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  • T The West Is Not Enough

    Secret agents Vinyl Scratch and Octavia find themselves locked in an epic struggle against a ruthless group of outlaws in the wild west.  · JohnPerry
    29,047 words · 2,473 views  ·  317  ·  6  · 

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  • T Mission: Implausible

    Octavia and Vinyl Scratch: Musicians and secret agents.
    31,111 words · 9,681 views  ·  669  ·  8
  • E Trains, Carriages and Airships

    What should be a simple overnight ride turns into a three day trip from hell.
    28,168 words · 12,510 views  ·  551  ·  8
  • T Maybe

    Some ponies never change. Prince Blueblood is one of them.
    7,812 words · 3,123 views  ·  283  ·  3
  • E The Final Quest of Star Swirl the Bearded

    The last journey of an unusual wizard and the role he played in the founding of Equestria.
    64,492 words · 3,220 views  ·  194  ·  2
  • E Rest Stop

    At a rest stop on her way to Appleloosa, Twilight Sparkle has a rare moment to reflect...
    5,836 words · 10,749 views  ·  228  ·  3
  • T When the Curtain Falls

    An incident in a Manehattan theater quickly draws secret agents Vinyl Scratch and Octavia into a hunt for a strange killer.
    36,535 words · 2,267 views  ·  257  ·  4
  • T The West Is Not Enough

    Secret agents Vinyl Scratch and Octavia find themselves locked in an epic struggle against a ruthless group of outlaws in the wild west.
    29,047 words · 2,473 views  ·  317  ·  6
  • T The Wreck

    A.K. Yearling is haunted by dreams of a shipwreck...
    13,126 words · 756 views  ·  124  ·  1

Blog Posts196

  • Monday
    Can we debunk the "/b/ + pony" myth yet?

    So last night, I was thumbing through the new releases on Netflix when I came across A Brony Tale, the documentary about the fandom starring Ashleigh Ball. Overall impressions were very positive; the production values were high and I appreciated seeing fandom figures like Saberspark and The Manliest Brony featured. Although I'm always amused by how these documentaries go out of their way to highlight only the positive aspects of the fandom; naturally, the positive stuff is going to dominate the message, but I'd kinda like something that also alludes to the mischief of the fandom and all the weird and exciting creativity that comes out of that. But I digress.

    There was one moment in the film that irked me, and it was where someone explained (without the claim being rebuked) that "brony" wasn't actually a combination of "bro" + "pony," but that it came from the /b/ message board on 4chan. I'm sure all of you who have been bronies long enough have heard this explanation before.

    Now, I wasn't around for the origins of the fandom (I became a brony in the hiatus between seasons one and two), but this explanation has never made any sense to me, for one simple reason: if "brony" is a combination of "/b/" and "pony," then where the heck would the "r" in "brony" come from? If this fandom was actually named by combining "/b/" with "pony," then wouldn't we all be called "bonies"? It doesn't make sense even on the surface, yet there have been a few who have been adamant at repeating this explanation (although chances are most of them have since dropped out of the fandom).

    What's more, why would we even want to claim that's what our name means? It seems especially odd for a documentary that's ostensibly about explaining the fandom to outsiders; the "bro" + "pony" explanation is simple and conveys what the fandom is, whereas the /b/ explanation requires some understanding of 4chan (which most people probably aren't savvy to) and is rather convoluted and nonsensical. On top of that, the /b/ board hasn't been relevant to this fandom since bronies started making their own websites. The /b/ board is merely a moment in the overall history of this fandom - a pivotal moment, yes, but a moment nonetheless. The /b/ board was never a part of my experience as a brony, and I doubt it played a role for the vast majority of bronies who joined this fandom after the creation of sites like EQD and Ponychan.

    As an analogy, it's like if instead of using the name Americans, we called ourselves Minutemen or Boston Tea Partians. It's a moment that plays a pivotal role in our history, but the vast majority of us over our history didn't take part in that moment.

    Which makes me wonder, is the /b/ explanation meant to reaffirm the importance of that moment by the people who took part in it? If so, then it becomes a (perhaps unintentional) means of claiming ownership of the fandom, a reminder that none of us would be here if it weren't for them. Which may be true, but trying to cram that reminder into our very identity just seems petty. Even if the /b/ explanation is true (which I obviously doubt), it fails to say anything about our identity in the years that have passed since that formative moment and the ranks of people who have joined since.

