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  • T School of Hard Knocks

    Big crimes go to big ponies to solve. Small crimes? Those are mine.
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  • T Project: Sunflower

    As the Earth is under threat, humanity reaches out for one last hope of salvation.
    242,215 words · 19,945 views  ·  2,939  ·  48
  • E Why am I Pinkie Pie?!

    Why the heck did I turn into Pinkie Pie?!
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  • T Sunflower - Side Projects

    A collection of short stories related to Project: Sunflower
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  • T Project Sunflower: Harmony

    After the events of Project: Sunflower, Erin returns to Ponyville to study magic. Meanwhile, something is stirring on the newly-discovered world of Harmony.
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  • E Daring Didn't

    What if Daring Do had failed?
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  • E Interview With a Princess

    What if you had the chance to ask Celestia any question you liked?
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  • T The Cutie Mark Allocation Agency

    Cutie marks have to come from somewhere, after all.
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  • Monday
    I just saw Rainbow Rocks, so have a review. (Spoilers ahead!)

    I'll try to make this post relatively spoiler-free, but I won't promise anything. If you are curious about the movie and don't want spoilers, here's a summary of my thoughts: If you saw the first Equestria Girls and enjoyed it, this one is better.

    I have to say, first of all, that I was actually a little surprised by the first Equestria Girls movie. It had a few things I actually really liked: Twilight trying to sleep while unable to get comfortable with her wings, is one example. Twilight adjusting to be human (with all the awkwardness that came with that) was another. Yeah, mostly the stuff revolving around Twilight is what I enjoyed. I apologize for nothing! :twilightsmile:

    My surprise was mostly because I expected the movie to be total, 100% awfulness, and... it wasn't. It wasn't great by any means, but it was... okay. And as long as I mentally separated out the idea that it was part of the Equestria canon, I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. In my mind, I categorized the first movie as an ascended fanfiction of sorts, making it sort of its own canon.

    When I watched Rainbow Rocks, I kept up that same mentality, pretending that Equestria Girls was its own, unrelated-to-MLP:FIM canon. Which is why I probably enjoyed this movie a lot more than the first one. Because, honestly, it was better than the first one by a solid mile.

    The writing was tighter. The jokes were better. The animation was... Well, okay, the "humans" in this movie are still sorta creepy-looking and move kind of strangely at times, but everything else was really well done. And the music? It was pretty good, honestly.

    There were a few cringe-worthy parts of the movie, but for the most part they were intentionally cringe-worthy. Your mileage may vary on cringe humor. I have a low tolerance for it, but some people love it. Fortunately, that wasn't the bulk of the movie.

    Let's talk antagonists for a minute.

    This is where the first movie really lacked substance, in my opinion. Sunset Shimmer as an antagonist had a pretty lame "evil plan", when you get right down to it. Her motivations for doing what she was doing were murky at best. Was it revenge? A quest for power? Just plain ego? I honestly can't recall, that's how "meh" her motivations were. Basically, her job was to be a snotty mean girl to the rest of the cast in order to generate conflict. And that... was unfortunate, in a series that has such great villains.

    The antagonists in Rainbow Rocks, on the other hand, have very clear and reasonable motivations. They have a plan that makes sense, at least in-universe. And they were well done in the short time they had to develop them. My main complaint with them is that they played up Sonata's stupidity a little much, but that's forgivable in the grand scheme of things.

    So. Good songs (your mileage may vary, but I enjoyed them a lot) and good antagonists. That's half of a decent movie right there! Couple that with a much more dramatic story, with what feels like real stakes on the line, and a few life lessons learned, and this definitely comes out better than the first movie. And the end? I won't deny it, I got shivers. It was pretty cool! Much better than the "We're friends so here's a rainbow and we win by default" ending of the first movie. There are similarities, sure... This is still MLP, after all. But the end was much more satisfying than the first movie.

