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  • Thursday
    Ten things I've got to say to new writers here:

    26 comments · 345 views
  • Monday
    The Three Sisters: Random Trivia

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  • 6d, 13h
    New Ep. No Spoiler bloggy

    Way to hype me up for nothing, MLP. Otherwise, cute. Even kinda funny.

    Edit: Okay, okay, it was a good episode.

    But that part still sucked.

    14 comments · 284 views
  • 1w, 1d
    So...

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  • 1w, 2d
    Ranty: This thing with Anon

    So yeah, I had an awesome blog planned for tonight, talking about the nuances of literature and how Fan fiction affects the world today,  the positive aspects of it on the grand scheme of things, and how our community tends to set a higher standard of expectations when it comes to level of writing. Then... I saw one more of those annoying 'Anon' fics and the thunder was gone.

    Anon. The lackluster way of saying "you" and skipping any actual development, because it's not really you-you but a self-fulfilling insert of the author acting out in ways that ultimately "you" wouldn't.

    Anon. The lazy way of making an OC human (for the most part) that receives less hate because he's not named "Mark" or "John" or "Pedro", and thus is a "safe" way of putting on an OC that would be odious otherwise, because, you know, Anon. He's you. You can't hate you when you are getting the fantasy out of it.

    Anon. Seriously. WTF. There has been an influx of Anon stories lately, nothing terribly original either. Just another, run-of-the-mill thing, with the anon-bandwagon power to fuel it. You see, I never have , ever understood the appeal of a faceless, incorrect, shallow attempt at a projection of myself that requires my entire suspension of disbelief (and then some) to approximate a situation where I would find myself responding like the authors of these stories claim "I" (or you) would respond at any given time.

    Why not simply just admit that it's your self-insert story and that it's going to be as generic as you can possibly make it and rated "teen" because you simply want the attention you wouldn't get if you put it on "mature"? I mean, props for not turning yourself into Anon the Red & Black Alicorn of Attraction and Seventh Element of Inanity, son of Discord and Discord and Celestia via Fluttershy, but really, the effects of the Mary Sue are in-media-res already in these stories, there's no development to get Anon to where he/it is and worse, this dashing creature doesn't even have a real name.

    When I look at stories that have these Anon characters, this is what I think goes through the author's mind:

    "Welp, I can't be bothered to think a real name, and I'm such a Flash Sentry fan I'll deprive this character of a real personality just to emulate FS, but I can't name him Flash Sentry because people will know he has no personality... so I'll name the character Anon. That's brilliant... it's only been done by like seventeen other people in the couple of weeks too! So I'll tell the reader to slap their own name instead in their head and save me the trouble of making it work through real effort. But in my head, it's gonna be Sentry. Yeah. (giggle)"

    And then this stuff gets to the Feature Box. Which, granted, has never been a lighthouse shining on the best of the best in the darkness of the ocean of fan fiction, but come on.

    64 comments · 759 views
  • 1w, 3d
    WBA Contests Return!

    Hello everyone, you might remember The World-Building Alliance, right? I hope you do!

    Because it's back in full force, baby! Not that it ever died down! There's so much material there and discussions to use for world-building that if you're thinking of using some other race in your stories, it's almost a crime not to check it out!

    More to the point right now, we've started a new short-story contest: CHECK IT OUT

    Whether you're just looking for ideas, already built societies for Minotaurs, Griffons, Zebras, etc, or to participate in exciting prompts for recognition among your peers, there's no other group out there that has the same focus. So check out the rules and join us!

    4 comments · 220 views
  • 1w, 5d
    Announcing Writing Axioms!

    3 comments · 239 views
  • 1w, 6d
    New Gothic Chapter is up!

    2 comments · 337 views
  • 1w, 6d
    Bulk Biceps

    Spoilers beyond!

    The episode was pretty nice, but what made me roll was Bulk Biceps picking up Spike with his pecs. That, my friends, was the best.

    21 comments · 624 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Starlight Glimmer

    Why is it that people seem to think...

    That Starlight Glimmer actually believed in the "equality" she promoted?

    I keep seeing stories where she honestly relishes the idea of no cutie marks when it's very clear that she's okay with others not being special just as long as she is.

    I mean, she doesn't give any indication when confronted that she hates her cutie mark. In fact it is clear to me that she is nothing more than an underachiever who mastered a single spell and got her kicks out of feeling superior to others. She's, in short, a bully.

    Stop aggrandizing her character by pretending that she actually would have given up her own cutie mark. If she had really believed that, she wouldn't have lost control of the situation so easily.

    Edit: damn phone

    61 comments · 946 views
  • 2w, 5d
    Funny favorite fanfic scenes...

    from stuff I wrote that still makes me laugh.

    Rarity shook her head, but smiled. “Hello, girls. I’m your aunt 'Purity'. I’ve been hearing a lot about you.”

    “Wait!” Acari spoke up. “So was Sweetie Belle also a changeling?”

    “Yes,” Sweetie said from the door.

    “No,” Rarity stated, glaring at her sister.

    21 comments · 392 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Alright, fine. Everyone else is doing it.

    My thoughts on the new season's opening episodes...

    The big bad was a disappointment. She felt like a mid-season minor villain. What? No decimation of the enemy at the end? What is this, another Trixie? Communist!Trixie should have been teleported to Friend-Space or something rather than escaping to plan more nefarious plots and finally defeat Inspector Gadget! Even a non-entity like Sombra got dealt a more definitive conclusion.

    Other than that it was a nice introduction to the mechanics of the Crystal Tree of Friendship's Holotable of Doom. Plenty of visual gags that made me laugh at the beginning too. Although it was kinda "meh" after that. To think I actually liked Pinkie the most in this episode.

    To be fair though, I'm more interested in what the rest of the season looks like, what with the whole Vinyl/Rarity/Tavi & Sweetie Belle thing.

    30 comments · 702 views
  • 3w, 6d
    TER

    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:

    5 comments · 357 views
  • 4w, 1d
    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?

    27 comments · 352 views
  • 4w, 5d
    Okay, let's tackle the elephant in the room...

    30 comments · 791 views
  • 4w, 5d
    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?

    13 comments · 219 views
  • 4w, 6d
    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!

    12 comments · 510 views
  • 5w, 1d
    The last LAN party I attended was...

    ...like 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.

    26 comments · 502 views
  • 5w, 3d
    What is it that makes people...

    55 comments · 762 views
  • 6w, 9h
    Ye gods...

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

    24 comments · 309 views
Jan
25th
2013

I've heard a lot of things...

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

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

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

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

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can we do it? YES. We can.

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

We have so much raw talent.

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

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

Who's with me?

Wanderer D · 9,857 views · Edited 117w, 13h ago · Report
#1 · 117w, 14h ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 117w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 117w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 117w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 117w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 117w, 14h 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 · 117w, 14h ago · · ·

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

#8 · 117w, 14h ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 117w, 14h ago · · ·

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

#10 · 117w, 13h ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

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

#19 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·
#21 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · 3 · ·

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

#26 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

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

#27 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

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

#29 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 117w, 13h ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 117w, 13h ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 117w, 13h 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 · 117w, 13h 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.)

Alex H Strazsa
Moderator
#50 · 117w, 13h ago · 4 · ·

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

You're proposing a dangerous thing, D.

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