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Quiververse Bonus Reel - Q and A, Part Two
  “Here we go again, everyone.” The chatter surrounding him died down as Quiver Quill prepped another set of flashcards and took in the gathered ponies and humans. “Time for another Q and A session…” He paused as his sight came upon a trio of outrageously-dressed teenage girls, each one with a ruby pendant about their necks, and his eyes narrowed dangerously. “What are you three doing here? Your story isn’t even finished, much less posted.”
  Adagio Dazzle smirked from her seat as she treated the folding chair no differently from a throne. “Loopholes, stallion. The story might not be up yet, but there’s previews out for it.” She gave him a seductive glance and added, “Anything else you’d like to say about that?”
   A steel blade found itself a hair’s breadth away from her nose, and the siren turned to see Sunrunner glaring at her. “Watch yourself, Twiggy. It’s not t
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Many Happy Reunions - Part One
Chapter One: Together in Laughter
       “Hey Quivs. Long time no see.”
Quiver Quill stood for what felt like an eternity in disbelief. Despite his eyes and heart and every instinct screaming at him that what he was seeing was true, it still felt like it wasn’t. And yet, it was. Right before him, hardly any different from the last time he’d seen her, was Sunrunner.
His shock passed as a faint smile formed on his face, and hints of tears formed at the corners of his eyes, and he rushed forward and took the mare into a tight embrace. “Hey, careful!” Despite her shock, she laughed in pleased surprise as she returned the embrace, then playfully asked, “How do you know I’m not a changeling?”
“Like a changeling would know that stupid poem I wrote!” He released her, then wiped away his tears before smirking at the mare before him. “But how do you know I’m not a changeling?”
She returned the
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Quiververse Bonus Reel - Vignette Ten
An optimistic smile was on Applejack’s muzzle as she watched the mare before her thoughtfully chew the pastry in her mouth. It brightened as the mare took hold of a second one with her magic and swiftly ate it as well with gusto. “Twilight’s letters weren’t kidding, Applejack! These are delicious!”
The farmmare managed a nervous laugh. “Right kind a’ya to say, Princess Mi Amore Cadenza.”
“Only because it’s the truth.” The princess smiled back gently. “And please, just ‘Cadance’ is fine.”
“Alright, Cadance.” Applejack turned to Twilight as the unicorn made another mark on her checklist. “Ah know Ah’ve said it already Twi, but Ah’m sorry for not listenin’ to ya earlier. Somethin’ tells me you’ll be hearin’ that a lot for a while.”
“Well, don’t be too hard on yourselves.” Twilight bowed her head in slight shame as she admit
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Run the Gauntlet
  Ann O’Malley wasn’t the sort to normally engage in vanity. She wasn’t afraid to look good, like most girls, but she wasn’t obsessed with her physical appearance. Still, as she examined herself in a mirror, she couldn’t help but be a little proud of the work she’d put into her figure.
  After all, it wasn’t every girl her age who had muscles like this.
  Thanks to a unique quirk of her ancestry, Ann’s muscular development was decidedly different from most other women. She was taller than most girls her age, with well-defined muscles that would be the envy of bodybuilders of either sex and decidedly greater physical strength than any of them. Getting this big had taken a lot of work, but it had been well worth it.
  Of course, maintaining it was looking to be difficult, especially with the equipment in her home. So when this new gym had opened in town and offered the first month’s workout for free, she’d ju
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Scars of the Sun - Epilogue
Epilogue: Reunion with the Quill
  The early morning sun hardly bothered Sunrunner as she narrowed in on her destination. Ponyville was thankfully easy to get to from Canterlot, given that you could see either settlement from the other without little trouble, but that hardly made her task easier as she landed in the town square. She had an address, true, but she’d never been to this town, and getting around was going to be far easier said than done. Especially given the town lacked street signs.
