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Story Collections

I have a handful of stand-alone stories that are either set in the same continuity as each other or thematically related in some way.  Here are the collections:

Twilight Holmes

These stories are set in the Twilight Holmes continuity.  Here they are in chronological order:

     It's Elementary, My Dear Rainbow

     Twilight Holmes: Sabotage After Sunset

     Salting Snails

Heat Trilogy

A trilogy of saucy tales covering the starts of three heated relationships within the mane six.

     Heat of the Moment (Twilight and Rainbow Dash)

     Finding Her Smile (Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy)

     pending (Applejack and Rarity)

Variety is the Spice of Life Challenge

A shipping challenge of epic proportions, which I am going to play in hard-mode: all fifteen prompts, all fifteen ships.

     TwiDash: Little Wonders (Prompt: A Kiss)

     AppleDash: The Great Cider Heist (Prompt: An Anniversary)

     RariDash: (Prompt: A Gift)

     FlutterDash: Hummingbird Heartbeat (Prompt: An Apology)

     PinkieDash: (Prompt: A Game)

     TwiJack: (Prompt: An Illness)

     RariLight:

     TwiShy:

     TwiPie:

     RariJack:

     AppleShy:

     ApplePie: (Prompt: A Reunion)

     RariShy:

     RariPie: (Prompt: A Date)

     FlutterPie:

Variety is the Spice of Life Challenge Extra Spicy Edition

Because I'm crazy, I'm playing on hard-mode twice.  The Extra Spicy Edition is the challenge again, only for these the stories are erotica.  Fifteen prompts, fifteen pairings, fifteen stories filled with ponisex.

     TwiDash:

     AppleDash:

     RariDash: Tap That (Prompt: A Proposal)

     FlutterDash:

     PinkieDash:

     TwiJack: Home Grown (Prompt: A Birth)

     RariLight:

     TwiShy:

     TwiPie:

     RariJack: Unnamed Heat Trilogy Conclusion (Prompt: A Wedding)

     AppleShy:

     ApplePie:

     RariShy:

     RariPie:

     FlutterPie: Finding Her Smile (Prompt: A Date)

Latest Stories

  • T The Mailbox: Reloaded

    The Mane Six have left Ponyville for the summer, each traveling to a different part of Equestria for different reasons. But a few months and a little distance can't stop their friendship!  · bats
    34,592 words · 489 views  ·  84  ·  18
  • T Rolling With the Punches

    Twilight's plans for a sleepover are tested when most of her guests have to cancel, but Applejack convinces her they can have fun together with just each other's company.  · bats
    8,353 words · 5,079 views  ·  715  ·  24
  • T Twilight's Hearth's Warming Carol

    On Hearth's Warming Eve, Twilight is visited by three ghosts, who take her on a journey across time to show her what she's almost missed.  · bats
    16,390 words · 1,547 views  ·  221  ·  6
  • T Hummingbird Heartbeat

    Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy have had a rocky relationship, with ups and downs over the course of years, and Rainbow thinks she's ready to call it quits for good.  · bats
    9,168 words · 1,948 views  ·  213  ·  6
  • E Salting Snails

    While Apple Bloom is on vacation, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle struggle to find something to do with their time. An innocent question is raised: what does Snails' cutie mark mean, anyway? It couldn't mean that, could it?  · bats
    6,925 words · 2,129 views  ·  190  ·  6
  • T Little Wonders

    Following the coronation, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash are both troubled by regret. In the face of irreversible changes, they search for solace in solitude, but instead find each other in the small hours of the morning.  · bats
    11,753 words · 7,841 views  ·  767  ·  35
  • T Spellbound Fireflies

    Rainbow Dash teaches a preteen Scootaloo how to fly, strengthening their bonds, both to each other and the ponies around them. A story about love, family, and growing up.  · bats
    77,162 words · 9,049 views  ·  1,111  ·  18
  • E Fluttershy Kicks a Puppy

    While she's providing veterinary care at the park, Fluttershy runs afoul with one of the more domesticated critters. Fluttershy would never kick a puppy on purpose, would she?  · bats
    4,155 words · 7,965 views  ·  722  ·  25
  • T The TwiDash Project

    A series of vignettes depicting the budding romance between Twilight and Rainbow Dash behind the scenes of season two and onward  · bats
    9,966 words · 5,135 views  ·  618  ·  30

Incomplete Stories

  • Coming Back Peace in the world beyond proves elusive to Rainbow, and she'll never let her friends down when they need her. by bats 94,318 words · 6,064 views · 589 likes · 18 dislikes
  • The TwiDash Project A series of vignettes depicting the budding romance between Twilight and Rainbow Dash behind the scenes of season two and onward by bats 9,966 words · 5,135 views · 618 likes · 30 dislikes
Nov
10th
2014

What is this blog?

Like a lot of folks of my generation, I am a voracious consumer of media. I’m a fan of a lot of things, many of them eclectic, from mainstream to obscure, across a variety of forms of entertainment, from books to film, stage plays to video games, comics to television, I have a strong appreciation for storytelling, as a writer and a consumer. A few weeks ago I started thinking about adaptations.

