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Scrooples Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey pride

you came up in a conversation i was having with a friend when i realized i hadn't heard anything from you in 5 months. Any chance i could convince you to post a journal update just to let everyone know how you're doing?
HorseVoices Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I don't think I ever dropped you a line to show my appreciation. "Arddun Lleuad" was one of the first pony stories I ever read, and it blew my mind to bits. Here was a story that broke all the rules and got away with it, while being charmingly British in a way I didn't think was still allowed. I remember being glued to the screen, wondering what would happen next and occasionally thinking, "Oh no he didn't!"

Then there was the sequel, which suffered for being unpolished, but made up for it with its ending's sheer wowing effect.

"Arddun" was one of my inspirations to write about ponies. Now, I'm also a Pony Fiction Vault alumnus, for a story involving a human (fancy that). It was positively surreal -- my work, up there with Pride's.

I still miss the stories that might have been, but I'm glad you're doing well. Thanks for the wild adventure.
Priderage Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Huhzfuwcrikey. Blimey and wow and other endearing terms showing amazement.

That's what we do, though. Any of us who are creative. We read or experience others' works and that sets off our imaginations and our brains just become idea factories, the managers get whipped and the workers stop sleeping on the job. This is exactly what happened to me when I read the NES Godzilla Creepypasta. I ended up mailing the author in the exact same way you just contacted me, and he probably felt the same way I feel now. Chances are someone will read yours and this'll just keep on going. Hopefully.

That's not the only effect our stories have, too. Just one of many. One of potentially dozens. Bends your mind thinking about it.

Fingers crossed I take some good out of this and go crack down on Gwydion...
HorseVoices Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
It really is the gift that keeps on giving. And hey -- if you ever feel discouraged, just re-read some old fan mail. I've found it's an excellent tonic.

By the way, I see none of your stuff is on Fimficton. I really think it should be there, so new people can find it more easily. I understand if you'd rather not do it yourself, but I would be more than happy to, with your permission. May I?
Shachza Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I keep checking in, but not enough is happening! I may dread it a little bit, considering the hinted backstory, but I really want to see Gwydion NOW!

Wait... Stop that, me... Let him work in peace. Must be patient.

Thanks for the chat over my sketch from a while back!
Priderage Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I hate to say it, but Gwydion's not even outlined. Having tremendous issues with it; good ideas, general developments, but I'm lacking something I can call a really cohesive story. It will be a long time, I'm afraid. Don't wait for me. :(
Scrooples Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just wanted to check in and make sure your still alive!
Priderage Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Ugh. Yes, but Gwydion, god damn. It's a real pain; it's coming up a year now, and I still don't have a solid outline. It's new territory, urban fantasy, and I can't find any other superhero-in-modern-world books like Gwydion. The closest I've found is a book called Hero, which uses far more Superman-esque themes and isn't at all like Gwydion.

However, I am having many more ideas for other novels. And who knows what I've been cooking up in the background? Sadly, I think it'll be a matter of years before I finally start making serious headway as a fledgling novelist.
Apple-Tank Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Artist
Urban Fantasy: First thing that comes to mind: The Dresden Files.
Scrooples Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It does take time, but trying to rush it is only going to make it more frustrating. I am currently taking a creative writing class at my college and that is the one truth they have beaten me over the head with. Ira Glass has this amazing quote:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

I believe can do it. Everyone who has watched you has done so because they believe you can too.

(P.S. sorry if all this was uncalled for or unnecessary, but you seemed a little frustrated. Just trying to help.)
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