Belated Happy New Year!

2015!

Feels a bit strange. 2014 kind of went by really fast, and yet a LOT of things happened.

A lot of them were bad, too – and I don’t mean the things that directly happened to me, personally. There were just a lot of bad events this year, generally.

Here’s hoping for a better year! Below, some rambling about what I want to do in the near future… Continue reading

“Luna’s Apprentice” completed and posted!

So! I managed to finish in time to submit it to the WTG. The story itself, which clocks in at just over 6700 words, can be found here (my first time submitting anything to FIMFiction, and only the second time I’ve put a story of mine out for truly public consumption. Exciting!)  I had a lot of fun writing this. Also, major thanks to The Lotus Tea Dragon for the pre-reading and extremely helpful suggestions! Hopefully, I can keep this creative momentum going for a bit and make some decent progress with my other ponyfic ideas as well as my original stuff.

-Saito S

Suddenly, inspiration!

Well. This is interesting.

For a while now, I’ve had several ideas for long-ish ponyfics that I’m trying to develop, and recently, after a LONG hiatus caused by simple writer’s block, I’ve dusted a few of them off and actually managed to make some progress. Even after my general writer’s block began to fade and I was able to start making some progress on non-pony related projects, I found I just couldn’t make any progress with these ponyfic ideas at all. Then, suddenly, recently, ideas! I found myself able to make progress again. Why? What changed? I have no idea. For all I know, it was listening to this.

Then, on Monday evening, I saw this. This is, as you can see from the post title, the thirteenth of these episode-based writing prompts. There have certainly been some interesting ones here and there, but nothing that ever materialized into an actual story. With a couple of them, I even got as far as beginning to try and draft a bit of an outline or write a few words to start it off, but it never got far before I realized that either I just wasn’t THAT into the idea, or there was some big gaping question in it that I couldn’t answer, but felt the story wouldn’t work unless it was answered, or what have you. But this time is different. This idea is good. This idea can go somewhere.

Bluster? No, because as I write this post, I already have just over 1000 words of actual narrative written down.

It just clicked, and I went on a tear. Just started writing. So far, it seems to be working. Maybe I’ll actually have something complete that I can post to FimFiction, finally!

Specifically, the second of those two prompts is what caught my eye and made all these ideas come to me. I started thinking about the implications of that, and about Scootaloo’s interaction with Luna during her dream in “Sleepless in Ponyville”, and… well, hopefully, I’ll actually finish this thing and you can find out the rest by reading it!

In other pony-related news: I’ve finally started posting on my FimFiction blog – I figured, I’m actually making some progress with ponyfics, and I’ve got a pile of reviews sitting here, so now’s a decent time to start making a bit more noise over there. I’ve more or less mirrored most of this post to start off, and will probably dual-post any progress updates or what have you on both blogs. Oh, and speaking of those reviews, I finally put up a page with links to all of them. Meant to do that a while ago, but kept forgetting.

Off I go to write a bit more before bed. Hoping to finish this prompt story by Thursday to meet the WTG deadline if I can. Wish me luck!

-Saito S