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  • E Avocation

    Penumbra seeks gainful employment.  · Kwakerjak
    4,557 words · 7,075 views  ·  1,213  ·  17  · 

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More Stories9

  • E Petriculture

    Twilight tries to figure out how rock farming works.
    6,716 words · 38,121 views  ·  2,788  ·  40
  • E Avocation

    Penumbra seeks gainful employment.
    4,557 words · 7,075 views  ·  1,213  ·  17
  • T Wild, Sweet & Cool

    Rainbow Dash wants to add strength training to her regimen by having Twilight Sparkle ride her.
    34,747 words · 14,838 views  ·  1,631  ·  26
  • E π

    Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)
    13,505 words · 6,030 views  ·  868  ·  13
  • E Flash Fog

    Fluttershy must deal with an unusually thick fog as it approaches Ponyville.
    127,920 words · 14,319 views  ·  1,626  ·  33
  • T Pandelirium

    Celestia decides to attempt to reform Discord, so she taps a pony with a similar background for the job. ("Keep Calm and Flutter On" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)
    77,357 words · 12,947 views  ·  812  ·  15
  • E So, Just What Went Wrong, Anyway?

    Before Applejack's pep rally, Derpy was acting really weird... even for her. This is why.
    5,213 words · 3,371 views  ·  333  ·  6
  • E The Final Accusation: A Legal Comedy

    A dozen years after ascending to become an alicorn, Applejack rules on the case of Tiara v. FlimFlam
    21,323 words · 2,561 views  ·  359  ·  7

Blog Posts400

  • Tuesday
    Hype!

    Tomorrow, Persona Q is released, and I can honestly say that I've never been more excited about a video game in my entire life (though given that I didn't really start playing them in earnest until I was in graduate school, that statement isn't quite as hyperbolic as it sounds). But in all honesty, I think this game just may be the first time I've ever made a "Day One" purchase of a video game.* I'm absolutely certain that it will be the first time I've ever taken a day off from work because of a new game, though in my case, that day off will be Wednesday, because a) I'm not going to have a chance to play the game until it arrives in the mail on Tuesday afternoon, and b) Thursday and Friday are the Thanksgiving holiday, so I figured, "Why not make it a 5-day weekend?"

    Whatever. In any case, this game is the reason I bothered to purchase a 3DS in the first place. I'm excited.

    *The closest I'd ever gotten before was an impulse "Day Three" purchase of South Park: The Stick of Truth earlier this year, which turned out to be a "Day One" edition because my local independent video game store had slightly overestimated the demand for the game.

    4 comments · 70 views
  • Friday
    Prereader Conversation: Silly

    me

    Thanks for the bunny picture.‏

    MaskedFerret

    friend just linked it and i couldnt resist‏

    me

    I get panicked when silly music doesn't help [with a bad mood].‏

    MaskedFerret

    i know that feeling‏

    me

    Usually, silly music makes me happy really quickly.‏

    MaskedFerret

    for me it's friends telling jokes or cute animal pics‏

    me

    Of course, maybe I didn't pick the best silly music.‏ You see, the songs I've been listening to are silly because the lyrics don't match the actual tune.‏ The lyrics are all goofy and happy-go-lucky and squeaky-clean-sunshine, but the actual music is over-the-top aggressive.‏

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdJicpjitMM‏

    Ordinarily, hearing someone rhyme‏ "Paul Bunyan" with onomatopoeia for a chainsaw motor ("run-yun-yun-yun") makes me smile every time.

    P.S. - If you're one of my other prereaders, don't worry -- you didn't miss a message where I said I was working on something. This conversation was in Skype, not GDocs.

    3 comments · 114 views
  • 6d, 13h
    Flash Fog: Revision 2

    I've posted the second of the two revisions that I've planned for Flash Fog. This one is a bit wordier than the last one, so I'd just recommend reading it in the epilogue. It's the section about Lyra and Bon-Bon. I know a few people might prefer to have a more detailed description of the actual meeting that Fluttershy mentions, but there was one very huge obstacle to doing it that way: I'm out of material. Given that Lyra and Bon-Bon, being delusional weirdos,* don't change their opinions on humans at all, the actual conversation itself would just be a retread of all their previous conversations, and I simply could not think of any more approaches to the subject that were amusing enough to warrant a full scene.

