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  • E The Birds and the Bees

    The CMC ask how foals are made. Results are suboptimal.
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  • T Switchaloo

    Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo swap bodies. What could possibly go wrong?
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  • E Favorite Pupil - Brightest Star

    When a villain succeeds and all hope seems lost, Twilight Sparkle proves her worth.
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  • E Wrong Address, Bright Eyes

    Some packages are sent to the wrong addresses. What's the worst that could happen?
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  • T The Power of Popularity

    A unicorn's magic is a mysterious thing.
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  • E Dash's Date with Destiny

    Written for January /fic/ write off. Prompt - One-Way Ticket.
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  • T The Whole Tooth

    Lose tooth, receive money. It's so easy! Isn't it?
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  • E Friendship Camp

    Equestria stands ready to defend itself with the help of specially trained squads of ponies. Ponies who receive lessons on Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Generosity, Loyalty, and Magic. Ponies who learn... to be friends.
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Blog Posts42

  • 27w, 4d
    Hello there!

    Not too long after this post goes up (more than a few hours, but less than a few days) there's likely to be some extra traffic to my page.  Hello, people who otherwise might not have come here!  I figured an influx of people is as good a time/excuse as any to update this thing, like I really should be doing more frequently than I am.

    The state of my works today in the most honest terms I can give it - including when I would like (but can by no means promise) each thing to update and/or finish - is as follows:

    1) TBaG still only has about 7k words put down (out of a planned > 100k), despite having been "in the works" for literally years now.  The outline gives broad strokes about the three-or-so most important things that need to happen in each chapter for the entirety of the story, so it's not a matter of not knowing where to go.  It's... a messed up kind of perfectionism, I guess.  I don't feel like much of anything I've done is good by the standards I seem to think of as objective, and I wanted this story to be the one to break that.  I wanted to make something not just good, but great.  I have actually, truly lost count of the number of drafts of the first chapter I've gone through.  The second chapter has had only a dozen or so, but mostly because I keep turning back to the first one.  I'm never, ever going to hit my original quality goals, though, so the sooner I can let myself call a "suboptimal" chapter finished the sooner we can all get going.  We'll get there someday.  I hope I can get this moving by early/mid July.  Finishing it... we'll worry later.

    2) Friendship Camp, like TBaG, has a handful of super-important events outlined for each chapter.  The third chapter is at... ~250 words (out of a planned 3-5k, with a planned REDACTED chapters to follow that).  It's relatively high up there in terms of writing priority (which roughly follows the order things are listed in here), but there are other things in my life that need attention before writing gets my time.  I hope I can get you folks the third chapter this month, and a finish by the beginning of July.

    3) A Ball in the Hoof is Worth... Nothing You Idiot (Working Title) is at ~1k words (out of a planned ~4-8k), with a very very vague outline.  What is it?  Well, we'll leave specifics for when it's up, but it's a fun little one shot where Rainbow Dash gets frustrated at just how bad most of her friends are at sports.  This, we might be seeing sometime in May.

    4) Tooth 2 - Tooth Harder (Working Title) is at ~1k words (out of a planned ??? words) with some ideas and fluff and no real outline to speak of.  It's a sequel to The Whole Tooth.  How ridiculous do you think it is?  It is five times as ridiculous as that.  This will probably wind up being pounded out in a single night when I find myself unable to work on other things.  Let's say... the next four weeks?

    5) NO TITLE (Working not-yet-title) is at ~3k words (out of a planned 10-20k) with a wispy outline that fills out toward the end.  It follows the daughter of Apple Bloom and the son of Sweetie Belle finding weird junk going on in Ponyville.  Definitely a darker tint to this one.  I HOPE to finish it around the end of this month, but we'll see.  There's a lot to be done.

    6) Orphan (really-really early working title) is at 0 words and has no outline.  It is ideas I like too much to let go, so I keep them in a pile that I will sort into an outline at some point.  It is not about the standard things you'd expect from this title.  It is instead a sadder take on the standard things you can expect from me when I decide to mess with causality/the universe/time.

