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    After a devastating fire, Rarity and Sweetie Belle move in with the Apple family
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  • 120w, 4d
    Mistaken for Strangers Commentary

    I thought I’d say a few words about my writing process for Mistaken for Strangers, like I did for The Lucky One (That can be found at the end of my fanfiction.net version). It seemed more appropriate to make it its own blog post than to tack it on to the end of the last chapter.

    This story was both easier and harder to write than The Lucky One. The actual writing itself was easier. For one, I had more of a general idea of where I wanted the story to go before I started. The harder part was editing. Well, not really the editing itself, but getting myself to do it. I worked a lot with Hyperexponential from ponychan to try and get it up to shape (he really did an outstanding job by the way; he really helped me tighten up and improve upon a lot of major elements). There was a lot of back and forth between us, which went fine at first, but as the story drew near completion I found myself more and more reluctant to work on it. After Hyperexponential and I finished, I got one more quick review from Ponyfanficer, and I found I simply could not bring myself to put the finishing touches on the story and upload it. It sat waiting for a couple months before I finally managed to finish it. I found it helped if I left the house and worked on it at someplace like Starbucks (Yes, I’m one of those pretentious jerks you see typing away on their laptop at Starbucks so that all the world can look on in wonder). I think the reason I had writers block on this story and not on The Lucky One, is that I had gone into writing The Lucky One with no real expectations. My goal had been simply been to actually write a complete story, rather than create some masterpiece. After I wrote it, and it was received fairly well, I suddenly felt any sequel would have to live up to its success. So really I suppose it was fear that was blocking me, something which I already knew can stifle creativity and should be dealt with, but there is a difference between knowing and doing. Nonetheless, I did manage to complete it, and I think it lives up to the prequel.

    In keeping with my first story, I decided to use song names as chapter titles. While I’m happy with the result, I admit I first started doing it out of laziness as much as anything else. I always worry about titles; it’s nice if a title can be somewhat descriptive, but that’s hard to do without coming across as gimmicky. I thought that song titles worked nicely, because they can set the mood without having to actually be about the story specifically. They really weren’t supposed to be necessary to the story, anyone should be able to enjoy it without having listen to, or even recognize a single song. I often listen to music when I read, so I thought it might be a nice little Easter Egg for anyone who does the same. It may be interesting to note how the music differs between the two stories. In The Lucky One there is a sort of country/folk rock sort of theme, with the main artist being The Felice Brothers. This was because I wanted to capture that rural sort of feeling of Sweet Apple Acres. In Mistaken for Strangers, although it kept to an extent the country theme, the focus was much more purely on Big Mac and Rarity’s relationship, and the music reflected that with a more alt rock theme, as exemplified by The National.

    Anyway despite all my complaining, I really did genuinely enjoy writing Mistaken for Strangers, and I hope everyone enjoyed reading it. I’m incredibly grateful for all the positive feedback I received (I’m also grateful for people pointing out the flaws. It was only after someone mentioned it that I realized none of the italics had copied over when I uploaded the story). When you’re so personally involved in something it becomes very difficult to judge how anyone else will view it. It’s very gratifying to see people enjoying it.

    P.S.

    Some people have asked if I plan on writing another installment. Frankly, I haven’t decided. I may have an idea for a sequel. Who knows? Not I. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.

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  • 121w, 6d
    Quick note

    Just a heads up; for my next update I'll post the last 2 chapters together (in order to preserve the pacing), so be sure not to skip the penultimate chapter.

    See what word I used there?

    "Penultimate."

    That made me feel fancy.

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While expecting her first foal, Rarity finds her relationship with Big Mac tested.

Sequel to "The Lucky One," but can be read on its own.

First Published
7th Jun 2012
Last Modified
19th Jun 2012

I begrudgingly acknowledge the quality of that cliffhanger.

This still doesn't appear underneath your story tab.

I dunno why but I've always liked this pairing. Nice story. I thought your first one was cute but you definitely have a nice setup for later chapters. I cannot wait to see more.

okay I'll bite. since this is supposed to be a continuation, the characters feel a little different, but its another story. so lets see where this goes

Welp, I'm glad The Lucky One got a sequel. Can't wait to see where you take this. :ajsmug:

Yay! Sequel! This is interesting... Carry on.

