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  • 9w, 3d
    New Story: How to Suck at Business

    Hey guys,

    I posted a quick one-shot that's been sitting on the back-burner for about two years now. Check it out!

    How to Suck at Business

    -Key

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  • 10w, 4d
    "What is a Name?" Reboot

    Dear Readers,

    If you're reading this blog post, that means you've most likely favorited my story, What is a Name? I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you for your support. I know a lot of writers on this site post messages on the profile of every single user who favorites their story, thanking them. I am not one of these writers. When I first published What is a Name? on the site, I received such an overflow of favorites, follows, and likes that I just didn't know what to do with myself. To be honest, it gave me a bit of an ego boost, but I felt bad for not thanking every single one of you personally for taking the time to read what I had to offer.

    I did, however, read every single comment... multiple times. It's one of the things that kept me motivated to keep writing chapters until the very end. When the story became as popular as it did, I promised myself I would finish it. At times, I felt rushed to put a new chapter out there, sometimes allowing the quality of the premise to be affected as a result. When I wrote the first chapter, I had no idea where I was going to take the story. Until chapter four or so, I was completely winging it without a real end-game in mind. I finally realized the folly of this and wrote out a complete synopsis of the story before writing another chapter. Still... I couldn't shake the feeling that I was keeping hundreds of people waiting while I fleshed out this weird thing I'd thought up. Long story short: I feel the final synopsis was... sloppy.

    Don't get me wrong, I love my story. That may sound egotistical, but I'm really quite proud of myself for coming up with the idea, and then making something out of it that people enjoyed. That being said, I feel like I could have done so much better with it. It needed to be longer, with more show and less tell, and most of all: it needed a better ending.

    The ending to the story is the number one complaint I've gotten from readers. Even before that, I, myself, was quite displeased with it. I just sort of left the characters... hanging, you know? The fact that we don't know what the heck actually caused Pinkie to "regress" (or as we found out was actually the cause, "split") is overly ambiguous and not explained well on my part. The resolution, while sad and somewhat tragic, had little redeeming qualities to it, and there was almost nothing to be gained by any of the characters. It's as if everything that happened was just a waste. What I was trying to do was show everyone how beautiful it was that Pinkamena would sacrifice everything that she was for everyone else's happiness.

    I... kind of succeeded? I dunno, some people loved it, some people were disgusted.  No idea what the ratio is on that one. Like I said: I, from the very start, was quite displeased with it. Some of my friends and editors tell me I'm an idiot for saying that, but it's the honest truth.

    Here is what I am proposing: A complete and utter overhaul of What is a Name? A "reboot", if you will. Relationships between characters will be more genuine, the "immersive" factor that I love so much will hopefully be much more powerful, certain elements of the premise might be less ambiguous, and the way I go about the ending will be much improved.

    I need to know if this is something you guys want. It's definitely something I want, but this isn't just about me. A few people have told me that my story is very previous to them, and I don't know if doing this would ruin it for them. I'd also be simultaneously working on a new story/some new stories. However, I could just pour all of my efforts into those, instead of this. Please, by all means, tell me what you think!

    Also, shaddup Star. I already know your opinion on the matter.

    Many thanks,

    Key Tapper

    29 comments · 356 views
  • 13w, 6d
    Does a printed copy of Background Pony exist?

    I've been wondering for quite some time, now. Does a printed book of Background Pony by shortskirtsandexplosions exist anywhere? Has anyone bothered to have it made into a physical book? I'd imagine it would have to be split into multiple volumes due to its sheer size. If it exists, or if anyone knows how to get it for me, I will pay $100 or more for it.

    Just throwing it out there. I will seriously dish out the dough for this. $100 is not a minimum, I just have no concept of the value.

    -Key

    2 comments · 61 views
  • 27w, 4d
    I'm here, and yet... I'm not

    Dear followers,

    I want to tell you guys so badly that I'm here and ready to finally get started on my next big story. I want to tell you guys that I'm ready to finally make this crazy comeback and pump out my next "What is a Name?"

    But I can't.

    My mom died two weeks ago. After fourteen years of anguish, and three weeks on a ventilator, my brother and I, being her legal power of attorneys, made the painful decision to take her off of life support and finally allow her to rest. She'd wanted to be free of pain for so long, and we agreed that it was about damn time she had that one wish. It shouldn't have been too much to ask in the first place, but life had seemed so desperate to screw her over.

