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1w, 6dSignal boost: Bradel Reviews10 comments · 184 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.
2w, 4dAbout that story just below8 comments · 175 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.
3w, 1dHoliday wishes12 comments · 124 views
3w, 5dCleaning out the backlog12 comments · 166 views
For personal reasons previously mentioned, the majority of my horsewords this year have been for the Writeoff Association's ponyfic competitions. Those stories are all complete (modulo editing), but not all of them have made their way over to FIMFiction — I'm in the process of fixing that!
The Dragon's Riddle, which earned me some shiny bronze-colored pixels in the minific competition earlier this month, got posted (in a slightly expanded version that meets FIMFic's 1000-word minimum) on Friday, and though I don't think it ever hit the featurebox, it's already outperforming a few of my stories which did. Today, I also added two more writeoff minifics (Eponalepsis and The Slow Fall Of An Unfamiliar Star) to my short story collection. Both of them were my "also-rans" in earlier minific competitions — Slow Fall scored 8th to Riddle's 3rd (still pretty good out of 49 entries), and Eponalepsis barely limped into the top half in the competition where Daring Do and the Curse of Ahuizotl scored 14th. They're a little different than my usual — one's an Equestria Girls prequel and one's a sort of ponderous mythic ouroboros — but I think they're each still worthwhile.
Also previously written and on their way toward the light of day:
The Case of the Cowled Changelings — Detective fiction! Fancy Pants gets drawn into a web of conflicting lies when a scared guest approaches him during a masquerade ball he's hosting — and if he can't piece together the truth before the Guard's battlecaster arrives, he has a lot more to lose than an anonymous friend. A gold-medal winner six months back, then I ripped it halfway apart and it got stuck in an edit cycle. I'm wrapping up some final repairs on this (though I procrastinated this weekend and got no fic-work done, and money-work is going to eat my life for the next 8-9 days with our big fiber-optic network launch project). Should hit the site in early November. However, I do need cover art for it; I could assemble it from what few vectors of cloaked ponies I've been able to find, but if anyone wants to volunteer, it would save me a day or two and I could do something nice for you in return (a blog plug, a story critique, a microfic, or even a few bucks).
Mark of Destiny — When Earth breaches the dimensional barrier with Equestria, they discover that the same Cutie Marks that give ponies sentience also turn people into superhumans. A roller-coaster HiE deconstruction/reconstruction, and a bronze-medal winner two months back. TBH, I'm not sure whether to put this through a severe edit cycle or not. Nobody liked the ending (even if a number of people were impressed by it, and even if I wrote it that way entirely deliberately). It could also use some massaging where it shifts gears in the middle, and the cold open rightfully came in for some criticism. On the other forehoof, even in its current state it scored third in a crowded field, and if I start ripping it apart it'll be months before I post it, especially since I don't have a clear goal in my mind for how to rewrite it.
The Sun Birds — Celestia and Philomena fly two pebbles across the ocean. Lush worldbuilding porn that tied for sixth in the minific competition five months ago. This deserves a major rewrite and expansion; it really should have been more like 3,000 words than 750, and I know what I want to do with it. Unfortunately, it's on a back burner, because "no new horsewords before I finish the next chapter of HR2" is my current rule.