    * Though, as I've noted before, the final sequence of the first EQG movie demonstrates that there is far more truth in their delusions than anypony (or their author, or that matter) could ever have anticipated.

    5 comments · 148 views
  • 1w, 6d
    Flash Fog: Revision 1

    I've posted the first of my planned revisions to the ending of Flash Fog. Since it's not particularly long, I'll also post it in the quotebox below for those who have already read the original version.

    As Celestia’s sun beat down upon her face, Apple Bloom smiled broadly. She’d completely forgotten that it had been a warm day before the fog rolled in. Nearby, she could see Rainbow Dash transporting Scootaloo in a similar fashion. The fog slid beneath them, though it was a brilliant white now that they were above it. To the east, a great column of white rose over the Everfree forest, expanding outwards like a great vertical fan as the sun’s heat warmed and evaporated the newly reborn clouds, the whiteness gradually blending into the bold, bright blue of the cloudless sky. And to the northwest, the peaks of the Unicorn Range jutted out of the last vestiges of the fog, free to once again bask in the late-summer sunlight.

    If you're wondering why it took so long for me to finish this paragraph, there's two reasons. First, I decided to take a little break from writing after finishing Flash Fog, and second, one of my prereaders wasn't certain whether the description of the dissipating fog was meteorologically feasible. To be honest, I'm not certain myself, so I let it sit for a day or two while I decided whether the allusion to Dante's Paradiso was worth the potential use of artistic license.* As you can tell, I decided that it was.

    * This was a particularly vexing decision since I'm fairly certain that Dante himself didn't bother to point out that he has arranged Heaven in the shape of a fan, since all of his original readers already shared his geocentric worldview. Still, this aspect of the Paradiso was one of the most memorable details in the lecture one of my professors gave on the Divine Comedy, and it still holds a lot of meaning for me.

    2 comments · 134 views
  • 2w, 6d
    The End?

    This blog post deals with the end of the story Flash Fog, which means that if I used spoiler tags over every potential spoiler it would just be an ugly wall of black text. I'm going to do my best to avoid excessive detail, but to be on the safe side, you may want to give this blog post a pass if you haven't finished the story and you actually care about spoilers.

    Alright, folks, I've been reading over the responses to the ending, and I figured that I might as well make a blog post instead of responding to a few repeated points in the comments section. I noticed that some of you had a few qualms with my approach. I'd like to respond to three points in particular (quotations are paraphrased):

    1. "You never actually showed the fog dissipating."

    I literally smacked my forehead when I read this, because I had planned on having Apple Bloom look at the fog dissipating over the Everfree Forest before she turned her head and saw that the mountaintops were now mostly clear (meaning that the wind had blown all of it over the mountain range). Boneheaded forgetfulness on my part; this part will almost certainly be rewritten to include the imagery I already had in mind for the dissipating fog. I'll be sure to inform you in a later blog post if/when this change is made.

    2. "What about Lyra and Bon-Bon?"

    Honestly, it hadn't occurred to me that their subplot, being primarily a form of comic relief, needed any sort of resolution, though upon reconsideration, I can see why that might be desired. At the moment, I have a few vague ideas of how to modify the epilogue to include the fate of SPHERE without it feeling like a blob of exposition that was shoehorned into the conversation between Pencil Pusher and Fluttershy for its own sake, so there's a good chance that this will revisited as well. Again, if changes are made, I'll make another blog post.

    3. "Abrupt."

    This one's a bit trickier. I suppose I can understand why the some of my readers thought that the rescue of the CMC would be more drawn-out and complicated. At this point, all I'm willing to say is that I had planned for their rescue to go off without a hitch since the earliest stages of this story---soon after I realized just how complicated the rest of the story would be, in fact. I don't want to go into a lot of details, mostly because I don't want to shove my personal interpretation of the story down my readers' throats, but I made this decision for thematic reasons, as opposed to any intuition that I needed to "wrap up" the story as quickly as possible. (I was going to write a sentence explaining things further here, but everything I came up with sounded way too pretentious and/or rather blatantly contradicted my stated desire to not shove my interpretation down your throats.) This aspect of the ending will almost certainly not be rewritten, but I hope that those of you who disagree with my decision will at least be able to take some enjoyment from the story as a whole.

