Celestia dreads 'Drudge Day,' the weekly time she spends dealing with legal affairs. As problems roll in she finds herself melancholy; has she really seen all of this before? Surrounded by a parade of pleading ponies, Celestia begins wonder if immortality is all it's cracked up to be.
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7w, 2dWhere I've Been5 comments · 92 views
So, I've been taking writing really seriously over the past year. I got 15,000 words out of NaNoWriMo; not bad for a busy month running science festivals. I finished the manuscript in June, sold my retro game systems the funds for self-publishing e-books, and joined a forum thread on one of my boards to write 500 words a night. I was feeling pretty good, especially considering I'm finally a parent (Lyra's style).
Then I come back one, and notice the disappointment and cobwebs I've left around here.
So, I wrote 1,431 words of the next Chaos and Darkness chapter tonight. That brings it up to almost 4K. I'm not going to promise a date, but I'm clearing my writers block on my self-publishing projects to try to come back and finish the backlog of ending I owe people here.
I'm not sure how time will be, considering I'm teaching honors courses that demand instant grading, but I'll try on day at a time and at least 500 words a night. I owe it to the fans that taught me how to write.
Coincidentally, this is my 100th Blog post. Huh.
37w, 18hHooves Holding Hearts contest46 comments · 407 views
So, working on the next chapter. No one reading the last one got the hints about the new kid, who is the story's main kid. I'll give these out, and the first person (and maybe a few others) who get it right will earn a small OC cameo in HHH.
Now, the kid's an OC...but the mother is not.
Here are the first few hints.
1) Heartmend said that the "mother is not cognizant, incapable of care and unlikely to change."
2) I got the idea for this blog post listening to a song about her.
38w, 3dHooves Holding Hearts Edit19 comments · 278 views
So, I changed a scene in chapter four. I changed it because it didn't work, and others complained with a reasonable point.
It happens near the end of the chapter.
I mean, really spoilers.
If you haven;t read the chapter, it kind of ruins the punch to know this...
So, when John is confronting the father....
“You go back inside, and you thank her and the other one and ask those questions, or...” John scratched his mane and leaned in.
"Tell me if you've heard this one..."
"There's a pony," he started, "that keeps order. This pony makes sure good things come to the deserving, and that bad things arrive in spades to others. This pony keeps the unjust in anticipation of what they deserve, and ensures that the world flows on as it should, piece by piece. Your little world runs because this pony keeps it running." His mouth was nearly at the father's ear now. "Do you know what they call this pony?"
The shaking of the father's head was more like a vibration.
"They call her," John whispered, "the Mailmare. She's the best friend of the crying mare who's heart just snapped." He patted the shaking stallion on the shoulder. "Let's face it, having the mailmare as an enemy is bad enough when you haven't been declared legally dead for months and have legal and financial paperwork on its way."
He smiled, and the father flinched.
“Uh. Uh. Okay.” Terrified, the father stepped backwards."I'll get r-r-right on that."
“Great!” John spoke with relief reached his mouth into his saddlebag and pulled out a napkin and a pen. “Take notes! Make sure she sees you taking notes.” His smiled stayed for a second too long. “Make sure I see her see you taking those notes.”
This takes the chapter back towards the comedic-dramatic life of the Choices girls territory and less obligatory crossover. One one hoof, yes, many of my readers love John yelling at people. On the other hand, it's now something perfectly rational that the town repairman would say. You could have it either way.
Thanks go to ankyo and RK_Striker_JK_5.
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Just so you know, here's some comments on the Hooves Holding Hearts chapter that drops this week.
"She had a really miserable childhood, didn't she?"
"Holy freaking s***! Nevermind Jazz, you are not worst parent anymore!"
"This is both heartwarming and utterly heartbreaking at the same time. You magnificent bastard."
"Other than that, this chapter does a magnificent job of punching one right dead center of your feelings. "
"Now, if you will excuse me, I must weep quietly to myself until I fall asleep."
39w, 3dStory Progress!6 comments · 186 views
Chapter four of Hooves Holding Hearts is off to the pre-readers! I'm going to try to get a C&D chapter done next, I think. I'm having to split time between pony writing and writing things I actually intend to e-publish for money, but I intend to finish the crop of stories I have, maybe saving a week in summer to write "Doctor Whooves and the Mare in the Moon."
In other opinions, is the reason Coco Pommel is so popular because the writers could not have made a pony who is more deliberately moe if they tried?