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  • Sunday

    I decided to put up the original chapters of The Empty Room for easier reading, while leaving the full version and Edited chapters up.

    Bear in mind that:

    No, it's not dead, the re-write is just in hiatus due to a lot of other stuff. But I will revisit it and I will finish re-writing what needs rewriting.

    I don't think you'll be getting a whole bunch of chapters, given that they were pre-published and never deleted, so you shouldn't receive any announcements/notifications besides this tagged blog about it... if you do, that's weird since it's not how its supposed to work, but please let me know since that should be fixed. And also, I apologize if that's the case. Again: my understanding is that the site should not do that.

    Anyway, if you haven't read it... it has a "Rollercoaster" tag in EqD for a reason, and sure the formatting is not that great, being the same from back in the day when Fimfic was just starting, and 70 people so far have proved that they have no concept of what a good story is, but just because they have no taste, it doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a go.

    Just sayin'. :ajsmug:

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  • Thursday
    So let's be honest here...

    How often do you write new stories and what do you aim for when you do so?

    For me it's a combination of things. Depending on the story, I'm doing it to either get ideas out of my head, deal with internal struggle, or simply because I want to tell a story.

    But there are many other reasons to write. Why do you do it?

    Do you want to be Pon-E-famous?

    Write with the sole objective of proving you can make it to EqD?

    Is it because the top of the Feature Box just looks that appealing?

    Do you have some sort of social criticism you want to make through fan fiction?

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  • 1w, 10h
    Okay, let's tackle the elephant in the room...

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  • 1w, 16h
    Man, it's just weird...

    I'm not really into Wrestling, but being in Mexico you couldn't avoid the thing, and one of those famous wrestlers was "El Hijo del Perro Aguayo", who would pop up in references and tv shows for years to come. He died fighting Rey Mysterio (who I believe is pretty well known in the US) yesterday. He wasn't even that old, 35, and in excellent physical condition. Both are pros as well, so the chances of something like this happening were really slim... and yet, there he goes.

    It's weird how this makes me feel... like I said I've never been into Wrestling, but it's yet another name of someone who is always there and then just isn't anymore, you know what I mean?

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  • 1w, 1d
    Spring is almost here for real...

    ...and you know what really, really has me hyped up?

    That. All of my yes. All of my: "Stop everything it's out!" yes.

    And sure, this has been floating around since last year but... it's finally here! Just around the corner! Koji Wada sings again! (despite his cancer). The best Digimon story continues!

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  • 1w, 3d
    The last LAN party I attended was... 10 years ago. I think.

    The reason I'm digging out dead tamagotchis is because I was recently thinking about how I dislike MMORPGs and why. I have nothing against people that play them, mind, and I have played them myself, but even as the years went by and the technology improved and the graphics became nicer... they all have the same problem I hate: basically, nothing you do matters at all, other than to you, and possibly guild/group members.

    You go through the hardest dungeon... nobody cares. Doesn't really affect the rest of the story (if there is any, other than a metaplot) and everything in it respawns in a day or two at the most for someone else to do it again, or for you to do it again if you want an extra chance at getting that 0.00001%-chance-to-get magical item that changes your cape color.

    Yeah. No.

    You see, to me a game has to provide more than the basic MMORPG formula of: hack and slash, rinse, repeat. Sure, there are little side quests, and such, but again, the virtual world your character lives in is not affected at all by you completing said quests. You can kill the biggest, baddest, most hardest badass dragon-monster-tentacle-thingy that would have otherwise "consumed the world" and nothing changes. You get an item, maybe a new quest.

    It's mindless mining for virtual stuff. Some people really dedicate hours, upon hours, upon hours to doing this stuff, meticulously designing, changing and using pre-designed items to make their characters look "unique". I mean, I get it: you like doing that. But again, that's really not my thing.

    Thinking about that, I realized that, to me, the best multiplayer game I could experience would be much like a classic D&D session works, only in an actual video-gaming situation. Playing it sort of like you did in LAN parties with a select group of buddies. There's a world, your character (and your friends' characters) live in it, you get together and go on quests... but! It's not the whole damn world and their trolling cousin also in there. It's a group thing, you do the quests, and they actually affect the bigger plot! If you kill a good guy, your actual reputation for the rest of the game might be affected, same if you kill "the scourge of the East": it should have some consequence and actually stay there.

    Additions to the game could be purchased and added, taking a few ideas of how Mass Effect sorta-did-and-didn't do some things, although the intention was there: were you a dumb-ass and lost Wrex in Virmire? He stays dead. It has consequences: the Krogan won't be united in the end or at real peace.

    I guess what I'm saying is, for a game to keep my interest, my actions have to matter beyond getting a token price.

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  • 1w, 5d
    What is it that makes people...

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  • 2w, 2d
    Ye gods...

    I was born this coming Sunday so long ago...

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  • 2w, 3d
    Dear Terry...

    It was a long time ago that I first read one of your books and, bewildered, scratched the back of my head and said: "Wat?"

