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A thirtysomething Brony from Pennsylvania with a library degree. I also have a Patreon.

Total Words: 347,921
Estimated Reading: 23 hours, 11 minutes

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  • Sunday
    "I didn't choose the chug life..."

    "...the chug life chose me."

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  • 1w, 1d
    Happy Father's Day

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  • 1w, 4d
    On Getting Sucker Punched in the Feels

    This post wasn't supposed to be difficult. It really wasn't. It simply occurred to me that, since not all of my readers have picked up on my affinity for Idiosyncratic Chapter Titles,* I realized that many folks are going to look at the next chapter title and let out a hearty "WTF?!" (or perhaps a WTH if small children are within earshot).

    Thus the plan was to preemptively explain that all of the chapters in Transdementia are named after songs by School of Seven Bells (which, I suppose, is exactly what I'm doing right now). SVIIB's brand of electronic dream pop has been a huge inspiration for me for years. In fact, I was listening to them when the idea for Petriculture came to me in the first place. However, as I scoured YouTube for videos to show as examples, I came across this:


    That's SVIIB's cover of "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" originally by Joey Ramone. And it's the last song that Benjamin Curtis, the band's guitarist/composer/arranger, performed before he died of lymphoma 18 months ago. In fact, I believe that with the exception of Alejandra Deheza's vocals, the entire track was produced and recorded from Curtis' hospital bed, on his laptop.

    It's surprisingly hard to explain my emotions here; I never met Curtis. I never even had the chance to see SVIIB perform. Rationally speaking, I shouldn't be so worked up over his passing 18 months after it happened. But music isn't rational. It taps into some deeper part of the psyche, connecting emotions and memories and ideas in ways that seem impossible to fully understand.

    ... I originally had planned to end with something pithy, but I can't remember what it was anymore.

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  • 1w, 6d
    Something to Keep in Mind

    I'm quite pleased by the response that Transdementia has received so far; the big problem with sequels is that people who haven't finished the previous stories understandably put the more recent ones on their "Read Later" lists, so the fact that this story managed to reach the hallowed Feature Box is no mean feat. Thank you for your support.

    Going forward, there's something you might want to know which could help you understand where the story is headed: I haven't actually watched Equestria Girls yet, nor do I intend to until this story is finished. This isn't because of some sort of stuck-up prejudgment of quality, but rather because I'd rather not be tempted to simply rearrange the characters while leaving the plot more or less the same.

    That being said, I did use the FIM wiki's page on the movie as a starting point, and while planning the story, I used it for inspiration whenever I got stuck. I hope that the end result feels like a genuine adaptation of the original story to a different AU, rather than one that adheres rigidly to the original plotline or one that is completely unrecognizable by the end.

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This story is a sequel to Pandelirium

Things have started to settle down since Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie were crowned as princesses of Equestria, but that doesn't mean that any semblance of normalcy will be arriving. The first major summit of Equestria's ruling princesses is cut short when a thief steals the Element of Magic and escapes to another world. However, because of Pinkie's rather unique skillset, Celestia sends her to retrieve it, rather than Twilight. But even though the other Element-bearers will be staying behind, Pinkie won't have to face this task alone....

This story is a continuation of the plotline begun in The Petriculture Cycle. The first story can be found here.

Artwork (and original story idea) by Page Turner. TV Tropes page by an unknown number of anonymous persons on the internet.

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14th Jun 2015
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This story is a sequel to On the Courtship Behavior of Swamp-Dwelling Chimeras

Learning to read can be difficult enough under normal circumstances, and it doesn't help when your other two heads would rather be courting or hunting. So far, though, Agatha has risen to the challenge admirably under the tutelage of Twilight Sparkle herself—or at least she did before the day she and her sisters walked into Ponyville to discover the burnt-out husk of the library tree. Worst of all, though, was that even though few of the books survived, the bastard who committed this unspeakable crime is still alive....

For now.

Artwork by Page Turner

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5th Apr 2015
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This story is a sequel to Apex

Finding love is hard enough under normal circumstances, but it's even more complicated when you're the tail of a chimera. As much as Irene may want a fairy-tale romance, her fantasies have so far been stymied by her sisters' rather different opinions on the matter, not to mention the limited choice of species available to chimeras (well, to chimeras who want to have children, that is). However, when the orange pony with the delicious pies gets herself cornered during a delivery, she claims to be the personal friend of a dragon... and apparently, he's single!

