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  • Monday
    OC Slamjam Voting is on!

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

    Best of luck to all competitors!

    2 comments · 118 views
  • Sunday
    About that new episode...

    Spoilers follow!

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

    Cute little origin story though.

    17 comments · 658 views
  • 1w, 4h
    So...

    Anyone here lives in Grand Rapids, MI?

    19 comments · 224 views
  • 1w, 4d
    On The Pain of Eternity

    37 comments · 780 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Meeester is a hero

    No, really. He is.

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

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

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

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

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

    Edit: I still hate writing on my phone.

    31 comments · 784 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Obs is at it again!

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

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

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

    5 comments · 422 views
  • 3w, 1d
    The many faces of Tavi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4 comments · 585 views
  • 3w, 4d
    Audience of One

    Hey guys, I don't know if you've kept up with it but, The Gentle Nights: Audience of One finally finished tonight!

    Besides Claro de Luna, this is the only other Luna & Octavia romance I've found here worth reading, and damn if it isn't an awesome story! Do yourself a favor, back away from those anonymous in Equestria and read some quality stuff! I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this one, and if you're a fan of Luna and or Octavia, it's a crime not to indulge!

    7 comments · 308 views
  • 3w, 5d
    Dear budding authors. The rules are different...

    ...for short stories and novels/serials.

    I know, I know, some of you here are rolling your eyes and saying: "Well, duh! Come on, D, where's your two-line review of the new episode?" But! Sadly, I've found a trend with short-story writers here who suddenly decide to write a longer story, or worse, offer to "edit" for others who are while giving the completely opposite advice than they should. This also goes for some 'reviewers' who go out their way to tell authors of short stories that they should have "included a lot more background story" into it. Guys. They're not novels. If the information given gives you enough to connect with the character quickly, I hate to say it, but you don't need to know their damn life-story and add 5k words of non-relevant-to-the-story stuff.

    Here's the bottom line: short stories are limited in scope. That means that you have to have stuff happen quickly. You can have some background info, but it's not there to be explored in depth. You only use the amount needed to move your story for the short period of time needed for it to reach its conclusion. A short story is NOT an epic. This is tricky, because you need to give all the relevant info to the reader. It's easier in short stories to start in media res than in novels, since you can focus on things happening for that short period of time and then the story is done. Over. Finito. Kaput.*

    As for novel-length or serialized stories... there's a lot of stuff going on there that doesn't happen in short stories: Sub-plots for one. Character development over a longer period of time. Exploration of the past. Exploration of the future. Character arcs. Story arcs. The characters need motivation beyond the immediate resolution of the current problem. A novel or serialized story gives you the chance to actually build up on back-story to your hearts content, ideally not crammed down into a single moment of boredom.

    Don't write a long story as if it were a short one, only with more words. That doesn't give you a result that will work out for your story and you will only end up with moments of: "Uh... where do I go now?" or worse, stagnated stories.

    Each type works in different ways. They both have strengths over the other and it's up to you to decide what you write. Just be aware that what works for one, won't always work for the others.

    Peace!

    *Note: Because, Kaput! is such an awesome word.

    Also, today's episode was okay.

    And here's the second line for consistency.

    12 comments · 641 views
  • 4w, 1d
    A Guide to Magic

    So a long time ago, I was just some kid in Mexico City trying to decide what to do with College.

    I always knew my passion was writing, but I tried other things first. I studied Computer Science for a little while, and Communication Sciences... I tried being a teacher and got a degree to teach ESL, then I realized that really wasn't for me. Teaching well requires a very special type of person and it wasn't me. Then I studied a bit of Graphic Design. It was fun! I thought I would've stayed there but, just for kicks I applied to study a double degree in Creative Writing & English Literature in England. Because, why not?

    So, when I got offered a scholarship I was surprised. Here was the chance I was looking for. But, I would have to leave my friends and family behind. My comfort zone. My usual places to lurk. My D&D crew. My anime crew. The kendo/kenjutsu team. Any girl I had any romantic interests in, the food... my books... a lot of stuff, alright?*

    Anyway. It was scary. Chase my dream and see it to fruition or stay back there and finishing studying whatever I ended up studying. Sure, it was safe. And I had a home, so no rent. I wouldn't have to worry about food either and I would only need to cook if I wanted to. But, that was not what I really wanted.

    In the end, I took a deep breath and basically explained what had happened in a rush of energy to my parents and sister. They gave me their blessing to do what I thought would be best, even if they would miss me.

    Do I wish, I had stayed behind and learned something else? Nah.

    I do wish I had learned more things, besides my passion back then instead of right now, but, hey. I loved every second of being in another country, so far away making it work on my own. So, why am I writing this?

    Because I just read an awesome story by Bookplayer: A Guide to Magic in which Apple Bloom deals with something slightly similar. It brought a lot of memories back for me, but more importantly, it's a really great and realistic story too. Going away from home into the unknown is a scary thing for anyone. Or, if not scary, at least stressful. You never know the first time you get somewhere how your actions are going to reverberate through your life there and beyond.

    Maybe you'll be a loner. Maybe you'll become Vice President of the Japanese Culture Society despite being Mexican/American. Maybe you'll flunk out of Writing Comedy. Or maybe you'll perform in several places with stand-up routines that don't pass the test of time. Maybe you'll simply fade into the background. Or maybe you'll be surprisingly popular despite the fact that you never were before. Who knows if you don't try?

    The bottom line is, stories like A Guide to Magic are few and in between in showing situations like these in a way that feels so natural and real. I'm honestly glad I read it. If you've left home to go to College far away, you know what AB is going through... and if you're considering what to do with your life... you know what AB is going  through.

