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SundayKelly's Heroes3 comments · 70 views
Another film that doesn't follow the Hero's Journey "standard" even slightly. It's Eastwood again too... I wonder if more of his films are like that?
Oh well, have some music.
The lyrics are fun.
1w, 3dValued Opinions25 comments · 169 views
I may not post this because I'm wrting drunk. If you can see it, congratulations, you have witnessed alcohol overcome my will to resist typing random crap.
After this I might go off and write Princesses Celestia and Luna having a sloppy makeout session because why the fuck not.
When I started out on this site I quickly acquired a goal: get as many followers as SS&E. The goal was unattainable - perhaps - and I soon modified it to "get a thousand followers". Now I'm at around whatever it is I'm around I've realised something. Followers don't matter. The number doesn't matter, is what I mean. I could have ten million followers and not be satisfied if I didn't have the people I value paying attention and telling me things I want or need to hear.
There are a few people I'll value on this site, people who I aspire to emulate, or who I consider wise an knowledgable. People whose opinions matter to me. Whether they matter to anyone else doesn't matter, because they matter to me. I value their words. I cherish the rare interactions I have with them. I get a little bit high when they say things to me even if (sometimes especially if) those things are superficially negative. My idols - for want of a better word - have paid attention to me in some way, however briefly, and I react like a week-denied crack addict given a hit of the good stuff.
People like Cold In Gardez, who I admire for being so dedicated to his craft that he'll write in a warzone. And he can paint too, the dastard. He's like me if I was allowed to carry a gun...
CVBrony, who should really be resting.
Chuckfinley, who is just so belligerently clever and can fling erotica like a master pizza chef tosses dough, stretching it to perfection and topping it with everything you could possibly want.
Pearple Prose, who does words I could sit and lick for hours, builds worlds out of nothing like it was nothing to build them and then acts like he' nt special.
Professor Plum, who doesn't do horsewords at all (yet), but who is just so damn right and so damn right all the fucking time. And has a voice that melts spines at a hundred paces as well.
Maskedferret. Amacita. Amit (because butts). FanOfMostEverything. Devas. PresentPerfect. Blueshift. The Quite Man.
Others... so many others. In my drunken haze these people stick out like the first crystals in a copper sulphate solution. All blue and spiky and wonderful. The first amongst so many of equal stature. I value them. If I could I would meet them all, but if we never meet then still they have touched me, and I am all the richer for it.
And also I need an adult.
1w, 5dMy tubes are cracked11 comments · 93 views
My internet connection is dead. I am currently online by tethering to my mobile phone and have been for a couple of days now. Phones are down as well. They say it'll be Monday before it all comes back.
Kind of sucks. All my entertainment is online these days and now I've been thrust back to a long-dead era, when we had to watch things when the broadcaster decided we should and spend time... outside; a time when Internet speeds are limited to mere tens and hundreds of bits per second and the only place to find fanfiction was geocities, and if it wasn't there we had to make our own entertainment. I think the isolation is starting to get to me. I'm trying to remember how to make a hoop and stick so I can chase it down the street. There's already snow drifting through the door and sticky, sooty smoke curling around everything. The mill owner said if I work an extra 12 hour shift I can eat again this week, but only if I don't lose another finger in the machinery and ruin the run with my blood. Bit that's okay, I coughed up a lung on him snd now he's dying of consumption.
Anyway I'll see you all in a few days.
2w, 21hA Headcanon Splurge5 comments · 121 views
I should be working, so instead I'm running backups and writing blogs about ponies.
I thought it'd be useful to throw up a overviews of how I see various bits of headcanon that lurk in my fics and what goes where. Not going into much detail, of course, just giving rough ideas of the major themes that infest my work.
