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I have always wondered at the popularity of one of my stories that I wrote some years ago on a dare, one that may have taken me 15 minutes to write, but it always is well received by readers.

My Pretty Pony (in my Opal Wine collection and first published in Ethereal Tales and their "Best Of ..." audio collection, and then in Morpheus Tales Apocalypse Special Issue) was a dare to write a My Little Pony destroys the world story and this well before the advent of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Ethereal Tales sent me an acceptance in three days, it was read by voice actor John Snell (aka stokerbramwell) for their audiobook, and as said, Morpheus Tales reprinted it.

It even received positive mention in this review.

Last night I read it for a writers' group that meets in Camp Hill. The story had them gasping for breath, not from the excitement, but from sheer hilarity.

And then I understood.

I have always been fascinated how writing is such a subjective art and how the reader can pull out perspectives and viewpoints the author never intended or did so subconsciously.

I'm going to have to read more stories to groups just for the simple joy of seeing how the listeners react. I could learn a lot.


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Oct. 22nd, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
I've always thought that was interesting, too. Like the quote by C.S.Lewis about "the essence of a myth being that it should have no taint of allegory to the maker and yet should suggest incipient allegories to the reader."

On a side note, I just connected the dots that the C. Alan is for Craig. My husband's name is Craig Allen, too. It must be a good combo! ;)
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
I have to admit, I've always thought 'My Pretty Pony' was both funny AND scary. If they could make this as an animated movie and keep true to the spirit and basic idea (they'd have to make more than a few adaptations to bring it to the screen), I bet it'd become very popular in a cult film way.
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