    7) Rainbow Dash Dating Game (really early working title) is at 0 words and has a vague outline.  It is a dumb idea that I like anyway, but that won't be happening soon.

    8-13) Non-pony words I will link to IF AND ONLY IF they are finished and "published" in the right place (which is not under my direct control).

    14) It's not even words.  What is it?  Who knows!  Unlikely to ever be seen around these parts, for one.

    15) That Mystery I've Wanted to do Since MMMystery on the Friendship Express but Haven't Gotten Around to Starting (working title) is at 0 words with less of an outline and more of a pile of clues and red herrings I want to use.

    So there you go.  Those are the things I'm trying to make, in roughly the order that they currently matter to me, along with the timeline of when things will move that I'd like to pretend we'll see happen.  It's not likely that timeline will be accurate.

    And just for those wondering, no, I'm probably not deleting that thing.  It is a source of too much amusement.

    Oh yeah.  One last thing.  This person right here translated this thing right here into French and that's pretty neat.

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  • 47w, 1d
    Out of the cave, and then right back in

    So... remember this?  No?  That's alright.  I almost didn't either until the second chapter fell on me.  You can have it, if you want.

    ALSO - still marching toward getting some stuff out this year.  Three different things in the works, one should make it, another could and would be nice, all three seems unlikely.  But that's not what this post is for.  It's for that thing up there.

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  • 62w, 4d
    Wait, two MONTHS?

    I have nothing of particular importance to report to you all...

    that can be given any kind of date.

    However, if you're still interested in abstract hope for the future, I have a few bits to toss into your face.  One is that I'm not dead and haven't quit the fandom or whatever.  I just disappeared again, like I tend to do from time to time.  I'm a busy fellow, sometimes fulfilling social obligations, sometimes working super duper hard for five or six twelve+ hour days (and without even getting any overtime!), and sometimes playing a buttload of video games because that's been one of my primary hobbies since the age of five.  The last week or so was catching up on games (I'm pretty sure most people own fewer games total than I own that I haven't even played once).  Today was working (deadlines!).  Tomorrow is social obligations (no, mother, there's no need for you to see any part of my apartment but the living room I assure you it is all spotless please turn around and don't open those doors please let me just show you around town or something instead NO DON'T LOOK IN THE KITCHEN).  Such is life.

    BUT!  But but but!

    A while back, I made some important decisions regarding that one project of mine that STILL hasn't surfaced.  I know what I want to do with it now, I've come to terms with certain realities, and I can promise you 1000% that the only delays on it from here on out will be in getting it written down.  There are no more barriers but my own time management.  I have a super solid draft of the first chapter, a decent-ish draft of the second, a nifty outline, a gigantic bucket of little ideas to sprinkle around, and even pretty much the most perfect ending ever all planned out.

    IN ADDITION!  That other, more recent thing that was pretty interesting?  That's got some good stuff brewing as well.  I plan on delivering the remainder of that story before years' end, and getting the ball rolling on the big one in a meaningful way before that (a buffer so that you needn't suffer droughts!).  We'll see how well I can actually stick to a schedule of even that much vaguery, but hey, it's good to set goals.

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  • 70w, 6d
    You like these monthly nothings?

    I feel... weird.  I was never exactly a permanent fixture around here, swinging in and out as I found the time to be a part of the community, but I always came back.

    It just hit me how long I've been on the outside.  I've missed quite a lot of developments, and I'm stumbling around questioning who I am in relation to this whole fiction thing.  What am I trying to do?  What am I actually getting done?  What have I written in the last 24 hours?  The last week?  The last month?

    Why am I here?

    It's practically an existential crisis, it is.  I don't know how to put what I'm feeling into words (a sentiment I express far too often for a writer) and I don't know the answers to the questions, or even if they're the right questions.

