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billymorph


Hey all, I'm billymorph, a semi-professional writer, self-published author and full-time pony fan. If you enjoy my work, please support me on Patreon!

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Oct
7th
2014

Information Control · 9:04pm Oct 7th, 2014

This blog is in reference to Chapter 3: Boundaries of The Humans in Equestria Club.

Well this one took far longer than it should have, actually it would have been done much sooner if I hadn’t had to delete a long discussion between Twilight and Crystal Cog as to how he’d designed a mass producible binary repeater. This was cut because, A, it had no bearing on the story, B, it was long winded and killed an already slow scene dead, and C, because despite it being internally consistent to my setting, about three people in the audience would have read it as anything but technobabble.

This brings me onto the point of the blog, and that’s control of information.

I find this one of the great difficulties in writing, especially in fan-fiction. Ultimately fan-fic is a chance to play with ideas and concepts around a shared setting, but in my experience it’s very easy to get caught up in ideas and lose sight of the plot. For example, I’ve already got the Prancing Pony bar, but cut from that already overlong description was an entire raft of explanation of why the bar had the name in the first place (turns out, it’s slang for a travelling minstrel that shares a sweet local’s bed for the night). Also unmentioned is all the extra history which is just not finding a chance to chime in (fun fact: the last sack of Canterlot was only 189 years ago and the army involved lead by Celestia, who fought on both sides of the war) and there’s quite a lot of extra physics which is barely being presented and only in the occasional wall of text by Twilight.

All of that is fun to write, but fails to drive the story forwards in any real sense. So in the end it was all cut to make way for things that actually relevant.

Anyway, the question of the week. What’s your favorite story for expanding on the canon? I’m going to chime in early and stake a claim on: Through the Well of Pirene, though I’m also quite partial to: The Celetia Code.

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Lore wise you could probably keep it summarized while describing certain places or things. If nothing else you could probably expand on them a bit with interludes or filler chapters from the perspectives of different club members if you ever get stuck on how the story should continue. Actually interludes done from the perspectives of either Equestrian ponies or club members sounds really good to me.

As for expanding the Canon I'm a fan original content more than anything, I'd like to see your take of equestria and such. Thought drawing inspiration is fine by me too.

I'm rather partial to RealityCheck's nyx stories. He has introduce a number of interesting ideas through out his stories. Like before the great freeze and the unification of the three tribes, the earth ponies were in fact slaves to the unicorns and pegasai. And the biggest idea being that the pony planet is actually a planetoid space ship.

What I do is write a gigantic wall of text full of horrible headcanon technobabble, save it for reference, then replace it with something like "And then she went on to give the most boring speech in the history of speech." Then I can use it as brainstorming.

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I think that mostly that any large info dumps are going to end up here on a companion blog, though there's an interlude coming up the chapter after next that will have a few other POVs to end the first act. I'm really tempted to go into the history of my Equestria at some point actually, it has little or no bearing on the actual story, but I still like writing history in general :twilightsheepish:

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Really? Damn, I've got to give those stories another shot. I really liked some of the ideas that RealityCheck introduced, but I got turned off because most of them were used with the subtly of a brick. And then there were the straw men... :facehoof:

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I'm learning. :derpytongue2: I actually forced myself to cut that stuff this time around.

Really? Damn, I've got to give those stories another shot. I really liked some of the ideas that RealityCheck introduced, but I got turned off because most of them were used with the subtly of a brick. And then there were the straw men... :facehoof:

RealityCheck, aka RH Junior, is about as subtle as a conservative Christian fundamentalist bag of nuts ever gets. :pinkiehappy:

Glad to see you liked my fic~

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RealityCheck, aka RH Junior, is about as subtle as a conservative Christian fundamentalist bag of nuts ever gets. :pinkiehappy:

Which is a shame really, because he's not a bad writer, he just needs a filter sometimes. Ah well.

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