Artwork by Page Turner.

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27th Feb 2015
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It’s never particularly easy being at the top of the food chain, even under normal circumstances, but Eleanor’s circumstances are hardly normal: as one-third of the chimera who prowls the fire geyser swamp south of Ponyville, the tigress must deal with all of the usual stresses that come with being an apex predator, and she has to manage two bickering sisters who simply refuse to shut up and do as they’re told. However, she and her sisters face an unexpected challenge when they come across evidence that a new predator is trying to push into their territory.

(For anyone who's concerned about the gore tag, the violence in this story is of the sort that is typical of a nature documentary. If you can handle the stuff on the Discovery Channel, you shouldn't have too much trouble with this.)

Artwork by Page Turner.

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30th May 2014
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This story is a sequel to π

After Twilight Sparkle made her biggest secret public much earlier than she'd originally planned, the lives of the Element-Bearers and their closest friends somehow managed to become even more complicated than they already were. Yet despite the flurry of all of the added activity this brings, Princess Celestia decides to undertake a particularly ambitious project: the reformation of Discord. She delegates the task to Penumbra Noctis, who, more than anypony else, can empathize with the draconequus' situation, and who is therefore best suited to showing Discord the magic of friendship. On the surface, it's a very reasonable plan.

Unfortunately, Discord has never had much patience for reason.

This is the fifth and final story in The Petriculture Cycle. Reading the first four stories, which begin here, is highly recommended.

Artwork by Page Turner. TV Tropes page by an unknown number of anonymous persons on the internet.

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22nd May 2013
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24th Dec 2013
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This story is a sequel to Avocation

Life in Ponyville has been relatively quiet recently, which is somewhat surprising, given that the town's librarian tried to usurp the Equestrian throne only a few months ago. Aside from the appearance of a grumpy pegasus who set up shop as a cloudsmith, the aftermath is so unnoticeable that most ponies aren't even aware that the incident happened at all. Unfortunately, all that's about to change, thanks to the return of a certain revenge-obsessed showmare....

This is the fourth story in The Petriculture Cycle; reading the first three stories, which begin here, is highly recommended.

The artwork was provided by Page Turner, and the TV Tropes entry can be found here.

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2nd Mar 2013
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It's been twelve years since Applejack's ascent to her current status as the Earth Goddess, Princess Mara of Equestria. In that time, she's gotten quite used to her duties, be they ceremonial, executive, or judicial in nature. But when she's called upon to rule on a particularly contentious lawsuit involving some of the most obnoxious ponies from her past, the results may end up altering the very nature of Equestrian law.

This story is a spin-off of Blue Print's Appleverse, however, it's not necessary to read his stories first (though I do recommend them for a more thorough explanation of the backstory).

Cover image by Page Turner

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7th Jan 2013
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This story is a sequel to Inscape

Penumbra seeks gainful employment. Hilarity ensues.

This is the third story in The Petriculture Cycle. The TV Tropes entry can be found here.

Artwork by Page Turner.

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7th Dec 2012
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When Fluttershy received her certification as a fog specialist, she only wanted a plausible excuse to write off the expenses associated with her ground-based house on her taxes. However, when an accident in Cloudsdale sends a blanket of industrial-grade clouds rolling towards Ponyville, Fluttershy suddenly finds herself in charge of coordinating the response, mostly because she's the only fog specialist in the area. Can our heroine step up to the challenge at hoof, or will she risk facing the wrath of the Equestrian Revenue Service?

Artwork by Page Turner. Now with a TVTropes page!

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18th Sep 2012
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This story is a sequel to Petriculture

It's been several months since Pinkie Pie made a stunning admission about her past that permanently changed her relationship with her friends, particularly Twilight Sparkle, but life seems to have settled back to normal (well, normal by Pinkie Pie's standards, at least). However, when an old nemesis returns and ensnares Twilight in her influence, it's up to Pinkie to make things right.

This is the second story in The Petriculture Cycle. There is a TV Tropes Page for the entire Cycle here.

Cover image by Page Turner; "Princess Twilight" vector by Nianara.

First Published
1st Jul 2012
Last Modified
9th Sep 2012