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  • Saturday
    A taste of things to come.

    7 comments · 387 views
  • Friday
    The Chronicles Continue!

    Hey guys! Guess what?!

    The Sweetie Chronicles is back!

    These last few months I've been hard at work with several of our favorite authors building up more chapters for this epic story. I do apologize for how long it takes, but bear in mind I have to adapt to a LOT of schedules! This new chapter covers what happened a year ago in This Platinum Crown, as well as a surprise at the very end! Enjoy and expect the next chapter in the next couple of weeks!

    23 comments · 570 views
  • 2w, 23h
    Happy Father's Day

    to all fellow dads in this site! I would list names, but then I'd probably be hunted down for it.

    5 comments · 147 views
  • 2w, 1d
    Princess Spike or whatever it's called. A very short review and message.

    Dear Hasbro/MLP: FIM Team:

    Stop writing and producing Spike-centered stories. The only ones that can actually write him in a positive light and in actually interesting situations that develop his character do not work for you.

    You can find them in this site though, if you want to spend some time looking.

    Thank you.

    55 comments · 953 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Guys, I need some fics

    Comedy/random. The less Pinkie the better. Absolutely no human, and if you send me Anon fics I'll ban you for three months. Or something. Also, please make sure they're actually funny.

    Thanksokaybye!

    37 comments · 416 views
  • 3w, 1d
    Ep. 100 no spoilers review

    Gentlecolts. Gentlefillies. All that has to be said is:

    Wow. Best. Episode. Ever.

    >Wanderer D closes laptop.

    And Berry's daughter is now officially Button Mash's beu, so stop shipping him with Sweetie. I think that was Berry's daughter. Or whatever her name is. I don't care. She's not Sweetie.

    41 comments · 965 views
  • 4w, 10h
    So how relevant...

    15 comments · 547 views
  • 5w, 2d
    Dear Fimfic Authors...

    Beware of fan fiction "White Knights."

    Having someone defend your story always feels nice. Its true, when people start criticizing it, sometimes the criticism can hit pretty hard and it's not as easy to ignore as say, some petty dude that's pissed off at you making false accusations and showing their ignorance on the matter. No, I'm talking about when people go out of their way and tell you what is, in their opinion--educated or not--wrong with your story and someone consistently denies there's anything possibly wrong with it.

    But sometimes, there's people commenting in your story that actually have something to say, not to be mean, but because they want you to improve. They might criticize the content of your story, the formatting, characterization, etc. and explain why. They spend time telling you the issues you have and what to look for.

    And then the White Knight comes in, brandishing the Lance of Idiocy and telling you that no, what these people are saying is wrong! What you're doing is fine! The White Knight likes it or isn't bothered by it, so it cannot be a problem! You should stay doing what you're doing and ignore those critics! What do they know anyway, as long as their opinion differs from the Great and Useless Loyal White Knight?!

    These are the guys you have to be wary of, even more so than the bitter critics or trolls that tell you uselessly how your story is bad but never even bother suggesting improvements. These guys are actually dangerous. They foster passivity and lack of improvement. They feed your ego, effectively blocking advice that if you think about it could possibly benefit your story and your future writing.

    You always get "well done!" and "loved it" and my personal favorite, "This is the best thing I've ever read in my life!" And those are nice and valid. You also get negative ones: "Didn't like it."; "It's crap" and my personal favorite, "This is the best thing I've read in my life!"

    Sometimes you get jerks that tell you like the jerks they are that your story is not good for this and that reason, their attitude itself making their otherwise on-point commentary a waste to read and readily invalidates their worthiness.

    But if you simply ignore all the criticism and don't even stop to see if it's objectively true, you will never ever improve as a writer. And listening to some jackass that tells you that everything you do is just perfect, instead of a more thoughtful or honest commentary is not doing you any favors.

    So, authors, do yourself a favor: If you have a White Knight blindly defending your writing, appreciate their loyalty, but put their comments aside so that you can take an honest look at your work and the comments and decide if they have some validity.

    50 comments · 1,159 views
  • 5w, 6d
    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 · 146 views
  • 6w, 1d
    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 · 740 views
  • 6w, 3d
    So...

    Anyone here lives in Grand Rapids, MI?

    19 comments · 249 views
  • 7w, 18h
    On The Pain of Eternity

    37 comments · 867 views
  • 7w, 6d
    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 · 836 views
  • 8w, 19h
    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 · 458 views
  • 8w, 5d
    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 · 616 views
  • 9w, 15h
    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 · 332 views
  • 9w, 1d
    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.

    14 comments · 686 views
  • 9w, 4d
    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.

    11 comments · 560 views
  • 10w, 1d
    New episode no spoiler...

    12 comments · 670 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?

Report Wanderer D · 9,913 views ·
#1 · 127w, 2d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 127w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 127w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 127w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 127w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#8 · 127w, 2d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#10 · 127w, 2d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#19 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·
#21 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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:.

>>750822

Hon, you're not helping.

#25 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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.

Comment posted by RedScarWolf deleted at 7:10pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#36 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 127w, 2d ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 127w, 2d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 127w, 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 · 127w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 127w, 2d 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 · 127w, 2d 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 · 127w, 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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