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Soundslikeponies' Awesome Author Thread 953

#Author
Have you ever been kept up at night by annoying questions such as ‘what is the meaning of life?’ ‘what is true happiness?’ or ‘did I leave the stove on?’ Well good news! My stories guarantee you’ll forget your difficult philosophical ponderings as your house burns to the ground around you!

Anyways, between finishing one of my fics and starting my third, I figured now would be a good time to make an author thread, where I’ll be posting updates and new fics. I have a couple more stories planned, and will soon be able to get back to pumping out 2 chapters a week, with a pretty even balance of shipping and non-shipping for everyone to enjoy. I write almost exclusively about the main characters (and the princesses) but I might do something centered around a background pony someday. (tl;dr: here’s my user page: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/soundslikeponies)

We'll Keep In Touch

[Romance][Slice of Life]

By: soundslikeponies

Synopsis: Left only with a promise to keep in touch, Rainbow Dash struggles to convey her feelings, and to figure out what the words were that she couldn't say on that last snowy night at the train station before Twilight left. As everyone slowly drifts apart, Dash will have to put in the effort if she wants to keep her friends together.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/70396/well-keep-in-touch
Equestria Daily Link: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/12/story-well-keep-in-touch.html

Comments: Well, this is a new record time for getting featured on fimfiction at just 15 minutes, half the time Nightmare's Night took. I took the story I wrote for the last write off, whose main complaints were the fact that it wasn't fleshed out well enough, and fleshed it out. Then it stood at 6,300 words, and now it stands at 9,500. This one shot is a completely different take on a TwiDash relationship than my other story, Flying High, Falling Hard, which is about young, dumb love. This one is more about the pain of distance and separation, and how easy it is to just drift away from those important to you if you both simply stop caring. Despite all this, it isn't really a sad fic. It's somber in tone, but is overall meant to be heartwarming, as is the spirit of the holiday I wrote it for.

Equestria from Dust

[Adventure][Alternate Universe]

By: soundslikeponies

Synopsis: Celestia awakens to see an empty world, white sandstone stretching the horizon. She wanders the world as she builds it from her imagination, filling it with life, but as time passes, the world that she created begins to seem like little more than a lucid dream, conjured from the dust.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/Equestria-from-Dust
Equestria Daily Link: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/10/story-equestria-from-dust.html

Comments: This fic was something I wrote to broaden my style and experience, but it turned into a story and idea that I became completely taken with. This story had good reception from the prereaders and reviewers on here I showed it to, so I figured I'd post it.

Let's Find You a Date!

[Romance][Comedy]

By: soundslikeponies

Synopsis: When Rarity finds out how little Twilight gets out of the Library, things get out of hand as she decides to take it upon herself to teach Twilight the ropes of dating. But as Rarity drags her around, Twilight begins to have a good idea of who she wants to ask out.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/23373/Let%27s-Find-You-a-Date!
Equestria Daily Link: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/05/story-lets-find-you-date.html

Comments: I wrote this as a way of venting my comedic desires. It was also written since there seemed to be a lack of the pairing—one which I thought could work. I wrote it to be more light-hearted and fun than Flying High, Falling Hard, but a bit of drama seeped into it.

Flying High, Falling Hard

[Romance][Alternate Universe]

By: soundslikeponies

Synopsis: When Rainbow Dash crashes into the library one too many times, Twilight ends up becoming her coach for the upcoming Best Young Flier Competition. But Rainbow Dash wants more, and relationships are never as perfect as they seem.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/3391/Flying-High%2C-Falling-Hard
Equestria Daily Link: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/07/story-flying-high-falling-hard.html

Comments: This was my first fic (or piece of writing for that matter), which I have been rewriting and reuploading chapters of. When I originally posted it, TwiDash was almost non-existent, and this fic became the TwiDash fic for a while. I wrote it early on when a lot of the shipping fics in the fandom have everything go (more or less) perfectly for the two ponies in love. This fic was meant to offset that by having Dash and Twilight's relationship have quite a few issues, caused mostly by their own flaws.

