To my utter amazement

Some time before the weekend, I got myself a comma: I’ve had one thousand story views at FIMFiction, which is somewhere around nine hundred more than I had any reason to expect.

And the way they count story views is ultra-conservative: they count only the most-read chapter in each story, which will usually be Chapter 1. (Rationale: people who really hate the premise will not go on to Chapter 2.) They give a separate count for total chapter views, which is now a bit over 3,000. I’ve been tracking this for the last couple of weeks, and I’ve noticed one thing I might actually consider heartening: almost every new reader who’s landed on the two multi-chapter works (one has six, the other four) has, as the phrase goes, Read The Whole Thing.

This is by no means an indication that I should quit my day job or anything, but it suggests that I might be slightly less untalented than I thought.


  1. JT »

    4 October 2012 · 9:37 am

    Congrats! I’m one of those that Read The Whole Thing and enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.

  2. CGHill »

    4 October 2012 · 11:05 pm

    I posted this over at FIMFiction, so it’s now official:

    Some of you may remember that my first effort here was basically a Human-in-Equestria story in which said human never actually set foot (as distinguished from hoof) in Equestria at all. After an unrelated one-shot, I followed up with a story in which the aforementioned human has somehow, through the miracle of modern medicine, been transformed into an earth pony, thus further subverting the HiE trope. This was satisfying on several levels, but several readers pointed out, not unreasonably, that this was rather a jarring transition, and surely something must have happened between those two stories: he couldn’t very well have arrived in Equestria as a pony, now could he?

    Well, no, he couldn’t; at least, not in this microuniverse I’ve thrown together around Twi and Brush. So there will be a third story, albeit technically the second chronologically, which will attempt to fill in some of the gaps. The tricky part is going to be giving it more flavor than “immigrant gets medical treatment” would tend to suggest.

    So those ten chapters, disconnected as they are, will now be connected by two or three more, bringing the total narrative to something in excess of 30,000 words. Still not exactly NaNoWriMo volume, but beyond anything I might have imagined even six months ago.

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