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  • T The Keepers of Discord

    Being a statue can drive you mad, yes?
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  • T Project: Sunflower

    As the Earth is under threat, humanity reaches out for one last hope of salvation.
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  • 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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  • 6d, 1h
    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, 2d
    Just in case anyone is worried...

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  • 4w, 1d
    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, 2d
    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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This isn't where I belong. I left all this behind years ago, moved on with my life. But a mare from my past brought me back, and now she won't let me go. So I'm stuck here, trying to make the best of it with ponies that don't understand me, don't even like me.  But when something moves in the darkness, and when things go wrong in the cold, dead night, they'll turn to me to try to set things right.

Why? Because once a police pony, always a police pony.

~~

This is a spin-off story to 'Why am I Pinkie Pie?!', and will contain spoilers for that story, but it's not necessary to read that story to understand this one.

Cover art by the talented Conicer

Need more Cinnamon Swirl? Merlos the Mad wrote a fanfic of this story!

First Published
22nd Jan 2013
Last Modified
16th Mar 2014
#1 · 91w, 3d ago · 10 · · The filly and the schoolmare ·

Chapter one of what will be an ongoing series. Not sure how long this one will be. I'm really bad at estimating story size!

Anyway, it's not all going to be Cinnamon Swirl in school. There's going to be other things going on, as well as an actual plot, with conflict and stuff beyond just adapting to school.

Hope you enjoy!

P.S. Who's that handsome unicorn colt in the background of the cover art? :twilightsmile:

>>1999947 Is his name Hoopy McGee?

Heh I remember that police pony well. He was my favorite OC at the time

>>1999947

I haven't actually read it yet, but I just saw your avatar in your cover picture and needed to point it out.

#5 · 91w, 3d ago · 9 · · The filly and the schoolmare ·

Poor Cinnamon. Life is so hard for him.

Yay more about the cute little potty mouth!

Holy dang, it's up already! I wasn't expecting to see this on the site until I got up tomorrow :rainbowlaugh:

#8 · 91w, 3d ago · 9 · · The filly and the schoolmare ·

Wait a second, I thought he got turned back.

Eh, whatever. It's an excuse for another story from you.

By Celestia's invisible golden beard!  I've been waiting for this for so long.  You wonderful foolish mortal, you have appeased my soul!

Sadly I cannot read it now!  So sad, bad dad! Y_Y

Read-Latered with the force of 10000 Megidolaons!

>>2000479

Sadly, no. He got dragged off by his (more than) slightly off-balance mom. I used the opportunity to sneak in a terrible Chinatown joke :twilightsheepish:

Sorry man, I just don't read OC stories.

...wait, why am I reading this and laughing? Why am I wanting more?

WHY AM I FAVORITE-ING THIS STORY?! :twilightoops:

:facehoof: I'm a failure.

Oh geeze, I gotta read this when I get time; it's gonna be hilarious. :pinkiehappy:

Ah, OK, now I get it. Please ignore comment on chapter 1.

Done reading and all I have to say is:

Give in Cinnamon Swirl! Resistance is futile! Accept your destiny!:pinkiecrazy:

Wow, there's somepony I haven't thought about in a while.

I'm anticipating a good story here.:pinkiehappy:

Heh, the image of Cinnamon Swirl chewing on a toothpick in the playground left me feeling giddy inside. Hard-boiled indeed.

Looking forward to more!

Yep doesn't matter that the heroes won, saved the day w.e. The fact is any events have consiquenses, and when bizzare reality warping effects are involved, you end up with even more bizzare fallout. Sounds like someone needs to call that dimention traveling janiter.

>>2000611

I should mention that the toothpick was actually Conicer's idea. When I got the initial sketch, he put that in, and I felt it added a wonderful bit of character. It's something I wish I'd thought of, honestly :twilightsmile:

>>1999947

I can't recall if I asked you this already, but is your name from the end of Portal, where in the developers comments they say they named the hoop Hoopy McGee, but it didn't catch on?

Oh come on man, there is nothing wrong with being friends with children. I get that you want to keep your stallionhood intact and you are kind of terrified of losing it and all, but you shouldn't make foals cry.

(Good story.)

Cinnamon Swirl is best angry unfilly.

>>2000647

Ha, I never knew that! That's awesome. No, I didn't get my name from there, I got it from Douglas Adams, and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. I wanted to be "Hoopy" something, and McGee just seemed to fit.

Turns out I'm not the only Hoopy McGee on the internet. I'm not as original as I'd thought :derpyderp1:

Maybe they got the name from me? (okay, I kid, I know they didn't :rainbowlaugh:)

It is a terrible thing that somehow these last few sentences hit me harder than most of the ~sad~ material on this site.

But damnit I want them to be friends now! :raritydespair:

At first I didn't know what to expect...

but this... I am not dissapoint. :rainbowkiss:

Weeeeeeee!

