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  • 12w, 6d
    December Update (Jolly Edition)

    Hello out there! It's really cold outside, and you know what that means! It's time for me to buy a jacket!

    Or, y'know, hope I get one for Christmas.

    Alright, long story short, haven't done any work on writing this last month because I had to repair certain things in my life from the ground up and also League of Legends. Anyway, my plans for the future of the project that seems like I'll never stop teasing have been finalized, and I've secured a few people for prereading; which will happen immediately after I finish it, of course.

    That's all for now! Have a happy holiday!

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  • 20w, 2d
    November Update (Post-Sp00ky Edition)

    So I'm gonna level with you here, I've stalled a bit on progress. I've got a couple other ideas bouncing around in my head right now, and I don't have any time to devote to anything. Fast version of this update is that I'm getting a lot closer to finishing my little (read: big) project, and I'm considering where to go after it's all done. If you'd like to brave some of my ramblings, check out the post after the break.

    So what little time I've made to work on things has been devoted to my project, which is nearing completion with about three full chapters left to write. I've reached a grand total of 37,764 words now, and it should probably break 50,000 when I've polished up the draft chapters and finished the remaining three.

    If you've been keeping up with my collaborator, Coltsguy and his series Cause and Effect, then I'm sure you noticed that I just did some work with him on the latest chapter of his story, Cause, Effect, and Consequences. I'll give out some more information regarding that later on.

    I can say with certainty that I will eventually finish what I started here. I've been at it too long not to. After that, who knows? I've got some minor concepts that have stuck with me for a while now:

    -a grand adventure fic styled after The Substitute Demon

    -a spinoff of Princess Celestia is in your bed

    -the rewrite of my old story Fact, Not Fiction that's been re-titled Pen and Sword

    -a dark one-shot based on an idea Manes gave me while I worked as his editor

    -a short adventure story featuring Scootaloo and freerunning

    -and a small concept for a clopfic.

    I can't guarantee I'll get to any of these, but I will say that I'm strongly leaning towards Pen and Sword right now. It captured my interest way back a year or two ago, when it was released as Fact, Not Fiction, and I still want to make it the story I had intended it to be.

    That's it for now, folks. I'll be sure to post updates monthly(ish). And I'll start posting teasers and previews as soon as the end is in sight for that secret project of mine. Have a great November!

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  • 29w, 4d
    August (But Really September) Update

    Yeah I skipped out on a month for the update, so what? I took a vacation, sue me.

    I don't really have much to say this time though. Most of my attention in terms of writing is being divided between that project that I'm still not going to tell you guys about yet and a completely homebrew campaign for Dungeons and Dragons. I will say, however, that what I'm writing is developing very nicely, and I'm eagerly anticipating the conclusion. Yes, that statement applies to both.

    In the last post I mentioned that I'll have an author's notes at the end of the story. I've been doing some thinking on the subject and decided that what I have to say about it is far longer than I can justify putting in a blog post like I did for Starlight. There will be a lengthy chapter posted maybe a week after the epilogue to... explain. And there's a lot to explain, believe me. I've been feeling very introspective these days, and I've found my thoughts wandering around that story and what I've recently been adding to it. I can safely say that not everyone will agree with the decisions that I made regarding the characters and where the story progresses, but I at least hope that I can execute it with style and grace.

    I don't know when it'll be done. I don't know when I'll be ready to release it. I don't know if it'll be even worth releasing, to be frank. But it will be completed, regardless. I was raised to never do anything halfway, and to deliver on what I promise. And I do promise that what I'm working on now will see the light of day eventually. I've been pouring all my effort into making it what I want to make it, writing not just for an audience but for me as well, which is something that I've long struggled with since beginning my career on this site 4 years ago today. So happy birthday, Sandcroft, may you deliver well on your promises.

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  • 37w, 21h
    July Update (Patriotic Edition)

    Alright, we'll keep this one brief. It's all about that project I've been working on for the last, uh, 6 months? Whenever it was that I wrapped up Reversal of Fortune. I haven't done a ton this past month, but I have finished drafting summaries for the remaining chapters, along with writing a few of the more poignant scenes that need to take place.

