PonyFest Reveal: Characters Come to Life

I have the best friends and followers ever! Last year, I entered Rebecca Enzor’s PonyFest12 with this:

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do WindowsThe pony is based on a main character in one of my novels. I entered at the last minute, because Rebecca twisted my arm. Not really. You can read the entry post here.

On the last night of voting, I was in a very close second place. I was out with a bunch of other moms after a PTA event, and I told them about my PonyFest12 entry. They all pulled out their smart phones and voted and voted some more when they got home evidently. Other friends told me that they voted late, too. (Awesome friends!)

The next morning, I found out that my Marce pony had won! I was really surprised. I mean that’s putting it mildly. I didn’t expect to win, because the other leading ponies were gorgeous.

So the artist who does the pony customs for PonyFest is Kalavista. She finally finished Marce (maybe Marce is the reason for no more body art… hmmmm….).

I couldn’t be happier with the result.  Without further torture, here’s the custom Marce pony winner of PonyFest12.  Isn’t she gorgeous?Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do Windows

Marce is a character who has been in my head for years, and I’d finally written her story. Mostly to get her stop talking to me. (That didn’t work since she wants a trilogy now.) She’s a character I’ll always love, and the pony will be around while I write.

But wait! There’s more!

When I opened the package from Kalavista, Marce had a traveling companion, because Marce had taken so long. What a wonderful, generous surprise! (Thank you, Kalavista!!!)

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do WindowsIt was none other than Montesque, the very delicate girlie-looking boy unicorn in the middle grade fantasy that I wrote for my girls.

He was part of my PonyFest13 entry. (You can check out PonyFest13 here.)

I’m not sure who squealed louder: Armadillo or me. (I lie. I was totally louder—all the way from the mailbox. I’m sure neighbors stared.)

There was much jumping for joy and high fives and hugs and admiration of the art that the ponies are.

Armadillo loves Montesque and asked if she could have him. LOL. Yeah, no. I’ve seen the way her ponies live in her room.

Here’s my custom Montesque pony (with glittery horn and legs, too!!):

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do WindowsMockingbird said it looked just like a girl. Mission accomplished!

Now I have to find the perfect place for these gorgeous ponies to sit. Oh look! How about here? 😀

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do WindowsYour turn! I’d love to hear about your favorite inspirational objects or characters.

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15 comments on… “PonyFest Reveal: Characters Come to Life”

  1. I came *this close* to making her ship them to me first so I could see them in person, but there’s no way I could have kept Mo a secret if I had 🙂 I’m so glad you love them both, and even more glad that your daughter loved Mo!

    (Also: that rule about body art has been there since the beginning – I don’t think anyone reads the rules because they’re too excited to design their pony 😛 We had a few alicorns this year too.)

    I want a Marce pony – she’s so freakin’ gorgeous!


    • Diana Beebe


      LOL. You kept a great secret! I don’t think I would have been able to.

      So I totally missed the body art rule last year, I guess. *sheepish grin*

      I’m so glad you like Marce. I love her! You should totally get one for yourself. 😉 Mo is pretty awesome, too.

      • I have a couple customs of my pony characters, but none of my book characters. I haven’t yet figured out what Kindra and Kaye would look like as ponies 🙂

        Also: there’s no way Hubs would let me keep them on display. He keeps moving the hand-made (with clay, no pony base!) Kailani that one of my RPers sent me as a Christmas gift last year. It’s become a game – I find her and put her back in her place, then several days later she’s hiding behind a stack of books, or the computer screen, or in the closet 😉 I have a pony-based Kailani too, but she stays in a box in the closet with the others.


        • Diana Beebe


          Your husband is hilarious. You would never know where you’ll find them, huh?

          I’m still giddy!!!!

  2. Diana, it’s so cool that you were able to do something like this in connection with your book!! They are both awesome looking and am so proud of you! I can’t wait to read the trilogy! 🙂


    • Diana Beebe


      Thanks, Nicole! I hope to have a draft of a couple of chapters for you to critique very soon! 🙂

  3. I’m so glad you like them! I had to do something special for you, since Marce took forever for me to make – I wanted her to be JUST right because I adored her design (I voted for her last year!).
    *hugs*


    • Diana Beebe


      You are amazing! I’m thrilled that you voted for Marce. She is just gorgeous. 😀

      Also, I still can’t believe you made Mo, too! The details down to his cloven hooves are perfect. Thank you so much!

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