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  • 64w, 2d
    Hiatus.

    First, I want to thank everyone who's contributed to, or read, Taken for Granite. The comments and the mails have been far in excess of what I expected from an ApplePie ship-fic not featured on EqD.

    I still wonder if I did the right thing in detailing in the authors' notes how hard writing that particular story was for me. Usually, I strive to minimize my own personality because I feel the stories are more important than the individuals who write them. That's the theory, at least, but I think I'm doing a worse job of it with each fic I write. Either way, talking about the process that led to a story is relevant and perhaps interesting to some individuals. Complaining about it being "hard" isn't. At best, it's begging for sympathy. At worst, it changes how people see the story, and that notion fills me with dread.

    Regardless, the story has been well enough received, and now that it's all over, I can say I'm glad to have written it. We're moving on.

    Those who read these blog posts will know I've had quite a few different stories and ideas I've been toying with. I'm really liking the idea of writing another grand adventure along the lines of Lost and Found and Within and Without. I have a temporarily shelved RariLuna political intrigue/adventure/peril/shipping fic, I have a FlutterDash longer-than-long romance that may become adventure-romance, and I have a number of other less-interesting stories that I want to get around to. Which is it then?

    None of the above. I'm going on hiatus for an undetermined period of time.

    A while back, I promised myself I would never give people estimates, and that I would never set deadlines for myself. They are sure-fire ways to kill my joy for writing, and this promise helped me recapture much of my love for putting pen to paper—or hoof to keyboard, as it were.

    I broke another barrier when I managed to let dead fics lie and kill my need to stick with a story until it was done. Being able to not pick back up the FlutterDashFire story I had, being able to shelve RariLuna for this recent ApplePie, those were all victories.

    It's not enough, though.

    My relationship with writing has been problematic for a very long time, and it's not getting better. Some people use ponyfic as therapy, as a means to cope, and as relaxation. AbsoluteAnonymous was very vocal about exactly this. Unless I misunderstood or misremember this, writing was a temporary hobby to her, a process of healing that led to her coming out on top. Me, I think I've written myself sick.

    Until I can figure this out, I'll be out. I'm sorry for not responding to comments in the foreseeable future, and I'm just as sorry that if I return, my OCD attitude to comments will result in a batch of week, month or year-old comments being replied to.

    Naturally, my promise not to set deadlines or give promises might work both ways. I may be writing again next week. I may be writing tomorrow and start posting chapters of some long adventure-fic, but I find it unlikely.

    I'm not saying goodbye forever, but right now, I need the peace that comes with a break.

    36 comments · 1,572 views
  • 67w, 6d
    Incoming Story: Taken for Granite

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  • 71w, 9h
    The Long Summer

    First, I apologize for the long silence. I don't expect people will really have noticed, because that implies people sit on edge waiting for something to happen, for me to do something. Instead, I am the one who gets stressed by inactivity. It goes without saying and without putting it into system that two months' hiatus is worth a lot of stress by that token.

    I'm also sorry for neglecting comments and notes. I'm working on that, and will try to catch up. I've done a terrible job at reading all the things I've said I would, too, for which I am also supremely sorry, but I don't know what more to add to that. I've no real excuse, and will get right back on it as soon as I can.

    On my front of things, I've aborted work on one story, started work on another, and actually sort of almost completed it. It is currently mid-edit and pending cover art, and there is a chance it will be published in a week or two, or a month--thereabouts. Failing that, if I can't beat it into shape, I'll scrap it and start something else.

    I hope you all have had, and continue to have a very pleasant summer. If you're interested in listening to the Muffin Loving Productions guys host me as a guest on a podcast, you can do so here! It was fun, and proves that listening to your own voice later will never be cool.

    Also, I had a birthday somewhere along the line, which led to multiple awesome artpieces being made. Snowtrail and Kits for best pony.

    Back to edits and work.

    -CS

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  • 85w, 8h
    Next Story, Ideas and Between Fic, W&W/O eBook

    That's one more wrapped up! Thank you, everypony who took time to read Twice as Bright. It's been an absolute blast to write, but I definitively need to re-think and re-consolidate my writing/publishing strategy.

