Monthly Archives: August 2012

And furthermore

I have actually come up with a fragment of a smidgen of the germ of an idea for a follow-up story to The Sparkle Chronicles. I don’t have enough material for a whole chapter yet, but I have a reasonable launching point. Update, 30 August: Launching point now open. Somepony New is now up to about a thousand words. More… (more…)

Scribes at work

On the off-chance that you might be interested, here’s a thread at FIMFiction in which I try to explain to a couple of fans — praise Celestia, I seem to have actual fans — what the hay I was thinking with those two stories I wrote.

Are stallions obsolete?

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd once wrote a book called Are Men Necessary? (Did I read it? Well, yes.) This weekend there’s an op-ed in the Times called “Men, Who Needs Them?” by one Greg Hampikian, professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University and the director of the Idaho Innocence Project. I would suggest to Ms.… (more…)

New(ish) story

You may have already noticed something else that WordPress considers a page rather than a post. And yes, it’s a story: Dead Pony Flying is a brief (2000 words or so) tale I knocked off in two and a half sessions and am still tuning. The title, of course, is a dead (sorry) giveaway. Update, 19 August: It’s probably not… (more…)

Go cry, emo pony

For some reason, I felt compelled to explain My Little Dashie to a coworker today. (Having the poster for one of the film versions hanging in the office will lead to such things.) And I completely and utterly lost it. I mean, we’re talking a whole rack of bawls. So if you saw something here, or elsewhere, with my name… (more…)

A different angle

If you just can’t get enough of Ordinary Guy Falls Hard for Twilight Sparkle and you don’t feel like waiting for me to conjure up something resembling a sequel to The Sparkle Chronicles, allow me to recommend My Little Earth: Human’s Are Special by Skyler Walker, which so far has been received well by FIMFiction readers. It’s not the same… (more…)

A word to those wiser than I

When you’re asked “How’s your novella?” the proper response is something along the lines of “It’s done, thank [name of pertinent deity]“; if the next question is “What’s it about?” you might not want to indicate that it’s a human/pony romance unless you know for certain that the asker is at least somewhat aware of this particular definition of “pony.”… (more…)

And it’s done

The last of The Sparkle Chronicles has been sent to FIMFiction. It got a better reception than it deserved, perhaps, though the individuals who disliked it, I suspect, really disliked it. Is there a second story coming? I don’t know yet. I’ve had exactly one idea, but I don’t think I have quite enough story mojo to keep from revealing… (more…)

Random musical observation

My usual procedure, once I’ve downloaded a new song from some source other than the iTunes Store or Amazon — I buy a lot of stuff from Bandcamp, for instance — is to direct it to a desktop folder for easy access, and then eventually move it to its permanent location once it gets to the point where I don’t… (more…)

Pressing ahead

I’ve submitted Chapter 1 of The Sparkle Chronicles to FIMFiction. At this writing it is awaiting moderator approval. Assuming it isn’t immediately broomed off the premises, the remaining chapters will be posted, one per day, through Tuesday. (Wednesday, if it takes more than two days to approve.) This is the story link. Update: Approved 2 August at approximately 8:10 pm… (more…)