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  • 2w, 3d
    Sometimes you just can't do anything but sigh and shake your head

    "Twilight's Kingdom" won the vote on Equestria Daily for best episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

    By a landslide.

    You know those moments where you think your faith in humanity has hit rock bottom, only for the universe to prove you wrong by dragging it down even deeper? Yeah, I'm having one of those now.

    I honestly am just so disappointed in the fandom right now that I can barely think of something to say. I actually didn't think it was still possible for me to even be more disappointed with the show or the fandom than I've been over the past year. I know it's pointless to argue, since people will like what they like, everyone has their own opinion and all that jazz, and I can't say I wasn't expecting it, but I still didn't want the outcome of the polls to be this. The one time I actually wanted Luna to win an EqD poll. <.<

    In case it wasn't clear by now, I am not a fan of "Twilight's Kingdom", and that's putting it mildly. That two-parter is responsible for single-hoofedly dealing the death blow to my love and interest in the show.

    I hold my heart for what new monstrosity we'll (well, actually, you'll, since I don't intend to watch it) be exposed to in Season 5, now that that episode has gotten such massive approval. Just thinking about the possibilities will probably keep me up at night.

    At least I have a good horror story to tell the children of my brother for Halloween now; once they're born and old enough for Halloween, that is. Got to try and keep seeing the bright side of things, am I right?

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  • 30w, 5d
    Status update

    Hello everyone,

    as you may have noticed, the next chapter of "Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World" is taking its sweet time in getting published. The truth of the matter is that due to complicated circumstances in real life concerning my job have taken their toll on me and left me in no condition to focus on writing. In my current mental state, I can't continue. How long it will take for me to get over this and continue, I don't know. It could be tomorrow, it could be next week, or it could be even longer. I just don't know. It all depends on how the situation in real life develops, but how that will happen remains to be seen.

    I apologise for the long wait and silence, and I am sorry that I cannot even give you a promise of a date for the next chapter to look forward to, either. But at least now you all know that I'm not dead, I haven't vanished, I'm just going through a difficult time.

    Thanks for understanding.

    Until next time,

    ~KoJ~

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  • 42w, 3d
    2014 and what I have in store for it

    Happy New Year, everypony!

    Yeah, I know I'm a week late with that, for which I apologise, but I've been more than a little busy the past two weeks. I hope you all had some wonderful holidays, nice presents, happy times and that a good 2014 lies in store for you. Speaking of which, now that we're starting - or started, whatever - a new year, I feel now would be a good time to talk a bit about what I have planned for this year.

    First of all, as a late new year's present to my readers, I've just now posted the longest chapter I have ever written. The final chapter of The Siege of Stalliongrad is finally finished, so head over here to read chapter 40 of Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World, "Ceasefire". I hope you all enjoy it and that the mini-arc was to your liking. It was the first time I ever wrote a war of this scale and I certainly learned a lot writing it and I can only hope that the end result managed to deliver.  

    Now that this mini-arc is over, you might be wondering what will come next. I can tell you now that you can expect to see the plot moving forward quite a bit in the coming chapters. How has the war and what they have seen during it affected the Mane Six? How will the Nobles' Court respond to the outcome of the battle? What has the High Chancellor been up to while Rainbow Dash and the others were fighting for their lives? All that and more will be answered in the coming chapters. I would also like to add that these chapters will likely not reach the colossal length the war chapters did, so hopefully that means I can get them out sooner. The last bit of news I want to give regarding future chapters of Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World is this:

    2014 will be the year of Celestia.

    It has been longed, wished and prayed for and this year it will finally happen. Somewhere during this year, the Solar Princess will finally be released from her prison. How will that come to be and who will be the one to do it? When will it be and what will happen once it has been done? The only way to find out is to continue following the story, so please look forward to it!

    Now I have a message for all of you from popcorn815, who you might recall has been helping me out with the story for a while now. He's got quite an exciting announcement to share, so I'll just get right to it:

    Hiya, Popcorn815 here; Are you enjoying the story so far?

    Well, I have the first chapter finished as a dramatic reading,

    and am hoping to release a new chapter every other week, time permitting.

    You can find it on youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL5SlHrLGSs

    Please note that this is the first project like this that I have undertaken,

    so the beginning quality is not quite up to my own standard,

    however it should improve as time goes on.

    A dramatic reading of one of my stories. I've never felt more honoured in my life, be sure of that. So, please go over to Youtube to let Popcorn815 know what you think and help him improve the quality of this prestigious project!

