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May
17th
2017

EFNW 2017 Epicness · 3:45am

Just a reminder that I have a Discord server now! Come on over and chat! I promise much SunLight. (And since Tchernobog’s around, there’s a ton of AppleDash. And since Monochromatic’s around, there’s a ton of RariTwi!)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

So, I just did a thing! In the Northwest. And they had this song before it…

Actually, I thought that was seriously clever.

Phew. Cons are awesome, but exhausting. They are both awesomely exhausting and exhaustingly awesome. You know, I kept wondering why I was just so tired all the time at EFNW, until Ebon was nice enough to point it out to me. I think it was Ebon. A lot of the last few days are a bit of a blur…

No, not because of that. I didn’t actually drink (I don’t like the taste of alcohol… and you know, I’m boring and stuff).

No, the real reason was because I ended up hanging out with so many dang people!

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May
1st
2017

Good day fillies and colts!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve actually just chatted with you all. I know I said a lot of things were going to happen at certain times and didn’t end up happening at those times. Well, if you folks remember, I did a blog post called [Halt] a while back and in truth, I’m still working through those things.

Also, you know, there was BABSCon, meeting Monochromatic (something I never saw coming… nor did I see how it would end up changing a lot of things for me), my own stories, a really critical job thing I can’t technically talk about, finally posting the follow-up for The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon and a dozen other things I can’t think of because I’m actually writing the first draft of this at 1 AM on Sunday, April 30 when I still have a little under 3,000 words to clear 50K for the month which needs to be done by the end of the day andddddd….

WAGH!

(Edit: I actually pulled off both the finale of the Follow-Up for The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon and cleared my monthly writing goal before 1PM today!)

But first, let’s talk writing!

I’m thrilled to announce that, despite everything that’s happened during this month, I achieved my highest wordcount of 2017 in April…

Word Count: 50,223

Not only that, but I did Camp NaNoWriMo (the only difference in Camp is that you set your own goal instead of having it pre-set at 50K) for the month of April. To push myself, I set a "standard" NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000, so I have officially won my first Camp NaNoWriMo!

And because it was fun last time… here’s a line from my latest story, again with no contest whatsoever!

That would be the first time Astra Princess Twilight Sparkle actually lit the carpet on fire as a direct result of her embarrassment.

:rainbowlaugh:

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Apr
30th
2017

If you haven’t read this story before reading this, you’re doing it wrong. So, go do it right by reading the story and then come back!

The grand finale, this is Part Six of my follow-up for "The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon!" This part covers the final two chapters The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon & The Stars Will Aid in Her Escape. If you want to start at Part One, you can find it right here!


The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon

And finally… we get to the namesake of the story. What we’ve been driving toward for so very long. I don’t want to prep. I don’t want to summarize. I want to just dive right in and blast right off again. I want to strap down and enough the ride one more time.

Screw it. We came here to escape prison and free Princesses from the Moon.

And we’re all out of prison.


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Apr
30th
2017

If you haven’t read this story before reading this, you’re doing it wrong. So, go do it right by reading the story and then come back!

Part Five of my follow-up for "The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon!" This part covers the chapters To Love the Moon, To Love the Moonshine & The Student who Defies. If you want to start at Part One, you can find it right here!


To Love the Moon, To Love the Moonshine

You know, I didn’t really read the title for this chapter completely. And frankly, even if I had, I would have seen it as the shine of the moon… not the other thing. This was an unexpected chapter. An odd chapter. But a chapter that builds.

And drunk Twilight is scary.

Let’s see how scary.


Twilight woke up and immediately regretted it.

Everything hurt so much, but she was too weak and broken to do anything other than let out a long, low groan.

Then everything hurt more because two ponies had jumped onto her to hug her.

Stupid glomps. Making everything hurt.

It was probably very nice for them that she was alive, but she wasn’t feeling appreciative.

Bunch o’ jerks. Seriously, have some respect!

“Everypony knows the nurses do all the work. We just don’t get the best tools.” She considered that a moment. “Although this is very nice whiskey, thank you.”

Aww.... how sweet? I think?

“Pinkie’s response was a lot simpler, after her own hug was given and taken. “No thank you, Lady Rarity. Alcohol makes me sick.”

Hmmm. Nice detail.

Rarity smiled a touch gingerly. “I assure you, if you just stick to a glass and drink plenty of water—”

“Not hangover sick. Head sick.”

Oh. That kind.