  Sunrunner had to wonder about that. Granted, if the place was small enough, ponies wouldn’t need street signs to navigate it, but still, it certainly looked big enough from the sky.
  She spied a building that resembled a gingerbread house, a plump-looking middle-aged mare in the shop window turning a sign from ‘Closed’ to ‘Open’ and decided to try her luck. She went up to the door and entered as a bell chimed to signal her arrival. The mare
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Scars of the Sun - Part Three
Chapter Three: Always Worth It To Try
  There were many words to describe Principal Fairweather. Later in her life, after Sunrunner had gained a measure of experience and a chance to expand her vocabulary, she’d learn quite a few of them.
  “Oh my my my, aren’t we the little troublemaker?”
  None of them would be particularly pleasant. The stallion seated before them behind a large, imposing desk was portly and rotund, with a thinning mane and a muzzle more suggestive of a pig’s snout than anything else. The tiny round glasses he wore did little to discourage this image, nor did the cheery-looking expression upon his face as he regarded the filly before him.
  The mare and stallion seated on either side of Sunrunner had their gazes locked upon the stallion before them in turn, their target either unaware or uncaring of their state. While Blue Streak merely looked displeased, Solar Flare was glaring daggers at the piggish stallion before
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Scars of the Sun - Part Two
Chapter Two: Sometimes You Leave For a Reason
  Indianapoloosa hadn’t changed much in the years since Sunrunner had moved to Canterlot, nor all that much in the months since her last visit, just after she’d graduated from Wing Point and before she’d gone off to her eventful first assignment in the Royal Guard. Sure, some businesses were gone and others had popped up to take their places, but that was common in any large city. The same mayor was in office, the same streetcars still ran, and the school she’d found herself at after her transfer, surprisingly enough, was still open.
  Then again, Marshmuck Public School Number 101 was a reasonably modern building funded by a royal grant, so perhaps the school board simply didn’t want the crown to feel that it had wasted its money.
  As Sunrunner climbed off the streetcar, her gaze swept over the school and its surrounding area. Much to her surprise, very little had changed. The Shake ‘n Ba
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Scars of the Sun - Part One
Chapter One: The Ones You Leave Behind
  The night was crisp and calm, with a few clouds left to lazily drift across the sky. They hardly obscured anything, and that was fine by the pegasus as she stood upon the castle wall and looked up at the moon hanging overhead. She gently removed her helmet with one hoof, closed her eyes, and took a deep breath.
  There were nights to sing of one sort of lost love. This was a night to sing of another.
  “Somewhere, out there
  Beneath the pale moon light
  Someone’s thinking of…”
  She paused, her ears standing straight up as she heard soft wingbeats behind her, hooves gently landing upon stone. And she groaned. “Every stinking time. What is it that ponies have against that song?”
  “I personally am rather fond of it.”
  “Me too!” The mare turned to the newcomer and continued, “I’ve loved it since…!” She then realized to who
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Quiververse Bonus Reel - Vignette Two
“And we figured out you were just doing it to avoid getting picked on in Ponyville. But by then, we were the ones being bullies, and…” Sweetie Belle threw up her hooves as her friends climbed out of the tub of soapy water and exclaimed, “Oh, why does life have to be so ironic?!”
Applejack raised an eyebrow as she threw towels over the other two Crusaders. “Don’t quite think you’re usin’ that word right, Sweetie Belle.” The unicorn filly emerged from the tub and got her own towel as the older mare continued, “Still, why didn’t ya’ll tell me what was goin’ on?”
“‘Cuz we didn’t wanna get stuck as snitches.” Apple Bloom bowed her head and added, “An’ it wasn’t like you were doin’ much about Diamond Tiara an’ Silver Spoon.”
“Ah wasn’t doin’ much about ‘em because Ah thought ya’ll were doin’ a pretty good job
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Well, now things are getting interesting! Once more, a very well laid-out page, with nice, clear text (save for your URL - a darker pin...


