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Dec
19th
2015

Hi, folks. I’ll keep this brief if I can. It’s basically an apology. I wanted to give you a story this Christmas, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen.

A couple of months ago I had the idea in my head that, since we were entering that time of year, I would do to ponies what a great many other people have done before with other things, and with far greater success: re-tell the classic story of Charles Dickens’ festive tale, A Christmas Carol, couched in the universe of [insert genre or franchise here.] So I did. I figured in my mind how I’d make it work, and over the course of about two and half months I wrote it out starring our favourite characters, calling it A Hearthswarming Hymn. I had fun doing it and there are some elements of it I’m still quite proud of. I was looking forward to seeing what you thought of it.

I submitted A Hearthswarming Hymn earlier this week, and it was rejected by the moderators. To say that I was disappointed would be... accurate.

The reason given was one that, having reflected, I can understand. Unfortunately it also makes the story effectively unsalvageable. I don’t see a way of altering it such that it would pass for publication, and I won’t pretend that the sting of having a finished, 25,000-odd word story sitting here in my account, never to be shared hasn’t taken some of the wind out of my writing sails. (I mean, there is at least one passable joke in there that I’ll never get another chance to re-use!)

So sadly, it seems I have wasted my time and, perhaps by extension, yours. Because if any of you good folks were hoping for something new from me to read, then I’m afraid you’ll be waiting for a while longer. For this I apologise. The only consolation I can offer is that, if you'd have been of a mind to read it, well, you likely know how it ends already.

I don’t tend to speak up very often, and to be honest I’m not even sure telling you folks about my failure here was even the right move – maybe it would have been better to just try and forget about it; move right on and pretend it hadn’t happened. But somehow, I dunno, that didn’t feel quite right. I felt like since I'd written something then I wanted to share something, even if it turns out all I can share is this apology that I can't share the something I've written. I had planned to bounce straight from this to an adventure piece in a similar vein to Eclipse, but I just don’t feel that’s on the cards right now. I don’t know what’s next. But none of this is the most important thing in the world, so I don’t intend to dwell, just get it out and then carry on as normal.

So, in that spirit: Merry Christmas to you all, and have a Happy New Year.

Stay safe and have fun.

– The Author.

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#19 · 14w, 6d ago · · ·

A long time ago, I read one of your stories: A Friend of a Friend. I had, at the time, been going through a Spike-fic phase, where I needed to see the little drake overcome his hardships and emerge as a stronger individual. Your story I read expecting little--and out of it I got so much.

I didn't (sadly) pay enough attention to who had written it, but long story short, I favorited and liked that story almost immediately.

And now, months later, I have rediscovered your profile through a comment made in a group. It feels like I've stumbled upon an old book I had forgotten about, whose entire first half I had not yet read, but whose forward I clearly and vividly remember.

You are exactly what I want to be: an incredible, humble, and noteworthy storyteller. You have such an amazing gift with the art of writing that just writing to you about it makes me gush with excitement and joy. Truly, you are among my literary heroes, regardless of the fact that I know you primarily through fanfiction.

One day, I hope to write to the level that is even just a smidgen of the quality of your work.

#18 · 58w, 4d ago · · ·

Don't worry 8686. We will still be with you! :twilightsmile:

#17 · 63w, 2d ago · · ·

You literally have the most interesting username I have ever seen:moustache::raritystarry: and I read one of your story descriptions, seriously, this is the fastest I've ever followed someone

#16 · 77w, 4d ago · · ·

Happy Thanksgiving! :pinkiehappy:

Thanks for sharing such well-written slice-of-life stories here. :ajsmug:

#15 · 112w, 2d ago · · ·

Where is the like button for this journal?

Oh, right, you prefer comments anyway :P.

Well, I've only read one of your stories (Snowballs, featuring ninja'd Appledash ^^ - you know the one). Except that, well, now I feel like I've read two - because I've just read your experiences writing it (and others).

Your story is just as compelling as the narrative you write. If anything it feels more real - because, I suppose, it is. That may seem trivial, but it's not. It reads as being honest. Given the time and effort you put into your writing, as well as responding to comments on your stories, I'm willing to trust that impression. To me, this honest story is worth as much, if not more, as your entertaining or dramatic ones. Because, apart from being good reading in it's own right, it provides a kind of connection to you, The Author, which I would never have had otherwise.

Edit: Reading the comments below, I want to make clear that I don't begrudge you your choices as to how much information about yourself you share. I mean no more and no less than that I appreciate the things you do share.

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