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22w, 3dOn the Bridges I've Burned8 comments · 195 views
So I'm back. You may have noticed that the last blog post I put up before BABSCon was back in October of 2012. I kind of fell out of the fandom around then, especially after Unicon the February after that. I never really stopped liking MLP and kept up with episodes and some other things, but I stopped keeping up with fanfic and resigned from EqD.
BABSCon kind of invigorated me. There were a couple of panels and a few super awesome fic authors (including the best party of the con, which mostly consisted of a bunch of authors discussing ponyfic) that made me really want to get back into the game as far as fic writing goes. I just posted a short one shot, On the Care and Construction of Bridges, and I'm going to try to make a habit of the whole writing and posting thing. Please don't be surprised if this fic isn't great; I'm super rusty and I didn't get an editor or anything.
Bridges started out as a very different fic. The seed of an idea for it started just after BABSCon, when I got a line from a song stuck in my head and it turned into the title "Let's not Fall in Love". Originally, the fic was going to focus much more closely on the lack of relationship between Applejack and Rarity, their trepidation over ruining the friendship they already had, and the power Rarity had over Applejack due how much more powerful Applejack's feelings were than Rarity's. It was going to explore how scary love can be, and how much power it can give others over you, and how scary it can be to have power over someone you really do care about. I've been on both sides of that sort of imbalance, and it always ends up painful. In the end, they were going to decide not to try a relationship.
This was something rather personal to me, because I had a relationship of my own in mind as a model for the relationship between Applejack and Rarity.
By the time the fic became Bridges, I'd changed the focus. The decision not to pursue love was already made, and I explored whether it was a good decision. I hope it doesn't seem like I came to any conclusion on that point, because I honestly don't know if Applejack's decision is right. I certainly don't know whether Rarity's decision is right, because I am not Rarity. I am more like Pinkie Pie. When I was in a similar situation, I chose the other path, because the power I had did not make me cautious, and I rushed into something that maybe I shouldn't have. Both good things and bad things came of that. I am not sure which there is more of.
I am very good at burning bridges. When a romantic relationship ends, I tend to cut off contact. Usually it's not a deliberate thing, I just never contact them. And they never contact me. And it makes things a bit less awkward, I suppose. I do similar things with old friends, and to be honest, I do similar things with some new friends too. I find it very easy to make new friends, so I don't put any effort into keeping the ones I have. When something ends a friendship, I let it stay ended. I guess this fic ended up being more about that than about relationships. I am very good at burning bridges, but bridges can be rebuilt. The Care and Construction of Bridges is about Rainbow Dash learning that lesson. Maybe I should follow her lead.
Also I'm half asleep typing this out so I hope it's halfway coherent.
25w, 3dGetting Back Into The Game7 comments · 97 views
So Babscon was awesome, though I managed to catch some sort of plague (or at least flu) that I'm just now recovering from. I managed to attend a couple of the fanfiction panels and an awesome fic author party. I feel like I've rekindled my passion for fanfic, and I've been spending some of the lucid time I've had while sick catching up on RCL features I hadn't read. After that, I might get around to reading all those fics I haven't read from authors I really love (Like Blueshift and CiG).
In the medium term, I think I'll get back into writing. Let's hope I haven't gotten too rusty, right?
The plan for the long term remains, as always, world domination.
26w, 6dGonna be at Babscon2 comments · 74 views
I'm super excited about it. Who else is gonna be there?
107w, 1dMusic Inspired by Tired10 comments · 301 views
An individual named Pi was apparently impressed enough by Tired that they created a short piano peice after reading it.
I appreciate everyone who reads and especially those who leave comments (thank you all, by the way, for those), but this is the first time (to my knowledge) that my fanfic has inspired this particular form of creativity, so I figured I'd give Pi a shout out on it and share it with all of you.
113w, 1dEverfree Northwest10 comments · 170 views
I hope I'm not the only one that can barely remember the start of a convention by the time it's over. Conventions for me are just so dense with activities and socialization and alcohol (Though less at this con than at anime cons I've been to). So yes, I'm currently exhausted from attending Everfree Nortwest.
I shared my room with the ever-awesome CupcakesNom, Bronycon staffer and founder of the Humble Brony Bundle, and a guy named Xiago who I hadn't ever interacted with but seems nice enough. It also turned into a minor hub of people because of its size. I managed to contain my squeals when John Joseco got his hands on the coloring book I'd picked up at Target and used eight colors of crayons to make a madly impressive recolor. I played Munchkin and Words Against Humanity with a few of the other EqD prereaders and drank homebrewed mead.
As for the con itself, it was rather awesome. There were a few headaches (as is expected from any first year con), but everything came together nicely despite the challenges of a split venue. I've been assured that Ponystock was awesome, though I'm not big into the music side of the fandom so I didn't spend much time there. I attended one of the writing panels and found it interesting. I should have gone to more, but I was too distracted wondering how many of the people in the room had written stories I'd rejected from EqD. There was a ton of other stuff to do, so I was far from bored. I was fortunate enough (and shelled out enough money for a sponsor's badge, so I had the opportunity) to be in the front row of the Mane Six Minus Two (Plus Two) panel, and that was beyond awesome. The VAs are hilarious. The Equestria Daily panel was fun, and I found it amusing that the blogponies brought cookies for everyone... but only bought fifty cookies. They were gone quite quickly. I got some buttons from the dealers' hall, including an awesome Pinkie Pie one that I managed to get signed by her VA.
On Sunday, Couch convinced a few of the prereaders and Sethisto to skip out on the con to go to a water park. That was fun, but the weather could have been better.
Overall, an awesome experience. I'm looking forward to more MLP conventions. Hopefully we get more on the west coast soon enough!