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  • 23w, 1d
    Important Update

    Although, I suppose the word "update" is slightly misleading. It is an update regarding my current writing goals, interests, and aspirations, not necessarily an update for Letters From Ponyville (although, we will address that, momentarily; please, hold onto your pitchforks, torches, and various fruits as I attempt to explain for the umpteenth time, and yes, I am a terrible procrastinator and I am very, very sorry about that).

    Now, I am going to hit you with three very shocking revelations. Please buckle your safety belts, and make sure all trays are stowed in their locked, upright position:

    1.) I am writing something different. It is currently in production, right now, as we speak. This is indisputable fact. It is a story about ponies, and it will be on this site, in the coming weeks. That said, LFP is ALSO still happening, but for a while, I will be focusing my efforts toward this new project.

    2.) I am using a pseudonym, as I transcribe this new tale, so it will not be uploaded under this account. Instead, I am considering uploading some of my incomplete works to this site, and I would very much like to hear your thoughts on them. I mentioned this idea before, but it was long, long ago, and I am always leery about testing the waters with things like this, so to speak.

    3.) I am very, very, very, very excited about this new work, and cannot wait to see it uploaded. I hope you all enjoy it!

    On the one hoof, I want to start talking about the new work. On the other, it might be best if I do not. You see, I want to see how well the tale can stand on its own four hooves, as well as to sort of gauge my ability as a writer by issuing a shiny, new, and very different sort of story to the general public.

    Also, does anyone still read these updates? Not to go all "elder pony" or anything, but you don't call, you don't write... Grandma XIII misses you! Say howdy in the comments, maybe leave some feedback, offer words of encouragement, maybe post an emote - you know the drill!

    Thanks for all of your support, folks!

    - FearlessXIII

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  • 68w, 6d
    Something of Note

    It's almost been a full year since I first started writing Letters From Ponyville. More importantly, there has been a new chapter in, like, forever. Even though I totally promised that there would be something like six different times.

    School got in the way, sure. Some other things too. I'm not done with it, though. And even if these silly (and massive) hiatuses happen to occur over the course of the story's completion, you can take solace in a few things:

    I haven't stopped writing, and I definitely am not done with Letters From Ponyville. It's not over until Reason's story has been told.


    To everyone that still checks these, and to everyone who has been waiting patiently for a new chapter:


    Thank you. Sincerely and from the bottom of my heart. I can't apologize enough for making you all wait so long, and I really, really hope that I can make the rest of this tale worth the wait.


    Cheers!

    FearlessXIII


    P.S. I've got a little time on my hooves these days, so keep your eyes peeled.

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  • 91w, 6h
    Ranting and Raving

    Words, words, words, words, words okay here's the deal: I've got a fire in my belly and an urge to talk somewhere about it. This is a discussion about Mary Sues, fanfictions, and some of my thoughts on both. Feel free to add your own opinions in the comments section.

    I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about fanfictions. We had a disagreement about the nature of a particular character model that my friend believed entered into Mary Sue territory. Granted, the specific example in question was rather overpowered, did some things that were fairly hard to believe (especially from an outside perspective/someone that has not read the story), and had a great many personality quirks. I had to concede those points away, because... well, they're true.

    HOWEVER! That's not quite the end of it, I feel, and after some thought, I managed to come up with a few key things to remember:

    - The character did not start out as such, but instead as a character that easily had the capacity to be related to, very down-to-earth. This character had quirks, but it also had (and still has) passions, ideals, faults, and emotions.

    - The character did some pretty wild stuff, but it was all entirely context-appropriate; nothing was so far outside the realm of belief that it would in any way detract from the plot line, nor did it end up causing hitches in its own cohesive flow.

    - At the point in the story in which the character becomes "overpowered" (in quotes for emphasis, not sarcasm), the conflicts that the character and his/her companions face from then onward escalate appropriately; things that would have been more difficult to accomplish earlier on were now easier, true, yet a massive laundry list of emerging difficulties were presented thereafter.

    I suppose I may very well just be making noise right now. One of the main elements of our initial disagreement was that I enjoyed the story that this character hails from (which is probably pretty obvious) and my friend enjoys a similar story, which is how the topic arose. That said, I am trying to be as objective as I can without relying too much on my enjoyment of said fanfiction to back up my claims because that would be silly, and incredibly unproductive.

    My takeaway point is two-fold:

    1. Character development happens. A character might go from Average Joe to Terminator over the course of a story, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. Even a story that begins with the most atrociously overpowered OC in the entire world might not be a bad one! Execution of the tale, how it's told, the depth of the character... these things still matter a great deal, at least to me. Good storytelling is a valuable concept, and I like to think that if I go into every new story with a grain of salt (as opposed to, say, a whole pile of it simply because I don't like a character concept), then I can look forward to being surprised by those precious gems of tales that I would otherwise be limited from approaching.

