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  • Sunday
    IT'S FIVE THIRTY AM AND I CAN'T FUCKING SLEEP SO I READ SOME POETRY

    It was many and many a year ago,

       In a kingdom by the sea,

    That a maiden there lived whom you may know

       By the name of I CAN'T MOTHERFUCKING SLEEP

    IT'S MOTHERFUCKING FIVE THIRTY AM I HAVE SLEPT FOR WHAT, FOUR HOURS TOTAL TODAY, AND YESTERDAY I SLEPT FOR SIX HOURS I CAN FEEL MY BRAIN FUCKING MELTING AS WE SPEAK

       By the name of Annabel Lee.

    I was a child and she was a child,

       In this I'M ASSBANGELY SERIOUS WHY THE SHIT DO I HAVE TO SUFFER INSOMNIA NOW, WHEN I CAN FINALLY SLEEP AS MUCH AS I WANT, JESUS FORNICATING CHRIST ON A BIKE.

    But we loved with a love that was more than love—

       I and my Annabel Lee—

    With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven OH DON'T LET ME START ON THOSE SERAPHS WHAT A BUNCH OF CUNTS.

       Coveted her and me. THE CUNTS.

    And this was the reason that, long ago, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY I THINK SERAPHS ARE BAD? BECAUSE IT'S FUCKING FIVE THIRTY AM AND I'M WIDE AWAKE

       In this kingdom by the sea,

    A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

       My beautiful Annabel Lee; SNOOCHIE MY PANOOCHIES THE GAL PAL IS COLD, SOUND THE FUCKING ALARMS. GUESS WHAT,  POE-HOE MY MAN, YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT SUCKS WAY MORE DICK THAN BEING SLIGHTLY COLD? TRY HAVING INSOMNIA IN A ROOM THAT'S FORTY NIPPLEPACKING DEGREES

    So that her highborn kinsmen came

       And bore her away from me, AND ALSO THAT WAS IN CELSIUS I THINK IT'S AROUND 100 NIPPLEBURSTING DEGREES IF WE'RE TALKING IN FAHRENHEIT

    To shut her up in a sepulchre

       In this kingdom by the sea.

    OH FUCK NOW ANNABEL LEE'S DEAD SHIT SORRY FOR MAKING FUN OF HER CHILLY-WILLIES, POE-HOE. I HOPE WE CAN STILL BE BUDDIES.

    The angels, not half so happy in Heaven, WHAT ARE YOU BITCHING ABOUT THE ANGELS AGAIN DUDE WE SAID THEY'RE CUNTS GET OVER IT.

       Went envying her and me—

    Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,

       In this kingdom by the sea) YOU DO REALIZE I IMAGINE THE LITTLE FUCKING MERMAID EVERY TIME YOU SAY THAT, RIGHT.

    That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

       Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

    OH RIGHT SHIT BOOBALICIOUS LADY SCHNADY IS BOOBALICIOUS NO MORE. I GUESS THAT JUSTIFIES THE WHOLE RAGE AGAINST THE HEAVENS GIZMO. HOW THE FUCK DID I FORGET THAT MISSY'S MISSING TWICE IN A ROW, GOLLY GEE.

    But our love it was stronger by far than the love

       Of those who were WAIT I KNOW WHY, BECAUSE IT'S FIVE THIRTY AM AND I'M WIDE AWAKE HAHAHA FOR A SECOND I FORGOT MY BRAIN IS A PUDDLE RIGHT NOW

       Of many far wiser than we—

    And neither the angels in Heaven above OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE POE-HOE NO WONDER THE CUNTGELS FROZE YOUR LIL' COOKIETITS YOU'RE SUCH A WHINEY DUDE

       Nor the demons down under the sea

    WHAT NOW YOU'RE COMPLAINING AGAINST THE DEMONS TOO WHAT'S NEXT VENTING AT THE FUCKING MOON OR WHAT

    Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

       Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

    For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams

       Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

       POE-HOE YOU'RE DISAPPOINTING ME GREATLY HERE

    And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes

       Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

       BUT THIS DISAPPOINTMENT IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE FACT THAT WHY AM I AWAKE RIGHT NOW OH GOD PLEASE SOMEONE SHOOT ME

    And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

       YES I WAS DOING THAT TOO BUT THEN I WOKE UP AND NOW I CAN'T GO BACK AT SLEEPING WITH THE NIGHT-TIDE, WHATEVER THE FUCK THAT IS. I'M GUESSING IT'S THE COSMIC EQUIVALENT OF SOMETHING I COULDN'T GIVE LESS OF A SHIT ABOUT.

       Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,

       In her sepulchre there by the sea—

       In her tomb by the sounding sea.

    YOU COULD SAY SHE'S SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES THEN. EH? EH?

       EH?

      YEAH.

    FUCK IT, I'M TIRED AND MY FAMILY'S ASLEEP. I'M GONNA READ LESBIAN COMICS AND LISTEN TO COUNTRY MUSIC. THAT ALWAYS CHEERS THE TITS OUT OF ME.

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  • Saturday
    There's a Dick Joke subtly Hidden in this Blog. Again. It's the Second Time I Use that Sentence to Title a Blog.

    Aragón: so, you know that story I’m writing right now?

    Lucky Roll: yeah

    Aragón: I’m having just a teeny tiny bit of trouble writing it

    Aragón: thing is, I have it all planned out, but maybe I need a better way to approach it?

    Aragón: I think that's the problem

    Aragón: like

    Aragón: presentation

    Lucky Roll: well

    Lucky Roll: you realize I cannot really help with you, do you?

    Lucky Roll: because I have no idea what the fic is about

    Lucky Roll: or what the scene is about

    Aragón: well yeah

    Aragón: but bitching at you does helps me

    Aragón: you force me to state things out loud, thus clearing my thoughts and actually organizing them

    Aragón: instead of just starting a line of thought then getting distracted and ending up singing Barbie Girl by Aqua

    Aragón: which is what happens when I try to think without saying shit out loud

    Lucky Roll: you’re so dumb it’s almost cute

    Lucky Roll: almost

    Lucky Roll: but you miss that point and turn pathetic instead

    Lucky Roll: also, unrelated to this, but I believe you have a huge penis and you are extremely handsome and your butt is amazing. This is something I myself am saying, and not just you editing my words before posting it in your blog

    Lucky Roll: and I obviously don’t need to say this, but your penis is definitely bigger than mine

    Aragón: why, Lucky, you’re flattering me

    Aragón: and indeed this is a real conversation we’re having and yes I have a huge dong

    Aragón: but going back to what I was talking about

    Aragón: the scene that’s hard to write

    Aragón: thing is, the humor in that scene is highly visual

    Aragón: so maybe I should try like

    Aragón: stating what is going on, matter-of-factly

    Aragón: then switching to the straight man wondering what the fucking hell is going on?

    Aragón: like

    Aragón: bait-and-switch

    Aragón: I think that would work, yeah

    Aragón: I’m such a genius

    Aragón: and my dong is just huge, man

    Lucky Roll: well, I like visual humor, but smart people say it doesn't work for fics

    Aragón: my humor tends to be highly visual tho

    Lucky Roll: that, and dick jokes

    Aragón: yeah

    Aragón: but like

    Lucky Roll: sometimes the two mixed up

    Aragón: think of that old fic of mine, Crime and Funishment

    Aragón: that had a lot of visual humor

    Aragón: thing is, visual humor doesn't mean visual as in the show for me?

    Aragón: you can't paint an image

    Aragón: so you describe it

    Aragón: the funiness is in describing it

    Aragón: you gotta make that work, with the wording

    Aragón: not just describing something funny like you describe a potato

    Aragón: "Pinkie was making a silly face and it was funny" is not good visual humor when written

    Lucky Roll: yeah well obviously

    Lucky Roll: but visual humor as a whole just doesn't work as well as if people would actually see it

    Lucky Roll: so visual humor in a fic is not exactly the best way to go I think

    Aragón: nah it can work!

    Aragón: like

    Aragón: lemme showya

    Aragón: Here I just wrote a nonsequitur with visual humor

    Aragón: Look:

    "We're so sorry, Applejack," Twilight said, her voice soft. She patted AJ's shoulder and offered her a sympathetic pout. "She was an amazing mare."

    "Today is truly a sorrowful day," Rarity added, hugging Applejack as soon as Twilight let her go. "We're here if you need us, okay?"

    "It's okay to cry if you want to," Pinkie said. "I mean, I know you don't wanna smile today, but it's okay, I promise."

    Applejack still didn't say a word. She just nodded to her friends, acknowledging her words, and then walked away towards her family. The Apples were all hunched together, looking at the ground with grave faces.

    "This is so sad," Rarity said. "Poor Applejack is devastated."

    "Yeah."

    "But at least Applejack knows she has us, right?" Pinkie asked. "She has her friends!"

    "Yes, she knows. Although, Pinkie, dear? I'm not going to lie -- I think your words would have been more powerful if you hadn't attended this funeral dressed like a chicken. "

    "Hey. This is how I honor my elders. I dress like a chicken."

    "We're honoring the dead."

    "I honor a lot of things dressed as a chicken."

    Aragón: see

    Aragón: that's visual humor

    Lucky Roll: no

    Aragón:

    Aragón: what do you mean no

    Aragón: no what

    Lucky Roll: that's conversation humor

    Lucky Roll: sort of

    Aragón: yeah but it's a visual punchline

    Lucky Roll: no it’s conversation

    Lucky Roll: the whole chicken thing didn't make it more visual

    Aragón: but it IS visual!

    Aragón: like

    Aragón: okay so it's conversation-based

    Aragón: but that's a given

    Lucky Roll: it's half-visual AT BEST

    Aragón: if you want to use visual humor, you need to mix it with something

    Aragón: like

    Aragón: descriptive humor

    Aragón: dialogue humor

    Aragón: something like that

    Aragón: you can’t just add a fucking picture in the middle of the fic and say YES THAT’S IT I’M DONE GIVE ME FAME AND FORTUNE AND SEX

    Lucky Roll: yes, descriptive humor

    Lucky Roll: that is what is actually visual

    Lucky Roll: visual, as opposed to conversational

    Lucky Roll: real visual humor in a fic is when you describe it

    Aragón: well I don't think that

    Aragón: thing is, visual humor is all about the revelation -- it's not just how what you see is funny, it's how it's timed and stuff

    Lucky Roll: nah it’s descriptions

    Aragón: hmm

    Aragón: it’s an interesting debate, actually

    Aragón: you know what I should, like

    Aragón: ask this

    Aragón: to people

    Lucky Roll: what do you mean asking this

    Aragón: as in

    Aragón: I can take this whole conversation and make a blog out of it

    Aragón: and ask HEY GUYS YES YOU THE BLOKES WHO ARE READING THIS WHAT DO YOU DEFINE AS “VISUAL HUMOR” AND DO YOU THINK A CONVERSATION WITH A PUNCHLINE BASED ON VISUALS LIKE THE ONE I JUST SHOWED YOU COUNTS AS THAT”

    Aragón: and then they comment on the blog

    Aragón: either answering to the question or asking me my personal schedule

    Aragón: so they can ambush me and stab me any day now

    Lucky Roll: that’s literally the laziest motherfucking thing you can do

    Aragón: so you don’t mind if I do that

    Lucky Roll: nah

    Lucky Roll: but if you do that

    Lucky Roll: don’t forget to remember mentioning my HUGE PENIS

    Aragón: absolutely

    Aragón: and I swear I won't edit it to make it look as if you think my dick is bigger than yours and that I am extremely handsome

    Lucky Roll: oh, I know you’re more mature than that




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  • 5w, 6d
    This Is A Normal Blog Post On How Tobacco And Nicknames Are Opposites

    I’m twenty years old, I’ve been living on my own for three years, I’ve been buying groceries at the same fucking supermarket every single week, and they still ask me if I’m of age when I try to buy alcohol.

    I say I am, they don’t buy it, and then I have to show my ID. This happens almost every. Goddamn. Time.

    I sure wish that when I’m fifty I look twenty-five, because otherwise I’m calling bullshit on this.

    Anyway, this intro has clearly established that I’m A) pretty young, and B) pretty whiny, which probably means I’m C) fairly stupid.

    So let’s talk symbols and literature! Again! Wooo!


    Quoting the last blog I wrote on this, so you know what I’m babbling about:

    We’re talking about cheap tricks to deceive the reader.  What do I mean with “deceive”?

    There’s this thing in publicity called “preloading”. It’s a way to indirectly tell the customer what to think when they see the product (think of it as a more developed “show, don’t tell” rule). It’s why when you see a yogurt commercial, a pretty lady eats the yogurt and goes “hmmmmmmmmm!” but nobody goes “HOLY F*CKING SH*T THIS YOGURT IS BETTER THAN JESUS AND IT ALSO MAKES ME POOP HOW COOL IS THAT”. Preloading is all about subtlety, about being deceptive, so to speak. Almost subliminal, but not quite, because the message is obvious. It’s about sending sings to the customers, and forcing them to assume stuff.

    Stories have that too. There are many things that immediately make the reader think a couple things about the character of the story. You might know it or you might not, but whenever you write, you’re preloading your readers.

