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Jade Ring


“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” -Sue Monk Kidd

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  • 6 weeks
    I'm Still Here

    Sorry this is going up late. Just finished taking my son trick or treating for the first time.

    So.

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    9 comments · 119 views
  • 7 weeks
    Tick tock, tick tock...

    The pieces align...

    Nine plus One equals Ten...

    On Halloween Night...

    Silence comes to an end...

    It really is strange, isn't it? How the most seemingly innocuous and mundane things can change the very course of one's life?

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    2 comments · 73 views
  • 32 weeks
    Someone stole 'Dear Sweetie Belle.'

    Posted it on another website. They even made new cover art.

    ...

    I've sent the thief a message on the site telling them they have twelve hours to delete the story and apologize. After that, I'm putting them on blast on here and any other avenue available to me. Not to mention reporting the story and the author.

    No links here until the 12 hours are up.

    ...

    Plagiarism is never okay.

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    11 comments · 378 views
  • 38 weeks
    Back in the Saddle!

    So, I know what you're all thinking. "Jade! You're back! You haven't gone this long without posting a blog in years! Where have you been? What are you up to?"

    Fatherhood is the most stressful and wonderful thing I've ever experienced. Everyday with my little gunslinger brings new frustrations and joys.

    One thing it has not brought is much time to write.

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    15 comments · 307 views
  • 50 weeks
    Final Blog Post of 2017, Plus the Year Ahead

    Man, why didn't anyone tell me this fatherhood thing was going to be so time consuming?

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    9 comments · 251 views
Mar
23rd
2018

Back in the Saddle! · 5:18am March 23rd

So, I know what you're all thinking. "Jade! You're back! You haven't gone this long without posting a blog in years! Where have you been? What are you up to?"

Fatherhood is the most stressful and wonderful thing I've ever experienced. Everyday with my little gunslinger brings new frustrations and joys.

One thing it has not brought is much time to write.

To be perfectly honest with you all, there was a moment back in January, just when I went back to work, that I seriously considered throwing in the towel. It crossed my mind that maybe, just maybe, some things never end the way you want them to. Maybe no one would really care if I just posted the outlines of 'On Swift Wings' and 'All the Pretty Little Horses' and gracefully bowed out. At least you all would know how the story was meant to end, unlike those of us who loved 'Total War: Equestria.'

But that made me remember my frustration with not knowing how the war with the griffons is meant to end. It made me remember that we'll never know how Fluttershy reacted to Rarity's sleeping with Mac in SleeplessBrony's last published work. Even worse, it made me irrationally angry to remember how WE WILL NEVER KNOW IF TWILIGHT AND RAINBOW GOT BACK TOGETHER IN 'PONYVILLE UNIVERSITY' DAMN YOU FOREVER SLEEPLESS.

No. No matter how long it takes, even unto the end of FiM, my story will be told.

I knuckled down, finished a chapter of 'the Wicker Mare,' and waited for the words to come for the next chapter of 'On Swift Wings.'

And I waited. And I waited.

I tried some other stuff. I did a long-ass rewrite of Batman v. Superman on the FixingMovies reddit. I brainstormed the idea of a serial type story that I could post bi-monthly installments of just to keep the juices flowing. I adjusted the plot of 'Slender: the Whispering Woods' AGAIN.

Ultimately, I decided to go back to the original story outlines for 'On Swift Wings' and 'All the Pretty Little Horses' and revise them. That's what I'm doing now. 'On Swift Wings' is nearly ready to go back into production. I've excised several unnecessary plot elements and sped up the pace, so that should help things along. 'Wings' is really meant to be a shorter beast than 'Changelings' or 'Pretty Little Horses,' after all.

'Wicker Mare' and 'Here's to Us' are in stasis, but I have no intention of abandoning either.

Now, I said I wouldn't do anymore "this is coming soon" things, and I meant that. What I will do, however, is tell you what new story pages I have created and have ready to go should I decide (or you decide) the story is meant to be told.

-'For the Love of the Craft'

This was going to be my entry in Aragon's comedy contest, but a quarter of the way through, I realized it wasn't very funny. I still love the idea, though and haven't abandoned the story yet. Maybe for Halloween...

-'City Mouse, Country Mouse: A Love Story'

The first two chapters of this are done, actually. I blame certain unnamed Followers who've hooked me on RariJack.

So that's where we're at. Writing when I can, but that's really the same old story. To sum it up; I'm still here, I'm not going anywhere...

...and my pen has not yet run dry.

-Jade

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Comments ( 15 )

So, the short version is that you grew a second head from your chest?

Yeah, I think that's a valid reason for not blogging in a while.

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My little Kuato.

Why does it look like Applejack is pregnant? :unsuresweetie:

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...I never noticed that.

That's just a screengrab from the first movie. I didn't edit it.

It's a mini Jade! Congrats once again sir!

Enjoy the kid!

Great you're going to be getting "back into he saddle," buddy. Can't wait to read these. Baby is so cute, even crying. Congratulations again, my friend. Don't wait to introduce the little guy to the wonders of MLP. Do it soon :rainbowlaugh:.

P.S. After these (and if you have time :twilightblush:), are you going to do anymore stories from your "Dear Sweetie Belle"-verse? I LOVE AU stories and your universe is pretty damn cool :pinkiehappy:.

Glad to hear you're still here!

And Friday the 13th, nice. Oh.... TO THE ART BOARD!!!!!! I swear I've started.:twilightsheepish:

> how Fluttershy reacted to Rarity's sleeping with Mac

Not very well, but they would have made up in the end.

> WE WILL NEVER KNOW IF TWILIGHT AND RAINBOW GOT BACK TOGETHER IN 'PONYVILLE UNIVERSITY'

Oh of course they would have :twilightblush:

Sorry, everyone.

PS : Cute kid, congrats!

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Ha, nice.

I was actually pretty okay with where Ponyville University ended. It's been a couple years since my last re-reading though.

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I have never in my life done a legitimate, real life spit-take until I saw the words "SleeplessBrony has commented on your blog post."

What about "A Decent Proposal", will that remain in indefinite hiatus?

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Believe it or not, I'm toying with the idea of a massive change. See, I love the story, but I'm not comfortable in my ability to write full pony clop.

So I'm thinking about making it anthro instead,

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That's a bit disappointing. Not that I hate anthro, but I usually prefer full pony. Maybe first you should just try typing a random clop scene, no build up, no preamble, just see how you do with the main event using full pony and then decide after some peer review. But do what you think best.

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