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  • Wednesday
    Confirmed!

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  • Monday
    On delays

    Hey guys, my parents are visiting on top of finals weeks, so I haven't had time to write much lately in between them wanting to hang out with their grandson and me, school and doing family stuff in general. More to come soon, but I do apologize for the delays.

    8 comments · 122 views
  • 1w, 6d
    Gauntlet Of Fire

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  • 2w, 1d
    An hour away...

    12 comments · 527 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Hey guys, a couple of things you might want to look into...

    First of all, our very own bookplayer has written a blog on Author Responses to Criticism which you might want to take a look into if you're an author... like all of bookplayer's blogs about writing and being an author, it's very informative and well thought-out!

    Second of all, The Abyss has started a group called: Want Your OC Drawn Free? where he'll do raffles for precisely what it says on the label, go and check it out and see if it's your thing!

    Finally, work is being continued on the many stories I write, so fret not. A new chapter of one of them will be coming out soon.

    2 comments · 186 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Odorikuruu

    Wow, so, someone on facebook brought back memories with this one:

    I first watched this back in the 2000 (or 2001?) Anime Expo and it was awesome. (Especially that bit with Shinji's cassette player: it drew a laugh from everyone in the hall.) Back when I was doing some professional dubbing and working with others in TOEI's official Latin American site, and I was involved all sorts of anime projects, this became our personal hymn to joy for a while.

    Not a particularly meaningful blog post, I guess, but I just wanted to share this memory and a little context with you guys.

    10 comments · 435 views
  • 2w, 5d
    Opinion, Objectiveness and Constructive Criticism

    There have been a few blog reactions and more than a few private fights that have found their way back to me for my blog on "The Law of Equivalent Exchange - Comments Version", which kinda promotes a defensive, non-ideal philosophy of—yes—Equivalent Exchange: You act like an asshole, you get treated as such. So here's a bit more in-depth look at what I was trying to angrily get at back then.

    Now, as I said on that blog, it's not ideal, and although it could arguably be said that by its very nature the person that ends on the receiving end of "I'll treat you like you treat me" deserves it in some fashion, it's not the right answer all of the time most of the time, and makes both parties look bad.

    Honestly, applying Equivalent Exchange all the time and to anyone that pisses us off does little more than infuriate everyone in return for a short burst of satisfaction and a long time of alienation, but the point of that blog is still valid. People try to push their ideas of what a story should be, instead of what it is. People on both sides come across as dicks. People confuse their place and what they're saying with fact or the role of some sort of superior to the author based on their opinion alone.

    This whole thing seems to stem from the lack of understanding of what is—and isn't—constructive criticism, and what is opinion. For this, let's start by understanding the strict definition of Opinion and Objectiveness

    o·pin·ion

    əˈpinyən

    noun

    a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

    objective

    uh b-jek-tiv

    adjective

    not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased:

    an objective opinion.

    In simple terms, for a clear example, opinion is what feeds the Upvotes and Downvotes in the site.

    It's the last thing you can have from being objective. While some people can make a conscious effort to separate their opinion from objectiveness, let's face it, we all just have one and react accordingly to it.

    Hence why, in my opinion, downvoting a whole story of over 70k words for random, occasional typos is a lousy reason to do so.

    But you see, that doesn't make it any less valid. Whoever is up-voting, or down-voting is sharing their opinion and whether they want to trick themselves into thinking that it's objective, it's validity to them is without question and therefore it is an honest upvote or downvote in that sense.

    (Now, if said person just downvotes everything in sight on the front page, uses voting as some sort of petty revenge, or uses alt accounts to downvote the same story several times, well then, not only are they sad, sad little people, but they are also going to get banned in some cases.)

    Whether the author agrees with the validity of the downvote or not is irrelevant.

    The issue with opinions, becomes a problem when opinions are shared in the comments and presented (and defended) as fact.

    To put it bluntly: They are not fact until confirmed.

    not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

    Opinions matter: They are the thoughts of those we the authors try to reach and tell a story to. An opinion can be valid, but it can also be erroneous and aggressive when it's used as an attempt to enforce a commenter's view of what is happening in the story onto the author or others, especially when ignoring the author's intent/response/clarification.

    You see, this is not the 18th century. Surprise! There is no death of the author in a site where the author actively interacts with the readers. There is always interpretation, for sure, but when you share that interpretation and the author blatantly says: "no, that's not it", then your interpretation is actually, factually wrong.

