Moving on...? Flutterdash forever! · 11:09am
I never thought I would do this.... But. Im moving on. There is now, officially, one less pegasister in the heard.
While I started out with near frequent releases and was always having a voice in whatever I could get into, things have began to drift away and in the last week or two Ive noticed that its because Im loosing Interest in MLP and the Brony community. The main thing remaining for me now is Flutterdash.
Its lucky I got promoted to a admin on the Flutterdash group, else I might simply have left by now and not come back. :pinkiesad:
Why am leaving? Some might ask… well… I recently watched a few episodes of MLP and found them lacklustre to watch (they used to be such good episodes… I don't know what happened to me…) and i even stopped watching one of my fave eps to move onto something else that was more fun for me.
Then there is the brony community… at large.. I don't like it. So its easier to leave it.
There is too much clop, too much of ships I don't like and too many people lacking the spirit of the show (when i would have thought that would be something that people find appearing and yet so many seem to ignore it). Even Im not very good with the whole love and tolerate thing when it comes to breaking Flutterdash. I also don't like how, despite all the hints of the show… and there is a lot, so few people ship Flutterdash. It really drives me nuts some days. With the explosive first episode of Season 3, I hoped that we could have a decent influx of new Flutterdash fans. But Ive resigned myself to no longer caring anywhere near as much Im on my way out from here. I just don't understand how ships like TwiDash, AppleDash and FlutterMac, who have no grounding on the show, are so popular. The personalities don't mix like Flutershy and RD's does, they are no where near as cute and none are near canon. I know many would defend them, and some even fight just as hard for them as I can fight for Flutterdash. But now… I just can't be bothered with it. Flutterdash isn't canon, so therefore I can't stand up and declare them as such (no matter how much I would love to do so) and there doesn't seem to be enough support for them to make unbelievers turn.
I want to write cute Fltuterdash but also give some love to the other fandoms I like (and Ive more or less ignored them due to going hard out as a pegasister for the past year or so)
The highlight of being a pegasister to me has always been the Flutterdash as well as the romance and adventure side of things because I just love cute and cuddly. Plus, ponies. Its something unique and the show was something of a rarity to find these days.
Ive always enjoyed seeing what you folk come up with in terms of headcanons and alternative takes on backstory to the show. For instance, Flutterdash94's headcanon of DisLestia influenced me enough that I began to ship them.
Being a Pegasister and a massive fan of Fluterdash has helped get me though many a rough spot over the past year and a half, some times I would even no life reading and writing it to escape the no so fun and exciting reality of life. In the good times, Its been wonderful to know other people who share my passion for MLP and its been great improving my writing while doing writing stories I really want to write. As a film maker, working in tv and on short films, you usually don't get such awesome creative control. My time here was wonderful, but I feel that It is time to move away, take a step back and explore other things for a while.
As far as Im concerned, the good thing about leaving the brony community behind will be that I don't need to put up with trying to avoid content while doing things like looking for more Fluterdash pics or browsing for stories on the ships I like only to find that a third party gets with Fluttershy or Dash (or on odd occasion, just to screw with me a third pony gets into bed with them both at once… and that really invokes a need for me to find a pure Flutterdash something…) and that sort of thing ruins it for me. Also… while some days I could have the website open all day on the side, now its tending towards only going on here at the odd moment or two during the times I'm free each day.
An example my intolerance I can say happened just this night… in an excellent story I was following too. It wasn't a Flutterdash fic, it was focused on another of my fave pairings so such breaks in my canon are always sadly possible. Just the simple act of Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie having a good ol' snog (out of the blue! And the way it came across left no question about if the two were being romantic or not) when they were left alone killed it for me… The story immediately got unfollowed and my like turned into a dislike and I just stopped reading, didn't even finish the chapter. ….and it was a good, fun story right up to that point. Im sorry.. I just have 0 to negative tolerance for the breaking of Flutterdash, even if a story had no hints on the either pony up to such a 'dark' point. (at least if there were hints that Fluttershy were to get with Dash and break up with whichever pony they are dating… I would be willing to pass such acts by and keep reading…) Because as much as every Flutterdash story and picture makes my day 20% cooler and much more enjoyable, I find that all torn away far too quickly then I see either of them with another pony.
