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  • 1w, 19h
    Bronycon Panels Videos! (2016)

    Hey guys, so while taking a short break tonight I noticed that Pascoite had posted the Advanced Writing video of the panel we did...

    ...and ye gods, I think if you watch the other videos you can tell I was exhausted by the time I got to that one. I sound awful. Punch-worthy. But, content was great, thanks in no small part to everyone else but me. I mean, I contributed a little, but the real worth was provided by the giants sitting next to me. In fact, all my panels were awesome because the right people were in them. It's like they sing in Spamalot:

    "In any great adventure,

    that you don't want to lose,

    victory depends upon the poeple that you choose."

    Also that hat made me look like a pilgrim. With a weird voice. Anyway... Here's the videos (almost) for all the panels I participated in!

    Writing Comedy: How to Make Horses Hilarious II - BronyCon 2016

    Worlds Beyond: Crossovers in Fanfiction - BronyCon 2016

    Advanced Writing - BronyCon 2016

    Original Characters - BronyCon 2016

    Sadly Thankfully my epic wrestling match against Oso during Pen Stroke's 1am venture wasn't recorded. But! I thought the idea of this other panel I'm linking below sounded awesome and I regret not having attended. I haven't seen it yet, and probably won't for a week, but you guys might want to take a look at:

    The Great Literary Game: Transformative Art and Purpose of Fanworks - BronyCon 2016

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  • 3w, 4d
    I find this show fairly amusing.

    Anyone else watches it? And did you catch the MLP reference from the latest episode?

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  • 4w, 10h
    Election

    No. I'm not happy.

    But the bottom line is that as much as I disagree with the views and political stance of those that would support such a person as Donald Trump—someone that I have seen express the most divisive lies and opinions as I've ever seen in any political arena across three countries, not only in hearsay but video, radio, social media posts—at the end of the day, the majority supported him. May the following 4 years prove me wrong, but fighting around and attacking either side shouldn't be something we do now.

    So try to keep it civil, guys.

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  • 4w, 3d
    Story Updates

    Hello everyone!

    "Aye," Princess Luna replied grimly. "That is true. But this magic did not come from her body. If it had, when you were right next to it, there would be no interference. Nay, this came from far off. It has a smell a... a strange taste to it. Much like when Sunset and you visited me together. It smells like something burnt. Like smoke and oil."

    Currently I am at work on the last chapter of Gunsmoke.

    After that, I plan to concentrate on Silent Jade and Young Amazons, but not before I work The Three Sisters: Like Fudge and Sparkle's No. 1 Assistant into some sort of schedule where I can finally finish them too. I don't think I'll be writing any new series anytime soon until everything I have left—or just about everything—is finished.

    I know many of you have been waiting patiently on The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments... welp, it has reached the point where a rewrite of the current chapter might be necessary to finally finish the Bitaly arc without external input. Thankfully what follows after that is already written for a considerable amount of updates, and there's even one that can be done 100% by myself.

    Finding the Right Note and Gothic are on hold right now... Gothic I will finish for sure, it's a matter of getting a couple of free writing days. These holidays I might be able to write at work too, since demand for IT Administration lower considerably at those times.

    Anyway, here's the update, remember to vote, and enjoy the rest of your day!

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  • 6w, 5d
    And now for your occasional Cello blog..

    Because this is awesome...

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  • 7w, 1d
    Ah why not?

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  • 7w, 4d
    New Gunsmoke chapter is out...

    ...and life continues!

    Oh man, I have a lot less time to write lately, but it somehow makes it seem more productive. It's like the abundance of freetime was killing my imagination or something. Might sound silly but it's true.

    Anyway, Ch. 33 is out, finally exposing 100% who the villain is and including a little bit of seeing what happened to Sunset after the Glocken incident. Depending on how much I can write for it and how the flow feels the next one will be the last Gunsmoke chapter... :pinkiesad2: kinda bittersweet but it's nice to finish another longish project... probably around the same length of time that it took me to finish TER in the younger days of this fandom.

    For now tho, all is good... not to try and write that Nightmare Night piece...

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  • 8w, 1d
    And now for your occasional Cello blog..

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  • 8w, 3d
    That moment...

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  • 8w, 5d
    The Month of Spook is here...

    ... let's hope I can finish my horror story in time!

    2 comments · 147 views
  • 9w, 1d
    On Flash Sentry

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  • 14w, 4d
    Dungeons and Discords

    Well, that was certainly a thing. (Very minor spoilers if they can be counted as such.)

