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  • 1w, 3d
    A few notes on "Long Live Sonata Dusk"

    (EDIT: Derp! I neglected to mention this story also got reviewed by Seattle's Angels and The Last Roundup! Thanks, guys!)

    1. Yesterday, Bookish Delight* added my humble story to the EqG group's "Cream of the Crop" folder. It's the first Dark story to get in there, and I couldn't possibly be more pleased; just look at my big, toothy grin. I could grin like this forever, and ever, and...

    2. Interestingly, on the same day my story ran, another story was published, also involving Mr. Death, the sirens, and an accident on a highway. (The story is actually quite good, involving a dark-fantastical take on the Prisoner's Dilemma.) How about that--even the events surrounding my stories are full of eerie coincidences.

    3. The godawful song sung by my Mr. Death was written by me a number of years ago. I'm not in the habit of writing verse, as if it wasn't obvious. Without further buildup, here is Horse Voice's "The Ballad of Nasty Joe" in full. (The horror, the horror...)


    This is the story o’ Nasty Joe

    A man who dealt in drugs

    He’d play at games o’ chance an’ death

    With a motley band o’ thugs

    An idea they had: the fear

    O’ death would get you high

    They’d play Russian Roulette with scag

    The loser was to die

    They took a pistol and they spun

    The chambers ‘round an’ ‘round

    They spread the White Death all over

    In lines upon the ground

    An’ any man who spun the gun

    An’ shot it to his head

    An’ didn’t croak could take a sniff

    ‘Till he was high or dead

    The game went on and no one died

    Though chance was one in six

    For all is still in good fun when

    The hammer only clicks

    Now Nasty Joe, he spun the gun

    An’ took another sniff

    An’ picked it up at once again

    To play for one last whiff

    For he was one to chance the fate

    Of which they would make light

    He held it to his head once more

    An’ he pulled the trigger tight


    That piece o’ lead

    Hit ol’ Joe’s head

    Just underneath the hair

    An’ out it came

    An’ bits o’ brain

    Were blown out everywhere

    They rushed him to the hospital

    ‘Twas just a moment’s drive

    The Doc could not believe it that

    This man was still alive

    Put him to sleep, opened him up

    An’ took a look inside

    An’ half his frontal lobe was gone

    But boy, he hadn’t died

    And as I close I tell you, sir

    As honest as I can

    From that day forth, ol’ Nasty Joe

    Was a kinder, gentler man!

    *If there's one thing I know about bookish delight, it's that you should never accept it from strange witches. :pinkiecrazy:

    5 comments · 88 views
  • 6w, 13h
    Long Live RainbowBob

    About two days ago, RainbowBob was in a bad traffic accident.

    His leg is broken, as are several bones in his right arm. He's in constant pain, despite medication.

    Moral support is important at times like these, so please drop by and say a few kind words.

    (Long Live Sonata Dusk tagged for relevant themes.)

    4 comments · 128 views
  • 8w, 1d
    This Nightmare Night

    7 comments · 133 views
  • 11w, 1d
    A Few Thoughts on "Rainbow Rocks"

    25 comments · 279 views
  • 12w, 3h
    "Leviathan" Audiobook by Ilya Leonov

    Well, bless my bones! Ilya Leonov, the golden voice of the pony fandom, was so impressed by Leviathan that he made an audiobook version in record time.

    This is the second audiobook based on a Horse Voice story, and as before, I find myself absolutely floored by its quality. Big thanks, Ilya!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to listen to it a few more times.

    5 comments · 142 views

So, I assume you've all seen that trailer by now.

There have been lots of opinions flying around regarding Equestria Girls's quality, or lack thereof. But I'm more interested in its effect on canon. The way I see it, there are two possibilities.

1) The show makes no reference to the film. If you're writing fan fiction, this would mean that you could decide for yourself whether it's canon, or just a "what if?" story. Dragonball Z is an example of this.

2) The show references the film; it's canon, whether we like it or not.

Obviously, the first possibility gives the fanfic writer more flexibility. I for one am a big proponent of not-crap Human stories, and would like to continue writing them, unimpeded.

One of the unique aspects of the Human genre, is the strong sense of "otherness"--that thrill of discovery as the ponies meet an alien, or mythical creature, or species they thought was extinct, or whatever. If ponies know about humans, then the era of First Contact stories in fan fiction may be nearing its end.

