never happened before, and it gives my ego that much more of a boost to know something I wrote somehow made someone with actual talent want to do something about it. And I think it came out quite well, especially with that expression. Because as my writing has shown, nothing seems to make me happier than the drawn-out, gruesome demise of that particular pony.
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...or, to be more on point, in which I write a new blog post to knock the old spoiler one off my page.
So, First Week of Winter is wrapped up. Over and done with, feels good, high fives all around, time to look ahead. I do have a few ideas I'm kicking around, and would like to get started on soon. School here is actually at a very managable level, so the only thing holding me back is my unceasing laziness. Well, that and the fact that whatever I write will probably end up being fairly lengthy again. Those folks who can pump out fantastic stories with 3K word chapters (if that), I don't know how you do it. Because honestly, I couldn't write a competent short story with a gun to my head. Still, I'll get it figured out.
Actually, I do have one story I've been working on. By which I mean I've got two chapters done and self-edited, and I could theoretically post them right now. Trouble is, they're a bit on the gory side, which makes finding an editor difficult. I always always always want to get my chapters edited by someone else before I post them anywhere, but here I may just make an exception, since I'm not even sure I'm allowed to post it on /fic/ (FWoW I got away with, but I don't think that story really qualifies as 'gory'). Anyone here has any suggestions, I am free to hear them. I will say that I'm not too concerned with this story going places, if that makes sense. I wrote it mostly to have a little fun, and to indulge my gorehound side one more time, because I roll like that sometimes.
I should also note that this particular story will probably be the last really bloody one I write for a while. After that, all my other ideas are much more 'wholesome', as it were. I imagine those will be easier to get good feedback on.
Oh, and one last thing for all you Thing fans out there (because I'll never stop loving you, and because this journal needs some actual content):
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE THING