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    Jul
    18th
    2016

    Vague Worldbuildy Things · 4:43pm Jul 18th, 2016

    On Hunting Season, Scourge of Lightning asked a couple of questions about burliness that have branched off into some worldbuildy aspects, and more importantly, is getting really long. I'm also copying the conversation about Bigness just to make it easier to reference at the bottom. If you're really interested in the silly world in my head, there's some aspects here, though the post gets long for archival reasons. I'll have a second one up if you have questions about worldbuilding in just a sec.

    Be warned, extremely minor spoilers and way too much thought into a pornverse ahead. And severe abuse of parens and other poor, mistreated punctuation.

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    Jul
    18th
    2016

    Questions about the Hyperverse · 4:45pm Jul 18th, 2016

    So, especially including the archive of the questions Scourge asked, that last one got long. If you've got questions about the Hyperverse, even just including what people are doing or look like, as long as they aren't too spoilery, feel free to ask them here.

    Edit: Semi-closing for the week; anything larger than a sentence or two will have to wait until next week so I get some actual writing done, rather than a thousandish words about what Sunset Shimmer looks like naked, and a thousand and a half about what the EqG 'verse is like, and only about 750 on Oranges. Someone ping me next Sunday instead of Monday and I'll have more time to answer.

    Jul
    3rd
    2016

    Speculation and Worldbuilding: a Pony Trading Card Game · 10:45pm Jul 3rd, 2016

    In a previous musing post, I covered the idea of pony playing cards. In another, I discussed magic pony sports. Both of these are the sort of things influenced by tradition and simplicity. Today, I'd like to discuss a type of game that is the opposite: something that is explicitly constructed and designed. That's right, today we're discussing the cultural fixture that is the Trading Card Game.

    The first thing to consider is which property/franchise a pony TCG would adapt. The two major in-universe franchises we know about are Daring Do and the Power Ponies.

    A Power Ponies TCG is pretty easy to envision: there's been so many IRL superhero TCGs that it would likely follow a similar mold. Think the VS System or Dice Masters or even the older ones like ReCharge and Overpower: fairly light games revolving around combat and card play.

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    Nov
    13th
    2016

    Sex and World-building · 5:18pm Nov 13th, 2016

    I've recently discovered something: some of the best world building I've read in the last few years is coming from porn (or, "clop" for us pony perverts in the know).

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    Jul
    13th
    2015

    Ghost on Worldbuilding 2—The Teleology of Technology -or- Revolvers in Equestria, Yay or Neigh? · 4:47pm Jul 13th, 2015

    Hello my readers... uh. Um. Damn. Plum ran out of adjectives.

    Mm...ah!

    Hello my readers augusti et augustae!

    Well. It'll have to do. For now.

    (Warning: Long post is loooooong. If you just want the Equestria bit without me ranting about... oooh, all manner of thing, just read sections I, V, and VI.)

    I—Colt Revolvers?

    So. Let's say I write a scene in which, threatened, Dotted Line pulls out a revolver from his saddlebags. How many would be thrown clear out of the story by the technological/tonal incongruity? Previous experience shows that it would be quite a number of you. Not a few found issue with the word 'sniper' used in my last story even though said snipers were armed with more appropriate (?) crossbows.

    In retrospect I missed a perfect opportunity to use the phrase 'marksmare.' Ah well. L'esprit d'escalier, and all that.

    But are crossbowmares more appropriate than snipers? Why aren't there guns in Equestria?

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    Sep
    17th
    2015

    Actually, I'm Dead - Autopsy: Schrodinger's Butterfly of DOOM! · 2:29am Sep 17th, 2015

    No, not that Doom.

    Okay, first of all, this editorial was meant to come before Chapter 7, right after the second interlude. But the absurdly bad timed combination of my nephews coming to visit, a bone-crushing cold and your typical Chilean earthquake delayed its publication, so here it is.

    Now, here's one good question that the interlude was supposed to raise but nobody asked; What's up with Trixie being "outside destiny"?

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    Feb
    8th
    2017

    Some Thoughts on Worldbuilding · 9:58pm February 8th

    His brow creased with concentration, Lofting set the ruler across the map, made a few fine adjustments, and traced a line from East to West. This done, he studied his handiwork a moment, laid his tools aside, and stabbed a fingertip upon where the pencil marks crossed. "That is where we must go," he said.

    The rest of us crowded about him and looked to where he pointed. It was a good modern map, with more details and fewer blank spaces than my own. But it was to one of these blanks that Lofting pointed, and the pencil lines met in the space between two words: Unknown Territory.