And I think that would be a shame. It's true most of these stories are rubbish, but misuse of a thing does not abrogate its proper use. With canonical humans in Equestria, "Biblical Monsters" simply could not have happened. Nor could Anthropology. And I'm sure you can name a few.

So, if any of you fine readers have original ideas for Human stories, you had better hustle, because this sucker comes out in June.

(Note: that this point, the author begins to talk about his plans for future stories. By all means, skip it if you're uninterested.)

Why-oh-why couldn't I have written faster?

Luckily, I've already used my best ideas for Human stories. Four usable ones remain: a short story, a novella, a clopfic, and a full novel. The clopfic and novel take place in the same alternate universe as "The Savage Way" (yes, seriously) so they're alright in any case. The short story bears many resemblances to one of those I've already written, so it's no huge loss if it no longer works.

That leaves just the novella. The story I've been working on will have to wait until that novella is done, because next month may be the final deadline. Sorry, folks, but you'll have to wait a bit longer for the latest from the Horse House of Horror.

Be well.

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#1 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·

I'll just tag the suckers as AU and mention it's pre-film/EQG.

EDIT: OH SNAP, anyone catch that luchador pony with the yellow and red combo, the 'new' main character or whatever?  Remind you of that bitchy chick from the trailer?

#2 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·


That is certainly a viable solution. But I've heard that the AU tag can turn people off from giving a story a chance.

Although, if EQG turns out to be widely reviled, that tag may turn people on to a story instead. We'll see.

#4 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1075269 If it does turn out to be cannon, then a new genre of stories could form: the world between worlds.

#5 · 83w, 5d ago · 1 · ·


Cool story bro.

#7 · 83w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Actually, it can all but be confirmed that this is a non canon. Jason Theissan was once asked whether humans would be introduced and replied that under no circumstances ever be canon to the cartoon storyline.

#8 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·

Still, I'll ask Theissen again

#9 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·


True. But, that was a while ago. And if the big bosses disagree, it's not worth losing one's job over. Know what I mean?

I'm not saying for sure, one way or another, but yes, it would be great if you could ask.

#10 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·

To be honest, I feel betrayed. I was assured that the movie won't, under any circumstances, interference with the show's Equestria, and believing firmly in this promise, I stood unflichingly as a rock in the howling firestorm of the fandom raging about EqG. This trailer, however, shows that yes, it's our favorite ponies from Equestria who're undertaking this quest (or at least Twilight), with Princess Celestia acknowledging it and everything. This negates any hope of an "alternative universe" setting - even if the human universe and the ponyverse are alternate universes, Twilight is still the same in both. No, really that was low. I still don't want to judge the actual movie before watching it, though, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

I didn't really like the animation, however. Note that I'm no expert, so I can't tell if the actual quality was really worse than MLP:FiM.

The jokes about Twilight adjusting her human body were cute, though. Yes, they were basically the same jokes any average writer would write in their [Human] fic, but still.

Again, further judgement reserved until airing. Now back to the desk with you, Horse Voice!

#11 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·


I DO know it was officially announced that EG would be seperate of season 4, but the meaning of that is debateable. if you read at the bottom in 'update'

#12 · 83w, 5d ago · · ·


Now back to the desk with you, Horse Voice!

.... Yes sir. :fluttershyouch:

#13 · 78w, 11h ago · · ·

Saw it though if it does become absolute cannon then it will cause alot of issues of HIE writers

#14 · 75w, 4d ago · · ·

i really don't hope it's canon. the movie was okay (i would give it 4 out of 10) but i don't think they should give twilight a boyfriend she already is a alicorn they should give the others some attention too

#15 · 71w, 5d ago · · ·

I think I'm the only one thinking this, but I'm hoping the movie is canon. I loved the movie a lot. sure it has flaws, but I still really enjoyed myself with. If it becomes canon then we'll have an episode of Twilight learning how to act on a date with Flash Sentry (the pony version). Just think of all the hilarious jokes and references that episode could make. Plus when the show runs out of seasons they can just fall onto the human versions for a spin off. That doesn't sounds very entertaining at first, but I'm willing to give it a chance just like I gave this show and fandom a chance.

#16 · 71w, 5d ago · · ·


We'll see if season 4 references it. If not, I would like to call it "optional canon". It's only canon if you want it to be.

And hey, it was actually kind of fun. :pinkiehappy:

#17 · 61w, 5d ago · · ·

I think that movie was ok. Very good for little girls:twilightsmile:

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