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  • Saturday
    So this happened today...

    40 comments · 825 views
  • 3w, 2d
    One of our own is leaving.

    It has been brought to my attention that one of our fellow authors here is leaving. There's not much I can say other than when someone else is suffering, the least we can do is wish them well. So visit NATOstrike and give him your support. Trust me on this, either you speak up and say something or you wish you did when you had the chance.

    8 comments · 490 views
  • 4w, 6d
    WD general update.

    Hey guys, I do apologize for the lack of updates.

    I'll admit that I've procrastinated on the writing and it's been annoying to me, so I finally kicked myself into gear again today. I'm hoping to hit that update schedule I had with Gunsmoke recently... the plan is to finish GS, then take up another story (not TSC) as a focus for the same schedule while delivering odd updates of other stories before doing that again once the story is finished and so on and so forth.

    My probable next rapid-update fic after it is going to be TTS: LF. I think we've all waited long enough for it.

    The reason I can't do this with TSC should be self-evident. After Fudge... I'm not sure, it might be Silent Jade.

    Just to be clear, this doesn't mean I won't update anything else until I'm done; it's just what the main drive is going to be.

    Anyway, back to work...

    ~WD

    7 comments · 587 views
  • 5w, 5d
    Why do I write?

    So I have two blogs planned... one today, one tomorrow. Tonight, I'm going to talk about writing. What it means to me to sit in front of a keyboard and across a blank page and just type away. I warn you, it might get sappy.

    There is a moment, when you're writing stories when you forget the world around you. It's not just taking it seriously, or trying to tell a story... you immerse yourself in the writing, the walls cease to exist, the page is less a blank space to fill with words and more a surrounding of sorts where the voices of the characters that need to be heard start filling every nook and crany.

    You stop the nagging from outside. Your mind is filled with a vision, not... like a cartoon or movie even, just this sense of how things flow in your story, how the characters interact. You shudder when your character does. You tear up when they're emotional. You gulp when they're nervous, smile when they're telling a joke and hold your breath while they fight.

    This place is strange. It's almost like you're floating in the æther and the story is the current of energy that drives you to share it. It's beyond inspiration—that can be a start, but it's not this fantastic moment... not this high of losing yourself in the narrative.

    You see, I'm very lucky here in fimfic. I have accumulated a lot of followers, and hopefully I do right by them with my stories, blogs and moderating. Or I try at least... I've been accused of seeking fame, or that I just want attention... it's kinda amusing, given how long I've been doing this.

    Am I grateful? Oh yes. Extremely so, that my words are read and shared and talked about... well, what author doesn't want that? But I didn't come to this fandom seeking fame.

    I came here because I had a story to tell about Twilight, Celestia and Luna. How many people read it was inconsequential. I needed to tell that story. It was floating around in my head, character voices permeated my skin, my fingers itched to type away the currents of imagination and inspiration that carried me and kept me up at night thinking about these newly-discovered equines of colorful coats, manes and tattooed plots.

    It's rare to get this feeling. This "high of creativity" that pushed The Empty Room out of my mind. Maybe it was that I was about to become a father, and I had a lot of subconscious issues with being adopted. Maybe it was the fear of coming home and then finding that empty crib. Whatever the reason that fed those moments of perfect writing immersion, I still seek them.

    Sometimes I find them in short stories. Sometimes, through the smoke and the imaginary silence after salvo and—the also imaginary—smell of gunpowder I find myself lost in that space.

    Why do I write the stories I write here? Because I'm in love with that moment.

    You know the moment. When I'm listening to Twilight and Wrex argue. When Octavia is playing for other musicians in an enchanted, haunted castle. When Sweetie is soul-searching as the universe around her tosses her from place to place. When Rarity sets hoof on the road for the first time with Gaius. When another Octavia must confront her family. When Diamond Tiara finds out Silver Spoon and Scootaloo are a couple. When Chrysalis and Rarity rediscover their kinship. When Rainbow Dash is losing herself in the stars and only Applejack can save her...

    I love writing. I love sharing the stories that drag me into this whirlpool of possibility and I love getting goosebumps and shivers and feeling the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end because so much is happening, so many things, flavors, smells, situations—worlds. So many worlds are taking me in and letting me see into them in my own unique way.

    Writing is my voice giving action and form to these quasi-astral visions. My words are often lacking to even portray exactly what it is that I'm seeing, but that's okay too. It's a rush, you see... the climbing into the air, clawing, trying to bring a semblance of pacing and sense to that peak of adrenaline-like explosion.