    And the shout-outs... So many shout-outs to the fans... :rainbowhuh:

    So, as a movie in its own right, Rainbow Rocks was... actually pretty good, in my opinion. I still don't accept it as full canon, though :pinkiehappy:

    Thanks for reading!

    ~Hoopy

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  • Saturday
    New Story: Dreams of Ponyville

      I've been wanting to do some horror-themed stories for a while now. And, since it is October, with Halloween coming up, I've decided that now is as good a time as any. Here's the first of my attempts to write a creepy story, I hope you enjoy it!

    Dreams of Ponyville

    Next up for spooky stories, Plum Pudding and Cinnamon Swirl head out for an unusual Nightmare Night. I'm having fun writing that one :twilightsmile:

    Also, a new chapter of Sunflower: Harmony will be up in... Just a few minutes!

    Thanks for reading!

    ~Hoopy

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  • 1w, 23h
    Just in case anyone is worried...

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  • 3w, 6d
    Cutie Mark Allocation Agency - Now complete!

    Greetings, everyone!

    At long last, the final chapters of the CMAA are now published. I really hope you all like the ending! I struggled over that for quite a while.

    For those that started reading this story when I first started publishing it, I apologize for how long it's taken me to finally finish this. It's not a very long story, after all. A year long hiatus in between two chapters didn't much help, either.

    In any case, it's done, it's out there, and I will never, EVER have to write the name "Figgwaggle" ever again! Er... except for that last time.

    Thanks for reading!

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  • 4w, 1d
    Back from my week off

    Where we stayed was beautiful, in a cabin outside of Grand Lake, Colorado, way up in the mountains. We drove through Rocky Mountain National Park a bunch of times, and did some hiking. Honestly, though, I wasn't expecting the elevation to affect me as much as it did. Walking around 12,000 feet above sea level left me gasping for air and feeling like I was about to pass out. It got better as time went on, but man was that a trip! The wife and I took hundreds of pictures, we got to see a bunch of elk running around (not a single moose, though... :fluttercry:), and we swung by the The Stanley Hotel (the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining) on the way out.

    Sadly, I didn't get nearly as much writing done as I wanted. However, I DID manage to completely re-work the next three chapters of CMAA. I'm really pleased with how the new climax turned out. I still have to write the final chapter, do some final tweaking and tightening, and then it will be time for publishing. I'll drop all four chapters all at once, because they all end in cliffhangers, and I don't want to be lynched so soon after coming back from vacation :twilightoops:

    Once I'm done with that, I want to write up some horror stories I've had banging around in my head for a while. I hope to publish those next month. Then, it's back to Sunflower full time!

    Thanks for reading!

    ~Hoopy

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You'd think that being trapped in stone would mean that, if nothing else, I could get some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, it seems that Celestia has other ideas.

She has appointed these ponies... these 'Keepers', as she calls them, to keep me entertained during my incarceration.

Honestly? I'd prefer the boredom.

First Published
8th Nov 2012
Last Modified
8th Nov 2012
#1 · 102w, 23h ago · 1 · 1 · Discord ·

This idea has been bouncing around in my head for a long time. I struggled a bit trying to make it work. Hopefully, I did a decent job. Writing a character who can never move is more of a challenge than I thought it would be.

The timeline that I made for this story gives a range of 95 years that Discord was stuck as a statue, if anyone is curious.

A little bit of the inspiration for this story came from the old Doctor Who episode The Keeper of Traken. A few story elements were taken from that, though the overall story itself is pretty different.

Since I love the Pony Creator, here's the quick reference I did for Sunny Meadows:

#2 · 101w, 6d ago · 5 · · Epilogue ·

one downvote already? Really?