Herds, for instance. I know that the whole herd idea gets some criticism from certain quarters - some people see it as a poor excuse for writing harem fics. For a lot of writers it is a poor excuse for writing harem fics (and so is the whole horse goes into heat thing but we'll get to that another day). I originally adopted this particular idea from Xenophilia and explored it to some length in The Xenophile's Guide to Equestria and later in No Room For Regret, where I took the view that the best way to find out how something works is to completely break it - thus we have Star Sparkle and her gloriously dysfunctional family somehow muddling through and pretending to be normal.
‣The Weak Lyre *† (updated edition on google docs)
‣To Be A Mule**
* Directly references Xenophilia
** Technically references Xenophilia but is functionally separate
† Part of the Xenophilia: Side Stories fic. I don't think I can link directly to that as it's rated mature, even though this particular story is teen at best
I think (though I haven't counted) about a third of my fics fall into the herd society thing - a herdverse if you must (though you shouldn't). Though the idea came from reading Xenophilia, only a couple of them directly reference it in any way. The rest occupy their own collective setting a little to the side, where things are essentially the same but there aren't any humans sticking their willies noses in every nook and cranny.
I'll be honest: I would have included the concept in more fics, but they were already planned or I'd already started writing them before I landed on the idea and I wasn't about to try and retrofit herds into existing narratives just because I wanted them there. That'd just make it wish fulfilment. Harem fanservice maybe. All of the fics above, though, have Equestria as a herding society as their background in some tiny way or relate to ideas that were born from it. Sometimes just because I say so.
You've probably also noticed that all of my donkey-related fics are in that list. There's a reason for this. They're serving as a counterpoint, being opposite to Equestria's ponies in just about every way you can imagine. No cutie marks, and (in this particular headcanon) almost no "conventional" magic and culturally monogamous. When I get around to working on Morning Glory some more you'll see where I'm going with it.
I like the different social conflicts that a legally and conventionally polyamorous society throws up. Relationships change, social imperatives change - moreso when you add in the whole skewed sex ratio to the mix - magnifying the imbalance between the sexes and forcing society to an extreme position - and then the conflict with other societies who might appear similar, but have very different ideas of how things work. I've been trying to explore these ideas a little in my writing with moderate success. Some might argue that it's hard stay on the right side of the line between "exploration of polyamorous society" and "harem wish fulfilment" (though on the subject of wish fulfilment..., maybe it's not such a bad thing after all?), but I think I'm managing so far.
I've held back a bit though. One of the reasons Morning Glory has taken so long to get going is because it does deal with this headcanon, and I've been worried that readers might be turned off by it. Recently though, I came to the realisation that it doesn't matter. That society is part of the story, for better or worse, and if I'm not going to go full-bore into it then I might as well not bother writing at all.
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Human May Force Reclassification Of Species
Originally printed in Harmony and Nature (1217, Issue 902, p.4)
The discovery of an extinct species of great ape resembling the recently-arrived ‘human’ has forced a radical rethink of the way the great apes are classified, and may prompt the creation of a completely new sub-family.
Recently uncovered at an archaeological dig in southern Impalawi, the new ape species appears morphologically distinct from the extant Panini, except for Pan pediobates, the Zebrican Gracile Plains Ape, with which it shares a number of common features, including a lack of sagittal crest, reduced occipital ridge, pronouncedly neotenous facial features and a relative shortening of the forelimbs.
The presence of items that may be primitive stone tools has also been noted, but archaeologists in the field are not willing to confirm the possibility.
A reclassification of Pan pediobates as Heme pediobates, along with the creation of the genus Heme to encompass both H. pediobates and the new discovery, tentatively named Heme habilis, is currently under consideration. The inclusion and classification of the human as Heme sapiens advena is also a distinct possibility.
