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  • Today
    Coming up next!

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  • Thursday
    Can someone explain to me...

    ...the appeal of the stories where the "author" tells his story of how he was transformed from a regular, average citizen into say... Groucho. And ended up in Equestria?

    To me, as I've said before, it just reads like: "I wanna write human in Equestria/self-insert but I'm too boring as I am so I must simply get all the powers/abilities of some other character that is way cooler than I am without any effort whatsoever, and get to show how cool/deep/edgy I am in a world of ponies."

    But, maybe I'm missing something. What is the appeal of seeing Goku be not Goku? Why read a HiE story where the human is usually not even human anymore? Why must Tom have the combined powers of Ranma, Kenshin and Akira while looking like Wonder Woman to visit Equestria? What other reasons are there for this sort of behavior in writing?

    Please. Explain it to me.

    69 comments · 605 views
  • Wednesday
    SK Revolution!

    Alright so, as anyone following me knows, my Patreon (help always welcome) is set up to help me pay rent and such worthy, adult-like responsibilities, which means I have little money to send in the way of projects I would absolutely love to support.

    SWAT KATS Revolution is one such effort. Most of you guys will probably not remember Swat Kats:

    To explain things a bit, these guys were before Gargoyles when it came to adding some dark themes to cartoons. They were fun. They were better written and produced than most things those days. With adult eyes I can see many things that I didn't catch as a kid... seeing this series resurrect would be amazing, and I promise you, well worth the donation! I sent Christian & Yvon Tremblay a promise that I'd try my best to help, given that I have little money to send their way, and I know that this might interest you guys, I figured a blog about it would be the way to go.

    At the time of this posting, there's 23 Days left to go before the project is funded, so, if you can donate money to this worthy cause here's the link again: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820796125/swat-kats-revolution

    And I don't know if you can post messages when you donate, but if you can, do tell them ol' Wanderer D sent you their way, would ya? :raritywink:

    8 comments · 254 views
  • 2w, 4d
    News for the month of July!

    So guys, let's see what we have coming up!

    The new Gothic Chapter is on the way. It's being written, but it's going slowly due to familial visits and work. But don't worry, I won't abandon this story I love so much!

    The Sweetie Chronicles is also progressing nicely. All that's left before publishing the next chapter is edits and fixing little details, but I think you will all really enjoy what's coming up! It's like nothing TSC has seen before! Hype!

    Sparkle's No. 1 Assistant—The ever popular story of Commander Sparkle and her faithful Krogan companion/mentor/BBABFS (Big Baddass Brother From Space) and her growing group of friends/mercenaries will continue soon as well! Next up: Rainbow Dash

    The Three Sisters: Like Fudge has been going slow and my progress lately has been prodigiously lacking. But, I've found the spark again and we'll jump back into the Crystal Changeling Hive very soon!

    For those of you going to Bronycon, I'll be there as part of the following panels alongside very awesome people:

    :raritystarry: Crossover Panel with: Bag of Vicodin, Aquaman, GapJaxie, Capn' Chryssalid, and Cyborg Samurai! :ajsmug: Self-explanatory topic, with awesome people, so expect a lot of fun anecdotes, teasing and referencing!

    :raritystarry: Short, Long, and Epic with: Pen Stroke,  Bag of Vicodin, Cyborg Samurai and GaryOak. Want to decide how long your story should be? :rainbowdetermined2: We will discussing that and more! Plenty of snark I expect, as well as some in-depth looks at what helps a story stay short effectively, or which need more than a few hundred thousand words! And Gary will be there too!

    :raritystarry: Advanced Writing with: Bad Horse and Bookplayer! We will be tackling a few advanced topics beyond the usual "show vs tell". :twilightsmile: If you want that sort of basic advice go to the Do's and Don'ts Panel which will also be happening there, but we'll endeavor to make sure our discussions are relevant and interesting for all sorts of writing.