    So now when I think of a guy giving the /b/ explanation, I think of a grumpy old man sitting on his porch going "Eh, back in my day we didn't have your fancy Equestria Dailys and your FIMFictions and your derpy boroughs! Why, back in my day, all we had was the /b/ board and our own wits! You young whippersnappers, show your respects!"

    27 comments · 241 views
  • Saturday
    Musings in a Post-Suffering Era

    Boy, let me tell you guys, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here... and I'm not sure I like it. I know it's a cliche to say "Golly, the holidays just seem to come earlier every year!" but holy hell, it really seems like the holidays came super early this year. Around November 10th, the Salvation Army guys were out with the buckets and bells, the local supermarket started selling Christmas trees, Starbucks was selling their holiday drinks, the town put up their snowflake-shaped lights along Main Street, and a couple of the houses in the neighborhood put up Christmas lights. Now, the first three I could just chalk up as capitalists looking to jump-start the holiday shopping season, but the last two don't have a monetary incentive behind them, so the consumerist explanation doesn't quite explain what I'm seeing here. I could swear that just last year I didn't see this kind of upstart celebrationism until Thanksgiving. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year, but I don't think I'm ready for two months of it.

    Oh yeah, and then last week, right as all this holiday stuff was going up, we got hit by a snowstorm and it's been so cold since that the minuscule two inches or so of snow we got still hasn't melted. Winter was really in a hurry to arrive, I guess.


    In writing news, I'm starting up a little non-pony writing endeavor that I'm excited to invite you guys to read: it's a blog called Your Future Sucks. The first post explains the idea behind the title, but basically the concept is that I'm going to talk about various visions of the future, from things like world's fairs and Tomorrowland to more contemporary notions like driverless cars or to apocalyptic visions of environmental doom, to ponder what these visions say about us as individuals and as a society. On the way, I'll poke fun at what I find to be absurd ideas about the future (the real meaning behind "your future sucks") as well as praise a few that genuinely excite me.

    Right now, there's only a couple of posts up: the first introducing the premise of the blog, the second a writing piece I did in the style of a news article about a future in which Miami is rebuilding after a devastating hurricane. For upcoming posts, I'm planning to discuss various things such as the fate of Walt Disney's Tomorrowland, Silicon Valley's branding of the future, how we talk (or don't) about the future nowadays, and maybe an invention or two while I'm at it.

    Anyway, please go check it out and comment if you like what you see. I'm much more likely to actively pursue a writing endeavor if I think there are people who will appreciate it.


    And lastly, it's late November, and if you're in college and your college experience is anything like mine was, this means you're entering panic mode as the end of the semester and the finals it brings is now looming large in your mind. Or perhaps you're feeling gloomy from the sudden onset of winter weather, or sick from the cold/flu season that comes with said weather. Or maybe work sucks. And the holiday season isn't here yet (despite the signs claiming otherwise), so the joy of presents and cookies is still too distant to be appreciated just yet.

    But take heart, for the end of the year lies on the not-so-distant horizon. So, as a public service, allow me to share the greatest pick-me-up ever created. Listen, then repeat as necessary until you are filled with the steely confidence needed to face the world.

    12 comments · 191 views
  • 2w, 1d
    John Perry Suffers the Feature Box: I Did It for Me

    37 comments · 416 views
  • 2w, 5d
    I Have Met the Enemy, and He is Me (or, an important Suffering announcement)

    Guys, I gotta be honest: Suffering the Feature Box just hasn’t been much fun lately.

    Mostly, it’s just me. The novelty has long since worn off, I’m in a bit of a creative funk at the moment, so the enthusiasm just isn’t there for me. I’m getting to that point where I’m doing these posts more out of a sense of obligation than because I actually want to do it, and that is not a place you should be when it comes to fan fiction.

    However, the box really hasn’t been helping me out lately. Long-time readers might have noticed that there’s been a general uptick in the quality of stories in the box lately. Or at the very least, there are fewer real stinkers in there, and the notably bad stories were the basis of most of my humor. And I never really intended for this to become a serious review series, so this is a problem for me.

