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  • Wednesday
    So what is it...

    that makes you drop a comment (or not) in a story? And I don't mean arbitrarily. I mean something you faved or added to a group called "OMGILUVZTHIS!!!!1!" or something. Why would something go there and not get a comment?

    65 comments · 345 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Not-female-empowering vs sexist.

    Hey everyone, so recently I was talking about the Book of Life with someone and she brought up the idea that it was sexist, and not only that, several co-workers of hers thought so too. We didn't talk much more about it, but it stayed on my mind.

    Now, I did see the movie, and my first instinct was to scoff at the notion. Sexist? How? But, I didn't scoff... it wasn't just self-preservation either, she really did get me thinking. Was it just that I was unable to see it? Maybe I have desensitized myself to certain things, and maybe I just don't see it because I was paying attention to other things.

    And before anyone with a tumblr here goes: "Check your privileges, yo!" let me stop you right there. You can eat your damned "privileges" and sit on a flagpole. I don't give a flying f**k about your inane overdramatization of social issues. This is a serious discussion. If that's your first response, return to tumblr to find someone who cares.

    Looking back on it, there's several cultural and quasi-historical factors to consider: The story takes place in Mexico, which yes, still suffers from a lot of machismo in the pure sense of the word,  and not the idea that a male is 'manly' or not. There's less of it nowadays than before, but for the purposes of this let's focus on the timeframe of when it's supposed to be happening, which is arguably around late 1800s to early 1900s which was the epitome of this attitude. In that time, good daughters followed their father's orders (and let's be fair, that was not just in Mexico, that was the general attitude world-wide) and males were expected to be soldiers or carry the weight of things. So yes, in that sense, I can definitely see where the sexism might be perceived, but at the same time, I don't think that just because Maria wasn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she wouldn't be a strong female character onto herself. If anything—in my opinion—she proves to be proud, honorable and loyal. In the end, whatever her father wanted, she was the one calling the shots as to who had an actual chance to win her heart. Another (very) important character, La Muerte, is not only female, but a beloved leader, firmly respected and capable of incredible bodily harm to other immortals.

    The movie doesn't necessarily "empower" Maria into an ass-kicking I-can-do-and-take-control-of-everything Maria Sue, but it doesn't make her fragile or any less deserving of respect in my opinion. In fact, in a straight fight with the bad guy, she lasts longer than Carlos, who is an experienced bullfighter and arguably has more experience in life-and-death situations.

    The story does NOT focus solely on the female character, Maria, rather focusing on the struggles of the main character: Manolo, a reluctant bullfighter who would rather be a Mariachi.  Even his friendly rival, Joaquin has a secondary role, in the whole thing. But does that make it sexist? If a movie about the story of Anansi doesn't feature any white dudes, does that mean it's intentionally excluding white people out of ideology? I think not. It's just that they had nothing to do with it. It's not malicious, and as such, I don't think that there's a malicious sexist agenda in that movie.

    I think the movie concentrates on its story, rather than trying to please everyone, and the story is about a guy who wants so much to go back to his beloved, he has to pass challenges and escape death and live again. If anything, his journey of learning to stand up to his ideals deals with one social issue which is bullfighting. You can't expect a kids' movie to include shining examples of every single modern (and past) social issue that is hinted at in there.

    Anyway, that's my thoughts. So, what do you think? And most importantly, to my female readers: if you watched the movie, did you think it was sexist? And if so why?

    41 comments · 796 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Upcoming...

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  • 3w, 6d
    I'm kinda curious.

    Since you guys presumably follow me for my charming personality, winning smile and goatee, my stories, I was wondering, what are your favorite moments in any given fic I've written? And if you want to share why, please do so!

    I think this will give me some insight into what I'm being effective in communicating per story, so don't be shy!

    Also! Anyone here willing to do a possible alternative cover art/or concept art for Gothic in exchange for some story goodies? You can PM me and I'll let you know what I have in mind, so we can decide if it's worth your time or not, sound fair?

    32 comments · 331 views
  • 4w, 10h
    Apparently, I write like...

    26 comments · 510 views
  • 4w, 2d
    So what is your weakest writing skill?

    Mine is...

    Poetry. I-I just can't. I've written poems before, worked with constraints, learned most of the forms, wrote a haiku a week for six months, etc. But I find it extremely challenging to do so without feeling like my poems are simply... cute at best. As in, "you deserve a pat on the head... you tried." Kinda cute. "Now go to your room!"

    I was better at free-styling it mainly because I sucked at the other approaches. I don't remember when was the last time I even wrote one from beginning to end. I imagine it was about 10 years ago or so.

    ... ye gods. Now I know I'm old. Damn.

    I tied the tie sdrawkcab

    Ouy, ris, era na toidi

    OUY, RIS, ERA NA TOIDI!

