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  • 1w, 19h
    The Dark Gate (music)


    Back to the prog roots. Technically I could stick a pony on this and probably make EQD, it's about as solid as 'No Man's Land'. There's actually a pony over that hill, but you don't make it ;P

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  • 3w, 20h
    Structure Of Versus

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  • 5w, 5d
    Jackhammer (new music)


    While I'm getting Tales Of Versus ready, I am developing music and audio things. This is one (well, three): my latest audio software plugins, my idea for selling '32 bar' loops of hardware-driven synths (tighter timing than DAWs) and my electronic compositions evolving.

    Turns out one of the things I like is what people call 'forest trance', which is often darker and spookier than regular trance music but shares many similarities. I'm not doing that sort… I suppose I should do the usual thing and claim to have invented a whole TOTALLY NEW genre that happens to have lots of things in common with other things, and call it Green Mountain Trance. Right?

    Or I could just make the occasional music and let people have some.

    See ya in a bit, once I've done some more of the preparatory work for the comic and stuff.

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  • 7w, 3h
    Tiny Background Kitten

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  • 10w, 2d
    Six More Weeks Of Winter

    *zzz* *nudge* buh?

    Oh, look! It's not quite a month since Trixieverse was completed! Who could have known that I'd take a little nap and wake up one month later?

    Just kidding. What have I been doing? Well, there was a little thing called Bronycon, and some ponies can talk about what I did for 'em there. Having worked for Bronycon (can't wait for the panel videos to be posted! There's like three terabytes of data to go through!) I came home, and rested up as hard as I could because surprise! The very next weekend, I needed to drive out to Pennsylvania to visit family for family birthday parties!

    That's not a problem, by the way. I'm actively trying to connect more with my family, and it's very important to me to do that. It does put more pressure on the big ol' question… Now what?

    I'll tell you :)

    My software development has been dwindling for years. I've come up with the best sounding audio plugins in the world (in Audio Unit format, on Macs) but people just don't buy that stuff any more, they copy it or they copy someone else's glitzier, flashier thing or they do without. It's time for me to move on. I'm doing this in two ways.

    32 Bar And Grill is me turning my audio skills towards making EDM of various sorts, preferably with a whole lot of analog stuff involved. I play bass and have drums and I'll be producing more songs which will turn up on Soundcloud (I've cleared out some of the old stuff so if you are a collector go download what you can in case I need to keep making more space), and I'll be selling 'beats and samples and loops' based on what I do. The name comes from a basic idea: EDM is often constructed in multi-bar sections, and 32 bars is like a whole sub-section. I've got hardware sequencers and synths and I'll be doing tracks that are 32 bars of straight synth/kick/whatever, triggered by hardware not a computer, and recorded with good conversion. The idea is you can layer other stuff on top of that backbone, but you can have a better basic pulse to the track than computer MIDI will allow. This may or may not help me survive, but I can do it, and I will.

    Tales Of Versus is at least my working title for where I'm going with my storytelling side. I've got a lot of work to do getting that stuff ready, because my plans are twofold: one, it's time I relaunched my webcomic with the added storytelling experience I got writing poni. I know how to tell people stories (horse stories?) now, and I'm determined to go deeper into that. Previously, telling my original stories, I wasn't that clear on what I was saying or why, and I've learned so much… most of all, I've learned to carry forward the lessons of MLP into a thing that is bizarrely like Guardians of the Galaxy or something.

    Furry animal character(s)? Check, bigtime. Sci-fi futuristic? Yup. Exciting and drama yet also comedy, but personality comedy, not all meta and stupid? Yeah…

    Oh, also it's going to be cartoons, up on YouTube (because yay, no matter how much you do it's put out there for free and advertising is worthless and nobody will pay you!)

    …if that seems bitter and snarky, GOOD. Because a primary motivator for Tales Of Versus is much like old Bloom County: I see stuff in the world that outrages me. It is appalling, on so many fronts. The better I understand it, the worse it looks, and I have no voice to editorialize on some of these things, but the dark secret of comedy is this: you can get away with more.

    I can tell you that if you create awesome and life-affirming porn and try to operate in society, printing company after printing company can pull out of their deals with you when they see what's on their presses. The credit card company VISA (VISA!) or PayPal can blackball you, to devastating effect. There's nothing funny about these arbitrary land mines there to ruin peoples' hopes. BUT, if you write a story about a sci-fi megacity in which everybody adapts as best they can to the ruthless corporate grip and brazen savagery of… the Cuddles Baby Food Company, now that you can get away with. ;)

    So, I can draw a webcomic (there's a lot to do figuring out costuming, set design and such) with characters you can get to know, characters that draw on what I've learned with ponies. I can try to develop that into web-original animation (heck, Simon's Cat proves that can be amazing) and teach myself Flash more (it's not new to me, I just didn't have time while book-writing). And I can post how I'm doing with these things.