While in the past Ive always been hard out Fluterdash and seeing that broken would still result in my disliking the story and ditching it, I used to be able to easily come back from that and find a much more awesome Flutterdash story, or drawing or comic and my day would brighten up and become awesome again.
I'm perfectly fine with my extreme focus, I think that's been clear on several occasions. But my niche is becoming too small compared to the rest of the brony community and I have found that I am really not interested in the rest of bronydom… so… time to move my focus on.
Those two cute pegasi, along with all of you who are crazy enough to follow me and my sometimes highly average writing, keep me here wanting to write a bit more pony and to give something good to the Flutterdash community that I think is oh so awesome. I still very much want to write, and write pony. There are so many partly done stories that I can see my realises continuing for at least another year or two before I get back into MLP or decide to call it quits, or the third and most likely option is that I will just keep writing Flutterdash on the side to my now more major focuses of some other stories for ever or until there is no one reading my work.
I no longer count myself as a brony/pegasister at all, (as one of my friends puts himself, not a brony, but likes ponies)
I still like ponies enough to want to write a bit for fun and I still love Flutterdash waaaay too much and will always continue to think of it as the best thing ever. Some of my stories have been moved to 'on hiatus' and one minor one has even been cancelled due to me loosing interest altogether in it.
I shall stick around for any more Flutterdash the people make, cause I still think those two cute pegasi are worth reading about, regardless of how I feel about the rest of MLP. And Im still open for pre-reading any Flutterdash stories or offering ideas and such. (I still get too many ideas to handle… and never enough time to write them.)
I probably won't watch season 4. I still haven't seen two episodes in season 3. Im defiantly not watching Equestria girls (unless it has some great Flutterdash.. so far.. I have heard nothing on the topic so I'll just make it easy on myself and not see the movie). There's a few things in the show that bug me. If Season 4 fixes them, then sweet! I might come back to the fandom. Maybe. But I do consider the brony community to be dying (or is it just me?).
I ask that when season 4 does come out, If people do remember me, let me know if there is any Flutterdash or Luna scenes in Season 4 and I'll try check them out to see if its worth seeing more. I know from previous experience that I continue to carry my OTP ship even after leaving a fandom (having done so with Pokemon and Digimon. Althoguh I have long since left those two fandoms, I still support TK and Kari from Digimon and Ash/Misty, Raichu/Mew from Pokemon.)
The stories I plan on defiantly finishing are Crashing Angels and Fall of the rising. Crashing angels, because it was my first story and may also be the last one I finish. there are 47 chapters planned and I intend to finish it as I have never succeeded in completing such a long work of fiction before. Everything else… is up to if people want them continued and if I feel inspired enough to write MLP. Flutter Filly playdate and Waves of Memory are two such stories that have a high chance of being axed and listed as cancelled. A large influence here will be what you all think and what people definitely want to see more of as Im open and happy to take the odd request, especially when it involves my two fave pegasi.
'Soon' there will be a fun story coming out alongside a one shot or two called 'Captain Flutterpants' and it is aimed at being a funny random story with many elements based on the captain underpants comics.
Aside from that… who knows. Maybe I should try finish my ApplePie story. There are some fun plans for that too…
Because my interest in My Little Pony is so low, I might take to trying to write mainly short stories as extras to my main ones instead of going all out with a ton of big stories like I was trying to do in the past.
I want to thank NintendoGal55. Its been aweomse writing with her and we do plan on writing more together. (for one... more on Heated at some point in the next few weeks or so kind of thing.) Other authors who have influenced me are Emerald Flight for his Flutterdash and TwiPie in the earlier days of my coming to the fandom, basalisk120 for the SoarinFire (I still want to write a dedicated SoarinFire ship fic... but now thats on hold for if I ever decide to come back), RandomString for the comedic TwiLuna and for giving me ideas for an upcoming one shot. Last but still awesome, I would like to thank all the fellow fans who have Flutterdash as part of your username. Its always been wonderful to see others who like the best ship enough to include it in your username.
So in an odd way Im going out of the fandom the same way I came into it… with Flutterdash.