    That is all as far as news regarding that story goes, so let me talk for a moment about what else I have planned for the coming year. Though Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World WILL remain my main project, you might also be seeing some other stories from yours truly. I have some ideas for a few one-shots in mind that I would love to write, as well as ideas for some smaller side-stories I might work on alongside Lament. I've decided to go ahead with this because  I realised that if I have to wait until that one is finished before starting anything new, I'll be waiting for years. Lament is simply that big of a story that requires that much time. Now, don't get me wrong, I like working on it, but sometimes one just needs to be able to work on something else for a spell.

    Which doesn't mean that I will be posting new stories, only that there is a chance I might. It depends on how much time and inspiration I have. Now, as I mentioned before, I do have a few ideas for other stories, but ideas need to be refined into a proper plot and for the moment none of them have gotten that far just yet. Just in case some of you are curious as to what ideas I have, I'll give a brief summary down below and then you can just tell me if you'd like to see it become a story or not!

    - Idea 1: Twilight Sparkle and the Behemoth's Curse. While chasing a strange creature out of the Everfree Forest, Twilight Sparkle gets bitten and becomes cursed! Now, every night, she changes into a were-Behemoth. Together with Princess Celestia, she sets out to find a cure for her condition before she transforms into a Behemoth-pony forever.

    - Idea 2: A crossover with Final Fantasy XIV. Garuda, Lady of the Vortex, Banshee Queen, Mistress of the Wind. Through a twist of fate, the most bloodthirsty, insane and feared of all Primals winds up in Equestria. A confrontation with the Elements of Harmony and the Princesses renders the savage being both mortal and powerless. Can the Mane Six introduce the fallen goddess to the wonders of life and the magic of friendship?

    -Idea 3: A romance story with clop, involving Celestia. I personally don't have anything against clop and I've been eager to test my skills writing it for some time now. I have a lot of ideas for setting, tone and pairing, I just need to pick one. This is probably the most likely story to get written.

    Well, those are the ideas. As I said, just because I'm toying around with them in my head doesn't mean they'll actually get written. They're just ideas for now, nothing more. Even should one of them become more, my main project will still be Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World. So if you're worried that these ideas might detract from updates on Lament, there's no need! I will continue work on that story as usual, regardless of any other projects I might fire up.

    I think that's about everything I had to say. Let me know what you think of the ideas, have a great 2014 and enjoy the new chapter!

    Cheers,

    ~KoJ~

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  • 52w, 3d
    Auren's funny post-chapter scene.

    Upon finishing chapter 38, my new friend and helper Auren couldn't resist adding a small PS-scene. I found it too amusing to throw away, so instead he agreed with me sharing it with my readers. Consider it a little bonus!

    Pinkie Pie peeks out from behind the page.  “Oh, it looks like you finished!  You know what this calls for!  A PARTY!!” she squeals, throwing confetti into the air and dancing around with noise-makers.

    “Pinkie, you know it’s not the end of the story, yet, right?” Twilight corrected her friend as she walked into the scene, changing the verb tense at the same time.

    “Oh, I know THAT, you silly pony!  End of chapter parties are the best, though!”  She grinned and sidled up next to Twilight, patting her on her back.  “Oh, but the end-of-story party will be even better!  We’ll have, like, 50 party cannons, maybe some headcanons too, and cake, and ice cream, and CUPCAKES and that reminds me I should probably get the Cakes to help me with my cakes and I hope all of our fans come to the party.  If they do that, we’ll need more fans or everyone will be hot, and we can’t have a party if everyone is hot, unless it’s a sun party, but we’re always having parties that are sunny!  And that’s why I think that you and Celestia should totally hook up, Twilight!” Pinkie finally took a moment to catch her breath, and then shot a disturbingly large smile in Twilight’s direction.

    It landed with a plop at her friend’s hooves, and Twilight backed away from it with a bewildered look.

    “Pinkie, I-- You-- Celest--” she stumbled, her face flushing more with each word.  She closed her eyes for a moment and took a deep breath, bringing one forehoof to her chest, and then stretching it out in front of her as she released the air within her lungs.  The ritual immediately helped her mind calm down, and she prepared to lecture her poofy pink friend on such blasphemous language.

    She fixed Pinkie with a glare and opened her mouth to begin her lesson when she noticed that the normally hyperactive pony hadn’t moved a muscle since she stopped talking.  Quirking an eyebrow and closing her mouth, she took a few steps closer and reached out to touch her friend.

