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    Emetica, or, the Reasons For my Spate of Absences

    Greetings, true believers!

    ...

    Ion't wanna say that any more.

    So a few of you might have noticed that I don't update with anything approaching frequency. This is mostly because I am mentally ill. It's something I'm trying to do something about but things aren't going well for it at present and, well, vomiting a lot tends to weaken one's resolve. I've been trying to work on The Lament for far, far too long... and it feels like I'm getting nowhere with it. None of the original plans worked out at anything like the quality you deserve, and doubtless some wag will now point out that quality's hardly ever been a pressing concern of mine, but I have something of a handle on the new plan. So it might be coming soon.

    This rather depends on whether or not I am still able to post ponies.

    There is talk of my being sectioned.

    I do not want this.

    It scares me.

    A lot.

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  • 148w, 23h
    Bastinado, or, Dumping Unfinished Grimdark Stories onto EQD for Fun and Profit.

    Greetings, true believers!

    Y'know, every time I say that, it just gets creepier and creepier. Anyway, I submitted The L Words to Equestria Daily with the tags Adventure and Sad. This, in hindsight, was probably a bit of a mistake; there is a lot of violence, the majority of it self-inflicted (save that which happens off-camera between Liar and Lapse), and it covers some very dark themes. Indeed, the pre-readers at that singular body said so, and requested to change the tag. I gave my assent, with an assertion that the kind of people who don't read stories purely based on tags are the kind we can really do without - for instance, I despise Twixie as a ship and yet a comic was made of a Twixie femmeslush thing I wrote and got onto EQD. The point is, don't judge a fanfic by its tags. However, it was not tagged with a grimdark tag (this, in retrospect, is most likely my own fault - I thought they were going to do it, which shows an amusing naivete on my part) and thus a lot of comments have come my way about how a simple sad tag does not go far enough.

    And they're right. It doesn't.

    See, the thing is, EQD doesn't have much in the way of a middle ground between Sad and Grimdark. This is why I like the tag system on FiM - it has a dark tag without all the negative teen-angst-and-chainsaws connotations of a GRIMDARK tag. I would like a Dark tag on Equestria Daily, as sometimes they can cover dark material without making it sad until you actually think about it. Fallout: Equestria, for example, does this extremely well; the land of the ponies is (by the story's start) an absolute shithole on a par with the Seventh Circle of Hell and just under Margate in terms of utter horrendousness, yet it does not dwell in misery and the impossibilities of living in such a landscape and remaining the kind of pony we love to watch of a Saturday morning (Saturday afternoon in my case, my country being several hours ahead of the majority of yours). It's not a sad fic until you think about it - Fridge Horror, they call it on TVTropes - and that's the hallmark of good writing. Whether or not I do it is entirely your opinion. Literature, like all art, is almost entirely subjective.

    So yeah. Not too far into The Leader but I hope to get it finished before the year is out.

    Happy Holidays to all, and may all the little pastel-coloured ponies bring you joy. Except Berry Punch, because you have to get her wasted first.

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  • 150w, 1d
    Fifty-Fifty, or: My Latest Foray Into Actually Updating Something Regularly with Success

    Greetings, true believers!

    ...

    That sounds much better in comic books. Anyway, there's a new story coming from the person who brought you the acclaimed folk crossover Witch Of The Westmareland and the somewhat-less-acclaimed festival of WAFF Showmareship (both of which featured on ED, for reasons best known to the staff of that... singular organ). The L Words details me kicking the tar out of Twilight Sparkle in a manner both sad and dark. I don't like doing it, but sometimes, to build a better house you've got to knock down the foundations. This, of course, is not interesting.

    What is interesting is that, despite only having the very vaguest of plans, I intend to update it at least weekly from here on out. This means proper chapter stories, like real bronies write. I hope that it works out better than they usually do, which involves me writing the first chapter, not having a clue where to take it from there, and then leaving it to rot on my dA. This should be at least vaguely interesting.

    So yeah, keep reading my things. It's what they're for.

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Twilight Sparkle has a lot of difficulty getting a good night's sleep. She has to keep it a secret from the ponies who care about her, because they might disown her. Worse, they might try to help...

WARNING: The first five or so chapters are, on reflection, properly grimdark. If this makes you run away like a puppy that just laid a brown egg on the new carpet, that's your prerogative entirely. Please don't tell me that I'm objectionable for having written it, though, because that's not very nice. Or accurate. At all.

The shiny new art is a commission by this lovely person, so do feel free to check her out for all your creepy-pony needs.

