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!
FridayThe Dark Gate (music)0 comments · 20 views
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
2w, 2dStructure Of Versus2 comments · 49 views
5w, 8hJackhammer (new music)2 comments · 29 views
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.
6w, 2dTiny Background Kitten4 comments · 73 views
9w, 4dSix More Weeks Of Winter8 comments · 86 views
*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 :)