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  • Tuesday
    Retro Reviews Season 2: May the Best Pet Win!

    3 comments · 28 views
  • Sunday
    Solemn Story Status

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  • 1w, 2d
    Retro Reviews Season 2: The Cutie Pox

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  • 1w, 6d
    The Failings of For Want of a Dawn

    So I've been sitting at my computer for a while, doing more work on Mezza Voce when I hit a part that allows my mind to idle. Specifically, I think back to the biggest undertaking I have ever done; the 225k words of For Want of a Dawn and I realize some truths and remember some things I had planned out to be, which never came either because I forgot about them, or... well, I shall get to that. For now, have the list of things I wanted to do that came off the top of my head.

    (Spoilers beyond)


    - Every General of the Equestrian Armed Forces was to have a chapter of development and with each one the war would take a turn for the worse. Only a tiny part of this became reality in the opening of Chapter 20 (Siege of Manehattan) with General Portland

    - Gilda was supposed to be the prime antagonist to the generals, along with a dragon that never got written at all and any plans have been evaporated.

    - The turncoat Huffington Crusaders (Chapter 6 - Wanted) were supposed to become a less-than-noble alternative to Vinyl Scratch when it came to hunting down Twilight Sparkle. By accident, or design, they would have been killed by the time of Chapter 11 (Battle of Appleloosa), which in itself was supposed to have more going on in it, but I forget.

    - Governor Ironhead was supposed to be given a chapter of character development explaining his origin, a brief touch on the other golems created by the Queen and his own budding concerns and reservations about his monarch's declining mental state.

    - The Party Poppers would have been responsible for several 'accidents' that would have been blamed on Twilight because convenient scapegoat.

    - Rarity, Pinkie, Fluttershy and Applejack would have each received big sections, or a whole chapter for the four of them, going into better detail about their operations and ways of thinking. Pinkie's made it in during chapter 20 (Siege of Manehattan).

    - Twilight was supposed to find a journal Zecora kept while in the Canterlot dungeons better explaining the breakup of the Crusaders and Derpy's demise.

    Beyond those omissions there were a couple of other problems...

    - Bad planning: How do you think I forgot all of these? And these were just the major ones.

    - Scale: I'd never tried to do anything even half as expansive and intricate as this.

    - Time: After the initial fervor wore off, it became increasingly less about writing it  as I envisioned and more about just getting it done. It even got to the point where I cut out half of that stuff thinking they were superfluous and that the plot could hold without them. It does... but not well.

    So, in short: to me For Want of a Dawn is a failure of a story from my perspective because of what it could have been had I known what I was getting myself into at the time. You, the readers, might have had fun and enjoyed it, and that's okay. I just wanted to share would could have been now. Will I ever make fixes to it, like Mezza Voce? Right now, no. It'd be a huge project and Mezza itself is a can of worms from just changing around ONE concept and it's only a little more than a tenth of the length of For Want right now! The omissions are easy to fix, but the other more subtle points? Maybe in the future, but I have other things I want and need to do first.

    I hope you all enjoyed reading this... and I hope you can forgive me for not making For Want of a Dawn as good as it was supposed to be. v.v

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    Retro Reviews Season 2: Sisterhooves Social

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Vinyl Scratch is a mare of mystery: hard to meet and even harder to get to know. It is an image she has cultivated since her early days as a DJ and is not likely to ever let go. She is the queen of the music scene and her purple shades are her crown. To her roommate, Octavia, she is a vulgar annoyance and a blemish on her otherwise spotless life. However, when she accidentally destroys the one thing that matters most to the unicorn, the cellist finds herself learning more than she ever cared to know about the rock-loving mare.

- Cover image by recycletiger

- As always, edited by BrotherPrickle.

First Published
5th Oct 2012
Last Modified
9th Feb 2013
#1 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

New Story!

#2 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

Looks good, I'ma read through.

#3 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

CONGRATS! 230 ON MY READ LATER LIST!!!

