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Jul
5th
2016

And So It Ends... · 3:45am

As I was wrapping up the epilogue for Wear Flowers in Your Mane, I only just came to realize that I was finally finishing something that I began over two years ago. Additionally, I also realized that I was finishing the lengthiest fanfiction project I've ever started, for FiM or otherwise. So I figured that this was probably an occasion worth making a blog post over.

I never intended this story to have anywhere close to 100,000 words. When I started, my initial goal was for 25 to 30,000.  I'm really not sure what happened in between, but lo and behold, I've somehow managed to write a novel without originally intending to do so.

When I first started writing this story, I had only attended one funeral before, back in 2009. I've since attended four more. In the latter half of 2014, I lost a great aunt and also an uncle who I unfortunately did not know very well. Just a few days into 2015, I lost my grandfather, and towards the end of the year, I lost an aunt. This ultimately went on to have a significant affect on my story. In particular, it inspired Fluttershy's line that this would not be the last funeral they would attend. That was mostly a reflection of my own thoughts about the situation. With all the relationships I have, large families on both my mother and father's sides, there's simply no telling how many funerals I'll end up attending in my lifetime. A really difficult fact of life when you think about it. The more relationships you build in life, the more relationships you have to potentially lose... :fluttercry:

Another thing that was different when I started this story was my opinion of Rainbow Dash herself. While she was initially one of my favorites of the mane six, I began to like her less in the episode Tanks for the Memories, in which she causes a massive amount of damage to private property for a completely unjustifiable reason and manages to get away with it scot-free, which was simply one of her attempts to stop winter for absolutely no one's benefit but her own. The more recent episode, Newbie Dash, also did not leave me with the best impression of her, and it had the added sting of finally realizing her lifelong dream in an immensely unsatisfying way. So she's unfortunately kind of slipped a bit in my mane six rankings. :rainbowhuh:

Anyway, I feel the need to address the numerous long delays and wait times I've given you between chapters, which I'm sure ended up driving some of you to frustration. In one of the chapters, I even left an author's note saying that I would be getting them out on a more timely basis, which I unfortunately did not end up living up to. Nearly every single time I ended up setting a deadline for myself, I would miss it, and often by a long time. The problem simply lies in the way I write. Sometimes, I'll get to a point where I'm about finished with a chapter, but when I go through it again, I end up making several changes, which could go on to delay the chapter for over a week. Additionally, though I sometimes try to write fics simultaneously, it usually doesn't work for me, and so I eventually end up just sticking to one until I've finished it.  So each fic I wrote since starting this story was usually written during a period when I wasn't working on this story at all. So yeah, just to get it out there, I'm really not the best when it comes to prioritizing my writing time. :applejackconfused:

In closing, I feel the need to thank everyone who has followed this story, especially if you've done so for two years. And for everyone who has left me a comment saying how this story has made you cry, or how much you've been able to relate to Rainbow Dash, I sincerely thank you. Comments like those motivated me more than anything else. :twilightblush:

There's also one last thing I felt the need to do before I could consider WFiYM complete: a dedication. I've dedicated this story to my late aunt, who died seven years ago today. It's also dedicated to those of you who have cared about this story enough to deal with my long delays to see it finished. Seriously, thank you. Perhaps I didn't deserve your commitment.

Rainbow Dash has had the longest week of my life. I'm relieved it's finally over. :raritywink:

-- jkbrony

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A Little About Me

I'm just a guy who writes simply because I don't have anything else to contribute to the fandom. I'm not an artist, animator, or musician. So...this is about all I've got.

Don't expect to see any clopfics from me, though, since I totally refuse to do that genre. Though it is possible to see a shipfic from me.....maybe...if I ever feel like it...

I support TwiSpike cuddle time:

I absolutely love writing about these two. Their relationship, and the fact that it is not so easily defined, is one of the things I love most about the show. Though I admit, I do wish that they would show a little bit more love towards each other every now and then. For the most part, I think that they show their love in the little things that they do for each other.

However, I do NOT support Spilight.


Best Pony:

Applejack <3






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#20 · 87w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1976561 All right then.

Like I said, I can't wait for it.

And now that I think about it, the show NEEDS an episode similar to the story.

"Tanks for the Memories" was close, but that was more an analogy for dealing with a loved one's death during the time before it happens.

#19 · 87w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1975879

Life has been somewhat stressful over the past month, so I haven't really been that productive of late. I'm roughly 35% finished with the next chapter, so it may still be a while. But I'll be writing my ass off over the next week in the hopes that I'll be able to get it out before the end of September.

Ugh, I clearly need a less strenuous writing process :applejackconfused:

In any case, I'm glad you're enjoying it. :twilightsheepish:

#18 · 87w, 4d ago · · ·

When is the next chapter of "Wear Flowers in Your Mane" coming out?

I know it seems like I'm impatient by asking that, but the last several chapters were all really well done, and each managed to hit me in just the right way so that in the week since I've first read it, I've revisited every chapter of it at least once. And I've revisited chapters 5-8 almost 4 times each.

Plus, I think the most tear-jerking moment in the whole story so far was in chapter 7.

Specifically this moment:

"I'm scared...," she whispered, tears returning to her eyes. "I'm so scared..."

Also, another reason I really want it to be continued soon is because I really want Scootaloo and Rainbow to reconcile.

#17 · 96w, 1d ago · · ·

You have an interesting page here. I was actually rereading a Glimmer Among Apples and was wondering if you plan on ever expanding on that? I like that story the best out of all the ones you've written so far. I really liked the intensity between Starlight Glimmer and Applejack you had going there.

Though I'm glad you didn't do the typical and make Starlight into an evil bitch, I was hoping there was going to be more to their last meeting than what you wrote. IT WAS STILL GO DON'T GET ME WRONG I LOVED IT. I was just wondering if you'll ever get around to more than just what was, or is that it?

If so, keep up the good wok none the less!

#16 · 122w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1606751 Not to worry. I've put it on hold while I finish off "A True, True Ex-Friend", but will be returning to it once I'm finished with that (which should be within the next few days or so). I'll try to have the next chapter out before the end of this month, however, most unfortunately, college starts back up next week and that will undoubtedly end up eating into my time, so I can't make any promises. I'll try my best, though.

Thanks for the follow, and I'm glad to hear that you're a fan. :pinkiesmile:

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