So a few announcements.
Equestria's Changeling Queen and the Abyssal Empress Chapter 27: Hysteria and Serenity is being sent back to me from pre-readers and I'm looking it over for a Monday release. I've also slammed some words into the next few chapters and the Epilogue.
Given I'm ending Equestria's Changeling Queen and the Abyssal Empress soon, I think it's time for people to know that I'm hosting a Discord live-voice chat at some point for all the readers who have stuck with me for so long as opposed to the old AMA. I'm interested to know exactly what time (Eastern Standard Time) will people be available so I can coordinate. It's likely going to be on Monday or Thursday. However, I'd still like for people to tell me exactly what time they would be best available. Don't worry about missing it, I'll probably keep the Discord server up for a few days so you can text me, but I still want a set time.
Finally, a fic... well series of fics recommendation:
So imagine if Sunset never actually went into the Equestria Girls universe... what if she stayed. How would that have changed her, and what would have occurred if that happened?
Novel Idea explores this in his "The Wavelengths" universe whereupon Sunset stays in Equestria, though she's not immediately reformed...
His universe has a number of stories (see his profile), and Novel's intending the universe to start from when Sunset initially becomes... more reformed, until her encounter with Nightmare Moon, along the way making various friends. It plans to have fourteen stories, of which eight have been released (see below)
So far though, its been a very entertaining read. Not mind-boggling ah-ha innovative, but just... nice and entertaining to see this written out so well. My favorite probably being Grading on a Bell Curve. Unlike other Alternate Universe fics that declare and insta-replace the Mane Six... Novel's kept his readers in the dark, only giving hints. It's not even clear what the divergence point of this universe is and why it's so different until in The Cloudsdale Report.
Readers may find that Novel does very little intro for such a complex universe in his stories, or if he does, it's via dialogue or shown, but at the same time, I like that he's not attempting to justify or explain the divergence. To the characters in the story and story itself, it just exists, you don't need to ask questions why, it just does. Of course, I'd like more wordbuilding in certain stories, but given they're snapshots in the life of alternate Sunset Shimmer and others in her universe, I think he's done enough.
More importantly, within this Alternate Universe series, Novel demonstrates some very consistent technical writing, strong characterization and well-written dialogue. It's an interesting verse, explored in an interesting and clear manner, surprising at times, and if not surprising or innovative, then well-told.
For those that enjoy Sunset Shimmer in Equestria, I highly recommend this series, as it's comparable to Magnetbolt's The Witch of Everfree (also fantastic) and going to be much longer.
Anyway, have fun, i need to agonize over my essay a little longer.