AMA Answer Time! · 6:43am
Hey, all. Well, like I said, I'd be posting up another blog with any answers to questions I received. Not too many questions, which I suppose is a blessing in disguise, since I can go more into depth with some of the answers (perhaps I'll get more questions in a future AMA, heh). Anyway, let's answer these starting from first to last.
I know that since I've really gotten into writing stories I've read less and less. Partially because I've become less tolerant of certain issues and moreso that I tend to have a lot of fun writing. Have you found that you read less than you used to since you started writing, or is it about the same.
Second question: When you've got writers block or need to come up with ideas, where do you look for inspiration?
Thanks and stay awesome.
I think it can be said that many writers spend less time reading than they do writing. Though, I try to take time and read when I have some downtime and feel like just enjoying a story. One thing I noticed is that I've been letting the stories I follow with higher word counts slip past me, and there's a few chapter updates I missed for them. Though, this can also just be applied to reading in general. I bought a new book recently, and while I love it, I can't help but want to write. In regards to becoming less tolerant of certain issues, I'd say that while I try to give any story a fair chance, certain structural issues will make me want to stop right off the bat (no new paragraphs when a new speaker is talking is a huge pet-peeve of mine, for instance). I suppose as a writer, certain issues stand out easier for you, and not being able to fix them yourself might drive one a little mad, heh.
As for your second question: First off, while I do believe that all writers can fall into a 'funk' if you will, I try not to give in or believe in a thing like writer's block. I had a teacher during a interim class in the winter who told me there's no actual thing such as writer's block. If you have trouble writing, just sit yourself down, and start typing. Whatever comes to mind. Sometimes you just have to get your engine going, so to speak. Considering they had two fairly successful books published, and a third one currently being worked on, I'd say that they probably knew a thing or two about what they were talking about.
Anyway, where do I look for inspiration when I need ideas? Hooo boy... okay. Well, I draw a lot of my action sequences from anime (hence why it sometimes seems over the top. Take Duties, for instance, during the Discord Arc. I like listening to hard rock, metal, and video game OSTs, too. Sometimes the music can help me picture the flow of a scene. I also draw ideas from mythology, snippets, usually. It's hard to nail down any particular source for my inspiration; as a person who loves writing, I can't help but come up with ideas just by studying my surroundings.
What is your OTP?
Gahh, I hate this question. Only because I never have come up with a concrete response. Well, wait, I do have an OTP, but it's not MLP...
Midna and Link from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Still one of my favorite games in the Zelda franchise, next to Ocarina of Time. If you haven't played the game, then it's hard for me to explain why I like this pairing so much. They go through hell and high water together, and there's hints of possible romance between the two, though very subtle.
As for MLP OTP? I'd probably say either Spike x Scootaloo or Applejack x Twilight.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could have one member of the CMC be with you, which would it be?
(no sexy stuff with foals, plz...that's just ewwww)
Apple Bloom. Between the two of us, I'm sure we could build a decent shelter, a raft, and probably even grow some actual fruit on the island. That and, of the three, I'd say she's probably the most level-headed during dire situations.
With what you've done with the everfree house, how do changelings really differ in overview from what you commonly see, or any interesting aspects you would want to share on them?
In the show, it was shown that the 'soldier/worker/non-queen' changelings are intelligent, though it didn't seem like they could speak pony language without being transformed. The truth of the matter is that most changelings are raised to be fluent in at least three or more languages. Equinic is a major one, along with Griffonic, and Minosian. Of course, this doesn't include the native language of changelings, Morphelsic.
Changelings are not insects, despite their appearance. They maintain a fairly consistent body temperature like mammals do, and they have an internal skeleton structure. Most modern day biologists have trouble finding a proper place for their species in the evolutionary chain, though it is believed that changelings and ponies have a common ancestor dating back millions and millions (before Luna and Celestia, or even Discord for that matter) of years ago. Most scholars agree that changeling magic and unicorn magic are from convergent evolutionary pathways (they happened independently, and don't share a common root or ancestry, to put it loosely). The same can be said for changeling and pegasi wings.
Hidden Scorpius XI asked:
From where (besides MLP) do you draw inspiration for your stories?
As asked by Ruirik above, I draw a lot of my inspiration from music, anime, and even mythology. Along with that, I guess video games and other literature have always been a big influence in my writing in one way or another. Literature, be it on paper or on your computer screen, tends to spawn more literature in one way or another.
What inspired Duties, and/or what made you start writing it?
Also, how would it affect the world of Pinkie Pie (Story - Mind Your Elders) gave her powers to Celestia and Luna rather than just releasing them into the Aether (or something), assuming she could?
Duties was probably inspired by a few things, mostly from me reading at least one or two stories (back when the fandom was young and growing rapidly during season 1 into season 2) about Twilight becoming the new alicorn princess. While that did happen in the show (I like alicorn Twilight, by the way. Just for the record.), I thought to myself after reading one or two of these, "Well, suppose we got the rest of the girls involved in that situation. How would that affect their lives and Equestria? How would the Elements play into that?
That or it might have been my brain coming up with an excuse to make Applejack an alicorn. I dunno, take your pick, haha.
As for the second question... well, if that did happen, I think Luna and Celestia would either burst into brilliant explosions of light, or they would place a huge imbalance on the planet. The power of the Elders is not to be trifled with by those who were not born with it. Celestia and Luna would also likely lose a lot of the control they have over their magical powers.
Superflyingcookie ALSO asked:
What type of games do you play?
I love adventure games. Open world games especially, though the Zelda series always held a special place in my gaming heart. Pokémon is another big one, along with Skyrim. Older Nintendo games from the original console and SNES would probably keep me entertained for a while too, haha.
Lastly, RainbowBob... asked:
WHAT IS YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION?
WHY IS SPIKE BEST MAIN CHARACTER?
WHY DON'T YOU HAVE ENOUGH DISCORD?
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE SPONGE?
WHO WOULD YOU KICK IN THE FACE IF GIVEN THE CHANCE?
WHY AM I YELLING?
Spike is best main character because he's a dragon who lives and deals with Twilight on a daily basis, has a fluctuating maturity level between a seven year old boy and a middle aged uncle dealing with crazy nieces and nephews, and he's not a typical male character in a show, even a show that was originally geared towards girls. He's also very snarky, and good at being it, too.
Heh, I sometimes ask myself the same thing. I have him in Duties, he's going to be a character appearing in The Everfree House, and he was a major character in a fanfic I collaborated on with RustyTheBrave.
You'll have my respect, Bob, but my love is not that easy to obtain. Keep trying, though! :D
I'm not a person who condones violence, but... probably any number of politicians in Senate or Congress right now. I know there's a few good eggs in the bunch, but man, do a few those people need to get their heads checked or what?
You yell because you desire my attention, Bob. Which you already have, and I am always willing to give. That or your hearing is going bad and you're speaking louder than needed. Perhaps you need to go see an audiologist?