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Hoopy McGee

Hoopy's just this guy, you know?

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  • 123 weeks
    The beard of regret.

    This is a post about beards. Specifically, my beard. There's pretty much nothing else, so I encourage you to skip this post if you couldn't care less about beards.

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  • 127 weeks
    Heh, whoops...

    So, trust me to do a big "I'm back!" post and then immediately disappear for a couple months. Sorry about that! The last couple of months at work have been a little brutal, there's some personal home-life stuff happening, and I'm just generally out of practice when it comes to posting. I'll make an effort to post more frequently!

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    23 comments · 1,225 views
  • 137 weeks
    Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! And happy Thursday for those who don't!

    Thus kicks off the traditional holiday season chaos! Get ready for the next few weeks to be filled with holiday music, Christmas specials, and constant reminders of various sales in order to encourage more and more shopping!

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    9 comments · 733 views
  • 138 weeks
    I can see clearly now...

    First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for the warm welcome I got the other day on my previous blog post. I'm not surprised, this is the kindest and most welcoming community I've ever been a part of, but it was very much appreciated! It underscored for me how much I missed being here.

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    29 comments · 1,429 views
  • 139 weeks
    The Triumphant Return of Hoopy McGee!

    (Alternate Blog Title: My god, so many notifications!)

    Hi, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well in these trying times! 

    Well, I’ve decided to return to Fimfiction after an incredibly long absence. I’ve really missed this site, especially the community that resides here. 

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New story: Project Sunflower · 5:45am Feb 4th, 2012

Well, with much trepidation, I've just submitted the intro and first four chapters of my newest story, Project Sunflower, for moderation.

I really, really hope people like it. And, if you don't, please tell me why. What could I make better? How could I change things to make them more interesting/fun/exciting?

This is going to be a relatively long story, for me. I plan on getting one new chapter up a week, until it's done, and they will all be around 5k words in length (I'm guessing). It's another "humans meet ponies" type of story, but with a little twist, though one that I'm sure isn't all that unexpected or unusual.

To be honest, this one had me banging my head against the wall for weeks. The Black Tide, the sort-of "villain" of the work, is a heavily modified version of something that I had been using for another story that I was writing years ago (which fizzled out and eventually went nowhere). I decided to re-use it for this story, because I needed a desperate situation and grave threat that would push people in the direction I wanted them to go. I started out by trying to describe, in some detail, what the Tide was, what it was doing, and humanity's efforts to fight it. And I got nowhere, weeks of spinning my wheels as I discarded draft after draft of the first chapters of this story.

Finally, I realized what the problem was. I didn't want to write about the Tide. I wanted to write about ponies. I had to get past the Tide and get to the meat of the story that I actually wanted to write. So, how do I do that, and still let people know that there is a dangerous threat facing the planet?

Easy. I cheated. That's what the "memos" are in the introduction. That's me cheating, so I can drop a ton of exposition to get it out of the way as soon as possible.

In previous drafts, at my worst, that first part, just the introduction, took up three chapters and close to 20,000 words in itself. Thank Celestia I scrapped that. If I didn't want to write all that, why would you want to read it?

Once the story (hopefully) gets passed by the mods, I hope you enjoy the first few chapters. I'm really happy with that last chapter, though I think the first three are still a bit too "talky". And, obviously, chapter 5 is where things are going to start getting really fun!

Have a good one!


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