Octavia is a high-class pony. Fine alcohol is her wont, and uncouthness her intense chagrin. Such is her surprise to find herself lumbered with an insufferable oaf of a DJ pony. However, sometimes these situations work themselves into a satisfactory ultimatum all the same.
22w, 3dDat Finale Tho5 comments · 130 views
Wow, it's been three weeks already since I last updated. Damn life.
I'm most of the way through writing Chapter Two of Dawn Over Midnight, but after watching the season finale it will likely be delayed. I had a load of headcanon set up with the way magic works in Equestria, and how it would tie into the story and the nature of the Luminaries. Of course, with all the magical revelations in the two-parter, a lot of that headcanon has gone out the window and I think I'll need to rewrite plans slightly to suit.
As far as the finale? IMO, best one yet. Season 2's was great when Chrysalis hit the scene, and This Day Aria was an awesome song, but this finale really felt excellently paced, escalated somewhat believably, and that villain was a pretty badass design while being a fun callback to Ye Olde Pone. Not to mention a damned good action sequence and some cool canon revelations into Alicorn magic and such.
Hopefully I'll have Chapter Two out in the coming weeks. I never promised the releases would be rapid, but they will happen, I promise!
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It's been a while, hasn't it? Boy, things have been crazy in the two years since finishing Allegrezza. The one thing that has eluded me during this time has been inspiration, a world to build and characters to populate it with. Even expanding beyond ponies, it's been difficult to get the ball rolling and begin building worlds as I once loved to.
Hopefully now I can get it going with a new story! A Dawn Over Midnight won't be a Shipping/Romance story, I'm afraid, but as before, it may end up being one of many concurrent stories. I'm aiming for it to be character-centric, fairly large in scale, and focused more on intrigue and world building to get me back into it.
I currently do not have it uploaded to FiMFiction yet, as I still have to make minor tweaks and read up on what the new rules 'n' regs are for uploading. For those looking for an 'early adopters' preview, hit my DeviantArt below!
Also, I read my first MLP fiction in over two years! I'd promised this author long ago that I'd read this story, but I only recently got around to it, (sorry!)
It is, of course, the excellent University Days. I recommend it to anyone who's still a fan of VinylTavia. It's not easy for me to say, even with two years of estrangement to soften the blow, but I personally feel this tale develops the couple more fluidly, realistically and believably than my fun-but-contrived story. If you haven't read it, read it now. I burned through it in one night it was that god-damned addictively adorable!
I'd like to say one, last thing. I am so sorry for buggering off for two years, but real life got pretty intense - still is at times - and removing the commitment of writing made for a good break. Hopefully, with two years in which I feel I've lived ten behind me now, I can write better and more engaging stories that will eclipse what came before.
50w, 9hWhy Do The Tumbleweeds Roam?16 comments · 297 views
Alarmingly, I had a comment on one of my stories that was worried I had died. Just like to say that, as of right now, I am currently alive.
As far as the situation with fan writing goes, I am ever off-and-on with it, and right now I'm having a period that feels like the final shutdown. I'm sorry to those hoping for new writing, but simply put I don't have much love for pony anymore, nor as much free time as I'd like.
Personally, the love for pony began to drop as the show itself began to, at least in my eyes. Season 2 ended on a worryingly marketing-happy note, and then Season 3 was...well, bland. Very little memorable things happened, not like my personal highlights of 1 and 2. More and more I noticed things that were obviously toy lines seeding in. Crystal ponies, golden glitter dust, etc, etc. More and more it felt like the creativity of the show's creators was being stolen away, and Hasbro was squandering a rare piece of quality in their lineup.
This sort of had a knock-on effect with bronydom. Many of the people I regularly chatted to left the fandom, wandering away into separate avenues of life. It's a part of life, understandable, but without the familiar writers, artists and musicians to bounce ideas off, yet another segment of my inspiration well was closed off. The ones I do still chat with are of the same mind as me, for the most part. Season 4 will be something to look into, not excitedly await. An idle watch when I next get free time, not an event I'll make time to see live, as I did with Season 2. Working weekdays makes my weekends a miasma of appointments, meetups and other nonsense that make squeezing time to think of writing ideas - let alone put them to digital paper - near impossible.
However, I'm fortunate in that despite going incognito for a year, people still regularly post here, in bits and pieces. Allegrezza seems to have been an unwittingly good thing, and I had fun writing it. Sure, Octavia has an official surname, others have written the story now, and hopefully better. I had hoped my writings would be succeeded, then forgotten, and for the most part they have.
To the two camps, I'd say this. If you still believe my writing is excellent, then please share it. I imagine you've already prodded friends and spoke about it, but if not, bring it up, nudge them towards the first chapter, and see how it goes.
To the others, I ask this. If you feel my writing has been surpassed, then please, link me your favourite stories. I'd like to read more, but bronydom has moved so far that I don't know what names to look for or what to find. Light hearted rom-coms are ever a favourite, as you may be able to tell.
Why do I ask this? Because I was never more productive than when I had people complimenting and critiquing my work, even as I read fics I admired, and aimed to at least match them. I feel that if I've got any chance of really getting back into bronydom, into pony, and most of all, into writing, then it is with this.
So, bronies, fire away.
106w, 6dNew Stories Up Soon19 comments · 276 views
I say "new." I'm uploading a trio of short stories to here, that were based on the Allegrezza canon. Until now, they have solely existed on my DeviantArt, but I felt that it would be nice to make them known here.
This includes Very Merry VinylTavia Christmas, an admittedly quite sappy story written for my fans on Christmas '11. Last Friday Night, a rather risqué piece involving a more intimate moment between the two, and A Canterlot Haunting, which is a piece I wrote for a friend's birthday today.
I hope people will enjoy these little ditties. As far as a tangible sequel to Allegrezza, I am still weighing up story ideas, and thinking up ways to make an engaging story. Potentially with a core conflict, as that was the main critique levelled at Allegrezza.
Anyway, have fun, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section! Hopefully they will pass through the admission process soon, ready for reading!
153w, 1dWelp, That's It.3 comments · 149 views
Allegrezza is officially up-to-date on this site now. You guys'll have to wait for new updates same as the Equestria Daily readers.
Readers on my DeviantArt are still going to get the half-chapterly updates as opposed to the full-chapterly updates available elsewhere. They've already got the first half of the next one.
Probably going to start uploading my other fics onto here soon, until Allegrezza is updated again. I'm aiming to have it out in the next couple of days.