I'll say this much, the piece definitely caught my attention with little trouble. Of course, my attention is easily caught by women, so...

Activity


October wasn't nearly as productive as I'd hoped, but I still got a little done here and there. Here's hoping November goes a little easier.

T:A-R Arc Four - "Dark Glass" - Working on this and other Transformers stuff!
T:A-R Re-Edits - "Interrogations" - Waiting on Editor.
T:A-R Re-Edits - "Original Sins" - Waiting to be Edited.
Editing on Novel - "Halcyon Days" - Done for now!
Request Stories - One is in the planning stages.
PW! Entries (1+) - No clue on this, waiting on others.
PW!R Entries (10) - Working on these. Started on two.
MLP:FiM Stories - "Many Happy Reunions", "A Mad Pony in a Box", "Rainbow Rocks: Quiververse Remix", "The First Evil", and "A Great and Powerful Tale" are WIP.

On the docket for November...

Commissions - These are open!
Comic Script Submissions - I'm planning on writing some comic scripts for a website or two for pay.
Patreon - Gonna try and set up a Patreon account.
Customs - Still plenty of these to do, and I'm going to try and get some of them done.
MLP:FiM Stories - Hoping to get more done on "Many Happy Reunions". 

Journal posted October 31, 2018.
Update on November 5, 2018 - More's done for the second chapter for "Many Happy Reunions".
Update on November 9, 2018 - More's done on the second chapter for "Many Happy Reunions".
Update on November 10, 2018 - More's done on the second chapter for "Many Happy Reunions". With any luck, it'll be finished sometime next week.
Update on November 13, 2018 - More's done on the second chapter for "Many Happy Reunions", enough to call it finished. Expect it to be posted in December.
Update on November 15, 2018 - Work has properly started on the third chapter for "Many Happy Reunions". Also, another Q&A installment is up.
Well, today saw the release of another Quiververse Q&A. No one's complained bitterly about it, so I'll consider that a good thing.

Anyway, I'm still chugging along on various projects related to that little universe, and I'm at the point where I feel comfortable putting out a rough release schedule.

On November 23rd, 2018, I'll be releasing the first proper chapter to A Mad Pony in a Box. That's a week from tomorrow, the day after Thanksgiving. On December 7th, I'll be releasing the second chapter to Many Happy Reunions. On December 25th, I plan on releasing a preview of the remaining eight stories yet to come for the first season of the Quiververse. Nothing spectacular, just a few snippets to help whet everyone's appetites.

After that, things are a little more fluid. I hope to complete work on Many Happy Reunions by the end of March - I started proper work on the third chapter tonight. After that, I'll take a small break to work on customizing some of my Transformers and getting a request done. Once those are cleared, I hope to complete work on A Mad Pony in a Box by the end of June - the second proper chapter for it is most of the way towards being finished, thankfully. Once it's done, I'll take another small break to get more customs done and finish off another request. Then I plan to write six more Vignettes, enough to cover me for the rest of next year. Once those are done, I'm taking another break to write a commission, and then I'm starting proper work on the next Quiververse installment, Tales from a Double Date. With any luck, that will be finished before the end of 2019.

Fingers crossed that I'm able to get all of this done.
  “Here we go again, everyone.” The chatter surrounding him died down as Quiver Quill prepped another set of flashcards and took in the gathered ponies and humans. “Time for another Q and A session…” He paused as his sight came upon a trio of outrageously-dressed teenage girls, each one with a ruby pendant about their necks, and his eyes narrowed dangerously. “What are you three doing here? Your story isn’t even finished, much less posted.”

  Adagio Dazzle smirked from her seat as she treated the folding chair no differently from a throne. “Loopholes, stallion. The story might not be up yet, but there’s previews out for it.” She gave him a seductive glance and added, “Anything else you’d like to say about that?”

   A steel blade found itself a hair’s breadth away from her nose, and the siren turned to see Sunrunner glaring at her. “Watch yourself, Twiggy. It’s not too late for you to get retconned out of existence.”

  A terrified gasp went up from one of the other sirens. “Oh no! I don’t wanna get retconned! I’m too adorable to get retconned!”

  Aria Blaze raised an eyebrow at her blue-haired associate’s protest. “Do you even know what the word ‘retcon’ means?”

  “No,” Sonata Dusk whimpered, “but I probably won’t like it!”

