1w, 3dFair is over4 comments · 42 views
Well, the Crystal Fair has come and gone once more. Still didn't meet up with any friends or fans, but I did see some familiar faces once again, such as some of the staff and even Lamia. It felt good to meet people who remembered me.
Overall, it was a fun time. The convention was much better set up due to the feedback from last year, the game room had more to offer, and the art room had even more artists show up. Needless to say, I shopped til I dropped and probably bought more than I should have. But isn't that what going to these cons are all about?
The whole thing was great, though I ended up missing the closing ceremony at the end when they started drawing out the charity auction like nobody's business. Throwing in an extra five items is funny, but throwing in twenty is really pushing it, especially when you throw in an egg salad sandwich that spawns a new OC pony. Yes, people. Pun Salad is a thing now.
Still, a great experience and it hurt to see it all end. I will definitely be back next year, hopefully to see some friends and fans. I was dealing with a serious low point and even depression recently, so I really needed this. It's good to be home and I'm glad I went.
2w, 1hCrystal Fair, St. Louis2 comments · 36 views
The Crystal Fair convention has begun again and I will be attending each day. Like last year, I arrived ahead of schedule and am stuck in the Sheraton Westport lobby while waiting for preparations to complete. My nametag reads XD-385 and I will be enjoying dinner at the Drunken Fish just past the far glass doors every night if anyone wants to meet up with me.
7w, 6dRequest for Help6 comments · 202 views
All right, I am out of options.
As many of you likely know, I have been attempting to get The Lost Element printed with the aid of Equestrian Publications for a year now with the site having most recently published the rather impressive Past Sins a second time for a gorgeous second edition. I have attempted to get in contact with this site several times, but have yet to receive a response.
Since I am not making any progress on my own, I must ask for some aid from my readers. Does anyone know how this site works? How do the people running the site decide what stories to print? Has the site become exclusively dedicated to Past Sins alone now, or is the site set to be closed down once this story has run its course on the site? I really would like to know if I am wasting my time with this.
8w, 5dGroup Closure *Retraction*8 comments · 125 views
Well, I tried. If nothing else, I am a man of my word.
In my previous blog, I made clear that if activity in The Lost Element's group did not have a significant increase, I would be closing the group. Even though the group has only been open for perhaps a month and a half, I am disappointed to see such little activity.
Allow me to compare this group to another I am a member of. The Lost Element group over the last 45 days or so has accumulated 56 members and 11 forum threads, nearly all started by and containing activity by just me. THIS group has accumulated 47 members over the course of 8 months, but gained roughly 36 forum threads in activity during the first 45 days or so, all maintained and started by multiple members instead of just the administrator.
I was curious of where a group dedicated to my story and its series would go after seeing groups dedicated to other stories. I gave it a shot and I see now that The Lost Element's quality simply is not high enough to warrant enough attention to create a group for. And it’s not fair that activity will only increase when I post a blog warning of the group’s closure if the other members do not start chipping in. The last blog I posted did prompt a sudden boost in the group’s activity, but it quickly died out within a week or two. After waiting to see where this group would go and seeing that the members of the group have no interest in contributing to its growth, I can now safely say that The Lost Element group is a failure.
Since I cannot leave the group myself, I have locked all the current threads to prevent further activity in them and have blocked further membership. If the 55 other members of this group have no desire to keep the group going, then neither do I.
I have opened the group back up for one last try. To anyone who joins, please do your part to contribute to the group's activity.
10w, 18hVacation8 comments · 115 views
It seems my latest update for The Lost Element has created quite a stir.
Even though I made it clear that this chapter was quite simply the most wretched thing I have ever written, the process and effort of finally finishing it as well as some of the feedback it has received has left me feeling mentally and emotionally drained. This chapter was never meant to be an unconditionally enjoyable one and while I did laugh when I read over the Deadpool reference I put in there, even I find this chapter to not be particularly enjoyable. I know it was the point to have the chapter be more frightening than pleasing, but I still must say that does not make the end result any easier for both the readers and the writer.
In all, I have no idea what to really think about this chapter, especially with how long I had been planning it out. Although I do know I have no plans on ever writing another like it ever again. But this chapter has taken a toll on me. And I feel genuinely bad for the trolling in falsely cancelling the story in an attempt to compound the emotional impact of the chapter's end. I will not ever do that again. But now, I feel it's time to take a short break from writing to rest my mind. I will be taking the rest of the month off. I might do a little jotting down things at night before bed now and then, but I will wait until the start of September before I get back into the groove of things.
While not cancelled, The Lost Element is on temporary hiatus while I work on a very special project I thought up some time ago on a mere whim.