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I'm an IT Brony who writes stories based on a show for 8-year old girls whose content is meant for anything but 8-year old girls.

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  • Tuesday
    Feathered Hearts Chapter 11 releases tonight

    Titled The Ties that Bind and weighing in at a healthy 12.2k words, it will be the final original chapter of this sequence and transition back to the original story. Prereads thus far have been very favorable, and judging by the sheer number of google doc comments from my reviewers, it should spark a lot of thought and (hopefully) good commentary among readers as well.

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  • Monday
    Feathered Hearts Chapter 11 in prereads

    It’s a big boi, currently coming in at just shy of 12k words as I bring the bonus material back in for a soft landing to merge it with the original material. This means long-awaited awakenings, revelations, continued intrigue, and coping against a backdrop of an ongoing crisis with the Russian Federation Ibexian Ascendancy.

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  • 1 week
    Back to work...

    At the office following vacation, where I continue to man the fort pretty much alone while everyone else works from home, and on Feathered Hearts, where I have decided to do one more all-new transition chapter before resuming work on editing the original chapters. The objective is to merge the new storyline back into the original and smooth the way forward. As for why, when I thought about

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  • 1 week
    New M-rated Story by AJ_Aficionado...

    For the Summer Sin Celebration. For those of you unfamiliar with it, participating in it means you’re basically part of a story exchange; given an assignment to write someone else’s story request and keep it of limited length. This was the result of AJA’s assignment:

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  • 1 week
    Book 3, Chapter 6 of Into the Storm launches tonight...

    It’s amazing what a little time off can do for your creative juices. I have a couple rounds of editing and need to make two or three minor maps in Photoshop before it’s fully ready, but ready it will be for launch this evening. Hopefully that will be a good way for readers to start their weekends.

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May
22nd
2021

It's a bit embarrassing... · 7:20pm May 22nd

But it turns out that all this time I was wrong about Memorial Day being May 24th. It's actually May 31st. I had it in my head for some reason that Memorial Day can't fall on the last day of May, but I was wrong. And it's a good thing I said something to my coworkers about it on Friday, or I would have stayed home on Monday without thinking and been essentially AWOL. :facehoof:

Embarrassing, but there you are. :twilightblush: So now, the question becomes--do I release on May 24th as promised even though that's not the actual holiday I was aiming for? Or do I delay a week to hit the real Memorial Day and hopefully have more content/get a bigger audience?

Having given it due consideration, I believe I will indeed delay. :ajsleepy: Work has picked up big time, as my manager—my day job is a software developer for anyone interested—is pushing us hard to get a major project done by the end of May, and as a result, it's been harder to get writing done.

Case in point, this latest chapter has been coming a lot slower than the ones before it, though I have been able to get 6000 words down on it in the space of the past week. It's still far from done, though, and I really do want to have at least one and preferably two more chapters finished before hitting the publish button, as well as be able to spend some time just cleaning up and editing the chapters by listening to them recited using the site's voice narration function.

Speaking of which, I just found out that the site's voice narration function has undergone a major upgrade sometime in the recent past. Especially on mobile devices, you can now choose the voice it recites with, as well as the speed with which it does so. Have to say, I rather enjoy hearing my Firefly chapters recited back to me in a male British voice over my iPhone when I'm jogging! Nothing like hearing the word Lieutenant pronounced "Lef-tenant", after all...

In any event, the goal of Memorial Day release remains intact, with hopefully eleven chapters loaded and ready by the time it launches--one for the main story, and ten for the side story, with five on the initial release and the rest released at the rate of one per day after. Guess we'll see if what more or less amounts to a griffon/human sex anthology interwoven with a lot of interesting character info sells on the site outside of old Gentlemanverse and Fearthered Heart fans.

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Speaking of which, I just found out that the site's voice narration function has undergone a major upgrade sometime in the recent past. Especially on mobile devices, you can now choose the voice it recites with, as well as the speed with which it does so. Have to say, I rather enjoy hearing my Firefly chapters recited back to me in a male British voice over my iPhone when I'm jogging! Nothing like hearing the word Lieutenant pronounced "Lef-tenant", after all...

But can the narrator call me a fat, useless sack of fucking Yankee-Dankee Doodle shite?

Posted #2 · May 22nd · · ·

I hear you on time slipping and stretching. The whole last year and change of Covid has done a number on the passage of time for me.

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But can the narrator call me a fat, useless sack of fucking Yankee-Dankee Doodle shite?

I will certainly admit that the voice choices really do need a Gordon Ramsay option! :rainbowlaugh:

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I hear you on time slipping and stretching. The whole last year and change of Covid has done a number on the passage of time for me.

Heard that. I only started working in the office again after 15 months of working from home two weeks ago. It's rather surreal, especially when I'm close to the only person there. They say we're at 10% capacity. It's more like 2%. :ajbemused:

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especially when I'm close to the only person there.

So what you're saying is, nopony will question it if you take enlarged portions from the coffee machine :scootangel::duck:

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So what you're saying is, nopony will question it if you take enlarged portions from the coffee machine :scootangel::duck:

Oh, trust me, I abuse my coffee privileges all to hell! :rainbowlaugh: And they've got a nice machine, too, that can make anything from regular coffees to espressos, French Vanilla, and various mochas/other coffeehouse brews. You can even mix and match coffee types to tweak your caffeine level.

So, I apparently have only a single voice option for the reading voice. How do I get more?

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For my iPhone, at least, you hit the settings button at the far right of the bar that appears when you click Read. You'll get a settings menu with two sliders and a drop-down that contains the voice list, as shown:

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Strangely, you only seem to get two options when you use a desktop browser. At least, that's all I see for Firefox.

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Yeah, I ended up installing another voice package on Windows, and that opened up one more voice option. Unfortunately, none of the ones available are that good.

As for my Android (I'm not shelling out an extra $300 for an iPhone), I've tried tinkering with the text-to-speech voices, and it's gotten stuck on English (United Kingdom), and it's, again, not that good.

I think I'll just settle for reading the fics again the old-fashioned way.

Awww I was looking forward to the new chapter because I have the week off and could read them.
well next week then.

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Yep, sorry about that. :ajsleepy: But it just means more time to write and put the proper level of polish on these things. By this time next week, it'll be live. One week to launch!

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