    So it’s not exactly symbolism. Every story has its own symbolism, and many things can mean many other things. This is more general stuff – from the other blog that I linked above (which you can read if you fancy it), some examples are perfume (fakeness), high heels (elegance, professionalism), snow (purity, death, loneliness)…

    Shortcuts. Good shortcuts, I think. Everybody uses them, but sometimes I think people don’t realize they’re doing it – and I know that because I’ve caught myself using this kind of thing without realizing it before. So, let’s go on with some more examples:

    Nice Weather: EQD used to have this rule about fics starting with “It was a nice day in Ponyville. The sky was blue, the sun was right, blahblahblah…”

    The rule read: “If your story starts like that, we’re not accepting it.”

    I don’t know if they’re still doing that. I’m fairly sure it was (at least partly) a joke—especially if the story demanded that information for later – but the point was still standing: that intro is overused. Has anybody ever thought about why it’s overused?

    That question would be far more condescending if it wasn’t for the fact that I thought about it for the first time yesterday. So it’s not me trying to be superior, it’s just me arriving really fucking late to the party, I think.

    Anyway! Nice weather, defined as the “blue skies plus bright sun plus average temperature”, implies normality. Everydayness. It’s a sign that everything is exactly as it should be.

    The reason why it’s so overused is because, well, we’re writing fiction here. Something extraordinary (or at least weird) is going to happen soon, and that will start the actual story. What the writer is going for in here, even though sometimes they might not realize it, is contrast.

    If you say that “it was a nice day”, the picture of a town with happy people and cool weather and overall nothing bad in sight immediately comes to mind. In pony fiction, seeing how the weather is something you can control, the point is driven home with even more strength. Nice weather implies everything is going well, and more than that, that everything is normal.

    Once the picture is neatly drawn into the reader’s mind, then we point out at what is wrong with it. Maybe there’s a worried crowd over there. Maybe there’s a corpse on the ground. Maybe Applejack is beating Cheerilee senseless because she made a move on Big Mac. Doesn’t matter.

    What matters is that, whatever you’re pointing at, it’s not normal. So the contrast is immediately drawn – normal background, weird happening – and that makes the normal stuff look more normal, and the weird stuff look weirder.

    It’s kind of overused, indeed, so I don’t recommend using this one. But still, it’s nice to know what it (usually) means. Sometimes the point misses home a little because the normal atmosphere is established early and then we have to wait a lot for the weird thing to happen, but it’s still going to be there.

    I’m not going to talk about the weather anymore, but I guess it’s worth to spend a couple words here reminding you that, overall, weather is really empathic in a story. It’s kind of too blunt, now and then – it always rains during a funeral, it’s gloomy when bad things are ahead, storms are coming and they bring drama with them, etc. – but it’s still a reliable source to build a particular feeling in the air. The background noise can be really good to make a tense situation just a little bit tenser. Add sunshine if people are happy, and some thunder and lightning if they’re pissed off. It works surprisingly well.

    Tobacco: Last time, I spent a lot of time talking about alcohol and drugs, and what they meant. Tobacco is similar, but not quite the same.

    To remind y’all about what I said last time (it’s been quite a while), alcohol and drugs were about self-destruction, both negative (“I want to die”) and positive (“Better to live fully than to live longer”). Tobacco has shades of this, because smoking actually kills you, and sometimes it kills people around you with the second-hand smoke.

    TvTropes has lots of pages dedicated to smoking. “Smoking is Cool”, “Good Smoking, Evil Smoking,” and so on. Visually, it’s easy to see how smoking can be fatherly or evil, sexy or disgusting, pensive or foolish. If a crackhead is shown smoking something out of a weirdly-shaped pipe, and then you see Sherlock Holmes thoughtfully smoking a classical pipe, you don’t think the same of them.

    I’m not going to talk about that, because, well, TvTropes already mentioned it. However, I think that – especially in written medium – there’s a shade of smoking that is subtler but it’s always there: smoking is rebellious.

    Nowhere is this more obvious than in YA literature, or in anything with an intended audience under twenty-five. Smoking is the go-to thing to do when you want to stick it to your parents, because there’s no way they’re allowing you to do that.

    Smoking, especially at a young age, is just a way to say “Look at me, I don’t care what they say, I’m cool”. That’s why smoking is so romanticized, I guess. It’s an elegant rebellion.

    But it doesn’t need to be that blatant. It doesn’t have to do with your parents, for example. A detective smoking a cigarette adds to the noir atmosphere, and you immediately realize he “doesn’t play by the rules”. A femme fatale smokes because it’s sexy, yes, but also because she “doesn’t play by the rules” either.  

    Angry teenager? Doesn’t play by the rules. Mom who avoids smoking in front of her children? Doesn’t play by the rules. Sometimes, the only act of rebellion the character is allowed to have is the smoking itself. Especially if the rest of the cast don’t smoke – you have this wimpy, pushover guy who always does what he’s told, but then he lits a cigarette.

    And either nobody cares about it (which gives the character some individuality – he has enough respect from the others to be allowed to do something that is pretty annoying for the rest of the group) or they ask him to stop or go outside (which makes it look like an outcast, which is really fitting for a rebelling character, and shows that he is not like the others).

    Yeah, it’s really subtle, but that’s why it works. The only exception is with old people – fathers are expected to smoke. People born in a certain time are expected to smoke. But smoking is, and has always been a thing for the grownups. For the authority. For the people who Tell You What To Do.

    Having a character that can’t tell others What To Do (sometimes it can’t even tell that to itself) do something that only a grownup can do? That’s playing out of your league. That is telling them to stick it.

    That’s the magic of literature – you make smoking look cool and romantic. In reality, it’s not. It’s just pretty fucking dumb, and disgusting, to boot. But maybe give that pushover character of yours a cigarette to show he’s a little deeper than others might thing. Or give the conformist a subtle way to rebel against society. Or give the angry teenager something that makes it obvious that he’s an angry teenager.

    Just don’t smoke yourself, ‘cause it’s bad for your teeth and you stink afterwards.

    Cats and Dogs: Harry Dresden inspired this one, and that inspired me to write the rest of the blog.

    The reason why I suddenly felt the urge to write about animals is simple – Harry Dresden (protagonist of the Dresden Files, a pretty cool book series) starts with a cat. Then he gets a dog. And he gets a fuckton of character development along the way.

    Y’see, everybody knows about the “cat person / dog person” dilemma, but this is one of those things that nobody really thinks about really in-depth. Or, well, maybe it’s just me. Probably I’m stating the obvious, but mnergh, that’s what blogs are for.

    Look, cats are independent. Cats just don’t give a shit. They’re cute, but they ignore you at best and attack you at worst. I’ve never met a cat who wasn’t a fucking psychopath, and I’ve never met a god damn feline who didn’t try to kill me at first sight. And most important, cats take care of themselves.

    You don’t need to care for a cat. You just have it in the house and melt at its cuteness. You give it food, but the thing can feed itself.  And that is actually really cool.

    A character who has a cat is a lone wolf. They don’t really care for the others – okay, they might have friends and all that, but they’re not family people. They’re the lone princess/old witch/mysterious fella type. They like to be alone. They take care of themselves. They might be kind, but they won’t care if you just go away and leave them be.

    Rarity is a cat person, for example. Cat pony. Whatever. She loves Sweetie Belle and all that, but she’s definitely not a family-before-anything mare. She likes her sister, but she likes her in small doses and pretty far away now and then. Especially when she’s working. She cares for her, because she’s still human (pony. Whatever.) But if there’s a “lone princess” type in MLP, that’d be Rarity.

    I don’t think I’m explaining myself really well here? I guess I mostly mean that cats are independent, and cat owners are also independent. Sure, they like cuddles and friends and shit. But they won’t die if you leave them alone.

    And then you have dogs.

    Harry Dresden gets a dog when he starts to really be surrounded by friends. As his book series goes on, the number of allies, family, and friends grow bigger and bigger. The character goes from having a cat to having a cat and a dog (and suddenly the cat is not really mentioned in the books).

    Dogs can be independent, but they choose not to. Dogs like their families, show their happiness, and are not really proud about things. They just sit there wagging their tails and attack whatever moves. I’ve yet to meet the dog that doesn’t try to fucking murder me upon first sight. Animals as a whole hate my guts. I think they can sense my father is a veterinarian and they’re taking revenge on that or some shit.

    Anyway – dogs. Dogs are family things. Even if you live alone, the dog is part of your family. Even if the pooch is your only family, god dammit. Dog people take care of their own, they are protective, and they are not independent. They might be, in the physical sense, but they need something to protect. They’re all about family.

    Applejack is a dog person. Dog Pony. Whatever. She cares for Applebloom, and for her friends. While both Rares and her share the same group of acquaintances, Applejack is the gentle one who never looks for herself when others are in need. Rarity gives no shits about Applejack’s needs. Rarity does what Rarity wants.

    (Not always, of course. I’m talking in general here, I know Rarity has sacrificed shit for the rest of her friends – there are entire episodes and subplots about that. But Rarity’s character, without the lessons and all that? She’s less caring than Applejack, and that’s why they collide so much).

    So, want a somewhat independent character? He has a cat. He doesn’t need to take care of the little shit. Want a family person? She has a dog. She has to walk the fucking idiot every day.

    Seriously, animals are cute and all that? But I’d found them be cuter if they didn’t try to chew my insides every time we meet. Even sheep hate me, and sheep are so dumb they’ll fall off a cliff unless you stop them. One day I’ll walk into a cemetery and a crow will eat my eyes, and I’ll have nobody to blame but me.

    (Incidentally, and seeing how I’m already namedropping shows and series you don’t care about – one show I really like had an excellent use of this stereotype. They presented an Ice Queen-like character – who dresses in white and has white hair and has ice powers, because fuck subtlety – and they showed her a dog. Everybody assumed she’d hate it, including me. She was shown loving the dog instead, subverting the trope, and surprising everybody in the process. That made the character look very defrosted, and was a really cool character development moment.

    Weird for that show to use such a thing with such mastery, because let’s be honest – RWBY has one of the shittiest plots ever. I love the show, but Jesus Christ, people).

    Nicknames: In case you haven’t realized, this is pretty basic stuff. The reason is that  yesterday I was trapped in a bus for four hours, and I kept thinking about all the obvious stuff books do, and how I’ve never thought of it.

    Enter nicknames. Again, Tvtropes has an entire page out of this – “The Nicknamer” – but what the hell, I can give you a small rundown on the thing. Nicknames are really used in this fandom, after all. Octavia is Tavi, Rarity is Rares, Dash is Dashie, Spike is Useless Piece of Shit.  

    Nicknames show closeness with a character. You only use a nickname if you’re friends with the other person, or if you’re purposely stretching the boundaries.

    There are many reasons why a character might do that. Maybe it has no sense of personal space (metaphorically speaking). Maybe it’s just a way to piss off the other person. No matter which, nicknames are childish – they’re the opposite of smoking, to a sense.

    (That was a weird sentence).

    A character will only use nicknames if he wants to be petty as hell, or if he has a close relationship to others – a relationship that makes you think of two kids who are best friends with each other. There are no adults out there who use nicknames with an adult face. That’s child stuff.

    So, more or less, nicknames imply innocence (to a point), and closeness, and childishness, and a person being annoyed. A nicknamer is a character who shares these traits.

    Motherhood and Fatherhood: Bof. This one is way too heavy. I’ll explain it fully in another blog, that doesn’t need to be the next one, to be honest. I’ll yap about gender roles and shit like that – but so far, I just want to make clear that I don’t mean I’ll talk about a character being a mother or a father. I’ll talk about a character showing signs of parenthood to some degree.

    Like, okay, it can just symbolize “parenthood” and that’s it. But where’s the fun of that?

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  • 10w, 2d
    Fridge Horror Commentary, And Also Me Being A Prick

    So I needed a friend to pass me some notes I had lost to prepare for an exam that was coming soon. She was reluctant to do so at first, because she hates people borrowing her notes, but I knew she’ll eventually let me take a photo because we’re pretty close and help each other all the time.

    However, to make it easier for her to make that decision, I said “Come on, if you lend me the notes for one afternoon I promise I won’t sing you the Spongebob Squarepants jingle or throw your notes to the ground and scream ‘YOU DON’T NEED TO STUDY, YOU JUST GOTTA BELIEVE IN YOURSELF’ minutes before the exam.”

    Her eyes sparkled after that, and she gave me her notes immediately, whispering: “That’s a promise”. Then she bragged with our other friends about how I was not going to annoy her at all this time.

    The others got offended, because I’ve never offered them to stop being an ass in exchange for a favor before.

    When the exam came, I walked into the class. Dead silence. My friend looked at me, dubious. She had her notes in her hands.

    I winked at her. And then I walked pass her seat without saying a word. I could hear the sigh of relief from the other side of the room, and she went on with her last-minute studying.

    I forgot what the moral of this story is.

    Rambling about Fridge Horror and more things after the break!


    You know what’s the only thing better than talking about yourself? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The only person I love more than myself is an alternative version of myself with a jetpack. I once got called a narcissist and that offended me, because why the fuck would I have a syndrome with another guy’s name. I wouldn’t drown in a river while looking at my reflection, because I would be too busy groping my own ass.

