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    Seriously, a lot.
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    Three missing pieces, two loving alicorns, and a single stupid decision that will set young Princess Cadence on a fresh new course.
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  • Wednesday
    Feeling Bad About Feeling Good

    (Sorry about the doublepost.  Accidentally published too early, and I didn't want comments coming in on the incomplete version before I had a chance to explain myself...)

    So.  Just watched "Rainbow Rocks" again.

    I actually really like this movie, and it makes me sad, because I keep on imagining what Ms. Faust must think of it, and what she would think of me, by proxy.

    This is nothing new to me, of course, speaking as a Cadance fan.  It's well-known public record by now that the show's original developer never wanted more than two alicorns, and yet, here I am, devoting most of my creative energies in this fandom to the once-controversial third alicorn.  (Is Cadance drama even a thing anymore?)  When pressed on this topic, I will always fall back on the following conclusion:  Cadance is a Bad Thing, and we are making the most of it.

    If I am being brutally honest with myself, however, I realize that I am saying this because I have the specter of a disapproving Lauren Faust watching me over my shoulder.  I like alicorns.  I like to have a selection of alicorns.  I like that there's a younger alicorn.  I like that I do not have to choose between "godlike, regal, and canon-perfect" and "struggles with inner darkness."  I like everything about the fact of Cadance...

    ...except for the fact that I feel like I'm stepping on someone's childhood imaginings by doing so.  Pity the professional artist, who frequently has to sell control of her childhood friends to a corporation who never knew them, and who will take them places you never wanted them to go.  Craig McCracken, Ms. Faust's husband, as much as confirmed that "Equestria Girls" was contrary to her original vision.  And I can see why, of course.

    The original Equestria Girls was very much an honest "making the most of a Bad Thing" period for me.  That movie was a bit of a mess; I enjoyed bits of it and did not criticize it too harshly.  The fans and creators were both dealt a bad hand by management, and I liked the idea of us all sort of enduring it together.  But now we have a sequel, and while rough edges still exist, on the whole, it's a much more satisfying film experience.

    Nothing about it being a satisfying film experience changes the fact that it's never going to be the direction this show, this franchise, was intended to go.

    My entirely non-scientific surveys of the Ponynet suggest that people are generally pleased with "Rainbow Rocks."  I am... disheartened by the people who are unquenchably angry about the whole thing, the ones that point and say, functionally, Skywriter, you are the problem.  That you continue to consume this media spits on the thing Lauren Faust was trying to do with this show.  You, Skywriter, have participated in muddying this from something great into something merely okay.  One in particular has exhorted the general public as follows:  "Don't you dare forget what could have been!"

    I wonder what this hypothetical show looks like in that fan's imaginings.

    I wonder if I would like it as much as I like the show I'm currently watching.

    I wonder if I am a worse person for liking what "could have been" greater.

    I wonder if it's even true that it "could have been" greater at all.

    I wonder what Lauren Faust thinks of me.

    Ms. Faust, there is no chance that you are reading this, so I say this purely for myself:  I actually like what they did with the characters you thought of first this time, and I'm sorry if anything has been diminished because of what I do or don't like.

    It's the best I can do.

    Final non sequitur:  Why haven't I seen any crackfic stories where Cadance is actually the fourth siren of the coven, the only one redeemable by Star Swirl?  Get on it, fandom!

    61 comments · 582 views
  • 4w, 4d
    "Rainbow Rocks" (flagrant, persistent spoilers throughout, obvs.)

    Welcome to another edition of "Because You All Perforce Must Care What I Think."  Let's make this short and sweet, shall we, getting the unpleasant bits out of the way first.

    Category A:  Things That There Was Never Any Hope For Improvement On

    1.  Human character designs still not doing it for me.  No amount of time and effort will make our girls not look like somewhat sexualized and rainbow-hued versions of Mr. ZIP what with the huge heads and stick bodies and all.

    2.  Still no substitute for actual pony film.  Actual pony screen-time even lower than last time around.

    3.  All protagonists are suddenly skilled musicians, when canonically only Pinkie, Fluttershy (maybe?) and A.J. have even been shown handling an instrument.  And Twilight is appropriately lampshaded in the narrative, so I guess I'm only questioning Dash and Rarity?  I dunno.  Let's move on.