    It said as to me as I chose

    I chose between black and white

    Blue and green and red and yellow

    Stripped or with polka dots or maybe just mellow?

    It said it, not me!

    Gnirats at me in the eye!

    OUY, RIS, ERA NA TOIDI!

    It dewolleb to me

    And I was tying from right to left

    And then I was tying from left to right

    A twist and a turn and a half a pull

    And again it falls untied, around this fool.

    Was it diagonal? Shelby? Onassis? Or Full Windsor?

    I deralg at the scowling face in front of me!

    Ni eht eye! It glared right back!

    Finally, with a turn and a slide and up and a down another slide and a pull...

    It was done!

    And all I could say...

    All I could say was:

    STUPID, STUPID MIRROR!

    I think I'll stick with prose.

    59 comments · 711 views
  • 4w, 4d
    And now some announcements!

    First of all, three people in this site wouldn't know a good story if it sprung out of a side-street with a bat and broke their legs with it, then threw it to the side as it grew fangs and claws, mauled their arms, and ate the remains within their fading eyesight. Just saying.

    Second of all, good ol' Piquo Pie has a thing for blogs going on right now. Check out #FebFIMfanficlove for more info.

    And finally, new Three Sisters: Like Fudge chapter coming up tonight!

    17 comments · 358 views
  • 5w, 4d
    Audio Editor needed!

    Does anyone here know how to edit audio and is willing to work with me on a deadline and on a regular monthly basis?

    14 comments · 173 views
  • 5w, 4d
    And now for your Tavi fix!

    9 comments · 566 views
  • 5w, 6d
    Signal Boost: Since I was Small

    7 comments · 501 views
  • 6w, 2d
    Random Brainblarg: I sometimes wonder...

    What do other 'ponefamous' authors and users here think of me?

    As in... I don't define who I am on the opinions of others, (although I do admit that just like anyone else, I like feeling appreciated, or recognized or simply liked) but there is a sense of self-awareness when it comes to your peers, that no matter how much of your own person you are, you sometimes have to wonder about.

    Like: "What does Shortskirts think of me?" "Or The Elusive Badgerpony? Does he even know who I am?" Or, "Does Cold in Gardez think my writing is generic and uninspired?" "Vimbert is a cool guy most of the time, but do I annoy him as much as I think I do?" Or, "Why doesn't X,R,S or Y ever acknowledge my stories?" "I bet Anonymous Pegasus has never read a single one of them..." "Dude, Bad Horse totally must think my work is a literary nightmare!" and that kind of thing. Of course I could just ask them, but I guess that's not the point of writing this here.

    I'm just wondering... do you guys feel like that sometimes? There's always someone you respect, or simply look at as competition in some sort of way, and whose opinion might matter even if you don't want to acknowledge it because it might feel like you're vying for attention. But I feel that knowing that it matters to you on some level, is actually the opposite of that... unless you write a blog post about it. Then you might be vying for attention.

    I dunno. I'll go write stories now.

    54 comments · 574 views
  • 6w, 3d
    Blueblood and Sweetie: Best (adoptive) Siblings.

    Celebrating that they're to meet again... in a chapter written in the past, published then and now looped back to IRL with additional material and such...

    “My poor little sister... puberty hit her like a ton of rocks, you see,” he explained, earning a glare from both mares. “That is: what I meant to say,” he amended himself, waving a hoof to placate the female ire, “is that she’s had to walk down a rocky road... er, she took her time as a filly for granite? Metamorphically speaking, she’s been under a lot of pressure, you know... and she hit rock bottom before she came here, so I told her schist happens and fortune favors the boulder...”

    “Blueblood,” Sweetie hissed. “Please. Stop.”

    What are your favorite quotes or moments for the duo?

    15 comments · 773 views
  • 6w, 6d
    Writer Talk: The Death of a Character

    32 comments · 564 views
  • 7w, 9h
    Because nostalgia hits you when you should be asleep.

    Oddly enough, I was trying to pass out when the need to listen to this song hit me. I guess it's time to go back and pass out, but not without sharing one of the most awesome nostalgic pieces ever created.

    16 comments · 552 views
  • 7w, 1d
    Have you heard of BP?

    20 comments · 818 views
  • 8w, 2d
    He has really amazing handwriting.

    18 comments · 405 views
  • 9w, 18h
    You know what the start of this year feels like to me?

    I guess if you know the game it'll make even more sense.

    13 comments · 264 views
  • 9w, 1d
    One year more...

    I was planning to write something deep and meaningful...

    But I couldn't think of anything... perhaps if I had one more day?

    Anyway, Happy New year, y'all! Thanks for the follows, the comments, the ranting, the sanctimonious bitching, the reading and the chance to meet you all wonderful people online and in person if you were at Bronycon.

    You're all awesome. Especially you. Yes, you. You know who you are. Or maybe not, but you could think you know you know who you are.