“The Princess is apparently very suspicious your injuries are just a way for you to hide some unseemly antics, so visitation has been restricted. Not for us, mind, just for ponies she deems dangerous enough to conspire you.” She swirled her own whiskey and stared into it sternly, like it was responsible for the slight. “Honestly, what are we, chopped cabbage?”

Only Rarity could get offended for not being rated dangerous enough. Though I wonder why.

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Apr
29th
2017

If you haven’t read this story before reading this, you’re doing it wrong. So, go do it right by reading the story and then come back!

Part Four of my follow-up for "The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon!" This part covers the chapters The Guardian Who Loves, The Mare Who Would Love The Moon, The Science of Magic. If you want to start at Part One, you can find it right here!


The Guardian Who Loves

Fact: She had determined it was her destiny to rescue the mare she was madly crushing on from the moon, when until this year nopony could even get a clear look at the darn thing, let alone pop over for a visit and take back a princess-sized souvenir.

Fact: Nopony had worked out how to pop over to the moon for a visit and take back a princess-sized souvenir before now.

Direct quote from my first-read notes: “I love this story.”

Fact: Some pegasus, Sergeant Sentry, had apparently flown into the laser earlier in the week while Twilight was dictating poetry – heavily edited by Rarity of course – and the surviving pegasus guards were still rather grumpy about that.

...really? I’m not a fan of Flash either, but come on. That was just mean.

And now I want to know where Sunny is.

...I think.

She wasn't used to descending so excitedly blind.

So she’s used to being boringly blind?

A vessel fired from a sufficiently large cannon would have the required velocity to breach gravity's surly bonds.[1]

Only Twilight could think with footnotes.

Footnotes! She needed more nested footnotes in her own thoughts, she decided.

See above. Also, seems legit.

Method: First, ask Pinkie Pie. Second, do what Pinkie says.

Ya ain’t gonna understand her, but she’s usually right, so just doin’ what she tells ya seems like a good call.

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Apr
28th
2017

If you haven’t read this story before reading this, you’re doing it wrong. So, go do it right by reading the story and then come back!

Part Three of my follow-up for "The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon!" This part covers the chapters The Mare Who Would Gift Twilight The Moon, The Socialite who Schemes, The Mare Who Would Escape The Moon. If you want to start at Part One, you can find it right here!


Once again, let's just jump right in!

The Mare Who Would Gift Twilight The Moon

Like: "We are all capable of travel through time, but only ever in one direction."

Or perhaps something better than that. That one wasn't very good.

Hehehehehehehehehe. It really wasn’t, Twi. It wasn’t very good at all.

And so the portrait moustaches continued.

The two had a lot in common; they were both loud, bombastic, excitable, passionate, and – perhaps most important of all – they were both madder than a hatter in their own way.

I ship it.

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Apr
27th
2017

If you haven’t read this story before reading this, you’re doing it wrong. So, go do it right by reading the story and then come back!

Part Two of my follow-up for "The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon!" This part covers the chapters The Madmare Who Invents, The Mare Who Writes On The Moon and The Explorer who Dreams. If you missed Part One, you can find it right here!

No long introduction this time. Let's just jump right in!


The Madmare Who Invents

The University was a building of significant importance. Its architects and engineers had their choice of building material, and many were considered. It is important, then, to consider what it could have consisted of, but was not.

...It is important to note that the University was constructed of sandstone. Sandstone is not beautiful. Sandstone is not temperamental. Sandstone is not auspicious, nor is it revered, refined or especially respectable. What it is, however, is functional. Sandstone is comparatively easy to cut, it's comparatively cheap, and it stands strong against the test of time.

This entire sequence is amazing. Brilliant. Thoughts on what marble means, on what wood means, on what iron/brass/lead/glass means… but instead we end up with Sandstone. At first, I actually misread this and ended up confused. I thought for some reason that it said the University was not made of sandstone. And I thought that to be an odd material… only to look it up and realize the author had done their research.

Well done indeed.

It was a building that Twilight had a lot of respect for. Its occupants, too.

I love the order of these two sentences.

It was also one of the very few places in the Empire that Twilight could wear her absolute favourite brown tweed jacket and a modest bow tie without feeling silly.

...especially when followed up by this wonderful, wonderful line. Seriously, someone needs to do an entire series of art pieces on the Mane 6 in their clothing styles from this book! Someone do it! Do it now!

The main courtyard was flanked on both sides by sandstone arms forcing their way out of the main, four-floor hub of the building, reaching out towards the smooth cobblestones of Old Minusculus Equusurbem;, literally "Diminutive Horse City" in old Equus.