    What I mean with this is, I know blogging about your own story can be a little bit masturbatory, but c’moooooon give me a break. Some people enjoy this behind-the-scenes info about my stories.

    Most don’t, though. Turns out there are followers out there who like my, uh, “narrative” blogs? If you’re one of those weird folks (Seriously, you like that? I mean… Uh, okay. Should I keep writing one-offs, or do you want me to add some continuity to the clusterfuck of idiocy that is Aragón’s Blogs? I particularly enjoy the one-offs, but some people prefer story arcs), then I’ll ask you to wait a lil’ bit. One of those motherfuckers are coming, worry not.

    Anyway! I’m not here to talk about my blogs. This is about Fridge Horror, my latest story! Woohoo! I like that story so much.

    And for a reason, too. Fridge Horror, by this point, is the most rewritten story I’ve ever posted.

    You see, I’d had a particular idea for a long, long, long time. I called it “Sandwich Fic” in my head, and it was about Spike making THE PERFECT SANDWICH. In the background, the M6 would be fighting a monster or saving Equestria, in an epic, out-of-this world adventure. But Spike would be the total focus, and his actions would mirror the adventure going on in the background.

    Not even blinking, Spike would travel through Ponyville in the middle of the destruction, asking for ingredients and tips to make THE PERFECT SANDWICH. He would talk with each one of the M6, and all of them would take the sandwich thing seriously, ignoring the world-changing mess they were dealing with at the same time.

    The point of this story (comedy, if you’re wondering) would have been that, when you get to it, saving the world is not that big of a thing for anypony anymore. I mean, they’ve done that so much that it’s lost its sparkle, y’know? So, Spike making THE PERFECT SANDWICH (yes, the caps are fucking mandatory) was more important for them.

    Because, look, Spike doesn’t really do much, does he? At least when you think world-shattering shit. However, THE PERFECT SANDWICH is a really big deal for him, because it’s a project he’s pouring his heart into. And the M6 are all about friendship. Friendship comes first, saving the world comes later. If it’s important for Spike, it’s important for them. So they’ll fucking help that lil’ fella to cut the onions just right, and they’ll deal with the villain later.

    I really liked the concept. It has enough absurdity to deliver tons of jokes and ridiculous situations, and enough hidden complexity for the people who don’t like my comedies to completely miss the fucking point. Perfect mix.

    But it was… well, a little bit weird, and I never really got around to write it. Real life got in the way, I guess? I was always writing something else, so the concept kinda withered and died in my mind.

    But not really! The idea of something huge happening in the background and something insignificant being the focus of the story was still there. I really liked it. Also, the act of making a sandwich, for some reason.

    Flash forward a couple months. Right now I’m trying to move on, to shake and change my personal style a little bit, to evolve [1], and another idea came to mind.


    [1] More on that later!


    Y’see, I really like Ray Bradbury. When I was a little kid, my father introduced me to the idea of short stories as actual literature with Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury (and later we moved to Jorge Luis Borges). Bradbury is a personal hero of mine, and I really like his stories.

    So I thought: what the hell. Let’s write like Bradbury.

    Next thing you know, I’m having a really hard time trying to write in a way that’s completely different to what I’m used to do. The story I had in mind was a descendant from Sandwich Fic, but the elements were a little bit shaken up – Roseluck and Caramel are students, mentally exhausted after studying for over six hours (WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW AMIRITE AHAHAHAH oh god I’m a horrible writer I’m sorry). They share a flat with Raindrops.

    So Roseluck and Caramel are taking a break, and they start doing that thing college students do when they  are exhausted or drunk: they get deep for no reason. Time travel, how does magic work, what does reality mean… Stuff that doesn’t really mean anything, but that you enjoy discussing.

    In the background, Raindrops makes a sandwich, and accidentally summons an eldritch abomination.

    The story was short, and the joke was simple: Roseluck and Caramel didn’t even blink at the eldritch abomination thing. Raindrops was the one dealing with the monster (who had no personality whatsoever, he just screamed random ominous lines all the time), and they just kept talking bullshit.

    The story ends when Raindrops defeats the monster (she asks for help at one point, the others reply they’re tired, Raindrops says “Oh, never mind then, I’ll take care”) and the other two realize their break is over. So they suddenly cut the conversation, never really getting to any point, and then go to their rooms to study. Raindrops makes herself another sandwich.

    The end.

    So it was another story, but way weaker. The point had changed a little bit, too – it was about knowing what is really important, and also about tired ponies, I guess? It was also fucking weird, because at one point Roseluck and Caramel started flirting. Have you ever tried to flirt while talking about time travel? It doesn’t work.

    Still, the story was written, and the narration was really, really different to what I usually write. To give you a sample:

    White walls, red carpet, the smell of coffee and smoke in the air. A small apartment in the center of Canterlot, the end of the school year.  The three ponies had been stuck in that neverending loop that final exams always bring —study six hours, rest four, study six hours, rest four, sleep eight, curse your teachers, rinse and repeat.

    The blinds were closed; the clock, forgotten. Food was merely an afterthought, caffeine a necessity, and mental exhaustion the true enemy. Nothing mattered, except for studying. Concentration was the key. Relaxation, the way to get it.

    Look at that bullshit. Look at it. The entire fic was narrated like that, and it was unreadable. I sent it to MrNumbers, and he was clear:

    “You are… Okay you’re really trying, and that’s good. But yeah, this doesn’t work. This is boring. This is fucking boring. I kept skipping the narration and going for the dialogue, and the dialogue isn’t that interesting anymore. It’s pathetic. You’re pathetic. I hate you. You don’t deserve the blood that runs through your veins.”

    Maybe he didn’t say those exact words, but the meaning was there. And I re-read the story, and… Yeah. It’s bad. It’s really bad.

    But, dammit, I thought. I like the concept, somehow. Gotta work on this. But how…?

    Enter MrNumbers, again.

    You might notice lately I namedrop that bastard a lot. There’s a reason for that. You see, it’s literally impossible for me to write anything without whining about it to my friends. Problem is, if you haven’t noticed by the small bit after the break, I am a really annoying friend.

    I measure friendship in how much I’m able to insult you without you being offended. That counts for my friends too, of course – so my pre-MrNumbers friends are absolutely tired of my bullshit. Sure, they’ll read my stuff (they’re friends but they started as fans, after all) but they won’t help me with it because seriously Aragón go to hell.

    MrNumbers still hasn’t got to that point. Give him time. Until then, I can assure you all my stories will have some pre-production input from him.

    In this particular case, two stories of him inspired Fridge Horror: Late Fees (it has a throwaway gag with an eldritch abomination named ‘Wiggles’, which inspired the abomination in my story – at one point, Vinyl refers to it as “Wiggles the Amazing Squid” as a wink to that), and The Mare Who Once Lived in the Moon.

    Y’see, in that last story there’s a pony named Bright Spark. He’s a fucking asshole, which means I really like the character. I also loathe him, because that’s what I do with asshole characters. I asked Numbers if I could include that name in a story of mine and have something horrible happening to him, and he said oh yeah sure. Just tell me what you have in mind first.

    This is where everything clicked.

    Why was Bradbury Fic worse than Sandwich Fic? I mean, weak-ass narration and lack of jokes aside. I wasn’t pleased with the message behind it. Bradbury Fic lacked friendship.

    Enter the Long Story Short, Things Went Down crew.

    What I really like about those stories is that, well, they are about friendship. Friendship among horrible ponies, sure, but friendship nonetheless. If one of them is in trouble, the others will help. I like Chris’ reviews on those stories, because he got it the first time, and it’s always neat when people get this kind of stupidity:

    Things Went Down is vulgar, aggressive, and foul-mouthed to the hilt.  In addition to all that, it's unrelentingly funny.  A lot of that humor comes from juxtaposing ponies and violence| (drugs, cursing, etc.), but what Aragon does that a lot of "shock fics" don't manage is to not just create settings and characters which are deliberate poor fits for Equestria, but which actually parody its mores and morals.  This is, ultimately, a story about friendship; it just happens to be the kind of friendship "that make(s) you pee on the other when you see she's on fire--you're being as mean as possible, but you still try to fight the fire," as the fic puts it.

    Ah-hah-hah. Me quoting that is so masturbatory.

    This is a story that involves Carrot Top beating her ex-boyfriend with a giant golden dolphin dick, however, so don’t think it’s deep or anything. Still, that’s what I have in mind when I write LSSTWD stories.[2]


    [2] Seeing how I’m already praising myself like there’s no tomorrow – Chris also liked Fridge Horror, for exactly the same reasons. Woo. I’m not a total failure!


    Friendship. Also, asshole characters and a lot of cuss words. Really, those stories are mostly me pouring everything I like in a story. I don’t even try to hide it.

    Using the LSSTWD crew in Bradbury Fic 2.0 would make it better, I thought. So when MrNumbers asked me what would happen to Bright Spark in a fic of mine, I replied “Octavia will fuck his parents out of spite.

    And thus, Fridge Horror was born.

    I still lacked something, however. There’s a reason why I tried to write like Ray Bradbury at first – I feel like I’m getting too comfortable with my actual style. Sure, it’s nice to hear my friends describe a particular gag as “way too fucking Aragonish, you idiot”, but the fact that I’m not evolving is a reality. I consider Crime and Funishment to be the peak of my actual style. I want to move on a little bit.

    It’s all about artistic development, I think. The natural thing to do is to get better, or at least to get different. So I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone, to prove myself, to force myself to learn how to do new things. Hence, Ray Bradbury.

    But that didn’t work. So I thought: Terry Pratchett. Booyeah.

    A sad note follows this fact. Pratchett died three days after I started this fic, and the news destroyed my will to write for a week or so. Pratchett was a hero of mine, a writer I always looked forward to, a very important figure in my childhood.

    But eventually, you gotta finish what you start. And if I was going to say goodbye to PTerry, a story was as good a tribute as anything else. So I kept writing.

    Continuing with the idea of me changing my style – is it a good thing? Well, I’ll try to show you guys the best thing I can create, that’s for sure. Maybe some of you won’t like it at first, but I’ll make sure to post stories in my old style too (because fuck it I spent five years working for that style, I won’t ditch it just like that), to even things out. So worry not.

    Anyway – soon I discovered I had way too many characters to use the simple “important stuff in the background, insignificant stuff as the focus” angle. Plus, Derpy as the Chosen One was too hilarious to leave it like that.

    That’s why I moved to a double-plot move. That also helped me interweave the stories better – what causes Vinyl’s plot is Derpy’s plot, after all.

    And Vinyl’s plot? I’m happy with it. Derpy’s story was simple and exciting – she has to fight a monster, AND SHE KNOWS KUNG FU AND HAS A MAGIC SWORD FOR NO REASON HOW COOL IS THAT (SHAME SHE’S A PEGASUS BECAUSE OTHERWISE SHE SO WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A JETPACK) – but Vinyl’s story had to come from Scratch.

    I eventually let the Bright Spark angle die, and used an original character instead (still named by MrNumbers, though) as the bad guy to Octavia’s story. And, hey, I still could use the “amazing story happens in the background” thing! I just didn’t use it with Derpy’s story.

    Enter Turner and the Jewels of Friendship, featuring the rest of the LSSTWD crowd ‘cept for Octavia, because she’s busy with her life. At first Bon Bon and Carrot Top appeared too, but  eventually I had to delete them. Mostly because:

    A) Bon Bon dragged the story way too much.

    B) I had trouble with Carrot Top’s plot, because at one point it was too similar to Lyra’s “I stab ponies” jokes.

    So yeah, down with them. Sorry to their fans – in the next LSSTWD story, which I’m already writing, Top and Bon Bon have really prominent roles, so I’ll use that to make up for ya.

    As per Turner’s story, by the way – it was supposed to be a knock-off of those insanely overcomplicated adventure fics that use McGuffins like there’s no tomorrow. I used to like those in my younger years (when MLP wasn’t even a thing), hence the passing mentions of worldbuilding (“The lizardfolk won’t let us get in the Temple!”) and Elements of Harmony knockoffs (“Jewels of Friendship”). Turner’s living an adventure fic by himself, but we’ll never know the exact details.

    Oh, also – I finally managed to do something I’ve always wanted with this fic. Every time the narration refers to the eldritch abomination, I use a different name. I’ve always wanted to do that. Wooo.

    While Fridge Horror is not my most popular story at all, I’m really happy with it, so screw popularity. One of the reasons why I like it so much is, again, the message: It’s about knowing what’s important, yes, but also about how  friendship works… And about admiration.

    I don’t know about you, but I admire my friends. Even if I’m being a dick to them – I do that ‘cause I’m a prick, but I still look up to them in a sense. In Fridge Horror, Vinyl doesn’t really care for Derpy saving the world, but the fact that she’s able to handle the rest of the gang so easily amazes her. Derpy turns into a hero in Vinyl’s mind, for absolutely the wrong reasons…

    …Or are they the right reasons? That’s the question. Saving the world is important, but when you live in Equestria, maybe other things are more important.

    It’s also about responsibility, as Derpy explains. However, Derpy doesn’t really acts as she should in that regard, because she doesn’t let Vinyl face her responsibilities on her own. Derpy is a hypocrite, and that’s her defining trait in my stories – there are many hints in Fridge Horror, if you look for them.