#7 · 123w, 3d ago · · · He War ·

Oh Big Mac, she's suddenly seeing a new side to you, an angry side. It's scaring her and you're not doing anything to alleviate that.

#8 · 123w, 3d ago · · · He War ·

Rarity's sudden revelation of what Big Mac is capable of is coloring the way she see's any and all of Mac actions, likely thinking back over their whole relationship.

#9 · 123w, 3d ago · · · He War ·

Well, If I was as big as Mac here I would have done the same thing. I live by the 'old code' where a lady is treated like a lady.

#10 · 123w, 3d ago · · · He War ·

My I inquire as to when we might get to read the next chapter... For you see I have been hooked. :pinkiehappy:

#11 · 123w, 3d ago · · · He War ·

*Retrieves Cleaver* Shunk here have a thumb. you've got me hooked ah can't wait to see where this goes.:eeyup:

#12 · 123w, 3d ago · · · He War ·

A stallion of Macs size with anger issues, that'd be scary. :twilightoops:  

#13 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

>>713541 Soon, very soon.

>>713581 Do you uh, maybe have a plastic bag I can put it in? It's kind of leaking.

#14 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

"...but can be read on it's own."

You obviously understand nothing about OCD.

#15 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

The stallion that under the influence of a love poison, dragged a two story house WITH ponies inside, broke a rope moments afterward just from how much strain was put on it and you gave him powerful anger issues.

Yeah, lucky to be all that happened in that section.

#16 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

So, just got caught up with the story (Soulsilver's comment stands, you know nothing about OCD readers :raritywink:)

Considering the kinds of strength we've seen out of Big Mac, I'm honestly surprised that Blueblood even survived the experience. We've seen him love-tap a tree to the same effect as a full-on applebuck from AJ (at least, I think we have, sometimes get fannon confused with cannon) and as stated above he's dragged a house off of its foundation and launched ponies over the horizon. To quote another fanfic, Blueblood should have gotten his flank kicked so hard he'd need a telescope to see his own Cutie Mark.

#17 · 123w, 2d ago · · 1 · He War ·

>>712683

He'd have been lucky to wake up if that was my wife.  Just sayin'.

I understand both sides here perfectly.  My wife was a little skittish of me because I had major rage issues when we were first dating, but she got to learn that it was to protect her.  Unfortunately for Big Mac (but fortunately for the narrative!), communication is NOT his strong suit.

#18 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

So far, Mac's only anger issues--that we've seen--have involved his reactions to the abuse of women.

Seems familiar....

#19 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

Aww. Why'd you have to go and do that? My kind is now racing at the possibility of what might happen next. Good read so far, keep it up!:twilightsmile:

#20 · 123w, 2d ago · · · He War ·

>>714944 i would but grabbing things has become difficult and as to the reason. i just can't put my finger on it.:eeyup:

#21 · 123w, 1d ago · · · Black River Killer ·

Ahhhh just too short. But was a good read none the less keep e'm coming.

#22 · 123w, 1d ago · · · Black River Killer ·

I absolutely have to say that you are doing a phenomenal job with this story. You are always leaving me with the feeling of wanting more. Keep it up! :twilightsmile:

#23 · 123w, 1d ago · · · Black River Killer ·

A little short, but very good.

#24 · 123w, 22h ago · · · Black River Killer ·

I'm loving this story but i can't express how much i hate cliffhangers right now!! ugh i guess i have to wait and see what happened. hopefully it will be soon.

#25 · 123w, 11h ago · · · Black River Killer ·

Ooh suspense

Kinda makes me wish this chapter was longer:raritydespair:

I am so confused! I don't remember them ever getting married in the first one, regardless, this is a well written fiction and I look forward to more. :moustache:

#27 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Black River Killer ·

>>728823

They got married between when the first one ends and this one begins.

#28 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

I am going to read this, but before I do I have one question:

Do you get mistaken for strangers by your own friends when you pass them at night under the silvery, silvery city bank lights?