    “Pinkie are you alrigh--?” Twilight got most of the way through saying before her hoof tapped against Pinkie, and knocked her over.  Startled, Twilight leapt backwards with a small squeak.  Worried, she rushed forward to make sure her friend was okay, only to realize that Pinkie Pie was now a simple cardboard cut-out.  She narrowed her eyes as her brain went over the last few minutes.  She hadn’t taken her eyes off Pinkie, and there was no way she could teleport like this.  It didn’t make any sense at all.  Was it another trick by Disc--

    “HEY TWILIGHT!” Pinkie yelled from right behind Twilight, causing the purple unicorn to leap six feet straight into the air screaming.  “Oh, sorry,” Pinkie said sheepishly, trying to calm the seething magic-user in front of her, “I called your name, but you were looking really closely at that piece of cardboard and you had your thinking face on, so I thought maybe if I was louder you’d hear me, but not like Fluttershy’s idea of louder, because that’s not very loud at all, more like Pinkie Pie louder, which is what I did, and it sure got your atten--”

    Pinkie’s rambling was cut short as Twilight placed a hoof firmly in her mouth.  She sighed.  “Let’s just go and get ready for the next chapter.  This place is giving me the creeps anyway,” she said with a shudder, and then began to walk off the page.  Pinkie stared in awe for a moment before bounding after her friend.

    “I thought I was the only one that could do that,” she mumbled with a huff before disappearing over the edge of the page.

    See you all for the next chapter!

    ~KoJ~

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  • 58w, 3d
    A request for help

    Hello everyone,

    Let me begin by apologising to all readers of "Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World" for the extreme delay of chapter 37. It took me roughly two months and a half to write this chapter and am extremely sorry for that. I apologise for not updating last week, even though the chapter was almost finished then and I had promised to finish and post it last week. A promise I evidently did not keep, adding another week to the wait.

    It's because of this that I'm not writing this blog.

    To put it simply: I need help. It's been more than a year and a half since I posted the first chapter of "Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World", which is a long time. Yet despite this lengthy time period, we've only barely made it to chapter 37, with the halfway point of the story still far off. I like this story, I really do, and I do want to finish it, but it's clear at this point that at the current pace I'm updating, it'll take years to do that, given that I don't get discouraged and give up along the way. At the current pace, Wings of Tomorrow will be finished by the time My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is already a long and distant memory in our minds, and I don't want that to happen.

    In order to prevent this from happening, I need to update faster, and to do that, I will need help. Let me explain something really quickly to shed some light on the reason of the slow updates. Until a year and a half ago (roughly around the time I started Wings of Tomorrow), I wrote all of my fanfiction together with someone else. Me and that person were each other's motivation, so to speak, and we kept each other going. Thanks to this person, I managed to sometimes write as much as three chapters a week! A WEEK! Sadly, however, that person and I parted ways a year and a half ago and my writing pace has suffered as a result.

    But you can do something about that!

    You can take the place left open by my friend and switch my writing motor in a higher gear! You can work with me, and together we can continue working on "Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World" and finish it within an acceptable span of time. You only need to have read and liked the story, posses a chat program (gmail or Skype, preferably) and have freetime in order to meet the requirements for this job! So if you think you have what it takes and want to see "Wings of Tomorrow ~ Lament of the World" update more often, simply drop a PM in my inbox to tell me you're interested.

    But wait, I hear you say, what exactly does "helping you" entail?!

    It's actually very simple. You see, I'm not exactly looking for a co-writer here, most of the writing will still be done by me. So even if you're not a fanfic author yourself, you can still help out. What you'll mainly be doing is reading the new chapters as I'm writing them, so I can get feedback during the writing process itself. This helps to keep me going, which is the main problem when it comes to new updates. In practice, this mean that I'll write a couple of paragraphs (ranging from 100 to 500 words), then send those to you, either via google docs or Skype. You read, try and see if you spot any glaring spelling errors (you don't have to be pre-reader good at english, we have editors for that, just help me avoid obvious mistakes like typos and stuff), correct them if you want (or tell me so I can correct them) and send the doc back to me, and we repeat the process until the chapter is done.

    But wait, I hear you say, how is that different from what an editor does?!

    The main difference is time. With an editor, you send an entire, finished chapter in, wait a few days and then get the chapter back. Here, we work more closely together. I give you a piece, you read it and give it back to me, which shouldn't take more than a few minutes. Your help also won't be limited to just checking for typos and stuff. Give me your opinion on the piece you've read. Tell me if you think a sentence could be phrased better, if you think a character is behaving out-of-character, if dialog sounds off or if you have an idea to make the piece even better. Sometimes, if I'm stuck on how to continue, I might ask you how you'd do it. Maybe you will want to write a little piece, too, which is fine!