    Meanwhile, Vinyl doesn’t give a damn about anything, and she runs away from her responsibilities. She knows what the problem is, but she either refuses to face it, or faces it in the absolutely worst way possible. That’s another defining trait of hers, and it’ll come back to bite her at one point.

    ‘Cause, yeah, the LSSTWD stories, while completely independent (you can read them in whatever order you want), have an arc, of sorts. The characters evolve, if only a little. I’m one of those folks who like continuity and little details.

    Oh, and talking about continuity: you know what’s better than good proofreaders?

    “Are you sure?” Vinyl arched an eyebrow [6] and adjusted her glasses. “Because, like, I’m working with empirical data here,” Vinyl said. “And you know what they say about empirical data.”


    [6] Ponies have no eyebrows. It’s a mystery how they do that.

    Octavia Harmony: FUCK YES. YOUR PONIES ARE ALWAYS ARCHING EYEBROWS WITHOUT HAVING ANY; ABOUT TIME YOU EXPLAINED THAT.

    There was something interesting about Octavia—other ponies could be pretty, but she was breathtaking. Maybe it was the way she moved—flowing like oil in a pool of water—, maybe it was the way she talked—with a soft, sweet, sultry voice—, maybe it was the fact that she had, like, the greatest ass of them all.

    TheMaskedFerret: Not as great as your own ass, am I right?

    Good proofreaders who already know all my inside jokes. Those two comments made my day.

    And… I think that’s all I gotta say about this story. Oh, well. I wonder if anybody read this entire thing. 3300 words – that’s a record for me!

    See ya!

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  • 11w, 3d
    New Story Involving The Long Story Short Crew Up!

    The bad thing about having a set of characters you really like is that you tend to use them a lot. Like, a lot. That is the case with the characters from Long Story Short, Things Went Down, for example.

    So sometimes I'll come up with a plot that I'll really like, and then I'll think "man, those characters would be awesome in here." But I can't always use those plots, because maybe they'll call for a higher does of fantasy than I would want in the "main" stories concerning that group, or maybe the plot would mess up their entire character arcs.

    But still, it's a waste to forget those ideas. So what do I do?

    Well, all stories are fiction, I thought. Who cares about what is "official" and what is not, or what is "canon" and what is not. This is just a fanfic. And I'm the author. So, screw it.

    Enter my lattest story, starring Derpy Hooves and Vinyl Scratch from the LSSTWD stories, with Lyra, Octavia, and Turner appearing too, for good measure.

    Fridge Horror (that's the title) is a little pet project of mine, a homage to Terry Pratchett that I wrote during my exams. And this blog has mostly the purpose of telling the people who liked Long Story Short, Things Went Down that, hey, that story exists. And it has those same characters.

    Of course, it's not canon per se, so if you see an actual, "official" sequel coming up any day, the events in there won't be referenced. But that story explains what would happen if Vinyl and Derpy ended up in that situation. A What-If story, if you like.

    Nothing more to add. In a couple days I'll make an actual, in-depth meta blog on that story. For now, I just wanted y'all to know that, just in case. I didn't tag it as a sequel, after all.

    Cheers!

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  • 14w, 14h
    Open Letter to the Mall that Kicked Me Out Today. Based On Real Events.

    Okay, no.

    Like, just. Just no.

    Not apologizing here.

    I mean, to be honest? That is partially my sister’s fault. So if you wanna get an apology, you talk to her. You’re not getting anything from this guy. If I did what I did, I did it because I’m human.

    I mean, seriously! You gotta put yourself in my place, man. If I see a bookstore while walking through the city, I’m going to get inside. I buy a lot of books. And even if I don’t buy books every day, I sure love looking at them. That’s how you discover new things. I read all day.

    So yeah. Bookstore in my way? I’mma get in. And my sister said “sure let’s go in there” so in there we went. Your fault for having a bookstore, god dammit.

    And we were there, right? And I was looking at books. This is a second-hand-bookstore we’re talking about, so I’m expecting to see rare, old books. Immanuel Kant, that was nice. Some Kafka, I liked that. Borges? Great. Schopenhauer? All night long. Zafón, Asimov, Clarke, Murakami, Hesse, a lot of Updike. Yeah, that’s great. That’s my thing.

    And then I see that book. “Kama Sutra”. No way I’m not going to say “Hey, sis! Look what I’ve found!” after seeing that. Again—if you wanna blame me, blame the store or my sister or whatever. I merely pointed and smiled.

    So my sister went there and said “Huh. Wait, there’s something weird.” She points at how the book is not illustrated. As in, it doesn’t say “illustrated edition”, which is downright bizarre because both you and I know why people buy that book. It’s not for the plot, mate.

    So she gets it, and skims through it. And smiles and says she’s gonna buy it.

    All in good fun, all right. She tells me it’s actually pretty interesting, and way more fun than expected.

    And the store guy says that yeah, it’s a book with a very bad reputation, but it’s not that bad as literature. An interesting read, at least.

    I want to make clear, once more, that I had absolutely no lewd purpose whatsoever when I did what I did. I mean, god dammit, the bookstore guy himself said it was a nice book. And I couldn’t care less about sex. I personally find it pretty boring. So yeah.

    So we buy the book, and my sister is clearly doing it as a joke, kind of. And then we go buy clothes.

    And, look, if I don’t have my phone with me, what do you want me to do? I was helping my sis buying clothes, and that is not as boring as it sounds because my sister is really fun. But once she starts trying on her soon-to-be-new clothes, then I’m gonna get bored. And if I’m carrying a book with me, I’m going to start reading it.

    Hell, that’s just common sense, people.

    Now, look me in the eye, and tell me that, if you open a book and the very first thing you see is an explanation on how to correctly bite a titty, your first reaction is not to immediately start narrating everything in your best Vincent Price voice. Try to tell me that, and I won’t fucking believe you, because of course you would.

    I mean, for starters, my sister was trying those clothes at the other side of the door, so there was no other way for me to show her what I was reading. I was just being polite. And I believed (and I still do) that “how to correctly bite a titty” is information the world deserves to know. That was some civic duty shit I was doing, right there.

    Now, this could have been the end of it. Let me Vincent Price some good ol’ boobgnawing, and bam, we’re done. But then the grandma happened.

    Like, just imagine it. There I am, explaining the difference between a half-moon bite and a coral-and-pearls bite, and how to correctly do that while having sex, and this old woman eyes at me. We’re talking, what? Sixty-five, seventy? She wasn’t that old. I mostly refer to her as “grandma” because I don’t like her. And she glares at me hard.

    We’re talking fucking killer looks, here. And then I think, okay, there’s some serious shit going on in here. This woman wants to murder me. Why? I’m not doing anything bad. And then, as I end the chapter and continue with how to properly scratch your lover, I realize it.

    She has kids. You can see a woman has kids when you look in her eyes and she’s dead inside. If she has kids, she had sex. So she already know everything I’m talking about. I’m just repeating old knowledge to her.

    And she doesn’t want me to spill the beans.

    My mind is racing right now. Maybe she’s a coitus spy. Maybe she wants to make sure nobody knows how to have sex. That would end the human race, because if nobody has sex, there are no children. This woman is a monster. She wants to end humanity.

    Then she huffs and says something like “pervert”. I have no idea what she meant, it was probably code. I figured I didn’t have much time.

    This is when I started to scream, by the way. I’m going to admit right away that my Vincent Price is not that good, so I just started screaming like a pig in the slaughterhouse. I also changed chapters, because holy shit, I’ve been reading about the erotic potential of your fingernails for way too much. If they’re going to stop me, better go to the hot stuff.

    I go to the chapter that explains what a woman has to do during sex. Perfect, I think. This store is full of women—they’ll need this information. I’m willing to sacrifice myself and never learn what a man has to do during sex, as long as the people around me have a chance to survive. I’m a hero. I should be laureled as such.

    So there I go! How to properly push, what to say to your lover to get things steamy. What to do if the man finishes too soon. I start making silly voices as I read because, well, what I’m reading is pretty funny. I hear my sis talking at the other side of the door—she’s either laughing or screaming. Who cares, I think. This is for mankind.

    The woman goes away. HAH! I think as I start another random chapter—how to get money out of your lover—I’VE WON! TAKE THAT, SEX SPY! YOU’LL NEVER GET ME!

    Then the security guy comes in.

    Now, in hindsight, maybe I should have stopped reading at this point. But, in my defense, the thing was pretty funny. And the security guy seemed to like it, too. I just wanted to acknowledge that fact. However, I was starting a paragraph on how eunuchs are supposed to do the horizontal dance, so maybe winking at him was misread as a suggestive gesture. For that, I guess I will apologize, if begrudgingly.

    Then my sister came out of the door, clothes in her hands. Turns out I was right—she was both laughing and screaming at me.

    Now, I guess I should end the story here. Mostly because you know what happened—the security guy kicked me out, and apparently I’m not welcome there for a while. I see now that you were part of the conspiracy. You all want to kill humanity.

    I won’t apologize for thwarting your plans. The people in the store know more than they knew before now. And most of them were laughing. Of happiness, I reckon. Because I defeated you.

    So fuck you, I’m not apologizing. And that grandma who called the security guy was a party pooper, just as that random girl said. I did a service to my race and my country, and I’m proud of that.

    If you don’t want to know how to bite a titty, then it’s your loss. But people deserve to know. I’ll never apologize for trying to make the people around me a little wiser.












    That said, my sister doesn’t let me read the Kama Sutra anymore.

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  • 16w, 3d
    This One Goes To You, Man. You Were My Hero.

    As of today, one of the greatest authors of the last century, Sir Terry Pratchett, is no more.

    Sir Terry Pratchett, also named Pterry by its fans, was one of the best comedic authors in existence. And, like all good comedians, he was a philosopher. A master of science-fiction, of fantasy, of tragedy. He could write better romances in three pages than any of us in one million words. He could make you think, cry, sit on the edge of your chair, stay awake way past midnight so you could read just one more page.

    The only real literary criticism I read of his words was “he doesn't use chapters”. He included it on the back of Hogfather. The first book of his I ever read.

    Every time you read his words, you did it with a smile.

    I'm fairly sure a lot of people will talk about this. He was the favorite author of many, and damn right so. I myself have been collecting his books since I was thirteen.

    The best way to say goodbye to him, in my opinion, is with a smile. Mr Numbers took care of that already. I myself can't think if I can do it better.

    But coincidences are a thing, especially when the chances are a million to one, as the old man certainly knew. Three days ago, I happened to finish Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett.

    One of its messages is fairly simple, but powerful: a man's life doesn't end with his death. It ends when everything he's done is forgotten, when the clock he built breaks down, when his last harvest is recollected.

    Right after finishing that book, I started a story homaging Sir Pratchett's style. The file is named “Pratchett” and everything, because I'm as original as a ridiculous comparison.

    Now I'm morally forced to finish that story, and I'm going to make it the best one I've ever written. Because, in some way, I owe to the man. He taught me what “good comedy” meant. I refuse to forget that.

    And, if you were a Pterry fan, I ask you to do the same. Don't write if you don't mind, but read his books. Talk about them. Recommend them to your friends.

    Don't let Pterry die. He deserves to live forever.

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  • 16w, 5d
    Education Is Actually Really Awesome

    Aragón opened the door and got in with a heavy sigh. “Golly gee, this has been a horrible day,” he said. “Hi, Dad!”

    Dad was sitting on the sofa, reading the newspaper and sipping coffee from a mug that read 'Hitler's Father Had An Easier Life Than Me (Seriously, Fuck My Son)'. He didn't look at Aragón, he merely nodded to acknowledge he existed. “You're an abomination. I wish I could retroactively abort you,” he said.

    Aragón nodded. “Yeah, exactly like I tell you. A horrible day.”

    “Yesterday I injected arsenic in your right eyeball. With a used syringe I stole from the hospital.”

    “Like, when I was in the bus, I overheard a couple guys talking about how school sucks.” Aragón sat on the sofa right next to his father, who was still reading that newspaper. “And it pissed me off big time, y'know? I couldn't focus at all the rest of the day.”

    “You should be dead by now. Why aren't you dead yet.

    “I mean, for starters? I fucked up in court, and now my client is facing the death penalty.” Aragón frowned. “Which is fucking weird, because last time I checked death penalty is illegal in this country. Also, I'm an accountant.”

    Why do you insist on haunting my existence.

    Aragón shrugged. “I just can't get why people think school is uncool. School is the most awesome thing ever!”

    Dad took another sip from the mug. His voice was more bitter than coffee itself. “My life is hell.”

    “Fuck yes. Learning is wicked cool.” Aragón crossed his arms. “And I'm going to prove it!” he said as he looked for something in his bag. “Come on, it's somewhere in here...”

    “Hm?” The room opened, and in came Mother, carrying some groceries. “Oh, son! You came back?”

    “Yeah, I wanted to see Dad.”

    “I see, I see.” Mother looked at Dad. “Honey? Do you want your shotgun?”

    “Please.”

    Mother nodded and went out of the room, the groceries forgotten on the ground.

