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I play video games, a great many instruments, and used to write once in a blue moon. I don't anymore, but I'm still active here.

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  • 9w, 2d
    How I Feel About Friendship Games

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  • 24w, 5d
    Is Fanfiction Worth It Anymore?

    Jerry Peet has become an interesting influence in my life recently. As have a few other members of the analytical community. However, if I'm going to watch any of those people (Silver Quill, ILoveKimPossibleAlot, etc.), I tend to prefer someone other than Jerry. Sure he's entertaining in his episode summaries, but some of his Glass of Water videos come off as pushy and obnoxious.

    Earlier today, I was watching Jerry and another YouTuber discussing fanworks...

    ...for almost an hour.

    That got me thinking. About the people that make fanworks.

    About the people that talk about those fanworks.

    About the people that make the real show.

    About the MLP community as a whole.

    And, for the first time in a while, my negative nature has taken over and forced me to a crazy decision.

    I'm done writing.

    Not writing altogether, mind you. I'll still write these so no one can read them, and I'll still read and comment on other stories, but given how long it's been since I actually wrote something, and the negative attitude I've acquired as a result of overexposure to Jerry Peet videos about the quality of fanworks, I feel it's best that I abandon writing MLP.

    I feel like I should delete my stories, but I can't bring myself to get rid of The Mare of My Dreams, in spite of how bad it is.

    And I'll also try to keep writing for FanFiction, so if you need your ClarinetOverlord fix, head on over there and knock yourself out.

    Yinz take care.

    -ClarinetOverlord

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  • 34w, 22h
    Sunset Shimmer

    I hated her. I really did. In Equestria Girls, she was every teenage bitch ever written. Her plan made no sense, nor did the way she acted it out.

    Then September of 2014. The dreaded sequel reared its ugly head and confirmed why fanfiction should stay on the internet and off the big screen.

    But there were two good things about it. One was Vinyl Scratch. I don't know why, I just found her funny.

    The other was Sunset. Somehow, this hideous abomination of an animated picture managed to turn the previously forgettable and bland Sunset Shimmer into a living being who evoked positive feelings, sometimes even pity when things went wrong (though I was very much expecting her to snap).

    Then came the next wave. The inevitable response from us, the writers of internet fiction. There came a surge of stories surrounding Sunset, all of them meant to do the very same thing the movie did: make us feel something for this poor creature.

    And, I must admit, some of them are quite good.

    While everyone likes to talk about the creepy stories (Cupcakes, Sweet Apple Massacre, the goddamn Forkanna fic), there really are a few quality fanfiction writers. Twilightclopple, soundslikeponies, JapaneseTeeth, Overlord-Flinx, SleeplessBrony, Your Antagonist, RazedRainbow, Chengar Qodath, Emerald Flight, The_Dash. All great writers in their own right.

    And fanfiction writers have done something incredible (Dash, if you're reading, I'm looking at you). They've made characters, once unlikable or unknown, relatable, lovable, and memorable. I never thought I could feel bad for Trixie until I read Loyalty's Vengeance. And I never thought I could feel anything for Sunset until I found these stories.

    All I'm saying is that maybe, much like the MLP fandom itself, there's more to fanfiction and the fanfiction community than the average outside observer can see.

    Yinz take care.

    -ClarinetOverlord

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  • 36w, 6d
    From the Realm of the Dead

    Yep, I'm alive. I just had to leave for a long time because I needed a computer that could handle FIMFiction, which my old one can't. Rest assured that I am in fact alive and I'll hopefully be writing and reading again (if not the former, then definitely the latter).

    I loved season four, and I'm stoked for season five. But I do have a serious question: where the Hell can we possibly go from here? How can this show get any bigger than the finale to the last season (which was F@$%ING AWESOME)?

    With any luck, the next season will be just as fun as the last one, and they'll never make another human movie again.

    EVER.

    Vivat nox.

    -ClarinetOverlord

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  • 70w, 6d
    Twenty Episodes in Twenty Seconds

    HOLY CRAP I'M ALIVE LET'S GET TO ALL THE SEASON FOUR I'VE NEGLECTED TO COVER BEFORE I HAVE A STROKE!

    Daring Don't

    Not much to say. Nice little action schtick and fangirling by Rainbow.

    Flight to the Finish

    I like all the CMC episodes, and this one is no different. I've always related to the bullying aspect, but I really liked Scootaloo's insecurity at being insulted. It felt realistic to me. I can't say I was ever that emotionally crippled by bullies, but my experiences have left me feeling insecure and generally inferior even to this day.

    Power Ponies

    It's a Spike episode. Other than the villain and the fanfiction-esque theme, nothing I thought was noteworthy.

    Bats!

