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Dream Bolt


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  • 231 weeks
    Meh....

    I'm sick. Have been for nine days now. I hope that this slight improvement I'm feeling is a 'getting better' kind, and not a 'fluctuate" kind like it was a few days ago.

    Anyhoo, for anypony reading this, here is some random advice:

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    0 comments · 384 views
  • 232 weeks
    Taking A Stand

    Sorry folks, but due to all the debates on my story "Solar Sovereignty", I have taken it down. My stories are designed to bring a little joy and positivity to the world, but sadly it seems that, despite the positive view I was trying to portray the story in, it still ended up causing unneeded conflict, because a bunch of people brought their personal headcanon and opinions to the stage.

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    12 comments · 228 views
  • 299 weeks
    Strange, Isn't It?

    Why is it that whenever I write a story that has 20-something likes, there always seems to be that one person who downvotes it. Just one. Sometimes two. My question is why? They don't comment. The stories have nothing objectionable in them. What makes this random person downvote these stories, while twenty or more other people like it?

    Just musing....

    5 comments · 411 views
  • 313 weeks
    More Mall Hijinks!

    More mall madness! here's my latest story in the Mall series.

    At the Mall Once Again

    0 comments · 289 views
  • 317 weeks
    I'm Baaaaaack!

    Okay, between moving into a new house and my old laptop not having internet access, it's been a while. But here I am again, to regale you with tales of malls, hedgehogs, and whatever the hay else I decide to. As usual, always family-friendly and always fun! Read the new story in the Mall series, or read the silly spin-off MLP/Sonic crossover to tide you Sol Umbrae fans over until the next story

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    0 comments · 238 views
Dec
20th
2015

Meh.... · 3:41am Dec 20th, 2015

I'm sick. Have been for nine days now. I hope that this slight improvement I'm feeling is a 'getting better' kind, and not a 'fluctuate" kind like it was a few days ago.

Anyhoo, for anypony reading this, here is some random advice:

Your cover is the most important thing in getting you views. Good spelling and punctuation are very important to make your cover look really good, even if it's only a silly, random thing. After all, while you can't judge a book by its cover, many people do anyways, so make sure your cover is neat and tidy!

Also, choose your cover image carefully. A good cover image can really draw eyes. I have read a number of stories simply because I thought their cover art was cute/ funny/ endearing. Good cover art says "Hey! I'm puttin' somethin' into this story here!" If you are the lucky type to be blessed with artistic skills as well as writing skills, you can even make your own cover. Of have an artistic friend make you one. The latter also gives out the message "Hey! This story is so awesome some other person will spend their time drawing a cover for it instead of playing video games!"

Finally, make it stand out. You want your cover to grab the reader by the eyes and shout "Read me! Devour my words as if you were Twilight Sparkle! Rush with me as we blaze on in a trail of glory to the spectacular conclusion!" (This applies to slice of life as well. You don't have to have action to be enthralling.) Simply writing a basic description of what happens merely whimpers "Meh, wake me when it's over." Your cover must sing of what you wish to portray!

Observe a few test runs:

No
A magical item appears in ponyville and only Twilight can find the answers.

Yes!
A mysterious, mystical medallion has appeared in Ponyville, causing disquiet, curiosity, and fear. Twilight Sparkle Must take action and uncover the cryptic secrets of this arcane amulet, before panic... or worse... wreaks havok throughout the rural town!

No
The Mane Six meet my OC, Mary Sue, and together, they must fight Tirek!

YES!
Twilight and her friends encounter a new young mare, Mary Sue, who is worried that her bad habit of upstaging main characters in every possible way will make her unpopular. But when the town begins to shun the overpowered alicorn for her lack of character depth, Twilight and her friends must overcome their prejudices and ask for Mary Sue's help. For there is one who hungers for such raw, depthless power, and who will stop at nothing to get it.

(You don't have to reveal the villain in the description or even the tags. A mystery character will make people curious. Still, keep in mind some people will be driven away solely by content. I would not read any fanfic with this plotline, unless is was intended as a parody.)

No
This is the story of how Twilight Sparkle married my OC, Shadow Ripper.

Yes
I am very, very sorry for writing this.

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