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This story is a sequel to Princess Celestia Hates Tea

Princess Celestia helps to banish a hoofful of inner demons lurking deep in the heart of a troubled author.  Metafiction, again, ensues.  Something of a coda to "Princess Celestia Hates Tea".

First Published
5th Jun 2012
Last Modified
5th Jun 2012
#1 · 207w, 22h ago · 9 · ·

I finally get off my arse and actually begin to write fanfiction of my own, then this comes up. Thanks allot skywriter...

#2 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

Um... I'm confused, but good story anyways!

#3 · 207w, 22h ago · 2 · ·

This... this is beautiful. Made me tear up. :fluttercry:

#4 · 207w, 22h ago · 7 · ·

This made me grin like crazy.

Don't ever stop, Skywriter.

#5 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

An interesting take...

#6 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

>>697070 I know how you feel...

#7 · 207w, 22h ago · 7 · ·

The kind of story I find myself appreciating more and more tends to focus on opening an image and exploring it in order to produce a metaphor, and I thought the Yixing teacup's relation to storycraft was well turned. Princess Celestia also speaks like Princess Celestia -- ever-patient, tranquil, at peace with non-peace (especially when that non-peace comes through Twilight)...

Look at me, spewing all of this pretentious garbage. I'm practically eating out of your hoof, aren't I?

#8 · 207w, 22h ago · 4 · ·

So, I have to wonder, where in the process of writing Princess Celestia Hates Tea did the conception of this particular, cute little tale arrive? Before? During? After?

And would Twilight really write "heartbreakingly sculpted muzzle" in a story assignment she was going to give to Celestia to read? Oh my! She's very revealing about herself, especially in those first few paragraphs.

#9 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

That's remarkably well-done!  Bravo!

#10 · 207w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

sparkleception?

#11 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

Nice! I liked this one, a very good little short.

#12 · 207w, 22h ago · 4 · ·

And that's how Skywriter never wrote a real story again

I may have unleashed a power I cannot contain

#13 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

Oh bravo!  Consider that .gif of the guy clapping inserted.  A lovely little haiku of a story!

#14 · 207w, 22h ago · 9 · ·

>>697203

Next I'm going to write a story about a fictional version of Twilight Sparkle writing a story about how she wrote a fictional version of Twilight Sparkle who was obsessing about having written a story about Princess Celestia not liking tea.  And so on.  It will be a beautiful Jenga tower of navel-gazing.

#15 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

>>697173

Afterward.  I was like, oh, hells, no, not another one of these.  I'm waiting for the backlash.

And, yes, she's being a little forward.  The poor dear is so confused.  She doesn't even know what she's feeling half the time.

#17 · 207w, 22h ago · 5 · ·

>>697247

And then your self-insert oc will show up and Twilight will get mad at him for writing weird stories about her.

#18 · 207w, 22h ago · · ·

>>697253 I had a feeling there was an undertone of forwardness there. I was about to ask if this was actually the prelude to ANOTHER layer of story, which is the 3rd person comedy/romance story you write about Twilight trying to win over Princess Celestia.

Specifically when you said, "not another one of these," what were you referencing?

#19 · 207w, 21h ago · · ·

Solid beyond belief, and really just... It's a great look at Twilight, and it's a fantastic follow-up to "Tea". Really puts it in context.

#20 · 207w, 21h ago · · ·

Your stories make me smile, eh.  And with this one, you really got the mood exactly right at the end. Once again, thank you for sharing, eh! :twilightsmile:

Hmmm... maybe I ought to try writing something small / one-scene-ish...

#21 · 207w, 21h ago · 2 · ·

...I went back to the top to read it again afterward, but then stopped because I thought I might end up trapping myself in some sort of weird loop if I kept it up.  :derpyderp2:

#22 · 207w, 21h ago · · ·

I'm such a meta addict.

#23 · 207w, 21h ago · · ·

This is probably getting featured....I CALL IT!

#24 · 207w, 21h ago · · ·

Another Skywriter story that will be featured...

I read enough metafiction in "The Things They Carried" as it is. I don't need any more.

#25 · 207w, 20h ago · 3 · ·

"I love wasabi, usually. I love saunas and cold showers. I love hot ginger beer. I love things that make me feel, because I spent so many years of my life not feeling and not even particularly caring if I felt or not, and I'm really trying to make up for lost time, here. But it hardly seemed fitting to be coughing and hacking in the presence of the Princess.

It's not even the rudeness that I'm most concerned about. The worst thing about acting like a lump of sapient clay in front of the most perfect and regal creature on the face of the planet is…"

LOVELY. i LOVE what you did there. Never seen anypony else do it before, why the hell not?

A great story.

P.S. And to think, Celestia Hates Tea hasn't even left the featured box yet.

#26 · 207w, 20h ago · · ·

>>697294

Another story that won't let me rest until it's out.  I've got Srs Comic Stuff I need to do, and it's a little loud in here with all these ponies.

#27 · 207w, 20h ago · · ·

Your metaness makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Also, I'm drinking tea right now. How weird.