:EDIT:

For context this was 1 up 1 downvote when I commented after reading ch.1

#3 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Wow, I was still poking around editing this here and there, and didn't even notice that it had been published. Guess I'll stop :rainbowderp:

#4 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>1581107 ...you published by accident? Huh, took me forever to even figure out how to submit :twilightblush:

#5 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>1581122

I misspoke, sorry. I meant that I hadn't been aware that it had made it through moderation :twilightblush:

I was just cleaning up some dialogue and stuff, but now that it's live, I'll leave it be for now.

#6 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Discord ·

That was... not sure if 'intense' defines it properly, but I'd say it's pretty damn close. o:

#7 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Discord ·

Only partway through, but I had to stop and tell you how much I love this!

...um, a lot. It's good.

Edit: finished the chapter. Incredible:fluttercry:

#8 · 101w, 6d ago · 8 · · Epilogue ·

Ohh friggin GAH! You actually had me crying there! For Discord! Bravo good sir, bravo! ~With regards, the Current Student of the Second True Magic.

#9 · 101w, 6d ago · 15 · · Epilogue ·

I won't lie. I cried.

#10 · 101w, 6d ago · 4 · · Discord ·

I wish I could say I cried. This story was too fantastic, too well written for me to not cry and yet... my eyes are dry.

Words cannot properly describe how I feel about this story. Your stuff is always well written, but this was different.

Kudos to you, Hoopy McGee, for writing such a wonderfuly tragic and deep story about mortality.

#11 · 101w, 6d ago · 1 · · Epilogue ·

I enjoyed that.

#12 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Incredible

no other description does it any justice

#13 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · · Epilogue ·

You actually made me cry.

I've never felt so helpless reading a story. All Discord could do was sit and watch and before he realized what he needed, it was gone.

For once, I'm happy I ignored the sad tag.

#14 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Tears were shed good job, and may sunny rest in peace:fluttercry:

#15 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Wow... Amazing. Just amazing.

#16 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>1581269 Me too :fluttercry: I ... I think I just got emotion-raped...

#17 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

What we have here is just another reason why Hoopy needs to get a publisher.

#18 · 101w, 6d ago · 3 · · Epilogue ·

this... was.... amazing, incredible, outstanding! its one of the best stories i have read in quite some time, id say you captured discord perfectly, i never expected the story to be as sad as it was tho. thank you for this amazing story :P

#19 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Wow... wow. A touching story, about Discord :fluttercry:

#20 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · · Epilogue ·

...damn you  Hoopy McGee.... damn you. I have to say about half way through the 1st chapter I had a pretty good sense of where it was going. However, that didn't make it any easier to deal with. This was one of the better stories that nearly drew tears out of me (I don't often cry when I read.) The question of immortality and watching your loved ones grow old and die has been something that's always haunted me and has always made me think "getting immortality is just stupid" and so it was a wonderful thing for me to see Discord learning about it the hard way. Learning to Love and then learning the pain that comes with it... of course I see a certain family getting the protection of a certain spirit of Chaos. That... that could be some interesting short stories to create...

Anyways, you have my thumbs up, and my favorite.

#21 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · · Epilogue ·

By Odin's magnificent beard, was this an incredible read. I never thought of Discord as anything but a goofy villain, but to make me FEEL something for the guy? You, sir, have earned all my respect, all my internets, and all my moustaches. :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

EDIT: Also, love love LOVE the character of Sunny Meadows. I fear, because of this story, I'll have trouble referring to Discord as anything other than "Mister Funny Face". :rainbowlaugh:

#22 · 101w, 6d ago · 7 · · Discord ·

This deserves to be narrated by John de Lancie.

#23 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

I didn't see the sad tag, I came from the featured box. I never read sad stories... all I can say is wow.

#24 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

It takes a certain kind of melancholy to make me tear up and this is it.

I know you can't see me, but I'm giving you a standing ovation.

#25 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Was Discord late for the funeral? If not, I would love to see a chapter on it, even if its just short. This story was great, and I need more

#26 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

curse your existance! Ah but such a good story! Ah confound it all! Im getting cotton candy...