More adventures of the Foul-Mouthed Filly!

#26 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

You guys are awesome. Because you're awesome, have another chapter. :twilightsmile:

Also, have a peek at my Ponycreator references to Vanilla Sweet and Ivy:

Edit: I derped and put up the wrong picture... here's the right one

#27 · 91w, 3d ago · 6 · · The Schoolyard Code ·

Voice: "..."

Me: "Told you so~"

Voice: "Fuck you, get to reading"

PPS

Is this guy actually supposed to be a cop? I'd expect him to demonstrate some sort of trait that would be associated with a cop, rather than just acting like an overimaginative delinquent. I haven't read the other story, so I may be missing some context, but it sounds really easy to get out of this guy's situation.

#29 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

>>2000845 If I remember correctly, he used to be a grown stallion that was a cop :p

#30 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

>>2000703

I watched the HGTTG movie and just picked up the book series, but I didn't recognize that. Is it farther into the series than the first book?

#31 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

>>2000890

Hmm... I don't actually remember, it's been a while since I've read those. That reminds me, I should probably pick up the e-book version of those :twilightsmile:

The definition of "hoopy" is: a really together guy. Which I'm not, really, but one can dream :rainbowlaugh:

#32 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

>>2000931

Oh, that's right in the 3rd chapter, when they first arrive on the Vogon's ship and the Guide is talking about having your bath towel. I guess that Portal bit just stuck in my head better....

#33 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

>>2000798 Is it wrong that just looking at them makes me want to punch them?

#34 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

Hoooooopyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

Oh wow. This looks like it'll be hilarious! :rainbowlaugh:

Oh man. I'm getting a big Bringing Up Blueblood kinda feel from this, which is a very good thing.

#37 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

>>2000931

I dunno, you seem like a pretty hoopy frood to me. You seem like someone who really knows where your towel is.

Anyway, just found this story. Had a few of your existing stories favorited but apparently don't have you on author watch or whatever.

I'll have to remember to read and review it sometime tomorrow. I'm sorry, but I am really really tired right now.

I'm sure it is fantastic as usual, though.

#38 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

Yeeeeeeeeeees. Please go on! :pinkiehappy:

#39 · 91w, 3d ago · 3 · · The Schoolyard Code ·

Going to the teacher?  What blasphemy is this?!:applejackconfused:

#40 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

It'd be amusing as hell if he ended up having to grow up again entirely as a filly.

#41 · 91w, 3d ago · 19 · · The filly and the schoolmare ·

how did I not notice this till today? Poor Cinnamon, the educational system doesn't like anyone to be brighter than the teachers. At least now you know not to follow crazy, needle obsessed doctors into the woods after national heroes.

He could have spouted some obscure law(real or not) to intimidate. Stare-downs work though.:yay:

#43 · 91w, 3d ago · 1 · · The Schoolyard Code ·

There's that legalese I was hoping for! Good job officer, you just scared some juvies. :pinkiehappy:

#44 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

I had to take a quick look back at "Why am I Pinkie Pie?!", but I remember this guy. This is gonna be fun. :rainbowkiss:

Keep up the awesome work, Hoopy! Looking forward to future chapters! :pinkiehappy:

#45 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

this is one of the best fics i've read in a while and i've been on here for almost a year, love this fic :heart: keep up the good work, hope to see more soon! :pinkiehappy::rainbowkiss: and its impressive you did 2 more chapters 6 days after the first :pinkiehappy:

#46 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

If only more handled situations like he/she did...seeing delinquents getting what they deserve is always entertaining.  The whole idea of "being a snitch" being a bad thing is just absurd, really.  Yet for some reason it's the prevalent way of thinking.

#47 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

"-And Pedobear was formed-!!!" explained Auntie Pinkie.

*face hoof*

Hahaha.  I kid.  I kid.  *punny* Hahaha.  But honestly, fun story.

It has a very, very narrow amount of target readers... but ah'm just glad ah qualify. :pinkiehappy:

Y1
#48 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

The comedy tag on this feels out of place. It seems... kinda serious actually. I'm liking it so far, so I'll give it a fave, but... are you sure this is a comedy? It's... not funny. The main character is too smart to function comedically, unless you're planning on playing him(her) off against all the other idiots he has to spend time with.

Oh, and his hatred of Pink is implying to me that Pinkie Pie is the root cause of his hatred of that colour.

#49 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

When I first finished reading 'Why am I Pinkie Pie?!' there was a little voice in the back of my mind which asked "now whatever became of that cop who ran afoul of the poison Joke?". Now that question is being answered in a far more thorough and delightful way then I ever expected. Hoopy Mcgee you've done it again.

#50 · 91w, 3d ago · · · The Schoolyard Code ·

This is positively fascinating. Fantastic work, my friend, keep it up. While I wait for the next installment, I just might read this Pinkie Pie tale the comments keep mentioning...

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