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  • 3w, 6d
    Where do I begin?

    WARNING: ...JUST... warning.

    The title of this blog post isn't a question to you guys, nor is it a metaphorical question I ask myself like a cliché movie critic wondering what bad thing he should talk about first in a horrible movie. It's quite a literal question. One I've been asking myself over and over and over while trying to figure out how to write this post, how to somehow explain the dilemmas plaguing me and my writing.

    Seriously, where do I begin?

    It has been almost a year since I last uploaded a "real" chapter of Friendship is Aura. And if you all would kindly excuse me for being a bit rude for a moment... you don't really care anymore. You've simply shrugged and let the story rot in your favorites folder, and I know for a fact that at least a few of you have removed it from your favorites altogether. I get a question from time to time asking me when the new chapter is coming, but it's mostly new readers. Newcomers who've just read the whole thing and are now eagerly awaiting the next entry. The rest are some of my closer Fimfiction friends that are genuinely interested to see what's going to happen next. I'm flattered by their support and well-wishes, but...

    *sigh* I'm getting nowhere with all this as usual, am I?

    So... I'm not really writing this blog to explain things to you. Especially not seeing as I've probably lost half of everyone reading this on the way down the text wall. Trust me, it's going to be a long one like always. Anyway, I'm writing this because I just desperately need to get this issue out for my own sake. So I can do that whole "think about the issue while you're writing about the issue" thing most people suggest others should do. I'm not going to promise that things will make sense once you reach the end, because I doubt it. Nevertheless... let's get started.

    To understand why I'm having trouble with Friendship is Aura now, I have to explain why I started writing the story to begin with. Like I've said before, Friendship is Aura is the first story I've ever written. I've always been somewhat of a daydreamer, imagining my own scenarios from movies, games, and mangas in my head to entertain myself. But it wasn't until sometime after I became a brony that they became more than just "scenes". They became plots, and at the forefront of them all stood the tale of Lucario in Equestria... and for the first time in my life, I felt the urge to write it down.

    So I did. One chapter at a time. The reception I got was beyond anything I'd ever dared to imagine, and by the time chapter 10 was out with the Lucario vs Chrysalis fight, I got drenched in praise for my battle-writing skills and continuously growing ability to make the plot more and more interesting. I realized how much I'd grown as a writer, and looking back at my older chapters made me see just how much progress I had made with my writing. I felt so proud of that. So happy.

    ...Heh... and that's really kind of sad, isn't it.

    I have nearly no talents or knowledge of expertise outside of video games. It was the first hobby I got as a kid, and it has stuck with me to the point that I find nearly no interest in any other media. Sports. Politics. Cars. Mainstream music. Fashion. And so much more... all boring to me. I've always been the quiet loner of my family because whenever I come together with my relatives on a birthday party or the like, they always talk solely about things I've no interest in. Things that are as normal and coherent to them as the earth they stand on. I have nothing to add and nothing to learn, since I knew nothing to begin with. So I just stay quiet and listen... feeling like I'm isolated from the rest of the world around me.

    I've been to schools in the past, trying to get an education for a good future job. At first I followed my hobby and tried to become a game developer, only to realize that I preferred it as just a hobby, and not a full-time job. Then I tried to follow in my mother's footsteps by becoming a teacher, and that experience nearly crippled me. Because there I was surrounded solely by people that were so different from me in both knowledge and personality that you could've painted them blue and called them asari. Nobody shared my interest, and why would they? They were normal people, with normal interests. Interests they shared with 90% of the rest of the world. Not like me, the outcast who desperately tried to fit in with poor jokes and references nobody got because there actually exists people out there who have never touched a game controller before, or have opened a single page on 4chan.

    So I fled. No, I didn't just drop out, I fled. One day, I felt so out of touch that I just turned around and walked straight back to my car and drove home, never to return to that school. They must've really thought that I was pathetic, didn't they? That guy who failed to keep up with their "normal" pace and "basic" knowledge. I'm actually downright scared of meeting them on the street today because I don't want to look into their eyes and see the pity they have for me there.

    Talentless. That's the word that would best describe me. A guy who's so out-of-touch with the world simply due to his own pathetic hobby that will never lead him anywhere in life. Not to a job, not to friends, not anywhere.