    These last two weeks, I've tried so hard to stay on top of things. I've continued to go to the gym twice a day, I've continued to practice the piano and turn in my work on time. I've managed to stay mostly happy in front of people, despite the constant looks of pity I get from my peers and professors.

    I've done these things not for my sake, but for hers. All my mother ever wanted was for my brother and I to be happy and healthy. That's all she wanted.

    At the end of the day, when I've finally finished putting on this charade for others, I sit down at my computer and I barely know what to do with myself. There's so much to be done this Summer... legally, financially, and emotionally.

    I'm so ready to be out of college for the Summer. I can't wait to be back home where people know and understand me, and I can just act the way I god damn feel. I'm so sick of acting happy all the time when I literally feel like my chest is going to explode.

    Ugh, listen to me ramble on and on. I'm sorry for dumping this here, but if I put it on Facebook then my phone will just blow up with a fucking pity fest. I don't need pity. I just need to be able to let out how I'm actually feeling. Thanks for putting up with it, I guess.

    I'll be my old self again eventually, and hopefully I'll get back to the writing. I just need time to sort this shit out, both in my head and physically.

    Peace.

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  • 30w, 11h
    My apologies

    Dear Followers,

    I have been absent from writing for quite some time, I realize. I just want you all to know that my absence is not without reason.

    A combination of two things:

    1) An unexpected turn of events that has sent my life into a spiraling roller coaster of emotional turmoil. I'd rather not go into specifics right this second, but just know that my mother is extremely sick, and she might not survive. There is an enormous amount of financial and legal responsibilities that I, as one of her adult sons, must handle. She has no spouse, so my brother and I are next in line to make decisions on her behalf.

    2) An overwhelming amount of college work that I need to make up in order to preserve my GPA, and thus, my scholarships. This isn't the easiest thing in the world, considering my previous reason.

    I'm so sorry, but for right now, this needs to be at the very bottom of my priority list.

    Sincerely,

    Key

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I've spent the majority of my life tilling the desolate land in which I live. Every day, I wake up to move useless rocks from one location to another. This is an archaic line of work that my family has clung to for generations. It is a dull, grey existence.

Today, I have woken up in a strange room, lying in a bed that isn't mine. I'm surrounded by five mares whom I've never seen in my life. They claim to be my friends, and expect me to bring joy to the hearts of everypony.

Joy? I don't think I've ever experienced this for myself, so how am I supposed to thrust it upon others?

My name is Pinkamena Diane Pie, and I'm not sure what to make of this situation.

First Published
7th Sep 2012
Last Modified
28th Jul 2013
#1 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Pretty good so far! I like the idea.  Although I'm torn: on one hand, I wish the entire story was completely from Pinkie's perspective, as that would really get us into her head and experience it for ourselves, but on the other hand the scenes with the other five are very good and without them we wouldn't have a good idea of just how deeply this will affect them.  

So, uh, I guess what I'm trying to say is keep it up! :pinkiecrazy:

Oh, and just as a minor grammatical point, when a character is speaking and their dialogue is split into a separate paragraphs, the last line of the first paragraph should lose its quotation mark:

"I don't know where to go.

"Maybe we should go left?"

Otherwise it would look like two separate people talking.  Just a small point :twilightsmile:

Thumbs up from me!

#2 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Well, this is certainly intriguing :pinkiegasp:

#3 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1236422

Woops, I didn't realize that. :twilightblush: To be honest it looked a bit strange to me, too. I went ahead and fixed it. Thanks for the heads up!

>>1236398

I actually had a hard time deciding whether or not I should add the sad tag in addition to slice of life. Perhaps I'll do that.

#4 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1236467 *British* QUITE! :duck:

#5 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Protip: Dash is not cyan.

#6 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Whaaaat is going on

:flutterrage: MOAR

#7 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1236526 you're right. saved the picture in case i foreget.

back to the case. This story went right into my read later. simply because i love pinkiemena confront pinkie's frineds...

#8 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

My mind . . . it's exploded . . . :pinkiegasp:

Can't wait for more!!!

