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I'm a practising Seventh-Day Adventist Christian trying to improve his stroy writing and drawing skills.

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  • 110 weeks
    "Equestria, My Home" Extended Lyrics

    Good Morning from my Writing Lair! This is Shadow_8472, and today, I am sharing my extended lyrics for "Equestria My Home." Let's get started!

    Equestria, the land I love
    a land of harmony
    Our flag does wave from high above
    for ponykind to see

    Equestria, a land of friends
    where ponykind do roam
    They say true friendship never ends
    Equestria, my home!

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  • 115 weeks
    Pulp Crossover: Fluttershy Joins the Dark Side

    Good Morning from my Writing Lair! This is Shadow_8472, and today, I am exploring a crossover my sister suggested. I had a false start writing it as a first draft, but it didn’t feel like it could go anywhere. I’m iterating ideas faster than I can record them. Hopefully, I can come up with something worth someone editing into a story. Let’s get started!

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  • 119 weeks
    Blog Reformat

    Good Morning from my Writing Lair! This is Shadow_8472, and this month, I've stepped back from weekly posts here. Let's get started!

    As I said before, maintaining both a robotics blog and a writing blog is just a little too much for me long-term. I still want to do a little writing, so here I am, now on a monthly basis.

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  • 126 weeks
    KSC's New Manager Reconsidered

    Good morning from my Writing Lair! This is Shadow_8472, and today, I am continuing thinking about my KSP crossover. Let's get started!

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  • 127 weeks
    KSC's New Manager

    Good Morning from my Writing Lair. This is Shadow_8472, and today, I'm going to try writing a scene for a prospective fanfiction I want to at least toy around with without committing to a full first chapeter. Let's get started.

    I've recently gotten the DLC for Kerbal Space Program. I want to try writing a scene or two and see if it turns into anything.

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KSC's New Manager Reconsidered · 12:55am Dec 17th, 2019

Good morning from my Writing Lair! This is Shadow_8472, and today, I am continuing thinking about my KSP crossover. Let's get started!

I got some feedback on my story idea from yesterday. A chat mod on the FiMFiction Discord expressed concern that the staff here wouldn't consider the finished product "pony enough." I'm not dead set on this project, but I still think it can be a fun character exercise. There's also the matter of crossovers being difficult to do well. I am a relatively new writer in terms of experience. I have dream projects I want to do well, but this is something I like the idea of trying, but not having a full commitment to finishing.

Assuming I were to go on, a detail or two would likely change with the original idea. Instead of Twilight being jammed into the world of Kerbal Space Program as a lone pony in a kerbal's body, I may need to pull a page from the show, Quantum Leap and have both Twilight and the narration see a lavendar Unicorn/Alicorn body while any kerbal --or Twilight looking at her own reflection-- would see another kerbal.

Another thing I was considering was having the Mane 6 along. Admittedly, I don't consider myself that strong with all of them, particularly Rarity, though I can just imagine Rainbow having a laughing fit at some of Twilight's early, unresearched designs. She might not understand it with enough vocabulary to get it into Twilight's head right away, especially if I set it earlier on in the series, but rockets are so unlike anything we've seen in Equestria, relatively complex airplanes are likely going to be easier to design successfully with a natural flier along. That said, Rainbow would make the perfect test pilot.

Applejack is often assigned the role of engineer with her talents in terms of fixing stuff. While Twilight is the obvious first choice for scientist, having her in charge of the overall program would leave that position open. Pinkie or Spike, maybe.

My main goal would be to parallel the experiences one has while playing. I think Twilight's magic would open up too many shortcuts, but the idea of Rainbow or Fluttershy bailing and flying back to safety is appealing too. Maybe Twilight simply needs supplies including a magic boulder to return home, but levitation works just fine. Enchanting rocket parts for increased heat or g-force tolerance can actually be replicated in-game, but I don't want that.

The most important question I was asked was: "What does having Twilight Sparkle add to the story?" Normally, I see this applied to OC's, but I can see the point. I don't have a verbal answer, but I just want it to happen. Until I have a good enough excuse, I'm not going to put too much work into it.

Final Question: What kind of KSP moments would you like to see ponies go through, and would it have any potential for a good story?

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