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  • E An Outsider's Perspective

    An outsider looks for friendship and happiness among the citizens of Ponyville.
    5,475 words · 2,670 views  ·  425  ·  5
  • E A Teacher With No Class

    Prince Blueblood arrives at Ponyville's school to lecture the students about Equestrian government.
    4,880 words · 7,515 views  ·  556  ·  8
  • T The Strange Destiny of Prince Blueblood

    Prince Blueblood's journey of self-discovery continues in the Everfree Forest.
    25,963 words · 4,947 views  ·  425  ·  7
  • E Get Lost (In a Book)

    Twilight Sparkle is excited about her new book, but her friends won't leave her alone to read it.
    4,413 words · 4,555 views  ·  372  ·  6
  • E Flutterspy

    Fluttershy, with the help of Fleur de Lis, tries to save Rarity from a rival fashionist'a espionage.
    20,996 words · 2,780 views  ·  170  ·  3
  • T The Prince of Ponyville

    Prince Blueblood starts into his new life in Ponyville.
    122,741 words · 4,462 views  ·  460  ·  26

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  • 4w, 1d
    "An Outsider's Perspective" Featured at the Royal Canterlot Library!

    Hey, you know that announcement I've been talking about?  This would be it.  I'm thrilled and honored to say that the guys over at the Royal Canterlot Library enjoyed "An Outsider's Perspective" so much that they decided to feature it, along with an interview of me.    And man, I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of blown away by the praise they gave the story.  I knew they liked it, sure, but there are some incredible compliments in there, and it's entirely possible that my ego will now inflate to the point that Rainbow Dash becomes identifiable and sympathetic.

    So, that's the biggun!  Go check it out, and while you're there, check out the interview they did with fellow Outside Insight mid-rank placee, Carabas, about his entry "Moonlight Palaver."  His story was definitely my favorite of the finalists--and, bonus points, I started reading Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" like two days before his piece went up.  Woo, coincidence.

    Now, then, I'm going to get back to leading my cyborg legions towards the conquest of an alien planet, so that we can build a portal back to Earth and, uh, "emancipate" all the squishy meatbags back home.  Resistance is futile.

    0 comments · 55 views
  • 4w, 5d
    Hey, so, Flutterspy!

    Guess what story I just finished after more than two years of writer's block?

    No, not Prince of Ponyville.  Probably never Prince of Ponyville.

    Nope, it's a story that I feel holds up a lot better, and really deserved an ending: "Flutterspy!"

    After rewatching all of the Sirens' songs from Rainbow Rocks an embarrassing number of times, I really felt compelled to write something.  Since I decided that I couldn't write a proper story about the Sirens without also putting together a band to write and play their songs (music is sort of integral to their awesomeness), I took a look at my old notes for the final chapter of "Flutterspy" and decided I'd start writing and see how things shook out.

    Not terrible, in my opinion.  I'm going to give it a thorough proofreading and maybe rewrite one or two bits before I email EQD and tell 'em they can finally mark this thing complete.

    This wasn't the announcement I'll be making in a few days, by the way.  It was just a thing that resulted from too much glorious evil-chick rock.  And apparently I'm not alone in thinking the Sirens were amazing, seeing as how their songs are topping the "Best Rainbow Rocks Song" poll at EQD by a wide margin.  (Don't know how Trixie's song is in fourth, though.  "Rainbow Rock" is pretty damned fantastic, too, and easily the best non-Siren tune.  I blame Sethisto.)

    So, yeah, see you in a few with some news.  In the meantime, given that it's been two years since the first two chapters, I'd recommend goin' back and rereading all of "Flutterspy" if you're inclined to give it a shot.  That way, you can see how much better I was back then, and then mourn my eventual loss of quality.  I'm basically The Simpsons.

    10 comments · 78 views
  • 5w, 15h
    I'm late to the party, here, but Rainbow Rocks...

    I just finished watching Rainbow Rocks, and I have to write down my immediate reaction.

    That reaction is: I just watched Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny's kid sister movie.  It was freaking amazing.

    Actually, let me backtrack and bit and get the nitpicks out of the way.  As much as I love the Mane Six, the story here almost seemed hampered by them having to be the stars.  Sunset Shimmer was the heart of the film, and I think some of the screentime devoted to Pinkie Gags(tm) and Rainbow Dash being Rainbow Dash could have gone to her, and would have made the story stronger.  She was the most compelling character on Team Good Guys by a long stretch; in an ideal world, the writers would have been free to focus on her while relegating the primary girls to a secondary role.