#9 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1236526

I've seen people call her a bunch of colors. Cyan, turquoise, sky blue... it seems pretty controversial to me. What color do you think she is?

#10 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

My mind . . . it's exploded . . . :pinkiegasp:

Can't wait for more!!!

#11 · 111w, 2h ago · · 1 · My Name is Pinkamena ·

You have my attention.  :rainbowkiss:  And subscription.  

#12 · 111w, 2h ago · · 1 · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Damn good start! :yay:

#13 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Nice so far, definitely tracked.

Just one thing, is it just me, or why is there about a screen of blank space at the end of the chapter?

#14 · 111w, 2h ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1236622

When I imported it from Google docs, it added that huge gap. I just fixed it, for the most part.

#15 · 111w, 2h ago · · 1 · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Hmmmmmm...I'll have to read this later and before it gets featured because it looks cool.

#16 · 111w, 44m ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Damn no cutie mark either! WOW 0_0

#17 · 111w, 6m ago · · 1 · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Wow. your sure doing well with this, Key Tapper :pinkiehappy:

#18 · 111w, 4m ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Very nice. I'm definitely interested in following this. One bit of feedback though: That large blank area after the end of the text is a bit inconvenient. It makes it take longer to get to the comments, and to get to the chapter selector at the bottom, and just generally gets in the way with no benefit that I can see.

#19 · 111w, 1m ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1237220

Thanks, Storm! :pinkiehappy:

The story went up sometime while I was trying to get out of the school parking. I arrived home, and suddenly I have like 25 notifications! I seriously didn't expect it to do this well so quickly!

#20 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1237229

The huge gap is still there? Shoot, I thought I got rid of that, already. I don't even know where it came from, but I sure as heck didn't put it there on purpose.

#21 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Oh my :pinkiegasp:

Poor Pinki- I meen Pinkemania :pinkiesad2:

#22 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

*sees title* THIEF! *double-checks title, notes difference* Ah. Carry on, then.

(Just kidding, of course.)

Some issues with SDT, but this has me interested enough to see what happens next.

#23 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Good news, everyone! That pesky gap at the end of the chapter has been dealt with!

#24 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1237308

:twilightoops:

My title is dangerously close to yours. I assure you, that was completely unintentional.

Anyway, I agree with you on the issue of SDT. This is technically the first piece of fiction I've written on my own (outside of school), so I know there's a lot I can improve on.

Thanks for the advice, as well as the favorite! That goes for everyone else, too. Seriously, the positive response this has gotten caught me completely off-guard, but I really do appreciate the likes, favorites, and watches from all of you! :twilightsmile:

#25 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1237361

HA! Don't worry about it, I didn't realize until it was too late that there's another story out there named Changes which has been published for a while now. Such is the peril of writing, I suppose.

That you recognize that you have issues with SDT is a good sign--one cannot improve as a writer if one is not willing to admit to flaws. I'm at capacity for authors to edit/proofread for, but I strongly advise you to go to the /fic/ reviewers and ask for their input--I go to them with my projects, and if I may brag a bit it's helped shape them into rather fine stories.

Best of luck to you on your projects!

C-K

#26 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

So how can Pinkie's friends restore her memory if she doesn't even have her cutie mark, what if Pinkie Pie ends getting a cutie mark in something else? :pinkiegasp:

#27 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

I love anything and everything Pinkamena, so this is a definite read for me. :pinkiecrazy:

#28 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Huh.  I had a similar idea to this, only it was Twilight and her friends had to convince her not to leave for Canterlot.  Considering her attitude before she met them...that was gonna be difficult.

Still, now I'm excited for more!  And it's nice to see some Pinkamena that isn't hopelessly depressed or psychotic. :pinkiesad2:

#29 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

You have my attention. Seeing this explained should be good. Seeing how Pinkamena reacts to Celestia showing up all the sudden will be even better.

Hrm... I think that seeing a Pinkamena that isn't homicidal or absolutely crazy should be interesting. I look forward to the next chapter. :twilightsmile:

#30 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

When I read this I was like:

"This is great, let's see what else I can read by this author"

*See's this is author's first fic*

:twilightoops: "Wow... You're good"

*Watches author*

#31 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

:moustache: -- I thought this was very well written! I highly enjoyed it. Please keep writing more chapters to this, Mister Key Tapper, and be quick about it if you will.

