UPDATES!!1! · 5:06am
So with the new OotB chapter posted...
I have to take a week off from writing it.
I am participating in another pre-reader battle: http://www.fimfiction.net/group/967/eqd-prereader-battle-2012
Prompts are distributed, and I have to finish a fic by Friday.
What am I writing?
A sequel to Right, of course!
Making Progress! · 5:39am
SPRING BREAK OVERRRRRRRRRR · 3:35am
It is Saturday night. I arrived back home from my friend's city Friday evening, and have been recuperating ever since.
1) That basketball game was insane. Bulls were down 10 points in the second quarter, made it up to reach overtime, and then they finally lost by 1 point in overtime because of a technicality, 118-119. The crowd was amazing, and I was pumped by the end. A great first sporting event to attend.
2) SO MUCH LEAGUE OF LEGENDS because we drove from 11 pm to 5 am to get back home on Monday night, and spent the rest of the week recovering by PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
3) CHAOX'S SUB GOT A PENTA FIRST GAME? GET #REKET
4) I've basically finished the Persona crossover outline. Now I just need a title for it, and some holidays, and I'll basically be ready to write it. Of course, I'm going to finish OotB first. The next chapter will, I FUCKING PROMISE, be up in April some time. I don't want to promise it this week because I want to actually spend a GOOD amount of time editing it, unlike Burning Bridges, so I'll probably wait a week after finishing it to post it. I expect, from what is currently posted, to have the story finished in three chapters. But, I'm about to incite some rage here: OotB won't finish this "arc" of epiphanies and the EoH and so on and so forth. There is another story I'm planning after it which will close it out. It will be a direct sequel and be a LONG ADVENTURE WOOOOOOOO.
Stupid friends... · 3:04am
So some updates.
My spring break starts next week, and I'm going up to Chicago to see the bulls game with friends to start it out! After that, I'll probably be hanging with them for a while in their home town, which is two hours from me.
This week, for me, is also filled with tests, so I'm not going to be able to write as much. So I know I keep talking about writing things but here is the current rundown of what is actually going on.
Pinkity is on hold indefinitely. The fic I made a poll about I randomly lost interest in, so that is on hold for most likely forever, for better or worse.
I'm currently working on only two things. Out of the Blue, because that deserves to be finished, and after that, I will get right onto the persona crossover.
So progress is being made on the ootb update, but I'm not sure it will get finished before school knocks me out and friends come knocking. That is all there is to say, really. Don't hold your breath, but I will be posting SOMETHING in the foreseeable future, I just can't give a precise timeline really...
Hmmmmm, interesting... · 3:21pm
So Fluttershy and Twilight tied. Yes, I already disabled the survey. If I didn't and my mind is making up memories, I won't pay attention to new votes.
I'm kind of at an impasse, but I think using Fluttershy for this story works a lot better, though Flutters or Dash would have been equal (working in Pinkie or Twilight would be a chore and a half). So thank you all who voted.
FOR THE WATCHERS THAT DIDN'T
Ponydora's "Que Sera, Sera" · 4:09am
I read it this morning, not remembering it was tagged as a sad fanfiction, and ultimately payed for it. Also I wish it had accents. It's bothering me.
That is the tl;dr version anyway
While the story in question (seriously are you clicking this? It's been top story in the feature box for like three days) is a great sucker punch of emotion that doesn't rely on simply "the premise" to deliver the sad, with an amazing cohesion of events and good scene changes that keep the information relevant and interesting, I will say that is still forever rushed. Much life Fires of Friendship, of which I hold one of the few dislikes of, and that one really weird thing about AJ being racist slightly, it is a one-shot that is simply rushed beyond all belief. Maybe it's an issue with Ponydora's writing. As you can see on my profile, I consider Flight of the Alicorn to be one of my favorite fics (if not tied with Blood is Thicker than Friendship), and I think the pacing in that story is even slower than it needs to be, somehow.
Now, the story in question is still amazing. I haven't felt my heart clench like that in a long time, and the lack of awareness of the genre (well, tagging I guess) didn't help. But... well, it isn't a spoiler to say so: when you have such a perfectly wrapped up time-line of events like this story, each step another possible "fanon" interpretation that is done so cleanly that it's believably canon, just because of how well it's presented, it's astonishing that I'm even concerned about the pacing when he fit all of the fic's information into a mere 15k words. I doubt I could write something like this in such a short order. It would turn into a 30k multi chapter epic.