    Holy smoke--I wrote that.

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    Apr
    24th
    2017

    Being a Better Writer: Politics · 8:42pm April 24th

    Oh dear, what have I done? Why did I ever even write this topic down? What was I thinking? And then I picked it?

    Actually, it's not that bad. Some of you readers may have had similar reactions to seeing this topic, considering what it could discuss ... and let's be honest, that is a topic I could discuss, and likely will at another time.

    Just not today. No, today's topic of politics isn't going to be involved with the real-world, thankfully (because that's a mess). No, instead I want to talk about the politics in your book. No, not those "social politics" of the theme and whatnot. Not that at all. That's the other topic, the one most of us dread because it's so overblown these days.

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    Apr
    13th
    2017

    Equestrian calendars and the lunar portal cycle · 5:16pm April 13th

    I've just read Krickis's post on when the portal to the human world opens, and while composing a reply to some of the comments there, I've come across a rather nice coincidence (and co-incidence) in how often it opens. Before I describe it, though, some groundwork is necessary to establish the conditions that make it work. I can't help but take the opportunity to describe my own elaborations on that groundwork, as they relate to the worldbuilding that underlies not only both stories I currently have out but also most of the ones I'll release in the future. If you're impatient and just care about the portal, skip ahead to the last three paragraphs.

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    Nov
    2nd
    2016

    Unto Darkness: A Crossover Project · 2:04am Nov 2nd, 2016

    ... So I'm working on something for once. It's a Crossover story between Dark Souls and My Little Pony. Not very (or at all) original, perhaps, but I am excited to develop and (hopefully) get to writing it sometime. I still need to do quite a lot of research into both MLP and Dark Souls for this project to come into full swing, but I'm willing to wait. Rushing something like this just isn't fun. Posting the progress I've made so far is a great opportunity for those who have somehow come here to see how I operate and, y'know, what I have. Some of the thoughts posted here are unfinished and still in-progress, so be warned.


    Unto Darkness
    (working title)

    -What is ‘Unto Darkness’?

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    Aug
    18th
    2016

    Schizo Tech Explanations, #1 · 1:34pm Aug 18th, 2016

    In today's explanation of some of the higher-end stuff seen in Equestria's Schizo Tech, specifically electronics...

    Consider, ye all, just how much easier it is to build semiconductor-based devices when you can place a special order with your friendly local rock farmers to grow you some utterly flawless pre-doped monocrystalline silicon wafers to order, thus short-circuiting the inconvenient first stage of the manufacturing process and that tedious mucking about with Our Friend, Hydrofluoric Acid.

    (In tomorrow's show, we explain how the wafers are etched by exquisitely careful watchmaker unicorns with OCPD... the small number of which is probably why there aren't a lot more electronic devices around.)

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    Sep
    26th
    2016

    Being a Better Writer: Static Backdrop · 10:10pm Sep 26th, 2016

    You ever watch an old movie? Not like black-and-white, pre-talkies era, but forties or fifties-era flick. You know, color, but early color, surprisingly regular inclination to break into song and dance?

    It was a thing.

    Anyway, if you've ever sat down and watched one of these older flicks with friends, family, or even on your lonesome, it's likely that at some point during the runtime of the film, a comment similar to the following was made:

    Hey, you! Don't walk into the backdrop!

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    Feb
    7th
    2017

    Being a Better Writer: Don't Neglect Your Backdrop · 5:51pm February 7th

    Apologies for the delay. My other job scheduled me for several Mondays in a row, and I wasn’t able to get this post done well enough in advance to make the release date. Next week’s post should be done more in advance, however.

    There was a post I made here, once, where I brought up the “painted on backdrop.”

    If you’ve not seen a lot of old movies, this may take a small bit of explaining, but not much. But in the days before computers, if you wanted to shoot a scene someplace and make it look like somewhere very different (say, your desert lot was perfect for the shoot, but didn’t have the canyon-filled background you needed), you didn’t need to travel somewhere expensive. Instead you would just use a cleverly design backdrop, a piece of canvas with the background you wanted painted over it. Carefully, mind you, so that shadows and whatnot lined up.

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    Jun
    5th
    2017

    Orbital Friendship Cannon · 3:09am June 5th

    ...because just in case I need them, I am exactly the sort of person who would sketch out the plans of a satellite-based system capable of delivering a hot, fresh beam of Elements-weaponized Harmony (tm) to any point on the surface of Equus in under ninety seconds, along with notes on proper operation.