  Quiver cleared his throat. “Anyway, moving on. Our first set of questions comes from the reader ‘Comickook’, and are directed to Princess Celestia.” He turned to the Princess of the Sun and asked, “First, ‘considering your experience with other universes, have you ever been curious as to the possibility of a universe where you actually managed to successfully get through to Sunset before she left Equestria and you were able to train both her and Twilight side-by-side?’”

  The alicorn took on a sad expression as her gaze went to her two most recent personal students. “I’ll admit, the thought has crossed my mind on more than one occasion. And I do like to think there was at least one world where no mistakes were made, where everything went right, and Sunset not only remained in Equestria but could well have become another surrogate older sister to Twilight, much as Cadance did. Unfortunately, due to many mistakes on my part, that didn’t happen in our version of events.” She bowed her head and added, “More’s the pity.”

  The stallion nodded. “Second, ‘considering Twilight had five ponies in her study group, do you think it would have been possible for you to gently encourage Twilight to gradually develop real friendships with them that, if developed properly, would allow them to activate the Elements of Harmony years before Nightmare Moon returned? I mean, yes, they’re all unicorns and there might be some sort of unknown rule that the Element Bearers have to have fair representation from all three tribes. But if there is such a rule, I sure as heck don’t know about it.’” He looked up and asked, “Is there such a rule?”

  Luna rolled her eyes. “In all truth, we have no more control over who gets chosen to bear a particular Element than we do over…well, the few natural forces that are beyond ponies’ control. ‘Tis a miracle that I and my sister were able to wield them against Discord.”

  The draconequus in question rolled his eyes as he juggled tacos, much to Sonata’s rapt attention. “From your perspective, anyway.”

  “We’re veering off-topic.” Celestia sat up and explained, “There’s every chance that Twilight’s classmates at the School for Gifted Unicorns could have become bearers of the Elements of Harmony, had the circumstances been right. With that being said, however, friendships are something that occur naturally, on their own, and Twilight could have just as easily ignored my gentle encouragement to focus upon her studies.” The lavender alicorn took on an ashamed expression at that admission as her mentor continued, “A potentially infinite number of factors led to Twilight and her friends being in the right place at the right time, and I’ve no way of knowing how things could have gone otherwise.”

  Quiver nodded and read off the final question. “And three, ‘Why didn’t you send Cadance to Ponyville instead of Twilight? Mind you, Twilight does a pretty good job (most of the time)…’”

  “Most?” Twilight whimpered.

  “Their words, not mine.” Quiver then continued the question. “‘…But it seems to me that the Alicorn of Love would be a pretty good candidate for bearer of the Element of Magic. After all, the Element of Magic is also the Element of Friendship and what is love but merely friendship intensified? Again, this is not meant as a complaint concerning Twilight’s performance (which is quite good the considerable majority of the time), but merely asked out of pure curiosity.”

  Celestia nodded. “Well, for starters, ‘Magic’ and ‘Friendship’ are not interchangeable, and nor are they meant to be. A true friendship, built from the virtues represented by the Elements, creates a powerful magic all its own, but one does not need friendship to levitate a ball, nor magic to form a bond with another pony.”

  “Second, love isn’t an intensified form of friendship.” Cadance sat up and explained, “Love binds ponies together, yes, and the two things are very close, but they are not the same thing. Finally, I wasn’t sent to Ponyville because I wasn’t the right pony for that job. Twilight was.”

  “Indeed. Nightmare Moon would have been a greater danger had Cadance been present instead of Twilight.” Luna frowned as she admitted, “The perception of rejection is one thing, but the perception of outright replacement is another entirely. Twilight’s odds of success were far greater than Cadance’s were, if only because Nightmare Moon was more likely to underestimate her, and less likely to kill her on the spot or banish her to the Moon.”

  Pinkie raised a hoof. “And that would be bad either way.”

  General murmurs of agreement went up before Quiver noted, “Okay then, moving on. This question comes from Mugen Kagemaru, who asks Pinkie Pie…” The stallion went pale as he asked, “‘What’s in the cellar, and has Rainbow Dash ever been down there?’”