    By which I mean "Cloudy is a dummy who should've never broken his self-made promise not to publish during the writing process after Lost and Found nearly permanently killed his desire to write." The whole re-thinking line is a lot catchier, so we're rolling with that.

    Anyway! Point is, Twice as Bright is done! I am celebrating by staring at excellent, relevant artwork--holy butts that is beautiful and I almost embedded it but I don't know if that's a breach of etiquette--and by planning more stories.

    Breaks are for, um. Well. People who take breaks. I mean, I've had a two day break, I suppose, but you're not here to read about me drinking sugar, eating sugar, and eating things not made of sugar but still covered in or frosted with sugar. You're probably here for:

    More Ponies

    Whenever I finish a story, I like to cleanse my palate. That's a fancy word for scraping your tongue clean. When I first started writing ponyfic, I watched the entire show at least once between each fic. I find this very useful to re-center myself on canon. It probably sounds pretentious or ritualistic, but it's as simple as me valuing starting from scratch very highly.

    Lately, I haven't done this. In part because there are a lot more episodes, and not-writing hurts. In part because, without going into detail, there are elements of season 3 that I did not enjoy as much as I had hoped. Still, this time, I'm going to begin by re-watching the show. The last thing I want is to get mired in my own headcanon.

    It's been surprisingly long since last I watched season 1, and I absolutely cannot wait.

    Second? I plan to read. I plan to read fanfiction I promised I'd read, because I genuinely want to read more fanfic. I plan to read more fanfiction to make a dent in my Read Later list. I plan to read at least one non-pony thing--probably Daetrin's non-pony book, The Demon of Cliffside. I've been wanting to get at that thing for ages now. Before, during and after all this, I'm going to discuss all the ideas I have with my friends.

    And then?

    We write

    If I sound very, um, pompous here, it's probably for a reason. I'm the kind of pony who, in writing, makes faces. If I'm writing Pinkie making a grimace, I'm making the very same grimace. If Rarity looks arch and scoffs at something, I'm staring at my computer screen like its very presence offends me--you get the idea. That I'm writing a long piece on this is because it reflects what I want to write. I'm leaning towards something longer. Something grandiose.

    That's not to say I'm decided yet, and I've said time and again I hate making promises even to myself. I'm just thinking out loud, and all I know is this:

    *The next fic will feature two or more ponies.

    *At least one of these two or more ponies will think that one of the other two ponies is really, really cute/swell/nice.

    What I suspect is this:

    *It probably won't have the majority of its action in Ponyville or Canterlot.

    *It will probably involve perceived or very real peril.

    In short, I'm thinking another adventure along the lines of Within and Without or Lost and Found. When I say "along the lines of," I really only mean "long adventure," and even that's not set in stone, but I will say I'm looking towards W&W/O with fond memories.

    Add to list of things to do before writing: Re-read own adventure fics.

    I have no details, and I have tons of other ideas that may make it into fic. A lot of authors seem to do these compilation posts of ideas for fics and such, and I don't know how interesting it is to most, but if I can mention in no particular order:

    RariLuna slightly-dark/adventure/political/mystery.

    Those who read my earlier blogs will remember this one. It is one of three ideas I had in my mind a while back. Also, when I say "slightly dark," you have to keep in mind how incredibly resistant I am to darkfic and such. What I call "dark" when I write probably doesn't match others' definitions.

    FlutterDash long ship.

    Lost and Found really made me want to explore FlutterDash on a deeper level. This is it. The problem is that I'm not sure I can write another non-adventure ship just yet. It'd be fairly intricate and emotional, but I've done a lot of those lately.

    Other ships/stories I want to do:

    TwiJack - I have an angle that could work. It's Ponyville-centric, so the problem is the same as with FlutterDash, but I really want to do this.

    RariLight - I have some very specific unicorn-centric ideas that could be good. May even be a friendship fic. (Cloudy writing non-ship? Ha!)

