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Today I'm working on a timeline of events for all the ponies and major events in their lives. I realized that if I'm not careful, I'm going to end up with some serious contradictions and I really don't want that to happen. Visualizing everything is really helpful :)

So one correction that has come out of this. I think there have been times I said Luau was the oldest when it has to be Rook who's oldest for many reasons. So for those who I led astray, my apologies.

Also note that even now, I'm finding that some of my characters are writing themselves. Especially Luau. I keep trying to make her "Not Pinkie", but she keeps pulling back and acting Pinkie-like. I have NO control over that pony :(
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StandingLeaf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, it's very useful to make a good timeline of events and lists of what the characters are and what they accomplished. Also, making good checklists of what you need to do or what to verify is important. Oh, and make sure they are up to date, so a checklist of checklists is a good idea too!
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Seriously, I just approve the idea. I had to do the same for my own first artistic project, just to make sure I won't seriously screw up somewhere, so I understand the need.
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Devi-kami Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
How very twighlight-ish indeed! :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I did. It's helped define some of the details.
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SunnyFeathers Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
It's the fourth wall influence. Luau's editing things for you! XD
No matter, love your story and characters very much. Please keep up the awesome work. x3
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Brunitop Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"If you love something let it go. If it comes back to you it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was.” Truth been told.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Can ANYPONY control Pinkie? ^^; That hyped up little Sugar Cube corner pony has no control at all! :giggle: But that is the Element of Laughter. ;) So by extension Luau, as the Element of Laughter, has no control either. Too much haupia and poi! :rofl:
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EmyliaHawke Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: I doubt any author could control a character such as Luau, but props for making the attempt.

As to the necessity of a timeline and visualization, both are life-savers! (They keep some headaches away, too! ;) ) I learned that lesson the hard way and don't intend to make the mistake again. A timeline will definitely benefit the story and its background story branches without letting those branches become as tangled as terraced ivy vines. :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've already had to make a few adjustments, but they're minor. I just really hate contradictions so I'm going to try pretty hard not to make any of my own.
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EmyliaHawke Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like a plan. :)
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The timeline sounds like a worth endeavor. As for having no control over Luau, well, that does sound rather Pinkie-like. But I do see differences between them. For example, Luau seems more organized than Pinkie. She's also much more apt to focus on the task at hand, whereas Pinkie's mind can sometimes wander.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good points!
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viamont Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Your work its great, if anything as a writer who has made LOTS of characters ill give you a friendly piece of advice:

Always let your characters become who they are,if you are losing control and yet they feel natural you are doing a great work, its like a writer who recicles his character, as a fan you can say thats X character yet if even altought you know the root yo ucan belive this new Y characters its "new" then again yo uare doing your work great, in case of your OCs i feel each one as an entity of themselves, so just dont worry they all are great n_n
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Fortunately, I'm already kind of sitting back and watching letting them become what feels natural. Each has definitely changed as time goes on and the only thing I'm concentrating on now is keeping them consistent to their element while letting their personalities display that element in their own unique ways.
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viamont Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
And thats they key point, keeping them consistent, generally whe as writers have a certain idea of what whe want the characters to do, yet somehow they then to make themselves on certain aspects, buts its cool and also nice they way you want to keep them true to themselves =D
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've don't good job with luau the way I see it.

She unexpected but not hyper and crazy; just intellegent. :D
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having the Element of Laughter really formulates a personality more than the other elements. I think it's obvious enough, at least to me, that while they're similar, they're different some some parts.
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Sutiiven-no-Okami Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinkie and Luau share the element of laughter/energy. Of course they would seem alike.
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jumpitydude Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
In the last Tumblr post you made, Luau backtracks and changes the subject upon realizing how silly she sounded. To be Crabapple, that doesn't seem like something Pinkie Pie would do. She would just keep rambling on about the other ponies eyes. There are a couple of other ways that Luau is different, but none immediately come to mind.
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Rutana Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Writer
Well... I couldn't imagine anyone having controll about Pinky Pie, too...
Or laughter at all... ^^
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jawmax Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Pinkie is the reincarnation Luau so the show writers should try better at making her not Luau.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL!
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I see. :) Well I still like your art since I saw that video of your comic on Youtube. You really made great stories and made flawless designs of your chars, stories, and backgrounds. I know it's hard sometimes like that. But sometimes they can't help themselves.

