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SundayValued Opinions24 comments · 151 views
I may not post this because I'm wrting drunk. If you can see it, congratulations, you have witnessed alcohol overcome my will to resist typing random crap.
After this I might go off and write Princesses Celestia and Luna having a sloppy makeout session because why the fuck not.
When I started out on this site I quickly acquired a goal: get as many followers as SS&E. The goal was unattainable - perhaps - and I soon modified it to "get a thousand followers". Now I'm at around whatever it is I'm around I've realised something. Followers don't matter. The number doesn't matter, is what I mean. I could have ten million followers and not be satisfied if I didn't have the people I value paying attention and telling me things I want or need to hear.
There are a few people I'll value on this site, people who I aspire to emulate, or who I consider wise an knowledgable. People whose opinions matter to me. Whether they matter to anyone else doesn't matter, because they matter to me. I value their words. I cherish the rare interactions I have with them. I get a little bit high when they say things to me even if (sometimes especially if) those things are superficially negative. My idols - for want of a better word - have paid attention to me in some way, however briefly, and I react like a week-denied crack addict given a hit of the good stuff.
People like Cold In Gardez, who I admire for being so dedicated to his craft that he'll write in a warzone. And he can paint too, the dastard. He's like me if I was allowed to carry a gun...
CVBrony, who should really be resting.
Chuckfinley, who is just so belligerently clever and can fling erotica like a master pizza chef tosses dough, stretching it to perfection and topping it with everything you could possibly want.
Pearple Prose, who does words I could sit and lick for hours, builds worlds out of nothing like it was nothing to build them and then acts like he' nt special.
Professor Plum, who doesn't do horsewords at all (yet), but who is just so damn right and so damn right all the fucking time. And has a voice that melts spines at a hundred paces as well.
Maskedferret. Amacita. Amit (because butts). FanOfMostEverything. Devas. PresentPerfect. Blueshift. The Quite Man.
Others... so many others. In my drunken haze these people stick out like the first crystals in a copper sulphate solution. All blue and spiky and wonderful. The first amongst so many of equal stature. I value them. If I could I would meet them all, but if we never meet then still they have touched me, and I am all the richer for it.
And also I need an adult.
SaturdayMy tubes are cracked11 comments · 84 views
My internet connection is dead. I am currently online by tethering to my mobile phone and have been for a couple of days now. Phones are down as well. They say it'll be Monday before it all comes back.
Kind of sucks. All my entertainment is online these days and now I've been thrust back to a long-dead era, when we had to watch things when the broadcaster decided we should and spend time... outside; a time when Internet speeds are limited to mere tens and hundreds of bits per second and the only place to find fanfiction was geocities, and if it wasn't there we had to make our own entertainment. I think the isolation is starting to get to me. I'm trying to remember how to make a hoop and stick so I can chase it down the street. There's already snow drifting through the door and sticky, sooty smoke curling around everything. The mill owner said if I work an extra 12 hour shift I can eat again this week, but only if I don't lose another finger in the machinery and ruin the run with my blood. Bit that's okay, I coughed up a lung on him snd now he's dying of consumption.
Anyway I'll see you all in a few days.
1w, 7hA Headcanon Splurge5 comments · 115 views
I should be working, so instead I'm running backups and writing blogs about ponies.
I thought it'd be useful to throw up a overviews of how I see various bits of headcanon that lurk in my fics and what goes where. Not going into much detail, of course, just giving rough ideas of the major themes that infest my work.
Herds, for instance. I know that the whole herd idea gets some criticism from certain quarters - some people see it as a poor excuse for writing harem fics. For a lot of writers it is a poor excuse for writing harem fics (and so is the whole horse goes into heat thing but we'll get to that another day). I originally adopted this particular idea from Xenophilia and explored it to some length in The Xenophile's Guide to Equestria and later in No Room For Regret, where I took the view that the best way to find out how something works is to completely break it - thus we have Star Sparkle and her gloriously dysfunctional family somehow muddling through and pretending to be normal.
‣The Weak Lyre *† (updated edition on google docs)
‣To Be A Mule**
* Directly references Xenophilia
** Technically references Xenophilia but is functionally separate
† Part of the Xenophilia: Side Stories fic. I don't think I can link directly to that as it's rated mature, even though this particular story is teen at best
I think (though I haven't counted) about a third of my fics fall into the herd society thing - a herdverse if you must (though you shouldn't). Though the idea came from reading Xenophilia, only a couple of them directly reference it in any way. The rest occupy their own collective setting a little to the side, where things are essentially the same but there aren't any humans sticking their willies noses in every nook and cranny.
I'll be honest: I would have included the concept in more fics, but they were already planned or I'd already started writing them before I landed on the idea and I wasn't about to try and retrofit herds into existing narratives just because I wanted them there. That'd just make it wish fulfilment. Harem fanservice maybe. All of the fics above, though, have Equestria as a herding society as their background in some tiny way or relate to ideas that were born from it. Sometimes just because I say so.
You've probably also noticed that all of my donkey-related fics are in that list. There's a reason for this. They're serving as a counterpoint, being opposite to Equestria's ponies in just about every way you can imagine. No cutie marks, and (in this particular headcanon) almost no "conventional" magic and culturally monogamous. When I get around to working on Morning Glory some more you'll see where I'm going with it.
I like the different social conflicts that a legally and conventionally polyamorous society throws up. Relationships change, social imperatives change - moreso when you add in the whole skewed sex ratio to the mix - magnifying the imbalance between the sexes and forcing society to an extreme position - and then the conflict with other societies who might appear similar, but have very different ideas of how things work. I've been trying to explore these ideas a little in my writing with moderate success. Some might argue that it's hard stay on the right side of the line between "exploration of polyamorous society" and "harem wish fulfilment" (though on the subject of wish fulfilment..., maybe it's not such a bad thing after all?), but I think I'm managing so far.
I've held back a bit though. One of the reasons Morning Glory has taken so long to get going is because it does deal with this headcanon, and I've been worried that readers might be turned off by it. Recently though, I came to the realisation that it doesn't matter. That society is part of the story, for better or worse, and if I'm not going to go full-bore into it then I might as well not bother writing at all.
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2w, 5dLate Night Music4 comments · 58 views
I've posted these guys before (I think) but
You can never hear good music too often.