    FlutterDash - I have no less than three other ideas for this ship of varying length, though the goal is to use as much as possible for the fic above.

    PinkieShy - Of all the "pure" ships I want to write, this one is very high on the list. Again, same issue as above with it being a pure ship, but if I could make it part of an adventure, I'd be very happy.

    AppleDash - Problematic in that the ship's been done to death. That in and by itself isn't the issue, but that I don't know if I'm stepping on others' hooves is. I have two possible angles, one being rather different from the usual ship formula.

    ApplePie/RariPie - I have semi-similar ideas for these, but I've written so much heavy emotion Pinkie Pie that this will probably go on the back-burner. Also, it's actually the closest to sad that I'll ever want to go. I could write an ApplePie that I'm sure would be a decent read, yet I'd have no desire to read it myself. That is an odd position to be in.

    RariDash - Painful sweetness here, but it needs a framework I haven't worked with yet. One that is neither adventure nor simple long-ship. This will be a challenge, and I'm not convinced yet.

    That's basically what's in my head at the moment. The two ideas I had in the last ficwriting deadspace are still very strong, those being RariLuna and FlutterDash. The PinkieShy idea has basically taken the spot of CellyPie now that that's done. Still, I am almost positive that in reading, watching and talking in the coming weeks, I'll have far more ideas to choose from, and hopefully I'll land on one that convinces me fully from the get-go.

    If you've read this far, well, damn. I thought about cramming some images in here, but I have no idea what those would be. Sprucing it up with images just to make more people read it is silly anyway. I figure people will read if they're interested, and if they are--if you are--I'm flattered.

    In Other News

    There's a reason for that Within and Without tag other than "hey I may write something similar." If you've problems with the downloadable formats available through FiMFiction, there's an awesome guy by name of JeffersonPeters who took it upon himself to provide a superior alternative. Here is a downloadable ePub variant of W&W/O for all your reading pleasure! I don't have a fancy reading thingermabob, but I'm told it's quite good.

    It's worth noting that he used alternative cover art in the .epub file, and the artist hasn't yet responded to the request for permission to use it, but there should be a link with attribution and everything in there. The real problem, though, is that the artist's dA has been taken down since, and redirects. Still working on that.

    That's it! Thank you for your time. If you hate me for abusing your eyes for italics, well, at least I didn't use comic sans. I'm gonna get around to replying to comments on TaB as soon as I can, but know that I've read them all, and that I'm floored (and thankful!) for all the comments!

    53 comments · 763 views
  • 87w, 6d
    March Apologies, Twice as Bright

    I am just leaving a quick note here to say that I'm sorry for not responding to PM's, comments or mails for the moment. I've tried to keep on top of things, but it's just not working out. If you're just tuning in, or if you've recently left a comment or sent me a PM, I am very happy to make your acquaintance, please don't doubt that -- I can only apologize for the delayed response.

    I'm having a bad time of it, and I need to readjust. There's no drama, and everything that's failing is related to my lacking ability to deal with things that are beyond my control.

    Fic updates will go along as planned because quite frankly, I don't know how to stop. Twice as Bright will likely continue at one chapter per week unless something changes.

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Being a blank-flank filly is tough enough, something all the Cutie Mark Crusaders can attest to. When somepony points out that Apple Bloom has neither fancy magic nor awesome wings, the world can seem downright cruel. Fortunately, she's not alone, and Applejack knows a little story or two.

First Published
6th Oct 2012
Last Modified
6th Oct 2012
#1 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

Okay, I finally can redo this comment with the help of all these people below me. I loved this, I am going to add this to my favorites and take some writing notes from this so I can help improve my own writing.

#2 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

New Cloudy? Drop everything, it's readin' time!

#3 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

Man, I remember reading this on EqD during last year's summer hiatus. Somepony's gotta stand up for us earth folks, and I'm glad it's Cloudy hoisting the figurative banner here.

#4 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

This sounds familiar? :twilightoops:

#5 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

So the moral is that earth ponies are only good for growing food? Seems a little depressing for them.

