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  • E Groundbreaking

    From her new castle, Twilight can't stop staring at the spot where the library tree used to be. But Ponyville is an earth pony town, and tall oaks from little acorns grow.
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  • E Foreigner

    Gilda has taken a posting in a far-flung corner of griffon territory in the hope of never seeing another pony again. That hope is, of course, in vain.
    48,274 words · 1,854 views  ·  243  ·  4
  • E Half the Day is Night

    Princess Luna summons the Elements of Harmony to Canterlot: this story was written during the last half of Season 1
    58,020 words · 2,083 views  ·  257  ·  5
  • E A Pony of a Different Color

    Fluttershy's first April Fools' Day joke
    1,662 words · 1,244 views  ·  103  ·  1
  • E The Birth of Harmony

    The founders of Equestria vs. Discord
    9,077 words · 1,543 views  ·  83  ·  1
  • E Piefall: A Clandestine Corps Adventure

    The more Pinkie thinks about Twilight being a princess, Discord hanging around everywhere, and Dash's new coltfriend, the less she likes it.
    39,811 words · 1,020 views  ·  101  ·  2
  • E In Their Highnesses' Clandestine Corps

    The name's Blueblood. Prince Blueblood.
    28,733 words · 3,396 views  ·  238  ·  10
  • E Calling You

    Celestia is the Day, Luna is the Night, and Cadance is...?
    42,187 words · 946 views  ·  70  ·  1

Blog Posts118

  • Wednesday
    And in Magical Squirrel News—

    It occurred to me:

         That the middle of November is usually when the annual volume of the Sword and Sorceress anthology appears.  I haven't gotten my contributor copy yet, but volume 29 is indeed now available for those who have perhaps been following my stories about Cluny, the Sorceress Squirrel.

         If you haven't been following my stories about Cluny, the Sorceress Squirrel, let me offer you the first two of them free of charge.  The first, "Familiars," was originally published in volume 19 of Sword and Sorceress back in 2002, and "Immolation," the second in the sequence—I kinda went back and filled this one in—showed up last year in an anthology called What Happens Next from Furplanet.

         The other Cluny stories are currently only available in volumes 23 through 28 of Sword and Sorceress, but my plan—and the reason I'm bringing this up in a post here—is to take the first eight stories, write a bunch of linking material, and turn them into a novel chronicling Cluny's first year studying to be a familiar at Huxley College.  This means my contributions around here are likely to be a little thin on the ground for a couple months.  I've got some poems I'm working on for the collection—including my attempt to write one about Maud—but there's likely to be a paucity of new Pony fiction under the AugieDog name till at least the end of the year and possibly on into February of next year.

         I'll still be lumbering around in the background, though, reading and commenting on stuff as well as pre-reading over at Equestria Daily.  But I've got squirrels in my skull, and typing's the only one way I know of to get 'em out!

                                                Mike

    8 comments · 48 views
  • 2w, 22h
    I'm Not Bad Horse--

    But:

         A Facebook friend--meaning a person I've never actually met or spoken to--posted a link yesterday to something else I'm pretty sure I've never seen before: an interesting article in the New Yorker.

         All snarkiness aside, the article talks about writing and brings up several things that I was completely in the dark about--that there are still people out in the world upset about the existence of genre fiction, for instance.  It also gives a brief history of the concept of the novel and nicely summarizes some of Northrup Frye's ideas about both the different types of long-form fiction and the importance of mixing the different types together.

         I don't think a lot about writing, I've come to realize from reading various blog posts here on FimFiction, and after thirty years of just writing, it's probably too late for me to start now.  I'm as encrusted with habits at this point as an old pier piling is encrusted with barnacles.  But it's interesting to read what other folks say about the process even if it's just to nod at the things I do and wrinkle my brow at the things I don't.  Heck, maybe this old AugieDog can still learn a new trick or two!

                             Mike

    7 comments · 78 views
  • 3w, 1d
    One Book for Free, Two Books for Sale

    The free book:

         Is Foreigner, the whole Gilda adventure I've been working on the past couple months.  I posted the concluding chapter yesterday, and considering that it started out as a short story, I'm pretty happy with how it grew.

         The books for sale, I'll talk about below the break.