    You might have also noticed that the recent change to the box mechanics, which allows stories to stay on the box much longer than before, has screwed with my routine a bit. But I feel like it has also made my reading selection somewhat… stale, giving me less variety to play around with. Case in point: earlier this week, the top clopfic in the box was Gleaming Shield’s Teats (which is still in the box, by the way). Now the top clopfic in the box is… its sequel. Oh thanks, box.

    But honestly, that’s all incidental. The long and short of it is that I think I need to take a break, so that’s what I’m going to do. Sometime next week (contingent on when the stories currently in the box finally fall off) I’ll do a “final” review post, and then stop the series for an indefinite length of time. Maybe at some point I’ll be able to come back to it when I’m feeling fresh, or maybe I’ll start some other endeavor. Who knows? (Certainly not me!)

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This story is a sequel to Mission: Implausible

Vinyl Scratch has made it big as a DJ and is now the hottest act in Equestria. However, when an old nemesis returns to Canterlot, she and Octavia must reunite to end this threat and save Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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Proofread by the fantastic RTStephens. Credit for the vectors in the cover image goes to RegolithX, namelesshero2222 and KANISTORSHIK on deviantART.

First Published
15th Oct 2012
Last Modified
27th Dec 2012
#1 · 110w, 3d ago · · · Prologue ·

Pinkieton Detective Agency

:pinkiehappy: You know I was hoping for more details about this.

Nicely dramatic ending!

#2 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

Is it wrong that I thought of Octavia's voice at the end to sound like Christian Bale's Batman voice? No? Good. :rainbowwild:

Carry on!

#3 · 110w, 2d ago · 1 · · Prologue ·

Now that is how you open a story. Can't wait for more!

#4 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

The title is grammatically incorrect :moustache:

#5 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

Plot hook!!!!!!:pinkiegasp:


Can't wait for more! :pinkiehappy:

#7 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

Changelings, changelings everywhere! Just as I am done with them, they pop up in the next place I go! Leave me alone, Chrysalis!

This version of Equestria seems to be a rather non-absolute monarchy. Mayor Mare being this critical to the crown is not that usual, but I'm always glad to see new takes on the matter.

(Celestia is watching you :trollestia:)

A random idea: somepony should make a picture of the Coltbert Report or, perhaps, properly ponify the logo, and then you could put it in the commercial break!

#8 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

I am SOOO looking forward to more!

#9 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

>>1444729

A random idea: somepony should make a picture of the Coltbert Report or, perhaps, properly ponify the logo, and then you could put it in the commercial break!

That is a brilliant idea. Fortunately, just such an image already exists! :pinkiehappy:

#11 · 110w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

Looking forwards to this! Liked, faved, and read later-ed.

#12 · 110w, 1d ago · · · Prologue ·

>>1444693 It is still incorrect :moustache:

Plot hook!!!! :pinkiegasp:

Can't wait for more :pinkiehappy:

Con Mane's back, and in a bloody great chapter to boot. :pinkiehappy: Loving the story already!

More like, "Never Say I'd Die from a Airship Crash Again."

Come on changelings, take the shot with that type of backdrop! Who would argue over, "A View to a Kill"?

Okay, I'll stop with the movie quotes. :twilightsheepish:

Nice way to get the agents out of a tight spot. An elaborate escape plan must be the first year in cadet training for agents or something.

Please continue!

"Everypony needs a hobby."

"And what's yours?"

"Resurrection."

Now I've got the urge to go watch a spy movie :moustache:

matrix scene?

>>1486514  Yes, I believe it's called SPY 101: Escapology.

You know what's really funny? I just typed in 'escapology' and didn't even realize it's a real word. Where do I sign up for that class? :pinkiecrazy:

>>1486804 Bingo. :ajsmug:

>>1487015 That gif fills me with such ridiculous pure giddy joy it's hard to tear my eyes away from it.

>>1489238 :rainbowlaugh: No, but now that you mention it I wish I had thought to put in a lengthy scene with lots of mid-air flips and martial arts moves.

>>1489266 Pretty sure I spent a good 5 minutes watching that GIF, all the while my smile getting bigger and bigger. Best 5 minutes of my life, that was.