    And if I can regain my grip on the world doing this stuff, so I can properly survive, who's to say I couldn't return to Trixieverse at some point? Depends on whether people still want that. Naturally I'd like to see my OC unponies just as popular, but I'm also practical and I also simply love the ponies as much as you do. My life changed when I discovered their adorable sincerity. I just have to pay it forward for a while, before I can go back to the well.

    I'll have music and audio going up on Soundcloud, which may well end up in the animation and will certainly feed 32 Bar And Grill (wish me luck with that! I might have a chance with it, as I do have a regular-music-industry presence with my plugins!)

    I have an Applejinx Facebook, which I'll try to feed with project reports and such. Seems prudent to turn up on there.

    And I will have an Applejinx Patreon just as soon as I have REAL PROJECTS ACTUALLY UNDERWAY. I will not do a month-by-month thing under any circumstances. I'm talking to Patreon about my plans and will find out how I have to arrange it, so there can be a 'webcomic updates' tier (may go as often as daily when it gets rolling) and a 'web animations' tier that might go monthly at best, as the amount of work is really staggering for one person to do at the quality level I want to meet.

    You know how hard I work. I just haven't been able to work for weeks because of conflicts with things like Bronycon and family. I've got a lot to figure out getting this freaking media empire up and running, but 'Rarijack' here is calling on her stubborn Earth Pony strength in conjunction with Unicorn cunning, and these problems will be solved, and there will be New Stuff for you all. I think typically switching to original content means losing 90% of your readers. I'm certain that I can beat that, and lose only 83%! :D

    More news when I've got it :)

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Twilight's trying to find out what makes earth ponies special, and her efforts start a chain of events that lead to Applejack and Rainbow Dash hooking up, and Applejack trying to be the iron pony to the point of endangering herself seriously. Grimlight- the cast go through a lot, but don't lose heart or become cynical, and the endings are happy. Kindle version available, linked in chapter one!

First Published
31st Oct 2011
Last Modified
11th Apr 2012
#1 · 155w, 4d ago · · · Breaks ·

Wow.... Just wow. Absolutely incredible story, I'm not even sure what to say.....

#2 · 155w, 4d ago · · · Breaks ·

“When it’s funny!” She winked, as if to a camera nobody saw.

That alone earned you a 5/5

I agree with Art of Shadow, this story is amazing

#3 · 155w, 4d ago · · · Breaks ·

:ajsleepy:

Thank you so much. I can't really go on without seeing some ponies liking this stuff, not after all the criticism I've got- it's made the story better but also makes me long to give up. I just wanted to do better than 'worse than more than half the fics out there' which is how I did the first time (on EqD).

I'll keep tryin' and thank you for the nice words- it means more than you know. :ajsmug:

#4 · 155w, 2d ago · · · Breaks ·

Nice start, please continue to make more. :ajsmug:

#5 · 149w, 9m ago · · · Discovery ·

Funny thing is, before Heart's Warming Eve, this ability of all three pony races to form a sort of heart-meld to do magical things through a unicorn was NOT canon...

And now what was mere fanon now has canon support, so I'll come out with it- YES the love of Dash, Pinkie and Fluttershy is part of what made Twilight and Rarity able to do that (and Rarity, able to assist in a spell she couldn't actually do). :ajsmug:

Buffing unicorn magic via love from all pony races- canon! And I wrote it before it was official :derpytongue2:

#6 · 143w, 2d ago · · · Breaks ·

I demand more! This is too good to let it fall by the wayside.

#7 · 139w, 6d ago · 1 · · Breaks ·

i love how you actually managed to write and describe in detail how much agony AJ was going through. i'm not being weird but it gave me an idea of how much pain she was in. my legs felt weird throughout the whole crushed legs+aftermath scene x3

yummy story :'3

derpy

#8 · 137w, 5d ago · · · Discovery ·

>>72534

I think that's an example of the TVtrope 'I knew it!'

Also, where are all the reviews?

#9 · 137w, 5d ago · 1 · · Breaks ·

Needs more reviews and likes. Because this is simply awesome!

#10 · 133w, 5d ago · · · Duties ·

Very emotional and very in depth with the character. Rather amusing how Twilight is still rather naive in such a tense situation.

I really do wonder whenever or not Applejack will start to relax now...

And that's a wrap- completed! :ajsmug:

Huh. That seems rather an odd place to end it. Its not necessarily a bad place, but.. I totally did not expect it to be the end.

That was quite a tale of misery and comforting. I really was impressed with the detail about the farrier!

An interesting way to end... but I like it. Its good to have things come full circle if you will. With Dash having to be supported by Applejack now.

Thanks, folks- that was where the first two chapters needed to go, because AJ's 'iron pony' act had to grow up a lil' and for a long time that was unresolved.