#4 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

Oh, my. I think I can tell where this is headed: an explanation of WHY the sunglasses are so important.

#5 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

>>1390452

Excellent observation. Your powers of deduction are remarkable.

#6 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

>>1390471

Why thank you. :derpytongue2:

#7 · 111w, 6d ago · · · Motif ·

New octyscratch? Here.. we.. go!

Alright, first paragraph was... Just a lot of colours, you might wanna rethink that. Kay back to it.

Alright, just ask a friend, Any friend, to preread first? You have... It's almost there but your flow, style and sentence structure are just very, very awkward. I won't downvote, in hopes you find one. But man. Awkward.

#8 · 111w, 5d ago · · · Motif ·

Nice job, my first taste of your writings, but you've definitely made a good show of yourself.

Favourite for the updates, and a good pat on the back for ya!

#9 · 111w, 5d ago · · · Motif ·

Ciroton? And OctaScratch story? AND ROMANCE!?

IF ONLY I COULD READ THIS NOW

#10 · 111w, 5d ago · · · Motif ·

>>1391073

I don't see a 'Romance' Tag up there, do you? :trollestia:

#11 · 111w, 5d ago · · · Motif ·

I approve of this story, on the condition that Giuseppe gets a side-story immediately.

#12 · 111w, 5d ago · · · Motif ·

I knew what was going to happen the moment Octavia threw the broken shades down the garbage chute.  Not a very bright move on her part.  :facehoof:

#13 · 111w, 5d ago · · · Motif ·

>>1391377 I DID! I KNOW I DID!

... -checks tags- ... The colors are too similar... dammit. Unless you changed it when I wasn't looking.... -shrug-

Oh well. Whatever. Still tracking.

#14 · 110w, 3d ago · · · Motif ·

Damn... I am at a loss for words. -removes from read later and adds to tracking-

#15 · 105w, 2d ago · · · Phrase ·

And ninjas make it all complete!

#16 · 105w, 2d ago · · 1 · Phrase ·

Hmmm....It would seem that there is more to this than what Berry is saying. Once we do find Vinyl, perhaps she might tell us.

Also, interesting how she shares the same literary tastes as someone with jargon aphasia.

#17 · 105w, 2d ago · · · Phrase ·

Holy cow, was not expecting that.

#18 · 105w, 2d ago · · · Phrase ·

No one's mentioned the Bass Cannon reference yet?!? :pinkiegasp:

#19 · 105w, 2d ago · · · Phrase ·

This is the real story, true facts.

#20 · 103w, 1d ago · · · Phrase ·

Finally! A non-shipping Octavia Vinyl story!!

#21 · 103w, 1d ago · · · Motif ·

OCTAVIA, YOU IDIOT! WHAT THE BUCKING HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?! :flutterrage:

.... Though, what is the story behind the shades? :trixieshiftleft: Curiouser and curiouser...

*goes to read next chapter*

#22 · 103w, 1d ago · · · Phrase ·

>>1744772 We don't know that yet! :raritywink:

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Now, to you, Mr. Author Man/Woman, fabulous job! :raritystarry: I demand MOAR! :flutterrage:

#23 · 103w, 18h ago · · · Phrase ·

Calling it right now, DJ Flare is Pretty Penny, the landlady.  She also knows the real, ninjaless story.  As for why Vinyl doesn't know that, not a clue.

#24 · 103w, 14h ago · · · Motif ·

Woah.

Intense.

This is going to be a good one

#25 · 103w, 11h ago · · · Phrase ·

Oh skeptical 'tavi, why can't you just trust for once :rainbowwild:

#26 · 103w, 1h ago · 1 · · Phrase ·

Suddenly, ninjas!

#27 · 102w, 5d ago · · · Phrase ·

>>1744772 OMFG you have no idea how much that makes me want to read this story. It's about time someone strays from the usual.:rainbowwild:

#28 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Phrase ·

>>1760159

So nice to see a different one!