         The first is the one I've mentioned a couple times already--this'll be the last time, I swear!  It started out as a pony novel called Half the Day is Night, but after adding 25,000 words and a couple of sub-plots while removing all the ponies and pony references, it ended up as a talking-animal fantasy novel called Morning, Noon & Night.  It's available as a Kindle e-book as well as on actual paper, and the paper edition has four illustrations by one of my favorite artists, Roz Gibson.

         The second is also connected to the whole Pony thing, so I don't feel like a complete cad talking about it here...

         Back when I first stumbled across Equestria Daily in February of 2011, I found everyone using pseudonyms on the site.  Casting about in my brain for a handle I could use, I remembered a character I'd been trying and failing to write stories about since my college days twenty-five years earlier, a wheelchair-bound fantasy fan named Gus Lancer.  In my notes on the character, I had something about how he frequented chat rooms using the name AugieDog, and I'd even made him an actual e-mail address back in the 1980s when I'd first signed up for America On-Line--like I said, he's been in my head for a while.  So I used that e-mail address to get a Blogspot account--this was back when Equestria Daily still used Blogger for its comments--and started submitting fanfiction to the site as AugieDog.

         Using Gus's identity this way started me thinking about him.  And it struck me that the way I'd set the character up, he would definitely be a brony.  This got me thinking about what it meant to be a brony, and I suddenly found that I had stuff I wanted to write about.

         But I was feeling a little nervous.  After all, Gus had been with me for literally decades without me being able to spin any stories about him.  I figured I could use a little help.  And I found it on the website FurAffinity.

         I'd joined the site at about the same time as I started following EqD thinking that I might find some more pony fans amongst the furries, but what I found instead was a little group of writers amongst all the visual artists.  They seemed to congregate around Renee Carter Hall, known as Poetigress over there, and something called the Thursday Prompt, one or two words she would post every Thursday for folks to use as springboards for stories.  So I started doing that: every weekend, I would write 1,000 words or so about Gus and his peculiar situation based on whatever the prompt had been the previous Thursday.  Slowly, a plot began forming in all these fragments, and by the end of the year, I had most of a novel.

         That was when I heard about an outfit called Kazka Press putting together an anthology of SF and fantasy short stories based on the brony phenomenon.  I cleaned up the first three of the Gus pieces I'd done, sent them in as a short story, and the editor bought it.  A little later, Kazka Press said they were thinking of putting out a line of "flash novels"--SF and fantasy up to 50,000 words--so I spackled all the Gus pieces together, wrote the ending, and came out with a 49,900 word something I called Neighbors.

         I sent it in to Kazka...and they almost immediately went out of business.  The story was way too long for most magazine publishers and way too short for most book publishers, but I got a few encouraging rejection letters.  I worked some more on the thing, ran it through the writing group I belong to, got a lot of encouraging comments from them, and ended up with a 50,500 word short novel still called Neighbors.

         And that's the novel you can buy right now!  I've got a special deal running all this weekend.  The Kindle e-book edition is available for 99 cents till Monday, and if you buy the paper version for $9, you get the Kindle version free.  Head over to the novel's Kindle page and click on the "Look inside" link up by the cover image, and it'll let you read the first four-and-a-half chapters, the whole original short story plus another chapter-and-a-half!  It'll give you an idea of whether the book might be something you'll enjoy, at any rate.

         There's always so much going on!

                                           Mike

    6 comments · 184 views
  • 5w, 15h
    More Crass Commercialism

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  • 5w, 3d
    Chap. 6 of "Foreigner" Upcoming, But—

    I had hoped:

         When starting this whole Foreigner project that I'd be able to squeeze it into six chapters and 40,000 words.  I mean, yes, the phrase "possible epilogue" appears in my notes, but I had dismissed them as the ravings of a madman.

         Until I found myself staring at a chapter six that was aiming toward 10,000 words all on its own.  

         So yes, chapter six should be up and ready for reading once the spackle and paint dries—in the next 12 hours, let's say—and while it will likely push the story to the 40K mark, it won't actually end the thing.  I'll try to keep the thrice-dreaded epilogue to under 5K words and try to get it out by next Thursday, but it might just take me two weeks all on its own if it decides to be finicky.

