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.”

You might not want to ask why I’m bringing this up, either.

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 the punchline in the first half-dozen paragraphs.

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 play it every day.

I just looked in there, and every single track was pony-related. This one has been in that folder since April.

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 my time (UTC -5).

We don’t even fade away

Why, yes, I did submit this to My Little Dashie’s Love and Acceptance blog. And I meant every word of it.

Update, 3 August: Somepony was kind enough to post that on Derpibooru.

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 Magic series, contribute to the ongoing effort to upset, or at least rattle, the gender-role applecart. The highlight of the book is Kij Johnson’s “Ponies,” which won a Nebula Award, but all of these tales are worth some of your time; I think my favorite might be Kristy Buzbee’s Western (yes!) “How Bacon Saved the Pony Express.”

(See also Rebecca Angel’s review for Wired.)

For lo, I cloppeth not

I mentioned on Facebook that I was doing a story in the MLP universe; an old friend said that she’d like to read it, and that it would have been nice if dearly departed youngster, closer to the MLP target market, could have read it — provided it wasn’t X-rated.

Um, no, it’s not. It skirts PG-13, maybe, but that’s as far as it goes.

It’s a trifle offputting, though, to think that “clopfic,” in some quarters at least, is considered the default.

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, which would allow for the possibility of rewrites on the fly.

Update, 30 July: It’s done.

Not your sister’s ponies

Just received at DSHQ: the anthology Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. It is not necessarily MLP-related, but I still expect it to be worth the read. I will report on it once it’s made it through my ridiculously large backlog of books to read.

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 suggested that Celestia might go along with the idea if Fluttershy asked for it first, and that this would make a dandy fanfic.

So they’re writing it. I claim no credit for the scheme, unless of course it’s really, really good. (Kidding.)