    Go read!

    * Note Edit: I did take my Tailmon plush though.

    10 comments · 541 views
  • 4w, 5d
    New episode no spoiler...

    12 comments · 640 views
  • 5w, 39m
    Ten things I've got to say to new writers here:

    27 comments · 484 views
  • 5w, 3d
    The Three Sisters: Random Trivia

    5 comments · 423 views
  • 5w, 5d
    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 · 322 views
  • 5w, 6d
    So...

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  • 6w, 23h
    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 · 873 views
  • 6w, 1d
    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 · 241 views
  • 6w, 3d
    Announcing Writing Axioms!

    3 comments · 267 views
  • 6w, 4d
    New Gothic Chapter is up!

    2 comments · 352 views
  • 6w, 5d
    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 · 656 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 · 9,881 views · Edited 121w, 6d ago · Report
#1 · 121w, 6d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 121w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

I've never even thought of "brony" being strictly for guys, nor have I ever considered myself special for being a male audience member.   I mean shit, I'm pretty sure there are more guys that girls watching the show, so really that would make them more special than us.  I haven't seen the documentary, and I kind of don't want to because I'm afraid that they presented bronies as people who have thousands upon thousand of MLP dolls and sing all the songs on trains.

#7 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#8 · 121w, 6d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#10 · 121w, 6d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I'd be up for helping how I can, though I don't have much in the way of artisitc ability. I'm somewhat good at organization *pushes his chaotic room out of sight*

#12 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I'm waiting for the dvd version to come out so I can watch the special features. But as to your point I think the makers realized that Pegasisters were neglected as part of the fandom but by that time it was too late to add them to the documentary.

#16 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#19 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·
#21 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

>>750844 Dude, thanks, that was completely opposite to what I was trying to say. I'm sorry I insulted you, but thanks again for catching it.

#23 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I should empathize, I would like to help in anyway I can, to whatever extent. considerding that my teaching puts a lot of effort on me, I'll try to do what I cna

#24 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Thank you so much for this post. That's all my feels in written word. :pinkiesmile:

And I would definitely be onboard for assisting this to get off the ground. If I'm completely honest, I've felt a bit resentful about 'not existing' in some places despite having just as much stake in and love for the series. Not resentful in a 'rawr I hate guys' kind of way, because that's stupid. Just :fluttershysad:.

>>750822

Hon, you're not helping.

#25 · 121w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

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

#26 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

In short, IMO, the whole documentary was a circlejerk idealization of bronies.  I hate how they focused on fox news, there were plenty of other news outlets that ridiculed bronies.  I also didn't like how they painted conservatives as the enemy.  I am a conservative/libertarian and also a brony.  They completely skipped over and ignored the gritty, dirty origins and parts of the brony fandom (e.g. 4chan).  They painted the bronies like a bunch of "loving and tolerating" hippies.   "Ohhh~ just look at those poor little bronies they are misunderstood special snowflakes".

Don't get me wrong, I liked the documentary overall but that does not change my above opinion.

Edit: good luck with your documentary endeavor.

#30 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I'll help, as a female brony who dislikes the word Pegasister for those same reasons. I can do some art, write, probably voice act (never tried, but I can keep up a discussion with myself for hours, so why not?) , and don't have an Alicorn OC. I'm totally in.

So, what do you want me to do? Publicize, plan, draw? I'm off school for a week, so I've got pretty much almost nothing to do.

#31 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Saberspark (creator of ballad of the brony) is already making a documentary that is going to do that and more. I saw the "official" documentary as a simple introduction. The brony cronicles (the name of the fan one) is suppose to look at the fandom more closely and more critically.

#32 · 121w, 6d ago · 7 · 3 ·

I don't see how female bronies don't receive the respect they deserve. I don't know about anyone else, but I can (in my own opinion) that the talent majority of females compared to males, only in ratio, is higher in the female range. There are more talented male bronies because there are more of them.

Point is. Women are better than men, and I don't care if anyone wants to try and argue this, I'll take it to my grave.

#34 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

I'm in.

One thing though... we should form a group for this and actually have some organization and formally, we should start AFTER season 3 because right now we don't know if Twilight is going to become Princess or not and how that might affect the community

a good example of a brony documentary is The Ballad of The Brony by Saberspark... its a one man work, but the editing is excellent and covers from Seasons 1-2.

Comment posted by RedScarWolf deleted at 7:10pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#36 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 121w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I kinda think a more critical and objective doc would piss people off a lot more. There are a lot of things in this fandom that are better left uninvestigated.

#39 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

I may not have editing skills, but damn it, I have a web camera and things to say! Count me in!

And yeah, I never thought of "Brony" as a masculine term, despite the "bro" part. I just never thought about it that way.

#41 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

So a documentary focused on the fandom, male and female, and how we act among ourselves? I could get behind this. I don't know what I'd be able to add to it, but I like the idea.

#42 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 121w, 6d ago · · ·

oh, and I was under the impression that the term "brony" came about because the pony fad originated on the /b/ board, and b + pony = brony. I don't know for sure if this is true; either way I never considered it particularly exclusively masculine.

#46 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 121w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

>>750806

you're terrible :rainbowlaugh:

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

#49 · 121w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

I VOLUNTEER!

(Yes, I do like this idea, not as a snub or anything but I just love this idea in general and would like to participate if I can.)

Alexstrazsa
Moderator
#50 · 121w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

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

You're proposing a dangerous thing, D.

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