Signals ahead

I quote these mostly because of their timely juxtaposition — and because timely juxtapositions are sometimes at the very heart of our existence. Jack Baruth writes today in The Truth About Cars: The notion of the crossroads as a sacred place is older than Robert Johnson, older than the blues, older than the automobile or the Romans who laid the… (more…)

Recoming distraction

You might remember this from October: I’m starting to home in on a concept. It’s primarily a CMC story, with a guest appearance by Sweetcream Scoops, who’s older than they are but who is perfectly capable of giving them questionable advice. And it’s (vaguely) based on a true nonpony story. I said later that I’d shelved the idea. I’m thinking,… (more…)

Behind the scenes

One thing I should have done when I set this place up was to do something about the infernal number of post/page revisions WordPress likes to accumulate. There was admittedly one occasion when I did have the need to retrieve something, which leaves about eight hundred or so when I didn’t. So I did a little housecleaning today, shrinking the… (more…)

Another tale in the works

The working title for this one is The way she used to be, and it’s based on an image macro I once saw that had nothing to do with ponies, but which was sad enough to stick with me. During an unplanned trip to Ponyville, a young colt meets up with a filly named Twist; forty years later, he can’t… (more…)

The semi-official TwiBrush timeline

Not to say that I’m actually going to write any of this, but these are the assumptions I’m working with: 1002: Twilight Sparkle steps through a portal and meets a human. 1003: Said human arrives in Equestria and is ponified — because, he says, it’s an irreducible aspect of being a Very Special Somepony. He takes the name Desert Brush.… (more…)

Coming distraction

I’m starting to home in on a concept. It’s primarily a CMC story, with a guest appearance by Sweetcream Scoops, who’s older than they are but who is perfectly capable of giving them questionable advice. And it’s (vaguely) based on a true nonpony story. It will take a while, of course, but this is what’s on the table. Update: I… (more…)

And that’s something of a wrap

The three TwiBrush stories — fourteen chapters, 40,000 words — are done, and frankly I don’t see how there can be a fourth one. Presumably they get married, and eventually he dies (he’s a lot older, of course), but I don’t have any particular desire to get into either of those scenarios just now. Which means that I have to… (more…)

Another nomenclatural query

Trying to explain my characterization of Twilight Sparkle in the three TwiBrush stories went awry the moment I realized that there’s no pony equivalent for “She’s not what you’d call a people person.” Now Twi has actually used the term “people” canonically, but “people pony” just sounds funny. (Similar befuddlement here.)

I’m not one to brag

Well, actually, maybe a little. My story-reads count at FIMFiction went over 1,000 this past weekend, which is somewhere around ten times what I figured I’d get in my wildest dreams when I started messing with this stuff three months ago. Anyway, if I seem a bit less Eeyorish of late, this is why.

Work in progress

I have begun something called Second Act, title subject to change, which is that third TwiBrush story I hinted at earlier. I’m not putting a link here yet, but since it is technically a Page, as WordPress calls such things, it will be in the navbar. Update, 10 October: The title stays, and the first chapter has now been submitted… (more…)