Figured that since it’s been a while since I finished Brotherly Bonds (not counting the extensive typo corrections) I’d figure I’d just give off a few author’s notes and some big thanks to some of the commenters and folks who helped out with this story. It may be a long blog, so if you don’t feel like reading it all, please do see the special thanks section at the very least.
First off, the inspiration behind this story came from two things. The first one was reading a story called Pipsqueak the Valiant a while back. It was a very well written and very enjoyable story that I would definitely recommend to everyone! If you liked my story, then Pipsqueak the Valiant is sure to entertain you as much as it did me!
The second one was the low amount of Pipsqueak stories out there on FIMfiction. I think he’s a great character and needs a lot more love! As sad as it is, I don’t think he’ll be making another presence on the show, so fanfiction may be the only way to keep him around in the ponyverse. There are plenty of good ones that feature him, especially DawnFade’s Pirates For A Day and Eternity stories. More recommended reading from yours truly!
Brotherly Bond was a lot of fun to write and I’m really happy with how it turned out and the amount of praise it received. I didn’t expect so much love and man tears to come from it, and it was a real joy to check my mail when I wake up in the morning or get home from work and see some tracks, faves, and comments in my inbox. If you star’d and/or commented, thank you so much for making my day!
Now for the critique it’s received. I do appreciate the constructed criticism and will keep the advice in mind when I write future stories. That being said, I went into this story with it all planned out and told myself not to change a thing about the overall plot because of what someone else had said. I do understand the whole ‘not pleasing everyone all of the time’ so I focused on just making a story that I liked, hoping that others would enjoy it too. If at any point in the story you felt let down or disliked it, I do apologize if I wasted your time. However, I’m very happy with how it turned out and it seems that plenty of others feel the same way. Again, if you stuck through it to the end but didn’t like how it turned out, I still thank you for reading!
One thing I did leave out was music cues. I love reading and writing with some mood-enhancing music in the background, but unless the sad songs from Kingdom Hearts and some tunes from Yu Yu Hakusho are your thing too, then my selection for some scenes may not have suited your tastes. If anyone is interested, I may post the songs I listened to while writing some of the scenes in another blog, because this one is getting long already. I might as well be typing out another story!
Now for some recognition!
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Your Antagonist (VegaKS03) / Midnight Legend Press – It was awesome getting praise from one of the writers of the story that inspired this one! Really did keep the writing spirit alive and well in me! Thanks for the comments and thank you for your story! Hope I’ll be seeing more from you and your crew!
Spazkit – Pointing out the whole y’all and ya’ll confusion made me go back and change it up. I’m not too good with dialect other than what I use myself on a daily basis. I think the story looked a lot better after that slight change. Thanks for that!
Alexstrazsa – Before reading your comment on Equestria Daily, I honestly had no idea that you were the pre-reader before this fic made it onto the site. Your advice really helped me get this story looking better grammatically and in its presentation and it would have never gotten the boost of exposure without you! Thanks for the praise and for getting this story onto EQD!
Cloudhammer, Equestrian Deadpool, Tonto the Trotter, NecromancerX69 – Some folks who left multiple comments and in some cases, a stream of manly tears! Thanks for all the praise, you all were a big part in making this story worth writing!
MaverickVox – Thanks for sticking to the story to for as long as you did! I know that the direction it went may not have been to your liking, but your praise and the confidence you had in the story was really awesome! Hope the ending made up for the sudden twist, but if not, I still thank you!
That’s about it. If you have any questions about the story you’d like answered, do feel free to ask here in the blog comments!
Next story is on the way. All I can really say that it was inspired by a little song by Incubus called ‘Here In My Room.’ You may already have an idea of what to expect.