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  • E Twilight Eats a Book

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  • E The Big Butterfly Brouhaha

    "Have you seen a butterfly around here?" I asked Derpy one day. Next thing I don't even know, we're saving Equestria from the fairies in Fluttershy's chicken coop!
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  • T Uniformity

    Lyra is not everything she claims to be. When she tries to leave town in secret, Bonbon follows to find out the truth, even if it takes them to the end of the world.
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  • E Painted Jack

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  • E The Nightmare Sonata

    Lyra never had a nightmare in her life ...
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  • T Back and Forth

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  • T Bats in the Old Apple Barn

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Blog Posts21

  • 16w, 3d
    Three Years

    It's been three years (and ten days, forgetful me) since I published the first chapter of Fillystata, my first real piece of fiction. Since then, I've written half a million words of pony stories. What began as just an idle attempt at writing a small story has quickly become a passion for me. It shows that if you want to write, you just gotta start writing, and keep writing.

    And keep writing I do, albeit at a snail's pace sometimes. So what does the future hold?

    I intend to finish Uniformity and Back and Forth before I concentrate on any more pony stories, though heavens know I have enough drafts and ideas to last me many more years if I wanted to keep writing pony. Hopefully I'll finish at least a few of them once Uniformity is complete. When that will be, I have no idea. There are at least several more chapters to come. I think we're maybe two thirds of the way, as a guess.

    Now that I've found my taste for writing, I'd like to write something more serious, as well as my own. I guess it's a natural transition; fanfiction is great, I love fanfiction, but now I'm curious what it's like to write something entirely my own. Writing non-pony is a new challenge, though, but I'm sure I can handle it. I have a story, which I've been idly planning for quite some time, and I hope now to get it off the ground; no better way to figure out a story than to start writing it. Maybe I'll talk more about it and my experiences writing non-pony later on. Wish me luck.

    Does anyone know of a place like FiMFiction, but for fiction in general, not just fanfiction? Any of them any good? Right now my best option seems to be deviantArt, where people at least know me, but dA's support for literature isn't the greatest.

    4 comments · 109 views
  • 18w, 6d
    Back and Forth, a while longer

    Oh sweet merciful fate, how long it's taken me to write this simple story. When will it ever be done? It was meant to be short and sweet, just five short chapters or roughly so. That's why I went ahead and published it even though it wasn't done, because I thought it wouldn't take long. What a fool I was. To be fair, it probably won't be many more chapters, but it shouldn't have taken so long to write this few words.

    Ah, c'est la vie.

    It's taken a rather grim and violent turn with the last two chapters, something I didn't originally intend. Let's just say I originally considered marking it as for "Everyone" but went with "Teen" just to be sure. Turns out that was a good choice in hindsight.

    I don't tend to second-guess too much where my stories take me. I like to let them surprise me. I hope you all like the twists and turns as well, and I sincerely hope the last few chapters won't take me so long. One is allowed to hope.

    3 comments · 72 views
  • 23w, 5d
    One year of uniforms

    One year ago today, I published the first chapter of Uniformity. 15 chapters and 130000 words of Lyra and Bonbon later, it's become my longest story yet and remains the most popular of my multi-chapters. It's been an interesting ride, and there's even more coming.

    I had hoped to have chapter 16 ready for today to celebrate the occasion, but it needs a little more work and I didn't want to rush it just for this. Expect it around Monday instead. I know the last several chapters have been slow to come, and I certainly never wanted them to take a month or longer each. That's just way too long. I hope I can pick up the pace again and get the chapters out in a timely fashion from now on, and that the waiting hasn't put people off the story.

    I'm a little worried that the last half or so of the story hasn't been exactly like it should have been or not exactly what the story deserves, that maybe it could have been better or more inspired somehow. I've had similar misgivings with my other stories, though, and it's impossible to say how bad it really is until I reach the end and see how everything ties together. In the past it's turned out fine in the end, so I hope Uniformity will too.