The Nightmare’s Night

[Romance]

By soundslikeponies

Synopsis: It's Nightmare Night, and Luna is visiting Ponyville again. The mayor tasks Twilight with guiding and helping Luna around Ponyville and making sure the Princess has a good stay. Though Luna comes to Ponyville with a proposition for Twilight.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/59743/The-Nightmare%27s-Night

Comments: This is pending some revision before it gets submitted to EqD again. It was a rushed project that didn’t get much for editing since I wanted to release it on Halloween. It’s also one of the very few (or, well, only that I know of) Twilight x Luna fics that has Luna act as she does in canon. I plan to do the revisions to this story after I finish the chapter I’m on, so if you can wait a couple days I’d recommend waiting until the revisions are done and it’s up on EqD before reading it.
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Tactical!fRainBOoMw 982

Weighing in with a review of Equestria From Dust.

It's highly interesting, and very competently written, but a lot of readers won't like it, and not because they've got lowbrow tastes or anything. Quite the opposite, people with lowbrow tastes are likely to enjoy the trying-too-hard drama and the rather original concept, and herald it as "deep." And it is deep, not in that it's subtle, but that it's smart, thorough, and crushingly believable

No, the people who will denounce Equestria From Dust are likely to be /fic/ reviewers who have a clear idea of what a fic should be. A fic, so they say, should be paced well, and should spend words only on what's important. It should be a story, and it should focus on what happens. This fic does none of these things, and rests completely on the impact of its prose.

That said, the imagery, the mood, and the characters are drawn with a strong command of language. The concept is examined in well-thought-out detail. A quick appearance by Luna is strangely beautiful in how it sort of completes the concept, reminding the reader of the long-dead ghost of the canon world. It is also sadistically heartbreaking in a delicately delivered and not-quite-explicitly-stated way that I won't spoil.

Highly recommended, but I won't blame you if you start on it and then say "meh" and put it away. Unless this fic has been radically changed since I read it in its adolescent stage, you're not missing out on a twist or anything.
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Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 988

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>>982
Yeah, when you said in the IRC that you're moving away from [Shipping] I felt kinda bad. You're one of the most popular shipping writers in the fandom right now and you're pretty much throwing that away by writing stories that aren't shipping.

That's not to say you can't "branch out" just keep it closer to your other stories. Maybe write about lesbianism instead of about lesbian relationships or maybe write an [Adventure]-[Shipping] fic (sort of like Gurren Lagann except they're both mares.)

997

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>>988

So basically continue to write shipping without the guise of shipping? When the author's trying to "branch out?"

Yeah. You see how that can't work, right?

Not trying to but in on your business, SLP, just commenting on something strange.
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>>982
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it almost sounds as if you think Equestria from Dust is a one shot? It's sitting at 31k words over 7 chapters right now. The first chapter you're referring to was almost a prologue to the following chapters which span the rest of Celestia and Luna's creation of trees, life, and eventually ponies. It shows what causes them to step up to become rulers and how evil forces such as Discord and Nightmare Moon came to be (but we're not at that part yet!)

Also, you give /fic/ reviewers too little credit in your comments. Alexstraza, Nicknack, Vimbert, Garnot, MintyRest, Samurai anon, and Golden Vision all really liked the story, and are all either /fic/ reviewers or EqD prereaders. The reviewers at /fic/ usually can tell what does and doesn't work.

>>988
I am sort of moving away from shipping. Equestria from Dust is the story I'm working on now, and the one after it is going to be a multichapter [dark][adventure] fic about Twilight and Luna and curses. After that, I've been tossing around the idea of a TwiJack Adventure fic in which Twilight, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash go on some adventure or another.

Either way, I'd like to think that whatever I write will be good because I don't see myself as a one trick pony when it comes to writing.
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Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 1014

>>1008
I give a fanfic one chapter to hook me. If it's not interesting then I'm not going to continue reading. Life is too short and there are too many other fanfics that I want to read. That's why I haven't read past the first half of Harmony's prologue.

Hey, if you really want to write [Dark][Adventure] I'm not gonna stop you. Just don't complain when it doesn't get the feature box on FiMFic.

