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Jade Ring


The purpose of a story is that it's a story. It can be more, but it can never be less.

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  • 9 weeks
    Friendship is Magic: the Musical

    So I've been trying to find ways out of my recent funk, and this was one of the most recent attempts. I thoroughly enjoyed the freshman season of Hazbin Hotel, particularly the outstanding musical numbers and how the whole season could, with just a few small modifications, be made into a Broadway style stage musical.

    So I figured hell, why not do the same with Friendship is Magic?

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  • 13 weeks
    Our Last Anniversary

    I've been radio silent on social media since my now ex-wife and I announced our split. A few days ago, I was moved to write this and post it on Facebook. Figured I might as well post it here as well.

    Folks say it's pretty good.

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    6 comments · 318 views
  • 16 weeks
    State of the Author 2023

    It's bad.

    Real bad.

    So it should come as no surprise that my wife and I are divorcing. We're having to take it slow because she's so close to the end of her degree and I want her to be in a good place to help take care of our boys. We're still co-habitating, still friends.

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  • 18 weeks
    GUTTEN KRAMPUSNACHT!

    Have you all been good this year? If not, you'd better watch out...

    Before you dive into the Last Hearth's Warming Horror Story, why not refresh your memory with Scribbler's amazing full cast reads of the first two?

    All caught up? Good...

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    1 comments · 141 views
  • 19 weeks
    New Story Incoming

    It's taken years. Multiple plot revisions. The complete scrapping of "Silent Night." More false starts than I'm okay admitting. And, ultimately, it took the collapse of the life as I've known it to drive me into the mindspace necessary to find this lost child in the wilderness and finally bring her home.

    I hope the wait has been worth it.

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Dec
25th
2017

Jade Reviews: Scribbler Productions' Adaptation of 'Grogar: a Hearth's Warming Horror Story' · 6:55am Dec 25th, 2017

After months of anticipation, fanfic reader extraordinaire Scribbler has released her four part full-cast adaptation of my very own 'Grogar: a Hearth's Warming Horror Story.' My thoughts on each part below the break!

-While I was expecting a full cast, music, and sound effects, the custom art caught me completely by surprise in the best of ways.

-Mickey the Sass Master completely steals Part 1 with her performance as Silver Spoon. She really captures Silvy's escalating rage and insanity.

-The music as a whole is fantastic, but the piano cover of "Hello Zep" (the main theme from SAW) as the scene builds to Grogar's arrival just takes it to the next level.

-The first image of Part 2 might be my favorite in the series. The look on Diamond Tiara's face is chilling.

-LullabyVA and Agent0Fluffy take the Best Voice Award for Part 2 (by nailing Scootaloo's final breakdown and Granny's monologue, respectively.)

-I really enjoy Sweetie Belle's singing of "Jingle Bells" at the end fading into the very downbeat buy pretty version of the song over the end credits.

-The soundscape for this one is particularly well put together. The wind on the walls, the crackling fire, and Granny's singing all create a nice little ambiance for the two conversations.

-The acting in Part 3 is uniformly excellent.

-Applejack's death is just as horrifying as I imagined. The sound-scape adds so much to this scene, with the ambient screams and howling winds.

-Grogar's defeat is also pretty much exactly how I imagined it. The epic music, the pulsing light... so good. It truly feels like a moment of pure triumph.

-I'll be damned if the last moment between Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara isn't MORE effective in the audio than it is in the story.

-I LOVE the last image before the climax. There's so much emotion. I particularly love the exhausted satisfaction on Applebloom and Diamond Tiara's faces. The little bit of hopeful music adds just the right touch to soften you up before the final scene.

-Oh that final scene is just... (chef kiss). All the kudos to FlurryPalette and LCPegasister for NAILING that laugh/cry/scream that I always pictured. I'd also love to know who did the art for the last scene, because they somehow perfectly captured what I'd always meant for that scene.

All in all, Scribbler exceeded my every expectation. I want to thank her, the VAs, and the artists who brought my little scary story to life in a way that none ever has before.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Be good.

For goodness sake.

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