    ...I'm sorry. I know there are people out there that will feel offended by me saying that. You're not a loser for being a gamer, don't let a moron like me make you think that. I just suffer from self-loathing, only being able to see my bad parts, and none of the good. I could go on for days talking about my negative aspects, and why... No, I'll keep that to myself.

    I predicted things pretty well, didn't I? The part about this being a long and nonsensical text? I admit, I got a bit off-topic... although I really didn't. Because all of this ties in with Friendship is Aura in a certain way, and all of it began with a simple sentence said to me:

    "You can never make a living out of writing fanfiction."

    How many writers out there have lost all faith in themselves from hearing that, I wonder? Because it's really a soul-breaking blow to many people, and not because it's mean... but because it's true. Sure, Friendship is Aura is a pretty good crossover story, but that's all it will ever be. To call it a magnum opus would be the laugh of the century, and there's no way I can convert it into a story in an original setting with original characters. Because all of it was based on already existing fictional universes. Lucario isn't my character. Equestria isn't a world of my creation. And thus, Friendship is Aura will never be more than like a kid's toy. It won't lead me anywhere, and nobody in the world will appreciate my efforts for writing it.

    I've tried writing original stories, you know? Stories with characters and worlds of my own creation, not based on other people's works... And I've still to succeed. I'm not even sure I can do it. I look around me on all other fictional works, and I realize the knowledge required to write them. Knowledge about how the real world works and how it should resonate with the fictional ones in terms of moral or concept. Knowledge that, like I said before, I lack. I can't even get into any schools around my part of the country without sending in part of an original, interesting text I've written. So once again, I'm stuck. At the end of this at first seemingly hopeful path in my professional career, I ran into another wall.

    I'm reminded of that fact every time I remember Friendship is Aura. I'm reminded that this is all I'm capable of; taking a bunch of already developed characters that aren't mine and throwing them into a scenario of my own choosing. This story that will get me absolutely nowhere. So why should I continue? Why should I spend hours of every day pumping out chapters of what will certainly be a 300k+ long story? Why should I pace back and forth through my house wording character lines to myself, thinking through every sentence down to the letter and setting my brain on fathoming awesome, high-paced fight scenes and emotional character development WHEN NOBODY IN THIS FUCKING WORLD WILL GIVE A DAMN?!

    ...Hahahaha... This really is pathetic, isn't it? I can already hear you all just telling me to man up and deal with it, as if it is the easiest thing in the world to do. "You don't have any other hobbies? Why don't you just get one?" "Just keep talking to those people, you'll learn eventually." "You think you're alone in feeling like that? Get real, dude, there are thousands like you out there." WELL THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING, DOESN'T IT?! I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, MY PROBLEMS ARE JUST HUMBUG! IF ANYONE HAS DEALT WITH THIS BEFORE, IT SHOULD BE AS EASY AS INVITING FREAKING GODZILLA TO A BACHELOR PARTY, RIGHT?! WANT ME TO CURE EBOLA WHILE I'M AT IT?! IT'S JUST A DISEASE, WE'VE CURED THOSE BEFORE! HOW HARD CAN IT FUCKING BE?!

    ...*sigh*... Is anybody even reading this? This blog post will just get a few hundred views with five or so comments on it from the people that always comment regardless of what I'm talking about, won't it? Hehehe... You don't really care, do you? Not really, not beyond simple concern and giving a few words of encouragement. I can drop this story forever right here and now, and you will simply walk away and never turn back. There's nothing to remember here. No achievement, no well-earned respect, no talent. Don't kid yourself, people. You call yourselves my fans, but "fans" is such a shallow word. You don't care.

    Even if you do, you really shouldn't. This story isn't worth your time.

    And neither am I.

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  • 14w, 3d
    THEY'RE IN MY MIND! HALP!

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  • 23w, 3d
    Somehow today, we have to say goodbye...

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  • 23w, 5d
    Friendship is Aura tagged "Alternate Universe" as of the season 4 finale

    Luna's canon transformation into Nightmare Moon in comparison to how I did it in FiA was one thing, but I can't ignore the information given to us in these latest episodes. As always, though, this will not impact the story, since it takes place between season 2 and season 3. If anything, I might write a bonus chapter in the future about how the events would've unfolded if Lucario had been present, but not right now. Loved the season finale, and I wish all of you well in waiting for season 5. The fourth pony drought is now upon us, people. Stay strong!

