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Hey, you know that announcement I've been talking about? This would be it. I'm thrilled and honored to say that the guys over at the Royal Canterlot Library enjoyed "An Outsider's Perspective" so much that they decided to feature it, along with an interview of me. And man, I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of blown away by the praise they gave the story. I knew they liked it, sure, but there are some incredible compliments in there, and it's entirely possible that my ego will now inflate to the point that Rainbow Dash becomes identifiable and sympathetic.
So, that's the biggun! Go check it out, and while you're there, check out the interview they did with fellow Outside Insight mid-rank placee, Carabas, about his entry "Moonlight Palaver." His story was definitely my favorite of the finalists--and, bonus points, I started reading Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" like two days before his piece went up. Woo, coincidence.
Now, then, I'm going to get back to leading my cyborg legions towards the conquest of an alien planet, so that we can build a portal back to Earth and, uh, "emancipate" all the squishy meatbags back home. Resistance is futile.
1w, 3dHey, so, Flutterspy!10 comments · 61 views
Guess what story I just finished after more than two years of writer's block?
No, not Prince of Ponyville. Probably never Prince of Ponyville.
Nope, it's a story that I feel holds up a lot better, and really deserved an ending: "Flutterspy!"
After rewatching all of the Sirens' songs from Rainbow Rocks an embarrassing number of times, I really felt compelled to write something. Since I decided that I couldn't write a proper story about the Sirens without also putting together a band to write and play their songs (music is sort of integral to their awesomeness), I took a look at my old notes for the final chapter of "Flutterspy" and decided I'd start writing and see how things shook out.
Not terrible, in my opinion. I'm going to give it a thorough proofreading and maybe rewrite one or two bits before I email EQD and tell 'em they can finally mark this thing complete.
This wasn't the announcement I'll be making in a few days, by the way. It was just a thing that resulted from too much glorious evil-chick rock. And apparently I'm not alone in thinking the Sirens were amazing, seeing as how their songs are topping the "Best Rainbow Rocks Song" poll at EQD by a wide margin. (Don't know how Trixie's song is in fourth, though. "Rainbow Rock" is pretty damned fantastic, too, and easily the best non-Siren tune. I blame Sethisto.)
So, yeah, see you in a few with some news. In the meantime, given that it's been two years since the first two chapters, I'd recommend goin' back and rereading all of "Flutterspy" if you're inclined to give it a shot. That way, you can see how much better I was back then, and then mourn my eventual loss of quality. I'm basically The Simpsons.
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I just finished watching Rainbow Rocks, and I have to write down my immediate reaction.
That reaction is: I just watched Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny's kid sister movie. It was freaking amazing.
Actually, let me backtrack and bit and get the nitpicks out of the way. As much as I love the Mane Six, the story here almost seemed hampered by them having to be the stars. Sunset Shimmer was the heart of the film, and I think some of the screentime devoted to Pinkie Gags(tm) and Rainbow Dash being Rainbow Dash could have gone to her, and would have made the story stronger. She was the most compelling character on Team Good Guys by a long stretch; in an ideal world, the writers would have been free to focus on her while relegating the primary girls to a secondary role.
That said, the most compelling characters overall were indisputably the Sirens, who may have just unseated Diamond Tiara as Best Villain. Kazumi Evans turned in a great performance as Adagio, coupled with her constant, awesome, "everything is going to according to my evil plans" expressions and body language. Sonata was fun in the same way Brittany from Glee was (back when I could still stand that show); funny, oblivious, dumb as a rock and yet still kind of evil. Aria... well, okay, maybe they weren't all memorable and compelling. But I really liked her mane.
But the music! Especially the Sirens' songs. Holy crap. Maybe I'm just a sucker for female rock vocalists (one look at how my Pandora station has evolved will tell you that), but every time they started singing, they brought the house down. Dark, sinister, creepy, yet kinda sexy. (They're ancient succubi banished to an unsuspecting mortal realm by history's greatest wielder of the eldritch arts, so it's not weird to use that term. Right?)
I hope some intrepid writer's been giving some thought as to how the Sirens would have fit into the history of EQG-Earth. They'd have been around since the viking age, after all. I wonder what they got up to? I'm already picturing a musical montage set to "Sympathy For the Devil." (You can pick which version it is; I always preferred the Guns N' Roses cover; the Devil in that one sounds like he's having so much more fun.) "I rode a tank, held a general's rank, when the Blitzkrieg reigned and the bodies stank... "
And the ending? Well, that's what primarily drew my comparison to The Pick of Destiny. Because it was gloriously, goofily metal. It would have fit right in with Brutal Legend. I'm not sure that words can do justice to its glory, and so I'm not going to try.
Anyway. Done rambling now. If you've been on the fence about checking the film out, let me give you my hearty recommendation. They're showing it on the Hub Discovery Kids now, and it probably won't be long until it's out in retail form. It's also, undoubtedly, available from other sources. Go check it out!
I'll be checking back in in about a week with another announcement. See ya then, folks.
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8w, 3dClip takes sixth!5 comments · 76 views
I'm thrilled and honored and all-around just kinda happy to report that my submission to EQD's "Outside Insight" contest placed sixth, out of 109 entrants! And that means that someone with artistic talent and creative genius will have to draw a picture of a tentacled, amorphous mass of eyes and mouths getting a makeover from Rarity. Schadenfreude is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
I know there was some debate among the judges as to how literal the contest's prompt ("write a story about ponies from a non-pony's perspective") was to be interpreted. I'm very glad to have managed to rank in the top ten despite my (apparently) loose interpretation of the guidelines. Honestly, if I had taken it literally--had I written a story entirely about ponies, just told from a third party's perspective--I don't think I'd have even entered. The little zap of creativity that hit me when I came across the contest might not have sparked if I'd felt more constrained in what sort of story I was allowed to tell.
Thankfully, my Neutral Good alignment shaded my perception of reality, and so I sat down and wrote a story containing the line "because you're the harbinger of the apocalypse, sweetie," and people liked it! Hooray for loose interpretations of the rules!
Anyway, I'll probably go silent again for awhile until I can share with you all the undoubtedly awesome piece of artwork I'll be getting. Keep on ponying, folks!