    I suspect what's happening is that I keep pushing other projects off because I "should" be working on the one I really want to succeed, but that I can rarely (if ever) muster up the will to touch.  That first chapter has been through so, so, so many drafts... I'm not sure it'll ever be finished.  I've been sitting on the first chapter of a different thing for two or three weeks now, you know.  I tell myself that I have a decent enough outline in my head and it's not that long and so I should just wait until it's finished instead of tormenting folks with a slow chapter drip.

    I was having tons of fun writing the first chapter, and then I just... stopped.  I don't know why I did.  I don't know exactly why I'm venting in the blog, other than that you guys deserve some sort of acknowledgement that I haven't forgotten you.

    Or have I?

    Maybe this is me paying my debt to the universe and releasing all the overwrought angst that was supposed to show up when I was a teenager.  Delayed psychological puberty.  I dunno.

    Maybe I'm falling out of the loop because Steam is installed on a different computer now that isn't always on and I'm not always checking, and that was my tie to my pony friends.  Maybe I'm avoiding popping up in pony places and not realizing it.

    All I know for sure is that if I want to be a part of this thing, I need to get back on that saddle, and the most important part of it is to write more.  I'm going to submit the thing I've been sitting on.  It's just the one chapter, and it hasn't been edited to hell and back, and it's pretty terrible, but it's something.

    Then, once it's up here, I'm going to give myself a deadline.  I've done that before, I know, but this time it's more important.  It'll be like a time bomb strapped to the saddle.  I HAVE to stay on the horse, or lose it forever.

    If I don't submit a second chapter for the thing I'm about to submit the first chapter of before the fourth of July, I'm freezing (not deleting) this account and dropping out of writing until such time as I can make it important enough in my life to actually happen, because clearly if I can't make the time to write a few measly thousand words in just under a month, I'm not trying hard enough.  If I pass, I'll set up another deadline for the third chapter, one that's not longer and perhaps shorter, and so on for the fourth and the fifth...

    I'm hitting submit now, then showering, checking some emails, and going to work.  I might be going out with a few friends after work (there I go doing other things again) and might not be back here until pretty late, but I'll blerg again when the night is done and see how a day of thinking about this has made me feel.

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  • 74w, 6d
    Another month, another cup of shattered dreams and/or excuses for my inactivity

    Or something less wangsty, because things are good.  They're just busy and full of many fewer words than I'd like.  I'm only even doing a blogamajig to remind folks that I still exist and am not dead.

    In good news, though, as of today I'm actively working on something at a pace greater than two or even three snails.  It's certainly different, but whether it's good or bad it's something, and producing a story is better than not producing a story.

    I'm far enough along (and not polishing to hell and back for infinite delay points) that I COULD guarantee you something by the end of the week, but I'm not sure I want to.  I think this thing would work better if posted all at once.  We'll see where I am at the end of the week and where I think I'll be at the end of the month and go from there.

    Would you like a stupidly vague idea of what it's about?  Too bad, you get one anyway.

    Six ponies (who are not the mane six) are sharing a cabin, and something bad happened a few years ago.

    I'm actually feeling motivated and "into it" and such, so yay.  With any luck, after this wears off and everyone (rightfully) downvotes the result, I'll still have enough chutzpah left to strap on my spelunking gear and go back into the pile of things I started/am ostensibly writing and pull a shambling corpse up to the surface.

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Rainbow Dash seems to be losing her mind, forgetting entire encounters and continually saying things that don't make any sense.  Scootaloo gets to see Dash twice as much as she'd ever expected.  Twilight Sparkle slips into full on-hermit mode.  Applejack just wants answers... and to be with Rainbow Dash.

There's a double rainbow.  What does it mean?  It's so bright, so vivid....

First Published
13th Sep 2011
Last Modified
31st Oct 2011
#1 · 162w, 8h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

I like.

#2 · 162w, 2h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

I so called it from the crash landing. Maybe I just watch too much Doctor Who. Whatever, BRING IT ON! :rainbowdetermined2:

#3 · 161w, 6d ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

Time Shenanigans. My one weakness.

Just remember, keep the loops stable. Otherwise dead Dashes start piling up. Dead Dashes are the enemy.

