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Shinzakura

Joined March 2012
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He writes!  You read.  That is all.

Stories (7)

  • Polarity: A Tale of Two Sisters
    Prequel to All-American Girl. Derpy Hooves must face a number of sudden important life decisions

    50,774 words · 1,961 views · 172 likes · 10 dislikes
  • Seven Days in Sunny June, Book I
    A tale in the Berylverse. Meanwhile, a reality away, Sunset Shimmer's life has changed since she met Princess Twilight...and it's about to change even more, whether she likes it or not.
    150,115 words · 1,195 views · 134 likes · 8 dislikes
  • All-American Girl
    A pony raised amongst humans finds out about her birth mother - Rarity.
    360,213 words · 19,099 views · 841 likes · 95 dislikes
  • Be Human: the All-American Girl Sidestories
    Sidestories for the All-American Girl series
    327,248 words · 3,609 views · 291 likes · 34 dislikes
  • Kind Hearts & Coronets
    139,174 words · 613 views · 71 likes · 8 dislikes
  • The Black Ponies
    122,676 words · 482 views · 12 likes · 7 dislikes
  • Twilight Eats Peaches & Herb
    1,085 words · 254 views · 21 likes · 16 dislikes
Aug
17th
2014

Ah Dun Goofed · 10:47pm

And this is what happens when you work on a cover at four in the morning. :twilightsheepish:  Got the cover for 7DSJ B3 done, but really screwed up Sunset's facial expression.  Was going for a 70s soft rock album cover vibe, but....dat jaw.  I'll come up with something else.

In the meanwhile, feel free to cast thine eyes upon mine failure. :raritycry:

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Aug
17th
2014

For those interested, Ayne and I will be at Intervention this weekend, in the dealer room.  We'll be there to answer a bunch of questions about Claude & Monet, Razorblade Angel, the All-American Girl saga, Seven Days in Sunny June, etc. etc. etc., sell crap and so much less more!  So if you're in the area, drop on by!

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Aug
8th
2014

Today's my tenth wedding anniversary.  That means the woman I've been with for a dozen years now (trust me, the math works) still loves me enough to stay with me for a over a decade and all of a decade in legally-confined bliss.  Today, that's an accomplishment.  I come from a divorced family like many of you out there (Mom's happily married to her second husband; Dad was on the ropes with number five when he passed away), so being married longer than they were together (seven years) is, to me, a pinnacle.  I hope to reach the level of wedding bliss that my in-laws have - forty-three years and counting.

It also says something else.  Marriage isn't a fifty/fifty thing.  It's all or nothing - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  If you really love the person to stay with them and commit to a life together (marriage or not), then you really have to work at it.  And it won't be easy: sometimes, my wife has been a bitch, while other times, I've been a royal asshat.  It's all in the "fun" of being human.  But if you really care for someone, you'll work it out.  Because that person is worth more than your own ego or selfishness.

Maybe this will resonate with some of you out there.  Maybe it won't.  Understandable; marriage isn't for everyone, even the ones who want a lifetime commitment with someone else.  But I will say this much: having a life with someone else, someone you can share everything with, and someone who you can have arguments whether Pinkie is best pony or not, is the best thing you can have.

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Jul
30th
2014

I Heard a Rumor... · 2:13am

...that tomorrow's Sunset will be spectacular.  Just sayin'.

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Jul
23rd
2014

Coming Next Week · 6:27pm

over at BlueBastard's account....

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Jul
20th
2014

Reporting live from Leesburg Cobb 12, where Ayne and I are watching the global broadcast of Monty Python (Mostly) Live.  Intermission now, and I have to say this final show is incredible.  It's going to be a sad moment in time when it's all over.  Palin, Idle, Cleese, Gilliam and Jones still have their touch.

More thoughts at the next intermission, and when it's all over.


Well, back from the show now.  I has a sad.  Seriously.  The last Monty Python show was very bittersweet, though the guys did their best.  Some of the sketches have not aged well, and many of the others are timeless, but in the end, it will be sad to see them go.

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Jul
18th
2014

Thinking About... · 1:08am

...making Princeps this year's Holiday story (much as KHC was last year's.)   Thoughts?

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Jul
16th
2014

The final chapter of Book I! :pinkiegasp:

The drive back to Canterlot was as quiet as a tomb.  Sunset sat there, uneasily, not knowing what to say.

“You really are worried about her, aren’t you?” Octavia said, her voice sounding a little guilty.  “I’m an idiot, I swear.  If I’d just listened to you, I’d….”

“It’s okay,” Sunset said, giving Octavia a wan smile in reply.

“No, it’s not okay!  She and I have been together through everything, and for her to just think I abandoned her….”  The guilt was ripping through Octavia now that she’d heard about everything that had happened to her best friend and cousin’s near-suicide two weeks before.  “We’ve always been as thick as thieves before, and for the past couple of months, I’ve pretty much just abandoned her!”

“Tavi!”  Sunset’s voice was sharp.  “Be there for her when she gets back.  It’s too late to do anything now, but it’s not too late once she gets back.  Trust me, do you remember what I told you when we first met?  That a friend of mine once told me that friendship is magic?  Being there for her will be the strongest help you can give her.”

From the driver’s seat, Evening said, “Yup, listen to Sunny, Tavi.  She knows what she’s talking about.”

“But I should have been there for her!”

“Don’t worry – in a couple of days this will all be over,” Sunset said in a tone that brooked no argument.  Octavia looked at her with surprise; even Ballad, peeking over from the passenger seat, wondered what the older teen was talking about.

“How can you be so sure?” Octavia asked.

“Because this has to end one way or another,” Sunset said in a firm voice, “and I’m going to do my damnedest to make sure it does.”