    A few years later, I moved to London and then I got it.

    It's sad that I write to you now, when your internet connection might not be steady enough to get this message, but well, stranger things have happened. There's a few things I always wanted to share with you, although realistically I knew I'd be more likely to pen(type) this letter to you than actually get to sit down and tell you about them.

    I'm sorry I never got to buy you a Banana Daiquiri.

    Terry, your stories were a real treat to read. Yeah, I'm sure people told you that all the time, and now a lot of "readers" will spring out and declare how hipster they are because they read you a long time ago and they knew who you were. I... don't feel like arguing with them, to be honest. I know that the ones that really know who you were, were at your bedside, or sat down with you to write stories, or talk, or have tea or the aforementioned daiquiris. I blame my like of those on you, by the way.

    Anyway... what you did is not easy to do. I read other satires by different authors, but they all leaned so heavily on the message that delivering it got lost in the jumble and they were as subtle as Cohen taking over a town. You, instead, wrote in a way that would engage the reader and make us all stop and think about what was said every few lines. There were so many truths and moments in each story that made at least me pause and reconsider that I can't even count them!

    I don't think I have to say much about Discworld... it's so well know and so creative! I have to admit, the way it grew with each book is somehow incomparable. Others have attempted the same feat... I won't name any names, don't worry... and none have come close enough to break that very special barrier of disbelief quite like you did.

    In the end, Terry, you brought so much joy and laughter to this world that I can't say I feel empty, like some others have. Your work will remain here for a long, long time, and new readers will be born every year. You don't leave us with a sense of loss, Terry, you leave us with a great inheritance of thoughts and ideas and fun.

    I only got to know you through your words, like I've gotten to know some authors, and I can only thank you for doing the exact opposite of leaving a hole in me.

    I still would have liked to buy you that daiquiri though.

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  • 2w, 6d
    Last blog of the night, I promise!

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  • 3w, 1d
    What could have been...

    “Listen, candy mane,” she grinned maliciously. “I'm going to do you a favor, only the one, favor and tell it to you straight: There are no fair fights here. Ever. You shouldn't have brought your fancy tricks unless they included explosions, fireballs or lightning.” Her claws dragged against Sweetie's armor. “If you don't have any of those, you should have brought a gun or something that can blow someone's brains out. Next time, you'll either heed my advice or I'll let these... guys... take care of you.”

    A few patrons laughed and other cheered, looking at Sweetie Belle almost hungrily.

    “So,” Gilda laughed. “What do you have to say, marshmallow? Do you have any of those?”

    “Wait.” Sweetie raised a hoof. “You mean to say I could have blasted someone's brain out with my fireball spell, or electrocuted that guy over there...” she pointed at an ogre. “Until his brains ooze from his ears and I wouldn't get in trouble?”

    Sweetie looked around the room.

    “So... I could levitate the raccoon, smash him through the table, then use them both to pummel the goblin into a pulp and no-one would say anything? I mean... so, I can split the floor in half and watch everyone without wings or magic fall down the mountain and I would get respect?

    Sweetie's eyes went wide. “Hey! So, what happens if I use your shot glass and use it to spear through the Diamond Dog? Or tie everyone's necks together to two ships and make one fall from the sky? What do you use to make it float? Hydrogen? That thing lights up like the sun!”

    She was starting to really get into it. “Or-or imagine if I got everyone's guns out, and pointed at each of their owners and shot at the same time?”

    The whole room had gone completely quiet, all patrons staring at Sweetie as if she had grown another head.

    Gilda slowly closed her slightly open beak. “I think you've had too much to drink, marshmallow.” She pushed Sweetie away from the bar.

    “Aww! But I was just starting to get into it!” Sweetie whinnied.

    “Yes, and that is the problem,” Gilda muttered, motioning with her head for her crew to follow. “Let's go to my ship, and we can talk there.”

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  • 3w, 5d
    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?

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  • 6w, 17h
    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?

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  • 6w, 2d

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  • 7w, 2d
    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?

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  • 7w, 3d
    Apparently, I write like...

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  • 7w, 5d
    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


    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!


    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:


    I think I'll stick with prose.

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  • 8w, 12h
    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!

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  • 8w, 6d
    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?

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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 · 9,827 views · Edited 113w, 2d ago · Report
#1 · 113w, 2d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#8 · 113w, 2d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#10 · 113w, 2d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·


#15 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#19 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
#20 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·
#21 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·


sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
#22 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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:.


Hon, you're not helping.

#25 · 113w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

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

#26 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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.

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#36 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·


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

Wanderer D
#37 · 113w, 2d ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#43 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 113w, 2d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 113w, 2d 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 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.


#47 · 113w, 2d ago · 1 · ·


you're terrible :rainbowlaugh:

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

#49 · 113w, 2d ago · 2 · ·


(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.)

#50 · 113w, 2d ago · 4 · ·

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

You're proposing a dangerous thing, D.

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