    “Oh, the shotgun?” Aragón looked at Dad, still looking for something in his bag. “We're doing that now?”

    “Don't talk to me,” Dad replied.

    “Do you want to strangle me while Mom brings it here?”

    “I'll do it, but not because you asked me to.”

    “Hmm.” Aragón lowered his gaze as the hands of his father closed around his throat. “I can't find it! Where on Earth...?”

    “HNNNNNNG!” Dad's face got red. A vein popped on his forehead. “HNNNNNNGGGGRRAAAAARGH!”

    “Woah. You've got quite the  grip, don't you?” Aragón smiled at Dad. “You could crush a coconut with this pressure!”

    RAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!

    Crack!

    “Hah! You broke my neck! Ain't that cool.” Aragón shifted his attention towards the bag once more. “Now, lemme see...”

    “Here's the shotgun!” Mother re-entered the room, the weapon secure under her arm. “Ah, you're choking him?”

    GRAAAAAAARGGGGHHHHH!

    “Here it is!” Aragón finally said, smiling. He took a book out of his hand. “The physics schoolbook I used in third grade! I read it again to show those guys in the bus that learning is good!”

    “Guys in the bus?” Mother asked.

    “Yeah!” Aragón opened the book and looked at a random place. “Oh, man. Gravity! I remember learning about gravity. It was so cool!”

    “That's fine, son—”

    “In fact, look at this!” Aragón pointed at the bag of groceries on the ground. “I'll use my gravity on that bag!”

    “Wait, what?”

    The bag rose and started orbiting around Aragón and his choking father. It made a “nyoooom” noise. Nyoooooooom.

    “WHAT THE EVERLOVING HELL IS THAT?!” Mother asked, taking a step back and looking at Aragón in horror. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE GROCERIES?!”

    “I'm gravitying them!” Aragón said, smiling. “Isn't it cool?”

    “THAT'S NOT HOW GRAVITY WORKS!”

    A pause.

    Nyoooooooom.

    “It's not?”

    “NO, YOU DUMB FUCK!”

    “Oh. Well, that was embarrassing.” The groceries bag fell to the ground again. “Gravity is still cool!”

    RAAAAAARGH!” Dad finally let Aragón's neck go. “This is useless. Honey, give me the shotgun.”

    “Here.”

    “Well then, let me just pick the groceries.”  Aragón got up from the sofa and looked at his mother. “Where do I put them? In the fridg—?”

    BLAM!

    The explosion filled the room, echoed against the walls, made the ground tremble.  Dad pointed the shotgun at Aragón and shot two more times.

    BLAM! BLAM!

    Aragón fell like a ragdoll, limbs limp like boiled spaghetti.

    There was a moment of silence.

    “Is... Is it over?” Mother whispered. “Did you...?”

    “I...” Dad smiled for the first time in twenty years. “I think it is! I did it! I DID IT! I FUCKING DID IT! I—!

    “Woah! Hahah.” Aragón got up. “That was wild! See, the bullets had a small mass, but their acceleration was so great that they still had strength!” He looked at the camera, gave it a thumbs-up, and smiled. “And I know that because I went to my classes! Education is awesome, kids!”

    WHAT KIND OF FUCKING DEVILSPAWN ARE YOU?!

    “And remember, kids, there is no such thing as 'too cool for school'! Learning is the best thing you can do!”

    BLAM! BLAM!

    WHY WON'T YOU DIE?!

    “Because education!”

    EDUCATION


    "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT?!

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  • 17w, 3d
    Explanations, And Me Trying To Avoid Being Dramatic (And, As Usual, Messing It Up Big Time)

    Ironically enough, I’ve been struggling with this blog post because I have no idea how to start it. Eventually, I just thought “fuck it, let’s go with the truth”. That always works.  Plus, that way I avoid being overly dramatic for something that, truth be told, isn’t that big of a deal.

    I’ll go straight to the point here: I’m not working on any long story now. I have planned a Long Story Short Things Went Down story (it was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day special, but it grew larger, and now it’s a bona fide sequel, pretty long – I’m guessing at least 30k words) and I have started it. But I’m not working on it for a couple weeks or so.

    Does that mean that I’m on hiatus? Well, those are the words I use to describe this state of being, but at the same time, I’m working on short stories. So yeah, it’s not like you won’t see any new fic of mine any time soon.

    I mean, right now I have two unfinished stories in my computer, and I’m trying to actually finish them. One of those is also a Long Story Short, Things Went Down-themed oneshot, so yeah. But those will be 4k or so, very short stories.

    Right now I’m a little bit under the weather, physically speaking (I have the nagging feeling I’m sick, but I dislike doctors – Mr. Numbers has told me more than once that I should go to the hospital, and if this continues I’m afraid I’ll have to go check myself). Plus, I’m mentally exhausted (Crime and Funishment was fun, but it was seven months of working on a long story nonstop, and I need a break from complex storytelling), and emotionally…

    Well, nothing bad has happened to me, so you don’t need to worry about that. I’m feeling fine and dandy, almost top of my game. I just need to shake off this fucking cold (or whatever it is) already, and take a small break from long-ass fics.

    But a friend of mine, a really close friend to boot, went through a horrible familiar tragedy recently. I won’t go into detail to avoid invading his privacy, but it’s not the kind of thing that allows you to get over.

    It’s the kind of thing that doesn’t leave you. Ever.

    Am I being dramatic? Maybe. But again, using his words, not mine. He felt them. I felt them too.

    So yeah, not exactly feeling like writing a long-ass comedy. Will I write short comedies? Hell yeah. I like writing comedies. Especially when I’m feeling down – how do you think I cheer up? So expect one short comedy really soon, and another short comedy not that soon.

    But don’t expect any long or ambitious project. Everything I make will be as top-quality as possible, though – unless I go through one of those fits that make me write an entire fic in one go, like with A Hell of a Time or I Don’t Want To Write This – those are great, but I care for the prose and the comedy, not the message.

    If you want an example of what that means, think Today is a Good Day to Die. I know I’m namedropping a lot of fics of mine, but cut me some slack – I’m not exactly in a bright mood right now, and whenever I do that I try to remind me that, hey, I can make cool things now and then.

    So yeah. Kind of a downer blog, but I felt like I owed you an explanation as to where the hell is that Valentine’s Day fic. I’m fairly sure you won’t mind me writing short stories for a while, though.

    See ya!

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  • 18w, 3d
    When You Say "OOC" Out Loud, You Sound Like A Surprised Gorilla

    So! Tomorrow I’ll post the last update of Crime and Funishment (a long fic of mine, the blog is not about it, so if you don’t care about that you can keep reading). Woohoo!

    It’ll be cool, to finally have that out. In an ideal world, every reviewer out there would give it a look once it’s done and then they would post, like, a long-ass review and give it five stars out of five. This is not a perfect world, however, so chances are they won’t read it at all. Instead, they will probably break into my house while I’m sleeping and then drink all my milk. The bastards.

    Anyway, so the whole “final update” thing puts me in kind of a weird position. I want to blog about CnF once it’s finished, but I also want to blog about something else before it’s finished.

    So I’m forced to post this blog today. Which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but holy magnolias guys, I have no idea why but I keep thinking this should be posted in, like, three days or so. Like, it just feel wrong to post it today.

    I am totally serious here, by the way. It’s the weirdest, most precise hunch I’ve had in my life. Like, I woke up today and I immediately went all “NO, ARAGÓN, YOU MUST WAIT. DON’T POST THAT THING YET. YOU ARE NOT READY.”

    I’m actually curious about this. Like, what? Children will cry fire and spit snakes because I posted this sh*t, or…? Eh, who cares. Let’s go to the point! OOC, AND WHAT IT MEANS!


    So! One of the first things you notice when you read a fic is if the characters are, well, “in character”. But what does that mean? In theory it’s, like, the most straightforward thing in fanfiction: a character is in character (from now on I’ll just type “IC” whenever I mean “in character” for simplicity and redundancy’s sake) when it acts like itself.

    Woah, that sounded simpler in my head. To put it bluntly: an IC Rainbow Dash is a character that, when you take the name out, still sounds like Rainbow Dash. She, by all means, is Rainbow Dash – reacts like her, talks like her, thinks like her… It’s, in other words, a well-written character.

    Is it easy to write an IC character? Well, it depends. (Have in mind we’re talking only canon characters here, no OCs). You need to understand that character, to actually know it, and then to be able to write it down that way. Sometimes it can get very tricky, depending on the character or the author.

    For example, SS&E hates Pinkie Pie, and more than once has said that he doesn’t like writing her, and that he finds it difficult. On the other hand, RainbowBob shows a clear knack for the pink pony and he writes her with ease (although I have no idea if he actually likes her).

    Does that mean that RBob is a better writer than SS&E? Not necessarily. It just means that, depending on your personality, you’ll find one character more fit to your writing. It’s like wearing pants. Maybe those old jeans look awesome with your butt and make your bro’s butt look kind of fat, but that doesn’t mean your butt is better. It just means that you have different butts.

    Writing in character is not a matter of having a nice literary butt, however. That’s more of an effort thing. And ability, and editors, and will to get inside the character to write it.

    So yeah, I guess the message here is: if a character is hard to write, don’t fear it. Just keep trying. Practice makes perfect, and all that.

    But that’s not what this blog is about! Writing out of character (OOC) is always a bad thing… But what does that really mean? It’ about a character not being itself, right? Not acting as it acts in the show. That’s the sign of a bad story. Pretty straightforward!

    Right?

    Hmm.

    Nah. I differ.

    You see, now and then you see a fanfiction that just screams “good characterization”. You finish it, and one of the first things you say is “Golly gee! That was an awesome Rainbow Dash! I must show this story to my Uncle Joe so I can gain his favor and inherit the farm! I’ll never be hungry again!”

    And you got to the comments and holy f*ck everybody thought the same. Everybody’s talking about how good Rainbow Dash was, how incredibly IC is every character, and just how damn happy Uncle Joe will be.

    But that doesn’t happen all the time. Sometimes, you read a fanfic that has some good characterization, and you just… don’t care. I mean, sure, the characters are IC. That’s cool. But you think about other things. The comments will be about the plot, the prose, a sad Uncle Joe… Whatever. But that doesn’t mean the characterization is bad, not at all! It’s just that, well. It’s not great.

    To that I say this: the great characterization that made the first fic so much better? That was OOC if you use the strict sense of the word.

    No, seriously. Sometimes, I think, you need to choose between writing a good fanfic and writing a good story. Around 80% of my stories show this: I never cared that much for writing exact copies from the show, because I knew that would actually turn my fics into worse stories.

    Why aren’t those fics doomed as garbage, then? (To which I reply: oh, they probably are, but that’s not the point). Well, the thing about writing OOC or writing IC is not as much about the character acting that way as it is about why it acts that way.

    In my case, it’s a meta thing. My stories are obviously A) comedies, B) silly comedies, and C) silly comedies that parody the show and the fandom. Those three things are subtle, but they’re still clear enough for the readers to immediately accept Celestia acting in a way that’s not what we’ve seen in the show.

    But she still sounds like Celestia. Why? Because the character is self-consistent.

    Allow me to explain: Sometimes I seriously believe this fandom has forgotten that every author has their own prose, personality, and tastes. Each writer will put their own personal vision in the story, and that’s what makes every fanfic a completely different story.

    Let me show you some examples:

    Tchernoborg’s Applejack worries a lot and has a clear wing fetish,

    SS&E’s Rainbow Dash is a petite, obsessive, cute, and insecure pony with a swaggering bravado.

    Mr Numbers’ Twilight is a neurotic, cynical, sarcastic, and genre-savy  bookworm with a soft side.

    Donny’s Boy’s Pinkie Pie is funny, but like all good comedians, it has some awesome philosophy behind her.

    Selbi’s Fluttershy has a dick.

    Are those things IC? Well, in a strict sense, they’re not. You won’t be seeing any of that in the show. Some of their main characteristics are underplayed, while some others are exaggerated.

    But still, the characters are self-consistent. They act that way for a reason, their personalities are justified. And they’re clearly based on the show. It’s not about taking whatever you want from the show and ignoring the rest: it’s about creating a picture that makes sense from the perspective of the character and the story, about having what’s best for the tale you want to tell, and about having the reader accept that immediately.

    How do the authors do that? They take what they’re more comfortable with, what they believe would make a good character, and then they let the character act on its own. It’s as simple as that, mere intuition. It also has to do with the mood of the fic – a more philosophical tone will justify more philosophical characters, and so on.

    What you as a person think, what you believe, how you see the world… Your characters are going to be influenced by that.

    And that’s good! That means that the Pinkie in your fic can be both the Pinkie Pie and your Pinkie Pie. It’s something that can’t be easily imitated, and that you shouldn’t fear. Hell, you should embrace it.

    To a point, of course! The main core of the character should somewhat remain recognizable. Don’t turn Twilight into a cyborg just because you have robotic arms, for example. There’s a balance that can be found only with practice.

    Can you write a completely IC character? Yes, you can. But it’s extremely complicated, and why would you do that? Fanfiction has narration, descriptions, prose. You can add a particular depth to your characters, make them yours. Be neutral if you want, but don’t shy away from adding your own flavor.