#27 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · · Epilogue ·

This is a fabulous story. I love the idea of taking advantage of Discord's immortality and making the mortality of the other characters painfully realistic. I don't like sad stories usually, because they tend to be 'Hey, let's see how long it takes to make you cry' fics, but this actually has meaning, and it's great. Wonderful job.

#28 · 101w, 6d ago · 6 · · Celestia ·

I love that last line. Ha! Don't get to comfortable around Discord or he'll go out of his way to make it true!

#29 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

One of the most touching fics I've read, and centered around Discord nonetheless!  I know you can't see this, but I am slow clapping through the tears right now, keep up the good work!

#30 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

No manly tears were shed, but that's kind of common for me. However I would love to see a kind of Slice-of-life series to come after detailing any further lessons (and antics) with Discord. Plus it would be kinda interesting to see how the world is at this point.

#31 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

ALL OF THE FEELS.  :fluttercry:  :heart:  :applecry:

In all seriousness, though, excellent work.  I truly enjoyed that little nugget of joy (especially what you did with the Chaos/Order relationship.  Personal bit, that, in case my name didn't give it away.)  Discord has always been my favorite character, and I could almost hear John DeLancie's voice in my head as I read your portrayal of the big guy.  Bravo, fine sir!

#32 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Excellent story, my good sir.  Excellent story.  *Wipes a manly tear*

#33 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · · Discord ·

Such a magnificent, fantastic, amazing story, I say I shed tears reading this, I do not regret reading this at 4 in the morning. On a side note: My avatar thanks you for that chaos vs.true evil tid bit.

#34 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

See, this story right here? If I can write anything CLOSE to something like this, I will be happy.

Stellar job, mate. This story doesn't have enough attention.

#35 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Celestia ·

As expected of the Spirit of Chaos :rainbowlaugh::pinkiehappy:

#36 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

This was really good. How it ends makes me sad :fluttercry: But good writing, nonetheless. Rest in peace, Sunny Meadows

#37 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Well, that was depressing. It's not bad, but INCREDIBLY... sad. He loved her, though they never truly got to meet each other. Even so, he didn't need to, because he knew her, and she knew him; even if only in her own mind.

This story should be called Hard to Read, because that's what it is. :fluttershysad: Even though I saw the ending coming a mile away, it doesn't make it any less heartbreaking. Because that's how it always ends - everyone dies. Well... Except for the (un)lucky few. :trollestia:

#38 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

It's been a long time since I last cried like this. Your story was so well written that if there were any grammar or spelling errors or typos, I missed them all completely or didn't care. I was too distracted by a wonderful story that was as sad and as beautiful as the movie Bicentennial Man. Thank you.

Azu
#39 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Discord ·

Ha, I find great irony in me having read this.

At first I didn't really want to read it, I sort of clicked on the story on a whim and decided meh, may as well. I found that I actually kind of liked it by the time I was halfway through. Nearing towards the end I had decided I loved this, the way it showed the family, the things they went through and such.

Then... the news sunny had died, and discords reaction. I found that it stole some tears from me and made me cry. :fluttercry:

Looking back, its sort of like what discord felt towards the idea of his keepers. At first he didn't care, but ti grew onto him. :raritywink:

Azu
#40 · 101w, 6d ago · 1 · · Epilogue ·

that was a wonderful story, I very much enjoyed it. I laugh, I cred, but in the end I am left a warm, happy feeling. I love a good heartwarming story. :twilightsmile:

#41 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

...

...such a story...long...the monster learns to love...no couldn't be...

...no mouth and yet must giggle...hahahaahahahhAHAAHAHAAHAAHAAHAhAHAHAH...aha aha aha...*silence, as if to reflect on the matter*...

...even he gets touched by the Immortal's Dilemma...amazing...sad...yet...

...*spends the remainder of the fanfic reading in silence, clasping my palm over my eyes as the final words of the letter*...

