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Ha ha haha ha!
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I just wrote a novel in three weeks. It's done! Fuck NaNo, ha ha ha ha ha! 72k total length, and I also did almost 9k of assorted Zelda fic in between. Booyah! (3k of the book is deleted scenes stuff that won't be in the final version. Will post them for my patrons at some point.)

Now it needs an editing pass, then the "sit and let me forget how every word goes so I can *actually* edit" period, then more editing, then formatting, then I submit it to somebody or other to get published. So, like... Expect it next year at soonest, but still! I wrote a fucking novel! (With fucking in it. Heee.)

This entry was originally posted at https://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1495182.html.

Doing NaNo in the wrong month
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I could use an outlet to babble at people, and hey, this thing is still here. I was putting personal stuff on my FimFic blog for a while, but... I dunno. People get ideas in their head about authors, and fans seem to react weirdly to personal stuff sometimes. It's not that people weren't nice, mostly they were, but fans are...fans. Also bronydom has some super cancerous corners, ugh. I block them, but still. Blech.

Anyway, right now I am writing. Hoo boy am I writing. I started the story on the 1st of this month, not on purpose, but that's just when the idea started to gel, and it's now 58,400 words long.

Yup. A NaNo's worth, plus 8k and change, in barely over two weeks. And that's with my having paused for a couple of days to write ~5k of Zelda fanfic. I write fast when the muse hits. The muse is just not amenable to bribery or other forms of coercion, she strikes when she feels like it.

It's a very fun story! M/M gay romance with gods and vampires and magic. I've thrown about two dozen different kinds of history and mythology in the blender with honestly quite a lot of influence from certain anime and manga I've been into lately, and what spilled out was this thing tentatively called The Sacrifice.

I toyed with making it a ponyfic, actually. It would have worked very well as a Twilight/Celestia shipfic. But I decided I'd probably get more inspired with doing it as an original and saving my fanfic mojo for one of my million other projects in progress. This seems to have been correct. So instead of Celestia, the ancient sun goddess who accidentally became a vampire, and Twilight, the ordinary denizen of Ponyville who loses everything and volunteers to be a sacrifice to save her people, we have Belinos, the ancient vampire who accidentally became a sun god, and Oisin, the ordinary denizen of his little village who loses everything and volunteers to be a sacrifice.

Oisin is still pretty Twilight at times, but he's pretty different at other times. Bel... Sigh. He's still pretty Celestia in a lot of moments, and there have been bits of the story that made me wish he still was, because everybody reading would just know why they were meaningful without my having to build the meaning in. Fanfiction is nice like that. (The first sunrise for Celestia after centuries in the dark goes without explaining. But I have to set up exactly why that's a big deal for Bel there.)

But whatever. There are bits I would have needed to work harder on with Celestia. (The true name thing, everything related to the vampirism.)

And hey, I like pretty boys. I want to get art of them eventually. I'm not good enough to draw them how I really want.

If you're curious, I just put up the first chapter over on Furaffinity. You can check it out. http://www.furaffinity.net/view/28718889/

This entry was originally posted at https://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1494811.html.

Where to find me on the net
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I haven't posted here much lately. But I do still live, and I do still read!

And I also did this:
http://sparkcostumes.com/list.html

I made a list!

And now you can see it in multiple places at once, because this is THE list of spots on the internet where I have content of some kind.

Plus my Furry Writer’s Guild profile, which has no content, but I’m kinda chuffed about it at the moment? I still don’t *quite* qualify for the SFWA guild and I’m not sure I’d be interested in paying the dues even if I did (they’re a great organization overall, but still…) but the FWG is pretty nifty.

But yeah. Writing stuff, sewing stuff, even the erotica-only tumblr I haven’t really properly unveiled yet, since the book I made it to promote won’t be out for at least a few more weeks.

If you want to see what I’m up to, here are all the places you can.

P.S. You will never find me on Facebook. Never.

This entry was originally posted at https://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1494625.html.

Working from first principles.
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I try to keep my life fairly logical. It's a logic that treats emotions and beliefs as real things, mind, so to a certain flavor of STEM-lord sort it doesn't qualify, but honestly human beings feel emotions and hold beliefs, and pretending otherwise is, well... illogical.

My religious beliefs are constructed according to that logic, from a few foundational concepts. At their most basic, there are three.

1. There is a God.
2. God created this universe.
3. God communicates to humans through visions and spiritual experiences.

I can't prove them. My only evidence for them are said spiritual experiences, and that gets a bit recursive. I recognize that I may be wrong. But I prefer to believe these things are correct. And if they are, several things immediately follow.

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So here I am, building some kind of personal little religion on my own. I'm having to go back to just those first three things and start all over again. I currently have no idea what I believe about a lot of stuff. It's a weird, unsteady, standing-on-quicksand kind of feeling.

But I'll take it over letting myself be misled by leaders who put bigotry and obsession with sin ahead of love any day.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1494178.html.

I still have faith
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This is going to be longCollapse )

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1494001.html.

Uh. Hello? Anybody out there?
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So I notice that Nightstar appears to have completely hosed itself. Any of you oldbies still reading this thing? Is the network still around in any form at all? WTF is going on?

Super-duper-HUGE announcement
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So today is my birthday (that's not the announcement), and I keep forgetting that it is and then being reminded. I celebrated it on Wednesday, because too much is going on this weekend.

One thing that went on this weekend was that I got a positive pregnancy test*.

Yep. Baby. Baby is a thing that will be happening. I am pretty excited, needless to say.

This will affect my sewing business a bit, though. Assuming that it's a normal pregnancy, nothing goes wrong, I don't need to be put on bed rest, etc. I should be able to finish all my current commissions pretty much as scheduled. The baby is due in March, which coincidentally is when my commission list is full until. Pregnancy won't keep me from sewing, so all those projects should get done. Any future projects that people commission going forward, though, will be happening during "brand new baby that I need to care for" time, and thus I will be unable to offer any guaranteed deadlines of any kind.

I will still be taking commissions, and I will still guarantee that they'll be finished eventually, but I have no idea how much actual work time I'll have and how much time the baby will suck up, and how long it'll be before I have the energy to do anything like my normal work load. I don't make promises I can't keep, so I just won't be promising any deadlines at all for some time.

Anyhow, this is still pretty awesome, even if it is going to turn my life upside down. But I figured I should let people know. :3

*A few of you may be confused because I have answered to "he" and "him" and so on. I am "genderqueer", to use the simplest possible term for it. I'm totally happy with people assuming I'm male, I feel very masculine most of the time. Right now, for obvious reasons, I'm feeling more like a woman than usual. :D But male pronouns are still fine. Or female. Either way, really, I don't mind.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1493265.html.

Last call for pony plushes!
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Well okay, not "last", since I will still be making pony plushes after the kickstarter is over, but if you want to back and get a plush this year rather than sometime next year, now's the time. The campaign ends Sunday afternoon, so you have just two days left to back.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1285575774/embroidered-equines-20-cooler-pony-plushes

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1493235.html.

ONE WEEK! (Also, Discord!)
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Just one week left to back my Embroidered Equines kickstarter.

And just one week left to enter my plush giveaway too.

Don't miss out!

And, in even more exciting news, we just reached the draconequus stretch goal! That means you can get Discord, or an OC draconequus, at any reward tier from $50 on up. I do not have examples of the one foot or three foot sizes, or of the bat pony version, as I haven't made any yet, but the Loonakit and beanie pictured here should give you some idea of what to expect.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1492780.html.

Wheee!
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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The kickstarter has funded!