  “Oh she’s been…!” The realization struck the party pony as she took on a quiet, sober tone. “Is…is that a ‘Cupcakes’ question?” Her mane deflated as she turned sad. “What kind of sad, ill person comes up with a story like that? I don’t kill things and turn them into cupcakes! I’m crazy about making people happy, not about making them dead!”

  Her human counterpart took her into a comforting hug. “We know that, Pinkie. Anyone who’s into torture porn really needs therapy. And maybe medication.”

  “Yeah, definitely meds.” Rainbow Dash got comfortable as she added, “And hopefully that’s the last of questions like that. We don’t need anyone asking Fluttershy about her shed…”

  “I don’t have one!” the yellow pegasus protested.

  “Or me about…” The prismatic pegasus noticed the frown on Quiver’s face and whimpered, “Oh no…”

  “First question from FinalLegendZero for Rainbow Dash. ‘What are rainbows made of in the Quiververse?’”

  The athlete facehoofed and grumbled, “Not dead ponies, that’s for sure.” She sighed and admitted, “Look, a lot of stuff goes into making rainbows, but mostly water and magic. The exact stuff is kind of a secret, but it definitely doesn’t involve anypony getting killed.”

  “Thank the Maker for that.” The stallion turned back to the elder alicorn and continued, “The remaining questions from him are for you, Princess Celestia, and come from honest curiosity. These aren’t trick questions or veiled accusations.”

  The princess sighed in relief. “Very well. Ask away.”

  Quiver cleared his throat. “‘First, when was it that you started to transition Equestria’s government from Rule of Alicorn to Rule of Law, and what was it that convinced you to do so?”

  A nod. “The transition began shortly after Luna was taken by the Nightmare and transformed into Nightmare Moon. Further details shall be elaborated upon later, but for now, I’ll say that I feared that absolute power would corrupt me absolutely, and leave it at that.”

  “Alright. ‘Second, I know that you’re one of the few Celestias across the multiverse honest enough to not style yourself as a goddess, but are there any groups that worship you and/or the other alicorns in your version of Equestria despite this?’”

  Celestia bowed her head. “Regrettably, yes. For a brief time during my period ruling Equestria alone, there were several cults that came to worship me as a goddess. I had to resort to very drastic steps to demonstrate how incorrect they were in their beliefs, but I was nonetheless successful. One reason I’m glad that there are four of us now, with potentially more on the way, is that you’re far less likely to view something as divine if you see it walking down the street every day.”

  “And that’s assuming you aren’t blind to their faults and failings.”

  The princess nodded at Sunrunner’s summation before Quiver continued, “Next come questions from diablo4000. They ask, ‘what the heck Applejack was thinking when she said the lesson she learned after beating Flim and Flam was that she was right all along.’” At the farmpony’s sharp expression of protest, he continued, “And he goes on to say, ‘Maybe in truth it’s stop being stubborn, don’t let pride trick you in a bet that involves land that was given to your family by a goddess and let others help you. Did she get in big trouble for that and did her family as well?’”

  Celestia raised a hoof before the Apples could chime in. “First of all, as previously stated, not a goddess.”

  “Second a’ all, Ah wuz the one who took that bet with those swindlers, not Applejack.” Granny Smith narrowed her eyes. “Blame where blame’s due.”

  “An’ finally, the lesson was that quality speaks for itself, an’ that you shouldn’t be afraid to call on your friends an’ family when ya need help.” Applejack took on a smug look as she noted, “An’ hard work is always better’n takin’ shortcuts with some fancy gadget.” She noticed the glare on Quiver’s face. “What?”

  “You and I are going to have a talk about that, but it’s not going to be here and now.” The stallion cleared his throat and continued on. “The next question is for Twilight. ‘What the heck were you thinking trying to perform a reformation spell on Discord, given the hypocrisy involved? Discord was considered evil for turning ponies into the opposite of themselves against their wills, yet it’s okay for you do to the same to him?’ And he goes on to elaborate on the potential consequences of such an act backfiring given Discord’s powers and abilities.”