...

#42 · 101w, 6d ago · · 1 · Epilogue ·

you... you bastard ... why .. why did u give me these feels?.... damn all these feels.....

take my fave and upvote... and damn these feels :fluttercry:

#43 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>1581557

Incredible doesn't do this story justice.

To be honest, I didn't have high expectations of this story when I saw it, but I was insanely bored.

I am very glad to admit that my low expectations were proven very wrong indeed.

#44 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

That was very nice. Thanks.

#45 · 101w, 6d ago · 2 · · Epilogue ·

Excellent job on this. There's been more than enough comment on the emotionally evokative side of it, so I'll just move on. I don't think that the pathos was even the strongest element of the story, anyway. What really blew me away was the pacing and the character voice.

All of Discord's thoughts and reactions to everything always felt real and true to his character. He's sarcastic and tetchy the whole way through, and even as it lessens by the story's end, it's still there. He never sounds like he's a whining child, he's just grumbling over the annoying setback of being in stone and the constant annoyances of his Keepers. Even the way you handled his burgeoning emotions felt appropriate, being somewhat confused by the new feelings and rationalizing it as just a type of possessiveness. He never starts being "nice" -- or even stops being cruel in terms of celebrating the deaths of the Bearers -- he just changes the way he approaches the nature of life and the world and the merits of balancing chaos and harmony.

(On that topic, the inclusion of the whole "balance between chaos and harmony" theme is my only major gripe with the story. It's majorly overdone. Which isn't your fault, of course. The story would go in an entirely different direction of that theme was changed, and to your credit the ways you illustrated the message were a refreshing breath of originality. And it was also made more forgivable that you went for a simpler approach, keeping it as just a few mentions of the idea and then moving on with the rest of the story. It's always groan-inducing in any story where the message is treated very heavy-handedly and shoved down the audience's throat. An entirely new idea would have been much more welcome, but as far as banging out the same old theme goes, it wasn't too bad.)

The pacing of the story was pitch-perfect. Hands down the strongest thing this story had going for it. There's no magical instant metamorphosis for Discord's attitude, and it wasn't as if there was even a single pony who changed him. It was mostly Sunny, obviously, but I still felt that Ember and all of Sunny's children were still important characters for their contributions, rather than just extra names thrown in. Sometimes the little vignettes had some greater importance, but usually the little episodes' "deeper meanings" were more shallow or hardly significant at all, which is exactly how any story should read. There doesn't have to be a constant bombshell or sudden turn of events when more impact can be made through delicacy and moderation. But best of all, time flowed. It didn't feel like five generations of ponies were passing by, it felt like it was over, as Discord put it, "in the blink of an eye." The meat of the story was 9,000 words and it never once felt like it was dragging on longer than welcome.

One last thing that I'm surprised no one else has mentioned, I thought that the Keepers were wonderful characters. At least the first three had very memorable personalities, and their own life stories all felt believable. There were ups and downs, sudden surprises, the cycles of pregnancy and raising the kids around Discord, it was all very real. It wasn't like a roller-coaster of drama, it was just ordinary life with some spices of excitement.  (Like I said before, I'm not crazy about the chaos/harmony message, but I still liked how it was shown.)

As a big fan of Discord, this story wound up being a rare gem and a fast favorite. I didn't quite get much of an emotional response to it, but I found myself enjoying the story too much to be disappointed in any regard. Top-notch work.

#46 · 101w, 6d ago · 1 · · Epilogue ·

Manly tears. That is all.:fluttershysad:

#47 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

I... Have feels for Discord. congratulations.:fluttercry:

#48 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Discord ·

>>1582342 I wonder if anypony could make this happen. Because it would be awesome in ways I can't even describe.

#49 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Another wonderful piece of work Hoopy.  I always look forward to seeing something new from you.

#50 · 101w, 6d ago · · · Discord ·

Nice. Seriously. Amazing!

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