    This is especially noticeable in long fics, because the characters go through some development then. You end up with a character that might not be like the show’s Twilight Sparkle at all, and yet she feels right. Why? Because you saw her grow.

    I’m going back to what I said earlier: there’s a good fanfic, and then there’ a good story. Try to find a balance between the two, but if you have to choose? Choose a better story. It’ll be remembered with far more love.

    Hell, think about what I said about my stories. I’m the first one to say that my Celestia tends to be very out of character. Hardly any reader cares, because the way Celestia acts is funnier. On top of that, while it’s OOC, you can’t really say she’s not Celestia. She has enough traits from the show left to justify the initial portrayal of her.

    And then the fic goes on, and Celestia goes through some minor character development, and next thing you know she’s yodelling while juggling scythes. And my prereaders go “yep, that’s Celestia for you!” and call it a day.

    (Of course, that might be because I’m a bad writer and my prereaders are just tired of me. Who knows?)

    What I want to say here is: don’t fear the OOC stigma. Sure, if it alienates the reader (and it damn well can, if used wrongly) then avoid it. But it can be used for good, too.

    All great writers use some variation of OOC – that’s why you can say “Gosh, this guy’s Applejack is amazing, Uncle Joe will be pleased.” If every single character had to be perfectly IC, that sentence wouldn’t make sense. That guy’s Applejack is AJ, or she isn’t. Simple as that.

    I am fairly sure this is not a revolutionary idea. Almost everybody knows this already. But I’ve never seen this written down in Fimfiction, and I think that’s a mistake.

    Writing is about finding your voice. All the writers I’ve mentioned here have a very personal, particular style, for example. And I think that, hey, this is a nice message. Be who you are, yaddah yaddah individuality yaddah yaddah don’t be afraid to try to make a difference blahblahblah OH GOD UNCLE JOE IS DEAD NOW I’LL NEVER GET THE FARM MY LIFE IS RUINED.

    So yeah. If you’re starting to write (or if you’ve been writing for a while and struggle with characterization) think about that. Add your flavor. And screw those guys who yell OOC at everything.

    (Hell, the mere existence of shipping fics show that I’m right here – there’s no way that a character from the show would do any of that, but it still feels right, is justified, and self-consistent.)

    See ya!

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  • 19w, 4d
    On I Don't Want To Write This, or "How Aragón Still Manages To Mess Up Everything He Touches"

    So! The story is out of the box, which means I’ll ramble about it a little bit. Meta information, mostly—things that you can’t know just by reading at the story, but that I think are interesting for the readers.

    It’s also a great chance for me to ramble for over 2,000 words in a blog without anybody telling me I shouldn’t, and you can be damn sure I won’t let that pass.

    Oh, by the way! My salute to all my new followers: Hi. ‘Sup. Good? Good. I hope you realize I’m mainly a comedy writer, because if you followed me because you liked that drama thingy and feel like reading more dramatic stories, then… Yeeeeah. I, uh, might not be the best user to follow then.

    Okay, elephant in the room first: I like to make my blogs funny, and this is about a story that deals with Dash being sad because her father died. So I have two options here: ignore that detail and write my usual kind of blog (as in, full of very stupid jokes) or try to pay some respect to the story and write, like, a serious blog and all that.

    Yeah, doing the first option, sorry. On the other hand, I guess I’ll tone it down a little—not that hard, since I’ll be talking about a story, so it’ll be more informative than downright surreal (as often my blogs are, apparently).

    (Well, most people actually label them as “weird.” “Surreal” is just the fancy word for that.)

    (Okay yes, they actually say the blogs are, and quoting here: “f*cking dumber than that time you tried to lick a giraffe. What is wrong with you.” But we’re not talking about that.)

    Hm. Failed step one already. Well, that’s cool I guess.

    And, you know, partially I’m sorry but – I can’t stress this enough – I’m a comedy writer. Comedy. I’m used to people telling me my stories made them laugh. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’m no stranger to noncomedy fics, and what was my most depressing fic till now is in EQD, to boot. But I don’t think those are “sad” as much as they’re “contemplative.”

    It’s a big difference, and you might call me a wuss for this, but… Holy crap, dudes. I log in, I see a couple comments, and both of them are people telling me my story made them think of their dead loved ones, and possibly cry.

    Woah.

    So yeah, as I’m as mature as a seven year old boy who plays online FPS’s, my first reaction is to immediately type “I’M SO SORRY” in the comments and then delete the story. Probably while crying hysterically.

    Of course, that’s the moment when I stop myself because I just remembered that wait, this is kind of a sad-ish story. That guy is telling me he liked the fic. And that other one said I did a good job, right after – oh shit I reminded him of his grandfather why did I do this.

    So yeah, you shouldn’t really expect any drama from this guy any time near. I’m not closing myself to the possibility, of course – I don’t really know what I’ll write next, that kind of thing just happens – but I think I’m more comfortable with comedy. Dunno, it seems like making folks happy (or at least making them chuckle) is more fulfilling than getting them melancholic.

    Which is, and I know it quite well, absolute bullsh*t. I’ve read sad-ish stories myself, I’ve gotten kind of sad about it, and I’ve loved it. I know that the folks who commented on it were happy with it. This is not anybody’s fault or anything, it’s just me being a wuss.

    Hahaha. Wuss. I seriously love that word. Like, I get it’s kind of an insult, but I love it because I can’t help but hear a very fat baby talking every time I see it. Wuss. Hahahahah. Such a fat baby.

    Why such a wuss (snort) reaction to the readers telling me they liked the story? Well, this is going to make me look bad, but – yeah, the comments were way too heavy for a story with such a background.

    I mean, more than one reader asked me why I had written that story. Perhaps I was feeling sad or angry for some reason? A personal experience similar to the one shown in the story? Me wanting to try new things?

    Far sillier.

    Far, far sillier. Seriously, don’t ever assume anything related to me is serious, because by all accounts I’m just a very eloquent clown fish in a Pixar ripoff movie.

    You see, I was browsing Tumblr at 3:00 am or so, because I have insomnia. And MrNumbers, being Australian, was online. So I was just skyping with him, talking some stupid silliness or something, when I noticed a sad fic had appeared on my dash.

    It was a really short “story,” and it was mostly a character writing a letter to a dead loved one. It was bad. It was very, very bad. So I said “man, I could do something better than this.”

    Numbers replied shortly. “You think?”

    “Yeah, dude. I just need a plot. Something simple, and just the voicing. Easy-peasy. I can’t believe how much they messed it up in this fic I’m reading.”

    “Plot? Isn’t it about a character writing a letter to another?”

    “Well, yeah, but you can’t just write a thousand words of ‘I’m sad’. I need something more. And the character is gonna be Dash.”

    “Why?”

    “She’s the best one for what I have in mind.”

    So immediately after writing this reply, I opened a MSWord doc, and I started writing. Just like that. No big revelation, no artistic struggle, no conveying my feelings to the page.

    Even I am disappointed by that, holy crap.

    I mean, I even did what I usually don’t do, and wrote while listening to a song. Just one song, on repeat. I memorized the lyrics because of this story.

    Which song? You might ask. Numbers guessed something by Mountain Goats (cool group, awesome lyrics, very contemplative/sad). Selbi said My Chemical Romance (kind of emo, punk-rock-whatever, more angrysad than sadsad).

    Both are wrong. Blank Space, by Taylor Swift. It doesn’t even relate to the story, I just thought it was fitting. Hey, that’s a neat melody. “AND YOU! LOVE! THE-GAME!” Neato. Let’s write this.

    Then I get comments of people who were, apparently, touched by that story, and God that’ embarrassing.

    Like, I’m sure this has to be a letdown to at least a reader. Way to drop expectations here. At first I had a “Post Scriptum” chapter in mind (that’s why the chapter is named “Missive,” by the way). In that chapter, I would show Dash sending her dad another letter, around three weeks or so later, and it would show she was better.

    But then I realized that the story was more powerful without that P.S. so I let it go. Also, the story got popular, and I accidentally tagged it “complete”, so any addition would be seen as me milking the cow. Seeing how people seemed to like the story how it is, I chose the elegant solution and just let the story run its course as it is.

    Also, funny story here: at first I was going to name the chapter “The Letter”. But the very same day I uploaded the story, RobCakeran (Author of MLD) was topping the featured box. And his story had only one chapter, titled “The Letter”.

    So I thought “Well, that’s a bummer”. I think Missive is better, however, seeing how it includes the word “Miss” in there. Also “ive” which can be read as “I’ve” and if you mix the two and ignore grammar, you have “I’ve missed [you]” which is cool I guess.

    Mostly the MLD author thing, tho.

    Oh, and by the way – while Octavia Harmony did a good job as a proofreader (as always), I gotta give MrNumbers a big shoutout for this story, because the initial draft was 6,5k words long.

    You might notice that the actual story, as it is now, is 4k (plus one!) word. The reason for this is that, well, seeing how I had written the entire thing while skyping with MrNumbers, he said he would take a peek at it.

    So I show him (the story was more or less written in one go, with a single pause to sleep, as I’d been awake for over 40 hours) and his answer was clear and simple: “It’s in character, it’s well voiced, it’s realistic, and it’s the most boring thing I’ve read in a long time. Cut two thirds of the rambling, get it to 3,500 words, and then come back.”

    Paraphrasing that line. He also slapped me hard in the face and called me a fat penguin. That was f*cking weird. But yeah. Even Octavia Harmony (who, by this point, is so jaded of editing all my stories that he seriously doesn’t give a f*ck anymore, in the best of ways – I can show him a story in which a character uses two pigs as nunchucks, and he won’t even bat an eye) told me that, dude, this time you got way overboard with the rambling.

    Cue me sighing, and then letting the story wait for a couple days. In case you wonder why, I did that to avoid being frustrated and to refresh my brain – never try to edit something you wrote mere hours ago, because you will miss stuff.

    So a couple days later, I go back to the story, and I start cutting parts of it. Initially, Rainbow Dash tried to avoid the stuff she’s embarrassed about, so she would suddenly start talking about Twilight and so. Which I think is what she would actually do (she doesn’t like admitting she’s lame), but as Number said, fiction is real life, but more interesting.

    And oh God cutting parts of the story was painful. It got to the point where Numbers (who knew what I was going through and was really cheery about it, the assbutt) referred to the act as “killing my little babies”, a term I soon adopted myself.

    Of course, killing those babies implied rewriting huge parts of the babies too. That was a weird sentence. Anyway, yeah, there’s a huge part at the start of the story that’s completely rewritten – initially, Dash goes to a park and breaks a stick and kicks some rocks, and ponders about that, and there’s a little echo with AJ’s advice going on through the story.

    Following Numbers’ advice was probably the best choice here, as the final result, as it is now, is leagues better than the original. So again, big shout out to Numbers for this one.

    We’ve learned two things here! First: always listen to your editors. Second: apparently, I’m a fat penguin. (I mean, he nailed the rest of what he said, so chances are this is also true).

    Octavia Harmony also did a good job, of course, but by the time he came and fixed all the grammar mistakes Numbers was already tearing me a new one. He chose to leave the beating to the Australian. He’s too busy building robots or whatever.

    (No, seriously. He does that. Artificial limbs with lego and stuff like that. How cool is that?)

    I think that’s about everything I can say about the story. It’s not tagged “Sad”, by the way, because I don’t like the tag (I see it as an order, not as a genre) and, because of the background story of this fanfic, I saw it more like a Slice of Life exercise on voicing Rainbow Dash. I seriously didn't expect it to be popular, and outright told my friends that it wouldn't get featured (as it's not a comedy, and I'm sure 99% of the guys here follow me for those). I lost the bet, because apparently I can never win, even if I win. Dang it.

    Not complaining about it, though. You'll first catch me death than complaining about popularity. That'd be too dumb, even for me.

    In fact, and Numbers commented on this early on, as I was still writing the fic – while the story reads as a letter, it’s a very weird letter. I immediately realized that I could make it more realistic (in the formatting sense), but that it would make the story more awkward to read. I chose to avoid that.

    Hence the lack of obtrusive grammar mistakes in the most emotional moments, crossed out sentences, and so and so. Dash as a narrator first, letter second. That was the rule.

    (Also, seeing how some fellas didn’t get it – yes, Dash is an unreliable narrator. She mentions more than once that she doesn’t remember certain events, and that she wasn’t paying attention to others. She doesn’t outright lie, but that aside you can’t get more unreliable than that).

    Ah! One last thingy that’s been annoying me: more than one person showed surprise at me being able to write something serious. That is perfectly normal, because I’m pretty dumb and anything I write is going to end up being silly as hell. I can’t stress that hard enough.

    However, some seemed to show surprise at the idea of a comedy writer being good at drama, which amused me. Fellas, comedy is harder than drama. I mean, yes, anyone can write a funny joke, but I’m talking about comedy here. That’s something that not only makes you laugh, but that catches your interest. I don’t know if my stories are at that level yet, but think about it for a second.

    Jokes are not the most important part of a comedy. The most important part is how and when to tell them. Comedies are about rhythm, pacing, tone, and knowing how to make the reader expect one thing (then subverting it). Many comedies also need strong characters and a little bit of dimension to be more than a simple forgettable chuckle festival.