    And finally, I'd like to remind everyone about my Patreon Account in case you want to help me out with tips or simple generosity. As always fics will be posted regardless of patronage, and the schedules are not affected by this either. It's entirely optional (although welcome), and it does have a few benefits, including some inside-scoops on stories, future projects, chats and blogs on topics of interest exclusive for patrons only.

    Don't think that it gives me spending money, though; I use patreon at this point to help pay rent and I don't foresee that changing anytime soon! But if you want to help out, you are definitely welcome!

    Talk to you guys later!

    ~WD

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  • 3w, 5d
    A taste of things to come.

    7 comments · 526 views
  • 4w, 1h
    The Chronicles Continue!

    Hey guys! Guess what?!

    The Sweetie Chronicles is back!

    These last few months I've been hard at work with several of our favorite authors building up more chapters for this epic story. I do apologize for how long it takes, but bear in mind I have to adapt to a LOT of schedules! This new chapter covers what happened a year ago in This Platinum Crown, as well as a surprise at the very end! Enjoy and expect the next chapter in the next couple of weeks!

    24 comments · 657 views
  • 5w, 4d
    Happy Father's Day

    to all fellow dads in this site! I would list names, but then I'd probably be hunted down for it.

    5 comments · 163 views
  • 5w, 5d
    Princess Spike or whatever it's called. A very short review and message.

    Dear Hasbro/MLP: FIM Team:

    Stop writing and producing Spike-centered stories. The only ones that can actually write him in a positive light and in actually interesting situations that develop his character do not work for you.

    You can find them in this site though, if you want to spend some time looking.

    Thank you.

    55 comments · 1,015 views
  • 5w, 6d
    Guys, I need some fics

    Comedy/random. The less Pinkie the better. Absolutely no human, and if you send me Anon fics I'll ban you for three months. Or something. Also, please make sure they're actually funny.

    Thanksokaybye!

    37 comments · 445 views
  • 6w, 5d
    Ep. 100 no spoilers review

    Gentlecolts. Gentlefillies. All that has to be said is:

    Wow. Best. Episode. Ever.

    >Wanderer D closes laptop.

    And Berry's daughter is now officially Button Mash's beu, so stop shipping him with Sweetie. I think that was Berry's daughter. Or whatever her name is. I don't care. She's not Sweetie.

    41 comments · 996 views
  • 7w, 4d
    So how relevant...

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  • 8w, 6d
    Dear Fimfic Authors...

    Beware of fan fiction "White Knights."

    Having someone defend your story always feels nice. Its true, when people start criticizing it, sometimes the criticism can hit pretty hard and it's not as easy to ignore as say, some petty dude that's pissed off at you making false accusations and showing their ignorance on the matter. No, I'm talking about when people go out of their way and tell you what is, in their opinion--educated or not--wrong with your story and someone consistently denies there's anything possibly wrong with it.

    But sometimes, there's people commenting in your story that actually have something to say, not to be mean, but because they want you to improve. They might criticize the content of your story, the formatting, characterization, etc. and explain why. They spend time telling you the issues you have and what to look for.

    And then the White Knight comes in, brandishing the Lance of Idiocy and telling you that no, what these people are saying is wrong! What you're doing is fine! The White Knight likes it or isn't bothered by it, so it cannot be a problem! You should stay doing what you're doing and ignore those critics! What do they know anyway, as long as their opinion differs from the Great and Useless Loyal White Knight?!

    These are the guys you have to be wary of, even more so than the bitter critics or trolls that tell you uselessly how your story is bad but never even bother suggesting improvements. These guys are actually dangerous. They foster passivity and lack of improvement. They feed your ego, effectively blocking advice that if you think about it could possibly benefit your story and your future writing.

    You always get "well done!" and "loved it" and my personal favorite, "This is the best thing I've ever read in my life!" And those are nice and valid. You also get negative ones: "Didn't like it."; "It's crap" and my personal favorite, "This is the best thing I've read in my life!"

    Sometimes you get jerks that tell you like the jerks they are that your story is not good for this and that reason, their attitude itself making their otherwise on-point commentary a waste to read and readily invalidates their worthiness.

