• Member Since 5th Feb, 2019
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The Cloptimist

do not mistake peace for quiet

All About The Cloptimist

Welcome! Pull up a chair and read awhile. Well, if you like slow, talkative slice of life character pieces where not a lot actually happens, anyway. But if that's you, then oh wow are you in for a wild ride!*

*(NB Legal notice: Wild ride not guaranteed.)

So... the basics. British. (Wales). Lawyer. Music nerd. Favourite pony: Applejack. I'm a latecomer, both to the fandom and to writing here, but people seem to like my stuff, and I have fun writing it, so here we are. I've been in the featured box, Equestria Daily, and the Royal Canterlot Library, and even won a contest, without ever really understanding how any of that happened. You might know me as DazzleShips in other places. I like feedback, good or bad, and I pay far too much attention to upvotes and downvotes. I'm bad at coming up with titles.

But mostly, I just hope you enjoy my stories. So, um, enjoy my stories!


Blog Posts

  • 36 weeks

    It's been a while, but - while I'm not likely to write anything new, sorry! - I'm at a place now where I feel comfortable logging back in and reading (and sometimes commenting!) again. I know this didn't really merit an announcement, but I've seen a few DMs and comments since the last time I was here, and I just wanted to reassure people that if you want to message me or leave comments, they will be read, and not just disappear into the void!

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  • 58 weeks

    I won't be deleting the account, because it's been pointed out to me before that some people somehow found something they liked in my stories and it's not really fair of me to take it away, but I'm done with Fimfiction. Thanks for having me. Bye.

    16 comments · 649 views
  • 76 weeks
    In which I apologise for being a year behind schedule and note a remarkable coincidence

    So, the five of you who are still following me will note it's been a while since I published a story, and even longer since I teased my big upcoming project - nearly a year since that blog, in fact! I'm so sorry.

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    5 comments · 164 views
  • 86 weeks
    Unhelpful notes

    Falling asleep last night, right on the cusp of sleeping, I suddenly had what I thought was a brilliant idea for a story. Grabbing a pen I sat up and wrote it down, so I wouldn't forget it in the morning.

    My scribbled notes say "A place in every heart" and then underneath it just says "good idea for a story! CADANCE IS IMPORTANT have to use third person not first though, Important!"

    And nothing else.

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    1 comments · 127 views
  • 91 weeks
    Still here, still writing, stay tuned

    On the one hand, I'd hoped to have finished a couple more stories by now. On the other hand, I'm still working on those stories, rather than this latest absence being another thing where I can't ever seen myself writing again, so... yeah! Stay tuned, stories 18 to 20 (Celestia/Luna crossover spectacular, and a Meadowbrook romance that's missed the deadlines for the contests it was meant for) are on their way!

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The Complete Works of Charles Dickens and The Cloptimist - Part One: The Cloptimist

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Thank you so much for the follow!

I'll give it a listen when I get the chance, but at least that review doesn't make it sound boring, so that's already a plus in my book!

3104680 I got a review for my song:

it sounds like you shitted on a cat and then try and eat the cat

I'm looking for a second opinion.

I don't believe such an objective determination is really possible, personally. I can only give my responses, which aren't any more or less valid than anyone else's, and try and make them interesting to read.

3104677 So you're the one who determines whether a song is good or bad?

Well, my day job is law, but my freelance and personal music writing (and radio work) is a long-standing sideline. I'm also one of these people.

What does a music journalist do?

Edwyn? He's great, he has a lot of really beautiful and catchy songs, including a couple of big hits (not that one though!) Sadly he had a massive stroke a few years ago and nearly died; he can't play the guitar any more, though he taught himself to walk and talk again and has recorded more albums since. Seems like an absolutely lovely bloke.

Thank you for the watch.

I was going to say the same to you! Thank you, I appreciate it.

Thanks for the watch. :)

Well, I'm always glad to see that :pinkiesmile: Besides, it totally worked! Thanks!

Just in a "make others happy" mood :rainbowkiss:

No idea what prompted this, but thank you! :twilightsmile:

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