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ThursdayRead this now: "Collaborators"11 comments · 102 views
2w, 5dSignal boost: Bradel Reviews10 comments · 190 views
The inestimable Bradel has just launched a new project: posting ponyfic reviews! His first batch is impressive, both in the selection of stories covered (one of which is mine) and in the depth of discussion that he brings to the table. Go check 'em out!
Unrelatedly (and the reason I'm tagging HR2 for this post):
I got about 1000 words added to my Hard Reset 2 draft doc this weekend, despite a general lack of time at home, and spending all night tonight at work for the last major chunk of our cloud server migrations. Now that I've picked myself up from this wreck of a year, it's really time to push that story forward again. I'm gonna start tracking it in a writing log to keep myself honest about adding something to it every day, and every time I blog I'll drop a line of progress stats at the bottom.
I'd like to get a few chapters ahead so I can build up a backlog and start posting on a smooth schedule again, but my goal will be to have something (=at least one new chapter) posted by the end of November.
 But certainly able to estimate, what with the statistics degree.
 The new laptop should help, too! It's being delivered tomorrow.
3w, 3dAbout that story just below8 comments · 184 views
So: I just published a story that (judging by comments so far) you probably won't like.
It's not that it's a bad story. It's not a trollfic, or offensive, or unsettling — it's just targeted at a very specific audience, with a very specific focus, and it's not making any particular effort at outside relevance.
Go ahead and read Report 34 if you're into tickle kink. If not, it's not going to be a total waste of time — I mean, it's written by me, and you know how I cram in extra worldbuilding and little bonuses around the edges — but I won't be bothered if you skip it.
(For the record, this was the commission that yamgoth earned for his ice bucket thingy a few months back, buffed up a little bit as a bonus for his Writeoff Association prize support. In between reading delays and other things on my plate, it took a few months to make its way through the editing pipeline to publication.)
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I stumbled across this one on the FIMFiction front page: Wittgenstein's Seamstress. Behind the catchy title and the less-catchy description, what's there is a surprisingly compelling tale of Rarity wandering an Equestria where every other living being has suddenly and mysteriously vanished. It's early yet, but in the three chapters so far, it's done a compelling job of painting her isolation and (at times) madness, and there are some delicious hints of Equestrian deconstruction in the monologue — including a visit to a similarly empty Equestria Girls universe, with accompanying compare-and-contrast.
Worth noting is that it's a style crossover with a 1988 experimental modernist novel, so if your name is Bad Horse, you're obligated to dislike it. Of course, given that the author is named "Blank Slate," chances are high that it's actually a secret alt of Bad Horse so he can freely engage his shameful modernism fetish. Don't worry though, Bad, I'm not so uncouth as to blackmail you while everyone's watching.
For the rest of you: I haven't actually read that modernist novel, so I can't tell you how faithful the adaptation is or how much of its merit comes from the source material vs. the original interpretation. What I can tell you that Wittgenstein's Seamstress works well as a standalone piece, and as the author continues, it has a lot of potential to develop into either a sprawling monument to cultural deconstruction or else a rollicking postapocalyptic adventure. Either way, it deserves more than its 37 views and four upvotes.
4w, 7hHoliday wishes12 comments · 127 views