    Quick Stats:

    - We're up to 25,350 words over

    - 5.5 chapters (I'm halfway done with one)

    - And now I have 400-word summaries for each of the remaining

    - 5 chapters (which includes an epilogue)

    - and you can expect a full author's notes at the end of all this

    No promises on the release date for this, but I can safely say that it'll be out before the end of the year. I know, that's a pretty vague and large window, which probably doesn't do much for your faith in me as a writer, but hey, I'm on vacation. Anyway, I'll just keep on keeping on writing over here, and leave you with a little promise that there'll be more to come!

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  • 41w, 6d
    June Update (Electric Meme-a-loo)

    Hey, it's me. Once again calling through another blog post like that needy girlfriend that you just need a little space from. No no, we're not taking a "break," you just need a little room to breathe. I get it. Don't worry.

    So not much has changed since the May Update. I still have no time to write that "secret project" but that's going to change later this month. I promise.

    But hey, I haven't been completely unproductive regarding it. I figured since I'm forcing you guys to wait through all these updates and sit through countless attempts from me to assuage you that I'm still hard at work, I'll give you a little insight as to how much work I've done on it.

    Quick stats:

    - I've written 20,427 words of it, spread across:

    - 4 chapters

    - and I've just finished mapping out the rest of the story, which will take:

    - 4 more chapters(ish)

    As for what it actually is, I can't let you know let. That'll spoil the fun. I'm not gonna post something silly either, like a promise that I'll be done with it within the month. While it is true that I'll have more time to work on it now, I can't guarantee that I'll be done within the next 25 days. I'll keep you updated though.

    Thanks for listening to your needy girlfriend!

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  • 44w, 5d
    May Update

    Hey, hey, thanks for tuning in, I've got some stuff to talk about today!

    I'll just get right to the list, I guess, since Starlight is out now.

    1. Secret Project's taking top priority for now, but I have quite literally no time to write it, or anything else for that matter.

    2. I've been putting more thought into the rewrite for Fact, Not Fiction which is now under the working title of Pen and Sword. Expect it to have higher priority now.

    3. Adventure story.

    ...That's actually it right now. So not much happening on my end until I've got more free time. Expect more to come later on.

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  • 47w, 4d
    Starlight: Author's Notes

    Xenophilia jokes inbound. Or should I say, Starbound.


    Here's my notes.

    Starlight has an obvious theme. Like, a really really obvious theme. I spell it out for everyone in the letter to Celestia at the end of the chapters. This theme wasn't what I started the story with, but eventually that's what it came out looking like. The letter also wasn't planned, but I couldn't think of a much better way to wrap things up after the fact. I got stuck a few times near the end, trying to make a good conclusion that didn't seem forced or awkward. I'm not too sure if I nailed that one.

    Anyway, let's talk about how the story works. Specifically, why I chose to write it twice. The reason I stated in the A/N in the story is that I couldn't decide whether I wanted Nate to talk or not, so I just wrote two versions of it. That's mostly true, but there's more to it. To examine it further, we have to look into why I chose to have a Novakid in the first place.

    For those of you that aren't too acquainted with the lore behind Starbound, I'd like to direct your attention momentarily to the forum post where the first concepts for the Novakid were introduced. This is where I gathered most of my information regarding Nate's biology and history, along with information on his parents and cues on how to write his personality. Ever since Novakid were introduced into the game, I had a sort of xenophilic relationship with them. (Same can actually be said for the Changelings, but that's a story for another time.) The idea of having a Novakid in the story came pretty late into the development cycle, but it seemed like a pretty natural choice to me.

    Originally, this story was going to be a quick "first contact" story featuring Twilight and an alien, and they'd teach each other some lesson about friendship or whatever. I quickly realized that keeping it like that was super bland and basic, so I turned it up a notch and made the alien mute.

    Ah, progress.

    It wasn't long after that that I discovered the Novakid blog post that I linked earlier, and it made me fall in love with the species even more. So I made it so the alien was a Novakid.

    Okay, great, now we have a bit more of an original story here.

    After reading the blog post more, I noticed a link to the question, "How do Novakid Communicate?" The answer really intrigued me (and kicked my xenophilia up a few notches) so I started to think about maybe letting the Novakid talk a little bit.

    But no, that would mess up the whole "silent communication" thing I've got going.

    So I was pretty torn on that for a good few weeks before I decided to compromise by writing it twice. Indecision at its finest, people. And just like that, bing bang badaboom pow, original(ish) first contact story.