         I remain optimistic, though.  After all, what could possibly go wrong?  :pinkiehappy:

                                                      Mike

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Yes, the black and white pegasus who steps out of the glowing mirror seems very nice, but Pinkie's twitches tell her that this is her evil twin.  And when Pinkie makes her own journey through the mirror to meet even more Pinkies and even more Pies, well, that just means more fun!  Doesn't it?

I've been haphazardly planning this since March 12, 2011, the day my story "Pinkie Pie's Evil Twin" went up on Equestria Daily.  A year and a half later, a little rewriting has turned it into the first chapter here, and the rest will follow in due course.  Twelve chapters, maybe?  I guess we'll all find out together!

First Published
9th Aug 2012
Last Modified
19th Oct 2012

In case:

Folks're wondering about the overall title, here's what Wikipedia has to say about an infinite number of monkeys.

Mike

*Reads title.* "WE'RE DOOMED! :applecry:

But... but there's already a restaurant at the end of the universe. You can't have two of them!

>>1054491

That's exactly what I was going to post!:pinkiegasp:

Gah, now she's in the comment box! Run, everypony!

Ooh, the ultimate party!  Can't wait.  :pinkiesmile:

>>1054537

Yes, but who's working in the kitchen at that restaurant?  Besides, if Pinkie doesn't do six impossible things of a morning, who does?

Mike

Whats with no attention to this story -_-:facehoof:

Pinkie Prime seems a little bit evil...

Are you making all these up, or will there be like Berry Bubble, the Cupcakes Pinkie (all done up in a straight jacket and mask like Lecter, I hope), and Surprise, versions like those?

>>1066701

Well:

There's evil twins, and then there's evil twins...  :raritywink:

Mike

>>1067201

As the title implies:

There's a lotta Pinkies to choose from.  But I'll just be focusing on those I need to carry the story, so all of 'em here will be new and different!

Mike

:facehoof: I just got the pun with Thagoras's name.

Using a party to destroy all of space and time :pinkiegasp: ... yeah that seems like a very pinkie thing to do. :pinkiehappy:

>>1067651

...oh god. www.instantrimshot.com

Indeed

>>1067651

>>1068522

And there are:

More puns to come!

Mike

>>1067982

And the party:

Shall last--

Forever!

(cue fiendish laughter)

Mike

:pinkiehappy: What could possibly go wrong?

:pinkiecrazy: What could possibly go right?

I can not wait for the next updates. This story is going to be amazing, please post quickly dear :raritystarry:

>>1088234

We'll try to fit:

     All possibilities in!

>>1101397

My plan is:

     A chapter every 10 days or so.  So look for Chapter Three today or tomorrow!

                          Mike

Yeah:

     Looks like a chapter every ten days is doable.  So, chapter four on or about August 28th!

                               Mike

"All ponies are allowed to want things!  And they're all allowed to do everything reasonable to get what they want, too!"

That sounds... oddly motivational, actually.

Great story, by the way. I can't wait to see all the worlds you create! And just who is this Pinkie Prime, and what are her intentions? :trixieshiftright:

Deft avoidance of Cadence's duties.  Well done.

>>1109643 Cadance is an ambassador, I think. She's not an alicorn, she's a unicorn with wings.

>>1109694 Ah, not an alacorn, a mutie.

>>1109694

>>1109950

When I was learning mythology:

     I only ever heard the word "alicorn" used to describe the substance that a unicorn's horn was made from.  And since the word has never actually appeared in any episodes of FiM, I don't use it, either.  A winged unicorn is just called a winged unicorn in my stuff.  :eeyup:

                                  Mike

>>1112242 I call them that because it's what they're usually called. Celestia is supposed to be all three types of pony in one. Cadance, I believe, lacks the earth pony strength and probably can't fly well either (we only see her glide, I think). So she's just a unicorn who happens to have wings. She's not otherwise special, like Luna and Celestia.

>>1109016

"We hold these truths to be self-evident":

     Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.  :twilightsmile:

                                   Mike

Mr. AugieDog, your story is vey fascinating and original, favorited and tracked!

:twilightsmile:

>>1112255

For my part:

     I'm holding fast to the theory I presented in my story The Birth of Harmony that Cadance is Equestria's "death goddess," the psychopomp who carries the souls of the dead to the afterlife.  However, I'm also predicting that this theory will become "canon fodder" approximately fifteen seconds into season 3...  :raritywink:

                                            Mike

>>1114898

Thanks!