    2. Don't judge a book by its cover. Crack it open, read it, see for yourself if it's a story you will like.

    I am biased toward this story and the character from it, so I want to hear from everyone else. Are my points valid, or did I completely miss the mark?

    Warmest Regards,

    FearlessXIII

    LFP is still happening school is devouring all of my time what am I doing

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  • 102w, 7h
    A Funny Thing Happened On My Way Here...

    University happened. I never said it was, like, "ha ha" funny.

    Some of you might be asking, "Hey FearlessXIII, did you stop writing Letters From Ponyville?". Well, let me put those fears to rest!

    The short answer: no.

    The long answer: noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    Simply put, my extended hiatus from LFP sort of keeps me from getting back into it. I'll start writing and be like, "Eh, what's another day?". One thing led to another, and here we are three months later with no chapter update.

    But that's not the end of it, not by a long shot! I love LFP to pieces, and have every intention of continuing it just as soon as I get motivated enough to tackle it head-on once again. In the meantime though... well, I never once said that I'd stopped writing completely. I've got a couple of neat ideas kicking around in my head; some I have alluded to before, and some shiny, new ones.

    My basic thinking on the situation is this: if I keep writing SOMETHING, then I eventually will be able to come back to LFP with the same spirited enthusiasm I had before. I don't know how many other authors do this sort of thing, but my tentative plan is to upload the beginning of a second work. This will mean alternating update times between one versus the other, or that if I get burnt out on one, I'll switch to the other story until I feel refreshed. However, this will be only limited to a single other work besides LFP, so that there's not too many things going on at once which would also confuse me, let's be honest.

    I will offer a teaser regarding the new piece in the coming days. However, this one will probably not contain any other characters beyond OC's created just for this story (I know some folks are finicky about that kind of thing, so I thought I'd be nice and forewarn everyone).

    Now I want to hear your thoughts, please! Let me know what you think in the comments!

    Warmest regards,

    FearlessXIII

    Because relevant.

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  • 110w, 7h
    The Present, The Future, and Beyond!

    The Present

    Very simple, dear friends! The latest installment of Letters From Ponyville is well on its way!! That is, barring any more scheduling disasters. I know about a month ago I promised this chapter within two weeks, and I deeply apologize for my tardiness. Punctuality is NOT my special talent. So instead of promising some obscure deadline, I'm going to say that it will be released by this Saturday at the earliest, which gives me a fallback plan to escape the horrifying guilt of potentially missing a deadline.

    The Future

    I've been meaning to do this for a while, but didn't really know how to go about it. Letters From Ponyville sort of began as a fly-by-night operation (this was waaaaaaaay back before I posted on FIMFiction, though, and it was just a dream on a Word Document). It was also originally planned for around ten chapters, but now there are a lot of fine ideas I've got in store! You can look for it to being closer to fifteen chapters (the main story arc is already inscribed on a stone tablet in Hollywood movie blood, but I might still add or drop a chapter if the need arises).

    There have also been some questions about the story's nature: "If this is a slice-of-life fic, then why is it so sad/happy/romantic/etc. at such-and-such a part? Shouldn't you instead call it x?". My response is as follows: yes. It's an encompassing look at life from a window of time during Reason's move to in Ponyville, and life is complete with laughter, misfortune, tragedy, love, and everything in-between. It's neither. It's both. It's all the categories. It's life.

    Beyond!

    I got plans. BIG plans. Once Reason's tale is told... well, I've actually written the start of a number of things. I don't want to post them here just yet, since I won't be able to give them proper attention until after LFP is done, but would there be any interest in teasers or something? (Don't misunderstand what I mean, here: I don't mean that I get some sick thrill from showing incomplete works. The idea would be more to give ME feedback on future projects, and for YOU to have something to look forward to. We'll likely discuss this in more detail later; right now, I just want to get an idea of what people think of the concept.)

    Sincerely,

    FearlessXIII

    Stay beautiful, folks!

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Life can be a rough gig, and life in Ponyville is no exception. Between pestering Parasprite plagues, dreadful Diamond Dog droves, and colorful Crusader craziness, Twilight Sparkle could tell you that moving to a new town can be quite a hassle. This… is not her story.

Instead, meet Reason. He is not a bearer of one of the Elements of Harmony. He is not a cadet-warrior-pegasus-in-training. He is not a wandering unicorn vagabond living in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic Equestria (that would be silly). No, Reason is a regular earth pony with regular earth pony problems trying to carve out a life for himself and his sister in the not-so-regular town of Ponyville.

Set during the events of Season One, Reason must navigate the perils of a normal pony’s life in a town that is less than normal, juggling romance and duty, and ultimately discovering for himself whether friendship truly is magic... Or, you know, not.

After all, in a place like Ponyville, anything is possible.

First Published
9th Jul 2012
Last Modified
10th Aug 2012

I need to see more of this.

