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I'm not going to say Galvanized is on the back burner. That's a lie. It's very much on the front burner. My problem is that the pilot light's gone out and I can't get it re-lit.
The outline's been done since May, but I've not been satisfied with my own resolutions for the plot threads. After the opinion-splitting third act of Always Say No, where I took some narrative risks which paid off for some readers and fell flat for others, I wanted to avoid that again and present a "safe" story where people could read it and either like it or hate it from the beginning. Nothing's worse as a reader than feeling betrayed or yanked out of the moment, and I know the feeling.
With that in mind, I went ahead and started revising my outline after nailing down how it all works out at the gross level. Then I revised it some more, then even more. I've shifted pivotal events between chapters, and a couple of them between entire acts. Characters have appeared and disappeared from the plot, many who haven't even been introduced in the live chapters yet. My enthusiasm for the project is waning; it feels like trying to dig out of a hole.
The thing is that there's another story I want to start on, one that's survived my many could-this-be-a-thing musings I get during jogs and long drives spent listening to Red Rider. Of course, Galvanized did this too. I'm just now, at the post-live phase, after many months of trying to salvage it at the cost of starting other things, losing confidence in my ability to deliver a good, coherent story from the plot I have.
I have tagged Galvanized for this purpose. I want to hear what you folks have to say regarding this.
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A few weeks ago, I was approached asking if I would allow Always Say No to be put up on Royal Canterlot Library. I said yes, of course (I don't always say no, haw haw), and I very much enjoyed reading what RCL's staff had to say about it, which includes their own personal rationales for choosing it to be added.
Of particular interest to me was what Present Perfect had to say: "It’s excellent sci-fi without necessarily being excellent fanfic." In the larger context, the debate was over how "pony" the story was. Now, of course I found it thrilling that someone considers Always Say No to be excellent sci-fi, but boiled down, no, it certainly isn't a good example of fanfiction. The story isn't very pony at all; the Celestia AI is not—nor was she ever intended to come off as—the Celestia, and all of the "ponies" seen are either uploaded humans, humans playing their pony avatars, or the Celestia AI role-playing as pony NPCs. With very little massaging, the Friendship is Optimal setting could have been built up for any number of pop-culture IPs. What MLP brings to it, however, are the themes of friendship being more important than anything else, at least to an AI, and in the evocative, yet foreign way that an AI would likely interpret it.
Anyway, I want to thank anyone and everyone who considered Always Say No memorable enough to feature! What a feeling it is to know someone enjoyed something you created so much.
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One of the readers of FiO: Always Say No dropped me a PM a little while ago telling me that the story now has a page over on TVTropes! I'm heavily biased to like this development, of course, but I still have to point out it's a cool feeling to know that someone took time to write up a page for something I created.
69w, 6dOut of Town This Week1 comments · 93 views
I've been keeping to a tight updating schedule for the last few chapters of Always Say No, but tomorrow I'm heading out of town on business for a week and will probably be too busy to do FIMfiction things like write, update, or comment. Just letting y'all know.
95w, 1dBack to Work on Six Deeds1 comments · 99 views
Writing it has been fun so far, but The Deed of Fealty was hell and a half to get done, only partially due to the research I had to put into the Scots dialect. You fellow writers out there probably know what it means to lose momentum, and during the fall semester I lost it big time. I had enough work to be done that I didn't even want to look at a keyboard in my spare time. That was a far cry from the summer in which I'd first conceived of the story.
For future chapters, I don't think I'll be devoting the amount of effort I needed to write in watered-down (doon) Scots. Now to take advantage of this break time and get another chapter out!
To those who waited for me, thank you for your patience.