    In any case! Beer.

    13 comments · 507 views
  • 9w, 4d
    Who's next?!

    40 comments · 814 views
  • 10w, 4d
    Random TSC Trivia

    So you like The Sweetie Chronicles? Did you know that...

    - There's a book series blog called the exact same thing? I had never heard of it until a random google search pulled them up, and I was like: "Say whaaaa~"

    - Three downvotes for TSC are there because three authors got angry with me because I would not include their worlds in TSC?

    - Two downvotes are from people that have it in their Favorites Folder?

    - TSC was originally going to be a Ranma/MLP multiverse crossover starring Ryouga and Trixie?

    - Every world Sweetie visits actually a) teaches her something about herself, and b) has a counterpart world?

    - The longest chapter (split into smaller parts) was written within a month?

    - I don't have enough art? Seriously, how come there's pic of the mane 6, pregnant Dash & drunk Sweetie? Or Bon Bon & Lyra teaching Sweetie how to look pony? (I'm such an attention whore and a shameless, needy little author.)

    - Except for a couple of loose ends, I could, theoretically write chapter 20 right now and get 95% of what's going to be happening at that point in time with all of the previous chapters unwritten... correct?

    - I consider it a privilege to write each chapter in other author's worlds?

    - Sweetie Belle from TSC appeared in The Empty Room around April 2012 and by then she was already past the Backwards Through the Mirror (3rd May, 2014) chapters timeline-wise?

    - Ever since the Best Night Ever chapters, I can't go to a bar without wanting to order a Chocolate Martini?

    - There's a Goonies reference in TSC: BNE?

    26 comments · 865 views
Jan
25th
2013

I've heard a lot of things...

I have marginally followed arguments about it, and honestly, what I will say below might have been said several times, but for now, bear with me.

I know that there are a lot of people angry about the lack of representation of our female bronies. And if you feel that way, you're right.

I don't dislike the documentary. Quite the contrary; I believe it went as far as it could with covering what it was aiming to cover: That the media perception of male bronies is erroneous. Whether they achieve that or not, is up to dispute, but I really believe that they never had the intention to go any deeper than media perception about the male aspect of our fandom.

Which sucks, mostly because that's not what we believed it would be about. I think, if we are to have a Brony Documentary, it has to be done celebrating what makes us strong: that we are inclusive. That we respect and appreciate all members of our community. From troll to outstanding bronies, we, in general accept who each of us are and what we love. Now, before you point out that we ban trolls for excessive attitudes, it is true that we do so, but, there has to be a limit on how much you can annoy people. If you want to argue this point, feel free to do so in another thread/blog, or PM with me, okay?

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.

Are female bronies, (or pegasisters) not appreciated enough? Yes.

Do people think that we, the male bronies, relish on the thought that we are special because we are males who like MLP? Yes.

Are we more special than our counterparts because of it? Hell eFFING no. Nope.

So, the documentary centers on media perception. Not in our history, or who we really are. Are we manly? Or are we Bronies?

I don't see "Brony" as a male word. Sure, the implication is there, but the meaning of it as we KNOW is not simply males. That's Fox News talking. Not Brony talk.

So, here's what I propose: Let's make our own, amateur Documentary FOR Bronies, BY Bronies.

Can we do it? YES. We can.

How? Simple. How many of us are in college? How many of us have editing skills? How many of us are studying communications, sociology, any sort of media studies? We can do it. We can use university cameras, we can cover the whole world BECAUSE we come from the whole world.

We have so much raw talent.

We have united as a community before, more than once to help any of us in need. Let's prove it. We can ask celebrities to help us, but we can do without. I KNOW you all have it in you. I know, IF we want, we can form some sort of cohesive project and make it work.

Are we going to let our sisters go away unsung and unappreciated? Hell no.

Who's with me?

Wanderer D · 9,804 views · Edited 109w, 6d ago · Report
#1 · 109w, 6d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

That sounds like a fantastic idea. Honestly, I'm surprised it hasn't already been done.

#5 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 109w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

I've never even thought of "brony" being strictly for guys, nor have I ever considered myself special for being a male audience member.   I mean shit, I'm pretty sure there are more guys that girls watching the show, so really that would make them more special than us.  I haven't seen the documentary, and I kind of don't want to because I'm afraid that they presented bronies as people who have thousands upon thousand of MLP dolls and sing all the songs on trains.

#7 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

Nah, I'll pass :applejackunsure:. But good luck nonetheless.

#8 · 109w, 6d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I shall support this! (I am amateur fan-artist. :3)

#10 · 109w, 6d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I'd be up for helping how I can, though I don't have much in the way of artisitc ability. I'm somewhat good at organization *pushes his chaotic room out of sight*

#12 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I'm waiting for the dvd version to come out so I can watch the special features. But as to your point I think the makers realized that Pegasisters were neglected as part of the fandom but by that time it was too late to add them to the documentary.