    I have yet to see a really good D&D-centered episode in any cartoon so far, and the "inside the game" trope is done constantly for these sort of episodes. I'm not complaining too much though, I think, overall it was an entertaining episode that captured the essence of RPGs to some extent and I think the best part was RD and Pinkie jumping in to play as well. Considering that Hasbro owns Wizards of the Coast, I was hoping for something a bit more involved, but for what it is, it's cool.

    Still, I like my version better.

    Anyway, to commemorate this episode, I leave you with...

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  • 15w, 4d
    I guess canonically...

    ...to the ponies, when they find out...

    In the end, it wouldn't matter if you were.

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  • 15w, 4d
    Just felt like sharing

    5 comments · 164 views
  • 16w, 6d
    A wild Gunsmoke Chapter Appears!

    2 comments · 197 views
  • 18w, 3d
    A truly beautiful voice...

    He was 29. I never get tired of Pavarotti's classics.

    8 comments · 192 views
  • 19w, 5d
    So I had a dinner date...

    23 comments · 651 views
  • 21w, 18h
    BC 2016

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  • 24w, 4d
    "DoTA" Opinion Blog

    Death of The Author - The self-serving appropriation of someone else's work.

    Here's the thing. I don't believe in the "Death of the Author". Quite honestly, it's little more than an excuse to justify forcing your interpretation into a text and ignoring everything else that influenced the author on their choices—or what they were hoping to say—and replacing them with what the "critic" wants it to mean.

    Now, one very valid point (if somewhat misguided) someone brought up when I discussed it in the comments somewhere, was that (to paraphrase) "The Death of the Author is a force for discussion, and that accepting what the author of a literary work said as fact would basically kill interpretation."

    I disagree, even though I definitely see where that comes from. But let me ask a question: What do Hamlet; El Quixote; The Alchemist; Spiderses; Atlas Shrugged, Middlesex; Meals in Minutes; What Color is your Parachute, etc. have in common?

    They all have a purpose. Every story has a purpose. Every story. And the author writing it knows what that purpose is to greater or lesser extent. The author's voice matters a lot more than some random critic saying that the text must mean something else.

    While "Death of the Author" enthusiasts got away with it mostly due to the nature of literary work vs time vs life expectancy vs ease of communication, it is something that should not even count today, especially with instant correspondence with authors.

    Saying that "No Death of the Author" = "No conversation or interpretation" is a fallacy. To begin with, disregarding the author's intent already puts into question the dubious interpretation a critic might have of a story, but, even if an author intends for a story to say a specific message, the reader can find a different meaning.

    Kafka put it best: "Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle." It's not just through the final message of the author that a book is internalized and interpreted. It's the journey; the exploration and the challenge of concepts that allows a story to enrich our experience and thoughts.

    The Death of the Author pretends then, that the "critic's" internalization and understanding (or misunderstanding) of a story is a more valid meaning than that which the author wants to convey. In other words, "I hear what I want to hear, understand what I want to understand and my opinion should be more important to everyone else than your intent."

    I'm not saying that authors write perfect meanings or crystal-clear messages. Concepts and ideas are challenged by dialogue, imagery, thought and action all of it with a purpose, be it simple entertainment, satire, philosophy or even attacking. To say that the value of the critic's interpretation supersedes that intent and purpose of a work... that the myriad things that influence any person's mind when putting words to paper is irrelevant once the words are on the paper is folly.

    Any author worth their salt will not say that their interpretation of the final message of their story is absolute because they understand that a story can be a kaleidoscope of possible meanings to each person. A "Death of the Author" advocate just believes in a dual existence of thought: yours and mine.

    It's self delusion and self-aggrandizing.

    It's disrespectful to the author even if some take it with good humor.

    So please.

    Bury that idiocy and stop using it as an excuse to turn what something means into what you want it to mean.

    tl;dr - Just because someone interprets a story differently from what the author intended, it doesn't mean that person is "smarter" or "understands more" than the author. It's the differing experiences and influences (the same ones the critics ironically try to erase from account towards the original text) that shapes their observations and internalization—it might mean something else to someone. A story might clearly be interpreted in many ways. But ascribing to "The Death of the Author" is nothing but a cry to try and take ownership of something that doesn't belong to you and to try and force your dominance by claiming the actual owner and creator of the story does not matter.

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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 · 10,276 views ·
#1 · 201w, 5d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 201w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 201w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 201w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 201w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#8 · 201w, 5d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#10 · 201w, 5d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#19 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·
#21 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

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

#26 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 201w, 5d ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 201w, 5d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d 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 · 201w, 5d ago · 4 · ·

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

You're proposing a dangerous thing, D.

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