Category Archives: Storytelling

Suddenly it’s 1967

I admit to being somewhat mystified that Natasha Levinger, who wrote “Make Friends but Keep Discord” — worst episode title of the entire series, if you ask me — had come up with a character who was obviously patterned on that most mysterious of humanoids, the hippie chick. Now I’m old enough to have known actual hippie chicks in Real… (more…)

What goes up, and so forth

On the upside, Somepony New, the third TwiBrush tale (though the second one written), has reached the magical 1000-viewer mark at Fimfiction. On the downside, the WordPress Jetpack gizmo reports that the most popular search here in recent days was “fimfiction pregnant midsection.” I suspect this is payback for having acted at some point like I actually understood pony anatomy.

Nothing but the dead and dying

About three years ago, I turned out a little one-shot story called Dead Pony Flying, hoping to see if it was possible to do a story about death in the MLP:FiM universe that wasn’t actually sad. Now the mothership in Vancouver has shoved this premise several degrees out of phase. Tanks for the Memories almost certainly is intended as a… (more…)

Cutie Marxism

And that’s the first two episodes of Season Five in a nutshell. Got that, ponies? Now get in line and behave yourselves. Here’s the original of that poster. Thanks to Mystic Alpha for the picture and to Jared Sealey for the title.

I may have been right about something

After reading all 432,377 words of Background Pony by shortskirtsandexplosions, I declared that someday it would appear on college reading lists. It hasn’t happened yet, but the larger issue — is there a place for pony stories on a formal syllabus? — has been answered in the affirmative. ENG 222 at Princeton is titled Fanfiction: Transformative Works from Shakespeare to… (more…)

Another one of those Minor Milestones

I continue to be amazed that The Sparkle Chronicles still draws readers, two and a half years after its unveiling. It was my first Almost Novella ever — I’d done some short-short stuff before, none of it in this particular universe — and I had no reason to expect a favorable response to it. Yet there it is: twenty-five hundred… (more…)

The argument for romance

Author Patty Jansen is not a big romance fan herself, but she wants you to write it anyway: I think to be able to write contemporary romance is a great skill. Genre books often have romantic subplots, and it’s not unusual that the romance feels forced. Moreover, it’s likely that genre books have characters, and that you’d like the characters… (more…)

777 Challenge

This is yet another meme for scribes, and at first I wondered how I was going to deal with it, since none of this material has been formally paginated. The rules: Post 7 sentences of your work, start on page 7, count 7 lines down. So I compromised. I went to Chapter 7 of The Life That Late He Led,… (more…)

Punching above my weight

I’d like to think I’ve sidestepped this particular phenomenon, but I’m not so sure: I know the desperate hunger that writing a book creates, the desire for SOMEONE to say SOMETHING about what you have done. So I take a look. And it’s always, always, always the most whipped-together dog’s breakfast of jumbled nothing. Cliches like stones in your shoe.… (more…)

We the unsung

SF writer John C. Wright, on the paucity of fame as we know it: If you only write one book in your whole life, and only sell 600 copies or less, nonetheless, I assure you, I solemnly assure you, that this book will be someone’s absolutely favorite book of all time, and it will come to him on some dark… (more…)