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Today an OC Almanac Blossom is guest-starring as a bookseller! :-)

I hope it's clear by now, this is a slow paced story, with a room for character developemet, built-up and exposition that will take many months to tell :) (Smile) 

Anyway, the next page concludes this mini-arc and we are moving away from the dreams for the time being.

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Guess they made an episode about this now.
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That explained nothing.
Maverickwolfzx's avatar
Come on Twilight, you need to breathe deeply, there are too many extreme emotions for such a small body.

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Heh :)
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Hey, Twilight?  Aren't you forgetting someone?  You know, the person you talked about just seconds before?
Isenlyn's avatar
Noooooooooo !
I came to doawnload the page for my translation. What with all that text ! XD
I want more pages with action and a few line of text, mostly characters shouting each others name ! ;)
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Sorry xD it's one of those Exposition Pages...
Isenlyn's avatar
Btw, poor little Spikey. He realy had a hard time in its youth. As did Twilight. She was too young for such responsibilities.
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This is true. It wasn't easy and I wanted to show how complicated things were. But Sombra version is only half-true..ecause he's not showing them all the good time they had.
MightyMorphinPower4's avatar
Another exllcent part Twi really panicking here but love how happy she is to sort the books through I can;t help wonder happen to spike
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Thank you. As for Spike, well... he waited there for a long time.
OddEyesDragoon's avatar
Hmm, one moment she's panicking about the damaged book,
The next she wants to help shelf some books.
karkovice1's avatar
Well, the outside world won't see her again for another 12 hours or so. =P
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Oh, my Twi. Haha.
Also, I love Almanac. At first, I thought it's your ponysona. XD
fotland42's avatar
Twilight, do you think it's a good idea to leave a baby dragon unsupervised while you're sorting books for fun?

I wonder if Twilight's ever told a more relevant adult about how the pressure's overwhelming and she worries about disappointing 'Tia? Because really, it's not true that 'Tia expects nothing short of excellence. It happens to be the case that you are excellent for your age and that you have the potential to be excellent without qualifiers later in life, but the first isn't the real reason that 'Tia took you as her student and the second isn't going to change without a lot of time and bad decisions, and they are plenty of other ponies 'Tia takes some interest in where neither applies. 'Tia expects nothing short of your best effort, and whether your best effort is excellent or not is irrelevant.
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I wonder if Twilight's ever told a more relevant adult about how the pressure's overwhelming and she worries about disappointing 'Tia?

Knowing how 
determined Twilight is to prove herself and how she can be set in a certain mindset, probably not.

Your words are certainly insightful :D.  Alas, Twilight is a mere child at this time of life and so these thoughts wouldn't come to one so young, impressionable and nervous about pleasing her mentor.  It also doesn't help that her teachers seem to have a wrong view of Celestia as a demanding figure.  Couple these teachers with the personality traits I mentioned earlier, and you have a filly who is too scared and determined to talk to anyone about these worries.
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Sad as it is, admitting that you are overwhelmed would be tantamount to admitting failure.
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I guess it depends on the person.  For someone like Twilight, that would be completely understandable.  Some may argue that admitting you're overwhelmed is not an indication of failure but rather the first step in the right direction.  You're recognizing a problem, admitting it's a problem, and then adjusting as best as you can to deal with that problem.  So even if it's a failure, it's not a final one.

But that's my own thoughts on the matter.
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Of course this kind of mindset is very damaging, because in the long run it stifles the growth. Sadly, it's a popular one!
TheWayfaringWanderer's avatar
Are you referring to the idea that admitting you're overwhelmed = admitting failure?  If you were, I didn't know that mindset was popular, but it doesn't surprise me.
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Yes. Or more precisely, admiting that you are not coping with the responsibilities, you were "supposed to" handle well. Because, apparently it means you are not as smart or talented or organised as everyone thought you are.
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It's unfortunate people think admitting this sort of thing is a bad thing, but it doesn't surprise me because people don't want to admit they "can't" do things in general.  But in the case of doing things you're "supposed to" do well, it's tragically understandable.  I know because I've struggled with this.  When people have expectations of you, you don't want to let them down.  They look up to you, and you have a reputation to keep.  So this fear of failure looms over you and you feel the pressure to give 100-200% lest you lose favor in the eyes of those who look up to you.  But what happens is that when you give 200%, you grow more weary and fatigued, resulting in just a miserable way to live.  Your tasks and responsibilities are no longer a joy or a good challenge but a dread.

I mean, look at Twilight here.  Can you image what it would be like if her teachers weren't pressuring her?  Imagine if her teachers told her, "do the best you can, and we'll help you improve" instead of "Celestia demands excellence only!"  You'd likely get less stress from Twi, a better relationship with Spike, and a greater enjoyment for learning.  Now, this isn't all the teachers' fault; personal responsibility does need to be taken into account.  But we are seeing consequences of over-pressure here.

I wish I had the end-all answer to the fear of letting others down, but I don't.  The best we can do is admit when we're having trouble and ask for help.  It's hard; it may be embarrassing; but ultimately, it's for the best not only for yourself but for those who look up to you.  There's nothing wrong with saying, "hey I can't do this.  I'm having a hard time.  Please help me."  Those are real words of wisdom because not only are you taking a burden off your own shoulders, but you're also preventing future mistakes you'd make by doing something you shouldn't be doing at the time.
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Damn I love your stories. lol
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Hah, thanks. I love telling them! :]
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