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  • T You Only Live Twice

    Secret agents Vinyl and Octavia reunite to tackle a threat to Canterlot.
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  • T Mission: Implausible

    Octavia and Vinyl Scratch: Musicians and secret agents.
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  • E Trains, Carriages and Airships

    What should be a simple overnight ride turns into a three day trip from hell.
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  • T Maybe

    Some ponies never change. Prince Blueblood is one of them.
    7,812 words · 3,125 views  ·  283  ·  3
  • E The Final Quest of Star Swirl the Bearded

    The last journey of an unusual wizard and the role he played in the founding of Equestria.
    64,492 words · 3,220 views  ·  194  ·  2
  • E Rest Stop

    At a rest stop on her way to Appleloosa, Twilight Sparkle has a rare moment to reflect...
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  • T When the Curtain Falls

    An incident in a Manehattan theater quickly draws secret agents Vinyl Scratch and Octavia into a hunt for a strange killer.
    36,535 words · 2,268 views  ·  257  ·  4
  • T The West Is Not Enough

    Secret agents Vinyl Scratch and Octavia find themselves locked in an epic struggle against a ruthless group of outlaws in the wild west.
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Blog Posts197

  • Today
    Hey, remember when velociraptors were really terrifying?

    ...And not Starlord's motorcycle buddies?

    2 comments · 41 views
  • Monday
    Can we debunk the "/b/ + pony" myth yet?

    So last night, I was thumbing through the new releases on Netflix when I came across A Brony Tale, the documentary about the fandom starring Ashleigh Ball. Overall impressions were very positive; the production values were high and I appreciated seeing fandom figures like Saberspark and The Manliest Brony featured. Although I'm always amused by how these documentaries go out of their way to highlight only the positive aspects of the fandom; naturally, the positive stuff is going to dominate the message, but I'd kinda like something that also alludes to the mischief of the fandom and all the weird and exciting creativity that comes out of that. But I digress.

    There was one moment in the film that irked me, and it was where someone explained (without the claim being rebuked) that "brony" wasn't actually a combination of "bro" + "pony," but that it came from the /b/ message board on 4chan. I'm sure all of you who have been bronies long enough have heard this explanation before.

    Now, I wasn't around for the origins of the fandom (I became a brony in the hiatus between seasons one and two), but this explanation has never made any sense to me, for one simple reason: if "brony" is a combination of "/b/" and "pony," then where the heck would the "r" in "brony" come from? If this fandom was actually named by combining "/b/" with "pony," then wouldn't we all be called "bonies"? It doesn't make sense even on the surface, yet there have been a few who have been adamant at repeating this explanation (although chances are most of them have since dropped out of the fandom).

    What's more, why would we even want to claim that's what our name means? It seems especially odd for a documentary that's ostensibly about explaining the fandom to outsiders; the "bro" + "pony" explanation is simple and conveys what the fandom is, whereas the /b/ explanation requires some understanding of 4chan (which most people probably aren't savvy to) and is rather convoluted and nonsensical. On top of that, the /b/ board hasn't been relevant to this fandom since bronies started making their own websites. The /b/ board is merely a moment in the overall history of this fandom - a pivotal moment, yes, but a moment nonetheless. The /b/ board was never a part of my experience as a brony, and I doubt it played a role for the vast majority of bronies who joined this fandom after the creation of sites like EQD and Ponychan.

    As an analogy, it's like if instead of using the name Americans, we called ourselves Minutemen or Boston Tea Partians. It's a moment that plays a pivotal role in our history, but the vast majority of us over our history didn't take part in that moment.

    Which makes me wonder, is the /b/ explanation meant to reaffirm the importance of that moment by the people who took part in it? If so, then it becomes a (perhaps unintentional) means of claiming ownership of the fandom, a reminder that none of us would be here if it weren't for them. Which may be true, but trying to cram that reminder into our very identity just seems petty. Even if the /b/ explanation is true (which I obviously doubt), it fails to say anything about our identity in the years that have passed since that formative moment and the ranks of people who have joined since.

    So now when I think of a guy giving the /b/ explanation, I think of a grumpy old man sitting on his porch going "Eh, back in my day we didn't have your fancy Equestria Dailys and your FIMFictions and your derpy boroughs! Why, back in my day, all we had was the /b/ board and our own wits! You young whippersnappers, show your respects!"

    27 comments · 245 views
  • Saturday
    Musings in a Post-Suffering Era

    Boy, let me tell you guys, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here... and I'm not sure I like it. I know it's a cliche to say "Golly, the holidays just seem to come earlier every year!" but holy hell, it really seems like the holidays came super early this year. Around November 10th, the Salvation Army guys were out with the buckets and bells, the local supermarket started selling Christmas trees, Starbucks was selling their holiday drinks, the town put up their snowflake-shaped lights along Main Street, and a couple of the houses in the neighborhood put up Christmas lights. Now, the first three I could just chalk up as capitalists looking to jump-start the holiday shopping season, but the last two don't have a monetary incentive behind them, so the consumerist explanation doesn't quite explain what I'm seeing here. I could swear that just last year I didn't see this kind of upstart celebrationism until Thanksgiving. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year, but I don't think I'm ready for two months of it.

