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Matt • United States • Writer, director

This dA has been undergoing a slow shift that has recently given way to a much sharper turn. For the past year, I've been writing more and more of my own personal material, and less stuff for the Friendship is Magic fandom. But I'm now making it official: I don't write ponies anymore.

I apologize to any of you who might feel there are aspects of my stories that are unexplored, but this was only meant to be a temporary diversion, and it got a little bit out of hand. If you have any questions regarding my stories, feel free to drop me a line. If you want to see more chapters, feel free to write your own followups (though I would appreciate you asking my permission first).





I've been going through old journals and old pieces I've written, trying to sort out the detritus from the good stuff. The journals are mostly disposable, but there's a definite difference in tone between 2011 and 2013. Anyone who has been following me regularly since then (a long time, I know), has almost certainly witnessed a very clear change in my moods. If you have been one of those who has been keeping up with me, I genuinely would be interested in your opinion. What do you see? What has changed? Do you have any advice for returning to those halcyon days that doesn't involve the willful ignorance I chose for the longest time?

My mood isn't bad tonight. A little less accomplished than I would like to be, but that in itself is nothing new. I have an unhealthy obsession with accomplishment that has served as more of a hindrance than a leg-up in my life, and I'm trying to shake it. Not successfully, but trying. I need a central hub, a psychiatrist who provides my therapy and my prescriptions based on what he/she sees during our sessions. I don't know how much this will cost, but it's got to be less than the cosmic price I seem to be willing to pay if things don't get better.

I want the writing to have a greater impact on my moods. I want to feel a greater relief when I churn out something. Right now, I feel like my brain is a thrift shop, and I'm looking through all the terrible, musty ideas trying to find the rare good one. Everything I look at lately is stained, boring, or just plain ugly. Something truly uplifting and creative shouldn't be impossible, but it's definitely a lot more difficult than just grabbing the first piece of garbage on the rack. I can keep myself busy by just trying on any old thing, but there's little satisfaction when you aren't enthusiastic about the end product, and your audience is already a fraction of what it was when you were lazily churning out pieces for the fandom.

Well, we'll get there. Someday.

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Reading: The Interestings
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Drinking: applejack

Before you watch...


These are things I don't really feel I should have to say, but I'm saying them for those who might not be in the same frame of mind as myself.

I am a writer, first and foremost. I do not think I am the best writer, however, and so I am committed to improving. That said, I am also interested in helping those around me improve. If you ask me to read your work and leave a comment, be prepared for criticism of a constructive nature. I'll do my best not to trash something you've written, but if you don't give me much to work with, I will be honest with you. I would expect you to do the same.

Also, if you want me to read your work, have the decency to read mine, too. I try to keep up with many of my writer/followers, but there's just too many for me to read every single thing they put together. But if you make a special request, I'll do my best. But don't use me for fast hits.


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drifter-dallyings Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
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They aren't very substantial, but they literally taste as good as you can imagine ;) 
MacElf Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*pokes you cautiously with a stick* 
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