NOW.

Oblivious Reason is oblivious. I like your writing style, not too forced and you, in a most straightforward manner, avoided AJ, which I found hilarious. Will be following

I'm glad you like it! If you happen to notice anything I missed in editing, please let me know! Feedback is always appreciated!

The description was captivating, and the story was not much different. Not too many details, and the letters are amusing. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next chapter, Fearless.

Love it so far. You're writing style is just fun to read in general.

He is not a wandering unicorn vagabond living in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic Equestria (that would be silly).

:rainbowlaugh: Silly indeed.

Dat description...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!

Great stuff!

Just saw this on EqD, great job so far! If this is the most updated version of the story, you should see if they'll add a link here instead of just the google docs. :twilightsmile:

It's on my to-do list. I used Google docs in order to make everything all shiny and coherent, but was uploading on this site, first (updates were less shiny, but posted quicker). I'm going to request a link to FIMFiction when I send in Chapter Two.

Also: thank you all for reading, as well as the really supportive comments! I appreciate it! :raritywink:

#12 · 116w, 4d ago · · · Introduction ·

Same lullaby as Fluttershy sings to the CMC? Mildly suspicious.

Not bad, and looking forward to more.

>>986450

I suppose if "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida was popular in Ponyville, I would have put that song in instead. Alas, Equestria was not blessed with Mr. Rida's music at the time in question. :pinkiesad2:

I love how delightfully dense Reason is. Turn out I already favorited the story(or I would do it again), so keep up the good work I guess. Looking forward to the rest.

Poor B.B she is setting herself up for disappointment because this aint no fairytale.

>>991385

Of course this ain't no fairy tale. But you COULD say it's.....

:coolphoto:

.........a pony tale.

(YYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

I quite like this story! I generally stick to canon characters, but this is changing my mind :pinkiehappy:

>>991967

I like that you like this story! :yay:

#21 · 116w, 3d ago · · · Introduction ·

An interesting start!

He is not a wandering unicorn vagabond living in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic Equestria (that would be silly).

Touche.

I like your writing style, and am looking forward to reading more. :D

Enjoying this very much!  I'm glad you ended it on a good note.  For a bit, I thought this was going to be one of those fics that made Ponyville look like a pretty hostile place.  The little details here and there, like the part about the weather team, really paint Ponyville in a positive, happy light, and I appreciate that.  My one negative critique is that the scene outside Sugercube Corner ended rather abruptly.  Other than that, I can't wait for more. :D

>>998457

I'm glad you like it! :pinkiehappy: I tried to keep Ponyville relate-able, while still keeping more or less in conjunction with the show. Some little details are more prescient than others (hopefully without being so small as to go unnoticed).

More is on its way!

Soon.

I eagerly await more! :pinkiehappy:

And of course, Reason is oblivious of the one thing that could really make Ponyville stand out for him. :derpytongue2:

>>1002196

This comment made my day. Which is awesome. That makes you awesome. Please, have a Scootaloo.  :scootangel:

I hope it brightens your day as you have brightened mine!

Well ponyfeathers. I was liking reading this on Google Docs, it gave me a sense of nostalgia from when all the fanfiction went to Google Docs. And now I noticed this one, where all the other stories I'm tracking are saved.

I cant decide which one to follow along with :raritydespair:

So that's how Scootaloo and Sweetie Bell met.

In other news, the Sun celebration should be... interesting, to say the least.

A Lower Deck Episode... that's a whole series. :pinkiesmile: This is a very interesting fic, and I'll be watching it!

>>1062053 Wholeheartedly seconded. Really enjoying how this is shaping up and I can't wait to see more.:pinkiehappy:

Give me MOOOORE :flutterrage:

...please? :scootangel:

>>1096898

All in good time, friend. :ajsmug:

Also, I like your pic.

The plot is a bit too simple, and that Derpy cover had me expecting… well… more Derpy. :derpytongue2: (yeah I know she ain't in the character tags, but I rarely ever check that) …and the title made me think of a chronicle book with many short slice-of-life chapters and assorted characters.

That said, it's a very interesting story and I like the two main characters. I also like how even though it's a simple love triangle, I really can't guess what's coming next, and I'm actually quite eager to find out! Nice work. :ajsmug:

Wow, it took me this long to read this? :derpytongue2:

My apologizes, I got horribly busy the last few weeks. This was a very nice chapter, and I eagerly await the next one.

Great job.  I am looking forward to reading more of this story.  I hope they are on their way.

A proper romantic comedy on fimfiction? What kind of sorcery is this?

:twilightsmile: I know you told me not to read your story, but I started on the introduction and it's just been a page-turner(Down-scroller?) ever since! So....you should totally update soon.

Once you get back from CG that is.

#39 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Introduction ·

Well, this isn't nearly as lighthearted as I expected it to be.

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