#4 · 161w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

YAY APPLEDASH! Wait, so Rainbow would have never confessed if she hadn't have known AJ felt the same way, which she never would have known had she never confessed...got to love time travel.

#5 · 161w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

I am suddenly reminded of both Doctor Who and Homestuck.

Time Travel Shenanigans!

#6 · 161w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

Chapter length is fine. The longer chapter stories also take longer to come out.

#7 · 161w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

It's got more of a "Back to the Future" vibe going for it.. and maybe that Pandorica episode of the Doctor where he went nuts with Jack's wrist timepiece.  Celestia help us if Pinkie ever got her hooves on that...:pinkiehappy:

#8 · 161w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

This is getting to be almost as bad as Primer!

#9 · 161w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 6 ·

Poor Applejack :applecry:

#10 · 161w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 6 ·

....this is why i hate time travel i have no idea what the hell is going on! lol good story

#11 · 161w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 7 ·

Dash, you have to go back to the future!

#12 · 161w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

So, does Ponyville have its own version of the Untempered Schism? Because, at this point, I think that's the only valid explanation for all these time paradoxes/shenanigans.

#13 · 161w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

:ajbemused: I need Twilight's charts.

#14 · 161w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

>>5263

Maybe after the story is finished.  Wouldn't want to spoil anything.

#15 · 161w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

Oh god.  My body is ready, but I don't think my mind is.

#16 · 161w, 11h ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

Celestia help us all

#17 · 161w, 10h ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

and that, children, is why time travel will be outlawed less than a second after the first successful demonstration.

also, I hope we will have some Time Travel Tense Trouble soon ("we will meet five minutes ago" "actually, no. we already have been met in ten minutes").

finaly, I agree with >>5406 . Sun and Moon help us all indeed.

#18 · 161w, 9h ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

I just... yeah, I've completely given up any hope of following all the loops. Please do provide charts at some point.

#19 · 160w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

Where's the Doctor when ya need him?

Given the way this is going, I'm pretty sure he'd be the only one able to figure out this temporal causality/casualty loop/paradox/whatever... since we've got at least three of half the mane cast, plus another dozen Dashes, then Scoot's come back as well... this thing is a completely paradoxical quantum mess.

#20 · 160w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

Good god my brain.

How you managed to keep track of all this in order to write boggles the mind.

#21 · 160w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

:applejackconfused: ow, my brain

#22 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

SO many Ponies!

:twilightoops::twilightblush::twilightsmile::rainbowkiss::rainbowwild::rainbowlaugh::rainbowderp::ajsmug::applejackconfused::applejackunsure:

I don't understand all the loops and which Dash is going back  half the time but I like it still, it's somehow making a strange amount of sense

#23 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

Ooh my BRAIN.

I wish there were more like this. I think it'd be good for my brain to stretch it every once in a while. It would SUCK to be out of shape brain-wise.

#24 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

The Autor is evil and keeps the notes to him/herself and will propably only post them at the end. I love how confusing Time Travel can be.

#25 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

:rainbowhuh: Wow, suddenly, "Primer" is a lot less confusing...  But that was awesome!  I can't wait to read the rest.

#26 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

good lord above this is brilliant! you were not fuckin with us when you said convoluted story was ahead! how did you keep track of all this in your head? I can barely keep track of it! Oh man, I just can NOT wait for the next chapter. and the bit where three of each of them were all standing around the chalk board? AJ snuck off with AJ into a corner? all the twi's freak... oh heavens I just can't stop smiling!

I applaud your obvious skill, because this is a truly impressive story to even attempt, let alone actually be pulling off to such an amazing extent. seriously. I wish i had a medal for you.

keep up the great work, as I eagerly await more

#27 · 160w, 4d ago · 1 · · Chapter 3 ·

Ugh, Timey Wimey.

#28 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

My brain... what have you done to my brain...

This is far more intriguing than a convoluted mess of a timeline reasonable ought to be... of course there is always that simple solution in the background. Twilight... have you thought about simply not f*ing inventing time travel? Hunh?! (course... where would the fun in that be...)