    Let's talk about the characters a little bit.

    First we have Twilight Sparkle, played by Twilight Sparkle, featuring Twilight Sparkle. I'm, like, 90% sure that I wrote her in-character the whole time, but if you point out any time where she seemed OOC I'll probably agree with you. As for how she felt regarding Nate and his loneliness, I drew some of that from the Moondancer episode. Since this story takes place after their reunion, I felt it pertinent that I incorporate some of what she learned from the experience. I wanted her to question his decisions and judge him at first, but then come to the realization later (unlike how she did with Moondancer) that he just lives a different life, and he's pretty okay with that. She recognized that, this time, it wasn't her place to show him the MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP and go to a recreation of a party she didn't go to a few years ago. It doesn't change her belief that friendship is still something that can enrich your life, though, as evidenced in the letter at the end of the chapter.

    And then we have Nathaniel. Nate. That gun-slinging, rootin-tooting, space-farin, shoot-bootin, wing-dingin cowboy from space. I originally had it so he was in his late 30s and was a bit more grizzled and composed, but I quickly realized that was kinda boring to write for an alien, and it didn't lend anything towards humor, so I changed it. As I wrote it, his voice got younger and more cowboy-ish, and it made comedy a bit easier for me to write. Not to mention that it fit his easygoing personality like a glove. As for his personality and his life, that all came mostly from the way Starbound is played, along with cues thrown in from the blog post about Novakid, such as his early life and his tendency to not understand other cultures. His lack of friendship in his life is just something that he's used to after so much time, and it never bothered him (or his isolated species) all that much. That's just his way of life, and he wouldn't have it any other way.

    Alright, that brings us to the end of my notes, I think. If I have something else to add on later I'll just stick it right after the character descriptions with a big "EDIT" sign on it and a date that I added it. Any changes to the story will be accompanied by a "Changelog" blog post saying what's been edited out, changed, or added.

    Big thanks to you, the reader, and all my friends on Skype that preread for me and said that it wasn't a steaming pile of Novacrap. I appreciate that, guys. On that list of people you'll find Manes, who even made a blog post promoting the story, T6, Darklordcomp, and TLSpark.

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  • 51w, 2d
    March (sorta???) Update

    Holy hell does time fly.

    I'll just cut to the chase, not much has changed since February. Except I got a helluva lot busier. Which isn't really fun, but hey, that's what life is all about, right?

    Wait, life's not about not having fun? Shoot.

    Anyway, let's take another look back at my list of things that I made like 4 months ago and revised back in February.

    1.  The secret project has another finished chapter, but has been moved down to slot #2 because I'm close to being done with Starlight, which has taken its place up here. Starlight should be released next month, I believe, along with an author's notes blog post.

    2. Secret Project.

    3. My adventure story is still lacking a antagonist, but I do have a great idea on how to write it. When I actually get around to starting it, you'll hear more about it. It's gonna be kinda like a choose-your-own-adventure?? Sort of???\

    4. Fact, Not Fiction rewrite. Maybe it'll move up to #3 if I finish my other project before finalizing the concepts of the adventure story.

    5. Destiny crossover is basically gone for now.

    6. Same with the Dank Souls crossover. also DS3 hype!

    That's about everything for now, I'll check in next month if I haven't completed anything by then! Which is pretty unlikely given how close Starlight is to finishing!

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  • 57w, 11h
    February Update

    >Insert message about not being dead here.

    So I just have a quick message here for you guys, just basically letting you know I'm still working hard behind the scenes. I have a few projects going on at the same time now, including doing a lot of editing work for a few different people on the site. So regarding what I'm producing for you guys right now, let's take a look.

    Referring back to the list in the post I made back in December:

    1. The secret project is still in development, and it's been switching around in terms of priority. I'm still shooting for that Spring deadline, but I'm not sure if I'll make it. Right now, I'm 21,224 words into it. holy shit that's a lot more than I thought

    2. The rewrite for Fact, Not Fiction has been tabled for now, so keep an eye on it later down the list. Taking its place is an almost-completed new story titled Starlight! You can expect more details on it later!

    3. The adventure story I was planning is still in the "conceptualizing" phase. I have a character and a barebones description, the working title is Transitions and I still have no idea what I'm doing. So unless I get suddenly struck by the great lightning bolt of inspiration, it's probably going to stew for a while.