First Published
9th Dec 2011
Last Modified
1st May 2012
#1 · 150w, 1d ago · · 1 · The Liar ·

Word of advice, To a professional, A prologue shows incompetence and lack of skill because its an easy way for the writer to explain things without doing as much or any work at all.

I see to many stories ruin what would of made some great first chapter material that would of made me interested with prologues.

Other than that, i would say that this story is alright, Ill give it a track and see if it goes anywhere

Cheers

~iraqlobstah

#2 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>58436

I beg to differ. A prologue can be artfully done and set the scene of a story or even be used to introduce the conflict.

#3 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

Lactating  Lesbian Lingerie ?

#4 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

This terrifies me. I'm being absolutely serious. This scares me so much I won't be able to continue reading.

It reminds me too much of Stephen King... or, more correctly, one of his movies. The one about the famous author who ends up in a car accident and get's saved by a fan of his who lives nearby. Said fan is a psychotic bitch that is obsesed with one of his book series, and was disappointed with the latest release was the last one, and spent some time being tortured until he completed a new book for the series.

"Misery" is the name... and I'll never be able to get out what she did to his legs alone in that movie....

So with that, I salute you all, and hope you have a great time with this story.

With that, I jump ship. LATER!

#5 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>58458 PS. If you want to reply to these messages, send them via Private Message. Once I leave, I'll refuse to return.

#6 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·
#7 · 150w, 1d ago · · 1 · The Liar ·

>>58449

Thats what first chapters are for. ._.

Cheers

~iraqlobstah

#8 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Layabout ·

Is this a Sequel to something? this is OK so far and im interested to see were this is going.

#9 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>58482

A writer is free to structure his story however he likes. It makes no difference whether the first part is called Prologue or Chapter 1.

Arguing that one should call it chapter 1 because YOU think it looks better is a pointless cause.

#10 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

O.o......why do I want more?

#11 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>> IraqLobstah

I'm glad you like my work, but it was never really intended as a prologue. It is, in fact, the opening chapter, just considerably shorter than the other one because I wrote it in about an hour. It's an explanation (albeit vague) of what the hell's happening to Twilight and how Spike is trying to help. If you do want something where the first chapter couldn't possibly be a prologue, though, try a Discworld book...

>> McSqueakers

Thanks for sticking up for writers everywhere to write how they want to. In my case, badly.

>> Gypsy

If you would like to write a three-chapter clopfic based on the work once it's done, I have no power to stop you.

>> Balancer

Because you do. Wants and needs are strange creatures; indeed, that's a plot point later on.

#12 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

Scott, you need to use the "L" word. Lesbian? I mean the other "L" word. Lesbians? I meant love Scott, wasn't trying to trick you.

#13 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>58514

Someones mad.

Excuse me for expressing my opinion on the matter

Cheers

~Iraqlobstah

#14 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>58659

You're as much entitled to your opinion as McSqueaker is to theirs. Also, point of order, the phrase 'just expressing my opinion' is generally taken to mean 'oh shit, I've been found out, better make the other person look bad by acting passive aggressive.' Also also, I think your post is missing a princess there, in addition to the apostrophe (which, might I say, generally looks bad in the eyes of a professional).

#15 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

By all things unsavory, this is amazing! Smells like classic psycho!treatment trope, (bad doctor mode), with a nice diagnostic twist, and ponies!

Keep up the good work! Subscribed and looking forward to the next chapter.

#16 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

*looks around comments*

I like this story :D It's exciting :D

#17 · 150w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>58675

Well then....

I need to go get some Swag Action.

Pinkie has been waiting all day for this, (no not that you filthy minded idiot).

*flies away*

Cheers

~iraqlobstah

#18 · 150w, 23h ago · · · The Liar ·

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I actually don't know what to say.

I wonder how the rest of the story will go.

#19 · 150w, 23h ago · · · The Liar ·

...

I actually don't know what to say.

I want to keep reading but...the next chapter isn't out yet.:pinkiesad2:

Well, until it is, I'll have to work on my own story's.

#20 · 150w, 16h ago · · · The Layabout ·

I am hesitantly interested.

#21 · 150w, 15h ago · · · The Liar ·

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#22 · 150w, 13h ago · · · The Liar ·

"Scott, you need to use the "L" word. Lesbian? I mean the other "L" word. Lesbians? I meant love Scott, wasn't trying to trick you."

Exactly what I was thinking :ajsmug:

#23 · 149w, 6d ago · · · The Liar ·

Lawks-a-mercy! I eagerly await the rest of the story; if only in hope that it will show that this tragic opening serves to bring the dramatic adversity necessary for a climactic redemption.