#29 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

Wait if Rainbow Dash is over there and that's Rainbow Dash over there who am I? Who's making this post?

#30 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

Oh, Celestia DAMNIT, Scootaloo.

#31 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

I am on Chapter 10. I have no idea what is going on or where this is going. I am a damned man if I can concoct an explanation for why Scoots is now time-traveling too. That scene with the three Twi's is giving me a headache. How could all the Rainbow Dashes have timelines that flow continuously? I am afraid that there is no explanation, but I bet the author's notes explain it pretty well if they actually exist.

This comment is coming from somepony who understands the plot of Inception, and can explain it to other people.

Scratch that.

This comment is coming from somepony who understands the plot of Donny Darko and is able to explain it to other people.

No, scratch that too.

This comment is coming from somepony who understands the plot of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and is able to explain it to other people. Not only that, but synchronize it with all the movies and the mangas that I have read of it.

Dear god, what have you done?! I am so confused?!?

I'll admit, I think I know what that thing in the back of Twilight's mind is. She is approaching the revelation that if she doesn't invent time travel, she won't, and then everything will return to normal. Unless, it doesn't. In which case, I'm scared.

Can't wait for Chapter 11!

#32 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

Good gravy.... my brain just craped itself :facehoof:

#33 · 160w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

This is like the time travel of TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, but taken to stratosphere levels of complexity :rainbowderp:

Well, no. Exosphere level :derpyderp2:

Nah. Further than that. To the heliopause :derpytongue2:

Deneb's heliopause :applejackconfused:

#34 · 160w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

wut.

#35 · 160w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

Shit just got real.

#36 · 160w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

:twilightoops:

#37 · 160w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

>>5945

It's too late:  Not inventing time travel would mean she never gets the information that leads her to not invent time travel.

That's the problem with non-causal events and objects.  Once they show up you are committed to performing the actions required for them.

#38 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

>>6235 But what if her time traveling caused her to invent time travel in the first place. Depends on what sort of contortions the fabric of space time is willing and able to perform... maybe... I really don't know jack when it comes to this... so, alas, my brain shall remain so full of f***.

#39 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

Well... didn't see that one coming...

#40 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

The plot thickens... making it about an extra 5 feet over my head. This is getting confusing, but somehow makes a LOT of sense. I think...

Whatever, want more all the same...

#41 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

Wait, what? I'm confused on a number of levels now. So, there was a Rainbow Dash, and another Rainbow Dash, and a third one to make sure that... huh? There may or may not have been a fourth one. I think?:applejackconfused: <-- applejack is confused

#42 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 7 ·

I would type a witty comment, but right now my brain is dribbling out of my ears. So Dash, Dash and Dash watched Dash, I got that part figured out. But then one went into the future from the past, and talked of something that hadn't happened yet?

#43 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

Buh... You know, it would be easier if the first RBD was Rainbow Dash 1, the second was Rainbow Dash 2, so on and so forth.

#44 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

You sir, must be either a genius or a Time Lord (being a Time Lord pretty much makes you a genius anyway, I suppose).

#45 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

:applejackconfused::rainbowhuh:

#46 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>4542

Same here.

>>4567

I can't resist them either.

#47 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

Ch 11. she's closing up the loop by ending everyponys life :D YAAAY

#48 · 160w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

I love stories like this where anything inconsistent can be explained with "paradox.  Prove that it wasn't."  You can never fully make sense of them; you just have to accept them for what they are.  Then you can lean back and enjoy the show; it's always a good one.

#49 · 160w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 11 ·

>>6588

I assure you there are - and will be - no inconsistencies to be explained here.  The timeline is being lovingly scrambled in my personal kitchen, and no loose thread shall escape.  Full sense CAN be made once I give you all the scenes.

Try to put all the events in plain linear order (What, you thought I was giving you things in the order they happened?  Where's the fun in that?) and see if that helps!

#50 · 160w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Applesad:ajsleepy:

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