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Rao the Red Sun


Master of procrastination and occasional writer of pony stories.

Jul
16th
2018

WriteOff Shill: Redux: Artlectic Bugaboo · 3:54am July 16th

So, it's about that time again. Figure I'd plug the WriteOff event before it actually got started this time. Seems helpful. Anyway, this is one of our odd rounds, called "pic2fic." Instead of writing a story based on a prompt, we'll be having art submissions based on the chosen prompt and then writing our stories based on one (or more) pieces of the submitted art.

It'll be fun, so don't be a stranger; especially if you're an artist.

https://writeoff.me/event/90-TBD

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Jul
9th
2018

BronyCon 2018 · 4:13am July 9th

I'm going. It took months of saving and some cars not exploding in my direction, but I did it. I'll be in Baltimore from July 26th to July 30th.

So, yeah. I'll see you there, or if not, I'll take plenty of pictures.

May
18th
2018

The WriteOff Signal Boost · 4:38pm May 18th

The last story I posted, per the author's note, was expanded from an entry for a regular competition called "The WriteOff." There's a new round starting... a few hours ago actually, so pardon the late announcement. Stories are anonymous for the duration of voting and review, so you can be sure any feedback you get is genuine.

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Mar
20th
2018

How Am Does Do Art? · 5:36am March 20th

So, on something of a whim I bought this drawing tablet. I've always wanted to be better with art, and I have access to the full (but old) Photoshop suite, so I figured what the hell, time to learn. But, my hands have the steadiness of a meth addict sucking on a jackhammer, so I 100% need digital aid in this pursuit. I spent the last several hours playing around with it,

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Jan
19th
2018

Signal Boost: Barcast · 4:05am January 19th

Hey folks. All, like, 5 of you. There's this YouTube channel called The Barcast. They do lengthy author interviews (and occasionally real voice actors!), art streams, fic readings, and some other cool stuff. Long story short, with the upcoming changes to the YouTube rules, if they remain at less than 1,000 subs by February 20th they'll be demonetized.

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Oct
11th
2017

Writeoff, October Edition · 6:47pm Oct 11th, 2017

The good news:
I took my first Writeoff medal this week! It's a bronze medal, but I still feel really good about it. Third out of thirty-seven entries is pretty good. Though, if we organize that list by preliminary results, I would have nailed gold :\ But, finals are what counts.

The bad news:
It was an original fic round, so no publishing here! Ah haha, go figure.

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Sep
19th
2017

New Story: Crucible of Stars · 6:16pm Sep 19th, 2017

Good morning, fellow orbiting bodies. I wrote a thing and it's neat. Kinda weird and fluffy and a little purple, and honestly it could probably use some work still, but what can't, really? I had fun making it and preliminary opinions tell me at least 40% of readers survived initial exposure.

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Sep
11th
2017

Cover Art · 12:48am Sep 11th, 2017

Cover art for stories is important, and difficult. The difficulty is compounded by my lack of artistic talent. Even basic Photoshop stuff is tricky. It's not so bad when a story is inspired directly by an episode, since I can just fire up an episode and take a semi-appropriate screenshot and call it a day.

But when it's not? I'm not sure what to do about that. I'm not quite vain enough to commission art for ~3500 words, but I can't really make things myself.

Maybe it's time to get good?

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Jul
12th
2017

Castlevania · 5:25am Jul 12th, 2017

It was pretty good. Unfortunately, it really didn't feel like a complete season of anything at all. It's only 4 twenty-five minute episodes, and that's incredibly disappointing. That said, the voice work, animation, and writing are all very solid, and it doesn't require a pre-existing working knowledge of the games to enjoy. If you're bored, check it out on Netflix.

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May
21st
2017

Samurai Jack Series Finale [spoiler free] · 6:31am May 21st, 2017

Just watched the actual, last episode of Samurai Jack. The series finale.

Wow. It's a littlerushed to fit what it has to in 30 minutes, but it's damned near perfect otherwise. Sixteen years in the making. Twelve years in the waiting. Ten weeks in the watching.

Every second was worth it.

See you around, Jack. Thanks for everything.

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