#16 · 126w, 4d ago · · · Duties ·

I don't think it would be safer for Rainbow Dash to be in the air during a storm. Lightning is in the air longer than its on the ground, and it can strike you at any point, airborn or not. Anywho, it made me sad to see super mean Applejack, but this story is very interesting. Nice work :pinkiehappy:

That was a wonderful read 10/10 no doubt. :ajsmug:

But there are two things need a bit of changing. First, the beginning was a bit of a read, as in I had to go through it a couple times to understand the situation. Second, I notice in the last chapter that you said Rainbow Dash saved 3 ponies, two of which were part of the Wonderbolts. She actually saved 4 ponies, three of which were part of the Wonderbolts. :rainbowdetermined2:

Just fix those two things if possible (mostly the second one). Otherwise, that was an amazing read, and don't feel down for the commentary. I have seen many fictions that have had countless mistakes. You happen to be the one with one of the least amount of mistakes. Great job, and keep up the awesome work! :raritywink:

>>631212 Hope you know, when you get stuck by lightning in the air, you won't get hurt really any compared to what it would be if you were on the ground. That is why you are told to never hold onto a telephone wire or any electrical wires when you are grounded, because electricity needs a natural flow. Ground, being a type of material that cuts the flow of electricity, can cause it to sit in your body and cause severe damage to your body. When you are in the air, nothing in your body cuts off the flow of electricity, so it will just pass through you without causing anything more than rubbing your feet on the carpet and touching a metal pole.

#19 · 117w, 5d ago · · · Discovery ·

I love the story so far

>>439147 and save the lives of three ponies, including two Wonderbolts,

That's four ponies and 3 Wonderbolts

great story

>>843432

>>957694

hehe.. all right, all right! I'm on it. I was busy writin' other things... :rainbowlaugh:

>>958139 Lol, sorry, I didn't mean to put the stress on you or anything.:twilightblush:

This story is really great, and I am glad to add it to my favorites. Keep up the good work!:ajsmug:

From hell, to you, and back again,

Soto Konoha

#23 · 117w, 4d ago · · · Discovery ·

That ... was AWESOME! :rainbowkiss:

Needless to say, Applejack is best pony.  :ajsmug:

#24 · 117w, 4d ago · · · Breaks ·

I just don't know how you do it, Applejinx ... this stuff is incredible.  :pinkiesmile:

>>959893

Aw, thanks! :ajsleepy:

..years of applebuckin'? :ajsmug:

#26 · 117w, 4d ago · · · Duties ·

LMFAO,  Boss Applejack was hilarious at the beginning.  

This story is awesome.

I gotta say, the first chapter is the one that appealed to me the most

There is just something about sacrifice that pushes all my buttons

#28 · 114w, 6d ago · · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

Really well written and touching story. Brings back all the heartache that comes with helping a loved one with their fears.

#29 · 106w, 5d ago · · · Discovery ·

That was amazing.

Buffing unicorn magic via love from all pony races- canon! And I wrote it before it was official

:-p they know a good idea when they see one.

#30 · 106w, 4d ago · · · Breaks ·

Very tense. Putting poor AJ through hell.

#31 · 106w, 4d ago · · · Duties ·

heh it was kind of surprising seeing raging AJ but i suppose it does make sense given her impediment and crisis over the crops.

I thought Rarity and Twilight were written pretty well in this chapter, Rarity is very keen at picking up on insecurities and twilight is just adorable in her naivety.  Then hugs

#32 · 106w, 4d ago · · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

huh well i didn't expect this kind of ending but it's nice all the same. Though i am kinda curious about the whole beginning with Rarity, i didn't quite catch what was going on there.

#33 · 92w, 10h ago · · · Duties ·

>>631212

I think, that Dash was referring to being above the storm, rather then under it.

#34 · 89w, 4d ago · 1 · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

Really enjoyable story but it felt really confusing in spots. Mostly the fact that the tapestries are a major plot point but ultimately go nowhere. It would've felt better if the reasons didn't center around something that ultimately didn't pay off. For example they could still go exploring but find nothing. They could've made repeated visits but not having found anything.

Still a green thumb but not a fave.

#35 · 89w, 4d ago · · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

>>2078796

Aw- well, glad you had some fun. The tapestries are totally a 'MacGuffin', could've been anything- the only real purpose was showing how tough Applejack really was, and then getting her to accept her limitations (and then getting Dashie a hooficure :rainbowderp: )

#36 · 89w, 4d ago · · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

>>2078866 *grins and nods* For sure! but to me the Macguffin sort of felt like "OMG look at me we're important!" and then they just kind of vanished.

Thanks for understanding as well that my comment wasn't meant to be an insult but just my honest opinion.:twistnerd:

#37 · 85w, 5d ago · · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

I liked it i just wish that it could continue more so i could keep reading

#38 · 46w, 6d ago · · · Dashie Visits The Farrier ·

And I'm wondering if you're gonna tell us what happened with RD and her first farrier....

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