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  • Wednesday
    Shut Up, Brain!

    It's really annoying when you have what should be a passing idea that becomes a permanent, insistent idea. I was talking with Steel Resolve the other day, and he was lamenting the dearth of Fluttershy/Rarity romance stories. Mostly joking, I told him that I'm going to write him one some day, and that it would suck, but I'd write it for him all the same.

    Strange thing is, I can't quit thinking about it!

    Now let's break down why this is ridiculous:

    1)  I don't have any freakin' time.  Seriously, I just semi-retired because I can't get three seconds together to write.

    2)  Fluttershy is not a favorite of mine.  I don't particularly care for writing her.

    3)  I've tried to write romance several times. It's never really come together, besides what I write with Steel.  I'm going to have to give him most of the credit on that one.

    4)  Every idea that I have for it is miserably sad.

    All of this points to it being a horrible idea, but my mind is fixated on it for some reason. I should probably just bang out a chapter so that I can look at it and say, "Oh, yeah. That's bad. Let's throw that in a drawer where no one will see it again."

    But it's something about challenge. I have all these great ideas that I think people will like and that I know I'll enjoy writing, but they aren't as challenging as writing a miserable romance about a character that I don't like in a genre that is my weakest. So my interest is all piqued. It crowds out all the thoughts that I need, and I find my imagination playing out scenes of a story I don't want to be working on.

    Why, brain? Why?!

    Ugh.

    8 comments · 57 views
  • 1w, 1d
    It's My Cheeri-versary!

    26 comments · 129 views
  • 1w, 4d
    Story Recommendation #3

    Wow.  It's been a long time since I've read a story that I liked well enough to recommend.  Yeesh.

    So let's discuss Spring is Dumb by HoofbitingActionOverload.  As is the case with these things, I'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but what is below this might contain them.  Consider yourself warned!  Warned, I say!

    This is a romantic comedy, and romance really isn't my genre.  I like the idea of it, but I find most stories to be generally overwrought, and no category has more offenders in that department than romance.  And that's precisely what makes this story nice.  The romance in it felt very natural to me.

    Less natural was the comedy. Now don't get me wrong. This story is funny enough to get a couple of actual laughs out of me. I almost never actually laugh out loud. It's more of a mental registry that something is, indeed, funny. My mind makes a little mental checkmark, but it doesn't usually translate into a smile or a chuckle. This story did a time or two, and for that, I applaud it.

    However, that didn't stop it from feeling like it was clubbing me on the head with the premise from time to time. There is a certain repetition that is going on in the story for comedic effect, but there is a fine line between 'still funny' and 'getting old.' Toward the middle of the story, I was starting to get pretty tired of the schtick, but the great thing is that the story also mostly does away with it at that point, too.  Not quite quickly enough for me, but I'm prickly and easily irritated, so for most readers, it will probably be right in the sweet spot.

    One thing that I really liked here is that this is a comedy with romantic elements, and that really lets the romance at the end have greater impact. It sets up the conclusion well, then delivers because you're ready for that change of pace. I think the instinct on it was good.

    Occasionally, the narrative voicing falls off track, but it's a rare problem.  Once or twice, HBAO has Rainbow think things that are humorous, but not really something that Rainbow would think. Then he kind of has Rainbow point that out to herself, but that's a false joke in my book. You can't have someone think about how they'd never actually think like that. But like I said, it's a nit-pick, not a recurrent thing.

    I was left wondering why it was divided up into two chapters. I didn't see the need to break up the flow.

    In the end, I found myself really enjoying this one. It's not perfect, but who knows more about Not Perfect fics than me? Eh? Eh?!

    No one, that's who.

    But the comedy hit its marks quite a bit of the time, and the romance was heartwarming. That seems like a win in my book.

    2 comments · 56 views
  • 2w, 1d
    So BABSCon...

    I know it's kind of a ways off, but I was curious to know who among you are planning to go to BABSCon. I'm not very confident about the fanfic side of things this year, so I figure if we want to represent, we will probably need to get on top of things.

    Are any of you planning on trying to host a panel of some sort? Do people want to meet up in a hotel room like we did last year? Should we get a group together and go get some food? Should we stage a coup and storm the main stage, taking the Goldies for ourselves?

    It's kind of a strange thing, these cons.  Everyone is always waiting for everyone else to get on top of things. I figured I'd try and get the ball rolling. We have a lot of creative, interesting people with informed opinions. It'd be a shame if we couldn't get some great panels out of all that experience.

    18 comments · 83 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Do You Like Melodic EDM?

    Well, if you do, why not check out statoose's bandcamp page, and see if his new track is up your alley. At a single dollar, that's quite affordable for three tracks totaling over eighteen minutes.