    Your opinion on whether the author actually achieved communicating what he/she supposedly wanted to say is valid however, and you are definitely, unequivocally, free to share that. But again, it's your opinion, and as much validity as it holds to you, it doesn't make it fact, nor does it make it more valid than the opinion of another person that disagrees with you, author included.

    Opinions can be used when writing Constructive Criticism:

    constructive criticism

    noun

    criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions

    But it's not the same as the opinion discussed above: being constructive means more than saying "this is bad". Blanket statements about aspects of the story, be them quality, characterization, grammar, etc. are not constructive criticism. They offer no way to fix what—in the critic's opinion—is wrong.

    This is where one thing I like repeating over and over comes in: projecting what you want a story to be is not valid criticism, nor is it constructive; it's a basic opinion that can be proven wrong by the author if he choses to address that and therefore making it invalid.

    When you write constructive criticism, you must first understand that you might be wrong. Just like with a personal opinion, however, a good constructive critic, will take into account a response and either admit things were misinterpreted and let it be, or offer advice on how to make that message clear.

    While writing constructive criticism, it's also important to understand the medium you're criticizing. There is—for example—no point in criticizing the lack of extensive world-building, secondary character progression and plot-irrelevant exploration when you're criticizing a short story.

    However, if in your opinion the author could achieve the message they are trying to convey better, then the moment you state that, along with suggestions on how to clarify, improve, and evolve their work... then you're giving constructive feedback.

    Tone has a lot to do with comments as well: Sweeping statements (when negative) only instigate a negative reaction. It really only makes you look like a dick, and again, being blunt is not the same as being a dick. There's a difference: being blunt is being honest and as objective as possible; being a dick in comments is using abrasive words and attitude in order to either impose your opinion, or somehow make the author (or other commenter) look like an idiot.

    And just because you do so, it doesn't mean the author has to use it. Even if you are their editor, you're trying to help, but help is not forced. If the author chooses to ignore your advice, well you did more than most other commenters did, and it's the author's possible loss to ignore it now or for future installments.

    In bullet points, Constructive Criticism:

    - Doesn't just happen because you say you disagree with something.

    - You have to actively understand what the author is trying to do to make your opinion and suggestions valid.

    - The more you understand the medium the author is using, the more helpful you will be.

    - And just because you wrote constructive criticism, it doesn't mean the author has to use it.

    Now, none of us are perfect, so it's inevitable that we all will share opinions that will cause others to react negatively. The important thing to remember, is that once all is said and done, we can look back and see, as much as we can, whether we are being objective and constructive or not.

    ~Peace!

    Edit: Check out bookplayer's response/followup blog on Author Responses to Criticism!

    18 comments · 533 views
  • 2w, 6d
    The title of the new episode...

    ...reminded me of Chage and Aska's "On your Mark!"

    Which, seriously... if you haven't watched... go. Now.

    On Your Mark!

    I'll wait here for your thoughts :raritywink:

    Edit: Daily Motion link because Youtube only has AMVs done by fans. Cute, but they don't measure up.

    Edit 2: I have no clue what's going on with those subtitles.

    8 comments · 327 views
  • 3w, 7h
    So what do you think?

    Of Disturbed's take...

    On the Sound of Silence?

    45 comments · 628 views
  • 3w, 1d
    Oh man...

    11 comments · 621 views
  • 3w, 3d
    New story!

    29 comments · 543 views
  • 3w, 6d
    So hi, all followers, all 4k+ of you, I need your input...

    For a project I have in mind... so if you have a minute, I have short message after the break.

    Nothing set in stone yet, I really need to work out details, etc. But my reason for posting it here is to gauge the possible interest from my followers here. Bear in mind this wouldn't be pony, (still, writing related) so in addition to not focusing on the main selling point of my stories here, it would also be posted elsewhere... so I'd like to hear how many of you might be interested to give it a try if it happens.

    Don't be afraid to be honest and comment if you feel it necessary, since I am well aware that just because you like my pone fics, it doesn't mean you're going to follow me somewhere else. It's the nature of the fan fiction beast, after all.

    But, either way... comments or not—if you wouldn't mind giving me an idea of the level of possible interest, please have a go at the yes/no poll linked below:

    Would you be interested...