#30 · 102w, 2d ago · · · Phrase ·

[youtube=http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=dT3lq4EJ2yU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DdT3lq4EJ2yU]

Best thing freaking ever.

#31 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Phrase ·

more than once had she suggested they do some rather... lewd things together.
wat

Would you care to more expand upon that in the later chapters? I'm really curious. :twilightsheepish:

Oh and, that is THE coolest sounding backstory to vinyl's shades EVER. Even tho i never read any other fanfics about them, i'm sure that this is one of the cooler ones out there. Unless it's made up.

Isn't it base cannon and not bass cannon?

#32 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Phrase ·

>>1841713

"Bass" is a musical term, as well as a fish. "Base" is simply how it sounds when someone says it aloud. The more you know! :twilightsmile:

#33 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Phrase ·

Thanks for clearing that up! BTW, how do you quote a post someone made? i'm kinda new here. :twilightblush:

#34 · 100w, 4d ago · · · Phrase ·

>>1844102

Mouse over the comment and on the top-right side you will see a garbage can and/or a couple of speech bubbles. Click the bubbles and there you go.

#35 · 100w, 3d ago · · · Phrase ·

>>1844211

Now i get it! Thanks!

#36 · 93w, 4d ago · · · Melody ·

Wow, when are any of these stories going to make sense?

#37 · 93w, 4d ago · · · Melody ·

these stories are pointing towards one familar aspect. vinyls mentor DJ flare. i suspect they all have a grain of truth to them. and from what i can tell the ending is something tragic, my geuss is flare was vinyls mentor who she met at a horse race or something, the two of them got drunk or something and one thing lead to another. then there was somekinda accident or something and flare died and she left vinyl the glasses. just a theroy.

#38 · 93w, 4d ago · · · Melody ·

That's by far the story with the most alcohol in it (at least what I read) :pinkiegasp:.  Until now all variants has in common that the glasses were a present and te previous owner. I'm thrilled what versions we also will get. Hope to read you soon. :twilightsmile:

#39 · 93w, 3d ago · · · Melody ·

She could barely think though the onslaught.

through*

curly mane and tale who wore a pink bow very similar to her own

tail*

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t DJ P0n3 sniffing thought the trash.

I think you meant "through".

The resulting cheer nearly made her ear ring,

I think you meant "ears".

Great chapter. Loved it. Love the confusion of the whole sitiation. Keep it up. Can't wait for more.:twilightsmile: And that last line made it for me.

#40 · 93w, 3d ago · · · Melody ·

>>2102347

Thank you for catching those small mistakes. :twilightblush:

#41 · 93w, 3d ago · · · Melody ·

>>2102486

'Tis what I do. Always glad to help.:twilightsmile:

#42 · 93w, 2d ago · · · Melody ·

high-nosed fart-sniffers

I laughed at that.

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#43 · 93w, 1d ago · · · Melody ·

I know the true story!:raritywink:

#44 · 86w, 6d ago · · · Melody ·

some sort of criminal riffraff or a mental patient.”


“Well, Vinyl does drive me crazy sometimes, but I’m not a mental patient yet.”

Since I know that this was released after The Vinyl Scratch Tapes, you stole one of the best lines ever, nearly used it proporly too.

#45 · 86w, 6d ago · · · Melody ·

>>2335805

Less 'stole' and more 'reference' since just about anyone who has read a Vinyl Scratch / Octavia fic has more than likely read The Vinyl Scratch Tapes already and if they haven't, they really ought to.

#46 · 60w, 21h ago · · · Melody ·

Is this story ever going to be finished or will it just be left to gather metaphorical dust?

#47 · 60w, 20h ago · · · Melody ·

>>3291547

Please, be a little patient. I want to go over and fix some things before I do the last bits.

#48 · 60w, 19h ago · · · Melody ·

>>3291762 It's fine. I was just wondering since it hadn't been updated in such a long time (if I were to leave something unfinished that long it would never get done). Sorry if I came off rude.

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