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  • 2 weeks
    To Fleur or not to Fleur? That is the question.

    In the last couple of days, I've finally began the process of moving forward with my writing. Hearing that may excite some and bum out others, as I have noticed that I can be very wordy compared to other writers out there. I think that looking back, even though I was introducing an original character and a new concept in "The Blue and the Grey" (namely the Royal Flying Corps), I really could have

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  • 11 weeks
    Two more chapters

    In the last few weeks, I actually managed to get a bit more of both "The Blue and the Grey" and "Danger Close" out there. I figure that "The Blue and the Grey" has probably two more chapters to go, but I really don't have a final idea for "Danger Close" yet. I'd like to finish these darn things, but the last thing that I want is something rushed, or just plain abandoned. I've read a story like

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  • 25 weeks
    Intellectual honesty

    I had an interesting experience over the last week. I had recently renewed a discussion with another blogger regarding (in a roundabout way) Princess Luna, and an alternate potential ending to the series that another writer proposed in a story. The blogger asked me to propose how this alternate ending would have played out, and I did, to a less than enthusiastic reception.

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  • 31 weeks
    Inspiration in the midst of a pandemic

    Today I did something that was probably way overdue, I trimmed down the number of stories that I was following. I wasn't that I wasn't still interested in the stories on the list, but I had to conclude that those stories probably weren't going anywhere. Some of them I moved to my favorites list, but others I cut lose.

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  • 40 weeks
    Bumping up the Numbers

    Having gotten the latest chapter of "The Blue and the Gray" out and into the world, I find myself turning once again to my other active story, "Danger Close". I'm thinking that I can make some progress on that over the next couple of weeks, having finally gotten a critical character a bit more sorted out. Which is a good thing, because I seem to find myself rereading a lot of my own work these

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Strange Brew · 2:48pm Feb 25th, 2019

I've been looking at some of the stories again, killing a bit of time while I procrastinate about my current story, and I've noticed once again something I find disturbing. That is, the tendency of so many stories to generalize behaviors over entire groups. I had thought that things like this were limited to certain clop-fics, but I've found it showing up in other places as well, even to a certain degree in the MLP movie. And for me at least, it raises the question of just how the ponies of Equestria, and the characters in these stories in general, should be thought of.
When we see our characters, we think of them (or at least most of us think of them) as individuals, driven by their own personalities and interests. But I've noticed that many times, the whole matter of them being instinctual animals gets highlighted. (...ponies are 'gentle creatures') or their gender becomes an issue, used to limit what a character might do. Or we see another tendency, that of having an unusual trait have to be validated by making it common. (well...see! Everybody does it!). This is not to say that there are not common traits that groups have in common. But what I see here is a reluctance, or unwillingness, to allow for exceptions. Our ponies may have some instinctual behaviors, but they are not the creatures that on would find in some pasture out on some gravel road somewhere. They are intelligent, each experiencing life in their own way. And certainly people are the same way. You could show 30 people the same piece of evidence, and get at least a few who will argue about what they've seen. People filter life through their experiences and education, and no one, not even the closest of siblings, agrees on everything. I guess what I'm saying here is that rules have to allow for exceptions at times, and that, especially in writing, exceptions don't have to be the rule in order to have value.

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