:twilightoops: -- I can't imagine Pinkie Pie without her memory. The way your wrote it seemed so real!

:pinkiegasp: -- *GASP* I could never forget my friends!  Key Tapper, you're a saddy McSaddy pants!

:raritycry: -- Of all the sad fics, this is the saddest possible fic!

:fluttercry: -- Oh... my...

:applejackunsure: -- Ah'm not too sure what ta make o' this...

:rainbowderp: -- Whoa. That was, um, really... sad. Not that I'm into that sappy stuff anyway, but this was... you know what I mean.

And I personally love this story. Liked, tracked, and watched.

#32 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

this is gunna be a good story! im gunna call it sonic rainboom :ajsmug: im excited for this! :D woot! faved/tracking thumb (^w^)v

#33 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Huh.  Good so far.  Eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

   Tersely,

           ~Plyxe

#34 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

:pinkiesad2: "THAT'S HORRIBLE!!"

*Steel looks over at his reviewing partner, who is currenly freaking out. She holds her head between her hooves.*

P-Pinkie, calm down! You heard the doctor, the chances of contracting the disease are less than one in a million!

:pinkiesad2: "That doesn't mean it WON'T HAPPEN! I don't wanna forget everything, Steel!!!"

You won't, just calm down!

:rainbowhuh: "What's going on?"

*Steel turns to the source of the voice, looking up at his ceiling to see a cyan pegasus sticking her head through the trap door.*

Uh, me and Pinkie were reading this story, and suddenly she's freaking out over losing her memory. Think you can help me calm her down?

:rainbowhuh: "Sure, I guess..."

*Rainbow hops down from the roof into the room, walking up to Pinkie.*

:pinkiesad2: "Dashie, it's horrible! I'm gonna catch a magic-based disease that's gonna make me forget everything and then I won't be partying and I'll only remember my days on the rock farm and I won't remember you or Twilight or Rarity or Fluttershy or Applejack or ANYPONY!!!"

:rainbowderp: "Pinkie, you've gotta chill out! You're not gonna catch this, and even if you did, we'd help you get it back!"

:pinkiesad2: "Y-You would? You really would?"

:rainbowdetermined2: "Sheesh, Pinkie, think about who you're talking to! Of course I would."

:pinkiesad2: "Thank you...!"

Good, now that that ordeal's over...

*Steel turns back to the monitor as Pinkie and Rainbow share a quick hug before joining him at the desk.*

Right, this story. This story isn't like other sad stories, it actually gives the chance for either a continuation, or honestly a very happy ending, and that's the kind of story I really enjoy reading.

Crush my soul however you want through the story; if you grant us the light of hope at the end, then we'll leave satisfied.

:rainbowdetermined2: "You enjoy sad stories that leave you crushed though."

I do, but not in succession. Coming across this story though? This kind of story I could read in succession. It presses down on your heart, and you're constantly wishing for even one way out of the dire situation. And what happened here? We got it, and I respect that.

Well done, sir. Well done.

:rainbowhuh: "So why was Pinkie freaking out again?"

She was worried she'd contract EMRS, Enchanted Memory Regression Syndrome. Basically, think of it as if Twilight used her magic to delete your memories.

:rainbowderp: "She can do that?"

No, of course not.

:rainbowhuh: "Then why use the example?"

Because it's concise! Anyway. EMRS is a magical form of amnesia that's capable of sending a pony 'back in time'. Their memories are removed completely as their mind moves backwards, and it can even remove one's Cutie Mark.

:rainbowderp: "That's terrible!"

Yes, but it's also unconfirmed. Ask Twilight later about it and see if she's heard of any cases here.

:rainbowdetermined2: "I'm gonna have to go to the Princess about this if Twi' doesn't know."

I'd...advise against that. Princess Celestia is really busy during the day, isn't she?

:rainbowhuh: "I actually dunno. She doesn't leave the castle a lot, no, but is she all that busy usually?"

...