(Btw, i've been doing great with using Winter Willow for roleplaying. And I didn't forget to credit you for character use, along with the Miasma. So don't worry pal. ^^)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate the attribution, thank you :)
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
No problemo. ^^ Btw, can I ask you something?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should have just asked. Would have saved a response :D

Go ahead.
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Ok then. ^^

1: Are you doing commissions or anything whatsoever right now, or not at the moment?

2: Think I can share at least 2 ideas with you? It's not requesting. Just wanting to see if these ideas might be worth trying out. Know what I mean?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome to share ideas! I don't think I'm looking to do commissions, but I don't know. Everything new is really frightening so maybe I should consider it instead of being afraid. What did you have in mind?
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Alrighty. ^^

Have you tried doing your pics or comics with underwater environments?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh... I don't think I have. Why do you ask?
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ZaidFouquette Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
:) I've liked your stuff for a while now and I gotta say I'm glad you posted this. You know you have a story that the author is invested in when delays happen for the sake of checking continuity.

On another note, now that Old Republic is going FTP you think we might find you there?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably not. I'm staying away from MMO's for a while since they take so much time and there's so much I need to be doing. I still have 16 years worth of City of Heroes time cards I need to give away.... somehow.
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ShadowShay Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how that feels. D: There is a certain character I have little to no control over. She's becoming a pain XP
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ShonenJump4eva Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Be careful with Luau then. Whenever characters write themselves/have minds of their owns/become real, odds are they become evil.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I doubt that will ever happen with Luau. She's a lightbringer!
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ShonenJump4eva Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Well, she still might annoy people.
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RocRolDis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
If it's a good character, they gain a life of their own. Many of the characters i've played over the years have done this.
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sonictheonlyhedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Artist
One does not simply control the Luau
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I think it's kind of cool that you're making a timeline about all the events; it really does make things easier for characters and their lives. I can't wait to see what it'll look like and what all the ponies have done and been through in their lives before and after meeting up with Celestia. :)
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Joshabi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Oh, hey, I just want to ask (This is gonna seem stalky and pointless I know) but do you play Dungeons and Dragons? Gods I'll feel stupid if the answer isn't what I hope...
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I might have tried once or twice, but never much managed to get into it. I played Magic the Gathering for a while and then got obsessed with City of Heroes for a few years, but now, it's just Ponies. Though I am trying to catch up on all the great games I've missed over the years (Deus Ex, Batman Arkham Asylum, Mass Effect, etc).
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Joshabi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Hehe, fair enough. Phew, that's not as bad as I though!
You have the game thing better than me though. Little money for stuff and a bad computer kinda keeps me stuck in the old.
I'm guessing you meant the online version?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I buy the "download only" versions of the games and wait for really good sales. None of the ones I mentioned cost me more than $6.
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Joshabi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
That's pretty good. How long do you end up having to wait?
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Steam summer sales?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just watch sites like Reddit/r/patientgamers or cheapshark and buy games that I've heard of that are cheap. I'm not really looking for any games in particular so when they come, they come.
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Joshabi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
That's a pretty good strategy.
...Apart from the ponies. That's always an issue.
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Joshabi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
But she is Pinkie. Just an older version. With more control.
Also cuter. Blasphemy, I know, but I think Luau is cute.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She IS a little less obnoxious at least :)
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Joshabi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
And a wee bit saner...
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TwinQuasars Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know you've made good characters when you realize their deciding their actions more than you are. I know I always like to think of my characters living out their lives when I'm not telling a story about them. Give your characters life, and they will reward you by living.
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sonictheonlyhedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Artist
^THIS
Bravo sir and/or madam
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