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25w, 1dThe Walking Dead; Or, My Plans4 comments · 141 views
The planets have aligned, hype has been gathered, and I'm now back. The logical step now is to outline in somewhat more detail what I'm going to be doing, so far as I've actually planned that in advance.
First of all: I'm rusty. I haven't written very much (even for my own purposes) after the past year or so, and I no longer have the exorbitant amounts of time I used to have to practice up in. Until I'm used to working on things again, my work is probably going to be marked by shorter chapters, especially as I try to find my feet on stories that have lain long dormant. That's just realism, folks. However, here's what I'm thinking, story by story:
Misadventures In Music: Definitely still on. I have the stub end of a chapter already, which I'll probably cut short and then use as a break point on which to build new material.
Limits: Very much still on. Don't know when I'll be doing the next chapter, but then again I never did. Next chapter will probably deal with the story of how Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy got together, so for the five or six people who still remember this story exists, good things are in store.
The Drabble Bag: Practice pieces, you say? Why, I don't know why I'd do any of those after a protracted absence from the fandom. Needless to say, you can expect a few bits and bobs to find their way here in due time.
Fear Of The Fall: This one's a little iffy. I have tentatively begun a new chapter; whether it comes to fruition is a whole different question. I miss this old bag of shenanigans, though, and I'd like to resurrect it on my own terms. However, it was always a complete pain in the rear to write.
Draw: I've considered it. On one hand, I liked and still like the concept; on the other hand, I have other stuff to do. Of everything, I'm least likely to continue this, but I'm not conclusively ruling it out since it could be good practice.
New Stuff: New stuff I'd like to do might be more themed drabble collections (think Pink & Blue and Life Gives You Apples). There's also a somewhat big project coming down the pipeline, although that still has a few details to be worked out. I don't want to start too much new stuff, since the aim is to finish what I already have going to give people some closure at last.
So, that's what I'm planning over the coming weeks/months/years. Of course, it isn't a conclusive list, since I very rarely conclusively plan, but good enough to be getting on with for the moment.
25w, 3dI'm back12 comments · 128 views
Kindly get hype.
76w, 3dThe TVH1 Drinking Game5 comments · 160 views
While reading any of my writing,
- Take a sip every time there's a spelling or grammar error
- Take a sip every time the story is in present tense for no apparent reason.
- Take a sip every time I self-parody or self-depreciate either in the story or the comments for that chapter.
- Take a drink every time I randomly segue into overly detailed descriptions of mundane things that nobody cares about.
- Take a drink every time I start a chapter with an overly detailed description of a mundane thing and then use that to segue into the actual story.
- Take a sip every time the word 'breakfast' is mentioned.
- Take a drink every time there is a breakfast scene.
- Take two drinks every time the breakfast scene takes up more than half a chapter.
- Take three if the chapter is literally just about breakfast.
- Take a drink every time a character is mentioned as having a hobby they don't have in canon.
- Take a drink every time I get distracted and start talking about whether a character prefers tea, coffee, cocoa or hot chocolate.
- Take a sip every time I respond to a comment and it includes the words, "Glad that you [enjoyed/liked/etc.] it".
- Take a sip every time I forget to pony-fy my words (feet instead of hooves, somebody instead of somepony, etc.)
- Take n drinks where n is the number of days more than a month that I haven't updated Fear in.
- Don't die from alcohol or water poisoning.
Oh, and you already need to take four sips at the very least -- this blog is a self-parody, and the word breakfast was mentioned three times after the initial statement of the rule. Have fun!
77w, 2dYet another new story4 comments · 104 views
Yup, it happened again. I've been flitting between stories recently, and ended up not making progress on most of them for a while. In the end, I started a new one, since I felt it was about time. It's a sequel to Music, picking up roughly where the first left off. My current plan is for it to have Vinyl as more of a viewpoint character, in contrast to the first where most of the narration was tailored to Octavia. I don't have too much to say about it other than that I'm glad to be back to using them. (I'm doing this as a prelude to the post-series thing which I've been promising for literally forever; I felt disconnected to the characters a little, and wanted to explore things a bit more, so I'm doing this.) No 100 words more thing, and no chapter titles from existing music stuff this time.
In other news: I will probably be taking a short break from Fear, because last chapter made me lose the will to live.
79w, 5dWhy Fear takes ages: a Primer6 comments · 115 views
I updated Fear a few days ago, and I let it sit for a little bit so the people who read it would have chance to do so. Now, I usually do a blog post accompanying chapter updates for Fear, but I didn't do it straight away this time. And the reason for this is, believe it or not, the same reason I update so slowly on the main story. Here it is:
Fear is bloody exhausting.
Now before you're all 'boo hoo cry me a river', I'd like to point out that I enjoy writing Fear, for the most part. In terms of reading, yeah, it's just a silly little shipfic where colourful ponies get in kerfuffles. For me, in terms of writing it? It's an exploration. It's a story that's constantly seeking to define itself. Part of me honestly believes that it's a legitimate trollfic, because it has all the fixtures, fittings and plot of a shipfic but has contained approximately 1% shipping and 99% let's crack jokes all over the narration and generally frustrate the commenters. Another part of me is trying to figure out to just what extremes I can take it -- I mean, I've already done time travel which is pretty much the biggest plot BS I can think of, and there was no general outcry of 'you, sir, are a cad and a cop-out'. I actually, for all intents and purposes, got away with it. Where do I even go from there? What possible levels of shenanigans could exceed it? The question is strange and exciting to me. I also love the audience interaction. One of the most common things said about Fear (apart from 'what the hell is going on') is that it manages to be unpredictable, and I really like that it achieves that.
However, there is no denying that, in comparison to my other stories, Fear is very effort intensive to write. To put things in perspective: I try and get a chapter of Fear out roughly once every month. That's not very impressive, but here's the thing: it legitimately takes that month, a month of solidly focusing on the task at hand, to get that chapter out. And even then, I'm not always happy with it. This morning, I started a new chapter of Limits (chapter four, for those of you not keeping up) and comfortably did 1500 words, no problem, all of which I'm perfectly satisfied with. Given chapter lengths, that's a turnaround of about two days of work compared to Fear's thirty. Music was largely the same. I don't know why that is -- maybe I just take longer to write comedy. Maybe the jokes just need a few days or weeks to form in my head before I put them down on digital paper. But for that month, I work, and at the end of that month, I tend to be pretty sick and tired of working on it because it never comes easy, so I take a break for a week or two, and then I fall behind. That's how the cycle goes.
So, yeah. That's the reason Fear takes a while. Up until now my excuse has basically been "I'm lazy, lol", but eh. Don't get me wrong, my sloth truly knows no bounds, but there is a legitimate reason. Also, this blog post signifies that I am still alive, so that's good too. I've already written a tiny, tiny bit of the next chapter of Fear (since I don't have to worry about the stupid party arc or arranging the plot too hard) so yeah. Also, I notice that I've gotten a few fic recs recently; I won't say from whom, since I feel that's almost... against the rules, somehow? (It's weird. It's also the reason I don't add my stuff to groups -- it feels weird to shill my own work.) However, the people who did doubtlessly know who they are, and I'd like to thank them for that. I'm pleased that my stories are, on rare occasions, good enough to bear recommendation.