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Bok


My stories have a 1/1000 chance of teleporting you back in time to the Siege of Leningrad.

Jun
8th
2019

There are no rules. Only principles. · 10:25am June 8th

Humans tell stories. We always have, and always will. But what we haven't always done is tell stories in text, and it's not something that comes to us naturally the way verbal storytelling does. To compound on this, I've noticed over the years that the lessons we teach people on how to read and write when they’re young give them a functional grasp, ie you can understand what they’re saying at least, but it helps precisely none towards the actual art of wordcraft.

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May
30th
2019

Nice weather is a non-event · 2:53am May 30th

It's something of a cliche at this point that a story literally starts with 'it was a beautiful day in ponyville'. It's mocked a lot, and for good reason. At the same time, I very well think there's a reason it became the butt of so many jokes in the first place, for a very simple reason: it's how a very large chunk of the episodes start. A pan-down from the sky, or a pan-up from the ground, showing Ponyville having nice weather.

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May
24th
2019

Writing Rampage · 10:20pm May 24th

I recently went to EFNW. Had a lot of fun.

And now that I'm back, a familiar pattern returns to me, as it does every time I come back from a con. I came back with a lot of horse story ideas, and I intend to write every single one of them down.

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May
24th
2019

Original Character, Please Steal · 7:56am May 24th

Hi, I'm Bok, and I've somehow tricked you into reading a blog post about fanfiction.

In terms of fics, OCs are weird creatures, and I don't mean this because so many of them are literally weird nonsensical color-clashing abominations. What's always struck me as odd about so many people's OCs is how very, very defensive and possessive their creators are about them, leading to the ever-repeated phrase Original Character, Do Not Steal.

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May
21st
2019

Jojoing · 8:59pm May 21st

There's generally a few giveaways on this site that an author is really inexperienced. Most of them are pretty obvious: walls of text, bad dialogue formatting, consistently bad spelling, but most authors are quick to fix these when they're pointed out. However, there's one trait I've found is nearly-universal, especially if the author is very young, and is somewhat harder to simply point to. I dub it 'Jojoing', after the anime/manga where characters tend to explain action as it happens.

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May
14th
2019

Death to Kill Your Darlings · 9:58pm May 14th

There's a lot of pithy writing advice out there. One-liner phrases that sound clever, but don't actually tell you anything, and in a lot of cases, are actively harmful. Probably the most popular of these is "kill your darlings", which I've seen regurgitated ad nauseum in basically any sufficiently large group of writers I've ever interacted with. Over the years, my stance on this phrase has hardened, and my position is set:

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Apr
14th
2019

Retrospective: Evergreen, Everfree · 5:59am April 14th

Retrospective: Evergreen, Everfree


One of the earlier fics I wrote, Evergreen Everfree was a Gravity Falls crossover originally titled under the name Friendship is Supernatural, which I ended up changing down the line because there was already a bunch of stuff called that.

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Apr
8th
2019

Retrospective: The Headhunters · 11:24pm April 8th

Retrospective: The Headhunters


I was at Bronycon last year. I laughed, I cried, I found the secret portal to Equestria that I never told anyone about, but most importantly I entered in the fanfic writing panel's writing contest, Them's Writing Words, which only had the rules that it couldn't be horse porn and it had to be under 4000 words.

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Apr
3rd
2019

Retrospective: A Batter of Pride · 11:58pm April 3rd

Retrospective: A Batter of Pride


You know, I've never actually done a retrospective on any of my stories. I suppose this will be the first, being my most recent story and therefore the freshest on my mind. Hopefully I'll do older stories before too long.

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Jan
21st
2019

IMPORTANT BLOG POST · 2:06am January 21st

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