Adaptations are a huge part of the modern landscape of entertainment and have been in the DNA of filmmaking for over a century. It’s something that’s expected and is occasionally derided alongside sequels by the movie-going public. Everyone’s familiar with the old cliché of, “The book was better,” attached to any and every adapted film, regardless of quality. There’s plenty of push-back to that notion, too; I’m seeing more and more film enthusiasts holding up movies as the art they are.

This blog isn’t about which form is better. The art of adaptation is just that: an art, which accomplishes the creative alchemy of producing an independent piece of media that can both be a supplement of the original work and stand on its own as a separate entity with its own context completely removed from the original. Not all results are good, of course; there are duds on either side of the fence in adaptations, but books are not better than movies or vice versa. They are fundamentally different ways to tell a story.

At the heart of that difference is that process of transmogriphying a piece of art from one form of entertainment to another, and in this blog I’ll be talking about that process as it applies to one specific book and film, the necessary changes to translate it across platforms, where it works and where it fails, and what can be learned from it as a writer.

Before we get started, let’s set some expectations. We’ll start with reviews of the book and film as separate works, the good and the bad, and establish some working ideas about each piece on their own. Then we’ll get into both in the context of each other: the divergences between each—both the necessary and unnecessary—how each version informs the other for the better or worse, and how the differences inherent in the mediums play a part in those changes. Then we’ll wrap things up by looking at what sort of lessons can be learned from the adaptation as a writer, not necessarily from the perspective of how to go about adapting something, but when writing our own stories.

Last but not least before we start, this blog will contain spoilers. There is too much of a need to focus on nitty-gritty details to try and write something like this “spoiler free.” This is also your warning that this blog is very long. I’ve broken it up into sections and each section isn’t tremendously lengthy (around two thousand words or less), but it adds up to around eight thousand words altogether.

Alright, enough warnings, let’s get started.

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Top Romance Favorites

  • A Bluebird's Song Rainbow Dash is struggling against her own past. Is it time for her rising star to fall? by Ardensfax 205,887 words · 16,987 views · 1,621 likes · 47 dislikes
  • Yours Truly Distance can drive us apart. It can also bring us closer together. by Thanqol 18,646 words · 25,200 views · 1,812 likes · 28 dislikes
  • Best Young Flyer Scoot trains with Dash to be Best Young Flyer, but could something more develop? by bookplayer 32,833 words · 4,974 views · 453 likes · 7 dislikes

Top Romance Favorites

  • The Homesteading After their wedding, Twilight and Applejack move into a newly converted barn on Sweet Apple Acres. But when strange things start happening, Twilight will have to discover the cause before they can call it home. by bookplayer 22,718 words · 2,300 views · 301 likes · 17 dislikes
  • No Matter How Dark Attacks and destruction in Ponyville occur on top of Twilight's recent incidents of memory loss by Picardy Third 86,018 words · 4,544 views · 390 likes · 23 dislikes
  • The Gift of the Magi Rainbow Dash and Twilight give each other the most important gift of all on Hearth's Warming Eve. In the end, it's the little things that matter most. by The Wizard of Words 11,673 words · 3,680 views · 315 likes · 9 dislikes
  • Growing Pains Action-Adventure with Romance and a hint of Horror, features all the Mane Six and some Backgrounders by Peroth E 375,589 words · 7,231 views · 777 likes · 29 dislikes

Top Dark Favorites

  • Then Tomorrow Came Twilight falls for Rainbow Dash but finds herself on the wrong end of a love triangle. by PonyAmorous 50,676 words · 5,663 views · 476 likes · 46 dislikes
  • Pinkamenace II Society Twilight is sent to learn about the magic of friendship and ends up in the ghetto that is Ponyville. by jmj 155,268 words · 2,348 views · 59 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Rainbow Dash Gets an Abortion Darkfic. Rainbow Dash makes a hard decision of life and death. by jmj 5,082 words · 3,980 views · 159 likes · 218 dislikes

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#273 · 1d, 20h ago · · ·

>>1569070

Yeah, me either, but there are still a bunch of people over there, so I figured I might as well accept. Trouble is figuring out if there's anything different that can be done with that one to make it have enough of a different purpose to be worth keeping around.

Of course, reworking my main group's a priority right now, anyways.

--arcum42

#272 · 1d, 20h ago · · ·

>>1569061

I would, considering I got one, too.  :rainbowlaugh:

I'm not sure what to do about it specifically; the new iteration of the group is one I'd consider successful and the old one is sort of redundant at this point.

#271 · 1d, 20h ago · · ·

Would you believe I got two pm's from CluelessFilly today, one of which was saying they'd be willing to add me as an admin on the ScootaBelle Empire?

--arcum42

#270 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·

Thank you very much for favoriting Seashell. :twilightsmile:

#269 · 8w, 3d ago · · ·

...Dude

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