To my faithful watchers and trackers: I thank you for keeping up with Whiplash. I started writing this story back in late August, when I was only uploading it to deviantART and Fanfiction. It received a good amount of views and comments on both sites and continues to do so. I found FimFiction after the story was in its 7th chapter and began uploading it here. I'm simply overwhelmed with the response this story has received, generating 5,000+ views in the mere two weeks its been uploaded here. I've had a lot of fun writing this story. Your comments, views, and ratings make it all the more worthwhile.
(Warning: If you have not read Whiplash to the end, the rest of this blog post contains spoilers in later chapters. For those that have not read the entire story, or tl;dr's: Whiplash is currently being revised.)
Grif from ponychan's /fic/ is currently assisting me with editing this story en masse to improve the grammar, style, POV issues, and general editing here and there. There are quite a few [HiE] stories out there, but I'm trying to make mine stand out, without turning my biker/Afghanistan veteran into a gary stu. (Some would argue just those two things alone make him one.)
Some plot holes need to be filled in, and several key events are needed to be revised. I'm currently in the process of these major revisions. When I'm finished, some chapters may need to be re-read. I'll be releasing a "revision summary" that will list what has changed chapter by chapter for those who don't wish to re-read 39k words of pony goodness. The decision will be completely yours to go back and re-read the edits and revisions, though would strongly suggest it. I estimate that the edited version of Whiplash will be up in 1 week or less.
Chapter 9 will not be released until this major revision is finished. What I can reveal about this revision, without spoiling anything, is that:
-The fight scene in chapter 5 will be revised. Patrick was already injured when he got into the fight, it doesn't really make sense to beat up a stallion while injured.
-Dates and other details in flashbacks, documents, etc. may be changed to make them consistent with the revisions.
-Some important information about the plot, mainly about the extinction of humanity, may be removed all together.
-The pseudo-science of the war you read about in the NY Times article will be revised. I'd like to point out that I've received some concerned comments that somepony may get offended about "Islam's holy war." I cannot guarantee if this will be changed or not, but I'm looking into it.
-Flashbacks may be revised, the order they are presented in may change.
-A lot of Celestia/Luna scenes are going to be revised, as well as Celestia's plan and how she carries it out to make more sense.
Needless to say, I've got some work to do. However, I am in need of pre-readers for the revisions I've made so far and for the ones that will be coming soon. If that's something you'd be interested in, drop me a comment or PM!
Thank you so much for reading Whiplash and being patient with my chapter updates!