    Oh yeah, and then last week, right as all this holiday stuff was going up, we got hit by a snowstorm and it's been so cold since that the minuscule two inches or so of snow we got still hasn't melted. Winter was really in a hurry to arrive, I guess.

    In writing news, I'm starting up a little non-pony writing endeavor that I'm excited to invite you guys to read: it's a blog called Your Future Sucks. The first post explains the idea behind the title, but basically the concept is that I'm going to talk about various visions of the future, from things like world's fairs and Tomorrowland to more contemporary notions like driverless cars or to apocalyptic visions of environmental doom, to ponder what these visions say about us as individuals and as a society. On the way, I'll poke fun at what I find to be absurd ideas about the future (the real meaning behind "your future sucks") as well as praise a few that genuinely excite me.

    Right now, there's only a couple of posts up: the first introducing the premise of the blog, the second a writing piece I did in the style of a news article about a future in which Miami is rebuilding after a devastating hurricane. For upcoming posts, I'm planning to discuss various things such as the fate of Walt Disney's Tomorrowland, Silicon Valley's branding of the future, how we talk (or don't) about the future nowadays, and maybe an invention or two while I'm at it.

    Anyway, please go check it out and comment if you like what you see. I'm much more likely to actively pursue a writing endeavor if I think there are people who will appreciate it.

    And lastly, it's late November, and if you're in college and your college experience is anything like mine was, this means you're entering panic mode as the end of the semester and the finals it brings is now looming large in your mind. Or perhaps you're feeling gloomy from the sudden onset of winter weather, or sick from the cold/flu season that comes with said weather. Or maybe work sucks. And the holiday season isn't here yet (despite the signs claiming otherwise), so the joy of presents and cookies is still too distant to be appreciated just yet.

    But take heart, for the end of the year lies on the not-so-distant horizon. So, as a public service, allow me to share the greatest pick-me-up ever created. Listen, then repeat as necessary until you are filled with the steely confidence needed to face the world.

    12 comments · 191 views
  • 2w, 2d
    John Perry Suffers the Feature Box: I Did It for Me

    37 comments · 417 views
  • 2w, 5d
    I Have Met the Enemy, and He is Me (or, an important Suffering announcement)

    Guys, I gotta be honest: Suffering the Feature Box just hasn’t been much fun lately.

    Mostly, it’s just me. The novelty has long since worn off, I’m in a bit of a creative funk at the moment, so the enthusiasm just isn’t there for me. I’m getting to that point where I’m doing these posts more out of a sense of obligation than because I actually want to do it, and that is not a place you should be when it comes to fan fiction.

    However, the box really hasn’t been helping me out lately. Long-time readers might have noticed that there’s been a general uptick in the quality of stories in the box lately. Or at the very least, there are fewer real stinkers in there, and the notably bad stories were the basis of most of my humor. And I never really intended for this to become a serious review series, so this is a problem for me.

    You might have also noticed that the recent change to the box mechanics, which allows stories to stay on the box much longer than before, has screwed with my routine a bit. But I feel like it has also made my reading selection somewhat… stale, giving me less variety to play around with. Case in point: earlier this week, the top clopfic in the box was Gleaming Shield’s Teats (which is still in the box, by the way). Now the top clopfic in the box is… its sequel. Oh thanks, box.

    But honestly, that’s all incidental. The long and short of it is that I think I need to take a break, so that’s what I’m going to do. Sometime next week (contingent on when the stories currently in the box finally fall off) I’ll do a “final” review post, and then stop the series for an indefinite length of time. Maybe at some point I’ll be able to come back to it when I’m feeling fresh, or maybe I’ll start some other endeavor. Who knows? (Certainly not me!)

    19 comments · 355 views
  • ...

This story is a sequel to Legion of Gloom

The Legion of Gloom has returned, this time aligning themselves with a new, shadowy villain as they prepare to use the power of the Elements of Harmony against the Mane Six. But our heroes find aid in six mysterious ponies who seem to have all the answers...

Note: this story is a sequel to Legion of Gloom, so read that first if you haven't already, otherwise nothing in this story will make any sense.

First Published
3rd Oct 2011
Last Modified
10th Oct 2011

Rocky & crew are related to the Weeping Angels?  OH SH-:twilightoops:

For the record, I absolutely hate your writing. How much do I hate it? Well...


And by that, I mean that I find myself entertained by your bizarre, inane, and somewhat disturbing writing. Please post more!

♫♥I look forward to reading what happens next in your story♥♪

I feel like this would also have made for some appropriate music.

Ah, Murry Gold is truly an amazing artist.

>>9658  Oooh, that would have been good too...but then again, it wasn't the song that played during the Doctor's "there's one thing you never put in a trap" speech, so I just went for the default song here...:twilightblush:

This is awesome beyond awesome.:pinkiehappy:

Although Trixie X Blueblood makes me about as nauseous as it makes sense; that is to say quite a lot.:pinkiesick:

Well played with defusing last chapter's dose of Nightmare Fuel.

