Ever since the disastrous show in Ponyville, Trixie has found she has few job offers and even fewer friends. Swallowing her pride, she's forced to take the only job she can find as a field hand on Humble Pie's rock farm. Unfortunately for her, Pinkie's father is... odd. Very odd.
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So the new story is coming right along. It's about a third of the way through an editing pass, and so far only one or two major things have come up. I have gotten from just about everyone that it's pretty dark, though, and that's disheartening. The Dark tag is the kiss of death, in my opinion, but I don't want to lie to readers. If it's dark, then it is. I'll just have to live with that lower view rate.
This is the hardest time for me as an author. I love writing. I love publishing. I really, really hate editing. You take this thing that you think is really great and give it to other people, who then tell you why it's not so great. I find it to be demoralizing. And then I get angry at myself for being childish, but it's a process. I get feedback, then I enter into a small depression for a couple of days. After that, I'll use the feedback to hopefully make the story better. It's always helped in the past. My stories have always come out better and stronger, yet I sit here and feel down about the whole thing for a few days. That drives me up the wall. I hope to one day be past that.
I got the art back for the story, and I'm fairly pleased with it. The artist screwed a few minor details up, but it's still pretty nice.
Also, I'm not sure why I'm a sucker for stories with ridiculous sounding premises, but I am in the worst sense of that word. I always look at these stories and think, "Wow, that sounds shallow/unworkable/like a terrible idea. There's no way an author would do that unless he or she had some way to really make that work in a way that's fresh and original." It never is.
Not true! Skywriter's Shipping Sickness is a great example of a stupid premise that was awesomely done, but it's the rare exception, it seems. This is probably news to no one but me.
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Gah! So much to do! I have too many stories to write!
I've just finished one, and I'm staring down the barrel of at least ten more. I don't know where they all came from. Luckily, I'm feeling pretty energized. I really like how my new story came out, and that will probably evaporate once my editor gets back to me with a thousand items, but for now, I'm feelin' fine. I'm already thinking about a sequel to that story, but we'll see how it's received first. I love it, so it'll probably fall flat on its face.
I'm still struggling to find art, but I sent out some new requests that I've got high hopes for. The story won't be ready for public consumption for probably another month or so anyway, so I've got some time.
But the next order of business is definitely going to be updating Cheerilee's Thousand and Taking a Job for Granite. I've sat on that stuff for too long while I worked on this new Big Mac story and First Steps. Then we will see about some collabs people have been asking for.
And speaking of collabs, The Album 2 is seriously lagging. My Pinkie Pie chapter will never be seen! This is where I'd put the bawling Rarity emoticon, but we don't have it in the blogs, I guess.
And how about this snazzy update? I'm liking it overall, though I'm still struggling to understand some of the choices. I can't see the lifetime performance of my story anymore? Just a monthly breakdown? Uh, okay...
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Ah, that 'Just finished a story' afterglow. There's nothing quite like it.
So I've finished my story about Big Mac being a boxer, and boy did it go off in a direction I didn't anticipate at the beginning. I'm pretty pleased with it, though. I had a good time writing it. For the next few days, I'll probably be doing some editing, but does anyone want to pre-read it? I'm always interested in hearing opinions on how a story is coming together.
Now if I could just get the art settled. WHY IS IT SO DAMN HARD TO GET ARTISTS TO RESPOND?! I've never understood this about artists. I tried for several years to get comic books together, and I'd meet with these artist who were totally on board. Then they'd suddenly disappear. Six months later I get an email apologizing and telling me that they'd still like to work on the thing if it's still available. Then they disappear again. It's so frustrating. I'm trying to give them money to do the thing they like to do! Why is this such a complicated arrangement?
Sigh. Well, I'm going to contact another artist tomorrow, probably.
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So a little over two years ago, I was in the full-on throes of brony madness. My wife and I watched the show constantly, and I could never get enough pony. The characters ran through my mind all the time, and I needed something to do with them. It was in this time that I had this strong mental image of the girls on a door, sliding down a snowy mountain, and then looking disgruntled as they stood on it while traveling down a river.
This was how A Door Jam was born, though I didn't use any of the scenes I'd originally thought of. The 'door down the mountain' thing did end up as a chapter of Cheerilee's Thousand, though.