    That said, the most compelling characters overall were indisputably the Sirens, who may have just unseated Diamond Tiara as Best Villain.  Kazumi Evans turned in a great performance as Adagio, coupled with her constant, awesome, "everything is going to according to my evil plans" expressions and body language.  Sonata was fun in the same way Brittany from Glee was (back when I could still stand that show); funny, oblivious, dumb as a rock and yet still kind of evil.    Aria... well, okay, maybe they weren't all memorable and compelling.  But I really liked her mane.

    But the music!  Especially the Sirens' songs.  Holy crap.  Maybe I'm just a sucker for female rock vocalists (one look at how my Pandora station has evolved will tell you that), but every time they started singing, they brought the house down.  Dark, sinister, creepy, yet kinda sexy.  (They're ancient succubi banished to an unsuspecting mortal realm by history's greatest wielder of the eldritch arts, so it's not weird to use that term.  Right?)

    I hope some intrepid writer's been giving some thought as to how the Sirens would have fit into the history of EQG-Earth.  They'd have been around since the viking age, after all.  I wonder what they got up to?  I'm already picturing a musical montage set to "Sympathy For the Devil."  (You can pick which version it is; I always preferred the Guns N' Roses cover; the Devil in that one sounds like he's having so much more fun.)  "I rode a tank, held a general's rank, when the Blitzkrieg reigned and the bodies stank... "

    And the ending?  Well, that's what primarily drew my comparison to The Pick of Destiny.  Because it was gloriously, goofily metal.  It would have fit right in with Brutal Legend.  I'm not sure that words can do justice to its glory, and so I'm not going to try.

    Anyway.  Done rambling now.  If you've been on the fence about checking the film out, let me give you my hearty recommendation.  They're showing it on the Hub Discovery Kids now, and it probably won't be long until it's out in retail form.  It's also, undoubtedly, available from other sources.  Go check it out!

    I'll be checking back in in about a week with another announcement.  See ya then, folks.

    4 comments · 69 views
  • 8w, 7h
    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... beauty.

    11 comments · 157 views
  • 11w, 5d
    Clip takes sixth!

    I'm thrilled and honored and all-around just kinda happy to report that my submission to EQD's "Outside Insight" contest placed sixth, out of 109 entrants!  And that means that someone with artistic talent and creative genius will have to draw a picture of a tentacled, amorphous mass of eyes and mouths getting a makeover from Rarity.  Schadenfreude is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

    I know there was some debate among the judges as to how literal the contest's prompt ("write a story about ponies from a non-pony's perspective") was to be interpreted.  I'm very glad to have managed to rank in the top ten despite my (apparently) loose interpretation of the guidelines.  Honestly, if I had taken it literally--had I written a story entirely about ponies, just told from a third party's perspective--I don't think I'd have even entered.  The little zap of creativity that hit me when I came across the contest might not have sparked if I'd felt more constrained in what sort of story I was allowed to tell.

    Thankfully, my Neutral Good alignment shaded my perception of reality, and so I sat down and wrote a story containing the line "because you're the harbinger of the apocalypse, sweetie," and people liked it!  Hooray for loose interpretations of the rules!

    Anyway, I'll probably go silent again for awhile until I can share with you all the undoubtedly awesome piece of artwork I'll be getting.  Keep on ponying, folks!

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Fillydelphia private eye Looking Glass is hired by a beautiful new client to find her missing fiancé, Silver Coin.  However, the simple missing pony case gets complicated quickly, and the hard-luck gumhoof soon finds himself embroiled in a plot that could have consequences for all of Equestria.

First Published
13th May 2012
Last Modified
23rd May 2012
#1 · 132w, 4h ago · · · Chapter 15 ·

Let's see. Good description, well-written, funny, and it's a genre I love. Take your like, follow, and fav. You've earned them.

:twilightsmile:

#2 · 131w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 15 ·

>>584586 Hey, much appreciated! :yay:

#3 · 131w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

AW SHIT SON.

:trollestia::trollestia::trollestia:

#4 · 131w, 2d ago · · · Epilogue ·

An excellent and involved story very much a tribute to Marlowe, I personally liked the pulp detective style a lot and you really have recaptured it perfectly in this.

#5 · 128w, 4d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Definitely got to check this out, I love Detective stories and wanted to do a Pony one of my own. :twilightsmile:

Love the character name and sounds ace! :pinkiehappy:

#6 · 123w, 7h ago · · · Chapter 5 ·

You're getting a lot of mileage out of the 'pencil in the mouth' gag, aren't you?