    Category B:  Things Actually Worse Than Last Film

    1.  Vinyl Scratch.  I am absolutely great with fandom nods.  No allergy whatsoever to seeing Octavia, Snowflake Bulk Biceps, and lots and lots of Trixie.  Welcomed.  But basic storytelling dictates that you cannot have a functionally nameless character pull not one but two eleventh-hour saves without seeding the plot properly first.  Story structure demands that the protective qualities of her omnipresent headphones be hinted at before they are used to save our heroes' bacon (something so simple as including a version of the the disapproving Celestia / Vinyl interaction we saw in the "Music to My Ears" short would have been absolutely sufficient) and the Bass Cannon Sedan needs to have been at least established (if not fully revealed) prior to its use as a problem-solver.  When you count on an audience's in-joke knowledge and delight over a character to fill in the cracks of a story, that is when your fandom nod has crossed the line.  Furthermore, I can't tell if the creators are putting her forward as a strong-silent master of her craft or actually envision her as the same loudmouthed Bohemian that the fans see and are merely having her stay mute to appease the "Nowacking or Nothing" crowd.  I wish they would just pick one, because the more the plot actually hinges on her the more distracting her silence becomes.  Thank goodness they actually had Octavia speak a line.

    2.  No Candybutt, not even in cameo.  This is not a fault in the story as such, I'm just (predictably) disappointed and furthermore holistically trepid that my functional OC will continue to fade into the background as Twilight becomes more and more Cadanceified.  She's got wings now, is a princess, and lives in a crystal castle.  All she needs is a coat of pink paint and to get married, and the narrative will have no use for dear sweet Candybutt whatsoever.

    Category C:  Things Better Than Last Film

    1-n.  Virtually everything else.  The scene compositions were more visually adventurous and intriguing, the villains had a plot which made some damn sense this time, the songs are marginally superior, plot points are followed through on and not just mentioned and dropped, and the whole thing seems to have been stitched together with a lot of love and affection for the property.  And Sunset Shimmer is handled exactly the way I wanted her to be handled.  The scene where she once again attempts bad-girl intimidation in the darkened hallway only to have it fizzle this time is just splendid, and I for one gratefully welcome Sunny as the unexplained sixth peripheral star in "Magical Mystery Cure."

    That is all.  Thoughts?

    54 comments · 661 views
  • 6w, 2h
    "Cadance of Cloudsdale," the... official soundtrack?!

    I am... a tad gobsmacked but nonetheless unquestionably overjoyed to report that via the generosity and talent of esteemed pony musician Night Breeze/Wind Wolf and my good friend S.R. Foxley, "Cadance of Cloudsdale" has an upcoming song cycle dedicated to it!  So exite!  Very yes!

    Check out the first track, "Reduit," below.  Thanks, you two.  You helped make my day.

    21 comments · 315 views
  • 6w, 4d
    "Princess Celestia Hates Tea," thoughts on a sequel.

    No secret whatsoever:  the number one reason people hate this story is the flippin' ending.

    It's not the number one reason I hate this story, but it's certainly up there.  Those of you who have gone on to read "A Short Story by Twilight Sparkle" have doubtless perceived the autobiographical inspiration in Twilight's experience, particularly this part:

    ...the whole ending felt shockingly rushed and weak, because, frankly, I was so darn tired of writing it by that point I couldn't see straight. I had testily sworn to myself that I would not endure another morning with that stupid "Tea" story hanging over my head...

    ...which is, of course, all true of me.  That said, it's not like another day of writing it would have "fixed" the ending, either.  It's been like two years now (insert shocked-dismay emoticon) and I have yet to come up with a "better" ending that feels right.

    So.  Message received, from like hundreds of you.  You hate the ending.  I get it.  I hate it too.  It's too late to edit the original story, but if it had a sequel, what do you most want to see in it?  What, specifically, chafes your gizzard about how this story closes?  The general lack of all-around happy?  That Twilight doesn't get her just desserts for an entire evening of torturing Celestia with the memory spell?  That, in a world where you can literally turn birds into oranges, that some kind of solution wasn't forced using unicorn magic?  What?

    Please note that the characters will remain kind of panicky and stupid, so if the fact that the characters are panicky and stupid is your major beef, I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to accommodate a fix of that nature.

    103 comments · 814 views
  • 8w, 1d
    "Cadance of Cloudsdale" gets another addition...

    In a short story done for a fic competition!  It was written by Eakin, a master of arts; his story "Hard Reset" is top of the charts.  This one is does not deal with time loops and despair, but rather a fortress and the Sisterhood there.  I'm so glad to see another tale told of our Pretty Pink Princess when she was just a foal.  It's really good work--if I haven't been clear--and I recommend checking it out over here.

    (If you are concerned why I'm talking this way, it's apparently "Type Like Zecora Day."  I find my Zecora-style writing quite dismal on account of my rhymes being hella abysmal.)

    18 comments · 364 views
  • ...