    Can't say the small flood of downvotes on the last two chapters isn't making my worries all the more, well, worrying, though. I wish people who downvote would at least give me their reason, maybe it should even be required (if we really must have downvotes at all). Freakin' downvotes no good for nothing :ajbemused:

    Anyway, big momentous occasion, yay! And I just recently passed 300 followers too, and half a million words of pony too, so here's to the future! May it be filled with lots of ponies and many more words! :rainbowkiss:

    Oh, and Lyra is Bestest Pony!

    6 comments · 122 views
  • 29w, 2d
    Keeping score with the words

    I'm very sorry for the lack of writing of late. Things should be getting better, so hopefully you can expect some new chapters coming out soon.

    Anyway, I thought I'd share a little thing I made for my own sake recently. Ever been reading a long, multi-chapter story here on the site and wondered how many words you've read so far? Tired of adding up each chapter's word count yourself?

    Well, I got tired of it, at least. So I wrote myself a little script to do it for me. In case I'm not alone with my desire to keep score, here's my solution.

    Just make a new bookmark in your browser with the following as the address/url:

    javascript:(function(){function get(e,t,c){var a=Array();var es=e.getElementsByTagName(t);for(var i=0;i<es.length;i++){if((' '+es[ i ].className+' ').indexOf(' '+c+' ')>-1){a.push(es[ i ]);}}return a;}var c,cs,w,ws;var words=0;cs=get(document,'i','chapter-read');for(var i=0;i<cs.length;i++){ws=get(cs[ i ].parentNode,'div','word_count');for(var j=0;j<ws.length;j++){words+=(ws[j].firstChild.nodeValue.replace(/[^0-9]/g,'')-0);}}alert(words);})();

    Whenever you're viewing a story (not a chapter) just hit the bookmark and it'll tell you how many words you've read. Or it should; I haven't exactly tested it in a ton of browsers.

    Here's the same code in a little more readable form, for anyone interested in studying it.

    javascript:(function(){

        function get(e,t,c){

            var a=Array();var es=e.getElementsByTagName(t);

            for(var i=0;i<es.length;i++){

                if((' '+es[ i ].className+' ').indexOf(' '+c+' ')>-1){

                    a.push(es[ i ]);

                }

            }

            return a;

        }

        var c,cs,w,ws;var words=0;

        cs=get(document,'i','chapter-read');

        for(var i=0;i<cs.length;i++){

            ws=get(cs[ i ].parentNode,'div','word_count');

            for(var j=0;j<ws.length;j++){

                words+=(ws[j].firstChild.nodeValue.replace(/[^0-9]/g,'')-0);

            }

        }

        alert(words);

    })();

    Now they just need to give us back the "Words read" counter on our profiles so I don't have to keep track manually.

    9 comments · 103 views
  • 36w, 15h
    The Good, The Bad, the Uniform

    The good: I'm making progress on Uniformity again. I've hit a real good stride with chapter 14 in the last few days, and I'm very positive about the outcome. I think it will be a real solid chapter of a very respectable length. In fact, I think it could be the longest chapter yet. I've only written four out of ten parts of it, and it's already at 5700 words, and that's before edits which can easily add a thousand words alone.

    The Bad: The length means it takes more time, and I've pretty much run out of time for writing this week. I almost certainly won't get to finish the chapter until sometime next week. I'm disappointed with myself for not bringing more regular updates to Uniformity, and I'd like to say I'm sorry for that. I kinda got swept up in other things and didn't feel much like writing for a while. I know everyone would like more frequent updates, and a month is way too long, not just for readers to wait, but also for me to still be in touch with the story.

    The Advice: If you're writing a long story like this, do your best to stick to it every day, don't let days or weeks go by where you don't work on it. You will only lose touch with it that way.

    The Idea: I'm thinking of going back to merge chapters 9 and 10 into one chapter sometime. Chapter 11 will then become 10 and so on. I'm not sure how exactly to handle that, but we'll see. I think they should have been one chapter to begin with.