    Edit: Apparently the AU tag requires more dramatic changes to the setting than that. I'll keep it away for now until I can make heads and tails about it properly.

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  • 27w, 4d
    I'm officially the JonTron of Fimfiction

    When I said last week that the next chapters of Friendship is Aura were going to be out this week, I was planning to force myself into writing, whether or not the words came to me naturally. I've read different tips and advices on the web that say that if you have writer's block, you should just push through it and put the words down regardless of how you liked them. So I thought "Hey, that'll probably work. I can be a badass on this and get this done like a pro! Bring it on, Friendship is Aura, 'cause I already have the entire thing up here in my head! All I need to do is write it!"

    ...Little did I know that doing that would be harder for me than beating freaking Dark Souls 2.

    The chapters aren't finished. I'm not going to throw a bullsh*t lie at you like "I've been busy with work" or "They ARE finished, but I'm not satisfied with the editing". They just aren't done. I've failed to uphold my promise from last week, and I'd rather tell you that honestly instead of trying to place the blame on something else... I'm sorry. I read your comments and saw how exited you were for more chapters, and... saying I would get them out only to end up failing makes me feel like an incompetent *sshole.

    I've tried to write a bit every day, but I end up being so unsatisfied with the wording that I just write 500 or so words a day that I'm happy with. I just can't write more, because literally every single word I write beyond that sounds like garbage. The dialogues don't feel natural, the descriptions are too long and overly detailed, some of the lines don't fit the characters, and sometimes I can't even imagine a particular scene properly in my head. I have the entire plot of the story planned, yes, but actually writing it out in a way I'm happy with is insanely hard for me. Once I'm in "the zone", as I call it, I can write over 10 000 words in a single day and think its awesome. I don't know if that's something other writers go through as well, but that's just how my writing works. And I haven't been in that zone at all this week. I was in it when I wrote the April Fools' chapter, but not now.

    I will try to work more this upcoming week (during which I'm on easter break), but right now, all I can do is apologize. It REALLY sucks to break a promise, and I deserve every angry lash you probably want to give me for it.

    - KangTheGuardian

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In the aftermath of a huge explosion in the Everfree Forest, Ponyville soon finds itself as the new home for Lucario, an "Aura Pokemon" from another dimension. While he avoids explaining what has happened to him and where he came from, he repays his new friends' kindness by protecting them from the evil forces that suddenly appears around Equestria.

Meanwhile, a certain princess of the night watches his every move, unable to judge if this new visitor will bring safety or utter destruction upon the land.

(This story primarily takes place between season 2 and season 3. Elements from season 3 and beyond may occur, but won't have a significant impact on the plot.)

First Published
26th Apr 2012
Last Modified
1st Apr 2014
BR

Pokemon... and ponies? MY LIFE JUST GOT BETTER! now to dig out my old pokemon games and name all of them after MLP characters.

First.:rainbowkiss:

favorite pokemon: lucario

favorite mlp character: luna

instant fav for the win!

BR

>>500364 favorite pokemon: magikarp.:moustache:

Well, so far I'm liking what I see. Can't wait to see how this story pans out.

>>500376 Does Magikarp have an awesome nickname? Like Grave?

Decently written? Luna? LUCARIO? I need to read more of this.

Pokemon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY!!

keep up the good work

Ponies? Epic.

Pokemon? Epic

Ponies AND Pokemon at one time? Nerd-gasm.

I wouldn't mind proofreading for you, and I very much like the story concept you have going here. Lucario is now best pony. Wait, what?:derpytongue2:

Hmm, a Pokemon Pony Crossfic that does not make me cringe while reading? I will have to follow this :ajsmug:

>>500376

Magikarps can jump over mountains, MOTHER FUDGING MOUNTAINS.

Ho lee schitt. ME GUSTA. A lot.:pinkiehappy:

Pikachu and Twilight approve this story! :twilightsmile:

It's got some decent writing, and it opens up the story very well.  Plus, getting the wolves to back off with just one word?  BAD@$$!