A song by The National for the title and a song by Blitzen Trapper for one of the next chapters?

You're not just my hero, you're my super hero.

#30 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

>>730618

...if that happens to you, I feel really bad for you, man :eeyup: :fluttershysad:

EDIT: Or girl. Take your pick.

Another great chapter! Keep up the good work, and I have to say, I'm really excited to see how Big Mac changed his mindset :twilightsmile:

#31 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

I'm liking the story, but I feel the titles are a bit contrived.

I mean, what does "Nasty Letter" have to do with Big Mac kicking a wall, and Ace having his Face rearranged?

Otherwise, good.

#32 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

Maybe the song titles would make more sense if you wrote out the part of the lyrics that pertained to it, because I don't know any of these songs.  I did that with a story, once.

Anywho, I guess it's a good sign that I get so frustrated at the end of each chapter.  Somehow 2200 words just goes quicker when you're enjoying the narrative, it seems

#33 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

i think you two above ^ are a little too focused on the titles and not the story....

anyway, rarity is being rather round about in doing things, I was surprised with how raidly this is being updated

#34 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

The plot thickens... I'm really enjoying your set up with this.

#35 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

>>730722 You have no idea how happy this comment makes me. You're the first person to mention my song references.

#36 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

>>730824

>>730907

Lyrically, you're right, there's not really any direct relation to the story. I picked the songs based on the kind of mood they set. I actually started doing because I felt any titles I came up with were too contrived.

>>730985 I actually had the story mostly finished the story before I started updating it. I'm just putting the finishing touches on each chapter before putting them up. If I put up each chapter right after writing it then it would be waaaaay to long between updates. Plus, doing it this way allows me to edit it more.

#37 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

I like the titles. They're all unique and give me a little insight on what kind of music Evan here likes.

I like knowing more about people. :heart:

#38 · 122w, 6d ago · · · Nasty Letter ·

a side of big mac more imaginable after season 2. everyone has a breaking point

#39 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

Wow. I actually haven't any sympathy for Rarity in this fic. All she has to do is talk to Mac, and this could get resolved.

#40 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

>>736392

Trust me, I'm married, and (unfortunately) I've been in circumstances that are sorta similar.  It just don't work that way.

I wish it did, but it doesn't, and emotional stuff is hard for both, just in different ways.

#41 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

That and some people don't want to talk about unpleasant things from the past.

Anyways...

Why do you do these things to me? Now I have to wait for another update. You don't have to leqve me hanging all the time I promise I'll come back.

#42 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

Ok wonderful story but the song name titles to me are starting to get out of synch with what is happening in the story itself

#43 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

Oh my.

>>736960

Too bad...

#44 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

>>736960 Don't feel any pressure to listen to the music if you don't want to.  They're more supposed to little... bonuses, as it were, than actually part of the story itself. If you like it, great, but if not, then feel free to ignore it. :twilightsmile:

#45 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

Wow, I can hear Rarity's VA breaking down and it's breaking my :heart:

On another note, I read the wikipedia article on preeclampsia all the way down. Oh my...:eeyup::duck:

#47 · 122w, 4d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

Wow! I shouldn't have started reading this one before it was finished! :raritycry:

Little details like Big Mac looking up, hoping it was Rarity, and being disappointed when it wasn't are so true to life. I need more of this story! :raritydespair:

Also... from what ponygrad and KitsuneNoYomeiri said, I'm scared to read that article now. Even though I can't figure out exactly what you're trying to express with those emoticons.

#48 · 122w, 4d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

:raritycry: ....  this is why I shouldn't read incomplete stories.... :twilightangry2:

But after previously reading "The Lucky One"... I must, I Must, I MUST!!!

So now I wait... checking my email everytime I get an alert hoping it is an update to this story. :duck:

#49 · 122w, 4d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

Oh please don't tell me that after all that Big Mac and Rarity have been through that they're going to lose the baby, I know I'll just have to wait to find out but if she does it'll be heartbreaking :raritydespair:

#50 · 122w, 1d ago · · · Metal Heart ·

MOAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pls update soon :fluttercry:

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