It is a GREAT story; I cannot reiterate this enough. It sounds like I'm just spouting praise, but really, I am. I mean, I'm not just a Dr. Who fan because of the sci-fi nature of the show. The only other sci-fi I remotely cared about before Dr. Who was Stargate SG-1 (seriously that crossover needs to update sometime). No, I like it because of the themes of what are right and wrong, what is necessary or a pointless risk, that come up when you involve time travel. I really do love it. So in a way, the fic preys on my
But if there is something I take from this, it is that Ponydora, in my opinion, has one vital weakness, one that, should he shoot down, he could become one of the best writers in this fandom, without equal. One flaw that still doesn't detract from the spectacle or experience, but one that is nonetheless all too recognizable.
You don't gotta go fast, Ponydora Prancypants.
I WAS READING PINK DREAM BECAUSE I WAS PLANNING ON WRITING A REALLY SMALL SEQUEL FOR IT
BUT THEN I NOTICED IT DID NOT HAVE ANY INDENTATIONS OR BLANK LINE SPACING
THEN I NOTICED NONE OF MY FICS DID EXCEPT OUT OF THE BLUE AND EPIPHANY
GOOD JOB TELLING ME GUYS
Lots of planning still being done for the Persona crossover. It'll be mostly based on 4, but there are some things that were in 3 as well (that special hidden hour is a thing). That's moving along really well.
Oh yeah, Pink Dream sequel coming too. It'll probably be nsfw. First pony clopfic? MAY AS WELL!
Despite the hiatus it is in, I'm making progress on Out of the Blue. The next chapter I expect to be done relatively soon.
I actually don't have a lot to add.
Like our opinion on Spike At Your Service (which was an awful fanfiction), Wanderer D and I are in agreement again. His post has some vital information that help explain parts of the episode (new magic mostly).
TL;DR I really liked the episode. But I think two episodes would have made the princess-ing disgustingly boring, and what they did with a musical episode was REALLY good........
Now, in regards to pacing... I think the first part was fine. All of the cutie mark switcheroos, everypony looking sad, I think what they had was paced okay, but it could have been it's own episode. Twilight's emotional response is very sudden, and since when has "reading a few sentences" meant casting a spell? I think it should have involved more investigation, realizing what she had done, then solving it, and then, as someone else said, have a vaporized Twilight at the end.
My problem with reaching such an emotional level would be that you have an entire episode of... "twilight becoming a princess," which doesn't really have much of a plot in of itself! I don't think that would have been fun to watch, unless we actually saw her dealing with new responsibilities or something.
So, as a series of events? I think the first 18 minutes are really good. Up until Twilight falls from the stars as an Alicorn, I think the episode is paced well from the perspective of flow of events. The connection isn't built up as well, and you can always show a little more, but that's what the songs were for.
Musicals. I've heard weird complaints about this episode's musical status. "Why did it need to be a musical?" Well, aside from being a very fun creative venture (EQUESTRIA SHIMMERS), it packs a lot of emotion and information into very compact poetry, which I think is great. If this had been a regular non-musical episode, we would have had MUCH worse pacing issues.
My problems really come in the last six minutes, when she is an alicorn. It's sudden, her friends reply in really weird ways (in the coronation itself especially. Why are they randomly announcing that they love each other? Are they giving us the six-way-ship?), there's celebration, there is very little ACTUAL explanation as to why this happened... I'm sure it's explain in the S4 premier (and I hope it undoes it), and it's just all a bung of information that no one wants to deal with.
The worst part is that this doesn't seem to expand Twilight's character. Her initial reaction? GOTTA READ A BOOK. Cliche joke of the character, I get it. But let's see here: Luna had the book in the S3 premier, so that means they were planning this to some degree. They give her the book, probably expecting her to immediately cast it and ruin all of her friend's lives for an entire day. When she then accomplishes her goal, she's thrown into the twilight zone and, without permission, given wings, and thrown into being a princess. I don't think she wanted this, was ready for it (I Wasn't Prepared For This, anyone?), or is going to keep on wanting to be this princess, if she can't be with her friends.
As such, it is my hope that the S4 Premier undoes her status as a princess.
GOD I LOVE RAMBLING
WRITING UPDATE TOMORROW