    All of that is what you use to write drama. You only change one emotion for the other. But yeah, if you see a comedy writer, don’t assume he’s going for the easy route – comedy is a very easy way to get popular in this website, as it appeals to a bigger mass of people, but that doesn’t cheapen the genre.

    A good comedy is hard to write. Respect your comedy writes, fellas.

    I would also ask you to respect me, but I tried to write a serious blog post and I ended talking about fat penguins and how I rewrote some tiny babies. Yeah. Better not to include me in that cool “comedy writers” group, just in case. I respect those guys too much.

    Also, and even though it’s pretty stupid – sorry if that story made you sad! Think that a fat penguin wrote it, and that Dash got better at the end (the story, in fact, ends with Dash moving from anger to grief, which means that she’s slowly getting over the hard news. And she shows remorse and realizes just how messed up everything she did is, which actually is a very good sign, because at least she’s thinking again).

    See ya!

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  • 20w, 19h
    So, Crime and Funishment Got Leaked

    Weird word to use in this context. "Leaked". Hm. Yet, it's exactly what happened -- there was a draft of the story saved in this page (for formatting and word-count issues, more than anything) that I never submitted, and I didn't provide the link to anyone.

    It was password-protected, obviusly, and yet right now someone commented on it, saying that it was visible. And apparently, one could even download it completely. Not sure how to feel at the moment.

    So yeah. Seeing how this is just a silly fic, and not some kind of secret file that describes how I was the mastermind behind the most recent Fimfic drama (pick whichever you want, I guess -- I heard that PresentPerfect was revealed to be actually thirteen midgets and one really tall woman sharing an account pretty recently, maybe that will work) it's not that big of a deal, but it still annoyed me.

    Sssssssso. If you have seen that thing, how did you do that? You can't share it anymore (who would do that, anyway? It's just a fic), but just in case: don't share the downloaded file. Also, have in mind that it was a draft, with no input from prereaders, proofreaders, or anything. The actual, official chapters will differ in many points.

    But nah that'd be a dick move, and I'm fairly sure you're all pretty cool guys. Just saying. Also, I guess this means I was dumb for saving ubsubmitted stories? I have no idea. Just in case, don't do that , guys. Or do it, but, like, in a smarter way I guess.

    EDIT: Kay, details of the leak deleted, just in case. I know how it happened, and I'll contact a mod or some shit.

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  • 20w, 1d
    Valentine's Day!

    Welp, seems like you'll have to wait for that story I promised. It's coming in a week or so, but I couldn't finish it before today.

    I'm sorry, really, but I need to heavily edit some parts, and I want to feel cool about the whole result, y'know? I'm sure you'll understand. Better something actually legible than some half-assed, rushed disgrace.

    Plus, Bon Bon gets more and more caustic the more I write it, and sometimes it gets hard to come up with new ways to insult the characters in annoying tirades. Seriously, that character is designed to be completely ignored every time she talks (as in, you're supposed to skip her speeches), and it's still one of the biggest fan-favorites, if only because of the comedic duo she makes with Lyra.

    The rest of the characters are easy to write, however. And this story will finally clear some stuff about Turner and Derpy as well as showing you a new adventure (even more stupid than the original one, and with more action) so yeah, look up to that, I guess.

    So. You'll have to wait a little more for it. Sorry, and have a nice Love Day!

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  • 20w, 4d
    One Thousand Followers, and Two Friends Come Back

    “Okay.” I got up from the sofa and joined my hands under my chin. “What about this: I’m going to fuck a watermelon.

    Silence.

    Dolphucker put down the book he had been reading and just looked at me in disbelief. “You know,” he said, “I don’t know how you did it, but you literally just fucked up the entire conversation before it even started. Just… Just how?

    “Like, I get a watermelon, right?”

    “Why are you still talking.”

    “And then, I fuck it.” I made a thrust motion with my hips so he could picture everything better. “Like, bam.”

    “Your parents should have drowned you in boiling water when you were born,” Dolphucker said, massaging his temples. “Just, what the hell?”

    “Dude.” I looked at him. “I gotta celebrate the thousand followers. This is important. I’m running out of time.”

    “And your best idea is to fuck a piece of fruit?!”

    “Well, it’s either that, or doing nothing!” I crossed my arms and glared at him, right foot tapping on the floor. “Is that what you want? Nothing? That would be your ideal thing, wouldn’t it?”

    “Look, absolutely anything would be better than you fucking a watermelon,” Dolphucker said. “That’s literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

    “Oh, yeah, you tell me that.”

    “I only fucked that dolphin once!” he said, crossing his arms too and looking at me with an offended face. “Are you ever going to let me outlive that?!”

    “Dude, then help me!” I sighed and sat down on the sofa again. “I have no idea what to do, and I already have over one thousand thirty followers. I gotta do something.

    “Can’t you just, like, post a normal story?”

    “Nah that’s stupid.” I waved a hand at him and looked at the ceiling. “It has to be amazing. It has to be awe-inspiring.

    Silence.

    I’m going to fuck a thousand watermel—

    “You seriously shouldn’t be allowed to breathe.”


    “Okay.” I looked at Editor. “So I talked to Dolphucker, and he told me the watermelon thing wasn’t a good idea.”

    Editor nodded. “And it was,” he said. “It was probably the best one you’ve ever had.”

    “Thanks, I think the same.”

    “Which goes to say what the standard we’re working with here is.”

    “Whatever.” I waved a hand. “So, like, I thought about it a lot, right?”

    “Right.”

    “And I thought: I know it. I’ll do something good. Some charity.” I ran a hand through my hair. “It was not a good idea.”

    Editor’s eyes got wide. “Oh, God,” he said. “What the hell did you do?”

    “I, uh, went to the orphanage.” I licked my lips. “I wanted to sing to the orphans. Let them have a good time, right? I mean, they’re little kids, so—”

    “Okay, I know where this is going.” Editor raised a hand to shut me up. “What did you sing about? Masturbation and existentialism?”

    “What? No!” I frowned. “What the hell? It was about the Care Bears!”

    “Oh.”

    “About how they jack off and realize they are nothing if they don’t care, because that’s their entire existence.”

    “Please get out of my house.”

    So many of them died, dude.

    “I’m calling the police.”


    “Okay, so.” I looked at Captain Steel DickPuncher. He’s looking as fine as ever. “I had a new idea to celebrate the thousand followers.”

    ME PUNCHES DICKS.

    “You see, I’m going to get a gorilla from the zoo, and then—”

    ME CAN PUNCH ITS DICK.

    I blinked. “What? No! No, no punching gorillas.” I grabbed Captain Steel DickPuncher’s shoulder. “They are too adorable to be punched.”

    ME LIKES TO PUNCH DICKS.

    “But you can’t do that, dude!” I said. “Gorillas are off limits!”

    ME DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO IF ME IS NOT PUNCHING DICKS.

    “Right.” I nodded. “So, I’m getting the gorilla, and I’m dressing it as a sailor, right? And then I go to my favorite pub, and—”

    ME JUST REALIZED ME IS NOTHING IF NO DICKPUNCHING HAPPENS.

    I blinked again. “Uh-oh.”

    ME IS HAVING AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS RIGHT NOW.

    “You wanna jack off, then?”

    ME THINKS IT’S WEIRD HOW IT FITS THE SITUATION.


    A black figure appeared in front of me. “Heya,” it said, and his voice sounded like a cold grave being struck by thunder. “We meet again.”

    I frowned. I recognized the figure—it was the anthropomorphical representation of my inner demons.  Only it wasn’t dressed in black, as he usually was. It was completely dressed in—

    “Yellow?” I asked, poking his jacket. “Why are you dressed in yellow?”

    “I fucked up as your inner demons, so I got a new job.” He readjusted the neck of his shirt. “So, new clothes.”

    “New job?” I cocked my head to the side. “Which one?”

    “I’m your inner lemons.”

    Silence.

    “You’re kidding me.”

    “Nope.”

    “That is the most retarded joke I’ve ever heard.”

    “Oh, and isn’t that the lesson, my friend?” My inner lemons put a hand over my shoulders and dragged me across the street. “It’s a stupid joke. You’re trying too hard.”

    “Oh God you’re scented. You’re fucking scented.

    He rolled his eyes. “Hey, I’m trying to teach you a lesson here. You’re worried, you want to do something legendary… And that’s the absolute opposite of what you should be doing.”

    This is so fucking stupid.

    “I mean…” My inner lemons sighed. “It’s not that big of a deal, dude. They don’t care, and you shouldn’t care either—because if you care, you might end up being a little bit of a stuck up.”

    I frowned. “I don’t know what you mean. Also, how can anyone have inner lemons? Like, how does that work?”

    “I mean that you are prone to be an egotistical asshole.” The guy arched an eyebrow at me. “Of course, you’re too stupid to actually realize that. It’s kind of an exercise in futility to trying to explain this to you, isn’t it?”

    “I don’t even like lemons. I don’t eat that shit. I can’t have lemons inside.”

    “It’s a metaphor, you twit. It’s a representation of—you are touching my butt.”

    I smiled. “Maybe.”

    “Can I do anything with you that doesn’t end up being stupid or sexual?” He pushed me aside and crossed his arms in front of his chest. “Seriously, this is big. I’m trying to teach you, you idiot.”

    “Oh yeah, you can teach me all night long.” I winked at him. “You’re the prettiest person I’ve met in my life.”

    “I’m an exact replica of yourself.”

    “Bullseye.”

    He sighed. “What I try to say here is—don’t sweat it. Don’t plan anything big, don’t try to outdo yourself, because it will end up in disappointment. And, honestly? They don’t really care.” My inner lemons locked eyes with me. “They are following you because… Uh…”

    Silence.

    “Okay, they are probably following you because they mistook you for a smart person once, and now they’re too polite to unfollow your sorry ass.”

    “Even I wonder how the fuck did that happen, yeah.”

    He waved a hand. “Doesn’t matter. They’re not following you for your blogs, so does it even matter? Just go on doing what you’ve always been doing.”

    “You mean being an idiot?”

    “Yes.”

    “Sweet. I’m awesome at that.” I smirked. “Did you know I got a gorilla from the zoo and dressed it as a sailor?”

    He frowned. “Why?”

    “I really like gorillas. I wanted to ship him with myself.”

    Silence.

    “Yes. Yes, that’s it.” My inner lemons gave me a thumbs up. “That’s fucking it. That’s even worse than the lemon thing.”

    “I’m trying to consciously disappoint everybody because then I can act as if it was planned all along!”

    “Brilliant plan.” He nodded. “So yeah. You need to learn not to worry about this kind of stuff.”

    “What an amazing lesson.”

    “And now I must leave you,” he said, as he closed his eyes and became transparent. “For once, you fucking listened to me.”

    “Hey! Don’t go!” I tried to grab him, but my hand passed through my inner lemons as if he wasn’t even there. “I still don’t know what to do to celebrate my followers!”

    “Seriously?” He laughed as he became more and more invisible by the second. “I told you not to worry! Deep in your heart, you know what to do. You just need to follow your instincts.”

    “Inner lemons!” I screamed, falling to my knees. “Don’t leave me!”

    “Are you seriously trying to unbutton my pants in this kind of situation?”

    “Hey, can’t blame me for trying.”

    “Pfft.” He rolled his eyes. “Whatever. Bye. You’ll know what to do.”

    “But…” I looked up at him, and our eyes locked once more. “But, are you sure?”

    “Of course.” He winked at me. “But, just in case, I made sure to leave you a surprise. You’ll understand when you see it.”

    And then, just like that, he was gone.


    When I went home twenty minutes later, a thousand watermelons were waiting for me there.

    A single tear fell down my cheek.

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  • 21w, 6d
    OH, L'AMOUR

    Diamond Tiara is one of my favorite characters in the show, as well as Silver Spoon, to a lesser degree. However, whenever I say that people tend to misunderstand me--I don't think she's cute.I mean, yes, she is, but to be honest every single pony put there is cute. That's kind of a big thing in the show.

    I don't mean that I would like her to be my friend in real life, either--I know some people choose their favorite characters like that.

    Like, Diamond Tiara is an asshole. I mean woah what a lil' piece of shit. If I had kids, I wouldn't let them near her. And I would probably kick her in the face the moment I could be sure nobody was looking. BAM. YEAH HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT, YOU HARMLESS FIVE YEAR OLD. FEEL THE WRATH OF A VERY IRRESPONSIBLE MAN. And then I'd probably go to jail.

    But I digress! I still like the character, and that's precisely because she's so despicable. Y'see, bullies in real life are horrible, but in fiction? They can be charming, if you know how to write them. Same with any other flavor of asshole. I mean, Holmes would be a horrible homie, I think. Though you could call him your holmie, which would be cool. Heheh. Holmie.

    It's just a personal preference of mine, I guess? I adore love-to-hate characters, and assholes in general. A protagonist who kicks the everloving crap out of children whenever he's bored will be more interesting than a guy whose main flaw is that "he tries too hard" from the get-go.

    Why am I talking about this? You might ask yourself. Well, the other day I realized that St. Valentine's is coming, and I've never written a holiday-themed comedy. That could be fun!

