People are like numbers.
You might say, “How is that?
People are unique and free!
They aren’t mundane or flat!”
But there, my friend, you miss me.
Your point’s the same as mine.
Each number holds a certain place
Within our space and time.
Each number has its coming,
And each one goes away.
Without counting, life would freeze,
And stop along its way.
Many came before us,
And many yet will come.
All are adding to the last,
To make a greater sum.
So each time when I’m counting,
Perhaps from one to nine,
I think of all those in-between,
That spanned each life to mine.
People are like numbers,
Important and unique;
Each one by way of passing
Building strength into the weak.
I don’t often make statements, and it won’t become a regular thing. Still, seeing this makes me think. This is nothing new. They are going to continue pushing it until people get tired of pushing back.
The problem is simple. If you give government power, you generally can’t take it back. Even if the current system is well-intentioned, giving that power means that anyone who gets in the saddle controls it, and you can’t necessarily control who puts their foot in the stirrup, so think carefully about what power you actually want them to have. The more power you put into something, the harder power-seeking individuals will strive to control it, and they aren’t helpless. They’re silver-tongued.
The idea behind limited government isn’t that we handicap a benefactor. It’s to keep a benefactor from becoming something sinister. I signed the petition, but… well, we’ll see what happens. I wonder how much the petition actually counts for.
Additional Tags: [M/M Shipping][Bittersweet]
As Hearts and Hooves day rolls around, Flintlock goes about his ritual of cleaning the attic - or at least, that’s his excuse to the rest of the family. It’s also a time to dig out his old uniforms and bits of nostalgia and… to look at pictures. Passion may only last a moment, but love can last a lifetime.
Well… my muses did it to me again. There I am, sitting with a story that just needs revisions, and they go, “No! We want you to work on this!” I suppose ultimately, they know best. You can consider this my Hearts’n’Hooves day contribution I think.
I apologize that it’s so short, but I suppose some stories… don’t need long to tell. I can’t afford to get cover art for it right now, but that will come later I think. In the meantime though, I hope you enjoy the story.
Fair warning, this story is “bittersweet.” It… doesn’t quite fit the sad tag, but it isn’t… well, you’ll see.
“We Had Today" - inspired by the song of the same name, from the sountrack of "One Day."
And for this challenge, I’m going to need 100 OCs… Pretty much normal pony OCs. Alicorns, Zebras and overly complicated colors and abilities do not count.
It’s basically, an short animation project involving the current story arc of Wishdream in this blog and I will start the story arc today soo…
The first 100 reblogs of this will be involved in a random pick using a random generator. After picking 1, random 20 ocs will be removed from the list and this process will repeat again until 20 are left and a new post will be added for another list to go out~! Not to worry as I will list down who are removed and the next post will reveal who is featured.
Now start reblogging!
So, hey. I figured, why not? I thought my followers might have fun with this too. Art is more fun when you have willing participants.
Out at Sea is still in-progress in the second revision. I won’t lie. It’s coming slowly, but keep in mind that the story is complete. I’m just doing revision passes at this point, and while that sometimes means rewriting sections of the story, it’s still a sight better than doing revisions on a story that’s only half-written, like trying to frost a cake you never baked.
Still… it’s been difficult. Finances are a very real struggle for me right now, as they are for many people. I’m not under any delusions that my situation is at all unique. My sympathy goes out to any and all who are in similar straits. So, that’s a big thing holding my writing back: having to keep focus on work so constantly that there’s little time for writing, and when I have the time (and energy), it can be difficult to piece together my creativity.
A lot of you, my followers, have given me compliments and praises worth gold, and I’m always very grateful for the support. I don’t honestly believe I’m as good as people seem to say I am half the time, but who ever does? Even if I’m not, I’ll still do my best for you.
Unfortunately, doing my best at this point is also a matter of time. People have been wanting a new story from me for quite a while, and a large part of me feels rather ashamed that I haven’t been able to get something new out in the period I’ve gained followers and watchers, especially when I’ve made who knows how many posts listing one story or another that I’ve worked on.
So, this post is partially to vent, which I’ve done, and partially to thank you all, which I haven’t. Thanks for the support, the patience, and the faith in my work. I’m determined to complete these stories and get them out for you, hopefully in a state you all can enjoy them, even if it takes me some time to do.
Words of encouragement are always welcome and warmly received, but one thing I’d like people to keep in mind: I’m just a normal guy who loves to write when he can, and will always try to do his best. I hope you all have had a wonderful season, and here is hoping that this new year brings you all great ponies, and things to hold onto in your lives (in a good way), as I know many of you are going through hard or harder times than myself.
Take care of yourselves, and yes, this goes out to all of my followers, even if we haven’t spoken much. As always, keep an eye here, and I’ll keep you updated on story progress.
Just about everyone knows that authors generally love comments on their work, even if some of them are afraid of trying to reply to them (like me). Comments tell the author what people liked, what they didn’t like, what they can improve on and very often can just be an excellent source of encouragement.
However, as I read through the comment sections of stories, I notice that many people have a tendency to do things that can be very discouraging to the one writing, and overall can just be a downer for the day. Noooooot everyone writing comments cares about whether or not they hurt the author’s feelings, unfortunately, but I wrote this three-step guide for those who do.