  “Oh my, what a pertinent question.” Discord gave the lavender alicorn a toothy grin. “And I must say, that was horribly hypocritical of you. Then again, you do have a tendency towards mental manipulation, so I can’t really say…”

  Fluttershy quietly cleared her throat. “Discord, you’re being mean.”

  Twilight had a foul expression on her face as she answered. “Yes, that was horribly hypocritical of me. But I was frightened and desperate, and as much as I trusted Fluttershy, and still do, I had little confidence in her ability to reform Discord through her own devices. Discord was unrepentant for his previous actions.”

  “And still is.” Applejack noted with a glare towards the draconequus.

  “And yes, that doesn’t justify the use of mind-altering magic on my part. But like I said, frightened and desperate.” Twilight took a deep breath. “I’d elaborate further, but something tells me that would fall into spoiler territory for future stories.”

  “That it would.” Quiver moved on to the next question. “Finally, he poses the HHHNNNGGHH Challenge to everyone and everypony present, to see if they can withstand high levels of cuteness and feels. His words, not mine.” He shrugged. “I don’t think anyone has a problem with that, do you?”

  General murmurs of agreement sounded as Sweetie Belle chirped, “If you believe a certain hippogriff, I might have given them some resistance to that sort of thing, though.”

  “Probably not all of us,” whimpered the human version of Rarity.

  Sonata raised a hand. “Question! Will it include pictures of penguins?” Heads turned to her as she asked, “What? Penguins are adorable!” She then gave a toothy grin and added, “Like me!”

  Quiver grinned. “You do have a point.” He continued on as Sonata clapped gleefully. “Finally, some questions from one Scholarly-Cimmerian. First, for Princess Twilight – ‘One thing I’ve often been curious about is how you got into the Daring Do series of books. Some stories I read have your mother as an editor for A. K. Yearling, and that’s where the introduction to the series began. Does that hold true in this universe as well, or was it simply because you just liked books in general that much?’”

  “Oh!” Twilight giggled. “Well, I can confirm that my mom is the editor for the Daring Do series in this storyline, yes. I thought that had been mentioned already, in fact. As for my actual introduction, well, during her editing, my mother would read the polished drafts of the first book to me before bedtime. Testing the waters with a young reader never hurt, after all.”

  Quiver laughed and continued, “Their next question is also for Twilight. ‘What are your current thoughts on Trixie Lulamoon? Do you consider the hatchet buried, so to speak?’”

  “Truthfully, that might be a better question for Trixie.” Twilight smiled and admitted, “For my part, however, the only issues I had with Trixie were the actions she committed while in possession of the Alicorn Amulet. Between her apology and the actions she’s taken since, I’m content to forgive her.”

  Applejack rolled her eyes. “Speak for yerself, Twi. Ah’m still a touch sore over all that.”

  “Well I’ve forgiven her at least. She certainly didn’t have to return to Ponyville in order to aid us when I was possessed by the Nightmare.” Rarity held a hoof to her mouth. “Oh dear. Does that count as a spoiler?”

  “Only if they haven’t seen the timeline.” The stallion then continued on. “The next question is for Spike. ‘What got you into comic books? I ask because I’m a big fan of superhero stories myself.’”

  “Awesome!” At Quiver’s raised eyebrow, Spike chuckled. “Sorry. More to the question, I guess.”

  “Yep. ‘Was it on your own, or did you discover comics thanks to someone else, like Shining Armor? Apologies to Twilight, but I can’t ever see her as interested in such a thing as comics.’”

  Twilight’s ears drooped as she whimpered, “Well in my defense, there’s so much literature available that doesn’t count as a comic book to go through.”
Spike rolled his eyes with a grin. “Yeah, you can pretty much thank Shining Armor for getting me into comics, and comics for getting me into reading in general. And don’t be too hard on Twilight – the Power Ponies series is relatively new, at least in Equestria.”

  “Relatively new in the human world too, FYI,” the human Rainbow Dash chimed in. “And pretty much an affectionate parody of other hero teams like the Justice League and the Avengers, though something tells me they won’t get a movie anytime soon.”

