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2014

Update and Errata · 1:49am

So the new story is coming right along.  It's about a third of the way through an editing pass, and so far only one or two major things have come up.  I have gotten from just about everyone that it's pretty dark, though, and that's disheartening.  The Dark tag is the kiss of death, in my opinion, but I don't want to lie to readers.  If it's dark, then it is.  I'll just have to live with that lower view rate.

This is the hardest time for me as an author.  I love writing.  I love publishing.  I really, really hate editing.  You take this thing that you think is really great and give it to other people, who then tell you why it's not so great.  I find it to be demoralizing.  And then I get angry at myself for being childish, but it's a process.  I get feedback, then I enter into a small depression for a couple of days.  After that, I'll use the feedback to hopefully make the story better.  It's always helped in the past.  My stories have always come out better and stronger, yet I sit here and feel down about the whole thing for a few days.  That drives me up the wall.  I hope to one day be past that.

I got the art back for the story, and I'm fairly pleased with it.  The artist screwed a few minor details up, but it's still pretty nice.

Also, I'm not sure why I'm a sucker for stories with ridiculous sounding premises, but I am in the worst sense of that word.  I always look at these stories and think, "Wow, that sounds shallow/unworkable/like a terrible idea. There's no way an author would do that unless he or she had some way to really make that work in a way that's fresh and original."  It never is.

Not true!  Skywriter's Shipping Sickness is a great example of a stupid premise that was awesomely done, but it's the rare exception, it seems.  This is probably news to no one but me.

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A Short Brony Mix I Did A While Back

After getting a bunch of tracks from The Living Tombstone, I decided to make a mix.  I kept it short so that I could throw it up on YouTube.

Sometimes I Draw - Still Working On It

We had more Flim and Flam this season, and Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 seems to be M.A. Larson's favorite episode.  In celebration of seeing him at BABSCon, let's have some Bing Bang Zam!

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#1391075 · 6w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1391037 I think that's natural if we consider stories of similar quality.  However, I find it odd when we are looking at what should be considered by most to be a lesser quality story with popular characters versus a higher quality story with lesser characters.  Of course, quality is subjective, but I see plenty of stories here that shoot up to several thousand views and hundreds of upvotes that I'd consider to be too awful to read.  Major characterization problems.  Poor spelling.  Nonsense plots.  What is the point of reading a story about Twilight Sparkle and Celestia if they aren't actually acting like Twilight Sparkle and Celestia?  At that point, I don't understand reading the story versus the much better one about Ms. Peachbottom.

But I think what is satisfactory for most readers is a lot different than what it is for me.  Probably for most people, the Twilight and Celestia story above would be fine.  They are kinda, sorta like Twilight and Celestia, the three plot holes don't concern them as much as they concern me.  It's just the constant state that I'm in.  I'm usually standing off to the side screaming that these stories have major problems while the readers at large just shrug and say it's good enough for them.  I have a difficult time with that.

#1391037 · 6w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1384722

From what I can tell, it really comes down to people preferring read a crap story about Twilight sparkle than a great story about, say, Ms. Peachbottom.

(Sorry to jump in, but...) Well, yes. I mean, this is a fanfic website, so I think it's far more likely that someone said "I'd like to read a story about Twilight Sparkle" than "I'd like to read a story about Ms. Peachbotton." So the readers are going to be somewhat self-selecting.

#1384736 · 6w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1384722

Oh, I'm not going to dig into my level of quality (especially on someone else's page!) but you're very right about what gets read. Upvotes vs. downvotes still seem to do a pretty decent job, I think—though even there, I regularly see a couple stories in Fimfic's top 100 or so that I've downvoted for lack of quality. I think you're right: most people are here to read for fun, and don't care a whole lot about story quality. The feature box definitely attests to that. But I still think being able to keep an upvote ratio that's very high (like, say, 98.5%—go you) is a pretty big accomplishment.

#1384722 · 6w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1384711 A WINNER IS ME!

Though, I have to say that the relationship between good stories and most viewed/liked stories is crazy on this site.  Lots of complete crap gets tons of attention, while something like The Descendant's Highball or basically anything written by Chris gets very little, even though those authors are fairly well known commodities.  If no one had ever heard of them, I could understand it, but at any given time, there are stories in the feature box with extremely questionable storytelling that tons of people are reading and liking, rather than searching out quality stories.

That's just baffling to me.  From what I can tell, it really comes down to people preferring read a crap story about Twilight sparkle than a great story about, say, Ms. Peachbottom.

So what I'm saying is that your stories probably are far better than the average here, but the masses much prefer fast food to excellent cuisine.

#1384711 · 6w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1384695

Yeah, I wasn't anywhere close to the top, and at least part of that is my +12/-21 trollfic, I expect.

Actually, I re-ran the numbers with a [technobabble incoming] Beta(4,4) prior that doesn't favor 1- and 2- story authors as much, and you jump to #19. So... Yay!

I jumped to #346. There go my illusions of being one of the site's best writers...

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