1016

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>>1014
>implying the feature box matters

1018

>>1016
Think Azusa was referencing this:http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/78481

Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 1019

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Equestria from Dust fell short of the featured box because it wasn't easily digestible content. Its prose was different, it was in present tense, and it had a whole 3,000+ staggering words of narration before a single line of dialogue. I still think it's the best thing I've written so far, but it wasn't easily digestible, which is the main trait a story needs to reach the featured box. I'm not really worried about having a repeat with my next adventure fic since it'll be more conventional in its narration and storytelling.

The blog post being mentioned wasn't entirely due to Equestria from Dust falling short of featured. The disparity between making it to the featured box or not is huge, and this bugged me even when my only stories both had ~20,000 views.

Either way, I'm no longer unhappy with how Equestria from Dust has done. It has 2,000 views and the people who do read it have enjoyed it immensely.

Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 1023

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>>1016
>>1018
And this: http://www.ponychan.net/chan/fic/res/110925.html#124434

Last night, Tactical suggested in the IRC that I might be obsessed with lesbians, which I fully admit to. I think one of the reasons why is that Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com) lists almost 30k M/M Romance novels and a measly 1k F/F ones, most of which don't look very good.

I'm sure that most of those M/M books wouldn't exist if it weren't for a group of women who all knew that Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Spock were in love with each other the same way that most of us know that Lyra and Bon Bon are in love. I feel like if Device Heretic or shortskirtsandexplotions or someone managed to get a F/F novel published, enough bronies would buy it for it to make the bestsellers list. Then people who don't watch the show would start buying it and at some point a bunch of people would try to copy the book's success by writing their own F/F books. And eventually there would be close to as many F/F books as there are M/M ones.

I know this could work. It worked for Masters of the Universe.
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>>1023
>masters of the universe
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New Chapter! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 1203

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Chapter 8 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/8/Equestria-from-Dust/Part-8%3A-Faithful-Student
Chapter title: Part 8: Faithful Student

In this Chapter Luna introduces the idea of them each taking on a student, but a few years pass, and Celestia has trouble finding one. (woops that was last chapter!)

In this chapter several years have passed since Celestia took on her student, and the apparition that looks like Luna has begun to appear in her dreams once more.
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Chapter 9 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/9/Equestria-from-Dust/Part-9%3A-Disturbance
Chapter title: Part 9: Disturbance

After being rendered unconscious by an outburst of magic, Celestia has awoken to find her student and her sister by her bedside. Although almost immediately after her recovery, the Captain of the Guard brings to attention his reports of what happened while she slept.

New Chapter! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 2206

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Chapter 10 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/10/Equestria-from-Dust/Part-10%3A-Departure
Chapter title: Part 10: Departure

Only one guard has returned from investigating the strange reports from Hay Burrow: a mare driven mad by magic. And upon finding what ails her, Celestia prepares to depart in the dead of night.
>Also, dat wallpaper.
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New One-shot! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 2639

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We'll Keep In Touch

[Romance][Slice of Life]

By: soundslikeponies

Synopsis: Left only with a promise to keep in touch, Rainbow Dash struggles to convey her feelings, and to figure out what the words were that she couldn't say on that last snowy night at the train station before Twilight left. As everyone slowly drifts apart, Dash will have to put in the effort if she wants to keep her friends together.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/70396/well-keep-in-touch
Equestria Daily Link: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/12/story-well-keep-in-touch.html

Comments: Well, this is a new record time for getting featured on fimfiction at just 15 minutes, half the time Nightmare's Night took. I took the story I wrote for the last write off, whose main complaints were the fact that it wasn't fleshed out well enough, and fleshed it out. Then it stood at 6,300 words, and now it stands at 9,500.

This one shot is a completely different take on a TwiDash relationship than my other story, Flying High, Falling Hard, which is about young, dumb love. This one is more about the pain of distance and separation, and how easy it is to just drift away from those important to you if you both simply stop caring.

Despite this, it isn't really a sad fic. It's somber in tone, but is overall meant to be heartwarming, as is the spirit of the holiday I wrote it for.

Adding this fic to the OP.
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2640

>>2639
>Equestria Daily Link: (going up at this url shortly)
Isn't that a little presumptuous? Or have they started sending acceptance letters now?

Anonymous 2641

>>2640
They have always send you messages saying "hey, you, you have been approved."