    For those of you who don't know him, statoose is a great guy who's helped me with quite a few of my stories. He's particularly good at picking out sentences that don't work well within the context of the paragraph that contain them, and he's helped me shine up many a lackluster phrasing. There's not much I can usually do but say thanks, but this is my chance! My opportunity to make a small dent in the imbalance of our karmic scales.

    However, I wouldn't do it if I didn't also like the end product. Melodic trance/Uplifting Progressive House isn't my usual EDM choice, but this is well done, in my opinion. I could certainly mix this into a set for my more melodic friends, and I'm sure they'd love it.

    So if it's your bag, swing on over and give it a listen. Free streaming, so what do you have to lose?

    0 comments · 38 views
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Even the most talented ponies stumble once in a while.  Rarity is out of ideas for the first time in her fashion career and it's making her miserable.  When her friends find out, they decide that a trip out of Ponyville is the answer.  The six friends travel to the most inspirational places they can think of to reignite Rarity's spark.

First Published
4th Aug 2012
Last Modified
11th Sep 2012

Hey! I remember prereading this! Glad to see it got posted finally! :yay:

Also, lookin good!

>>1028063  Thanks!  I wish it hadn't been approved and posted in the middle of the night, though.  I think it's kinda going to go under the radar.

>>1029056 I shall get you some publicity from my friends, then!

>>1029656  That would be awesome!  Also, it will have a bunch of updates, since I wrote it in chapters.  So people will probably see it pop up again.  Or maybe not.  I just realized I don't really know how the updates work.  I think they show up in the new updates section...

Still, people still find A Door Jam somehow, so this one will be found, as well.

Thanks for the support.  The second chapter is almost done, so you can read that one early if you want.

>>1029686 Yep, they do show up in the Updates section, so people will find it anyways. :rainbowdetermined2:

And nah, as much as it sounds tempting, unless you want me to do some proofreading/editing, then I'll just wait like everybody else. :pinkiehappy:

Hmm not my kind of story. But here, have a free thumb.:ajsmug:

>>1507166  I'll take it!  I'll take 12!:rainbowlaugh:

Very cute! I hope we see more soon.

>>1691477  This is my unloved child.  I plan on writing more for it sometime, but I have to wait until inspiration strikes.  I'm planning a chapter around each of the friends.  With Twilight's out of the way, Applejack's will be next.  Thanks for reading it!

>>1691506 *Grins* aww, poor unloved little stepchild is it? Well if you ever want a hand with inspiration it just so happens to be my special talent ;)

>>1691575  Well, I may bounce some ideas off of you in the future if you are interested.  People have been asking me for a Discord vs. Pinkie Pie story after Diary of a Silent Tyrant, but I'm not sure if I'm going to write that or not.  If I don't, I'll probably work on this some.  Mostly what I like people to do is read my rough drafts and just tell me their overall opinions without worrying about format and grammar.  I'm terrible with grammar.  I tend to just write with the words just flowing out and I put the spaces, indents, quotations, etc.  all over the place.  I just want to get the words out.  My concern is that the story is interesting and that the gags are working.  If you would be interested in that, I'll send you the draft when I write it and you can let me know what you think and if you have any ideas for better gags and whatnot.  I'll warn you though, I'm VERY picky, and some people get a little put off when I don't use their ideas.  

>>1691623 *Cheers* sounds like a plan to me! Feel free to pm or I can share my local hangout info. I'm usually not too hard to track down. Ooooh yes please! I can shut up my inner grammar nerd if it means I can see ideas forming.:pinkiesmile: *Shrugs* My attitude for stuff like that is it's *your* story first and foremost. That means I can suggest a ton of ideas but like uncooked spaghetti, none of them may stick. :rainbowlaugh: Basically I don't get hurt or take offense if people don't like/use my ideas. Unless you tell me they're downright stupid I don't have an issue. Constructive criticism rather than outright criticism I mean. (Geez i'm really talkative t'day:derpytongue2:)

just curious, it seems as if the story is doing well, but you still left it hanging.

Anything missing, or is it something that you noticed too late to fix?

>>3969321  It wasn't very well received and I got busy writing other things.  I keep meaning to get back to it, but I have so many stories going right now that I never seem to work on it.  

I really do want to get back to it one day, though...  :ajsleepy:

>>3969749 if you find this story less then favorably greeted, you may consider looking into the bulk of mine?

oh, and boy, do I know the feeling?

I have some 30 stories and counting, from just this year alone here.

take the time, read it, then make a chapter, even if it may be merely some 2,000 words?

sometimes you get more done, of you're not sticking to the one story, when your Muse wouldn't stand for it anyway.

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