oh god, the infamous soon TM from blizzard. We're goin to wait for months!

It could be worse, I could be running on Valve Time.

I'm suffering from withdraw here, man! When can I get my next hit of Murky?
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SoonTM

itspencilguy:

Ragini. Because there is next to no art of her.

That is badass as anything. Ragini’s rare to see in art, so this is always an awesome treat! Thanks Pencil!

itspencilguy:

Ragini. Because there is next to no art of her.

That is badass as anything. Ragini’s rare to see in art, so this is always an awesome treat! Thanks Pencil!

It’s done!

First draft is complete! Ahead of schedule by a day too. So tomorrow I’ll instead roll over the last 20% and toy with it all until it works in a more paced out means.

But we’re here folks. Chapter 25 is the last chapter leading into the “endgame chapters”, this is furiously exciting for me. So look forward to it probably this week sometime. I’ll let you know!

Writing Update

Chapter sits at about 85% as of today. Making excellent progress. Personally unconvinced by a couple scenes striking the right scale of chord though, will go take a re-read tomorrow myself once it’s had time to settle.

Shouldn’t be too long.

piecee01:

Needed an update for my favourite sidefic Murky Number Seven! :)
http://piecee01.deviantart.com/art/Murky-Number-Seven-468943416

Love the little updates Piecce has put on for the characters. Taking Brim’s wounds to the BONE though? Dear me, thats one way to think of it!
Gotta admit, I love the slightly more mature looking Murky here. Still young and the little guy we know but clearly grown up a little.

piecee01:

Needed an update for my favourite sidefic Murky Number Seven! :)

http://piecee01.deviantart.com/art/Murky-Number-Seven-468943416

Love the little updates Piecce has put on for the characters. Taking Brim’s wounds to the BONE though? Dear me, thats one way to think of it!

Gotta admit, I love the slightly more mature looking Murky here. Still young and the little guy we know but clearly grown up a little.

thunder-stream:

Murky and Glimmer!
It was overdue, I needed to draw them eventually, so i took care of that today.
Murky’s so cute…
And don’t spoil the story for me folks, I’m laggin’ behind pretty far. :P

Awww! This totally sums up their early relationship well and how she considers him. Thats adorable and heartwarming all in one! Thanks so much!

thunder-stream:

Murky and Glimmer!

It was overdue, I needed to draw them eventually, so i took care of that today.

Murky’s so cute…

And don’t spoil the story for me folks, I’m laggin’ behind pretty far. :P

Awww! This totally sums up their early relationship well and how she considers him. Thats adorable and heartwarming all in one! Thanks so much!

Writing Update

Chapter is approx 50-60% completed. I would possibly say even closer to 65%, but the last scene I wrote I feel I need to take another look at. I didn’t feel confident in it while writing and I still feel I’ve undersold its drama and momentum with the buildup.

Already I’ve identified 3 key factors that require adjustment, which I’ll likely look at tomorrow. I always leave a gap day between edits to let the mind settle and “forget” the scene slightly. It has a wonderful habit of making you refocus on what the core of the scene really is when you come back to it.

Of course, this approach has its disadvantages. Telling yourself “it’s okay to not work today, I’m waiting between edits!” is a very easy hole to fall into when what you’re really doing is lazing off from a disciplined writing schedule. So be wary when you’re thinking like this, if I had to offer a little thought with this update.

I remember you mentioning some dissatisfaction with a couple of story elements, some regarding the pacing for some parts. Have you considered doing a streamlined rewrite of those scenes as a "director's cut" of the story? Kind of like how DBZ Kai is a streamlined summary of DBZ. I imagine burnout would be a major concern, but would retroactively applying all you've learned in writing this story have any appeal at all? Or are there not enough changed you want to make to make it worthwhile?

Some edits, yeah they’ll likely be made. Nothing significant though, as I don’t wish to split the readerbase that way or force people to maybe re-read with a new pacing.

However, I am perfectly content to edit out typos and daft sentences that I look back and cringe at. For example, early on I had Brimstone mention he is “at least 10 years older than Glimmer”. Obviously, this is a bit daft even if we account for him being a bit sardonic about his real age. The guys closer to 40 years older than her. At the time I think it was because I still had a different (older and obselete) idea in mind and didn’t much think about what I was writing. Until just before I wrote the story, Brimstone was a lot younger. Eventually I decided I liked the idea of him being an older pony at the end of his prime and beginning to deteriorate. It was unequivocally a stronger direction and made him more interesting as an old weathered warrior than a generic strong guy.

Thats one example of things I may change. But significant streamlining? Perhaps not. Honestly I would want to, but I feel such large changes would only hurt the overall story’s existence online for the readers, even if it led to better pacing. Earlier on I might have done it, but the idea feels “too much” now. Especially as I want to move on to new projects.