*All three of the beings in Steel's house stare up at the ceiling in thought, Pinkie seeming to have forgotten all about her ordeal.*

#36 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

I could do without the huge, bold headers defining who is speaking. At first, I thought it was a really cool, title shot like the ones you get in crime dramas after the cold opening, when it switches from the discovery of the body of the week to the police tape. Then, I saw the designation for POV, and, well, that was disheartening to say the least.

Interesting use of magic and amnesia. I too am intrigued by the missing cutie mark, and I like the subtle overtones of a not intentionally abusive but rather dysfunctional childhood. The sadness and the complacency is both disturbing and depressing, very like Pinkie's story if it were actually true and missing the Pink filter on it.

I like how the third person areas are comprised of almost all dialogue. That was very impressive on your part, to make a scene that can be "watched and heard" rather than simply read. I must admit, the voices of the characters just jumping out me then was impressive, as was the rather somber thoughts of Pinkamena coming at me as I read.

I don't really feel much compulsion to read further than the first chapter. Toodles, and thanks for the story.

#37 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

I'm definitely looking forward to more of this story.

:pinkiesmile:

#38 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Woah. Man, if my first fic was this good I might have a few more readers, but alas, I used fiction to explain unexplainable fact, and truth was born of it.:rainbowderp: What was I saying? Oh yeah, great work, like it lots.

#39 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Interesting......... Tracking for sure:pinkiehappy:

#40 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

OH COME ON!! ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS HAVE RAINBOW DASH DO A SONIC RAINBOOM, AND BAM!! PINKAMENA TURNS BACK INTO PINKIE PIE! IT'S TOO EASY!! BUT NOPE! WE'RE GONNA PRBABLY HAVE 20 CHAPTERS OF SLOW MOVING PLOT INTO DASH SUDDENLY DECIDES, "OH! i WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I SHOWED HER MY SONIC RAINBOOM?" AND BAM, THE END!

#41 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

mooooooore! more more more more moooore!:pinkiegasp::yay::rainbowlaugh::raritydespair::twilightsheepish:

#42 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

U best not dissappoint.:coolphoto:

Did i spell that right?:rainbowhuh:

meh:eeyup:

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Bagel. There; i said it.:pinkiecrazy:

#43 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

>>1238679

Probably not that easy. That was situational; the right moment and mood may be needed for that to work. That, and she wanted to make her family smile. These five are not her family and she does not care about making them smile, so she won't throw a party, and therefore no cute mark. Maybe if, over the course of time, she become their friend again, and she learns to care about them, she will be motivated to throw the necessary party to become Pinky Pie again. I see this happening only after many chapters of interaction .

I see something happening that reminds the others of the lost Pinky. Pinkamena, having become their friend again, sees this and tries to make them smile. This leads to a party; possibly because she knows that that is what Pinky would do and wants to reassure them that she will remember who she was someday.

#44 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

*Looks at the other comments*No one? Nobody?


...Okay I'll do it...

"What is a name?A miserable pile of letters!But enough talk..."

#45 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Horrifying concept.

#46 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

It is interesting, to me, that she lost not only her memories, but the special something that made them friends before having met. How Important is that special something that friends share before even meeting?

Also, I this opens the opportunity to ask how much the cutie mark effects the individual's talent or if it has any effect at all. Is she naturally gifted in throwing parties or did she have to study them? There is time to have done so when she, presumably, went to get the necessities for throwing her first party. Dose she still know how to throw one? Where parties always something she was good at or something that is easy for her to learn?

This story has the opportunity to explore the pinky sense. Did she have it as a filly? If so, what did she think of it? Did EMRS, being magical, take it away to? If so, dose that make it magical? Is her cutie mark tied into her pinky sense?

And WHAT IS A ROCK FARM!? I understand what a quarry is, but moving rocks like rotational crops?

I love the story, and would like to see more. Especially if you play with some fun ideas.

#47 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Fukken' faved

#48 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

I have the feeling that a Sonic Rainboom will be part of the cure.

Of course, I could be wrong.

#49 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

Marked for "Read Later" - I have an eye for good premises, and this is a very interesting one. I'm going to wait for a while, maybe forget about this fic temporarily, then come back when the fic's been cleaned up a little. No offense; I just don't want typos/grammar errors to mar the first time I experience the story within.

#50 · 110w, 6d ago · · · My Name is Pinkamena ·

i love this story

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