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    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 · 3,127 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.
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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.
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    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

  • 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 · 249 views
  • 6d, 17h
    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, 3d
    John Perry Suffers the Feature Box: I Did It for Me

    37 comments · 417 views
  • 2w, 6d
    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 · 356 views
  • ...

At a rest stop on her way to Appleloosa, Twilight Sparkle has a rare moment to reflect...

First Published
13th Nov 2011
Last Modified
6th Nov 2011
#1 · 159w, 4d ago · · ·

Me Gusta

#2 · 159w, 4d ago · · ·

Awesomesauce. I love Slice of Life stories, this one was excellent.

#3 · 159w, 4d ago · · ·

Nice introspective piece here. I can certainly relate to having my memories go down strange tangents when I've got too much time to think. Really weird how your mind can drudge up stuff out of the blue, especially ones that you've think are long since forgotten.

Nice touch with having the special guest appear. I had an inkling that something like that would happen when Twilight was going through all the experiences she's had since arriving at Ponyville. That particular event I imagine would have been one she wouldn't readily forget. Nice to see that things ended on somewhat good terms. It's great to see characters grow even if things don't go exactly as planned.

And yeah, those two do have quite a bit in common.

Thanks for sharing!

#4 · 159w, 4d ago · · ·

Beautiful writing, some of the best I've read!

#5 · 159w, 1d ago · · ·

Quite well written, almost like a clip show episode. By which I mean that you wrote it with enough skill that I could see it being adapted into a script. Excellent characterization, train of thought, and hinting at deeper secrets with both Twilight and Trixie. Thank you for writing this.

#6 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

Really good story; I'd love to see more stories like this! Only correction I can make is that 'amble' should be 'ample' in paragraph 4.

#7 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

Story is promising but lacks drive, and there is certainly a lot of room for improvement during revision.  You probably should bring that second character in before any of the flashbacks and use the two-pony interaction as a framing device.  Lots of opportunities to tighten the prose once the story's in shape.

#8 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

god damn. that was fantastic

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#10 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

This was full of awesome.  I did NOT see Trixie coming, and it was incredibly well done.

#11 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

"I’m the least entitled pony in the world.  How could I ask for anything more?”

Do you mean "most entitled"?

#12 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

Things were going to a really interesting place right up until Trixie showed up and this became "Every Other Twilight Tries To Fix Trixie Story". It finds itself again a bit with the subtle parallel between Twilight and Trixie, but by that point the story was over. As a thought, perhaps Twilight failing at moving Trixie through the power of friendship might be a more interesting take? That would bring things back to Twilight's own anxieties as she herself sees the parallel that she lacks the eloquence to express to Trixie.

#13 · 158w, 6d ago · 1 · ·


I think it was more of a self-derision thing. She didn't think herself very deserving of it, whether or not that's really true. At least, within the context, that's what it seemed like to me.

#14 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

Wow... This is amazing.

#15 · 158w, 6d ago · · ·

how did you do this? im convinced this could be a full length novel if you continued it.

heck it could even turn in to twi trix shipping! this was absolutly fantastic.



#16 · 158w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

has this been featured on eqd yet????

if not it def should have been

it was dumb luck i found it!!

#17 · 158w, 4d ago · · ·

This made my brain tell me I'm happy

You should be proud :pinkiehappy:

#18 · 158w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Wow, somebody who can turn the mundane and average moments of life into magic. It is rare and amazing. 5/5.

#19 · 158w, 1d ago · · ·

Bravo! Bravo! Magnifique! :pinkiehappy:

#20 · 157w, 5d ago · · ·

Not what I expected at all. Interesting mental trip. I understand it was meant to be a thought wandering story, but I still have the feeling the whole thing was a bit inconclusive. Maybe some rearranging of her thoughts? Overall, though, I like it.

#21 · 156w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

Great story.  Having Trixie show up with the same outlook Twilight once held was a touch of genius.

#22 · 155w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

A fantastic read:pinkiehappy: and perfectly sized too!

#23 · 155w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Oh man, that was amazing. I really loved the first half, full of guilt and regret over Twilight's desire just to be 'normal' in her views. I think you did a really good job on making me feel sympathetic towards her.

The Trixie dialogue was quite nice too. It was awesome to see Twilight relate her past to Trixie's mindset in the present. Perhaps she will understand sometime, an interesting concept either way.

#24 · 155w, 4d ago · · ·

Trixie's dialogue went well, I think. Just the right mixture of arrogance and contrition for the situation she's in! You feel really sympathetic for her- really, for both of them.

I don't think it's really inconclusive, though. The writing has just left us with something to think about just like she does. Twilight kind of speaks to her earlier questions in a way when she speaks to Trixie.


#25 · 154w, 1d ago · · ·

Read this on my Kindle. Absolutely loved it! I will be watching you like a hawk, for sure!

(inb4 why not watching like a griffon)


#26 · 153w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

This was really awesome. It was about all I love in travels ! Fleeting yet very touching encounters.. I secretly hoped that Twilight ask Trixie to come with her so she could get a friend, but that could've killed the moment..

Do an epilogue where she meet Trixie again and they begin friendship, pleaaaase ? :fluttershysad:

Hehe, I didn't think I would be moved by this story, now I'm sad (in a good way). Thank you for this story ! :twilightsmile:

#27 · 153w, 2d ago · · ·

finally got around to reading this fully! a good read, though i can't come up with anything creative... i stayed up to sunrise to make a dent in chapters i have to read

#28 · 142w, 4d ago · · ·

*Warning: Comment contains thoughts about the commenters self that is probably dull for anyone else to read.*

Second time around reading this, I'm really fond of this piece. I've been trying to write a story of my own with pretty limited success, so I'm trying to pay attention to the little, intricate bits of other pieces that I read. I feel like I can't quite reach the level of detail you've got here with what I'm doing myself, and using your story as a comparison for what I'm writing gives me something good to compare it to. Anyway, I won't ramble with everything I feel like talking about myself, so I'll just say that this is a really excellent piece, gets me thinking about a lot.

#29 · 138w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

6 months ago, I came to this community, I saw this story. It was the first one I ever read.

I look back now. It's still one of the best short stories I've ever read.

#30 · 134w, 6h ago · · ·

Quite an interesting read, keep up the fine work :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

#31 · 125w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Somehow, I ended up here... glad I did. I was already watching you, but I admit I hadn't really looked at your older stories. I found this by chance.

And I love it.

>>30047 That's a really cool idea. Alternate ending?

#32 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

So deep.  I love this.  :twilightsmile:

#33 · 72w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Interesting read. Very introspective. Well-written, too.

Of course, the surprise appearance was spoiled since I picked up the story from a Trixie group and thus anticipated her.

#34 · 23w, 4d ago · · ·

Very good story! I really do like this one, it's head an  shoulders above most of what you find here on FIMfic. The 'Harvey Girl' reference with Trixie is especially good.

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