Category Archives: Storytelling

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…)

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…)

That Bronies book

(Previously mentioned here.) Despite the title, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies is not specifically aimed at adult fans of My Little Pony. It is, however, a wonderfully eclectic collection of contemporary short stories in which ponies of various descriptions play substantial roles, and the afterword by editor L. Lambert Lawson explains how those stories, like the MLP: Friendship is… (more…)

Progress report of sorts

The Sparkle Chronicles is coming along nicely, if not exactly quickly; I reached the 8000-word mark last night. I am somewhat undecided as to the ultimate destiny of the story, though. I’ve pretty much committed myself to posting it at FIMFiction, but I’m still thinking that I should finish it first, then dole it out one chapter at a time,… (more…)

The great wing exchange

Weird scene on Twitter tonight, in which the following scheme was proposed: “Why don’t Scootaloo and Fluttershy trade wings? Fluttershy is afraid of flying and Scoots desperately wants to fly and can’t.” I liked the idea, but questioned whether the surgery would work – d-arkweb.com. We went from there to magical solutions, which would take at least alicorn-level power: I… (more…)

Mary Sue and her friends

The problem with inserting yourself into a story, or writing one around yourself, is creeping Mary Sue-ism, the appearance of “a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader.” According to legend — clearly I haven’t read anywhere near all of them — the entire… (more…)

By the numbers

This particular observation was prompted by a glance at my FIMFiction stats, which indicate somewhere on the far side of two million words read, although the really startling aspect of it, for me, is that I’ve managed to favorite over fifty stories. And this burst of activity took a whole twenty-nine days. All this, yet still keeping a day job.… (more…)

Where credit is due

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and all related characters and indicia are the property of Hasbro, Inc. Header graphic adapted from Map of Ponyville by ~Aurebesh at deviantArt. Used by permission. Original graphic here. I must acknowledge these masters of the story: shortskirtsandexplosions, author of The End of Ponies and Background Pony, and ROBCakeran53, author of My Little Dashie… (more…)

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