    Fluttershy is going to kill somepony.

    Other than that, let the Batman crossovers begin!

    Rarity Takes Manehatten

    I don't remember how the song went, but I remember liking it. A cute little romp that teaches kids that the fashion business is not for the soft.

    Pinkie Apple Pie

    May give a new dimension to Pinkiemac shipping, and finally gives us a valid excuse to start Applepie shipping.

    Rainbow Falls

    They need to do more with Rainbow's inner turmoil, because they have something really good going here. Although the fact that Roid Rage can fly is kinda spitting in Scootaloo's face.

    Three's a Crowd

    Loved it. Discord's mere existance raised the bar. It's nice to see he still has a dark side, but I really loved how Candence counter-trolled him by enjoying their escapade.

    Pinkie Pride

    F#ck yeah! Pinkie is funny. Weird Al is funny. Putting them together is another story entirely. I need to watch that again sometime.

    Simple Ways

    Rarity wearing jeans and a straw hat is hilarious. A bit silly at first, but once Rarity loses it and AJ starts trolling her, it gets funny fast.

    Filli Vanilli

    I love everything about this episode. I love the music, I love the jokes, I love the Pinkie, and I love feeling connected to these characters. You wouldn't know it today, but I once had horrible, crippling stage fright, and even today I'm still not over it. But most importantly, they kept Fluttershy in character by her not jumping on the chance to sing again and taking baby steps.

    Twilight Time

    Honestly, I don't know what to make of this episode. I don't feel like the CMC really changed at the end or learned anything substancial. In my opinion, it's the Crusader's low point, but not a terribly low low point.

    It Ain't Easy Bein' Breezies

    Nice to finally know what these bastards look like. I guess that's what happens to Scandanavians when they die. I liked the ending, though I fear some Rule 34 stemmed off of what Rainbow said.

    Somepony to Watch Over Me

    Should we attribute AJ's worriedness to sisterly love or a fear based on the death of her parents when they were home alone?

    Maud Pie

    I guess Blinkie and Inkie Pie were busy on the rock farm. The episode itself wasn't much, but I like the morals at the end: you can't force friendship to happen, and sometimes you have to do things you're not crazy about for someone that you are.

    For Whom the Sweetie Bell Tolls

    Not sure if there's any connection to the Metallica song, but I have always wanted to see ponies in G Major and Rarity go Lesson Zero.

    Leap of Faith

    Finally, a good Flim Flam Brothers episode, probably because we saw less of them.

    Testing Testing 1, 2, 3

    I'm not top of my class or anything, but I keep pretty polished grades. Many of my friends, however, do not. I can relate to at least knowing people who aren't Twilight level studiers. And once again, they have good things with Rainbow's inner turmoil.

    Trade Ya!

    This was boring. Other than possible shipping fuel, it didn't give us anything.

    Inspiration Manifestation

    It's official. My Little Pony has scared the living sh!t out of me.

    So concludes my catch-up on season four. I have to wonder how long this show will actually go on for. Season five is official, will there be a season six or seven? Maybe another movie? Tune in every Saturday for the rest of your life to find out!

    Vivat nox.

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  • 91w, 6d
    What Can I Say About "Castle-Mania"?

    I quite liked it. Nice way to tide the fans over while Hasbro works on the rest of season four's plot. I can appreciate the writers not trying to force us into the quest for the six keys, mainly because that's not why I watch the show. The action/adventure stuff is fun, but the show's primary goal (morals on friendship) are best expressed through everyday activities. Exploring a haunted castle is hardly ordinary for most people, but it's pretty normal compared to many of the events the Mane Six have gone through. It was a cute story, it had funny moments (AJ and RD wearing bees), and Twilight had a geek-out moment. Though, I don't think anyone was surprised when Pinkie was revealed to be the organist.

    Season four is off to a rock-solid start, and Castle-Mania gets four and a half clarinets out of five for an amusingly spooky story, Pinkie being Pinkie, and bees.

    Funny story: before I saw the episode, I saw a comic relating to a scene in it. Given that NSFW posts are no longer allowed, I feel it's best I not describe the comic publicly.

    Vivat nox.

    -ClarinetOverlord

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  • 96w, 5d
    How.

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  • 100w, 1d
    Pokemon X and Y

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  • 115w, 3d
    Why I Won't Exist for Several Days

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  • 120w, 2d
    Well, Sh&t.

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  • 123w, 6d
    Support Studio Derp and Watch This

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  • 126w, 6d
    My Readers

    After reading the comments for In The Shadows of The Gods, I realized that there are two kinds of reviewers.

    1. The reviewer who feels that what they just read was amazing.

    2. The critical reviewer who tells me, in great detail, what I did wrong. Usually starts with, "Interesting, but..." or, "Pretty nice...except for...".