2643

>>2641
Not always (maybe since they stopped going through Seth, though — I just know that I never got those emails, but then my last submission was in March). But >>2640, I'm sure we can assume that SLP has confirmation. And if not we shall laugh and throw things.

Anonymous 2645

>>2643
Or maybe he is part of the secret prereaders.

Or maybe he is friend with a couple and they get other prereaders to look at it for him.

Or maybe he is a banana.

2653

>>2645
None of the above. Okay, maybe the third one.

Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 2654

>>2653
I can confirm that I am a banana.
Also I got a confirmation email.
Also it's up there now.

Courtyard Droll 2691

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>>2654
And you get yourself a happy umbrella dance to celebrate!

Rewritten Chapter! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 3381

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Chapter 23 of Flying High, Falling Hard was freshly rewritten!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/3391/23/flying-high-falling-hard/chapter-23-a-split-in-the-sky
Chapter Title: A Split in the Sky

Twilight and Rainbow Dash meetup with Spitfire to apologize, but things take a sudden turn for the worse in a direction Twilight thought they had put behind them.

This update is being posted because I did a full rewrite of the chapter (and boosted it by 1k words to 4.2k), but also because I'm back after a couple week long hiatus. Enjoy!

New Chapter! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 3669

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Chapter 11 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/11/equestria-from-dust/part-11-flight
Chapter title: Part 11: Flight

Flying to Hay Burrow to investigate the reports of dark magic coming from the area, Princess Celestia, Luna, and both their students make a stop at an inn, where Celestia's dreams begin to wander.
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Rewritten Chapter (last one)! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 3785

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Chapter 24 of Flying High, Falling Hard is done and it has officially caught up!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/3391/24/flying-high-falling-hard/chapter-24-what-we-keep-from-one-another
Chapter Title: What We Keep From One Another

Dash consults the only other pony she knows in Canterlot for relationship advice. Meanwhile, Twilight plans to continue research on her spell at any cost.

This update is being posted because I did a full rewrite of the chapter (and boosted it by 1k words to 4.3k), but also because the story has finally caught up to where it was! It's nothing but new chapters from here on out, Enjoy!

New Chapter! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 4582

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Chapter 12 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/12/equestria-from-dust/part-12-discord
Chapter title: Part 12: Discord

Celestia and Luna land in Hay Burrow with their students to find the village abandoned, and almost all of the villagers missing. There they meet the perpetrator of the recent disturbances, Discord, and he has a lot to say to Celestia…

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>>3785
>>4582
Good lord, has it really been a month since I updated?

New Chapter! soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 4828

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Chapter 25 of Flying High, Falling Hard is out! The first real new chapter in a while!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/3391/25/flying-high-falling-hard/chapter-25-the-train-ride-home
Chapter Title: The Train Ride Home

Dash and Twilight head back to Ponyville to slowly heal their relationship. Dash struggles with being patient, and Twilight throws herself into her studies with renewed obsession.

Notes: it almost feels unreal to finally get out a new chapter for this fic. I spent 9 months rewriting it, during which I inserted a brand new chapter, completely changed the first 4 chapters, did an editing pass on all 24 chapters, and finally retyped chapters 11-24.

Chrysalis is a Changeling [NEW STORY!!!] soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 4959

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Thought I'd make a new post with an update about my next story.

[Slice-of-life][Sad]

Title: Chrysalis is a Changeling

Summary: Chrysalis has a terrible secret. One she has never told any of her hive. Sneaking around behind their backs and living a double life as their leader, Chrysalis has to somehow hide the fact that she's a changeling, lest the rest of the hive find out what she is.

Notes: I wanted to write this because after seeing other similar stories with other characters, I felt they all missed the mark. The idea had potential, but the characters people chose for it were usually very bad for the idea.

So, I started thinking about who it would make the most sense to have as a changeling, and well, I'm surprised no one thought of this earlier. Chrysalis is a character who rules with an iron hoof, and the impact if the rest of her hive ever found out she was a changeling would be devestating. Her world would be shattered.

It never felt like the big reveal had any lasting or real consequences in other fics I've read of this nature. My goal is to reinvent the idea by creating a story where such a secret really holds an impact.

