Rainbow Dash is famous for being a great flyer. Rarity is famous for being a great dressmaker. Pinkie Pie has lots of friends, but she doesn't have fame. When she decides that she wants to be as famous as her friends for being a party planner, things don't quite work out for her.
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I've been woefully lax in putting out new stories. Yes, I get my one chapter a week out, but I used to be able to do that while writing other stuff as well. I have a novel I'm working on, but that's been slow and I don't want to put it out until it's been gone over with severely. Next year, probably.
BUT, I have finally found time and inspiration, and I have out a side story now. It is called: My Girlfriend is a Siren, about one of the coolest characters in the new movie. I don't do a whole lot of straight romance, but I'm trying it here.
Unless everyone says I should make it clop.
Anyway, if everything goes right, you should be able to read it now, or wait until the mods approve it. I hope to keep up with this one; I really enjoyed writing chapter 1.
16w, 2dA Matter of Numbers19 comments · 284 views
I’m sometimes interested in the properties of numbers, even though I’m not that great at math. One of the things I like is when numbers have really low prime factors. For instance, 150 is 5x5x3x2, which 151 is, well, just 151. So I think it’s fair to say that 150 is much more of a nice, round number than 151 is. Now, consider 162. Not what many people would call a nice, round number. And yet, if you factor it out, 162 equals 2x3x3x3x3.
“Great, PJ,” you may be saying. “But I don’t come here for math, I come here for pony stories.” Well, the last time I posted about Derpy’s Human, I said that my plans were to go to Chapter 150, which would be the end of Karyn’s time at school. But she just finished her third year, and we’re only at chapter 110. There’s no reason I can’t cover a whole year in 40 chapters, but if I had 52, it would be one chapter for every week, and the whole story would have a nice, round number of chapters. I only need one thing.
Twelve more chapter ideas.
And that’s where you all come in. I’m opening up the blog entries and the comments to you guys. If I can get twelve good ideas that fit in with the story, I’ll extend it for another twelve chapters. Now, a few guidelines. These are going to be slice of life chapters, not structural to change Derpy or Karyn. So, something like Derpy and Karyn meet the president of the United States, that’s not going to happen. You can ch ange other people or ponies, but not my two girls and not the setting.
Aside: for those of you who just came here to find out about next week, it's Derpy and Karyn on a beach again, but this time it's on Earth, and they compare and contrast the two occasions. I've buried this in the middle of the entry so that you have to read the whole thing. End of aside.
Also, I’d like to limit it to one suggestion per person. I have a good slate of regular commenters here, but the statistics say that a couple of hundred people read this every week. I’d like to hear from some of the lurkers as well.
So that’s the plan. If it doesn’t work, well, like I said, I can do it all in 150 chapters. It’s all up to you.
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Yay! Another milestone. With Rainbow Dash 647 as my newest follower, that makes 400. Maybe Rainbow Dash 400 will be my 647th? Probably not.
Anyway, here's what's going on. For all my Derpy's Human fans, we're rapidly approaching Chapter 100, which would have been the original end. But since I decided to extend it, I have to do something Really Big for this one. I think I can live up to the task, though. After that, I think it's about time for another clip show, and then I'm hoping to have it on rails until the end.
For my Optimalverse friends, you should be seeing two more chapters of All the President's Horses this weekend, followed by one more the week after that.
And my next project is to try to write something in a slower, more descriptive style. My problem with this is that while I've gained a lot of writing time recently, I've lost some thinking time. I used to get a lot of ideas on long drives and walks, but walking has been nigh impossible with the winter snows that seem to have come down every other day. That I'm hoping too will change. But it's also new territory for me: a long fic without humans.
44w, 5dA Slight De(rp)lay1 comments · 135 views
Hey, everypony. Some of you may have heard, but this Wednesday is Christmas. Normally, Derpy's Human updates on Wednesday nights, but I have no intention of publishing that night. All the good people of the world should be with their friends and families that night, and I definitely will be. So for the first time, we'll have a change of schedule, and I'll publish the new Derpy's Human chapter on Thursday at the usual time. We'll go back to the old schedule going next week. (I have no particular attachment to New Year's Day.)
46w, 6dThe Future of Derpy's Human8 comments · 443 views
Since the story-specific-blog function is working, it gives me a chance to tell all my Derpy's Human readers what's going on with the story. Over the past couple of weeks, I teased a change in dynamic, which of course I then pulled back. I don't want to mess with the dynamic of Derpy and Karyn Do Stuff. The problem is that there isn't a whole lot of Stuff they haven't Done, at least that I can write about.
So my plan was to start wrapping up the story at 100 chapters.
There are a number of problems with that, though. One is that, if I kept up my pacing, it would end right around the conclusion of Karyn's third year at college, and that's not a good place for the story to end. Another problem is that if I did that, I'd be shoving all the plot in at once, which is not the pace I want to have the story go. In my opinion, a moment like meeting Dinky's father and seeing Derpy's reaction only works because we've spent so many chapters dealing with her just doing her own thing and we know her character.
Therefore, I've decided to go for 150.
That will put us at the end of Karyn's schooling, which works, and give me room to stick in the remaining major plot points that I want to get in with a slow and steady pace. But, it means I need to change things up a bit, and maybe even repeat myself with a new look at an old concept. I might want to do another cooking episode, or go back to the movies, but keep it fresh with a new angle. To that end, I'm going to have some "running theme" concepts after Chapter 90 to structure it a little better.
And what of the future? Am I fooling myself about this end? Will I get to chapter 135 and say, "Well, if Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Sailor Moon can make it to 200 episodes, why can't this story? I don't know. But if I'm an addict, there are worse things to be addicted to than writing slice-of-life.
Anyway, I hope that all of you will continue with me on the journey of a girl and a pegasus.