#6 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

AW YEA. I've been wondering about the whole earth pony thing too. I still wouldnt want to be an earth pony, but I loved the story! :ajsmug:

#7 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

It's familiar to me! I've read this before. Was this reposted?

#8 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

Oh hey! It's nice to see this story over here!

#9 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

::sigh:: I've had an idea about what this looks like for a while... Never could really find the right words to write it and I really don't want to read this until I do.....

Guess this is going on a major backburner for a while....

#10 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1393828

It's... it's been around? Huh. Well, YOU KNOW WHAT!?

And that's where I stand on that issue. As for the actual story...

:ajsmug: All of my yes, sugarcube. That was probably one of the cutest, smartest, most episodic stories I've ever read. God, it made me feel like a filly again.

(Oh, wait. Nope, I have male anatomy. Nevermind.)

Point is--I felt for Apple Bloom, and I felt with Apple Bloom, and I know this story worked for me because at certain points, I started to feel the world in it and see it. That's always how I can tell a story is being told right--it transports me. I become synthesized with the story, and this tale did that for me. Apple Bloom really feels like an adorable, beloved kid sister in this, and I loved that. Hey, I even loved that someone picked up on the extra level of inferiority Apple Bloom (and a lot of other Earth ponies, at times) may feel; she's not just 'late' for her cutie mark, she doesn't have wings or a horn.

You still got the point across that Apple Bloom does have her own certain magic, as we all do, even if we're blind to it. And, of course, Apple Bloom's position in regards to the tomato plant at the end just seems perfect for her character and understanding of how things work. It may took her awhile, but she'll understand the magic eventually; if not in her back hooves on the dirt, then in her forehooves, as she holds a tomato she, herself, has grown.

You've won an Inky Award. Go get some champagne, buddy.

#11 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

lol XDD i love this story :heart:

#12 · 111w, 5d ago · · ·

A decent story, but I've seen it several times before, and this one didn't really bring anything new to the table. It wasn't bad, just... average. /shrug

TAW
#13 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

Yay! I enjoyed this one a lot. It's cute, the characters feel right, and it has a moral that really makes you think. I wish I could write stuff like this, but I'm also happy to read it <3

#14 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

:heart::fluttershysad::heart:

I really loved it. It was honest and simple...

#15 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1393870

The moral of the story is that earth ponies are good with nature and earth in general. :ajsmug:

Earth is one of those things we take for granted, but no earth is not the same everywhere it has different qualities and those qualities determine for example where to build houses, dig channels, tunnels, lay railroads, dig mines, basically plan the infastructure, grow food etc

And "growing food" isnt a minor skill, its the whole base of the society. Without it, no amount of studying or kicking clouds is gonna stop them from starving to extinction.

#16 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394534 Sure, food is a necessity, and maybe earth ponies would also make good engineers and tradesmen or something, but I'd still wouldn't want to be one. They get the short end of the stick. Unicorns seem to be the master race. Magic trumps all.

#17 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

This reminded me of another story where Applebloom learns a similar lesson of appreciating her earth pony heritage.  Though in that story the "magic" for earth was their ability to create things for everybody such as Pinkie creating her flying machine that any pony could use so that any pony could fly.  It was a togetherness angle.  

I thought the ending was so in character and was hilarious.

#18 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1393828 >>1393889 It's been on EqD for a long while, but I rewrote it for FimF because some people read it in a way I hadn't intended.

>>1393870 If you choose to see it thus, I can't tell you you're wrong, but I choose to read it as earth ponies being the glue that binds pony society together, and as practical applicants; as stronger for their lack of special ability, not weaker. I understand some fics love giving earth ponies super abilities (Dangerous Business for example), but that's not really my headcanon,

>>1393874 Thank-you very much!

>>1393976 >>1394334 It's hardly a 100% original story topic, but it's a year-old story that I just never had up on FimF before.

>>1393981 Thank you very much! I really tried writing this as a simpler fic for a purpose. I heard back from somepony who read this to their child, way back when, and that was super extra special to me, too, hah. Thanks for your comment!