    4. This is probably where Fact, Not Fiction's rewrite is gonna stay now.

    5. Destiny crossover isn't completely scrubbed, but it's out of sight, out of mind.

    6. Dark Souls II crossover isn't completely scrubbed, but it's out of sight, out of mind.

    So we're gonna see where this all leads me, I guess. Keep in mind that I track my progress on shit on my user page, so you can take a look at what's going on there.

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  • 68w, 3d
    What is Next?

    An excellent question, truly. I did promise that I'd give an answer to said question, and here it is. I've got all my papers in order and such, and I'm ready to give a response.

    - Next I will post the Author's Notes chapter for Reversal of Fortune. That's tomorrow, so keep an eye out.

    - Then, following the 100% completion of RoF, I have a number of projects to work on.

    - I'm editing/prereading for a few stories right now so work is being done there.

    - If you haven't already noticed, I've been collaborating with Darklordcomp a lot now, and we have more coming down the pipeline; it's both of the memey variety and the more serious variety.

    - At the same time I'm working with him on those fics, I'll be working on my own stuff, which I'm guessing is what you care more about.

    So, tangentially related thing, before I tell you what I'm writing next. I'm motivating JakeTheBrony to finish up Wandering Prey, which, if you recall, is a side story to Ungrounded, and takes place within the same universe. As he moves along with that, I'll be working on my own stuff.

    What's that stuff you ask? Well I'll tell you!

    1. A secret project that you'll see completed by Spring at the latest.

    2. A rewrite of Fact, Not Fiction, which, if you recall, was a small story that I began a while back concerning A.K. Yearling and a very interesting journal she found.

    3. An Adventure. If you're familiar with The Substitute Demon, or I am Going to Save, and/or Destroy Equestria!, then you might be pleased to know that I'm planning on trying my hand at something similar, starring a Changeling in the lead role.

    4. Maybe a clopfic. I thought of one like a year ago, and maybe I'll actually write it, who knows?

    5. There's a slight chance of Destiny crossover.

    6. There's also a slight chance of Dark Souls II crossover.

    And that's everything I can think of right now. Everything that I'm considering and everything that I have planned. Depending on how fast I move on these other projects, stuff further down that list might get more attention. I don't really know right now, honestly. But you can count on that secret project being top priority for now, and Fact, Not Fiction can be filed under "Definitely Going to Happen." The Adventure story is in preplanning right now, and all I really have for it at this moment is that it's starring a Changeling, and will be modeled after the two stories I linked (go read them, they're excellent). 4-6 can be thought as just speculative at this point, though. I have about 500 words written for the first chapter (or only chapter, for 4) for each one of them, but there's no guarantee that I'll complete them or publish them. They're more like silly fallback stuff that I can write without being too concerned with themes or motifs, like I was with Reversal of Fortune.

    Alright, that's about everything for now. In about nine hours or so, I'll post the Author's Notes for RoF, and that story will finally be complete!

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  • 69w, 1d
    [Reversal of Fortune] Final Words

    Well that's it, I guess. No more waiting for me to upload a new chapter that takes unreasonably long.

    Wait, there's still the Author's Notes.

    Well that won't take long. Give it a day or two. I need to organize it a little more so it's not just a giant jumbled mess of words.

    Anyway, what a long trip that was! Two years, to the very day! We even got to witness the next game in the series come out while I was still working on this! Man, how the time flew.

    Anyway, I'd like to thank you all for reading, and even putting up with the long waits between chapters. This story wasn't very long, but there was a lot going on, so it was kinda taxing to write for it. That's one excuse, at least. The other one is that I have a pretty busy life, and writing is still just a hobby, so finding time to work on it wasn't always possible. But thanks for continuing to support me as I wrote it all out.

    The A/N will be out soon, and those will be my true final statements on this story, along with explanations as to why I did certain things while writing it, and why I didn't do other things while writing it.

    Also down the pipeline is the amazing "What Now?" blog post that'll surely happen in a week or so. I may not have time, but I always have plans.

    Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you enjoyed Reversal of Fortune.

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  • 70w, 4d
    Almost Done

    It's 2:50AM and I just finished the final chapter for Reversal of Fortune. I'm a little tired.

