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Jan
17th
2022

Amber Ashes is Getting a Reading! · 2:59pm January 17th

The amazing My Name is R has started a reading of Amber Ashes, and I finally got around to listening to it myself! It's quite a strange experience, listening to words you wrote and hearing it interpreted in slightly different, but very interesting and delightful, ways. It's not complete yet, but it's worth a look if you really liked the story. (Or, alternatively, are one of those people who didn't read it originally and like audiobooks.)

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiHXiVPojZQ&list=PLWOBnZxwfYWWrjBzLAWAIr9C12S_q1JzX&index=2

It has the optional short stories dispersed throughout the first few chapters in what I find to be a VERY pleasing order. This was not the intended way to read it but man does it work well. If I ever consider publishing it in any way, I wonder if that will work? I dunno. But I do know this has been a trip and a half for me.

Since I listened to it, I have been reflecting on Amber Ashes. Amber Ashes exists as a single, standalone story, meant to reflect the themes and ideas of Songs of the Spheres in a condensed package. If people want to dig into the massive millions-of-words story after that, good for them, but if not, the story works fine. I also designed it to be completely pony... but also not. Almost everything within it has basically nothing to do with MLP except for the character archetypes. Rarity is Rarity, but having been through a lot of harrowing experiences. Rainbow Dash is Rainbow Dash, but part of an interdimensional task force. Applejack is Applejack, but one who lived forever in the midst of a bunch of turning gears.

One of the ideas I talked about when writing it was that Amber Ashes could be adapted into a completely original story with no pony references at all, and it could be published and shipped out commercially. I never followed up on that, but now the idea is back in my head. I don't know if I should pursue it, but I do think Amber Ashes is one of if not the most consistent story I've written. It... is a book, through and through.

Don't know if I'll visit the idea again. The odd question of what to do about the short stories still remains.

I want to thank My Name is R for making this reading, and I want to thank you lot for reading Amber Ashes. I also encourage other people to read it—it's one of my best, and it means a lot to me.

Who knows what the future holds?

-GM, master of Songs.

Comments ( 3 )

Amber Ashes was such a trip. :) This is great!

Ah I remember Amber Ashes. Good times.

You basically set out what you hoped to achieve. A decent longform story, neverless much more manageable then it's contemporary.

A enjoyable read, from start to finish.

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