    This leaves me genuinely confused about how good of a writer I actually am.

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  • 131w, 1d
    Potential Story Teaser

    There was a quiet buzz about the auditorium. Soldiers speaking to one another about whatever topics came to mind. All the conversations were perfectly civil; there was no shouting, no hollering, no obnoxious laughter or comments, nopony so much as got out of their seat. All were there to hear the General speak about the upcoming battle.

    Most men had been under her a while, and had warned the fresh troops that she could be a bit crazy. Similarly to how one might look at a deity or an emperor, the soldiers feared and respected the General. She often snapped at her soldiers and was overly hard on them, but they knew, as well as the government back home did, that she got the job done.

    “Ten-hut!”

    The second the order was given, all the soldiers unanimously clicked their heels together and turned to the stage, cutting all side conversations instantaneously. On the stage hung a massive Equestrian flag, a banner that symbolized the peace and justice these men and women were fighting for out here.

    When the General first came out, she was little more than a cyan speck on the bright orange canvas, and was almost unnoticed until she came all the way onto the stage. She took a stoic military stance with her right hoof planted next to her eyebrow. Under her left wing, she carried hoof guards and a riding crop; her uniform carried a block of medals on her left shoulder, and there was a snow-white pistol holstered at her right side. The four stars on her helmet and the lines on her armband showed her rank as a four-star general in the Equestrian Army.

    When the trumpeter concluded the introductory fanfare, she finished the salute and waited a few moments before ordering, “Be seated.” All the soldiers instantly complied. Her voice was scratchy and deep, with an authoritative edge. It was a voice very typical of a high-standing military officer.

    “Now I want you to remember,” she began, “that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country. Men, women, all this stuff you’ve heard about Equestria not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse apples. Equestrians, traditionally, love to fight. All real Equestrians love the sting of battle. When you were foals, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Equestrians love a winner, and will not tolerate a loser. Equestrians play to win all the time, and I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost,” she paused, “and laughed. That’s why Equestrians have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Equestrians.”

    Remember my last blog post? Well go see it if you haven't!

    Vivat nox.

    -ClarinetOverlord

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  • 131w, 4d
    Crossovers That Need to Happen

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  • 132w, 6d
    SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE!!!

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  • 137w, 4h
    I Sincerely Do Not F@#&ing Know

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  • 138w, 6d
    According to Wikipedia...

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  • 141w, 6d
    The new episode

    1. I smell shipping! Rainbowdust, anyone?

    2. I expected Pinkie to mail herself.

    3. LOL, Roid Rage is back!

    4. Between the last episode and this one, we fanfiction writers will be out of business.

    5. What was in the care package?

    Vivat nox.

    -ClarinetOverlord

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Jul
22nd
2013

I Can't Do It, Jon! · 11:30pm

I have to apologize for two things, both from my last blog post.

I promised that upon my return, chapter two of In The Shadows of The Gods would be up. First of all, the chapter's not even finished yet, and second of all, my return to the States was almost two weeks ago.

My ambition, writer's block, and poor work ethic have made a liar of me.

But I can't help it. I'm stuck on a very specific part of the chapter that I slapped in the middle to draw it out and I'm unsure of how to transition it to the part I have written. But my fanfiction career in general has been stressful lately. I'm trying to get a foothold on ITSoTG, I have a Vengeanceverse story that I have no idea what to do with, a story on FanFiction that I've all but abandoned (and am hoping to rewrite), a forum on FanFiction that I'm desperately trying to keep up with as a distraction from writing, a stupid number of stories that have been on my Read Later list for far too long, and unread Favorites that I'm not now motivated to read. I really don't want to stop reading and writing fanfiction, but I'm finding it too stressful and slow to really enjoy.

I need a break. I need to prioritize my fanfiction things. I need help. If anyone can offer some advice or even sympathy, please do! Hell, I'll take a beta reader, if anyone's willing. Consider this a cry for help.

Vivat nox.

-ClarinetOverlord

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#1 · 109w, 5d ago · · ·

I finally return to FimFic and this is what I find. Well if you need help, I'm here to help. Oh! Don't worry about chapter 2 of ES. I can go over my ideas for LV, with you and we can shape that piece up. :twilightsmile:

#2 · 109w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1242756

:pinkiesmile: Just the person I wanted to see.

We definitely need to go over plans for Vengeanceverse, and I could use a little help onn getting ideas for ITSoTG.

I miss the days when I could write whole chapters in a day. Of course, I was much younger then.

:facehoof:...I say that like I'm in my fifties or something.

#4 · 109w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1249524 Wait if you're in your fifties... then.... I'm almost sixty! :raritycry:

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