    But I hope it's clear that what I need here is more than simply editing. We work more closely together, and faster too. Which is why it's important you have a chat program and enough free time to come online for more than just once a week. Daily would be ideal, but I'm not asking for that, I know people have lives outside of writing fanfics and I understand that. Given how this way of working requires us to be both online at the same time (unlike a normal editor), it's of course important to take time zones into consideration. I'm European (GMT+1), so keep that in mind if you want to help out. If it's morning with you while it's midnight here, I'm afraid we won't be able to get much done. But that can be discussed, so if you want more info, just ask below.

    As for how many people I need, one would be enough to hopefully get started, but if more people are interested in helping out, I won't complain of course.

    I think that's about everything. If anything's unclear or you have further questions, just post them below and I'll do my best to answer them. If you want to offer your help, send me a PM so we can get in contact, I promise I won't bite!

    I really hope this call for help will reach at least one of you, for the sake of the story if nothing else. If I receive no help, I will continue writing the story, but then I can't promise any improvements on the pacing of the updates, nor that the story will ever get finished. I'm not saying this to blackmail anyone, it's simply a fact, but hopefully it won't come to that.

    Thank you all for your attention, and I hope to hear from any of you soon.

    Kind regards,

    ~KoJ~

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One day, Fluttershy wakes up only to find herself in a changed world. Ponyville and Equestria are not how she remembers them: airships cross the sky, steam-powered machinery drives the economy and the rule of Celestia is no more. In this strange alternate world, Fluttershy reunites with her dear friends and learns of the event that changed history itself. Worse, the timid pegasus seems to have arrived just in time to witness the rapidly approaching climax of a civil war that has been raging for three hundred years...

First Published
11th Apr 2012
Last Modified
6th Jan 2014

Steampunk huh? I'll read this later.

Steamponies! I love steamponies!

Hah that was great! Can't wait to see where this goes.

I haven't read this and I already love it :twilightsmile:

That was great! Can't wait for chapter 2!

Wow. This is really good, I look forward to chapter 2. Also Fluttershy needs to get back home.:fluttercry:

faved, tracked, and commented.

This has much promise. Much promise indeed.

Noooo.... Twilight tell us so we aren't so bloodie lost in time!!!

After sweeping her feet on the doormat... FEET. I am fairly certain ponies have hooves. Anyway, I look forward to reading on.:pinkiehappy:

>>452549

Ah, it seems that mistake slipped by both me and my pre-reader. Fixed it now. Thanks for noticing!

And many thanks to all who left a review or favourited my story. Your support is much appreciated!

Thank the author... I love friendshipping but romance... particularly MLP romance (because it is so often one-gendered, and that's not my preference) is just... something I get edgy around.

>>458082

Amen...

Mild Hetero-ship is fine with me, but homo-ship makes me cringe...

*flees incoming crap-storm

>>458346

We shall weather it together my straight friend! Stand with me against the hate! :rainbowdetermined2:

>>458360 I care not who is being shipped with who except for Fluttershy. I can't read shipping about Fluttershy.

But, she has to get back.:fluttercry:

>>460530 Ah, I can understand how you would have difficulty with any shipfics of the universe's resident shrinking violet.

Don't get me wrong, I know it's not my place to judge the author and other readers' views on shipping, and I am far to aware of the insufficient ratio of stallions to mares that lends itself to homo-shipping, but at the same time... the story, and the characters, all points in the opposite direction in terms of relationships. Girls still universally swoon over the guys, and guys are still clueless.

If anything, this just makes me think that the majority of the stallions in Equestria are in the military and far away, or in the big cities. Makes finding the right guy all the more special of a story.

Do you understand my POV here?

>>460598 Well then we are at least on the same... well, webpage.

It's nice to be able to talk about this kind of thing without suffering backlash though. I thank you for that. Most people would have just raged, at least from my personal experience.

Rainbow went rebel... now that does NOT surprise me. This must escalate soon... and poor Pinkie!

(spews out soda)

SAY WHAT?

And I thought this story couldn't get any more shocking, you throw super-depressed Pinkie (which in and of itself seems like a violation of nature) and Rainbow Dash as a soldier for the other side of a civil war.

Sweet Celestia!

So it that why Twilight didn't want to talk about Celestia, because she's the leader of Royal Army of the Royal Kingdom of Equestria?

>>462113 Rainbow Dash = Loyalty.

