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  • 95w, 5d
    I am alive (Trigger Warning: pointless angst/drama)

    I'm getting quite a lot of people asking publicly and privately "What's up, TAW? You aren't doing much." lately and I'm kind of getting sick of it, so I figure I'll answer it loudly and publicly.

    Firstly, as I mentioned in my last blog, I was not able to write over Christmas due to lack of sane tools. I only returned home two weeks ago, which would be a good turnaround time for a story anyway. There's no reason for anybody to be complaining yet if you had paid attention, or at least checked my blog first. I appreciate that people want to know, but the hostile ones really did not help.

    Secondly, those people are correct; I am not doing much. I have a few paragraphs of the next chapter of WBHW and an abandoned half-draft of a sequel to Fighting Feelings, and I can't stomach the thought of continuing either.

    I didn't want to "make it official" because I hoped it would pass more quickly, but this is not being the case. From this moment I am on indefinite hiatus. I am feeling very burned out on writing in general as well as severely disillusioned with the fanbase and the fanfiction community, and am going through a low period IRL as well. I have no plans to stop entirely, but I also have no plans. I do not know how I will proceed from here and I did not want to get here. I do not know when I will continue. I do not know.

    I am sorry.

    60 comments · 3,043 views
  • 100w, 6d
    And the winner is!

    14 comments · 1,229 views
  • 101w, 6d
    My kilopone has a friend

    33 comments · 624 views
  • 102w, 12h
    Contest results

    I apologise for my tardiness on this, I've had a very very busy week. Now I have time to do stuff, though, which is nice.

    Aegis Shield:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/32020/Twilight-and-the-Spartan-Stallion

    Bookplayer:

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/34029/Best-Young-Flyer

    AugieDog:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/59491/In-Their-Highnesses%27-Clandestine-Corps

    thehalfelf:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/62406/In-Search-of-Knowledge

    Esle Ynopemos:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/65006/Stubborn-as-Ponies

    Aerovenax:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/66824/Oh%2C-Most-Wonderful-of-Nights

    TrollestiaSubject:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/58580/Black-Diamond-Dog

    CloudySkies:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/58583/no-recipe-for-perfection

    GenericUsername:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/66461/What-Goes-Up-Has-Got-to-Fall

    Idsertian:

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/67685/Firedance

    So that's that! Hopefully the judging won't take unbearably long now.

    Also, I love the fact the new design makes the featured box go away, but hate how the rest of the front page seems geared towards making it harder for a story to distinguish itself, with limited length descriptions and images so small they're pointless. I also find the continuing lack of any kind of mobile optimised interface silly.

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  • 103w, 2d
    And that's a wrap.

    I won't actually be awake for the proper deadline, and tomorrow is very busy, so I'll make the post now.

    To everyone who took part in the contest, thank you very much! I hope you all had a great time writing, and I hope everybody has a great time reading.

    Unfortunately, fate has decided that this week is the week to throw absolutely everything it can onto my plate. I'll hopefully be able to throw up a quick post listing all of the entries in no particular order, but judging will take a little longer.

    In unrelated news, criticism is now bad. Because that's exactly what this site needed, yet another excuse for some people to go "Well I'm [REASON], so you shouldn't criticise me". No, fuck you. Don't pull that shit. I don't care if somebody is 12. If we don't criticise people when they start, it's so very easy to get the wrong things stuck. "No child left behind" demonstrably doesn't fucking work, and the average quality level of fan fiction is bad enough without seeking to drag it down further.

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Rainbow Dash doesn't care for love. Applejack doesn't have time.

So when a simple game goes wrong, then Dash's favourite fictional heroine's latest tale takes a turn for the romantic, why does she suddenly find herself with a rose between her teeth?


A/N: I wanted to try something entirely safe for work again, and here we are. Not completely happy with how it turned out, so sorry about that. A (hilariously belated) birthday gift for the amazing RatOfDrawn, who draws cute ponies and has a bit of an AppleDash fetish.

First Published
24th Aug 2012
Last Modified
24th Aug 2012
#1 · 117w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

:heart::heart::heart:

:ajsmug::heart::rainbowwild:

That is all.

TAW
#2 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1149024

You sicken me.

#3 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1149132

:rainbowlaugh: You're just sore that you needed appledash help! :rainbowkiss:

Alexstrazsa
Moderator
#4 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Why do you even try

#5 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Not a clop fic :duck:

Oh well. I'll still read it :pinkiehappy:

#6 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

*sigh* another story about to take up the featured box for four days. Oh well, featured ahoy.

#7 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

inb4 featured

#8 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

20 bits this is featured by tomorrow.:duck:

TAW
#9 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1150256>>1150291>>1150310

sorry guys :(

:(

>>1149483

because even the slightest extra ounce of effort I get out of you is worth it

#10 · 117w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

I liked this a lot. And it not being clop is a nice touch too.

#11 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1150335

You're the only writer I know who is sorry to be featured.

Anyway, if I know anything about this here community, I don't think it will get featured.

Because:

1) it's not clop.

  Hence some ponies may put it away for later.