#28 · 207w, 19h ago · · ·

Love it. :rainbowkiss:

#29 · 207w, 19h ago · · ·

Oh and the title of her next story from how i saw it was "No Title Too Simple". :pinkiesmile:

#30 · 207w, 19h ago · 5 · ·

I'm So Meta, Even This Acronym.

#31 · 207w, 18h ago · 2 · ·

> "There will never be a perfect cup of tea served in Yixing teaware," said the Princess, nodding. "Each cup brewed is different than the last, as the teaware itself moves through time." She looked at me, then, whimsically sly. "Through teatime, specifically. But one thing is certain: each cup, good or not-as-good, will do nothing but increase the delightful complexity of the next. There is never an end to the process, never a single perfect iteration. Eventually, after hundreds more years, I may arrive at a point where I am drinking something so close to the perfect cup that it might as well be that thing.  But, until that far-off day, every cup of tea I drink has value in the essence it gives to the future. Is my parable clear, my Faithful Student?"

Woa. That was brilliant.

#32 · 207w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

>>697070

Heartbreaking, isn't it?  I've been reading JCW's works for over ten years, and writing sporadically during those same ten years, and the gap just grows.

Skywriter, this story is itself like a teatime, a calming sip that pauses the day.  Thank you.

#33 · 207w, 18h ago · · ·

I'm thinking Meta should be a tag. Are there enough Metafics to warrant that?

#34 · 207w, 18h ago · · ·

Too much meta! :raritydespair:

#35 · 207w, 15h ago · · ·

This is quite nice.

How can you do this to me!? This is meta, I'm not supposed to like it.

Breaking my convictions left and right, you people ... I'm fine with that. :twilightsheepish:

#36 · 207w, 15h ago · · ·

"For all my years, and for all the sorrowful things I have witnessed, I have seen an equal measure of joy, and I am very much at peace."

While I buy the first line about not being deeply turmoiled, I don't believe Celestia when she says she's very much at piece. Life is full of conflict that destroys that piece and unless this Celestia has shut her inner self from the world, I don't see it as possible for her not to be plagued inner demons and doubts.

#37 · 207w, 12h ago · 5 · ·

>>699022

Interesting that this Celestia then goes right on to claim "secrets I must keep because of who I am".  SOUNDS LIKE INNER DEMONS TO ME, CELLY.

#38 · 207w, 12h ago · 1 · ·

Yo dawg, I herd u liek fanfiction.

#39 · 207w, 12h ago · · ·

>>697998

Nope, guess again.

#40 · 207w, 12h ago · · ·

Metaception!

#41 · 207w, 12h ago · · ·

Congrats on having TWO stories in the feature box!

The features have been doubled!

#42 · 207w, 12h ago · 1 · ·

>>699268

You currently have two stories in the featured box.

Just floating that.

#43 · 207w, 11h ago · · ·

Wow.  I feel kinda guilty that I haven't read 'Princess Celestia Hates Tea' now.:facehoof:  Gotta get on that.

I really love the fact that Yixing teapots are actually real.  It's those little obscure things that add a level of depth to a story that can't be matched in any other way.

#44 · 207w, 10h ago · 5 · ·

You wrote this just to make us stop wanting to sock that story's Twilight in the muzzle, didn't you?

Also, I think I have a fetish for fanfiction about fanfiction. I enjoy most far beyond the attributes of said story otherwise.

#45 · 207w, 10h ago · 3 · ·

>>699493

"Contraptionology!" has Twilight as a minor side player / contributing antagonist, and "...Tea" basically has her as the principal antagonist.  It was beginning to make me feel (a) like people would think I was hating on the character or (b) like I was actually hating on the character.  Time for some Twilove, says the writer-brain.  Hence, this.

#46 · 207w, 10h ago · · ·

People throughout fiction love tea. People throughout the world love tea.

I feel lesser for not.

#47 · 207w, 10h ago · 1 · ·

>>699517

I was referring purely to her characterization, not your motivations for said depiction.

I never assumed you didn't like her. Observatory Hill starred her. You write her too earnestly, even when slightly corrupted, to not enjoy her as a character. Even though you kinda called her fat in this fic.

It wasn't even that bad after fics like "Why didn't I stay at the farm" and "The Business Trip".

#48 · 207w, 10h ago · · ·

Yeah, okay. This was brilliant. :) Celestia hates tea was well deserving of the feature box that's been holding it for the best part of a week. Thanks for sharing!

#49 · 207w, 9h ago · · ·

I'm not a fan of meta as a rule... but I was won over by this. What's particularly impressive is that it's a really very decent story in its own right, even for those who've never read "...Tea". Making an in-joke that's still accessible to outsiders takes quite something.

#50 · 207w, 9h ago · 1 · ·

>>699517

It's funny you describe Twilight as the antagonist, because I had initially put down 'Princess Celestia Hates Tea' after the first scene and the entirety of my thought process about it at the time was, I kid you not, "Oh, I don't like Tyrant!Celestia fics."

So suffice it to say I consider Twilight the sympathetic character there and Celestia at best a victim of karma. Didn't she get a friendship report about keeping secrets from her friends?

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