    But normal romantic comedies are boring, and I like horrible characters. So I'm getting a crew I really like, from a story you won't need to read -- Long Story Short, Things Went Down is its name -- and I'll write a comedy about what "love" means to a bunch of sociopaths.

    Or, well, at least that's the plan. Whaddayathink? Should I do that? Or are love-to-hate characters boring for you? This wouldn't be a shipping fic, by the way. It would be a bona fide comedy about love. Different.

    But, y'know. Just in case. Should I do it? Do you wanna see a horrible Lyra and an asshole Bon Bon (plus five more bg ponies) and what do they do during the romantic holiday? Or should I write about Celestia turning into a clam instead? Sometines you just gotta ask the public, I think.

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  • 22w, 5d
    This Is A Normal Blog About Cherry Blossoms, Drugs, And How Tea Plus Coffee Equals High Heels

    [21/01/2015 19:21:48] Mr Numbers: Oh my god but you act like such a dumbarse.

    [21/01/2015 19:22:02] Mr Numbers: On purpose, mind, it belies what I feel is a very deceptive intelligence.

    You know, sometimes you hear something a friend says, and it makes you think. In this case, this quote, alongside a comment I made on a story y’all should seriously read, made me think about things that look like things but in reality are different things. In a story, that’s what people usually call symbolism. That’s always a cool thing to think about, isn’t it?

    Also, just in case—Mr Dumbers here is wrong. I don’t act like an idiot to deceive ya. I’m merely pretty f*king dumb. Ockham’s Razor, people.

    Anyway! We’re not talking about my lack of brains here. We’re talking about cheap tricks to deceive the reader. Well, actually I am talking about this, and you’re just reading my words and probably dancing or some sh*t like that, but let’s just ignore that detail.

    What do I mean with “deceive”? Well, that’s a stupid question. Like, the word is right there. I mean deceive. I swear to God, y’all should stop asking that kind of thing.

    There’s this thing in publicity called “preloading”. It’s a way to indirectly tell the customer what to think when they see the product (think of it as a more developed “show, don’t tell” rule). It’s why when you see a yogurt commercial, a pretty lady eats the yogurt and goes “hmmmmmmmmm!” but nobody goes “HOLY F*CKING SH*T THIS YOGURT IS BETTER THAN JESUS AND IT ALSO MAKES ME POOP HOW COOL IS THAT”. Preloading is all about subtlety, about being deceptive, so to speak. Almost subliminal, but not quite, because the message is obvious. It’s about sending sings to the customers, and forcing them to assume stuff.

    Stories have that too. There are many things that immediately make the reader think a couple things about the character of the story. You might know it or you might not, but whenever you write, you’re preloading your readers.

    Am I making sense? I doubt it. Who cares. This is just a very long intro anyway. What I wanted to list here as just all the little things that plague a story and what they mean, at least for me. Have in mind this is not purely subjective—I’ve seen many authors (both in and out of this site) who use this kind of thing exactly like me, and sometimes they don’t even do it consciously.

    I’m talking about things like…


    Tea: I’ve written a lot about ponies drinking tea, because I’m as original as a red-and-black-alicorn joke. However, this is not just because I like tea. Tea is a social beverage, something like the pusillanimous cousin of coffee. You don’t drink tea when you want to avoid falling asleep—you drink tea when you’re with people.

    In other words—whenever there’s tea somewhere, the character drinking it is probably either British/Indian/Chinese or a very social person. You don’t drink tea on your own unless you’re very very sad or very very cold, so there’s probably going to be a conversation whenever tea arises. And it’s going to be an adult conversation, because if you ever see a kid drinking tea like that you should kick the little bastard in the face and then throw the body into the river. That’s not a kid, that’s an alien.

    Or, again, a British/Indian/Chinese kid. If that’s the case, please don’t kick the kid unless it’s being an asshole.

    Long story short: tea means society, conversations. Sometimes elegance, too, and sassiness. No wonders I always picture Rarity drinking tea, even though we’ve never seen her doing that in the show. But you know who else drinks tea? Celestia. Who is not sassy at all, but shut up the point still works. I’ll use my own stories as an example here: ponies drink tea and they talk, always.

    Coffee: Coffee is a bitter drink (important later), and it has three different meanings, depending on when it appears. A character drinking coffee in the morning is going to be seen as either a professional, centered character who doesn’t fool around and probably wears a tie, or a very sleepy fella. Sleepiness here usually meaning unprofessional, weirdly enough. So it kind of depends on how you portray a character.

    Want an example? Chances are, if a fic shows Octavia drinking coffee in the mornings, she’ll drink it while reading the newspaper and having breakfast in the kitchen, her attention focused on something else. Man, what a responsible mare. I’d let her take care of my finances.

    However, Vinyl is going to show up sleepy as hell, with the worst bed hair you’ve ever seen, her attention completely focused on the coffee because she can’t really think yet and desperately needs the caffeine to wake up. She’s a f*cking mess, that’s what she is. My, she probably has a hangover.

    You might say the coffee is not important here, to which I say seriously shut up. You can show this exact same thing without the coffee, but the coffee is an easy yet efficient way to do it, and f*cking everybody does it already.

    What if the coffee appears in the afternoon? Then it’s a little more metaphoric. Coffee, as I said before, is bitter. That, for some reason, makes it melancholic. Seriously, check it out—if the character is having a coffee with a friend or something, they’re going to start remembering and the atmosphere will get very thoughtful, maybe even philosophic. Even if they add sugar, it’s still going to be like that. Coffee is also romantic, because apparently kissing somebody whose mouth tastes like coffee is hot? I have no idea.

    I guess it also has to do with its flavor—coffee is bitter, but it can be sweet if you add sugar or cream. That sounds like a very angsty, teenagerish description of what “romantic love” is. And with “teenagerish” I mean “lame”, but hey, I don’t make the rules.

    Coffee during the night has just one meaning: f*ck sleep, I’ll get some sleep when I’m dead. Expect the character to be either a student or a very desperate person. Coffee during the night equals work, and probably a tedious one.

    See how this is going? This kind of thing is obvious, but it does carry a message. You don’t need to explain any of this—just show the character in any of those situations, and people start to assume. Which can be kind of useful.

    High heels or a tie: This is harder to use in a ponyfic, because last time I checked there’s no way a pony can wear high heels at all. But, hey, there are humanizations out there, aren’t they?

    A character who wears high heels (if it’s a girl) or a tie (both sexes) tends to be elegant and professional. It’s a mix between tea and coffee, and I just realized how weird that is. Coffee plus tea equals high heels. Man, that’s a quote for the ages.

    Mind you—they have to be worn in a casual way. Don’t make a fuss out of them. Just say that the character wears that, because it likes to do so. Mention the click-clack of her shoes whenever she walks. Show him playing with his tie whenever he’s bored.

    More than anything, high heels and ties give perhaps a feeling of adulthood. Real adulthood, mind you, not just an old age. It’s about responsibility, about being down-to-earth. Lipstick, loafers, white shirts, and the like are more or less the same. That’s one mature character right there.

    Also, you just imagined fanon-Octavia, probably. If you’re not being original and just imitating the usual stiff grey pony, any humanization of her will probably be like that.

    Perfume: Usually a fake person, as long as the character wears too much of it. If it’s just a faint smell, and it’s all whimsical ‘n shit, then the character who notices it is just falling in love.  

    But if the character just bathes in Channel? Yeeah that’s not trustworthy. Perfume hides part of you, right? So there’s that.

    Also, sometimes authors make a character smell like something, but without perfume. For example, Applejack smells like apples. That counts as the whole “falling in love” thingy, at least 90% of the time.

    Snow: Okay, two things: First, the author has watched far too much anime. What a f*cking weeabo.

    If you say that’s not true, then you’ve seen things that are inspired by Asian culture in general (probably Japan more than China, but I’m not exactly sure).

    Second, it means purity, death, loneliness, and sometimes beauty. Usually in that order. Seriously, originality is not something you should avoid, people. WHY HELLO SNOWDROP HOW’S IT GOING GOOD OKAY GOOD SAY HELLO TO ELSA NEXT TIME YOU SEE HER.

    Numbers: The character is smart. Look, it’s talking about numbers. Either he’s asocial, or he’s smart. Usually both.

    Numbers are impersonal and scary—saying “you’re just a number” means something like “you’re nor human”. And probably “I’m a nazi”, too. Too many numbers in one fic, especially when they involve a character, tend to point at a robotic, intellectual, not-very-good-with-people character.

    (Twilight is a good example for that, although it’s not an exact fit.)

    Food: If a character is eating food, then it probably means the character is f*cking hungry. Not everything has to be deep, sorry.

    Cherry blossoms: Oh, for heaven’s sake, read some Marvel instead of all that mango. Plus, no good anime has ever used cherry blossoms in an actual good symbolic way ‘cept for Free!, and that one is an exception because it’s a series that zooms to the protagonists’ crotches almost constantly, and plays it absolutely straight.  

    Well. Actually, it plays it in a very gay way, but you feel me.

    Drugs and alcohol: Ah-hah! This is the one that made me think of writing this blog that nobody will read. Before I say anything else in here, mind that I absolutely do not advise you to do drugs or drink too much alcohol. Get away from that stuff. It’s bad.

    Alcohol, if you’re of age, is okay, as long as you don’t overdo it. Also, keep this in mind: I’m talking about characters here. Fictional things. If a real person is like this, it’s not cool or interesting. It’s a tragedy. It means the person needs help. Don’t be an ass about this.

    Okay. Responsible thingy out. Let’s go to the cool stuff.

    Alcohol and drugs (drugs being more or less the “extreme” version of alcohol) tend to demonstrate self-destruction, or at least a desire to do so. Now, this is the interesting part—it doesn’t need to be bad self-destruction. Oh, it can be, of course, but alcohol and drugs can be presented under a positive or a negative light.

    Under the negative light, you get the usual stuff—alcohol and drugs can destroy you, after all, so a character that willingly takes those is pretty definitely a self-destructive person/pony/chameleon/semidemon/whatever the hell you’re writing. Maybe it’s self-destructive because its life is way too hard and the poor thing is already broken, maybe it’s just this kind of sick self-destruction, where the character doesn’t want to f*ck himself up to hell and beyond, but it can’t help it. Maybe it’s a sign of a sick character, and the addiction is a tragedy. This kind of stuff is pretty heavy, after all.

    But more or less, negative light on alcohol or drugs tend to mean that the character, for one reason or another, wants to stop existing. Sure, it might not think that, but subconsciously that’s what it’s searching. This can be very useful for writing a complex character, actually—it’s not suicidal, but the reader (and you, probably) will get the feeling that the character wants to die. That, if played well, can give birth to an amazing character. People is usually all about being alive, and when somebody unconsciously decides to stop being? That’s some next-level stuff. It’s also something extremely complicated to write.

    But what about a positive light? Then, self-destruction doesn’t mean the character wants to die. It means that the character is willing to shorten its life as long as it has a good life. It’s the old “better to live fully than to live longer” motto, the go-to rock ’n roll attitude, the easy way out when you want to introduce a rebel, young character. It’s about having a hell of a time at the party without caring for the hangover that comes afterwards.

    Because the hangover comes—both literally and figuratively. Characters that do drugs or drink alcohol in this sense (as a way to show that they have fun and don’t care for the future) tend to suffer consequences. And what’s more—the reader wants to see those consequences. Don’t chicken out here. A character like this needs to have something bad happening to him because of what he’s done (it doesn’t need to be related to the alcohol or the drugs, of course). The readers expect that, and it’s a perfect example of a character arc. Showing the initial attitude, the “party” (as in, the moment where the character shows its “live now, worry later” personality), the aftermath, and then the character learning from it? That’s a YA novel right there. That’s a timeless classic, too.

    I mean, I could be talking about Crime and Punishment. Or I could be talking about Pipsqueak’s Day Off. You don’t know. But I just mentioned two stories that use this sign (Raskolnikov drinks a lot of vodka, Pipsqueak driks bourbon and takes salts) and follow the same arc (both have a “party” with serious consequences, both have to deal with it, both fall in love in the process) and couldn’t be more different.

    Also yes, I just compared Crime and Punishment to Pipsqueak’s Day Off. I love that fic. F*cking fight me.

    So overall, what I mean here is that drugs and alcohol, if used well in a story, can give birth to some pretty awesome characters and a killer story.

    Man.

    I’m so responsible.

    Seriously though don’t even think about doing that stuff in real life. I’ve seen how it goes. It’s not pretty. And it ruins your life. And afterwards you smell like poop.


    Holy magnolias, this is one long noodle, quoting RBob. Better to stop now. Nobody’ll read this, but mneh, who cares. I might ramble about this stuff later on, because I find this topic pretty interesting, and there are more easy preloading symbols out there that I’d like to talk about.

    Then again, nobody will give a fudge about this, so bah.

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Apr
27th
2013

Well, for some reason it's just not advancing the approval queue. It's been there for more than 48 hours now, so... Huh. It's not being denied, it's just that it hasn't been seen yet.

So, eh, I'm going to post the link here, just in case someone wants to, you know, read it. It should go up someday, but till then, I don't want the few readers I have to wait too much.

So, here you go!

LINK TO THE STORY

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