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Dave Bryant


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Dec
1st
2020

Art and writing: a curmudgeonly perspective · 4:41am 7 hours ago

“My goodness, you are so talented!” How often an artist or musician hears onlookers gush. “I could never do that!”

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Nov
30th
2020

Pass the hat for I-A-M · 9:00pm Yesterday

Because a sudden move in the age of COVID is no joke. Details on I-A-M’s journal.

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Nov
29th
2020

Representation · 8:38pm Sunday

During a story conference with Scampy, working out the chapter introducing Even Keel and in the process sketching out that character, I made the snap decision they would be nonbinary. To my pleased relief, though not surprise, Scampy immediately endorsed it with enthusiasm. My reasons were many and varied, and not all were clear-cut.

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Nov
9th
2020

More emergent behavior · 5:51pm November 9th

Three-act Play continues to exert a subtle retroactive influence on Virga—or, at least, such influence is revealing itself to me. In this case the influence is on Sunset.

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Nov
5th
2020

Also Liked (at time of publication) · 2:02am November 5th

Key: ⬛️ another of my stories; ⬜️ someone else’s story; 🌇 Twin Canterlots story; 🌃 another author’s continuity; 📖 stand-alone story

Long-form stories
🌇 Foreign Nationals of Unusual Importance ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬜️
🌇 Diplomatic Overtures ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️

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Nov
2nd
2020

As if I needed more stories to write . . . · 3:26am November 2nd

. . . Now my muse Icara is insisting I need to develop the fiction-within-fiction animated series Sunset and Rose discuss in The Campus, with the Mane Seven as the senior officers of the starship Harmony. The trick is developing a space-opera setting and series premise I can work with that still is plausible for half-hour animé-style television. I’ll collect thoughts on it here so I don’t forget

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Oct
19th
2020

The dancing bear · 1:48am October 19th

The wonder of the dancing bear is not how well he dances, but that he dances at all.
—Old Russian proverb

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Oct
10th
2020

Referrals · 6:03pm October 10th

Estee recently posted a journal entry I found intriguing. I too have noticed the presence of Plagscan in the lists of referrals to some of my stories, and I too am baffled by it. Many of the same questions posited in that journal post have occurred to me.

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Oct
6th
2020

Emergent behavior · 5:15am October 6th

Three-act Play is about a lot of things. It’s about depression and anxiety. It’s about self-harm and recovery, physical and psychological. It’s about love—in several forms—and about penance. It’s about Sunset and Rose as much as Wallflower; Rose, in fact, was the reason Scampy asked me to write the story.
   It also is about something else, something I hadn’t considered when I set out on this strange, uncomfortable journey. It’s about burnout.

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Sep
26th
2020

Looking for recommendations · 5:49pm September 26th

To date I’ve relied mostly on screen shots for story art. This works adequately, but I don’t consider it entirely suitable for a number of reasons—among them, using artwork without explicit permission and not being representations specifically of the stories themselves.

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