    22 comments · 384 views
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This story is a sequel to Petriculture

It's been several months since Pinkie Pie made a stunning admission about her past that permanently changed her relationship with her friends, particularly Twilight Sparkle, but life seems to have settled back to normal (well, normal by Pinkie Pie's standards, at least). However, when an old nemesis returns and ensnares Twilight in her influence, it's up to Pinkie to make things right.

This is the second story in The Petriculture Cycle. There is a TV Tropes Page for the entire Cycle here.

Cover image by Page Turner; "Princess Twilight" vector by Nianara.

First Published
1st Jul 2012
Last Modified
9th Sep 2012

i was waiting for a sequel. kool

XiF

Wow! This is amazing. Can't wait to see what happens next! :raritystarry:

This. Is. AWESOME! Instant fave! :pinkiehappy:

"...although Twilight had posited a possible connection between Pinkie’s ability to pop out of all sorts of random places and her own exceptional teleportation skills." It's called Pinkieportation!!!!!!

6:28pm EDT... the ESTIMATE we were given was 6:30

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>>841612

Really? I couldn't tell, since I kept getting 502 and 504 errors.

"Kvakerjack has posted a new story" :pinkiegasp:

It's here! :pinkiehappy: :yay:

JAG

Another Pinkie and Twilight fic. *beats forehead against wall* :pinkiecrazy::facehoof:

I have about a dozen stories about them lined up to read, Petriculture included, but keep getting sidetracked by other stuff. At some point here, I need to just set aside a whole day and tackle them all at once. This and its predecessor look pretty interesting, so I'll try to get to that soon.

Petriculture was good this is better I cant wait to read more

Awesome, I have been waiting for this!

Nice start, looking forward to more.

Oh hell yes! I have fond memories of Petriculture, albeit not in any great detail. Perhaps now would be a good time to go back and reread it.

Another excellent story, Kwakerjak. I look forward to see where this goes.

You know, for a while, I thought that Discord was influencing Twilight. But the Nightmare works too.

Faved, liked, waiting with bated breath for more.:pinkiehappy:

What a great blast for this first chapter ! But... what happen to Twilight ? It is her frustration who cause the return of the Nightmare ? :pinkiegasp:

I hope to see the next chapter very soon :pinkiesmile:

Another ontological road trip into the MetaEquestrian Outback. I am so happy!

>>842374

You mean the fact that Nightmare Moon is listed as one of the three main characters wasn't a big enough hint?

>>842512 *blinks, looks at characters* :facehoof: That's what I get for not looking at everything carefully.

Faved, starred, watched.

I should have done that when you wrote Petriculture. :twilightsmile:

This is indeed not good. Can they save Twilight?

Wow. Didn't see that coming. Hell, Nostradamus didn't see that coming. Update soon.

This is no good.... understatement of the milenium

all I can say about this is: Shit just got Seriouly Real

Holy mother of [Deity], this is going to be epic.

Oh, this is going to be so awesome :pinkiehappy:

So, is the Nightmare wanting the information to create "imaginary" friends so it can fashion for itself a body of its own?

:pinkiegasp: ...Holy crap.  Now they have to defeat a Nightmare without an Element of Magic.  I thought Twilight's corruption came on a bit too quickly, though.  Anyway, great story and I can't wait to see what happens next!

very good!

only thing i didn't like was that i felt as if she just suddenly turned into the nightmare, with no previous hints/changes or anything at all, really feels as if there should have been at least one or two chapter before this (or making this one a lot longer) that gives something like a foreshadowing to this event. there might have been something in petriculture that i don't remember, if there was; do tell.

>>842512 Normally I avoid looking at the characters with these stories, so that I don't spoiler myself with villains or other main characters that could appear later.:twilightsmile:

For some reason, I can just picture a scene in which Spike and Pinkie wrapping Rainbow Dash in a huge hug and yelling "DADDY!!!!" at the top of their lungs.

