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…)

Where things stand at the moment

I had a 600-word vignette called Domestic Bliss which picked up the Twilight Sparkle/Desert Brush story from Somepony New after about six weeks; after staring at it for about a week, I finally glued it onto the far end of Somepony New, bringing my two-chapter, 6000-word epiclet to four chapters and 9000 words. Obviously planning is not my strong suit.… (more…)

Okay, maybe once

Back in July, I suggested that I had no inclination towards writing anything particularly cloppy, and truth be told, I hadn’t read anything that spicy and had no urge to. Still, somepony I follow on FIMFiction came up with the notion of putting out a story and a clop scene separately, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to see what… (more…)

We are driven

There’s a reference to “pony cars” in The Sparkle Chronicles, in the context of not wanting to explain the concept to a visiting pony. No big deal. Then there’s this seemingly unrelated bit from Somepony New: “Seriously, Dashie,” Pinkie insisted. “He doesn’t sit like a pony, he doesn’t walk like a pony, and nopony has ever heard of him. Suppose… (more…)