Okay, actually, I love this. I love this too much. This is ridiculous. This is almost pedantic. But it’s also totally freaking awesome!

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Apr
26th
2017

If you haven’t read this story before reading this, you’re doing it wrong. So, go do it right by reading the story and then come back!

Note: This is my longest follow-up to date, so I'm going to be dividing it into sections with three chapters a day. I'll be doing separate blog posts for each day. So, let's get this party started shall we?


Good golly, it’s been too long since I’ve done one of these. First and foremost, the following will spoil the entire story for you. So, if you haven’t read this story yet, go away and read the story first!

I’ve actually had this story in my to-read list for months and I’ve been tracking it for just as long, waiting for the day when the tale was complete. I’m weird like that. I hate waiting. I also have trust issues when it comes to stories getting done. I can’t stand falling in love with a story just to see it unfinished (one of the reasons I’m actually screwing around with a new ending for Tchernobog’s “A Couple of Ponies.”) So, when I saw this was finally complete, this went straight to the top of “To Read” list.

Why?

Because steampunk ponies! Magic working with technology! Alternate universe! And romance between entire worlds!

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Apr
20th
2017

And some days you get them too!

I'm utterly thrilled to announce that The Cycle of Flame has won the Rainbow Dash award in EFNW Scribblefest 2017! :rainbowkiss:

To win in this category, the story had to be 200% cooler than all the rest, and Novel-Idea’s piece swept this category with all 6 finalists voting for it.  It was a tough decision, but his ability to write action, turmoil, and involve a side of Philomena that we don’t see in the show made for an amazing piece of fiction.  Way to be awesome, Novel-Idea!

Woohoo! Seriously. I desperately needed this win for personal reasons. Needed a victory and I got it! :pinkiehappy:

But not only that, Ebon Quill, my favorite lead editor and a damn fine author took the Twilight Sparkle award after a brutal battle with Slouching Toward Canterlot! :twilightsmile:

Twilight was a tough fight, and it got down to the wire in the end between the final four stories!  Excellent job, Ebon Quill, writing a story that showed you did the research and made sure everything was picture perfect!  Just like Twilight herself would love!

In other news, next week, I'm going to start publishing my Follow-Up to MrNumbers's The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon. So, go read that so you can enjoy this new romp through a whole new world!

Plus, if you haven't already, you are hereby required to go check out Monochromatic's Interwoven Colours story contest and submit your brilliance for the chance at wealth and glory!

Apr
18th
2017

So, at long last, I'm home! BABSCon was freaking epic and far surpassed my expectations... but also for reasons I never saw coming!

You'll hear all about it soon(tm), but I can tell you what I did on Sunday night of the Con. Well, more like Monday morning... :rainbowhuh: But still, it was great and turned out awesome. Shockingly, it turned out just as hysterical and awesome when the sun was up as it was at 3:30 in the morning!

So, I'm going to challenge EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU to a BRAND-NEW CONTEST in supporting the EPICLY FABULOUS ship of RARITY and TWILIGHT!

Monochromatic just launched "Interwoven Colours," the latest and greatest RariTwi contest! Curated by the irrepressible and unstoppable Patron Saint of RariTwi with yours truly helping out a little behind the scenes (including judging! :pinkiegasp:). It's going to be glorious. It's going to be awesome. It's going to be fantastic. And she needs YOUR TALENT!

She's even offering stupendously wonderful prizes! And I'm going to sweeten the deal too! I'm offering cover designs for the top five rated stories!

So, you're probably asking, "Hey Novel, aren't you like completely obsessed with SunLight? Uh, you do know that Rarity isn't Sunset, right?"

Yes. Yes, I do know this. (I have however seen some quite excellent RariShimmer fics though).

But I've actually been fond of Rarity & Twilight for a while. I've read plenty of stories that made the pair fun. Felt Heart, of course is the first, but there's also Let's Find You a Date and Almost Beautiful. I think it's a solid ship, but I'm shamelessly an equal opportunity shipper. I can be sold on (almost) any ship as long as the story is good.

Anyway, I'm actually going to be writing for this as well, though I'm excluded from winning since I am a judge. But that's not the point. The point is to have fun. And I'm going to have fun with it, too! I also finished my latest novelette recently and needed a new project. Not quite ready to tackle the next Wavelengths story since there's already two in the editing pipeline.

...I have no idea how to actually end this blog. So, I'll just say (again) that BABSCon turned out to be totally awesome, even though I was worried about it since I didn't know anyone there personally. It was great! And I'm totally not freaking out about EFNW in a month.

Nope. Not at all.