    But if you simply ignore all the criticism and don't even stop to see if it's objectively true, you will never ever improve as a writer. And listening to some jackass that tells you that everything you do is just perfect, instead of a more thoughtful or honest commentary is not doing you any favors.

    So, authors, do yourself a favor: If you have a White Knight blindly defending your writing, appreciate their loyalty, but put their comments aside so that you can take an honest look at your work and the comments and decide if they have some validity.

    50 comments · 1,201 views
  • 9w, 3d
    OC Slamjam Voting is on!

    Okay guys, time to go vote! The OC Slamjam is up and going and it's up to us readers to decide who passes and who doesn't!

    Best of luck to all competitors!

    2 comments · 156 views
  • 9w, 5d
    About that new episode...

    Spoilers follow!

    Turns out that all dragons were dicks, and now griffons are too! All of them! Who knew? Also, they're just interested in money to the exclusion of actual personality. No wonder Gilda wants out of there. It's like hanging out with Cloud Strife on a regular basis. Turns out her pride is nothing but angst and frustration, but it can all be fixed with baking powder.

    Cute little origin story though.

    17 comments · 759 views
  • 10w, 12h
    So...

    Anyone here lives in Grand Rapids, MI?

    19 comments · 256 views
  • 10w, 4d
    On The Pain of Eternity

    37 comments · 885 views
  • 11w, 2d
    Meeester is a hero

    No, really. He is.

    Maybe it's because work today started unusually early  but as I slowly reach the streets of Akron OH, my mind drifted to the behind the scenes life of fimfic.

    At my best, when I was in the same position he is right now, approving fics mostly on my own, I might have been able to keep up with him for a few days.  But this dude has approved more fics than any of us since the beginning of time.

    Not having experienced fic approval, it's hard for readers to really appreciate how this is not merely a matter of clicking "yes" or "no". There's always the lack of appreciation, or the downright violence of frustrated authors that simply don't get why their masterpiece didn't cut it.

    The fact that Meeester cares enough to engage in dialogue with them is always lost to them. The bottom line is he doesn't have to keep replying and yet he does.

    Seriously, this guy is a hero. Because I'll be damned if a lesser person could do half his job.

    Edit: I still hate writing on my phone.

    31 comments · 856 views
  • 11w, 4d
    Obs is at it again!

    In case you haven't looked, Obselescence has instigated another contest.

    I know, I know. The words: "Oh, Celestia, will he ever stop?!" come to mind, but hey, what can I say. Obsy likes doing this kinda thing and we all love him for it. So, take a look at his latest crazy-contest idea: THE OC SLAMJAM! BAM, BABY! THIS IS X-CO—ahem. Yeah.

    Anyway, the concept looks interesting, don't you think? Can you deal with OCs in a way that makes them look good? It's for you to tell, if you dare!

    5 comments · 470 views
  • 12w, 2d
    The many faces of Tavi

    As I'm sure you've noticed, I have drastically different characterizations on my main stories for Octavia.

    We have cultured, slightly naive and educated Tavi for: Gothic.

    Slightly rebel, slightly country-influenced escapee Tavi in: Running and Finding the Right Note.

    There's closet-nerd Tavi who writes fanfics in: Scraps, Musings & Octavia Writes Fanfics.

    Dimensional Companion, Cult-of-Hands, Agent Gray Tavi from: Choose Your Own Adventure: Lyra’s Quest.

    And finally sexy, snappy, gun-loving, drinking, Twi-loving Tavi from: Sparkle's No. 1 Assistant.

    So, assuming you've read more than one of those works of mine, which one is your favorite Tavi interpretation so far?

    Edit: I had no idea I had written so many Octavia stories until this moment.

    Edit 2: I mean, there are some constants, like all Octavias love Scotch. Which is only natural. And some basic approaches to the character.

    4 comments · 625 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?

Report Wanderer D · 9,949 views ·
#1 · 130w, 6d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 130w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 130w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 130w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 130w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#8 · 130w, 6d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#10 · 130w, 6d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#19 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·
#21 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 130w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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 · 130w, 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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