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Crystal Wishes


Write your f♥king heart out.


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  • Saturday
    Chillin with the Barcast!

    We gonna have some giggles and some laughs.

    Tune in on Twitch! https://www.twitch.tv/mikesnipe/

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  • Friday
    AWS Training - Day 3

    My notes tonight are pretty terrible for two reasons:

    1) At around 11am I started to crash, hard... because I'd been forgetting to take my B12 vitamins. You'd think for how necessary it is for me to take them, I'd remember to. But this is what happens when I don't have Anzel around to remind me.

    2) The latter half of training was largely dominated by getting pulled into some work tasks that needed attention.

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    5 comments · 102 views
  • Thursday
    AWS Training - Day 2

    Did you know that sitting in a room all day can be exhausting? Because I got back to my hotel room, had some free margaritas, and went to bed.

    Anyway, here are the notes from yesterday's training that I was too tired to post last night!

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    7 comments · 122 views
  • 6 days
    AWS Training - Day 1

    Today marks my first of four days in what is essentially an Amazon Web Services (AWS) bootcamp. To be honest, I went into this thinking it would gloss over the high level of everything, because there is just SO MUCH within AWS that there's no way four days is enough time to go in depth into any of it.

    I'm happy to say that I've already learned a lot of interesting things. Since I know some of my followers are of the tech variety, I thought I'd share some of my notes.

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  • 1 week
    April 2018 Live Event... Today!

    Henlo!

    pls 2 consider asking questions in the question thread

    pls 2 forgive for agenda of lackingness

    tyvm

    also the #lobby is now open, feel free to chat with ur friends before the Live Event with this invite link

    tyvm!!

    have good day

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No one is you and that is your power.

Hello! My pseudonym is Crystal Wishes and, yes—I have an OC by the same name. I am the Quill of Quill & Blade, a universe I write in with my husband, Anzel. Together, we have written over 1.5 million words across almost 20 stories that all feature a diverse and vibrant cast of original characters set in an alternate universe of Equestria.

 

 
 

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical.
Don't edit your own soul according to the fashion.
Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Writing original characters is a tricky business. Folks seek fanfiction because they want to see their favorite characters in situations that the show they love doesn't provide. Original characters don't always have the best reputation, but this is what Anzel and I enjoy writing.

I mainly write slice of life and/or "drama" stories involving original characters from the Quill & Blade universe. While Anzel focuses on the Royal Guard, I tend to stick to the "mundane" ponies.

 

 

People who uplift you are the best kind of people.
You don't simply keep them. You have to treasure them.

While Anzel and I do have a Patreon for those who like our work that much, the existence of it will not affect any of our stories by introducing gated or pay-to-view chapters in any way. Whether you support or not, you will have access to all the same stories and chapters as everyone else.

 

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.

I am always happy to chat, but please understand that the following things:
 
I work a standard 40 hours a week. I also have to eat, sleep, and spend quality time with Anzel. Whatever time is left is spent on personal hobbies, such as writing the stories you're likely following me for.

I am forgetful! If you send me a message and I'm in the middle of something, I am very likely to forget to respond later. It's not personal!

As much as I adore you all, there are a lot of you. This isn't ego, this is fact. There are a lot of people who want my attention.

So, if you want to talk to me, do so!! I don't mind. I just may not start conversations because, frankly, I'd have no time if I started conversations with everyone who wants me to.

 

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

When I'm not writing ponies, I'm likely programming—either for my job or for my hobbies. I maintain a bot for Anzel and my's Discord server, as well as our website, QuillnBlade.com, where you can find extra information and backup copies of our stories.

Quotes to Write & Live By

Anyone and everyone taking a writing class knows that the secret of good writing is to cut it back, pare it down, winnow, chop, hack, prune, and trim, remove every superfluous word, compress, compress, compress...

Actually, when you think about it, not many novels in the Spare tradition are terribly cheerful. Jokes you can usually pluck out whole, by the roots, so if you're doing some heavy-duty prose-weeding, they're the first to go.

And there's some stuff about the whole winnowing process I just don't get. Why does it always stop when the work in question has been reduced to sixty or seventy thousand words--entirely coincidentally, I'm sure, the minimum length for a publishable novel? I'm sure you could get it down to twenty or thirty if you tried hard enough.

In fact, why stop at twenty or thirty? Why write at all? Why not just jot the plot and a couple of themes down on the back of an envelope and leave it at that?

The truth is, there's nothing very utilitarian about fiction or its creation, and I suspect that people are desperate to make it sound manly, back-breaking labor because it's such a wussy thing to do in the first place. The obsession with austerity is an attempt to compensate, to make writing resemble a real job, like farming, or logging. (It's also why people who work in advertising put in twenty-hour days.)

Go on, young writers--treat yourself to a joke, or an adverb! Spoil yourself! Readers won't mind!