What will Sunset do?  Stay tuned!

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Jul
16th
2014

AKA Proof it's being worked on.  :rainbowlaugh:

The four sat in Button’s and Ginger’s hotel room, looking like a bomb had gone off in the middle of their workplace.

“What the hell are we gonna do?” Layne asked, completely floored.  “Our game looks like an exact copy of Bradford and Rider’s, and people are going to think because we’re ripping them off because we worked at the same company!”

“But Radioactive broke up over a year ago!” Button told him.  “How could anyone think that?”

Ginger sighed.  “Didn’t you say you were working on the engine in your spare time?  A good lawyer could easily tear us apart via that, especially if the software on your personal system has the same tags as the one at Radioactive,” she groaned.

“Well, thankfully the convention center had that catastrophic power outage and the rest of it had to be cancelled,” Rev said weakly.  “Of course, that puts more pressure on us to come up with something for CapitalGamesFest.”

“Plus, we’re going to have to tell everyone back at work – you know how they’re going to feel about it?  Some of them are in worse spots than we are, and we’re going to have to come up with something, and fast,” Button answered.

“Look, man, I am not in the mood to be another Daikatana, Duke Nukem Forever or Half-Life III.  All those games took forever to come out, and when they did, they were huge disappointments.”

“But at the same time,” Rev said, “we don’t want to be like Mega Man Reprogrammed or Metal Gear Chromecannon Valiant Xed.  Those were highly anticipated games and they were rushed to market and almost destroyed their companies as a result.  We don’t need that kind of reputation!”

“How long do we have between now and CapitalGamesFest?”

“About two weeks.  We were going to use that time to tour Washington DC, a—”

“No time,” he sighed.  “We’re going to have to buckle down and get an idea and make some retools.”

“Retools to what?” Ginger sighed.  “Sweetheart, we’re over a barrel on this one.  We may as pull out of the CapitalGamesFest and hope we can come up with something by E3.”

“I’m in agreement, bro,” Layne said.  “Ginger’s right.  No way we’re going to pull this off.”

“I hate to say it,” Rev added, “but they’re right, Button.  You know I respect you, boss, but this might even be above your skills.”

“No!”

Button’s voice was a resounding sound bursting throughout the room.

No!  We won’t give up!  Did Link ever give up when it came time to save Princess Zelda?  And did the ship that blew up asteroids ever just go home and leave those asteroids unblown up?  Did Pac-Man ever just run away from the maze and decide to go on a diet?  Did Beck say it wasn’t worth it to blow up Mightys Nos. 1 through 8?  Did Ryu ever decide that he was going to stop Street Fighting and just take up Street Not-Fighting?  And did Ridge Racing ever stop racing on ridges?  No!  And neither can we!

“What is he—” Rev began.

“Just let him go, Rev,” Ginger said, both irritated and strangely proud of her coltfriend at once.

Button thrust a hoof in the air.  “I did not come all this way not to get the high score in life!  I did not come just so everything could be a great, big GAME OVER the first chance I came hoof-to-hoof with that final boss called ‘adversity’!  Layne, how can you give up just like that without even trying to wow those game journalists?”

“But we’re not giv—”

“And Rev, I thought you wanted to be the first mare in the games industry?  You’ve gone too far to turn back now!”

“But it’s not as though we were go—”

“And Ginger,” he said, walking right up to her and taking her claws in his hooves.  “We’re supposed to be the co-op of life, you and me, Players 1 and 2, sweetie.  Don’t leave me hanging without a token to continue.”

“Button…what are you even…no, don’t answer that,” she said, flustered.

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Jul
9th
2014

The penultimate chapter!

As she tried to piece together what Trixie and Lyra had taught her about traditional Gematria and its Italian variant, she rifled through Google Translate on her phone, then filtered it through a Gematria app she’d downloaded.  As expected, some of it made sense – one numerical value translated to “I am the eternal shadow” – while most of it didn’t – she had no idea what “the crystal heart sings proudly” meant, though it was likely random gibberish.  Either way, she continued to take notes in the hope that some of it – any of it – would give her some clue how to proceed further in protecting Twilight.

“Curious?” Applejack’s voice rang behind her.  As Sunset turned to face her friend, Applejack said in a soft tone, “Heard whut y’ did yest’rday.  Ah have t’ say Ah’m impressed – an’ not jest ‘cause she’s yer sister.  But…next time, jest be careful.  Ah’d hate t’ see any o’ mah friends hurt.”

“I’m already hurting, AJ,” Sunset said in a small voice, “and it has yet to stop.”  At the moment, she was feeling a sense of anxiety, as though she needed to run out of the room as fast as she could and never come back.  She wasn’t sure what it portended, but whatever it meant, it was coming from the other side of the hall – where the mirror was.

“Sunny, Ah thought y’ understood y’ ain’t alone in this,” Applejack said, patting her friend on the shoulder.  “We ain’t lettin’ ya go alone on this one.”

“Really?” Sunset retorted.  “Because do you understand any of this?  Because I am a unicorn, one of the best unicorn mages short of Princess Twilight, and I have no idea what any of this means!  It’s all obscure references and ersatz comments from some weird guy who lived in the Florentine Republic and might have gotten ancient obscure wisdom from a unicorn who may or may not have gotten some nookie from the guy’s wife – the same wife the guy’s supposed to have killed!”

Applejack just looked at her friend, not knowing what to say.  Finally, she voiced, “Doesn’t mean we aren’t here fer ya, Sunny.”

“I know,” Sunset said quietly, “and I love you all for that.  But I’m already in over my head – you guys will drown in whatever’s going on.”

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