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  • E Sun Princess

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

    Shining Armor learns the most important tactical lesson of his life.
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  • E How to Remove a Unicorn Tooth

    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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  • E Derplicity

    Derpy Hooves is secretly a changeling. Nopony particularly notices, or cares.
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    Twilight Sparkle and her bedside table: like two 'ships that pass in the night.
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  • E Infernal Machines

    The touching tale of a pony and her pet mechanical salamander.
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    Filly Cadence turns her first heart.
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  • E In the Bleak Midwinter

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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 · 588 views
  • 4w, 5d
    "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 · 668 views
  • 6w, 8h
    "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 · 317 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 · 816 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.)

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30th May 2012
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#1 · 126w, 2d ago · 8 · · Part One ·

Oh my lol.

#2 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

I really wasn't expecting it to get that out of hand.

I am sure there were grammar and writing errors in there, but it's a quarter past 11 at night and I'm tired. So you'll get along with a 'I liked it, keep it up.'

#4 · 126w, 2d ago · 1 · · Part One ·

This was....wow.:rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowwild::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

#5 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Who know that tea could cause so much trouble

#6 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Me: Wait, why are the deer Indian?

"...nopony knows tea like the Hindi."

Me: Oh. ...I get it! :derpytongue2:

In any case, a perfect example of how the amount of brouhaha a lie causes is directly related to how long the lie is perpetuated. And a funny one, to boot. Poor Celestia. Maybe now she'll get coffee beans.

#7 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

She really tried not to snap but there really is no way to tell if she was lying so that was great. Some misspelling but nothing wrong with the story itself. Celestia is best Alicorn. :trollestia:

#8 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

This was really good. 5 stars for milking that drama train right there.

#10 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

A freaken mazing

#11 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Gee all this because of tea:rainbowdetermined2:

#12 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Ahhh, Celestia went Daymare Sun! Quick blast her with the elements!!!:pinkiegasp:

PS:Remember to set to purification instead of banish to moon.:raritywink:

#13 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

This was beautiful. Fantastic job. :yay:

#15 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

:rainbowlaugh: This had me on the floor with laughter.

#16 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

:rainbowlaugh: This... :rainbowlaugh: this was just... :rainbowlaugh:

I can't stop laughing! :rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

That got so out of hand, it's bucking HILARIOUS :rainbowlaugh:

#17 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Heh heh, that's Twilight for you. :twilightangry2:

#18 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

>>671435 Easy there bru, too much Skywriter comedy is dangerous.

#19 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Lol, Eternal ripoff :trollestia:

#20 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Faux-lestia. I like it.

I often pondered how scary Celestia could possibly be if she really got angry. To be honest, I don't think we know the half of it.

#21 · 126w, 2d ago · 2 · 1 · Part One ·

WHAT CRETINS GAVE THIS STORY THEIR THUMBS-DOWN?!  THEY MUST PAY FOR THEIR STUPIDITY!

It reminds me of the Saturday Night Live episode where William Shatner goes to a Star Trek convention and says, "It's just a TV show!".

You know it's going to end up with Celestia drinking more tea.

#22 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

celestia, what have you done?

#23 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

EPIC AWQESOME EPICNESS sTORY! :pinkiecrazy:

#24 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Wow, first day uploaded and it's already featured. :pinkiegasp:

Now I'm jealous. I spent so much time trying to get my fanfic up there, but you do that in one day. :twilightangry2:

#25 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Why is this so fantastic.  Can't stop lolling.

#26 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Oh my. :rainbowderp:

#27 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

And that’s how Celestia wound up in a lot of hot water

#28 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Oh my god, I LOVE this. Pure genius.

And all of this because of simple tea. :rainbowlaugh:

#29 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

:rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

This was too good.:pinkiehappy:

#30 · 126w, 2d ago · 1 · · Part One ·

It's all Twilight fault for making all those poor ponies toast. Shame on her running like a crazed mare on drugs. :rainbowlaugh:

#31 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

...wow... she is fucked

#32 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

This story was awesome!  Absolutely hilarious.

When Twilight mentioned Bollywood: :rainbowhuh:  Where'd that come from?  Oh wait, the deer are from Hind. :rainbowlaugh:

Also, dat ending.  You messed up, Twi. :twilightoops:  And Celestia's outburst.

   I was so excited to see it marked as incomplete.  That better not have been a mistake, or you will have crushed my spirits. :raritydespair:

#34 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

I don't know what to :facehoof: at more:

Twilight's insanity or Celestia's Amaterasu power.

#35 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Dats some nice grammar, super awesomeriffic story bro. All hail Celestia, bow down low. :trollestia:

#36 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

This was very funny!:rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

#38 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

MOAR!!!!!:pinkiecrazy:

plz...?:fluttershysad:

#40 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

That was pretty awesome, and your fantasy terms were rather interesting. Mind if I steal a few?

#41 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

That. Was. Awesome. But why'd you have to make this Luna's fault?:fluttercry:

#42 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Within an all-around great story, this particular paragraph made me quite giddy.

"She did the eyes thing, then.  Father in Eohippus, preserve me from the eyes thing, I thought, anchoring my soul against the gale-force wind of adorable, ingenuous pleading being emitted by my student.  I remembered little filly Twilight turning those eyes on me many a time, repeatedly reducing the most powerful creature in all Equestria to marmalade.  I am powerless against them."

I look forward to the next chapter!

#43 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Hahaha!

Man, I've got to get out of the habit of checking in on things like this at work. It's too hard to explain the sudden guffaws to my coworkers. :rainbowlaugh:

That was a fun little lark, Channing!  Thanks for sharing!

#44 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

I hate tea, too Celestia. I wonder how tea sales will go after this...

#45 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

:rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

:trollestia: So much win.  Yes. :twilightsmile:

#46 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

but... but...

I like tea....:fluttercry:

#47 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

I can honestly say that this should be a mid season episode.

#48 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

All my LOL. :rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::facehoof:

#49 · 126w, 2d ago · 1 · · Part One ·

:heart::duck::heart:

You, ma'am or sir, are going to be watched... in the good way, not the stalker way! D:

#50 · 126w, 2d ago · · · Part One ·

Twilight does tend to make a big deal out of nothing doesn't she? :facehoof:

Great story, very funny :rainbowlaugh: Look forward to the rest. :moustache:

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