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#FrankieWIP Catching Up!

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Hi everyone! I do apologize for being absent a while. I was ill for three weeks and only just beginning to feel like myself again. I’m still a bit rough, so no video today!

I’ve been editing Emergence with every free moment I get when I have the motivation. It’s going good so far, though there have been days I’ve stared at a chapter for hours before actually doing something! XD But that is a hold-back particular to my fibromyalgia, and-because I know this-I forgive myself if I’m unable to complete more than one chapter a day.

A few days ago when I was unable to concentrate at all on writing, I read the next few chapters of Emergence. I read up to chapter twenty-six, and the more I read, the more I was convinced that someone else wrote the pages then stuck them in my drive. They just seemed too good and creepy to be something I had written in a hurry during NaNoWriMo. It was quite surprising to find that one or two chapters will only require a little editing, unless I change parts of the story. Which I did when rewriting the last chapter I worked on. Not a huge change, but one which will have future ramifications for the characters.

Through reading, I discovered that I have pretty much solved how the third book to the trilogy will play out, so I’m very pleased! I knew how the third would end, but only an inkling on why it would end that way. Now, looking at everything with fresh eyes, I see the threads I wove into the story which will accumulate to complete the third book. It’s all very exciting. In fact, I got so excited about it that I jumped onto the Dead Pete society conversation and just squee’d for a few minutes! XD

So, that’s about it for me, save to say I’m still collecting My Little Ponies and geeking out over new additions to my collection. I’m also planning to make a display for them this weekend! I’m a very busy Dragon!

Hope you are all well, and I’ll catch you all next week 😉

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE



#WeCreate: “Truly Customs” #MyLittlePony Customs!

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Frankie has been talking about My Little Pony a lot, and she keeps posting all of these pictures about how she restores damaged and bedraggled ponies. Honestly, I’ve had toys like that that have gotten worn out and sad, and her work has truly impressed me. Because of that, I keep showing off her pictures. To my friends, my sister, my coworkers…like, “Look at that! Isn’t it amazing?!”

Recently I showed this to my coworker, and she showed it to her daughter. Her daughter is an artist, too. I remember my coworker telling me she does custom toys, but it wasn’t until last night when my coworker recommended I show her work to Frankie that I really went, “Oh.”

Because Alysha has a page called Truly Customs, and she has been making one-of-a-kind custom toys, especially for My Little Pony, since 2009. She shines them up, much like Frankie does, but also transforms them into unique ponies that especially make great gifts!

This was her first one, done in 2009:

And I love this one, Ulana Sea-Jewel (2016). I especially love the detail and colors in her hair, and the detail in the paint is beautiful!

Fans of Harry Potter will love Hufflepuff (2011). Look at how perfect that Hufflepuff crest is! I love the bow, and her sweet face is definitely appropriate for the house.

This is Athena and Nike (2012). I think the choices for the ponies used are perfect, and I love the armor!

Here’s a custom made in 2009 for one of Alysha’s family members, a fan of Coca-Cola collectibles:

Peace (2012). I just love how her hair is styled, and all of the adorable charms on her head.

This next one, Snowdrift (2012), even has a handmade coat!

This is her most recent, a commission done for a little girl. Inessa (2016):

She also does this for other toys, including Pokemon and Littlest Pet Shop!

Truly Customs accepts commission work and enjoys new projects, so if you’re looking for a great gift idea for the holidays and you know a nut like Frankie who needs even more ponies, check out Alysha’s Facebook page.

You can contact her here.

S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).

Check out the #WeCreate category every Saturday for a little art appreciation from Frankie and Sam!

#FrankieWIP Not Really…PONY POST!

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As you will be aware from my earlier blog I was at a Passenger concert last night. As a result, I am very hoarse, tried and sore and really not wanting to be on camera today! So, instead, enjoy a slideshow of almost my entire collection of My Little Ponies through the years. You can see how they’ve changed as the video goes on! (At bottom of post! )

Why do I collect ponies? Well, that’s actually hard to explain. I’m not a girly girl, more a tomboy and always have been. I played with action men and toy cars as a kid…but there was always My Little Pony there to remind everyone I was a girl.