2) It's incomplete. Hence some ponies may put it away for later.

  Repetition!

3) Chapter 1 is 12k words long. And the average length of a featured fic is about 3,5-4k words. The community doesn't appreciate elaborate writing, it seems. :trollestia:

Of course, I wish you all the best :twilightsmile: (which probably would be if the story wasn't featured, judging by how you reacted :rainbowlaugh:).

EDIT:

>>1150310 I'm in! Because of the reasons above.

TAW
#12 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1150398

oh, on note 2 I should probably explain--it's only incomplete in the sense I want to continue it. The story is "finished", so to speak.

#13 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1150398  True True and F*cking True...

Also, there's a 4) Author has written so many fics that they get recognized more often and their stories checked out more often.

#14 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Yay! stories+ TAW= happiness for everyone! :pinkiesmile:

#15 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

I love this story so much. It doesn't make any sense, but it's so adorable.

#17 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Mission control, the AppleDash has landed. I repeat, the AppleDash has landed.

I love how they're just so casual about everything :pinkiehappy:

They get in tickle fights and buck eachother from one side of the train of the other whilst still responding to their friends like it's nothing :rainbowlaugh:

#18 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

This story was absolutely fantastic. The relationship between Applejack and Rainbow Dash was just like I imagine it would be: playful, competitive and extremely adorable.

I love your SFW stuff. Please write more of it!

TAW
#19 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1150768

Yay!

I do plan on doing more SFW stuff. There's only so much porn you can write without a break, y'know?

#20 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Is good, and it makes me feel good, and TAW SFW stuff is a damn treat, I say. I still say the train ride, second major scene, is the best bit. Ponies being ponies being cute being fun.

Also, adoratastic and delicious AJ/RD dynamic. Thank you for writing this!

#21 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Oh god, that was too great.  Everything was perfect! :rainbowlaugh:

Thanks to you, I will now trudge around for the remainder of the day in a daze with a stupid grin on my face. :pinkiehappy:

#22 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

I'm just a mite concerned for her, is all.

I feel like the comma disrupts the flow of the sentence. Might just be me though.

Ya'll learn that one day

This translates into "Ya all learn that one day" which doesn't sound quite right to me, might just be me again though. I wouldn't be surprised one bit if you already know this, but I feel it's worth mentioning just in case that ya'll = ya all and y'all = you all. "Ya'll" works, but it's slang(not sure if you care).

I just hope I'm going the right thing

Typo.

Also, I felt like Granny Smith was a bit too serious and direct in this story. When portrayed in the show she's eccentric, but wise(kinda). I also noticed that during Dash's dream you spelled artifact "artefact".

Was a great story, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the smiles. :pinkiehappy:

#23 · 117w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Heathen

#24 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Great job! I love it when you write non-clop, its a nice change :) Thanks you :derpytongue2:

TAW
#25 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1150933

Artefact is totally a valid spelling. It looks wrong, I know. It's actually correct, though!

Ya'll is a legit mistake, thanks, I didn't catch that. As is going. Will fix.

Granny Smith is a totally valid complaint, I think. She seems coherent enough sometimes, but not other times. I just figure this was one of her more coherent times.

>>1150942

Unchangable updates do not come through the notification system. Your complaints are groundless! This is also totally self-contained, the incomplete is a "more later probably" rather than a continuation dealie. Also I've always maintained I'll write the next chapter of Unchangable after this, you don't get to complain. You can complain after I write WBHW instead because I'm overdue on that too, though. After that, I swear. I swear on my little pony hooves. It's getting downright embarrassing now.

>>1150954

Sorry kits :(

I'll be good and write twidash now

>>1150864

No, thank you for reading it <3

I have a lot of happy silly grins to give you before we're even.

#26 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

i thumbed cos its TAW

#27 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Many, many opportunities to use 'somepony/everypony' over 'somebody/everybody' missed so far. I needs my pony puns! :twilightangry2:

And now to keep reading...

TAW
#28 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1151062

The narrator is not a horse, thus they use human terminology. The ponies are horses, thus they use horse terminology.

Or in other words--everypony is in dialogue only.

#29 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

haha I love how rainbow dash romantic approach sounded SO like her

it sure looked like AJ and rainbow were in some sort of bromance from the start, or.... sistermance or whatever its spelled for girls

I really like the romantic aspect of those two, really looked a lot more realistic than most uber-sweet lovey dovey shippings out there

#30 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1151004

In all seriousness, this is very cute and fun. The game/train scene is amazing. The "if I didn't know better"/"same thing they're always doing" points were super fun. That's kinda one thing that a lot of ship don't ever try to do: _not_ change that characters.

#31 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Ignore the words. Alexstrasza must be here because he enjoys your writing.

You are quite strange, TAW... You show regret being one of the most watched members on the site, you dislike being featured. It`s like you don`t want to be noticed...

~G

#32 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

I love it when I see a new story has been added to AppleDash in my notifications. :yay:

I'll read this later :twilightsmile:

#33 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

“You say one more word and my favourite cloud'll find a new home where even Celestia can't see.”