(But mainly so I can do another dramatic reading. The last one was so fun!)

#24 · 149w, 5d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>61674 I assure you, it was equally fun to listen to. You did a cracking job. New chapter should be up before Thursday. I do 'em mostly for the WTG on deviantArt and post them here because, well, it's more convenient and I can get a wider audience.

#25 · 148w, 6d ago · · · The Liar ·

I was a bit hesitant at the beginning but am now glad that I read this. It looks like it'll be possibly quite interesting though I feel damn sorry for Twilight.

#26 · 148w, 6d ago · · · The Liar ·

So I finally read this chapter after postponing it due to my squeamishness and love of Twilight.

I am disturbed on a deep, primal level, but I cannot look away.  That is the hallmark of good horror writing, sir.  Congratulations. :fluttercry:

I must say, though, that the mane 6 seemed off-character.  I know that AJ is the element of honesty and cares a great deal for her friends, but the whole "she must be on drugs" decision feels rushed.  It's not inconceivable (which is a saving grace), but it needs, to my way of looking at it, more buildup and/or development to be plausible.  Even if we just got more narration of the characters interacting and moving (AJ shifting in her seat uneasily, punctuating her sentences with nervous looks out the window, Dash giving her quizzical looks from across the table), then that would lend them depth and thus give more credibility to the set-up of the story.

That said, it doesn't seem like the justification for Twilight being in Arkham- I MEAN MOON RIVER HOSPICE is really the main focus of the story; certainly not as much as what befalls the poor dear once she's been committed.  It all works out in the end, I suppose.

#27 · 148w, 6d ago · · · The Liar ·

And of course, by "sir", I mean "madam".  Thanks, brain. :applejackconfused:

#28 · 148w, 4d ago · · · The Liar ·

>>74555

Of course, you are right. I really do need to work on this a bit more than I did, the scenes with AJ and RD interacting in particular. Indeed, Rainbow Dash should definitely be a lot shier around her than normal - we'll see why next chapter, but suffice it to say that it ties into another story I've written - and I think Pinkie should've got some airtime. All to be edited in future. Your points are, as ever, excellent, and your compliments are, as ever, extremely welcome. =]

#29 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

:pinkiegasp:HOLY SHIT this story got REAL. YOU MUST CONTINUE THIS AT ONCE

#30 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

Wait what ditzy is the princess:pinkiegasp:

#31 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

Why is it that I like to see my favorite character suffer, and hopefully triumph over it?

Well done with the story...well done.

#32 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

The writing style really is superb in this.  I'm stunned at the lack of traffic it's getting.  You should consider submitting this to Equestria Daily.

#33 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

Shit just got real....AHHHNVZISNFBKNZDFVB IT updated YES. Weeeeeeee this story is so fucking cooool. I love love loooove How Pinkie and Fluttershy still remember and how the last three also unconsciously remember. It means there is still hope for Twi 8D Yay.

Also Next Chapter is probably backstory YES. Waiting for it eagerly(I just noticed how eagerly is spelled so weird).

:pinkiecrazy:

#34 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

Also the timeflow of the story feels kinda messed up...It's been months or weeks since they last saw Twi? or was that just an illusion?

#35 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>79089

It has indeed been months since they dumped Twilight at Moon River. I'm glad you like the story, so keep watching the internets, true believer!

>>78703

I intend to continue it. However, Ditzy Doo is not an alicorn (even though it makes me want to squee and bounce around painting smiley faces on everything); Princess Celestia has just finally worked out what the hell's happening and is, as Princesses are wont to do, finding some heroes to do the legwork. There's actually a reason for this. If Celestia did take a more proactive role in a fight against an eldritch abomination and something went horribly wrong, Equestria does not have anypony capable of raising the sun. Which is, as you've probably inferred from the countless grimdark fics on the subject, a Very Bad Thing.

>>78878

I'm extremely flattered, but my updates are too infrequent and my chapters too small (they have to be over 3k words or some other such chickenman-inspired bellendery). In the big ol' edit that tends to happen, I'll probably end up mashing some chapters together so that they become acceptable, but that in turn implies a fic with massive injuries to the Best Pony and having her actually tortured would get through at all. Maybe I could get it through as part of the Westmareland Cycle... meh. Thank you again for your very kind words, and I hope I continue to give you cause to say them.