I had a modest collection as a child, and when I became a teenager it quickly became uncool to have toys. I was loathed to get rid of my ponies though, and kept them anyway, secreted away in my cupboard. Then one day my friend’s kid sister said she wanted a My Little Pony. I told her I had some she could play with, but she took it I meant she could keep them. I wasn’t really too bothered as I knew they were going to a place they would be loved. So I gave my little collection away to a little girl who wanted a pony. Then I grew up and realised…I still loved My Little Ponies!!
In a bid to get my collection back I hit thrift shops and car boot sales in search of a Moonstone; my all time favourite pony. I finally found her one day down at a car boot sale at the Clyde Side. She was sat beside another two ponies and I grabbed them up and took them home. I’m now 42 years old and have been collecting My Little Ponies ever since!!

I’m not an overly fussy collector. I’m not in it for the resale value and certainly not in the habit of paying big money for any. I just love them–even the ones in need of some TLC. I take them in, do them up and add them to my collection. I’ve restored old toys for years and now most of the old and broken ponies look just as nice as the newer and well cared for ones in my collection.

How many can I cram into the spaces of my home? Well, I am in the middle of trying to find out as the collection grows almost every week. I had to sell some a few years ago as there was no room! 😀 Anyway, enjoy the video, and I will be back next week! Have a great weekend!! Peace and Om x

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE


#WeCreate My Little Pony Picture

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Just a quick doodle I drew while taking a break from writing. I asked a My Little Pony group I’m part of who they would like me to draw, and they chose Gingerbread and Minty. This is the result 🙂


F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#WeCreate NaNoWriMo Update and Ponies Galore!

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Hello everyone!

I completed my fifty-thousand word goal for NaNoWriMo a few days ago. I’m continuing to write as Emergence isn’t quite finished yet, but I am very happy with my progress.


The injury to my hand appeared to get better with the heat and splinting. I felt it was in a good way so I took off my splint day before yesterday and managed to worsen the healing injury. As a result, typing is slower than usual! I’m finding even the most tiny of things difficult as the hand is such a complex joint, and you forget how much you use your hands–even your non-dominant one! But, I’m getting there!


I’ve received most of the My Little Ponies for my collection which I ordered this past week and a half. Very pleased with all of them, and even included a few G2 and Equestria type, even though they are not my favourites. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I hate Equestria and think G2 ponies are ugly, but they came in a couple of bundles so I have them as part of a more fuller collection. (Though, I am getting to like the G2 a little XD) I’ve lost count of how many I have in my collection. It was over 700 last year, but I sold some so I need to do a recount of all the ponies. I bought the little houses and castles and nursery for display purposes. I have been collecting these for years and don’t have a single pony on display!


As for drawing, I haven’t even attempted to draw a thing for a few weeks. I did buy a My Little Pony adult colouring in book, purely as a part of the collection you understand….and I coloured some of that in while I was unable to type! Colouring in is almost as relaxing as sticking stickers into my sticker albums XD


My attempt at colouring in! I think I need better pens XD

That’s it for now! I hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend! I’m away to write for a while 😀 Bye for now!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE


#FrankieWIP NaNoWriMo and Fibromyalgia

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While I wanted to write a ton yesterday, I was only able to manage one chapter. Fibromyalgia kicked my butt, then the meds I take for it burned my stomach when one broke in my mouth! It wasn’t a good day yesterday….but I did write something 😀

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi  MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Stickers, Photoshop and Writing!

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A little update from Frankie Dragon. Between gutting the house for a new heating system, I’ve been writing, plotting and sticking stickers in sticker albums! XD Some people like colouring books to help them relax, I like sticker books XD

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fiMALEVOLENCE