Finishing a story has always left me with a strange feeling. It's tricky to let go of something that had been on your mind and consuming your day-to-day activities for the better part of a year. It was a project, and now it is finished. It's like saying good-bye to an old friend. Normally by the time I finish a project, I've got the next one lined up waiting in dry-dock to start work almost immediately.
No such luck this time around. At best I have the digital equivalent of cocktail napkin scribbles. Musing out loud sometimes help, so maybe a little temperature taking is in order.
Project 1 - Working Title: Trickster, Ego, Hero, Fraud
Premise: The aftermath of the magic may have humbled Trixie, but that doesn't mean she's about to stop her pursuit of fame, fortune, and power. But when well-timed lies and unforeseen circumstances land Trixie exactly that, she finds that she's in for a lot more than she bargained for.
My thoughts: I've always liked Trixie, and I'm a fan of the Harry Flashman and Ciaphas Cain novel series. Figured blending the two together would be an interesting experiment. Braeburn and the ponies from Appleloosa are also a part of the story, though Trixie is the focus. It'd be a mixture of adventure with some sprinkles of romance and comedy for flavouring. My major concerns, however, are about my uncertainties towards how much interest a story about Trixie and Braeburn would generate; and the fact that this story would be written in a style very similar to the works I've done over the past few years. I've been doing these pony-fics to expand my horizons, not regress backwards.
Project 2 - Working Title: Empty Heart, Full Heart
Premise: With the Crystal Empire secure, a sister maturing into a responsible ruler, and a kingdom at peace, Celestia is finally able to take time to pursuit a cause that she's put on hold for so long. But a thousand years is a long time to neglect romance, and Celestia decides to enlist the aid of her trusted pupil in this matter. But all the while, she is haunted by past memories of the last time she opened her heart, and how it led to the rise of a tyrannical ruler and the losses that would forever shape Equestria.
My thoughts: Celestia is another interesting character with plenty of room to explore. But I don't want to go down the Celestia-Twilight shipping lane, so I'm forced to find material elsewhere. This would use the parallel stories trope once again, though this time in the form of flashbacks rather than an actual story. That aspect of WWDD was a hit-and-miss with readers so, again, hesitancy grips me. And if I'm not planning to do Twilestia shipping then where do I go? Would pairing Celestia with anyone else really work? Can I do a romance story with only one participant...
As you may have guess, indecision is the key to flexibility...