#16 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

Edit: Ah, now I see, that’s much better. I don’t have the skills to help so I’m out.

#19 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I can write, I can voice act...I'm in!

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·
#21 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

>>750844 Dude, thanks, that was completely opposite to what I was trying to say. I'm sorry I insulted you, but thanks again for catching it.

#23 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I should empathize, I would like to help in anyway I can, to whatever extent. considerding that my teaching puts a lot of effort on me, I'll try to do what I cna

#24 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Thank you so much for this post. That's all my feels in written word. :pinkiesmile:

And I would definitely be onboard for assisting this to get off the ground. If I'm completely honest, I've felt a bit resentful about 'not existing' in some places despite having just as much stake in and love for the series. Not resentful in a 'rawr I hate guys' kind of way, because that's stupid. Just :fluttershysad:.

>>750822

Hon, you're not helping.

#25 · 109w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

are not Paleosteno and Saberspark working on a brony documentary?  saber made "ballad of the brony" and paleo did something similar.

#26 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I have some editing and animating skills. I'm all for this idea. Let me know if I can help!

#27 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

This idea doesn't sound too bad. Very well, You have my editing.

#29 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

In short, IMO, the whole documentary was a circlejerk idealization of bronies.  I hate how they focused on fox news, there were plenty of other news outlets that ridiculed bronies.  I also didn't like how they painted conservatives as the enemy.  I am a conservative/libertarian and also a brony.  They completely skipped over and ignored the gritty, dirty origins and parts of the brony fandom (e.g. 4chan).  They painted the bronies like a bunch of "loving and tolerating" hippies.   "Ohhh~ just look at those poor little bronies they are misunderstood special snowflakes".

Don't get me wrong, I liked the documentary overall but that does not change my above opinion.

Edit: good luck with your documentary endeavor.

#30 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I'll help, as a female brony who dislikes the word Pegasister for those same reasons. I can do some art, write, probably voice act (never tried, but I can keep up a discussion with myself for hours, so why not?) , and don't have an Alicorn OC. I'm totally in.

So, what do you want me to do? Publicize, plan, draw? I'm off school for a week, so I've got pretty much almost nothing to do.

#31 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Saberspark (creator of ballad of the brony) is already making a documentary that is going to do that and more. I saw the "official" documentary as a simple introduction. The brony cronicles (the name of the fan one) is suppose to look at the fandom more closely and more critically.

#32 · 109w, 6d ago · 7 · 3 ·

I don't see how female bronies don't receive the respect they deserve. I don't know about anyone else, but I can (in my own opinion) that the talent majority of females compared to males, only in ratio, is higher in the female range. There are more talented male bronies because there are more of them.

Point is. Women are better than men, and I don't care if anyone wants to try and argue this, I'll take it to my grave.

#34 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

I'm in.

One thing though... we should form a group for this and actually have some organization and formally, we should start AFTER season 3 because right now we don't know if Twilight is going to become Princess or not and how that might affect the community

a good example of a brony documentary is The Ballad of The Brony by Saberspark... its a one man work, but the editing is excellent and covers from Seasons 1-2.

Comment posted by RedScarWolf deleted at 7:10pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#36 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

>>750872

I agree with you in full. I would put something else intelligent here, but you already did.

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 109w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

>>750875 Then we throw in our support. But there doesn't need to be only one, right?

#38 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I kinda think a more critical and objective doc would piss people off a lot more. There are a lot of things in this fandom that are better left uninvestigated.

#39 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · 2 ·

But, but, D! There are no women on the internet! Only really effeminate men!

#40 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I may not have editing skills, but damn it, I have a web camera and things to say! Count me in!

And yeah, I never thought of "Brony" as a masculine term, despite the "bro" part. I just never thought about it that way.

#41 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

So a documentary focused on the fandom, male and female, and how we act among ourselves? I could get behind this. I don't know what I'd be able to add to it, but I like the idea.

#42 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

I'd be more than happy to help out in any way that I can!

Pax
#43 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 109w, 6d ago · · ·

oh, and I was under the impression that the term "brony" came about because the pony fad originated on the /b/ board, and b + pony = brony. I don't know for sure if this is true; either way I never considered it particularly exclusively masculine.

#46 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 109w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

>>750806

you're terrible :rainbowlaugh:

I'm in!! :pinkiehappy: not that i have any talent with visual arts of any kind :ajbemused:

#49 · 109w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

I VOLUNTEER!

(Yes, I do like this idea, not as a snub or anything but I just love this idea in general and would like to participate if I can.)

Alexstrazsa
Moderator
#50 · 109w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

Let's make our own, amateur Documentary FOR Bronies, BY Bronies.

You're proposing a dangerous thing, D.

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