Errr… well… “three steps.” I think the third is the shortest. More below the break!
There isn’t much point to this post. It’s just me saying, “I’m writing right now,” working on Out at Sea. It’s coming along pretty well, even if gradually, and I find myself pretty happy with the direction.
This is my “writing atmosphere” right now:
Also > That feel when you know a legitimate word your spellcheck does not.
Hi! I’m not sure exactly what the “nice,” is in reference to but thanks just the same!
As for Littlest Pet Shop - I actually remember enjoying those toys when I was younger, before it became a show. I admit, the art style isn’t quite my favorite from what I’ve seen of the commercials, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun show. I may check it out one of these days when I have some more free time.
Whether or not I can write for it? Weeeell, hehe. These days I have a hard enough time just writing for a show I already know and love, so I can’t promise anything. But, should a story idea hit me, I’ll more than likely try to write it!
…also, I really need to stop posting my story updates and pictures in the middle of the night when no one will likely see them. I keep forgetting not everyone is a night-owl like me.
Anyway, thank you for the encouragement anon! I’m glad you liked whatever it is you liked!
I actually finished one! Yes!
I finally finished a new story! And… well, once again it’s not any story I’ve been working on recently. It currently is at about 6.7k words, so there’s a bit there to read.
Though, when I say “finished” I mean, I actually wrote it from beginning to end. I’m going to be giving it several more passes before I actually consider it postable, but actually having the full body of the story is a good step toward that.
And! This is almost a guard-fic! Almost. (You’ll know what I mean when you read it).
For those of you wondering what this fic is, you might remember me mentioning a story called “Out at Sea” some while back. This is that fic. The title may change if I come up with something wittier in the meantime. It’s a rough draft and needs polish, but I’m very pleased to have actually finished something.
Goodwill x Butterscotch Cream gift art
"I have two wings, though I can’t fly.
Perhaps I’ll never paint the sky.
But just the same, I’m happy too,
For I’m content, down here, with you.”
So, a friend of mine saw my post bubbling over about the guard pony I call Goodwill. For those of you who missed that post, it’s the guard pony delivering the message in the first five minutes of the Season 3 premier of FiM.
He decided to take it upon himself to make the image you see, and I loved it so much I wrote the poem to go with it. He gave me permission to add the poem to the image, but I’ve included a version both with and without. I’m really thrilled by this - it’s absolutely excellent work.
For those who feel it’s a little silly to go gaga over a cartoon character, you’re absolutely right, it is. I admit I don’t really mind being a little silly. But, I guess in some ways, Goodwill is a symbol of who I hope to have someday in real life. So, hopefully y’all won’t begrudge me a few warm fuzzies from this till that time and that person comes.
If you like this image, he’s got a lot more. Please please please check out his dA account: pyrestorm
The URL to the image on dA is here: Gift Image
You know… with all the talk I’ve heard about the “state of the fandom” and bronies or people who like the show for its values or… whatever name or description one prefers to go by…
As I listened, the song they sing about the crystal ponies being saved by their history kinda says something. Doesn’t it?
I’m not one who turns the whole MLP thing into a religion-type cult, nor one who believes you have to be a “brony” to be a good person. But, I am one who believes one can use the show and the spirit it promotes to make a change in your own part of the world for the better. Maybe the show is for little kids, but that doesn’t mean the lessons in it are. Sometimes people in their later years could stand to do a reality check, and I don’t mean the one that tells you “the world is dark and dreary, and cartoon shows like that just try to make everything look nice.” I mean the one that says, “It doesn’t have to be.”
Yeah, there are a lot of “grown up” problems in the world. I never said the world was a beautiful place on its own. That just means there are “grown up” versions love, kindness and friendship to counter it, if we’re willing to apply the childish lessons in the show to ourselves.
Being a person of love and light doesn’t mean you focus on yourself, it means you focus on others.
When you get a chance to watch the premier, if you haven’t already, just listen to the words of the song - you’ll know it when you hear it. Regardless if the “message” in it was intentional or not, it’s something good to consider the next time you think or feel that things are falling apart.
“This is why civilized places have weather teams,” Longfeather grumbled, staring out the tower’s window with a face as glum and irritable as the churning thunderheads above it. Fort Duhl once had a flag atop its tower, but after fizzling through about a dozen or so national banners and half as many reprimands from the Guard Supply Depot, Longfeather and Polearm decided to use one of their under-employed spears as a lightning rod. Longfeather immediately discovered it worked very well. As if to flaunt the unpleasant memory, one of the clouds flashed a bolt into the jungle nearby, doubtlessly frying some wretched tree. Everything about this place was unfriendly, dank and dark.
An excerpt from the WiP story, “Fort Duhl,” which is currently about 80% complete, proofreading passes notwithstanding.
It’s the first time I think I’ve ever looked at a character and had a headcanon blossom around him.
I can’t put my hoof on the specific thing, but he just exudes all of the personality traits I admire! Kindness, empathy, responsibility and even strength. Maybe that’s why I find the name “Goodwill” so fitting. And he’s handsome. Did I mention he’s handsome?
How I’d love to see him smile… Oh, the wonderful heartache.