  “If they do, I hope it’s more like the latter than the former.” Quiver cleared his throat and continued on. “Next question’s for the pony CMC. ‘I apologize for the heavy question, but in light of recent events, I do want to ask – where exactly do you stand on Diamond Tiara?’”

  The three fillies looked between themselves before Apple Bloom spoke up. “Well, findin’ out how bad her mom was did make us a little more sympathetic. But that don’t really excuse her callin’ us blank flanks for so long.”

  “Or calling me a cripple.” Scootaloo sourly noted.

  Sweetie Belle nodded. “Or everything with Gabby Gums or any other trouble she’s caused us.”

  Their unofficial leader nodded. “Basically, we’ve accepted her apology, but we’re mostly takin’ things day by day fer now.”

  Quiver nodded. “And one last question for Sunset Shimmer and the Rainbooms. ‘This is me being facetious, and I do apologize for joking about the matter, but I just have to know – exactly how sick are you of hearing about the Anon-A-Miss debacle?’”

  The six teenagers groaned almost in unison as the human Applejack explained, “Probably ‘bout as sick as the author is a’ seein’ crazy Anon-A-Miss stories an’ scenarios.”

  “Yeah, no one enjoys being reminded of how much they screwed up, especially when it was no one’s fault but their own and no one lets them forget about it.” The human Rainbow Dash frowned as she noted, “Needless to say, we’re gonna be a little more sensitive about the Fall Formal from here on.”

  “And I appreciate that.” Sunset sighed. “Still, I’m glad that some have allowed us to move on, even if others haven’t.”

  Quiver frowned. “Too many of the latter for my liking.” He put aside the questions and concluded, “That’s it for now. We look forward to further questions come the next session, though there’s no guarantee that’ll come next year.”

  “Yeah, we might wanna wait until we pass the twenty-story mark before we do another’a these things.” Applejack grinned. “More material fer the readers to work with an’ all.”

  Quiver nodded. “Couldn’t have said it better.”
Quiververse Bonus Reel - Q and A, Part Two
The latest Q&A installment. My thanks again to everyone who submitted questions. Feel free to start submitting more, but be warned, the next installment is at least a couple ways off.
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...by political correctness. My apologies in advance if this journal offends, as that isn't it's intent. I'm merely stating an opinion.

As folks probably know by now, I've become something of a fan of "Doctor Who". I've yet to see the most recent season with Jodie Whitaker, though that's less because of some stand against the program because the Doctor's now a woman - I could care less about that as Ms. Whitaker is a competent actress and that's the most important thing - and more because I don't have access to BBC America and don't know any websites where I can safely watch the new stuff online. I had similar problems after Matt Smith's second year (save the 50th anniversary special, which I saw at a movie theater), and just opted to wait for the DVDs. Anyway, that's not what this journal's about.

What it's about is reconstructing lost material. Like a lot of British television shows, "Doctor Who" has a great many episodes missing from the archives - as of right now, 97. In comparison to other programs, however, the show's got it pretty easy - the whole of the proper missing material is confined to the show's first six years, there's still photos at the least and clips at the most for each of the missing episodes, and thanks to dedicated fans, the audio for each of those stories still exists for people to enjoy. Thanks to both those things, there's even been efforts to recreate the missing material for assorted DVD releases - as of right now, six classic stories are available on DVD with their missing material having been restored via animation, with one of those stories, "The Power of the Daleks", having been totally restored via CGI animation. They've even animated the bits that didn't get filmed for the canceled "Shada", which will finally be out on DVD in the USA this week. This, by my reckoning, is an amazing thing, and I'm pleased that more of it is due in the future if what I've been hearing about the upcoming DVD release for "The Wheel in Space" is any indication.

