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I tipped back and forth in the rocking chair—not enough to make the elderly wood squeal, but just enough to set my mind in motion. The firelight danced across the streaks of my glasses, blinding me over and over. Having had enough of the monotony, I slammed my foot on the floor to stop the chair's motion.
"Have you finally decided?" came Rarity's voice from across the glass coffee table.
Slowly, I rose to my feet. The sleeve of my housecoat fell away from my forearm as I lifted my hand and took a puff of the corncob pipe. Bubbles floated from its wide end, bursting as they lifted to the dark ceiling. "I just can't," I said. I shook my head and gave her a thousand-yard stare. "What do you think?"
Rarity snuggled deeper into the cushions of the chaise lounge. Every inch of her slender, white frame flickered in tandem with the smouldering fireplace. She watched the fire with one eye, the other one hidden behind her mane's dark curl. She absently ran her hoof along the sofa's gold trim and turned to look at me. "I've told you already, my opinion is irrelevant. What are you in the mood for, darling?"
I blinked at her, then turned and strode to one of the dark ends of the room. My feet felt exceptionally warm as I dragged my socks along the plush carpet, and somehow that unnerved me. When I reached my writing desk, I could still feel Rarity's saccharine stare boring into me. I did my best to ignore it and looked at the first manuscript before me.
Riddle of the Sphinx [Tentative Title]
Description: In their search for something to defeat Discord, Celestia and Luna stumble across a strange ruin and an even stranger creature. (Set 1,000 years in the past, before the first defeat of Discord)
I smiled at it and put my pipe back to my lips. The wood was tasteless. I moved my eyes to the next manuscript.
Resolutions [Tentative Title]
Tags: Slice of Life
Sequel to: The Firework Lotus
Description: Fluttershy wakes from a nightmare just hours after her performance at the Firework Lotus Celebration. Despite the praise from her friends, Fluttershy can't help but feel a little guilty at the eccentric, sinister nature of her dance. She had hoped it would be another good step in overcoming her shyness, but when she remembers the sound of those foals crying in the audience, she wonders whether she pushed the envelope too far.
"I'm particularly intrigued by that one," Rarity said. I turned to see her at my side, her head resting on my elbow. I blinked at her and turned to the next set of pages.
A Sunset to Remember
Tags: Slice of Life
Description: Sunset Shimmer cutie mark story, featuring Fleur de Lis, Shining Armor, Princess Celestia, and Philomena.
Rarity's eyebrow rose. "A tad blunt on the description there, hm?"
I shrugged. "I'll write a better one once I'm done the story. It's what the story's about, at least." Two more manuscripts lay at the end of the table—one of them my oldest, the other my newest. I glanced at the oldest one first.
To Weep for Family, Chapter 3
"I miss that one," I said. Rarity pressed a bit tighter against my side, and I suddenly felt very grateful for the companionship. Finally, my eyes fell on the latest manuscript, still wet with fresh ink.
Tags: Slice of Life, most likely
Sequel to: Her Scarf Fluttered in the Absence of Wind
Description: More of Cadance and the Flightless Fury.
"You hardly have anything there, darling."
"I know," I said, sighing. "It's all still in my head. I know it's good, though."
Rarity blinked. "This is a rather difficult decision."
"If only I had two hundred or so people telling me which one they wanted to see next," I mused. A warm silence passed, and both Rarity and I turned to look into empty space. Together we stared at the room's fourth wall, as if expecting it to respond.
The term "waifu" may have come to mind for some of you there, but rest assured that Rarity is my muse. Nothing more.
Anyway, I didn't really have anything exceptional planned for when I hit 200 followers, so this is the best I could manage. If any of those story descriptions above appeal to you, please let me know in the comments! I'll do my best to make sure the one which garners the most interest is the one I finish and publish next.
Thank you all so much for 200 followers! You're all far too kind.
Keep on keeping on,
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Ever since the end of Season 4, I've had a lot of different story ideas. Many of them have been dropped because they simply weren't any good, quite a number of them are constantly bouncing between the walls of my skull as I try to figure 'em out, and a select few have enraptured me to the point of being fully realized and published.