    All I have to do now is finish up the epilogue, and the story's done. Should be out within a week!

    And don't forget about the bonus Author's Notes chapter that'll release once I clean it up a little bit so it's actually readable for anyone that wants to see it.

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  • 74w, 7h
    [Reversal of Fortune] Chapter 7 Update

    It's 1:11AM but that's cool because I finished the chapter yeah! It's double the original planned wordcount, which is why I should never estimate wordcounts, and it's like a whole month late, which is why I shouldn't estimate release dates, but it's done! Expect to see it tomorrow afternoon!

    Besides, double the time for double the wordcount is worth, right?



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  • 75w, 5h
    [Reversal of Fortune] Friendly Reminder!

    Friendly reminder that if any time you want to check my progress on the next few chapters, I'm constantly updating a little box on my user page with the word count after finishing working on them. It's just off to the right, underneath a little image denoting me a Magician from this little personality test I did way back when.

    In other news, I'm working on all three of the final chapters at the same time now, because it's really hard for me to focus on them one at a time at this point, and the possibility that I release all 3 simultaneously is growing larger by the day. That's not a promise, I'm just saying.

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  • 75w, 6d
    [Reversal of Fortune] Welp...

    I mean, it's 3AM.

    But I've got my groove on right now.

    So I guess now would be as good of a time as ever to get back to work on the next chapter.

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  • 78w, 6d
    [Reversal of Fortune] Update on Updates







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  • 83w, 2d
    [Reversal of Fortune] Progress Report

    Okay, so I might miss that "few days" soft deadline I gave myself and you guys, but it's for a good reason, I promise. I went into my notes and reviewed things, and I found that I really needed to restructure and replan the final few chapters, considering the way things kinda happened in the previous chapters. Along with that, I made a few small edits to other chapters to make the message I'm trying to get across more clear.

    Most notably in those edits is some slight rephrasing in Chapter 5, where Celestia and Luna are discussing how Ryan has Nightmare-like creature inside him. The message I was trying to send was that they figure that he's dangerous, and might explode if given the wrong stimulus, which is what I meant by Luna calling him "volatile," but it wasn't progressed to the point where they had to do something drastic about it, i.e. friendship blast him. Their plans were on track to get him out of Equestria with the tools to face his demons with as much certainty as possible that he wouldn't blow up on their home turf.

    So for those of you who remember that chapter, or wish to reread it, that's the explanation of what's going on there. For the rest of you, I'm still working out Chapter 6, and it's gonna be a little more time. I have to decided if I want to cut and replace this one scene at the end of it, or keep both of them in and raise the chapter count from "yeah, that's pretty decent" to "that's a lot of horse-words." Feedback on that would be appreciated, but keep in mind that if it gets cut, I might not have a place to put it back into the story.


    I'm a total liar, I just bust through it and wrote the rest of the chapter. The scene was cut, as the word count without it is 7,700 and I think I can put it in chapter 7 to raise its word count a little more. So now I just need to reread it a few times over the next two or three days, check with a prereader or two, and then it'll be up.

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Pony Creator v3 · 5:16am

So, as the title suggests, General Zoi's Pony Creator has released its v3 update. Cool new features. Easier posing, more accessories. Cool little things like that. Man, it's TURNING FACES.

Literally, I mean. There's an option so you can rotate your OC's head to make it more like the show. Pretty cool.

I don't like the Pony Creator personally because he never put in the hair that my OC uses. If it had that, I'd be on it, TURNING FACES. That's actually pretty cool, now that I think about it.


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#1 · 185w, 3d ago · · ·

i never made an oc on the v2. the v3 is a lot cooler, but there was a reason i learnt to draw ponies dammit! even if i cant draw a pony that is not a OC(bar luna) for my life.

#2 · 185w, 3d ago · 1 · ·


At least you can draw. I have no artistic talent whatsoever. Well, in the case of ponies, that is. I've been told that I'm good at scenery and backgrounds and stuff, but if it's organic then I'm out.

#3 · 185w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1327223 Same boat as you, can't draw for scrap. I was derpin around last night and found she added scarfs! YES. (very important for one of my OCs, so now when I ask for cover art It'll actually have a scarf on her to show))

#4 · 185w, 2d ago · · ·


Pretty cool, man, pretty cool.

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