    The Goodest: Even if it's late, I'm confident that chapter 14 will blow you away :rainbowdetermined2:

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The mere thought of Pinkie Pie having a day where nothing happens threw wide the Pancelestial Passages to Pinksanity and produced this tall tale of culinary adventures and true love instead! -- In other words, Pinkie Pie invites Fluttershy over for pasta and wheatballs. Grab a fork and join in, the sauce is about to get real!

Also on: Equestria Daily and Deviant Art

First Published
8th Jul 2012
Last Modified
8th Jul 2012
#1 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

Nice, you decided to upload it to FiM :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

>>876277

Yup. Now only Fillystata and Mare in the Mirror left. They'll probably have to wait a bit, but I'll get them up here eventually

#3 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

>>876283

I sense incoming feature boxes :scootangel:

#4 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

>>876293

One can always hope :twilightsmile:

#5 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

This was one of the silliest, cutest stories I have read for a while!

And it also left me hungry for some pasta. Mmm...pasta. :pinkiesmile:

#6 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

This story made me laugh so hard when it was first featured on EQD.

Glad to see it on FiMF. All my favorites and likes. :rainbowlaugh:

#7 · 120w, 4d ago · · ·

This is so cute, silly, and random. Just adorable.

#8 · 120w, 2d ago · · ·

This story was hilarious. Sentient spaghetti? Genius.

#9 · 119w, 23h ago · · ·

Origami... Anteaters? Sentient pasta... hot sauce, pasta sauce... and a Pasta Don. In a city... filled with pasta ponies. You know what? I'm ok with this! Awesome work there!

#10 · 118w, 1d ago · · ·

An absurdly random foodie story, loaded with puns and plenty of sauce.  So utterly absurd, it's Pinkie.  And I love it.

#11 · 118w, 1d ago · · ·

>>971874

Glad to hear it :pinkiehappy:

#13 · 78w, 4d ago · · ·

Hey, I made a video of me reading your story for my weekly livestream. Sorry if the sound is a bit low.

#14 · 78w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2494853

Thanks :twilightsmile: It's been quite a while since I read through this story myself, so it was interesting to go back and hear. It's also interesting to hear where different people stumble in a blind reading like this, although a complete reading sure does take a while (especially with comments). I expect it also takes something away from the experience of a story if your first reading of it is out loud.

#15 · 78w, 2d ago · · ·

>>2506052

It's part of the way my readings are done, though. It has to be a story I've never read, because that's when your reactions are the most candid, and everything comes out exactly as it should. Plus, if I laugh, my viewers can see what I'm laughing at. It also has the added bonus of letting me excercise my ability to immitade foreign accents.:rainbowwild:

Oh and, actually, reading out loud is a good practice. It can help with your own writing, because you can hear how a sentence may sound funny or good, and can avoid or strive for similar ones when you write your next epic.

#16 · 78w, 1d ago · · ·

>>2507922

Aye, it's quite interesting for me as the writer of the story to hear someone else read it out loud, because I know what I intended a sentence to read like while someone going in blind has to figure that out first.

I do try to read things out loud when I'm writing, at least under my breath, which can indeed be quite helpful in getting the sentences right. But when I'm just reading a story and just want to enjoy it, I find that reading it out loud is a big distraction. I can't really focus on the story when I read out loud, because that forces me to focus on individual sentences and details instead (which is helpful when writing, but not when reading).

I noticed you spent a lot of time commenting on some details, which also broke the flow of the story, and it often took you a moment to find your place in the story again. The Granny Smith thing, for example; I couldn't help but wish that I could tell you through the screen "I get it, I get it, just move on, dammit!" :rainbowwild: Not that I didn't agree with your point, but you spent ages raving about three words which I could (and likely will) fix in ten seconds flat.

It's also easier to pause, scan ahead, skip something unimportant or go back and re-read or analyze a sentence when you're not reading out loud. When you're just reading to yourself quietly, you can do so smoothly with barely any break in the flow at all.

That's what I meant. I think if you just want to read and appreciate a story, the best strategy is to first read it quietly to yourself, without focusing on details.