In the final days of her life, an exceptionally faithful student muses on the subject of her perfect and immortal mentor Applejack.

First Published
20th Jul 2013
Last Modified
20th Jul 2013
#1 · 66w, 6d ago · 70 · ·

I haven't even read this yet and I'm already filled with the aching sads.

You monster.

#2 · 66w, 6d ago · 11 · ·

Wha- Oh, that makes sense.

I expect a lot of feels from this.

#3 · 66w, 6d ago · 58 · ·

WOW.  That...  That was incredible.

Bravo, dude.  Bravo.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#4 · 66w, 6d ago · 23 · ·


A beautiful tale.

...actually, that emoticon helped cheer me up a little. Imagine Opalescence's version of this story. Heh.

#5 · 66w, 6d ago · 70 · ·

>>2906611 O my faithful student, do fetch a can opener and some of that delightful tunafish you got from the market. Your beautiful and majestic ruler is feeling rather under the weather today.

#6 · 66w, 6d ago · 17 · ·

I burst into tears. :fluttercry: This is only the second "immortal's friend's are dying" story that I enjoyed. :pinkiesad2:

#7 · 66w, 6d ago · 5 · ·

Beautiful story.

#8 · 66w, 6d ago · 35 · ·

And now I am sad, and looking at cheerful pictures of puppies will just make me sadder. :pinkiesad2:

#9 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

I have a soft spot for stories written from this perspective. Even when they're not tear-jerkers.

You pull it off well.

#10 · 66w, 6d ago · 16 · ·

Oh jeez, I don't know if I'm going to be able to handle this :raritydespair:


I both love and hate stories that deal with character deaths in fanfiction, and this was a great and touching one. I liked how it was all from Winona's perspective, and especially how it was also about Twilight and Celestia. In fact, I wouldn't be too surprised if you had meant it to be entirely about them; seeing Twilight's traits expressed in Winona brought them out more sharply, at least for me.  I know you don't need me to tell you this, but good job dude. :pinkiesmile:

#11 · 66w, 6d ago · 32 · ·

...you magnificent bastard.

I'm not, *sniff* I'm not affected at all. At all, d'you hear me. :fluttershysad:

No, it's just, *sniff* it's just allergies, you know, ragweed in bloom this time of year, gets me all, *sniff* mucus-y, you know. My eyes water, is all. I ain't crying. :fluttercry:

I ain't--honest. :applecry:

I'd never just cr--:raritycry:

#12 · 66w, 6d ago · 16 · ·

*Slow, slow claps*


You wound my heart, good sir. Wound it deeply.

#13 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

This premise alone made me give a hearty laugh. It's clever, comparing Celestia vs. anyone else to a dog vs. their owner. Okay, I guess I should read it now.

Also, calling it now, insta-featured.

#14 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Dammit, stop making me cry in public.

#15 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

...I'm sad now. :fluttercry:

#16 · 66w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

I didn't ask for these tears!

#17 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

A short and simple, but remarkably effective piece. Only two things protected me from major feels:

1) I've owned multiple dogs in my time, but the only one who died while I was around was sudden, very tragic, and I was far too young to remember it. The others were given away to friends at some point because reasons.

2) The phrase "the fact that" in the middle of the big feels section at the end actually snapped the flow and pulled me out. A lot of people use the phrase, but I rage a little whenever I come across it, especially in a story.

With that said, I really enjoyed the story. :pinkiehappy:

I felt the premise worked and did a good job of touching on a common subject without going for MLD-esque cheep feels. Character and point of view made the narrative engaging and believable.

I do have one question, based on a similar type of story I saw in my second-year short fiction class: Have you considered seeing how this story looks when written in first person?

#18 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Wow, I thought I had been desensitized to the old "dog getting old and passing away," but you made me feel for this again bravo.

I love how deep the story is. I said it before, but now I can say with absolute certainty this deserves a spot on the feature box.

#19 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·


#20 · 66w, 6d ago · 22 · ·

I must admit, the story title and narrator's name initially threw me off; I seriously thought this would be a first person story, narrated by Twilight spending her last days in her old age with Celestia. But you know, there aren't enough Applejack stories that feature Wionna, much less stories with Wionna as the protagonist. And, from Wionna's perspective, the audience can share in the simple joy of a dog's perspective as they try to understand Wionna's somewhat inverted view of her world, which tempers the otherwise bittersweet warmth and sadness such stories bring.

But hey, anything that can make us appreciate our pets just a bit more, if only for a little while, is something to be thankful for. Thank you for writing this.

#22 · 66w, 6d ago · 29 · ·

Great story.