    I'm glad I can share these stories with you, to more or less success and interest. I'm giving it my all and it really makes me happy and beyond that, I find myself in that place and the world can melt into stories.

    ~WD

    9 comments · 387 views
  • 6w, 1d
    Updates!

    Hey guys! Hope you're enjoying the holidays!

    Just updated Silent Jade today, and earlier in the morning Gunsmoke which has hit that moment when everything just gets crazy!

    I'll try and release a chapter of either SNo1A or TTS:LF in the next couple of days! Stay tuned!

    ~WD

    6 comments · 448 views
  • 6w, 3d
    Merry Xmas!

    Enjoy the time with your loved ones, and those lucky enough, also enjoy opening presents!

    15 comments · 142 views
  • 7w, 1d
    If Desert Mirage and Nightmare Moon were Legos...

    4 comments · 583 views
  • 7w, 5d
    On cover art.

    52 comments · 793 views
  • 8w, 2d
    So as I promised last night...

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  • 8w, 3d
    It was June 2011 when it all started.

    The first fic I ever submitted to Equestria Daily and one that became really well known in the fandom for quite a while...

    In over 800 comments there—now deleted due to EqD's transfers into what eventually settled into their current commenting system— and over a thousand here, people wondered how it had come to be that Celestia and Luna had found a single, hidden room in the castle, containing a secret that would change their lives, those of their friends and extend into a battle for the future of Equestria.

    It was a tale full of surprises, plots in the dark, unexpected revelations, confessions, sacrifice, love, monsters, heroes and happiness. People's favorite comment was at the time: "What a twist!" (In all its variations.)

    It has spawned one unofficial-yet-extremely-awesome continuation in The Game of Worlds, was one of the stories that speared Fimfic's start as the website for MLP: Friendship Is Magic fan fiction...

    While I intended to revise it a little last year, and clean it up, I have to admit I wasn't thrilled by the idea of rewriting every scene, for all the mechanics could be improved, I want TER to remain what it was... and now...

    ...well now, I hope you're hungry. Maybe for breakfast or lunch tomorrow.

    But if you loved TER? Get hype.

    18 comments · 774 views
  • 9w, 15h
    So how are you liking Gunsmoke?

    Is the balance of teenage drama and gun-slinging action good?

    How about Sunset's motivation? Or Luna's involvement? What do you think of Science!Twilight? Is the pacing good? The science interesting? Are the characters believable? Do I need to spell out game-mechanics a bit more? Maybe some more background? What needs to be touched on more, in your opinion?

    I'm curious, my dear readers, on what your thoughts on it are so far. I know a few of you have left comments, and I definitely thank you for that! In fact, I'd like to encourage the commenting!

    But if you want to throw in random theories and such, I'd very much like to hear them! Do you feel this is a story worth recommending? Or is it something to enjoy but not necessarily tell others about? Don't worry, I won't get offended if it's not, in your opinion.

    13 comments · 347 views
  • 9w, 1d
    On the Power Level of Starlight...

    and other Starlight Glimmer things I see all over the place... Spoilers for Cutie Re-mark if for some reason you haven't seen it.

    I'm happy that now that the season finale is out, my predictions about her being little more than a bully were confirmed. So, sorry people that thought that she actually cared for equality like some sort of misunderstood leader. Turns out, she was doing it all for selfish reasons like your regular bully. Called it. (Even if I have eat some of my past words in the next paragraph.)

    So, I'll grant that I was wrong about Starlight back in April in the sense that she's clearly talented with Magic, to the extent she impressed Twilight. I'll definitely give her that, and I was wrong.

    However.

    What is this BS I see about her being "as powerful as Twilight"? Vague references to her battle with her and such used as quasi-evidence don't matter if you take THE WHOLE EPISODE as a frame of reference.

    Let's start by clearing something up. Starlight is powerful, no doubt about that. She casts a spell that breaks time apart... with the clear and obvious assistance of TWO magical artifacts that contained the power of time travel.

    Note: Let's be clear as well about this as well, it's not just a spell. It's a modified artifact that contains the magic to send ponies into the past. So much so that she knows that by destroying it, she would put a stop to any chance Twilight had of stopping her. AND, Twilight herself tells Applejack in AU Equestria that: "Another pony named Starlight Glimmer used this map to travel through time and change things in the past." (12:33 mark of the episode.)

    So, Starlight casts a spell to activate it. Arguably it requires a decent amount of magic, so she's clearly no slouch. She gets sucked into the past, and casts a flying spell on herself. It is additionally established in the episode that Starlight always is at the same spot in time and unaffected by Twilight's jumps, therefore, she only and only once actually had to cast her walk on clouds spell, followed by her levitating herself spell. So every time that Twilight appears in the past, Starlight is fresh in reserves.