Oh, I also forgot to mention, you complained that Sugarcube Corner isn't a restaurant. I just want to say that, at least around here, the bakers are among the first to get up and go to work in the morning, often around 4 or 5 in the morning, because they need to be ready when people come to buy fresh bread, which they take with them back home or to work. But maybe that's a European thing, to get fresh bread from the baker's in the morning.

#17 · 78w, 8h ago · · ·

>>2510681

Yeah, that's something I'm trying (and failing) to work on. I get so upset over something, and I just can't let it go and move on. However, I disagree with you that stopping and scanning is easier silent. I can't tell which is harder, but they're both annoying as hell. If the story is written properly, the reader should never have to go over even a single word more than once.

>But maybe that's a European thing, to get fresh bread from the baker's in the morning.

Here in america, we all buy our bread from the supermarket, on the weekends, and we all do it at about 2-3 in the afternoon. It's quite rare for a person to just go to the bakery and pick up fresh bread. Besides, the point was more that it's not a restaurant, it's a bakery, which are two different things. That's like calling a wrench a hammer.

#18 · 78w, 1h ago · · ·

This was really cute!  I enjoyed!

#19 · 77w, 6d ago · · ·

>>2519381

Glad to hear it :twilightsmile:

>>2517644

Sorry if this is getting a little long. I have a tendency to write long comments :twilightblush:

It depends on the story, as well as the author's style and intentions. Try to read Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. It's practically unreadable, and intentionally so. Yet it's a classic (I might never understand why). On the other end of the scale you have childrens' books, which are deliberately very simple.

Some stories are easy to read, some are hard, most are somewhere in between. You can read some stories like you eat fast food, just chew it down for a quick fix, and that's fine and all. But it won't really be a great experience. A great story should make you stop and wonder, it should challenge you at least a bit, just like great food should make you slow down and challenge you and your taste buds.

Of course, it should never challenge you with trivial and unimportant things, and that's probably what you mean :derpytongue2: But the challenge doesn't have to be obvious things like the plot, it may be the language. Maybe it's written in a poetic language, or from a very unusual point of view, or in an unusual dialect.

Have you read The Wee Free Men by Pratchett, or any of the other books in his Tiffany Aching series? They're for "young readers" supposedly, but the Nac Mac Feegle sure can be tricky to read and understand because of their Scottish dialect.

In those cases you may have to read slowly and stop at some sentences, or you may have to read the whole thing several times to really catch the full experience, and that may be intentional. A great story is worth reading slowly and more than once, for the full experience.

And I never said it was a restaurant, did I? That's what confused me when you made that comment in the video. I was thinking "Um, yeah, it's a bakery. Ponies buy their bread and cakes there, and there's nothing more delicious than fresh, still-warm bread." Ponies don't seem to have supermarkets, they all get their stuff from small, local businesses (at least in Ponyville and probably also elsewhere). Think how things were 50 or 100 years ago, not how they are now.

#20 · 77w, 6d ago · · ·

>>2520701

Bitch please, I'm from /fic/. You should see some of the three page reviews I've been forced to read by those blithering nincompoops.

Nac Mac Feegle sure can be tricky to read and understand because of their Scottish dialect.

You have just convinced me to go searching for this. I must tell you why. I grew up reading the very long "Redwall" series by Brian Jacques. In the book, "Lord Brocktree" (number two chronologically) we meet some 'northern' hares, and Brian Jacques always had a habit of writing phonetically to the particular accent. Those hares were from Scotland, and there's no two ways about it. Then, later, I read another book by a different author, called "The Rogues". This was also written phonetically Scottish—although with a slightly different style—and was set in Scotland. Scottish has become my absolute favorite accent to read, but it is often hard to come by. I even read silently in a scottish accent when the whole book is written that way. It's very fun. I will search for these books at once.

>And I never said it was a restaurant, did I?