#24 · 109w, 1d ago · · · Prologue ·

Wow, quite a way to start this off!  So glad the sequel is here! :pinkiehappy:

>>1489238

I GIVES YOU MATRIX SCENE!!

Not relevant to the story but...

As for this story,

Amen to THAT!!

BEER HERE I COME!!!

I always use images to convey my thoughts.  :trollestia:

“My goggles...I can’t see in here without my goggles!”

Velma Scratch.  That is all.

>>1498801

Nope Johnny Bravo.

Specifically from when he met scooby and the gang he ran into Velma and after she claims to not be Abe to see without them he says. "My glasses, I can't be seen without my glasses! "

Well, unless one of the changelings was particularly good at staying in character compared to the others, looks like Con Mane is alive after all.

Then again, I have to wonder, was the Con Mane in the airship crash a changeling as well? For that matter, have we ever even seen the real one?

>>1529159 I would post a certain reaction image containing Nicolas Cage, but I'm a nice person.

So Fluttershy will fill in. She's a nice pony.

I shall name him wubsy and he will mine and he will be my wubsy.

Oh, you know this is going to be good when two totally incompatible roommates shack up for an extended period of time. I expect nothing but completely civilized behavior from these two. :ajsmug:

Loved the names you gave to all the other agent ponies. The puns were many and each was spectacular.

Anyone putting bits down on how long the apartment stays intact? And I don't mean from a changeling attack!

I'm hearing the voices of Judi Dench and Desmond Llewelyn, and it is glorious  :raritywink:

This story and its predecessor... come for the story, stay for the delightfully subtle humor. I haven't smiled so much while reading a chapter of anything in a long time. Continue!

...Quite's parents must've hated him.:facehoof:

Wubsy is a bass cannon??

It's too high pitched to be bass-line.  Something like "The Sonic Rain Cannon" would be better for that.

Otherwise

I mean it.  The first was cool but this is getting better by the chapter.

Yeah.

I always use images to help convey my thoughts.  :trollestia:

>>1529634

I'm hearing the voices of Judi Dench and Desmond Llewelyn, and it is glorious

*fist pumps* :pinkiehappy: My job here is done.

>>1530705

Something like "The Sonic Rain Cannon" would be better for that.

That pun doesn't even make any sense. :rainbowhuh:

>>1530848

No pun here.  Serious logic.  Wait, logic doesn't count when we're talking MLP.

Nevermind...

>>1530921 I don't mind application of logic, but 'Sonic Rainboom' is a pun. So 'Sonic Rain Cannon' just...makes no sense. :derpytongue2:

Another great chapter, building up the world of intrigue.

When did Pinkie find the time to found a detective agency?  Was it founded by a predecessor?  I need to know who did done dood it!

I can only imagine the hilarity that ensues when these two roommates have finally had enough and go at each other with spy gadgets!  

Speaking of gadgets, I assume the Aston Mustang spy chariot is forthcoming?  One simply cannot leave a spy without his one-use, multimillion-dollar decorative missile launcher on wheels!

>>1532129

The spy chariot should, of course, be drawn by two earth ponies that turn into pegasi when you push a button for "flight mode" (or get pretty butterfly wings for the same reason).

Pinkieton, yes! And the Pinkie Promise had consequences!

I am content.

>>1532129 Perhaps she founded an agency after getting a taste of detective work during the MMMystery on the Friendship Express

Not really anything specific to comment about the chapter, but just wanted to say I heartily enjoy reading this story. The writing is excellent, the puns witty (well, as much as puns can be), and the characters lively and thoroughly in the third-dimension. I look forward to more.

Calling it now- Amber either is, or will be replaced by a changeling.

Because who suspects the little old lady?

Other than myself, of course.

>>1539125 I suspect the little old lady.  As soon as she knocked on the door.

I'm sensing a Red Scare scenario, but they're not red.  Black Scare?  Bug Scare?  Cheesehooves Scare?

Not even a day.

These two are going to end up killing each other way before Con Mane ever gets to them.

Nice development for the changeling. The ultimate spies!

The panic and chaos at the end was nicely done. Now we just need to find out what Con Mane was really up to...

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