Of course, after finishing reading it my mind immediately went to this.

#23 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Why did I read this, it's just so sad but I couldn't stop reading

#24 · 66w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

this hit more than it should have, if only for me having to bury my cat last week:raritycry::fluttershysad::fluttershyouch::fluttercry:

I spent his last night laying in bed with him on my chest..I'd swear you were watching me as you wrote this, but thats just me being angry at the world and justifying pointless things..

So instead I'll try to perk up and tell you this was beautiful and able to rip my heart back out right after painfully sewing it back in..

you should be in Mortal Kombat, what with you ripping out our hearts like this.:raritydespair:

#25 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Ah hell.  What a way to start the day.

I miss my cat...

#26 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

you made me start my day with crying my eyes out and missing my dog!:fluttercry:

but this was such a beautiful story that I can't hold it against you...:raritycry:

#27 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Aw, man. Just when I was getting over the death of my bunny. This story got my feels. Well done, sir. Well done. :fluttershbad:

#28 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Wow that was really good, and pretty sad at the end... I swear I'm not crying, it's liquid pride over how good this story was :raritycry:

#29 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

This is one of the stories where the often overused phrase "Right in the feels" really fits. It was beautiful and touching and sad. Winona is a good dog indeed. :applecry:

#30 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·


Dang it, why did I have to watch that after reading this story...

Comment posted by arachnidsGrip deleted at 11:47pm on the 21st of July, 2013
#32 · 66w, 6d ago · 16 · ·

My first dog I ever had just turned 16. She's blind, deaf, has cancer, and lost all of her teeth. I haven't read this yet. Gonna go lay down with my dog.

#33 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Oho, I get it.  The end is playing on the perspective of the animal how humans/ponies live for so long, which by the way, is a brilliant explanation for Applejack being viewed as a princess.

#34 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

sad, but a great read:ajsleepy:

#35 · 66w, 6d ago · 7 · ·

Heh. This is the kind of story I sought out for some time after reading a certain two stories. I always got the feeling though, that the ones I found didn't really 'get it'. This though. By not taking the literal route, this gets it.

The irony of the things we assume about the princesses is brought to the fore by the situation they're presented in here. For once, we see the 'bigger picture', because it is our own size. The scale of things becomes clear. What's also clear is that you've seen things like this already. It's there, in places like Heretical Fictions, it just took a beautifully crafted metaphor to make me see it.

Have my upvote, and my tears, and congratulations on that first. :pinkiesad2:

#37 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

I don't have to read this to understand how brilliant a story idea this is. Gonna have to put this in my read later folder.

#38 · 66w, 6d ago · 9 · ·

Good girl, Winona.

Good girl... :pinkiesad2:

...oh good, a distraction; why is that emoticon called pinkiesad2? Where is 1?

#39 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

That was such a sweet story! You really nailed telling it from Winona's perspective. Bravo. :ajsmug:

#40 · 66w, 6d ago · 2 · ·

Dang it, I don't think I've ever cried this hard for any other Twilight leaves Celestia story. :raritycry: Stupid symbolism adorable dog :pinkiesad2:.

Plus sad Applejack is always heartbreaking. AJ's so stoic that you just know if you can see the pain it must be deep.

#41 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Having lost two dogs m'self, I can relate to this...

Well done.

#42 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Words fail me.  I shall let my tears speak for me in their stead.  :applecry:

#43 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

no, you bastard how could you do this:raritycry: My dog's middle aged and now I'm getting worried that one day she wont wake up either:raritydespair:

no, its okay, its not that ba-



#44 · 66w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

This is a wonderful story. For some reason, though, now I really want to see a picture of Celestia giving Twilight belly rubs.

#45 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

Skywriter! Ah, I KNOW this'll be awesome if it's by you!

#46 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

God... DAMNIT, What the hell, Skywriter.

I knew what I was getting into when I started reading, and knowing what was coming just meant the tears started sooner.

(out of context, that picture is perfect. In context, maybe it'll help cheer up anyone else who can barely see through their tears now)

#47 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

The tears, they won't stop falling.

#48 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·

I did have a few questions.

Dogs don't see in color, yes?  That explains the part about grey eyes, but what about the brown hat?

So who's the sun queen?

And what about the industrial sized pet hair dryer?

I'm sorry, I'm just being a dick because it helps me forget what I went through when my dog passed away.

#49 · 66w, 6d ago · · ·


Red/Green color blind. Some colors still come through just fine.

#50 · 66w, 6d ago · 6 · ·



YOU SADISTIC, MAGNIFICENT BASTARD YOU:fluttercry::flutterrage::raritycry::raritydespair:

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