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  • Saturday
    This is why I don't pay attention to pop culture.

    I generally don't listen to whatever music happens to be popular at any given time, at least not any more. This is because my taste in music has more or less settled into several broad categories from which I can find more than enough pleasant noises to occupy my time (this sort of thing happens when you get to your thirties).

    While there are some disadvantages to this, such as appearing to be an old fart because you've never heard a song by Drake* in your entire life, it also means that when the music industry proffers something really stupid, you're not around to hear it. Usually. Unfortunately for me, I somehow managed to stumble across "CoCo," which is a really stupid song about how awesome drugs (specifically crack cocaine) are. Normally, I don't mind stupid music. In fact, some of my favorite songs are skull-crushingly moronic. But usually, the stupidity isn't combined with an implacable accent which makes the rhymed syllables sound really... odd....

    Look, just listen for yourself.


    * Seriously, I don't even know what genre of music Drake makes, though I'm reasonably certain that Drake is a single person, as opposed to the name of a band.

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  • 1w, 3d
    Dread Zeppelin

    I think it's high time I give my followers another opportunity to expand their musical horizons. Dread Zeppelin is quite possibly the best Led Zeppelin cover band in the history of ever, and definitely the most unique. As you may be able to guess from their name, they cover Led Zeppelin's songs in Bob Marley-style reggae, and it turns out that "D'yer Maker" isn't the only one that lends itself to the genre. It helps, of course, that the members of Dread Zeppelin are all top-notch musicians.

    It also helps that their lead singer is an Elvis impersonator.

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  • 1w, 6d
    Next project

    First, the good news: I've started work on my next project.

    Next, some not-so-good news: when it's done, it won't be on FIMFiction, for the simple fact that it isn't a My Little Pony fanfiction.

    Rather, it's a short story based on one of the original ideas I talked about in a post some months ago (so many months, in fact, that I can't be bothered to look back over my 400 or so posts to find it again). This is still in the early planning stages, so I haven't a clue how long it will take. I really hope people enjoy the end result, though, particularly since my current plan is to publish it on Amazon to see how my writing fares in the marketplace.

    That said, I'm not planning on stopping the production of fanfiction (unless this story REALLY takes off, which would probably require the intervention of the Viral Content Fairy). I still have a few ideas I'd like to try. Still, I promised myself that once Flash Fog was done, I would work on original writing.

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  • 3w, 2d
    Hype!

    Tomorrow, Persona Q is released, and I can honestly say that I've never been more excited about a video game in my entire life (though given that I didn't really start playing them in earnest until I was in graduate school, that statement isn't quite as hyperbolic as it sounds). But in all honesty, I think this game just may be the first time I've ever made a "Day One" purchase of a video game.* I'm absolutely certain that it will be the first time I've ever taken a day off from work because of a new game, though in my case, that day off will be Wednesday, because a) I'm not going to have a chance to play the game until it arrives in the mail on Tuesday afternoon, and b) Thursday and Friday are the Thanksgiving holiday, so I figured, "Why not make it a 5-day weekend?"

    Whatever. In any case, this game is the reason I bothered to purchase a 3DS in the first place. I'm excited.

    *The closest I'd ever gotten before was an impulse "Day Three" purchase of South Park: The Stick of Truth earlier this year, which turned out to be a "Day One" edition because my local independent video game store had slightly overestimated the demand for the game.

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  • 3w, 5d
    Prereader Conversation: Silly

    me

    Thanks for the bunny picture.‏

    MaskedFerret

    friend just linked it and i couldnt resist‏

    me

    I get panicked when silly music doesn't help [with a bad mood].‏

    MaskedFerret

    i know that feeling‏

    me

    Usually, silly music makes me happy really quickly.‏

    MaskedFerret

    for me it's friends telling jokes or cute animal pics‏

    me

    Of course, maybe I didn't pick the best silly music.‏ You see, the songs I've been listening to are silly because the lyrics don't match the actual tune.‏ The lyrics are all goofy and happy-go-lucky and squeaky-clean-sunshine, but the actual music is over-the-top aggressive.‏

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdJicpjitMM‏

    Ordinarily, hearing someone rhyme‏ "Paul Bunyan" with onomatopoeia for a chainsaw motor ("run-yun-yun-yun") makes me smile every time.

    P.S. - If you're one of my other prereaders, don't worry -- you didn't miss a message where I said I was working on something. This conversation was in Skype, not GDocs.

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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.

First Published
30th May 2014
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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.

First Published
22nd May 2013
Last Modified
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.

First Published
2nd Mar 2013
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2nd Apr 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

First Published
7th Jan 2013
Last Modified
16th Feb 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.

First Published
7th Dec 2012
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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!

First Published
18th Sep 2012
Last Modified
3rd Nov 2014
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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
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9th Sep 2012
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Today's the day that Applejack is leaving to compete in the Equestria Rodeo, but something's... off. Derpy's been acting strange, even by her usual standards. Eh, it's probably nothing, right? After all, what are the chances that an eccentric mailpony behaving even more oddly than normal could ever be important in the grand scheme of things?

Artwork by ZuTheSkunk.

First Published
16th Jun 2012
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16th Jun 2012
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After reading a book by Spitfire's personal trainer, Rainbow Dash decides that the best way to get closer to her ultimate goal of joining the Wonderbolts is to add strength training to her practices by having one of her friends ride her. However, when she decides that Twilight Sparkle is just the mare for the job, the pegasus gets a bit more than she bargained for.

Artwork by Piggybank12.  Used with permission.  Thanks to DPV111 for assisting me with story planning.

First Published
15th Mar 2012
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3rd Jun 2012
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In an effort to keep her mind occupied, Twilight Sparkle decides to delve once again into the grand mysteries of Pinkie Pie. This time, Twilight's focus is on her claims of growing up on a rock farm: like so many things related to Pinkie Pie, the idea that somepony could grow rocks as an agricultural product makes absolutely no sense. However, the investigation eventually leads Twilight to a rather... surprising discovery.

This is the first story in The Petriculture Cycle.

Artwork by Page Turner. Now with a TV Tropes page.

First Published
6th Mar 2012
Last Modified
6th Mar 2012