Alas, there are two things which appear to be discouraging efforts towards more reconstructions in this regard. The first is cost - just as it was one of the justifications for wiping the original tapes and destroying many of the film copies made, one reason that the BBC hasn't been doing animated reconstructions for every missing or incomplete serial is because they haven't been willing to foot the bill for it. Up until the aforementioned "Power of the Daleks", the only reconstructions produced that they'd bankrolled were in cases where it was only one or two episodes missing. And in theory, we would have seen seven classic serials restored in this manner, but the animation firm that was to give this treatment to "The Underwater Menace" apparent went out of business, and the BBC opted to go with more mundane and cheaper reconstructions than simply go to another studio. I strongly suspect that "Power" was the exception because it was funded by BBC Worldwide, rather than BBC proper.

The second, I fear, is political correctness. One story that's still incomplete in the archives is the only story from the show's second year to remain incomplete - "The Crusade". Two of its four episodes survive and have been released on DVD, accompanied by the audio for the "Lost in Time" collection. This story featured the TARDIS crew at the time getting mixed up in political intrigue between the courts of King Richard the Lionhearted and Saladin, and is itself a very good story. But I fear it won't get the reconstruction treatment because by modern standards, it's not viewed as politically correct. Granted, they feared it would offend even then - those particular episodes weren't sold abroad to Muslim countries for that very reason - but the reason it isn't PC isn't because the Arab characters are portrayed as evil (indeed, only one is treated as genuinely evil by everyone in the story, and King Richard isn't put on a pedestal either), but because many of the Arabs are played by white actors in makeup. It was common at the time, but now?

I'm not saying that one should be disrespectful towards other cultures, or insensitive towards them. You shouldn't. I do, however, think that people shouldn't obsess over whether or not something could be construed as offensive, and make a mountain out of a molehill just because they think their feelings are hurt on someone else's behalf. I'm glad that "The Crusade" is available on DVD in some form, and certainly don't regret purchasing the collection, though that won't stop me from wishing that it had gotten similar treatment to other incomplete stories. For now, I hope that the success of "Power of the Daleks" and "Shada" leads to more animated reconstructions, and that once attitudes shift a bit, "The Crusade" joins them.

...and before anyone points out that some terrorist could use that story as an excuse to hurt people, let me point out a sad fact - most terrorists will take anything as an excuse to hurt people. Sad fact of life.
The year's inching towards its close, and I feel like I haven't accomplished nearly everything that I'd hoped to accomplish. Part of that is because real life got in the way - new job, new relationship with an old flame, my computer trouble back in May, and so on - but still, I'm not happy about it.

The biggest thing that I regret is not getting more done with my Transformers stuff. "Transformers: Armada (Revisited)" has sat idle for longer than I'd like, thanks in part to requests and commissions and in part to my focus on the Quiververse. I still want to continue it, and I definitely want to finish it, but stuff keeps on happening.

That being said, I have every intention of releasing another installment for it before the end of next year. I just need to get into a good position to do so.
Well, today saw the release of another Quiververse Q&A. No one's complained bitterly about it, so I'll consider that a good thing.

Anyway, I'm still chugging along on various projects related to that little universe, and I'm at the point where I feel comfortable putting out a rough release schedule.

On November 23rd, 2018, I'll be releasing the first proper chapter to A Mad Pony in a Box. That's a week from tomorrow, the day after Thanksgiving. On December 7th, I'll be releasing the second chapter to Many Happy Reunions. On December 25th, I plan on releasing a preview of the remaining eight stories yet to come for the first season of the Quiververse. Nothing spectacular, just a few snippets to help whet everyone's appetites.

After that, things are a little more fluid. I hope to complete work on Many Happy Reunions by the end of March - I started proper work on the third chapter tonight. After that, I'll take a small break to work on customizing some of my Transformers and getting a request done. Once those are cleared, I hope to complete work on A Mad Pony in a Box by the end of June - the second proper chapter for it is most of the way towards being finished, thankfully. Once it's done, I'll take another small break to get more customs done and finish off another request. Then I plan to write six more Vignettes, enough to cover me for the rest of next year. Once those are done, I'm taking another break to write a commission, and then I'm starting proper work on the next Quiververse installment, Tales from a Double Date. With any luck, that will be finished before the end of 2019.

Fingers crossed that I'm able to get all of this done.

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