After Summer Sirocco's expulsion from the Royal Guard Academy, a captain of the Night Guard offers her an unexpected alternative. The choice: sacrifice her relationships and abandon her identity, or walk away from a singular opportunity to escape the pony she never wanted to be. It dredges up difficult questions of how she sees herself and who she really is—and her answers won't be easy either.
86w, 1dDipping a Toe or Two7 comments · 121 views
It's been too long.
266 days, to be precise. But who's counting?
I've been staring at this blank blog post for a good long while now, and simultaneously feeling pretty silly about that fact, since I don't expect too many people to read it. I'm having somewhat more of a response to stepping back into this space than I thought I would.
So, in an attempt to rein in as much of the excess self-indulgence in this blog post as is possible, I'll try to keep it brief.
First and foremost, I must express how touched I am to see that people have continued to read and recommend Ordem during my extended absence. I poured weeks' worth of dawn-to-dusk labor into that fewer than 10K-word piece, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been somewhat disheartened by the relative lack of interest—with full recognition of the selfishness inherent in that sentiment. It's as humbling as it is fulfilling to see that it received something of a second wind just over a month ago. I would like to thank anyone and everyone who has ever read, commented, favorited, rated, promoted, or criticized my work. It does not go unnoticed.
Second off, I have to apologize to the readers of my significantly less-polished The Equestrian Spring series, for abandoning it without posting so much as a brief notice to that effect. It was unfair to those of you who had devoted your time and energy to following the story.
Lastly, I'd like to explain my current position. I have been completely removed from all aspects of the MLP fandom for the past 3/4 of a year, barring the occasional check-in on this account every few months or so. And truthfully, I don't have too much interest in following the show at the moment.
But I don't feel that way about the MLP fanfiction community. Strange as it may seem (though I suspect this will resonate with some), I love the themes, concepts, and universe that this fandom have derived from MLP, independently of the show itself. I don't know how sustainable this stance is with respect to my trying to contribute to the community again, but it is my plan to begin doing so at a snail's pace. I have yet to determine whether that will be through editing and proofreading others' stories as I began doing 13 months ago (possible), writing some sort of sequel or parallel story to Ordem (very unlikely), or rewriting and continuing The Equestrian Spring (likely).
In brief: Thanks for the love, I'm sorry for disappearing, and it's good to be back.
128w, 1dOr-Done e Progresso0 comments · 126 views
Hello, crazy followers! I'm very sorry for the title pun.
As promised, and after over a month of editing, I've just released my first short story, entitled Ordem e Progresso. It's about a Royal Guard cadet who is given a tough choice by a Night Guard after being kicked out of the academy, but it's a bit more universal than that brief description would imply.
Now, I have to warn those of you who read The Equestrian Spring (an update of which is next-up): this is a very different story, as the synopsis and tags can attest to. But give it a shot anyway. Never a bad idea to broaden your horizons, right?
PS: Back when Ordem was just a teeny-weeny 6,000-word story, it was an entrant to the 3rd Ponychan /fic/ Write-Off, coming in fourth place of 22 stories. The 4th Ponychan /fic/ Write-Off is coming up very, very soon, and I would encourage you all to participate, either by submitting something or reading some of the submissions and voting on your favorites. Details here!
132w, 1dAt last!0 comments · 77 views
Chapter four of The Equestrian Spring is complete and published for you political pony pleasure. Apologies for the wait time, but this story has a mind of its own, I tell you: this chapter ended up almost 50% longer by word count than I expected it to be, and I think it's all the better for it. I hope those of you who read this story enjoy the new chapter!
Also, a heads-up: I wrote my first one-shot for the Ponychan /fic/ write-off and came in fourth place with it. It takes place in a similar world as TES, so if you like Spring, be on the lookout for a finalized version of Ordem E Progresso in the coming weeks.
PS: The winner of the write-off was a story called Beyond the Wall, written by Filler, who infuriatingly refuses to recognize what a good job it does of characterization, world-building and scene creation (if I hear "but I ripped the plot straight from The Village!" one more time...). Please be on the lookout for that one too. It's a must-read.
132w, 4dThe Elusive Chapter Four2 comments · 66 views
My sincerest apologies for the delay of Chapter Four. I've written 3000 words of it so far, and I've got a whole day to write today, so you can expect an update very soon. Brace yourselves!