Tracking

even though i don't like pokemon this fic is awsome! tracking.

iv been waiting for this fic (like this one)

i will read and savoir everytime youll update (translation: traking and liking)

sweet lucario is here bitches :rainbowdetermined2:

*scrolling up and down aimlessly*

WAIT WAS THAT LUCARIO??!

Us amateurs gotta stick together, and this fic is just great

You earned yourself another reader :twilightsmile:

:rainbowderp: a LunaxLucario shipfic?

:pinkiehappy: Now THIS I gotta see!

OH SHIT SON, YOU MAKE ME PROUD!

>>500457 I just might take you up on that offer. Misspellings or wrong choice of words can ruin an entire story in my opinion so I would be very grateful for the help...um, that is if you aren't busy or anything...wouldn't want to be a burden :fluttercry:

>>500643 Thank you for putting up with my writing. Hopefully I'll improve down the line :raritywink:

>>501193 Thank you for your support, brotha :moustache:

#27 · 130w, 14h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

moar soon please! :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

#28 · 130w, 14h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>503801 Just posted chapter 2. Happy read- Oh wait, you MEAN the second chapter, I get it :twilightsheepish:

#29 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

I NEED MOAR!!1!!1:flutterrage:

#30 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

oh and good job, im love n it!:pinkiehappy:

#31 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

Excellent characterization concerning the CMC and Applejack. The only negative points are some run-on sentences which disrupt what would otherwise be a well-flowing story.I would also try being a little less wordy, but don't let that make you think I'm not enjoying the story! Nice concept, and you're executing it well!

#32 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>503874 Oh Blue Wolf, you scary schizophrenic you :rainbowlaugh:

#33 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

A DSDJSG NEED MOASFR MOASFR MOASFR!:flutterrage:

#34 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>503878 I will admit that one of my weaknesses in writing is just what you mentioned. Some sentences goes on for WAY too long and I'm constantly confused over just how much I need to describe a situation or a character's thoughts. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it as the story goes on. Thank you for your opinion! :pinkiehappy:

#35 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>503898 Whoawhoawhoa, dude, take a deep breath...grab a Klondike Bar...and relax. There's more to come, I assure you :twilightsmile:

#36 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

Wording mistake:

“I…I have to confess that I haven’t paid any intention to the clock tonight.” Luna admitted with a light blush.

It should be attention.

BTW great story so far!:pinkiehappy:

#37 · 130w, 13h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>504009 Oh horseapples, how could I have missed that?! Edited and fixed. Thank you for telling me :twilightblush:

#38 · 130w, 12h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

I just have one question: Is this the same Lucario that met Ash?

#39 · 130w, 12h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

Nice chapter as always. Keep it up :rainbowkiss:

#40 · 130w, 12h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

comeon......aura spirit bomb......

#41 · 130w, 11h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>503927 ok calm...calm mmmmgfmhsdfh sdzwEVSSVZSDBS S GSRS

#42 · 130w, 11h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

I like how Celestia leaned on the fourth wall for a bit.

#43 · 130w, 11h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

update woo hoo:yay:

#44 · 130w, 10h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

I wanna be, the very best... DANANA

like no one ever was... DA NA NANA

to catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause... DANANA

SING ALONG EVERYPONY:pinkiehappy:

#45 · 130w, 9h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

This is interesting, i think ya got something there lad, i'll be tracking this to see what will come of it, who knows you might have a future follower if ya keep up the good work.

BR
#46 · 130w, 9h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

Looks like SOMEone used a full restore...:rainbowlaugh:

I swear to God, for every chapter of this I'm gonna post another pokemon reference.

I now require DashxGardevior and my life will be complete.

#48 · 130w, 7h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>504766

(skipping this part)

these Pokemon, they understand,

the power thats insi-i-i-i-i-e-e-e-e-e-e-PIKACHUUUU!!!

WUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUB...

#49 · 130w, 6h ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

great job with the story, I'm looking forward to seeing more Lucario badass-ness. Keep goin and stay golden^^

#50 · 129w, 6d ago · · · My Worried Watcher ·

>>504130 Yes...and no. It is the same Lucario from the "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew" movie. However I have heavily rewritten his backstory so that he never met Ash at all, thus the "Alternate Universe" tag. His past is going to play an important part later on, but for now I'll keep it a secret. I'll throw in a few subtle hints in the next chapter.

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