    Why do I mention this?

    So that I can publicly pledge not to consider placing the Crystal Heart in a second such system and calling it the Satellite of Love, of course!

    (P.S. Alas, I've already commissioned some cover art for a book this month, so my budget probably won't stand doing it again soon; but if anyone with actual artistic talent feels inspired to turn my crude sketch of the O.F.C. into something more attractive with the requisite Equestrian stylings, I'd be happy to send it on.)

    Mar
    13th
    2017

    Retrospective: Cycle · 5:11pm March 13th

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    Mythical birds? Check. Teenage dragons being teenagers? Check. Epic griffon versus dragon war? Check. Dramatic entrance? Check. Totally unexpected culture and lore building? Check.

    Think that’s it.

    Let’s get this party started, shall we?

    Welcome to the retrospective on my first non-Wavelengths FimFiction story.

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    Oct
    30th
    2015

    Worldbuilding - Armor · 12:47am Oct 30th, 2015

    Ever wonder what sorts of armor is used in Equestria and the lands beyond? Here's my two bits as a HEMA fighter and history nut.

    We see metal in the show, both in the Guards ceremonial/uniform piecemeal, and in Castle-mane-ia where we see proper articulated plate on racks. This means Equestria has armor on par with the 1600s which is still used despite having modern technologies available, indicating in their world this armor is effective against monsters and the weapons of the day. This stuff is good in their setting, however, while armor reducing your mobility is largely a myth (properly made and fitted plate armor is actually less restrictive than chain mail, or even thick clothing.) it dose weight a lot, and you will get tired faster than an unarmored person.

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    Apr
    28th
    2015

    Immortality and Emotion · 3:41pm Apr 28th, 2015

    Immortality—or a functional equivalent—is one of those situations that presents an interesting challenge to writers. It has no real life equivalent, so writers have nothing to reference to give it verisimilitude. Like all unorthodox situations, the freedom available to writers is offset by the need to ground it in reality and consistency. How would one react to situations, how would they act, if they had lived for centuries or millenia? How would it affect their outlook? Or their emotions?

    This is compounded in the world of FIM—not only do several major characters have long lifespans, but they all act rather differently. An author working in the verse needs to address the above things, and also needs to make sure their characterization slots into canon (or at least doesn’t contradict it, but that’s another blog).

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    Dec
    17th
    2015

    Map of the Old World · 1:39am Dec 17th, 2015

    Hello everybody

    I've been working on a map of Equestria to help me while I write this story, and over the Christmas season I'll be making the finishing touches. Do you all want to see it? It's a little bit different (well a lot different) from the "official" Equestria map (I'm not sure its official, but it might be).

    Anyway, so I'll be scanning that and uploading it, probably in another blog post, but if anyone has a better idea of where to put it please tell me via comment or PM :moustache:

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    Sep
    20th
    2016

    “He’s a God, You Fool. It’ll Take More Than One Shot.”: Immortality and Death · 2:14am Sep 20th, 2016

    There is one part I always remember about Princess Mononoke. Well, a few parts: that creepy scene with the humans disguised as boars and the tentacle animal monsters, for instance. But one line in particular stuck with me more than any other. At the climax when Lady Eboshi shoots the great forest spirit. A bullet pierces its head, but it calmly continues walking. The men look on in disbelief, and Lady Eboshi chastises them, “He’s a god, you fool. It’ll take more than one shot.”

    In a past musings post, I discussed the idea of Immortality and Emotion. In that post, I posited that immortals—and their personalities—can be characterized in a lot of ways because it's a purely fictional concept. Though some scientific research has brushed against the fringes of it, it remains something that can’t have verisimilitude: it can’t take cues from real life, because it doesn’t exist in real life.

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    Dec
    5th
    2016

    Being a Better Writer: Empty Details · 10:11pm Dec 5th, 2016

    Today's topic is a bit of the inverse of the one I wrote last week. I didn't intend for this at first—in fact I had no plans for an inverse article when I sat down last Monday; the appearance of this one is entirely coincidence brought about by something I was reading.

    But coincidence aside, it's a worthwhile topic to discuss, because it's something that can crop up all to easily in fiction ... even among experienced authors. For example, while I tend to notice empty details occurring pretty regularly among young writers, I also occasionally find them in finished works as well (one such notice being the result of today's topic). Given all the time that I've spent on this blog discussing the importance of little details and how we can feed things out to our readers, I feel that it's important, then, to discuss the inverse: empty details.

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