    So let's bold Twilight's expenditure in magic and physical effort, which is not renewed every time, unlike Starlight's.

    01) Enter Twilight. She casts the time travel spell.

    02) Gets sucked out of the past into a different future.

    03) Then she casts the time travel spell again.  And Starlight is reset to renewed strength.

    04) She appears in the past again in a very obvious manner and gets trapped in crystal by Starlight who has not used any more magic than originally at this point.

    05) She has to break the crystal, race up to Rainbow Dash and then gets sent to the future.

    06) There she has to: a) gallop away from a bunch of changelings, b) cast teleportation and c) she casts the time travel spell again. And Starlight is reset to renewed strength.

    07) Past again to the point where Starlight Glimmer hasn't cast sh*t past . a) Cast shield immediately. b) Shoot magic with her eyes closed because she's too adorkable to look. c) teleport d) shoot more rays and cast another shield.

    08) I will point out that by the time she lands she's very tired, and more importantly, so is Starlight, who I remind you again, was fresh in power and effort when Twilight gets there. Then she teleports again to talk to Rainbow Dash.

    09) Twilight is sent to the future.

    10) Twilight is revealed to not have enough power for whatever spell she was about to use against the wolves. Gets NMM to clean up the forest... then teleports herself, and as a different spell, teleports Spike and she casts the time travel spell again. And Starlight is reset to renewed strength.

    11) She traps Starlight Glimmer in an arguably weaker crystal trap than she would at full power.

    12) She's sent to the future again.

    13) She casts the time travel spell again. And Starlight is reset to renewed strength.

    14) She accidentally traps RD in crystal and gets sent back to the future.

    15) She casts the time travel spell again. And Starlight is reset to renewed strength.

    16) She gets sent back to the future.

    17) She casts the time travel spell again. And Starlight is reset to renewed strength. And she has to cast another shield. Twice.

    So let's see. She casts... about 26 spells if we count each shot during the fight to Starlight's... 8 at most.

    Yeah. No. Starlight is not as powerful as Twilight. Stop the BS, people. Talented? Possibly. Powerful? No.

    Just to add the cherry on top, remember she never pissed Twilight enough for her to actually use Alicorn magic either.

    Peace!

    92 comments · 859 views
  • 9w, 3d
    I-I just... can't—

    39 comments · 840 views
  • 9w, 4d
    Build-a-squad for Sunset!

    35 comments · 436 views
  • 9w, 5d
    Did Not

    12 comments · 598 views
  • 10w, 1d
    Someone asked me if I'd still watch the series...

    Yes. Glimmer might not be the best new character IMO right now, and her origin story was as generic as your average anvil, but things might change and I enjoy the show overall. Let's see how they write the next season. In the meantime, there's always fanfic to make me like Glimmer or something.

    21 comments · 373 views
  • 10w, 1d
    So that episode happened...

    66 comments · 950 views
  • 10w, 4d
    I don't know when or where this happened...

    ...but I wish I had been there.

    15 comments · 951 views
  • 10w, 6d
    The more things change...

    22 comments · 617 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 · 10,069 views ·
#1 · 158w, 3d ago · 18 · ·

I like this idea.

#2 · 158w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

*raises hand*

#3 · 158w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

Very nice.

#4 · 158w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

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

#5 · 158w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

You have my mental support.

#6 · 158w, 3d 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 · 158w, 3d ago · · ·

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

#8 · 158w, 3d ago · 7 · 2 ·

There are girls who like ponies?!

#9 · 158w, 3d ago · · ·

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

#10 · 158w, 3d ago · 7 · 19 ·

I like girls.

They have boobies.

I like boobies.

#11 · 158w, 3d 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 · 158w, 3d ago · · ·

I 32'nd this:pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by NorthCrusader deleted at 7:03pm on the 25th of January, 2013
#14 · 158w, 3d ago · · ·

Yes.

#15 · 158w, 3d 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 · 158w, 3d ago · · ·

I am with you on this

#18 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#19 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#20 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·
#21 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY!

sorry, got carried away there

Wanderer D
Moderator
#22 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my support.:rainbowdetermined2:

#28 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

>>750872

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#37 · 158w, 2d ago · 4 · ·

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

#38 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 2d ago · 1 · 2 ·

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

#40 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

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

Pax
#43 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my calculator.

#44 · 158w, 2d ago · · ·

The only help I can get you is bringing coffee.

#45 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

Yes, I'm with you.

~Syn3rgy

#47 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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 · 158w, 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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