I see where you are going with this, but it doesn't really make sense.

Also, this...

She made it three—perhaps four—steps before walking walking straight

[EDIT] I also want to say that Dash's indecision during the sparring match with Twilight was wonderful.[/EDIT]

TAW
#34 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1151431

Dash doesn't always have to, though!

And whoops, thanks. Can't believe I missed that.

#35 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

This was sweet, enjoyable, and as always, well-polished.  Not terribly ambitious, but a nice AppleDash fix, regardless.  As the last three or four [Romance] tagged fics I've been following have all been turning to tears lately, I must say I rather appreciate the fact that this ends up in a happy place by the end of its twelve thousand words.

The characterization of AJ and Dash was entertaining, and fairly true to the show.  That of the rest of the cast ranged from pretty good to a little flat, but no one character besides the two of them really appeared for long enough to drag on the story very much.  The plot is fairly typical, but it is used rather effectively to showcase the interactions between Applejack and Rainbow Dash.  I liked how Dash tried and aborted about a half-dozen different romantic gestures in the space of a few paragraphs.

There was a few spots where I got a bit muddled on what was happening.  There were one or two occasions where I had to back up and re-read in order to figure out whether the characters were flying or on the ground.  And a few lines of dialogue didn't read like they were in response to the line before them.

Perhaps I am wearing my shipping goggles a bit too hard, but did I detect a bit of background Pinkie Shy?  The obscure-ships fan in me is clapping hands and giggling at the mere possibility of a TAW-written Pinkie Shy.  If and when you write a continuation of this story, I hope you give at least passing mention to what happened as Fluttershy went to bake cupcakes with Pinkie.

Whether SFW or not, you write gold, TAW.  I hope you don't feel pressured to make your fics land on one side or the other of that coin, because you are a fantastic author with or without sex.

#36 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

Rainbow and applejack already had a flirtationship before a relationship, so not much has changed except that they can kiss and all that jazz. Anyways, it's nice to take a break after making clop stories. I like to read clop, but sometimes it's good to take a break for it once in a while.

#37 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Incomplete?

Intrigued.

Interested.

#38 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1150335

Not my fault you're good at writing.

#40 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Wait, no clop? Boooo!

Nah, still a good read :)

#41 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Writes a SFW story, links to Rats NSFW tumblr.

:trollestia:

TAW
#42 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1151615

PinkieShy is goddamn adorable and I totally want to tackle it at some point. And yes, they totally cuddled.

>>1152151

I try my best :)

The game has some quiddichy influences, but at its core it's much more straightforward.

>>1152489

Y'all'll is an excellent word and you can take it from my cold, dead hooves.

>>1154072

...eep.

#43 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Oh, I loved this story so much. I could read a whole novel of this. I wish more authors approached shipping like this - letting it take its time for the characters to realize what feelings they're harbouring for their object of affection, and not just rush right into "I have to tell her" and then happily ever after.

The way this story builds very heavily on the athleticism  and competitive spirit they have incommon makes their relationship seem even more credible too.

This was a good start to my day, yay :heart:

TAW
#44 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1155299

Thank you! I tried to take a different approach to the sort of stuff that started to put me off AppleDash in general, so I'm glad to hear it's working out.

Also I knew I knew your name somewhere, I just went and googled it. I love your art <3

#45 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1155381

Oh, thank you for those nice words! And again for the fantastic reading experience this was :heart:

#46 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1155299

It's the problem with many appledash fics, sadly (and other ships too but appledash particularly). Just jump straight into the "must tell her! but she won't love me!" spiel and whatnot. Needs to be more of a gradual development, and that's sadly lacking :(

#47 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1156653

Yes! I think shipfics in general put too much focus on the "must tell her" part. We barely get time to get involved in the story before our protagonist is obsessed with an idea of telling her long time, supposedly heterosexual friend of her feelings, pretty out of the blue.I love stories like this which really allow themselves to take their time in a realistic manner, perhaps even occasionally teasing the reader by almost giving us what we want (reciprocated pony feelings) and then denying it. You get so much more invested in the story when its events unfold at a realistic pace, or in a realistic series of events (not all going our protagonist's way) so when the ending finally comes you're so emotional you just grin stupidly out of happiness.

I read this fic first thing when I woke up in the morning. Today was a good day :rainbowkiss:

#48 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Excellent story, I really enjoyed it.

I couldn't get the following image from one of the recent ATG posts over at EQD out of my head while reading:

TAW
#49 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1156829

Oh, exactly! I actually stopped reading shipping fiction for a long time because that sort of thing was so endemic. The first time I read that sort of story it was cute. The second time, a little less so. By the god know's how manyth time, I just gave up.

I'm very glad I didn't add to the pile.

>>1156846

I saw that one! It was, coincidentally, after I'd written that bit.

#50 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1156925 Just have an automatic filter built into your head.

I have it turned on all the dang time. I've just about grown an immunity to that sorta

thing, sorta like how I have grown an immunity to the small errors that pop up in stories

like this one. So much so that I don't even notice it half the time.

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