    Edit: It would be an original writing project, not fan fiction. I don't want to give too much information on what the exact nature of it would be given that I have several ideas on genre and stories. Haven't decided if I'm going long-form or shorter, etc.

    24 comments · 531 views
  • 4w, 1d
    So just a heads up..

    I didn't really do much for April Fools, other than changing the middle of a chapter of a certain story you all like and publishing "Something Spikey". Sorry guys. Didn't have the energy for more.

    1 comments · 163 views
  • 4w, 6d
    So... new episode...

    60 comments · 1,104 views
  • 5w, 8h
    In a few hours...

    25 comments · 761 views
  • 5w, 1d
    Erased

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  • 5w, 2d
    So, does anyone here...

    Attend Wayne State University?

    13 comments · 315 views
  • 5w, 4d
    So, a question for my readers...

    ...whenever you think of Wanderer D, what do you think of me as being a genre-writer predominantly of? Do you think, "Wanderer D writes mostly comedy"? Or, "Wanderer D writes mostly Dark?" or something different?

    What genre/category do you relate me the most with?

    61 comments · 403 views
  • 6w, 1d
    Gunsmoke update!

    Hello everyone!

    After a wait, I've finally been able to finish up the next chapter of Gunsmoke! Yay~! :raritystarry: Hopefully this indicated the return of The Writing Energy that the malevolent Master Procrastinator zapped out of me!

    Enjoy!

    3 comments · 141 views
  • 6w, 5d
    One pet peeve about short stories...

    ...vs novels or multi-chapter stories.

    You know what's really annoying? When some reader pretends to educate you on writing (regardless of whether you know what you're doing, if you're doing intentionally or not) and gives you bullshit advice that doesn't apply to the medium you're using.

    Yeah. I said it.

    One thing that a LOT of people here seem to believe (in comments and even blogs) is that when you're writing a short story it's supposed to be some sort of mini novel. Well. It isn't. Short stories were never meant to be mini novels and never will be.

    Paraphrasing Jenny Swift, "short stories are about nuance". In other words, you intentionally don't cram too much information into what you're writing. You have some sort of expectations as to the mental capacity of your readers... you expect them to be sophisticated enough to grasp things that are not said.

    This is not a thing a lot of people are fond of. Reading comments it almost feels like some people are actually saying: "You expected me to think about this shit?" Well... yes? I mean, I get that most of you look down on fan fiction (despite the fact that you are, in fact, here reading just that) because it's somehow less legitimate even if it isn't any less legit than printed words encased by pretty pictures and a price. Sure. You can think that. But, you're spending time here reading words, regardless of that, and so some level of basic mental processing is perfectly normal to assume.

    A short story can arguably be improved or clarified, that is on the author,  but no story, novel or short story, is supposed to be done in a specific way and read like a manual to do all the thinking for them.

    -A short story doesn't have to spend too much time developing a character. Much less here where the basics of most characters are known to just about everyone.

    -A short story doesn't have to cover stuff that is not relevant to it. It doesn't have to justify stuff that is not the point of it. It doesn't have to have bigger, meta character arcs. It doesn't have to answer the question of where and what secondary, tertiary and incidental characters are doing or have been doing all this time unless it's relevant to the point.

    -A short story doesn't need to think for you and solve all the problems and tell you all the answers. It's a short story. It's short. It's within an amount of words that is very, vastly inferior in count to a novel or a series.

    So again, if you're going to give advice/criticism about a short story, don't treat it like it's supposed to be a novel. Once again, don't try to turn the story into something it isn't, just because you want it to be something else.

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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 · 10,119 views ·
#1 · 170w, 18h ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 170w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 170w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 170w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 170w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

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

#8 · 170w, 18h ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

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

#10 · 170w, 18h ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

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

#19 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·
#21 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h ago · 3 · ·

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

#26 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

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

#27 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

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

#29 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h 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 · 170w, 18h ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 170w, 17h ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 170w, 17h 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 · 170w, 17h ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 170w, 17h 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 · 170w, 17h 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 · 170w, 17h ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 170w, 17h ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 170w, 17h ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 170w, 17h 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 · 170w, 17h ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 170w, 17h 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 · 170w, 17h 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 · 170w, 17h ago · 4 · ·

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

You're proposing a dangerous thing, D.

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