>>1394254 Thanks!

>>1394433 Thank you for helping me with it! I would've made an A/N but it's very short, so I figured I'd make a blog post instead.

>>1394514 I'm glad; thank you for your comment!

>>1394534 And this, pretty much. Us humans (i.e. most who read this!) see farming and skill with the earth as something boring and mundane because farming is considered a "low tier" skill, but to unicorns and pegasi, being able to grow things is magic. Farmers are earth ponies. End of.

>>1394561 Also true of course. If you're sitting around dreaming, you want the most fantastic powers you can get, right? I personally don't believe they get the "short end of the stick", but they're more mundane and relatable. That makes them extra precious to me, but I can sympathize with those who'd rather have wings or magic.

#19 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394561

Magic can't grow food. Sure you can use magic to manage and manipulate ingredients, use magic to build the items needed for farming, but only Earth Ponies have the ability to grow food. And call the Unicorns the master race all you want, but they'll starve just as easily as the Pegasi if the Earth Ponies left.

It's also a major part of the conflict in the Hearth's Warming Eve play, as the Earth Ponies are once again the only ones who can grow food at all.

So how 'bout them apples? :ajsmug:

#20 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394761 Why are earth ponies the only ones who can grow food? With info about agriculture from the internet, and seeds, tools and fertiliser from a hardware store, I could go out right now and plant a vege garden. The canon that is it fundamentally, physically impossible for unicorns and pegasi to grow crops makes no sense. In the Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 episode, Fluttershy helps pick, Rarity helps sort, Rainbow help run the press and Twilight casks. So that's canon proof that other races are capable of doing hard work. I don't see why they can't grow their own crops if they had to.

#21 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394779 In the show, all the farmers are earth ponies, and in the Hearth's Warming play, earth ponies alone grow the food. There's nothing that prevents them from picking a carrot up from the ground, but they seem to be the only ones who have green hooves at all. :)

#22 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394799 *grumble grumble* You don't need green hooves (thumbs in our case), you need science! Science can be learnt by anyone. Pest control, nutrient management, water management, GMO crops, etc etc.

Ninja edit: Maybe it is a fundamental property of Equestria's universe that a plant will die if planted by a unicorn or pegasus, but that makes so sense!

#23 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394808 And you're of course welcome to keep that as headcanon! I just wanted to explain how I interpret what I see and such. I certainly don't try to insist this is pure canon. It's an observation and an attempt to glorify an aspect of earth ponies' abilities.

#24 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394827 :pinkiehappy: Yup. I'm just sad that this is the first one of your fics that I haven't absolutely loved.

#25 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394829 Not quite sure how to respond to that, really, but I will say I fully expect people to be split on a story that both moralizes and tries to spread an interpretation of pony types.

Thank you for your comments at any rate.

#26 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

First time reading this and I found it to be an endearing tale with Apple Bloom.

I also loved how you made Applejack stress that where the story took place, who the sisters/brothers were, and when it took place didn't matter in slightest. All that mattered was that while the Pegasus took to the clouds, and the Unicorn took to the vast opens of space, the Earth Pony merely observed what happened around her and learned just as much as her sisters.

#27 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

Wow this story was awesome! Earth Ponies for the win!:ajsmug:

#28 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394779 The way I see it is that while Unicorns and Pegasi have the ability, and often times the skill, to farm neither(usually) have the sheer endurance or brute strength to properly care for the land. Winter Wrap Up shows that Twilight can't push a snow plow to clear fields for WWU. I  know that Twilight isn't the most active of ponies, but she did place 5th in the Running of the Leaves so she does have some physical prowess.

#29 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

This was downright sweet. It's family!AJ at her best, and that circular ending... This was a fine read. Thank you.

#30 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

The earth ponies are The Foals of Martha. :ajsmug:

#31 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

I freakin love the crusaders.

And tisk tisk Applebloom, there's no cutie mark for bad language! And if there is, you don't want to get it. :I

Nice little story, warms an ol' brony's heart. :twilightsmile:

#32 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394808

Hearth's Warming Eve

Obviously unicorns and pegasi can't grow food. You don't migrate and starve on a large scale because you'd rather make someone else do it.