And it'll be interesting to see the details of what the Doctor has in mind...

John Cleese would be proud. *sniff*

Also: :rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:


>>9660 No, no, I see what you did there. Definitely got the reference; it was very appropriate. I just really, really like "Words Win Wars."

Tom's a villain too?:rainbowhuh:  Why didn't I see this coming?

one of the weirdest things I have read but it was fantastic

Pfft. Please. One look at Rarity and he'll be a brokenhearted wreck.

This story was a fantastic romp through metafiction. Well done, sir!

I think you're the craziest bastard pony to ever live.


This is the most meta meta to ever have meta'd.

That kinda made my brain hurt...Doctor Whooves is beyond weird; too bad we don't see more of him. Derpy is beyond cute, and I already have a suspicious of who that mysterious figure was during Trixie's meeting. Once more, all the silly jokes and puns flowed perfectly together without them swamping the story, and the whole general perspective of the...storyline...was both different and amusing. Can't wait to see the next part.

The there goes my brain again with all its hurting. I really must commend you for your illogical-yet-brilliant sense of telling a story within a story. It's actually quite genius. I still don't like Trixie being with Blueblood, and DJ PON-3's real name is actually Vinyl Scratch and I know her better that way, but altogether, this is really amusing and entertaining. One of the funniest comedy "stories" I've ever seen!

This seriously reminds me of "Star Ocean: Til The End Of Time", one of my favorite video games. If you don't know it, you should look it up; seriously reminds me of this story. Um, as for the chapter...once again, pretty impressive. Normally, I get annoyed when a human or the author is put into a story, since it seems like a buzz-kill...but, wow, you seriously know how to make everything work just peachy! So hilariously brilliant and cunning, from start to finish, as always.

Gag me...on the Trixie and Blueblood part. But, yeah, I have to agree with Doctor Whooves...if that's even who that was! I'm so confused at this point that I really don't know left from right...I blame Derpy. And, I couldn't listen to that YouTube clip...blame my dial-up connection. This was...once more very interesting and funny, even if it still confused me to no end.

Tom? Seriously? Well...that is brilliant. End of story. But, as for the end of THIS story...can't say I didn't see it coming...even though I don't exactly see WHAT happened, besides more confusion. I really have no freaking idea WHAT went on during this comedy of yours, so...I'll just say this: I love Trixie and Twilight. There, the end.

What a delightfully jumbled mess of meta-fiction.

Pinkie's Frienemies are Ponified Weeping Angels?

:pinkiegasp: Did not see this coming...:twilightoops:

Epic story! Is this in TV Tropes' Fan Fic Recommednations! If not, I better put it in ASAP!





THAT. WAS.  EPIC.:rainbowlaugh:

also, it appears i am the 666 viewer.:pinkiegasp:

The Legion of Gloom's mysterious figure is The Master. I'm calling it now.

:pinkiegasp: The fourth wall has been shattered to the point where it has been reinforced with steel. :yay: :rainbowlaugh:

The Doctor kinda has a point. What no DisQord?

>>70448 It is as is the sequel.

10 bucks says its Discord.

>>443496 20 say it's the Master pony

Trotwood, eh?...


I forgot that I wrote that...

You read ahead didn't you?!

HAX!! YOU USED HAX!!!:flutterrage:

Oh, how arrogant. You actually jumped into your own story?

Self-indulgence... Nice choice of words. Oh well, the story was actually satisfactory, I guess (character development well-rounded, general fluidity impressive...). But I just want to ask, where did you get the idea that the Doctor hates sports analogies?

>>366132 DisQord? wha chu talkin bout?

>>584970 Honestly, I wrote this story so long ago I don't even know myself, but I think the idea came from this idea I had that the Doctor isn't all that into sports - I mean really, how often did you see the Doctor play or talk about sports? Also, I'm thinking sports analogies might feel too cliched for someone as amazing as the Doctor. :derpytongue2:

Mind you, I was working with the David Tennant version of the Doctor in mind when I wrote this. So if you write back telling me "Hang on! We saw Matt Smith playing football (soccer) in that one episode!" ...well, I hadn't seen that yet.

>>585048 That's Discord's fan nickname via voice actor humor.

I just want to say "Thank you" for that link. It made an epic Doctor moment That. Much. Better. I got goosebumps, you have done a fantastic job.

So, basically: This is an amazing story, made all the better by the clever satire on Self-Inserts, and the Doctor, who makes everything better when done well. Again, thank you. :pinkiehappy:

The fourth wall has been broken in reverse:pinkiegasp:

Trotwood? whats next? Wither Song?

aww I was actually looking forward to him being The Master!


30%??? TRY 100%!!! :rainbowdetermined2::rainbowdetermined2::rainbowdetermined2:

>>365925 At this point, I think it's safer to just do away with the fourth wall entirely. It's so far beyond repair, even the Doctor couldn't fix it.

I'm loving this randomness :yay:

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

the cupcake is a lie

(someone had to do it :twilightblush:)

cloudkicker should be Jack

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