#7 · 122w, 5d ago · · · Epilogue ·

I couldn't resist the pull from the mention in the Blueblood stories. Fine story. Really deserves more likes and whatever.

#8 · 122w, 1d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh :rainbowkiss:

This was amazing.

And the title suggests a series maybe? :pinkiehappy:

#9 · 122w, 16h ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>945750

There is a sequel planned and partially outlined!  However, I'm currently sidetracked by an ongoing series of stories about everyone's favorite inexplicable royal, Prince Blueblood.  Once that's done, though, I do plan on getting started on "Looking Glass, P.I: Savage Nights."  Griffons, changelings, gang wars, and more freakin' politics.  Should be fun :pinkiehappy:

#10 · 122w, 7h ago · · · Epilogue ·

Please make this a series! I loved this one and would love to see more! You are a very talented writer. I hope to see more from you! :pinkiehappy:

#11 · 117w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

I was taken in at the "Bellicose drunks" line. I can practically feel Marlowe in this. Definitely looking forward to reading this.

#12 · 117w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

Hmm well Hot air is up to something. nobody's that helpful *suspicious face*

#13 · 116w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Looks good and Im looking forward to reading this. One thing I noticed; you said pony was xHands high. Was that intentional and referring to dragon hands? Or did you perhaps mean xHooves high?

#14 · 116w, 2d ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>1189787

That's... a tricky question.  "Hands" don't really exist in Equestria, but, "hands" is also the unit of measurement for determining a horse's height.  So let me just stroke my mustache and waggle my eyebrows mysteriously at you while I say something cryptic.

Ready?

Yes.  :moustache:

#15 · 106w, 3d ago · · · Epilogue ·

How is this still languishing at less than 400 views? This is criminal!

#16 · 99w, 6d ago · · · Epilogue ·

Thank you for the story!

Pretty good style and well written.

I'm looking forward for the sequel :)

#17 · 80w, 4d ago · · · Epilogue ·

I would say this story really struck the noir mood, though I didn't read enough noir to be allowed to say such things. :derpytongue2: Either way, from what I can tell, the mood was really enjoyable, the pacing felt right, and the editing was solid - although since I read the .txt file, I think I'm not too competent in this last regard. Since I'm not a noir or dark fan, I had my doubts (slight as they were), but fortunately you proved me wrong!

The only moment I would criticize is Nightingale sparing our hero's life. I mean, Looky already knew too much, and Nightingale could enact his plan herself, without his help. Or alternatively, if not she herself, one of her henchponies.

Also I would've kinda liked to see our protagonist ending up with his ex again, although I understand that noir is not a genre for knights in shining armor and happy endings. It still felt a little dissonant when he demanded for the safety of a mare he just met a few days ago, but not for her ex - but I guess he just couldn't forgive her. Kind of a shame.

What I didn't like, though, is the epilogue - I mean, obviously you wanted a sequel hook, but this letter felt rather out of genre. You could've just written an author's note or something, but the epologue made me feel that almost everything our hero accomplished (and consequently, the story itself) was sorta pointless. (Not to mention that the sequel never arrived. :pinkiehappy: Although I'd place my money on Nightingale being the changeling spy!)

I loved, however, the guns - horseshoes analogue. That bit was a nice touch!

#18 · 74w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Ahh, the old Guy Noir style. XD

#19 · 74w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 9 ·

Hot Air is not trustworthy, methinks.

#21 · 74w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 10 ·

Pony gives chance?

Pony gets jumped.

#22 · 74w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 13 ·

So bankers are evil... I have noticed a trend in your stories.

#23 · 74w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 15 ·

And I read the Prince series before this... :)

Good old-fashioned emoticons.

#24 · 73w, 2d ago · 1 · · Chapter 14 ·

Wow, Crown was an IDIOT. Hadn't he ever read the Evil Overlord List?

#25 · 70w, 4d ago · · · Epilogue ·

>>947180 So its been a year

#26 · 8h, 4m ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

four and a half hands tall

I hope I'm not sounding nitpicky, but four and a half hands is 18 inches. Even if you're measuring to the shoulder, a foot and a half tall hardly sounds like a 'large pony.' :unsuresweetie:

#27 · 7h, 45m ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

simply, hearty, and cheap

Do you mean 'simple, hearty and cheap?'

“The ones that I could, yeah.”

Ouch. :fluttershyouch: Prepare for incoming tragic backstory.

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