#33 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

Applebloom, missing the point.:applecry:

#34 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

“Think it's apple soup tonight." Do those guys never eat anything but apple related food?

#35 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

Farmers are earth ponies. End of.

Problem.

How many earth ponies are actually farmers?  Just because all farmers are earth ponies, doesn't mean all earth ponies are farmers.

And, actually, when you get down to brass tacks, they're not even particularly good at farming either.  Only at growing plants.  Harvesting, sorting, transporting, fixing fences, feeding livestock, sheering sheep, milking cows, and everything else is better done by a unicorn or an pegasus.

To get proper employment, they'd have to either segregate themselves into towns and villages to avoid unicorns and pegasi, or the law would need to force employers to hire them.  Hiring an earth pony is hiring a flightless pegasus, or a magicless unicorn.  A cripple that you either pay less money for their lower work output, or a liability to the company.  One or two would be fine, but a third of your workforce having the human equivalent of having their hands cut off is not conductive to good business.  It wouldn't even be racism to fire them or simply not hire, as any look into their productivity would be enough grounds to lay them off.

And they'd suffer even more attempting to self employ.  A unicorn would be capable of doing a cheaper, quicker, and much more polished job for pretty much anything, so who would be the client for an earth pony, unless they had no other options?  And how quickly would they end up out of business if a unicorn started offering the same service?

Now pegasi, while suffering from the lack of unicorn magic that earth ponies do, at least have job security because they have cities/town in the sky.  While getting up there is possible for unicorns, it would be dangerous to do so.  Very dangerous.  So conclusion is -

Pegasi rule the sky

Unicorns rule the ground

Earth ponies get whatever scraps are left over

Not only that, but I can't help but feel that Applejack is very selfish here. "Growing plants works for me, so every other earth pony should be fine being an earth pony!" while Pinkie Pie, Cheerilee, Aunt and Uncle Orange, Applebloom, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, Mayor Mare, Filthy Rich, the Cakes, most of the earth ponies in Ponyville, most earth ponies in any town, village, and every single one in a city have lives that could be improved several times over by not having been born an earth pony?  Tsk tsk.

Never liked the 'express canon' EP's.  There's quite a few problems in how they fit into a capitalistic society.  They just don't.

#36 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1393981 so that's what/who they were synthesizing

#37 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

Loved this story, especially how AJ and Big Mac had the little argument about how it was brothers or sisters. That should have tipped off Applebloom that it was a lesson story and to not ask questions (though then maybe she would have just zoned out). Either way, its a good moral about how never to underestimate the importance of your talents.

Also, am I the only one who wants to know just what the unicorns were synthesizing? TELL ME NAO!:flutterrage:

JAG
#38 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

So it's been rewritten? Cool. I've been in an Apple Bloom mood lately, anyway, so this gets to be the first ponyfic I'll reread. I have a couple of new things to read first, but I'll get to this in the next few days.

#39 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1394968 Thank you! It started out as something more closely following the traits of a fable, but it kind of changed along the road, so it's not quite as lesson-y as I'd have liked. If it were a classical fable, it'd probably be harsher on the pegasi and unicorns.

>>1394978 Thank you very much! Am a huge earth pony fan m'self.

>>1395082 Aw, thanks!

>>1395268 Will check it out, but thanks for reading at any rate!

>>1395384 Thank-you! I actually wasn't a huge fan of the CMC initially, but damn have they ever grown on me, hah.

>>1395426 But Applejack SAID to keep the earth under her hooves, and and and- (Thanks for reading!)

