[Cancelled and rebooted] It has been thirty years since Twilight Sparkle gathered the Elements of Harmony and went on her first adventure. Now a certain "John" appears in her library, deciding that she needs a break and sending her back to a "simpler time". Once again, she must stop Nightmare Moon. Only this time... things are different. Details are out of place, added or removed completely. She may not be in the past she remembers at all.
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The Good News
To those of you who have followed me, and are reading this blog post, then I would like for you to know that I am still alive and I intend to start writing again. I have achieved several important life goals, including completing my bachelors degree.
The Bad News
For those of you who don't know, my writing originated from a site called Space Battles. At the moment it appears to be, for lack of a better word, dying, which means a lot of my old stuff is probably going to be wiped, including everything that is not already saved here.
However, to a certain extent, I view this as a good thing as it will allow for me to make a decently fresh start, including with what has been learned working on non-pony fiction.
Stay tuned for more details.
76w, 4dThose semi-steampunk space shoes0 comments · 75 views
For anyone who receives or read my blog...
I am working on my new story. It is beginning to get to the point where I'm willing to post it up on FiMFic, but not quite. The long and short of it is that I'm writing the story out speculating what it would be like if MLP was firmly set in the 19th century. What I realize this means is that there are going to be some overlaps with steampunk, but I am not going out of my way to write it up as such. Steampunk is a romantic form of anachronistic fantasy, while what I am aiming to do is simply pin down the technologies available in the setting to help with constancy and reduce the likelihood of breaking the willing suspension of disbelief. (Though we are talking about technicolor ponies.)
Here is the link to the Spacebattles thread. If you have any comments you'd like to share without being a part of that forum, please let me know.
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Had some major delays, mostly related to life. I've determined that guitar is my instrument, so there goes fifteen to thirty minutes of my day right there. (As well as a good part of my money, as I have Guitar Acquisition Syndrome.)
On the inclusion of humans: for my sci-fi setting, and it applies to these here as well, humans are notable for only two things. First is that they're the bureaucratic jobbers of the galaxy. One day a backwater planet with primate evolved sentients was discovered, and the next they're having to yell at this weird monkey thing for a refund with the monkey thing demanding that they fill out a Form 35.D to send the complaint to his manager. The second is that they have modernized stringed instruments, probably due to their higher than average dexterity and cultural affinity.
Another note is that a human document is likely to be translated like this. The unicorn translation spell ends up translating to common, easily understood words, which gets really awkward for specialized terms that are not easily explained.
95w, 6dStargazing (Pt. 1)0 comments · 91 views
So tonight I felt like stargazing. Astronomy had always been something of an interest of mine, but I've just begun to be mature enough for actual backyard astronomy instead of sitting in a chair, staring at a screen and oohing and awing at how beautiful the universe is with color enhanced images from Hubble.
Orion was out. It's my favorite constellation. Using my current astronomy book, Night Watch by Trace Dickenson, specifically the chart on the winter sky, I began to use Orion as a point of reference. I was able to discover Canis Major, Taurus,Auriga, and maybe Canis Minor. Of course, I could have gotten confused and mistaken one of the feet of Gemini for Canis Minor, seeing how the Moon is in the middle of Gemini. (You know what they say: The Moon is always out when you want to look for something faint. Overwhelmingly so tonight, since it drowned out a constellation of the Zodiac/I could read my own handwriting by it. If the Princesses were real instead of cartoon characters, then Luna would be such a troll for those of us who bother to stay up. Or a narcissist. Considering the whole Nightmare Moon thing...)
I also saw the Pleiades through my pair of astronomy binoculars. They may be little specks of light, but they're beautiful jewels hanging on velvet. My regret is that my hand is not steady enough to fully appreciate their beauty. I may get a telescope at some point, but not right now. I have neither the budget for something of better quality than the "Christmas trash" scopes you see in department stores, nor the skills to use it effectively. I would like to get an Orion made Newtonian telescope on a Dobsonian mount, but the 4.5" Dob starts at $250. *sigh* I guess I'll shop around some more. I may just use an achromatic refractor for the observing I'll be doing, since for right now I do not have the skills for deep sky, which would lower my costs by half but limit me to the Moon, planets, double stars, etc.. (Not that those objects are not worthwhile, mind you.)
Did get to spend some time with my brother. Maybe we'll have something to talk about other than video games now? I doubt it, but still there's hope. I also renewed my membership with the Astronomical League. Maybe I'll complete some of their observation programs this year and earn some pins? I hope so, at least knock down some of the ones without major equipment requirements like the Lunar I, Constellation, etc.
You know, this might be a reason why I lean towards Twilight Sparkle as favorite pony.
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Here's how I'm seeing my current stories, for those that are interested:
Troubled New Home/Trouble with Time Travel: I plan to work on this soon. Problem is that this story was a product of me on SB, and I'm not keen on going back now that I've spent time away from it, got some perspective and realized that I was spending too much time on something I wasn't finding fun anymore. I might go back, update the thread, etc., just for the sake of getting feedback and such, but I'm burned out on that site.
Twilight Sparkle, Planeswalker: I need to draft things out so that it's not just a rewrite, so that I have a consistent plot that I see all the way through.
Twilight Sparkle: HEROINE OF THE IMPERIUM: Far back burner. I used to love Warhammer when I was 18-21. Now I'm 23, and wanting something with hope shining through.
By One's Own Merit: I've got two chapters in the hopper right now, so that'll be another two to four weeks by my current estimates.
Other possible stories:
Untitled Iron Kingdoms Crossover: Elements of that are already at work in Troubled New Home, but it might be a lot of fun. Especially with Cryx being the Nightmare Empire, generically Scottish/Native American Trollkin riding around of buffalo, etc.
Untitled MLP:FiM/LotR Crossover: Would be a ton of fun, but after I get done reading The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Simarillion, plus whatever other letters and works count as part of the cannon for Middle Earth.
Untitled MLP:FiM/EVE Online Crossover: A man can dream, can't he?
Untitled MLP:FiM/Fallout Crossover: I'd have to do more research for the whole 'Pony in the Wasteland' thing, but seeing as Twilight Sparkle is a favorite of mine it can be doable. Real trick would be deciding between the Capitol Wastelands, the Mohave Wastes and my own version of the mythical Texas Wasteland that I started with another story that I did not finish on SB.com.
Untitled MLP:FiM/Pathfinder Crossover: Not sure how I would do that, since I would make the ponies humans for this one like last time.
Possible Non-Pony Stories:
Fallout: Texas: Apparently my first go at it was deserving of a mod. Plot things out, elaborate on setting, so on and so forth. 3 vaults, a secret vault, four nations, radioactive tornado and zombies riding undead horses and giant Mexican freetail bats.
Original Fantasy Fiction Setting: I'd like to live the dream, but living the dream means no more fan fiction. At least here I'm writing every day, and since I'm writing every day, I'm getting better every day.