>>844168

That it was sudden shows Nightmare did a good job of hiding.

Very, very interesting so far, and I love the way you reintroduced the Nightmare, long forgotten after Discord ad the Changelings.

I just hope the story keeps itself within the adventure boundaries, and avoids any unnecessary dark and/or sad settings, so it can maintain the spirit of the show (something so many other fics forgot).

>>844617

i don't think you see my point, even if she did a really good job of hiding; it doesn't change the fact that the story basically began with twilight going Nightmare, which is what i don't like. but on the other hand; we have only read one chapter, i have no idea what the author intends to do with this story, ill just have to wait and see, the opening may turn out to be really really good when i've read a couple of chapters

and as for what you said:

"Pinkie Pie /.../ couldn’t shake the odd feeling that she should have seen this coming"

what i gather from this is that pinkie did notice something at least.

Potentially unique take on Nightmare Twilight? Potentially unique take on Nightmare Twilight. :raritywink:

Huh, I saw this on the front page yesterday, but the part about it being the sequel to Petriculture must not have fit in the visible description, and I guess I didn't notice who the author was. The description I did see didn't catch my attention, though, and the name annoyed me by looking like you misspelled Inkscape, the program I use to make vectors, so I decided to pass on it.

Guess I'll be reading this after all, although "the Nightmare returns" is a theme that tends to make me hesitate a little, since I generally believe that Luna's transformation was a unique situation, and whatever caused it is resolved once and for all.

Related to petriculture? Instafave.

OH SHIT. ZE PLOT; SHE THICKENS!

:pinkiegasp:

>>841635

Dear Celestia...

Twilight has been captured by the Nightmare! Are you mare enough to rescue her?

le awesome

also, gratz on feature box

So Pinkie is the outgoing, party-loving imaginary friend for Twilight "bookworm" Sparkle while Discord is the chaotic whirlwind to Celestias boooring discipline and order.

I wonder who dreamed up the nightmare.:trixieshiftright:

Luna? Is there anything you would like to share with the class?

Huzzah! I was really rooting for you to get featured again. Glad to see it happened!

>>845592

I second that emotion.

Edit: And let me add in a 'holy crap' in reaction to the first chapter.

>>843991 >>844168

That actually gets addressed in the next chapter.

>>844665

The last paragraph was included there mostly to lighten the tension, since I don't want people assuming that this story will get dark. But in any case, I managed to keep Wild, Sweet & Cool from becoming a shipping fic, didn't I?

>>845498

The title will make a bit more sense once I reach the end of the story.

This looks to be very good

>>844868 When she feels the super-doozy while talking to Luna, it's mentioned that this wasn't the first time she had felt a super-doozy.  The first had happened a few months earlier (my hypothesis is that this was when the Nightmare entered Twilight) and recurred several times after that.  Also, to me it sees that Twilight's extreme obsessiveness rather than just enthusiasm concerning Pinkie's origin is likely the Nightmare's influence.  Just my two cents.

I really liked Petriculture when I read it way back when and when I read it again just before beginning this.  I can't wait to see where you'll go with it!

>>846009

My prediction.

Rarity: Does anypony have a plan? Just piling on top of her was admittedly a good short term solution, but she's ruining my mane!

Rainbow Dash: She's ruining my NECK! Get her off of me!

Luna: Sister, if you know of any suitable exorcism rituals, now would be a good time!

Celestia: But I don't! All the ones I know I tried on you the first time this happened, and none of them worked!

Pinkie Pie: The Nightmare only took over her mind, right? Not replaced it?

Celestia: Well yes, but I'm not sure what you're getting at here. What do you mean?

(Pinkie ties a rope around her waist and tosses the other end to Luna.)

Pinkie Pie: It means... I'm going back in!

"Wait a minute," I said.  "Was this actually foreshadowed in Petriculture?"

So I went back to that story, read it again, and did several facehoofs.  :facehoof:

I must admit, this is a scarily auspicious - or auspiciously scary - Chapter 1.

Well now. This has most definitely piqued my curiosity. Definitely gonna be looking forward to further chapters! Heh, Nightmare Twilight...

HOLY CRAP

I DON'T EVEN...

I CAN'T!

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