So, let me know what you think. I've been thinking this idea through for a while now and am really eager for some thoughts/want to gauge interest in it.
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New Chapter! soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5058

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Chapter 13 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/13/equestria-from-dust/part-13-dreamwalker
Chapter title: Part 13: Dreamwalker

Celestia and Luna return to Everfree, tired, late at night. Discord's words have planted a seed in both their thoughts, and Luna finally confronts Celestia about how Celestia found her, and what came before she first awoke.

Looking for Proofreaders soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5085

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After going for a while without proofreaders, I've decided it's time to try and find some again. I'd like to clarify that this is different from a review, and that the things I want proofread are already deeply in progress multichapter fics.

I figured I might as well cast my line out here. I'm looking for people with a fast turnaround time to proofread new chapters of Equestria from Dust and Flying High, Falling Hard. Since this will most likely require reading the story so far, I'll say right now that the first is currently 57k long, and the second is 84k long. I update once every 5 days to 2 weeks (usually once a week), and go back and forth between updating Flying High and updating Equestria from Dust.

If any a/fic/ionados would be willing to help proofread these stories regularily, it would be of great help.

New Chapter! soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5114

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Well, I didn't really expect that last post to actually get anyone.

Chapter 26 of Flying High, Falling Hard is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/3391/26/flying-high-falling-hard/chapter-26-return-to-the-everyday
Chapter title: Return to the Everyday

Now back in Ponyville, things are finally starting to calm down for Twilight and Rainbow Dash as they both try to put what happened behind them. Meanwhile in Canterlot, Soarin' takes Spitfire out to dinner to help her wind down after the whole experience.
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New Chapter! soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5206

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Chapter 14 of Equestria from Dust is out!
https://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/14/equestria-from-dust/part-14-spirit
Chapter title: Part 14: Spirit

Celestia and Luna step through the portal to another part of Celestia's dream: a harsh world of wind and snow. Taking shelter in a cave, they find that the cave has a tunnel which leads deep under the cliff.

New Chapter! soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5333

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Chapter 27 of Flying High, Falling Hard is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/3391/27/flying-high-falling-hard/chapter-27-a-date
Chapter title: A Date

Twilight and Dash finally go out on what's technically only their second date, while Soarin' takes Spitfire on a night out to try to help take her mind off things.

New Chapter! soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 5638

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Chapter 15 of Equestria from Dust is out!
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/15/equestria-from-dust/part-15-fragment
Chapter title: Part 15: Fragment

Celestia and Luna encounter Discord in Celestia's dreams. But what is he playing at, leading them to ask questions that they never bothered to ask before?
>New Cover Art

Well, back from a week and a half long break. Hopefully I have more direction with where I want my stories to go (I never can tell, really).

On another note, I recommend The Kingkiller series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels and a cocky main character.

Story Complete! Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 6795

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Equestria from Dust
[Adventure][Alternate Universe]
Word Count: 69,576
By: soundslikeponies

Synopsis: Celestia awakens to see an empty world, white sandstone stretching the horizon. She wanders the world as she builds it from her imagination, filling it with life, but as time passes, the world that she created begins to seem like little more than a lucid dream, conjured from the dust.

Fimfiction Link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/33610/Equestria-from-Dust
Equestria Daily Link: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/10/story-equestria-from-dust.html

Closing Author's Comments: At its heart, I wanted Equestria from Dust to be about Celestia's soul searching journey. The story uses an epic backdrop while remaining a story about "the heart in conflict with itself" through and through, as it's a struggle through the millenia for Celestia escape her loneliness and find meaning in the world she's created.

I had a whole lot of fun writing the beginning parts of this fic. I feel like I let the prose's edge dull a bit over time, though it's still more stylized than anything else I've written. I never went into this story trying to impart any headcanon (I specifically started with none, and all that was put in was created by the story for the story) but it seems from the comments that a few people decided to adopt it anyway.

All in all I'm pleased with how this story went. People have said it dips in the middle a bit, but I think in full release, where you aren't waiting weeks between chapters, it's more of a non-issue. It was all necessary build up that I tried to make engaging.
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