                      Mike

>>1112242 Alacorn, not to be confused with alicorn, is Latin, and literally translates as "wings, horn."  But, to each his own.

Since we heard there was a fire at the beginning of the story, I'm guessing Pinkie Prime has something to do with it... Urgh, just what is this "party" she's plannign?!:raritydespair:

Dear, I'll be perfectly honest. Pinkie Prime scares me, I have a feeling something sad/dark is going to happen and I'm fearful. Either way, the story is wonderful so far and I can't wait to see more. :duck:

Because why have one Pinkie when you can have an infinite number of Pinkie Pies!?!?!

>>1119038

>>1121914

All wil be:

     Revealed!  But don't fear!  Pinkie's here!

>>1139888

     Always my question as well!

                          Mike

>>1107436 a chapter on tuesday... please make it happen cause Wednesday is my first day back in school and i need to be able to go back on a good note.

>>1152813

Chapter Four:

     Hit the 5,000 word mark on schedule yesterday, so if all goes well, I should have its last scene done this weekend, do edits and clean-ups on Monday, then get it posted here Tuesday.  If all goes well...  :twilightsmile:

                                     Mike

I wonder if:

     This is gonna be like my previous big story, "Half the Day is Night," where each succeeding chapter kept getting longer and longer till the last one was almost as long as the first five combined?

     Anyway, here's 4.  Let's say another 10 days or so for 5: Sept. 8th, we'll call it.

                           Mike

This is gonna be gooooood

Well i can see where this is going

>>1170228

My guess is:

     It's going where no Pinkie has gone before.  But that's just a guess.

                                Mike

>>1169845

I sure hope so!  :twilightsmile:

                         Mike

Pinkie... What have you done now? Is what I asked in the first chapter. But now, I'll let this story take it's due course. I mean after all it's getting good. One Question though, (Big Power Rangers/Super Sentai Nerd Alert) Are we going to see a pony ranger version of Pinkie? Because that would be really, Really cool.

I'm loving the progression of this story, and it seems that Primey does go evil on everypony. It seems like you alluded to her somehow damaging our ponyville. I can't wait to see how this continues to develop. Waiting with baited breath dear :raritystarry:

>>1170228 I think I can too. Can you see the alicorn Nightmare Party Prime defeated by the Pinkies of Harmony?

>>1173316 Honestly i think Pin Qi Khan was Prime's main objective. But the thing is the real pinkie is the only one with the names Pinkie and Pie in her name so she is actually the ultimate pinkie. Besides i think that the one ability that she has other than the pinkie sense that the others dont have is her "go anywhere" ability. that may give her an advantage when prime tries to take over.

>>1173568 Actually, I somehow forgot about that. Not sure if what I'm saying next is where you were going with this, but if Primey got in a fight with Real Pinkie Pie, Primey would be an idiot: Pinkie would evade every attack, teleport randomly, and blast her away with the Party Cannon, whether or not she realizes it's a fight.

>>1173631 If Primey is what she claims to be then she might be able to turn all of the others evil which is why it is going to be a problem. And like dash said there were more than one alicorn Pinkie out there so that power may be doubled.

The only problem i have with this story is that it is somewhat of a paradox because it goes against and yet still follows the string theory. It is said that  there are an infinite number of universes and in which every possibility is possible. So far it seems that it is following it but due to the string theory, but there should be universes where there are whole planets inhabited by nothing but Pinkies all of them exactly the same as the real pinkie the only difference is that they are the the only ones there. but it also goes along with it because the mirrors only go to worlds that have a pinkie.

But that means there is a chance that pinkie goes to a world where this already happened and then what?

>>1172266

Alas:

     No Pinkie Power Ranger is scheduled to appear among our main characters.  She might be in the background, though--I mean, there's an infinite number of them, right?

>>1170667

     And I should probably make it clear, too, that we won't actually be visiting the starship Equipoise or anything like that, either.  Just so folks don't get any false hopes that Space Captain Pinkie Pie will be showing up.  After all, that's a completely different fic.

>>1172721

     Structurally, the next chapter will be the halfway point--if I end up following my notes--so nine chapters all told.

>>1173631

>>1173662

     The word "pinkpocalypse" just popped into my head...   :pinkiehappy:

                               Mike

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