And then there's this one…
This idea is the one that's been driving me crazy. It's like looking at a really cool painting and thinking, Damn, that's an awesome painting, but it would look stupid and ugly and out of place in my house. But you can't just pass up the painting, because then some other schmuck with less insight than you will scoop it up and put it in his house where it will still look stupid and ugly and out of place, but they just won't care. What a waste! So what can you do with something like that?
The first thing that jumps to mind is to give it to a friend. A friend who you know will treat it right and make it a shining gem.
But instead I'm going to do the equivalent of buying the painting and putting it on the curb with a sign reading "Take it or Leave it." It doesn't really solve the problem at all, but it at least gets it out of my hands.
If I lost you, that was a really roundabout way of saying that I don't think I can execute this story idea to its fullest extent, but I think someone else could, so I'm gonna put it up here in the hopes that one of y'all will run with it and do something cool. Cool? Cool. So here it is:
Working title: Power Lust
Suggested tags: Comedy, Romance
Suggested rating: I was gonna do "Everyone" because that's how I roll, but I see a lot more potential if you up it to "Teen," and maybe add the "Sex" tag, too. Careful with that, though.
Basic plot: When the princesses were released from Tartarus and had their magic restored in the wake of the Tirek incident, Princess Cadance accidentally got more alicorn magic than the others. This results in her losing control of her power, and, at random intervals, her magic will flare on its own. When this happens, any nearby pony will magically be forced to fall in love with a random other nearby pony, and vice versa. Cadance freaks out about this and has to travel to Ponyville and Canterlot seeking the help of the other princesses. Shenanigans ensue.
Fun, random details I was trying to incorporate:
- Cadance finds out about the problem when she accidentally makes Shining Armor and Flash Sentry fall in love.
- The only way to break the spell is for the two ponies affected to kiss.
- If there's only one pony in the vicinity, they'll fall for Cadance. Cadance herself is unaffected, though.
- If the two ponies the spell affects are already in love, nothing of consequence happens.
- Do something fun with Spike and Rarity. Spike wouldn't be affected because he already likes Rarity, but Rarity would be affected.
- AppleDash, because why not.
- Fluttershy could fall in love with an animal instead of a pony.
- Twilight falls for Cadance.
- Celestia and Luna fall for each other.
- Use Discord somehow. Maybe he's immune to the spell, but others can still fall in love with him in a similar vein to how the spell affects Cadance.
- Cute Mark Crusaders love triangle?
That last part with all the notes is literally copy-pasted from a document I was keeping story notes in, so forgive the stream-of-consciousness vibe it has.
At any rate, I think the story has a fair amount of potential if executed in the right way, but I don't think I have the chops for it. Anyone familiar with my body of work can probably see that it doesn't mesh with my usual style—to be honest, I'm surprised the idea came to me at all. But anyone who's good at comedies, or anyone who loves over-the-top antics that have the potential to go completely off the wall, might fare better with this idea.
Or maybe it's just a stupid idea and I should be ashamed of it for ever and ever. I dunno. You be the judge of that one. For now, I hope one of y'all can glean some inspiration from this, or at the very least I hope you enjoyed a brief foray into my head.
Keep on keeping on,
11w, 6dPinkie Pie Reads "Don't Feel"2 comments · 128 views
It's recently come to my attention through hystericaldominolego's comment on Don't Feel that a reading of the story has made its way onto YouTube! I listened to it all, and I quite enjoyed it. So if audiobooks are your kind of thing, feel free to check it out:
I'm not quite sure how to credit the guy since the only name I've been able to find for him is his YouTube pseudonym: Pinkie Pie. But it does kinda make me giggle to be able to say, "Pinkie Pie did a reading of my story!" so I guess we'll go with that for now. He does a lot of readings, so go have a look at Pinkie Pie's channel if you're interested!
That's all for the time being.
Keep on keeping on,