What?! Yes you did! I— *checks video* Oh... It seems you didn't. The cause of my confusion was the line [but at Sugarcube Corner they had to be ready for the morning rush when everypony came to get their breakfast,] See, A bakery isn't where I'd go to get my breakfast, and Sugarcube Corner doesn't seem like the type of place to sell breakfast items anyway. I'd go to a Deli or a Diner, or a fast food *Restaurant*. I'd only go to a bakery if I needed to pick up some sweets—like for a party or something. Which makes sense now that I say it because Pinkie Pie is a party pony.

Thinking back a hundred years ago, People would still head to a restaurant or a diner. But two hundred or even three hundred years ago (much closer to equestrian times), it's possible that people would go to buy bread at a bakery. However, certainly not breakfast. They would go to a tavern, of which ponyville actually has a few. Heck, Ponyville has a Restaurant with a waiter, and tables outside. You see it all the time—Twilight even danced on those very tables in the season finale.

#21 · 77w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2522960

I guess it's just a cultural thing. In many places, bread is a staple of breakfast. Bread or cereal, that's what you eat for breakfast. I've always mused that all this nonsense with egg (except boiled), bacon, sausages and stuff, that's a breakfast devised by spoiled kids rather than adults :rainbowwild: Egg and bacon and sausages, that's lunch or dinner, not breakfast. Or possibly brunch, if it's a weekend or something.

Of course, these days most people just buy bread from the supermarket, but even when I was a kid (which certainly wasn't 50 years ago) my dad frequently went to the bakers early in the morning to get fresh bread. I loved those days, and still remember them fondly.

While studying, I frequently dropped by a baker on my way there, to get some bread that I could eat on my way or while waiting for classes to start. It's easy, fast and fresh-out-of-the-oven bread is delicious!

So that's my assumption about Sugarcube Corner. It's a bakery, so they sell bread for those ponies who don't want to bake it themselves. It's not a restaurant so you wouldn't really eat there (although I think we've seen that on occasion, haven't we? But it's probably not a regular thing), but many ponies would go there and buy bread early in the morning before work or school, to take home or with them.

Also I just can't imagine Pinkie not being an early-morning pony. She's way too excited about each new day to snooze in bed.

#22 · 77w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2525629

>I just can't imagine Pinkie not being an early-morning pony. She's way too excited about each new day to snooze in bed.

I'm with you there. I guess it must be a cultural thing, yeah. America is quite spoiled, though. If all I had to eat for breakfast was bread, I'd think we were out of money or something. Nutritionally speaking though, it's high in carbs and there's a bit of protein in there. Not a terrible choice for the first meal of the day. Of course, at this point it's all down to your personal preference.

I view Sugarcube Corner as a sweet shop. You view it as a bakery. My guess is that it's somewhere in the middle. At this point, however, I think it's all semantics. We'll have to ask the show writers themselves, and I doubt that's worth the trouble.

#23 · 75w, 4d ago · · ·

Excellent. I've fallen in love with your fantastical writing style.

#24 · 61w, 5d ago · · ·

....I grew up in the U.S. of A., in an upper-middle-class family, and we still only had toast and yogurt or a bowl of oatmeal or hard cereal for breakfast each day.  Maybe toast and a scrambled egg or two if not in the mood for yogurt.  That 'continental' breakfast or whatever other stuff (pancakes with sausage and eggs, etc.) was reserved for special occasions or every few weekends.  Honestly, I can't imagine having that kind of breakfast every morning and not being sluggish from fullness all day.

Regardless, this is indeed a very enjoyable story, and I love all the various details.  I would list, but it'd probably end up being a rewrite of the fic itself.

So I'll just say: Very nice, well done.  Write on!  :twilightsmile:

#25 · 61w, 5d ago · · ·

>>3097648

Breakfast traditions are confusing :twilightblush: I'm glad you liked the story.

#26 · 60w, 5d ago · · ·

I'm not sure what I just read but I like it.:pinkiehappy:

#27 · 45w, 12h ago · · ·

This story is hilariously good. I don't wanna say more for fear of spoiling the story, but iz gud.

#28 · 5w, 6d ago · · ·

What....did I just read? :rainbowhuh:

I think I liked it....:pinkiehappy:

I think? :twilightoops:

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