#36 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>79263 I don't think you'd have a problem with this.  So far, EqD's never rejected anything I've sent them, so I'm pretty familiar with what they want.  They do want updates in chunks of at least 3k words, but that shouldn't be a problem, and it's okay for those words to be spread across several chapters.  You've got enough here for an initial submission, and frankly I don't think they really enforce the 3k word requirement after the initial piece.  There are many stories on that site that seem to do short updates.  On the other hand, you can wait until there are several chapters accumulated before notifying them of an update.  There are also plenty of stories there that go for a month or more between updates.  In short, I don't think any of your concerns would be a problem.  You could even wait until the story's complete if you like.

I do understand why they state a word limit - otherwise, writers would be producing very short chapters all the time, which wouldn't flow well in such short bursts, in order to make the update list every day and get maximum exposure.

You will catch some flame over there for a dark story, but it won't really carry over into your rating here, and it will direct a lot more people here who would genuinely enjoy this.  I've always found their pre-readers to give helpful advice, too.

#37 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

Well, as interesting as it'll be to see how they first met Caducea and how it is that Ditzy and whoever she gets to accompany her deal with her this time around, the real end of the story will be when caring doctors put what the evil freak casually mangled back together into a unicorn. I don't much like the odds of the one they started out with coming back but they will have something functional at the end of the process.....which, while saddening me, seems an appropriate punishment for the slower-thinking members of the Mane Six.

#38 · 148w, 3d ago · · · The Lapse ·

Holy schitt this is awesome. I always like seeing main characters suffer. Also this disturbed me somewhat.

Is there a cenobyte problem?

#39 · 148w, 2d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>80032 That's your analysis of the odds and you're entitled to it.

>>80083 Nope, mostly because I never really got into the Hellraiser films or Clive Barker in general. There are supernatural elements in any pony story (what is magic if not supernatural) but the overtly demonic stuff? A) Barker's doing it wrong, for my money at least, and B) I'm saving it up for something special.

#40 · 148w, 2d ago · · · The Lapse ·

I'm really sorry but I don't feel comfortable reading this. I usually avoid anything this dark.

#41 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>81544 That's entirely your prerogative, old sock. It is a dark fic, and will remain so right until the very end. I do hope, however, that you stick around for the other instalments in the Westmareland Cycle. The Pinkie Pie fic in particular should be more to your taste.

#42 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>82177

Thank you for being so understanding, friend. I will most definitely stay around for the rest of the cycle, as I still very much enjoy your style of writing, and look forward to the rest of the grand narrative.

Anyway, sorry for not holding to my word out of my faint-heartedness. I wish you all the best and will still be checking your page eagerly for the next story.

Happy Hearth's Warming Eve!

#43 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

As much as I like this fic, I don't think the time skip really works.  I'm pretty sure Spike would write to Celestia as soon as he woke up, and even if that didn't bring a response, finding out that three members of the elements flat out forgot about Twilight should have.  shortening the time span or changing the effects of the memory spell would make things more believable, but I just don't think Celestia would let the disappearance of her prized pupil go for so long.

#44 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>82980 You raise a fine point, and one I cannot answer within the timeframe I have. Please allow me to return to this discussion in five hours?

#45 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

I have absolutely no idea what's going on in this fanfic. can someone explain?

#46 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

I question "why". Only "why." just why it is necessay.

#47 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>83455

Spoiler warning

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Twilight seems to have been a part of some psychopatic medical testing including much pain and suffering. The doctor who did this to her was put away, and Twilight got her life back on tracks, though still suffering at nights because of the traumas.

After they defeated Discord, these traumas have regained their grip from Twilight. Her friends don't understand at all, since they never knew about it, so they thought her bad condition was because of painkiller addiction. Without their knowing, they lead Twilight back to the place she got her traumas from.

Now Twilight's there, in the same room, with the same doctor doing the same horrifying things to her. Seemingly the doctor doesn't even test anything with Twilight, she just enjoys the pain she brings to her.

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Disgusting, that's all I can say. But since I began, I won't stop until the end. (oh why i'm doing this to me)

Please, end it quick. :raritydespair:

#48 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

i was struggling to not curse and be impolite. But!

i really don't like this story at all, i find it "disgusting" to be honest.

The writing is really good, i'll give you that, but the story line itself is nasty.

I am not lying when i say that my stomach turned more then once while i was reading this. :pinkiesick:

great writing, but i will Not! be back for more.

#49 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Lapse ·

>>83507

My little pony: Justine

#50 · 148w, 1d ago · · · The Liar ·

I am absolutely terrified but the way you have written this makes me keep going

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