>>1395443 Apples? Apples. Apples-apples apples apples. No, seriously, we know they have a varied farm with corn and other things besides, it'd just feel like a crime to have AB name something other than an apple-related dish as her favorite,

>>1395467 You'll forgive me if I don't go into detail because I've had quite a few people overinterpret the first version of this story too, but suffice it to say it was never meant to be a social commentary. It's about elevating and emphasizing the things that earth ponies are best at, from AJ's point of view; that the earth is theirs, and theirs to share. It was written in a simplistic manner to be appealing to younger audiences too, and the focus of the fic is narrow because of it, but it also points at harmony. Again, that sharing. I have never ever managed to understand fics that try to twist Equestria into something dark because earth ponies are allegedly the "lower class"; that's just rampant fabrication mixed with conjecture induced by night-colored glasses.

Thank you for reading and for your comment though! I'm normally happy to discuss these things, but I'm not sure this is the place because it's not in the scope of the fic.

#40 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395500 I imagine Granny Smith either varied the story when she related it to Big Mac. That, or he heard it from somepony else; in my head, it's a rather common earth pony fable, not specific to the Apples. That's just me though. Thanks for reading!

>>1395528 Oh, hi again! Hope you enjoy; I modified it quite extensively because the more I thought about it, the more I agreed with some of the comments on EqD. Gonna ask Seth to change the link to point here now - not that I expect many people trawl EqD's archives.

#41 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395532

but I'm not sure this is the place because it's not in the scope of the fic

Oh, no problem.  It's just something I've had WAY too long to think on.  I read a fic ages ago that had a line like,

"There must be something that I can use to prove earth ponies equal to unicorns and pegasi."

It made me stop and actually think deeper into the whole shebang.  And afterwards, it's kinda made me bitter about the whole thing.

And I don't really feel that it's a dark look at Equestria, but rather an honest one.  Equestria isn't shown as some magical utopia.  It's a capitalistic country with government, taxes, rich and not so rich.  Just because the county is more 'Harmonized', doesn't mean that individuals don't want the best bang for their buck.

I think I remember the first version of this story?  The one where people interpreted the earth pony's answer in the story to be 'My ignorance is better than knowing the truth'?  This version is definitely better at getting your point across.

And I'm going to bed, cause it's 4:30 AM, and I'm getting very ranty and preachy and probably rude.

#42 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395602 I'm very glad you thought the fic improved thus, because that exact sentiment (ignorance) is one I was very, very eager to get rid of. I can live with being misunderstood or whatever, but fact is, ignorance is damn dangerous, and coming off as glorifying willful ignorance is something I could not stand for, ugh.

I guess we just disagree on Equestria though. Your "honest" view doesn't mesh with mine, where ponies break into song at the drop of a hat and there seems to be a sense of all-encompassing community. Where you can no doubt highlight examples to prove your point, so can I, and in the end fact of the matter is that scriptwriters of FiM never tried to present a unified world view; they're all interpretations based on varied episodes that use tools and moods that they need for the occasion.

#44 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

"How's that supposed to help me? Am I supposed to go watch sunflowers?" Apple Bloom whined. "What in the hay is that all supposed to mean?"

"You watch your mouth young lady!" Applejack snapped, jabbing her flank. "Now you apologize. I won't have the h-word outta you like that."

They Can't say the word Hay :rainbowhuh:

They EAT!! Hay

so if they go to a restaurant and ask for hay every pony will think their swearing :facehoof:

#45 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

Ahhg, why did my story get stuck right under a popular author ;-; DAM YOU ADMINS

Nice story BTW +1

#46 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395688 I've never known anyone to be a fan of AB specifically, but I'm glad!

>>1395721 It's kind of meant as a joke on exactly that; I agree it's utterly ridiculous, but they do use it as a mild swear!

>>1395784 Ugh, for what it's worth, I detest the system as well. Not saying Knighty and the admins've made a bad system, but the way the feature box works creates only grief, at least for me. :|

Thanks for reading though!

#47 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395832 well duck you sir

#48 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395832

Its not the feature box i care for, its just views.  I am lucky to have the story stuck on the front page for so long.  I consider my story a small gem, so as to make it shine above the others, i rather it be posted around a bunch of crap stories.

Right now, it sits right under a pile of platinum bars. :raritycry:

#49 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

That was deep man, real deep

#50 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1395832

Well she's obviously the best pony. :pinkiesmile:

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