Author has written 3 stories for My Little Pony.
I enjoy writing... If I think of anything clever to say I'll update this.
In light of putting a paragraph of text in one of the chapters I've decided to just write what I want to say right here.
There's a lot of stuff worth reading, uploaded by some pretty talented people, on this site and you're here for one reason or another.
Some of you have either read or accidentally clicked my story. Two of you have even taken the time to review it; you know who you are.
This was just something I did on the side to build up a routine of writing everyday.
For people to have taken the time to read this story just boggles my mind.
All I can say is that I hope it's at least interesting to read.
Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for reading.
August 20, 2015, a Thursday, I sat with my own amalgamation of a Brain Trust; three very ambitious writers I am happy to call my friends. The topic of discussion at the time was our writing routine, and how our own day to day responsibilities hindered it in some way or another. I, most of all, was the biggest offender of being inconsistent and going long stretches of not writing anything.
On a dare, I was challenged to write a fanfiction story based upon ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’, and upload it for anyone to read; remaining anonymous of course. I accepted begrudgingly, knowing next to nothing of the show and knew I would need to watch it to even begin to write it. My next step was read some fanfiction other writers had posted to get a general idea of what was ‘popular’ among readers. I read a few self inserts, re-imagining of movies, crossovers, transporting from one reality to the other, authors writing themselves as ponies, and found some uniquely genuine stories along the way.
Eventually it occurred to me that a pattern had developed, that characters wanted to ‘make’ a connection in one way or another, and I thought that if I were to write a story I’d want the character unable to physically interact with anyone. Forcing a more organic story that relied on dialogue, but I couldn’t think of how to do it. Through different forms of media, it was easy to determine that fire was something to be admired and feared in many different sorts of ways, but it also lent an easy answer to how I could segregate the protagonist.
On August 23, 2015, two days of doing my initial research, I posted a near ten-thousand word chapter of a story I called ‘Smoldering It Over’ on the FanFiction website. Needless to say, it was very long, and I had no idea if it would hold the interest of any reader past the first paragraph. Having completed the dare, I walked away from the entire story, leaving it with just a single chapter, and went on to write other things.
By December of that year, having continued to catch up on the show, I had felt the desire to return to ‘Smoldering It Over’ and write the next chapter. Scenarios of what a ‘Flame Pony’ might face in a world that, to him, seemed flammable at even a single touch had me interested in continuing it. So on January 12, 2016, I posted the second chapter of ‘Smoldering It Over’ and I never looked back.
It has been two years since I began ‘Smoldering It Over’, focusing solely on keeping it faithful with its sequels ‘Rise of Char’ and ‘The Phoenix King’. The real reason I have come this far, without having the story ‘die’ or remained unfinished has been in thanks to, entirely, by people I have never met before. The readers, the commenters, the followers, who have all had every opportunity to bring a hammer to these stories, but chose to share with me their interest and in some cases their delight of what I had written.
I can’t pretend that this story is anything more than a time killer for readers, but everyone who has shared their thoughts on it with me, has made me feel it is worth so much more than that. This is why I’m taking this opportunity to thank those I have never met, but have connected with on some level through these stories.
The Sleeping Library
Who always seems to manage to share his/her thoughts on each of my chapters without fail and also being one of the first readers from the beginning to its current installment.
Who brought up some very important details I had overlooked within the story and for sharing his thoughts on the chapters and offering critiques.
Who suggested that I re-upload these stories to FimFiction who said that these stories deserved more attention, and offering his/her thoughts on several key chapters.
Who offered his encouragement through much of these stories, and offering his thoughts on each chapter.
For speaking with me in length over the structure of ‘Rise of Char’ and encouraged all the ideas I had moving forward with the story.
Who offered his opinions over these stories, and provided me with much encouragement.
Who brought some levity to my life with her comments, and taking the time to meticulously read each chapter seeking much needed edits I had overlooked.
To anyone who has had read any of these stories. You have offered your time to these stories, something I cannot give back, but from the bottom of my heart I thank you for giving it to me for a while.
Smolder is not based on me personally. I wrote him as a character I would relate to, that I believe others would as well. Someone who is different, that is trying hard to fit in, who can be accepted for what he is by some, despised by others, who places others before them self, those try to hide their pain from others, who are capable of amazing things, and are sometimes self-conscious about their choices. That our greatest power is reaching someone through words and not violence; even if it does come to altercations, we have that choice to forgive, and start again.