I'd never written anything really, but I loved these characters, and I wanted more. The idea of them with this door for some reason just kept coming back to me. So I spent a quite a few hours writing it up, and you know what? By the end, I was really liking it. I was proud of my little story, and even more proud when I uploaded it here and it made quite a little splash for someone that no one had ever heard of.
Obviously, I was a savant, and the masses needed more. A Door Jam was EQD bound.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the community hub. My story got rejected. It was a really interesting wake up call to get that response saying, "Uh, nice little story, but you could learn a lot about story-telling, not to mention grammar." I mean, they didn't say it like that, but that was the thrust of it.
One strike for me, and I'm afraid I'll have to admit that I was pissed off. I mean, just look at the response my story had received! It was great. Nuts to those guys! I'd spiff up my story and resubmit. No way were they going to defeat me! It became my number one goal to have that story on EQD.
Strike two, and I started sweating. Maybe I wasn't quite the savant I thought I was. Plus, I'd released Out of Fashion to almost no response. Yikes. So I really started boning up at that point. I started reading grammar textbooks and asking for help. I backburnered A Door Jam so that I could work on my skills.
Fast forward about a year, and I'd had something like three stories on EQD. I was really getting this writing thing, and I thought it might be about time to accomplish my number one goal. I went back to the drawing board and completely re-wrote A Door Jam, taking it from six thousand words to ten thousand, adding description, eliminating telling, revamping dialogue. It got a massive tune-up, and I loved the hell out of it.
And no third strike! It wasn't accepted, but it was sent back without a strike with a note to fix five things and it would be ship-shape. I was over the moon! I corrected those errors and resubmitted.
Third strike. The reviewer basically hated the story and pointed out several errors no one else had caught. Now my story was done and I'd never achieve my number one goal.
I was super mad. I can't even express how angry I was about this. I was pissed off at that review, but I was even more angry at myself. I'd wasted two strikes when I was very inexperienced, and I hadn't caught these typos before I'd sent it back for the all-important third chance. I'd failed, and I had a large portion of that to deal with. Not all of it. I still feel like I was screwed somewhat in that exchange, but there's no denying that it was my job to make sure the story was square before I sent it in, and I didn't do that.
So I swallowed it, vowing to use that angry and sadness as a tool for motivation and learning. It was still a pretty good story, even if EQD didn't accept it, and I'd learned a lot writing it. I closed the book on it and wrote about Trixie and Discord.
Then, one fine day, everything changed.
EQD decided to get rid of the strikes. Stories could be resubmitted until they passes, and all permanently rejected stories were given new life. I could still achieve my dream, and I got back to work.
This was actually a good thing. I got a response back full of "Hey, here are a bunch of typos, oh, and you might want to think about these particular problems. They are systemic in your writing." This was great for me. I got to view the story in a whole new light, and thus, all of my stories. This is why I like working with a multitude of different editors. I learn a little something new from each one. This time, it was about my overuse of participle phrases and my tendency to shift needlessly into multiple character perspectives to the detriment of the story.
So I got to work again, and that's what I've been doing for the past few weeks. Going over A Door Jam over and over and over.
I sent it back in yesterday. Today, it was accepted.
I can't properly express how delighted I am. I mean, you can probably see by the length of this post what it means to me, but I thought I'd never have a chance at getting my story up there, and somehow it happened, and it happened because I worked incredibly hard at it. I happened because I had a lot of help from a lot of really great people, and if you are reading this, chances are you were part of that learning process in some way. I've had a tremendous amount of support from all of you, and I'd like to personally thank everything who has taken the time to help me learn or to give me feedback. It's the most valuable thing we have on this site.
EQD is not the place it once was. My stories there rarely get thousands of views the way they once did. A Door Jam probably won't really benefit all that much from being there. But, to me, it means the world. It means that I fought and fought and fought, and at the end, I actually won. At the end of the day, the boulder reached the top of the mountain, and I can finally rest if I so choose.
I'm not sure where this leaves me as an author here. I have no plans for quitting, but I don't really have that many goals left. I've always been a goal-oriented person, and it's hard for me to just write for the joy of it. I really do like it, but I'm generally doing it because I want to achieve something. Maybe it's time to really re-evaluate that stance and learn to just create for the fun of creation. Is that a new goal? Probably.