Rainbow would be loyal to the Princess to the end.

Yes, this really does make sense.

>>462745 So then why is she on the other side? Unless...

Le GASP! -:pinkiegasp:-

Celestia got deposed  and the country is now run by a parliament! Someone! get me the schematics for the Orbital Friendship Cannon!

I just feel bad for Fluttershy...

And this chapter is what causes me to favourite the story. Bravo, dear author.

>>462852

We're sorry, but the OFC is banned by the Republic of Equestria's charter. Please submit any other illegal weapons you have to the state immediately and turn yourself in. It will be easier in the long run.

-Tricondon

>>471074

Okay, that scared me. Too bad your empire lacks space capability... not like you can get to The Fringe easily... let alone find our capital city of Dust. I bid thee try.

I also warn thee that Equestria is not the entire world... and I have friends in Cervica. If you think unicorns are bad... imagine a creature with ten unicorn horns and magic to match. Your airships are nothing.

>>471145

What makes you so certain our commercial airships are the same model our air force uses? And believe me, we have ways of nullifying unicorn magic.

I also fail to see the need to reach the Fringe. The Republic of Equestria is quite self-sufficient. We have little need for diplomatic relations with other countries.

-Tricondon

Poor Fluttershy, this is all so much... oh yeah, and poor all the others as well. Twilight with no Spike, a depressed Pinkie, Rainbow in the war and Celestia in the dungeons. Life sucks.

Noooo~ :fluttershbad:

We must find out what happened to Applejack and Rarity too! :raritycry:

But like I said. Rainbow Dash, Loyalty, of course she'd be with the Royalists. :rainbowdetermined2:

This crapsack world needs to be woken up. Badly.

And where are the insignia of harmony?

>>508715

Well, you know the saying: things have to get worse before they get better.

>>508845

Funny you'd ask, since the fate of the Elements is, if everything goes according to plan, going to be revealed next chapter, along with the next big shocker that'll make people spew out their soda when they read it.

>>509079 Then I will avoid liquids before reading, to protect my computer.

Woah.  And I thought screwing with time and splitting up the six were bad.  This is just...YIKES!

Damn, talk about a curve ball there with Luna. I must say I am impressed with how this one is shaping up. Keep up the great work!

Luna and Discord... just gone? those miserable sheep-eaters! They will pay for their crimes and the crimes of their forefathers. Steel Gears... was this what you planned? Is this what you wanted?! Your future sucks! I reject your reality and substitute my own! Where is Twilight's time-travel spell?

Screw Steel Gears.

(spews soda)

LUNA'S DEAD?!

CELESTIA, NOOOO :raritycry:

WE WILL FREE YOU SOON MY PRINCESS :rainbowdetermined2:

Well, this is horrifyingly dark. :raritydespair:

Dear Celestia, I feel your pain and sorrow.

-Tricondon

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I mean, good Lord!  That has got to be the darkest chapter yet!

This must end. The lady of the sun has suffered far too long, and far too deeply. Technology is not always a blessing. Guns are technology.

Hmm... I anticipate a jailbreak and some steampunk twilight technomancy. YES.

I really should put up a happy chapter before all my readers die from dehydration due to crying so much. XD

>>538829 yes, yes you should.:fluttercry::fluttercry:

#45 · 129w, 4d ago · · · 8. Dust ·

I hope this chapter will manage to prevent my readers shedding more tears. Have some Flutterdawww. :twilightsmile:

#46 · 129w, 4d ago · · · 8. Dust ·

>>553792

That's a good idea, since you're about to hit us with some pretty heavy manic Pinkie depression. At least, that's where it seems to be heading.

I have not yet commented but I have to say I'm really loving this story. Even just the informational parts were super interesting and intriguing. This whole new world is well built and I always look forward to updates.

Just thought you might like me letting you know how much I appreciate this! :rainbowkiss:

#47 · 129w, 4d ago · · · 8. Dust ·

Very good writing so far! Keep up the good work, it's progressing really well!

#48 · 129w, 4d ago · · · 8. Dust ·

Pinkie... :rainbowderp:

Please be okay. :pinkiesad2:

#49 · 129w, 4d ago · · · 8. Dust ·

Fluttershy is happy? Then I am happy.:yay: Also I just realised, out of all the Fluttershy emoticons, only one of them is good, the others are angry or upset, why?:fluttercry:

#50 · 128w, 4d ago · · · 9. Reunion ·

You weren't kidding when you said you were going to make happy chapters.

So glad to see Pinkie happy again :pinkiehappy:!

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