Classification of the Pony and Related Species
├ Wild Horse Equus ferus
│ ├ Equestrian Wild Horse Equus ferus facies horrida
│ ├ Southern Wild Horse Equus ferus huwinima
│ └ Modern Horse Equus sapiens indeprensa
├ Modern Pony Equus nobilis
│ ├ Pegasus Pony Equus nobilis pegasus
│ ├ Earth Pony Equus nobilis lutus
│ ├ Unicorn Equus nobilis optima
│ └ Pseudo-pegacorn Equus nobilis pansimila
├ Zebra Equus zebra
│ └ Tribal Zebra Equus zebra sapiens
├ Donkey Equus asinus sordida
├ True Pegacorn (Alicorn) Equus panoptica
├ Northern Pony Equus brevis adipemus
└ Sea Pony (postulated) Equus bipes
Descent of the Pony
Whilst fossil evidence is sparse, the modern Pony is thought to have emerged in the Old World some 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. Other sapient equines are thought to have emerged at around the same time; given their close relation to similar non-sapient species, a common sapient ancestor for all sapient equines has been ruled out.
The earliest known ancestor of both E. nobilis and E. panoptica appears to be Equus magus crestatus. Several specimens of E. magus were discovered in the Bittish Isles, in caves near the town of Buckston. In many ways E. magus resembles a modern Earth Pony, with a similarly dense bone structure and robust body, though it has a number of archaisms such as an enlarged muzzle, smaller orbits, and a much smaller cranial capacity.
Close examination of surviving fossils has revealed several structures that appear to be analogous to magic-focussing structures found in modern ponies. The limbs and spine are threaded with numerous magum fossae, as is the dorsal skull and upper forehead, where a primitive horn-like structure can be found on several examples. A number of similar structures are found on the dorsal, forming a dual crest that is dense with fossae, accompanied by a rudimentary limb girdle, (fig a.) which appear to be analogous to vestigial structures found in the midlimbs of E. nobilis pegasus and E. panoptica. Similar vestigial structures occasionally appear in other modern ponies, indicating that this is either an ancestor of modern ponies or a very closely related sister of that ancestor.
fig. a: Reconstruction of E. magus crestatus
Following E. magus we find the appearance of Equus munda, the first pony to make use of primitive tools, as attested by the discovery of flint axe-heads in close proximity. E. munda appears to have had some rudimentary magical ability and was apparently able to “hold” small objects in its forehooves, which are riddled with magum fossae, likely indicating the presence of rudimentary structures analogous to those found in all modern ponies, whilst other structures found in E. magus appear to have receded or become entirely vestigial.
E. munda appears to be followed by several related species, all of which are now extinct, and Equus matercula robustus, the so-called Mother of Ponies, who once again bore close resemblance to the modern Earth Pony. E. matercula is taxonomically almost identical to modern ponies, though archaic and larger, with a similar cranial capacity, but still displaying slightly divergent orbits as a final remnant of her prey-species ancestry. A similar divergence occasionallymanifests in modern ponies as Buttermilk’s Divergent Orbital Regression Syndrome.
From E. matercula we find Equus nobilis, all three subspecies of which diverged from E. matercula approximately 0.2 Ma ago, though no intermediate forms of either E. nobilis optima, or E. nobilis pegasus have been found.
Meanwhile, the evolution of the True Pegacorn took place in parallel to the Archaic Earth Pony in a nearly linear descent from E. magus crestatus.
The fossil data available indicates that the crest for which E. magus crestatus is named was soon adapted from its original purpose to serve first as a rudimentary gliding surface and then transformed, through a remarkable process of convergent evolution, into a fully functional analogue of an avian wing.
The limb girdle and wing both appear in a more defined form in Equus magus protopega (fig. b), though the wing is obviously non-functional and seems to act as a manipulatory limb of some sort. The primary spindle has elongated and jointed and a rudimentary grasping claw has appeared on the tip, whilst the other spindles have reduced to almost vestigial spines arrayed around the protoform "shoulder", where a few have extended to form protofeathers. The entire limb is strung with extremely fine magum fossae that appear similar to those found in the Pegasus wing, indicating at least limited ability to manipulate air and electrical phenomena.
fig. b: E. magus protopega with speculative use of midlimbs.
The fully-formed wing appears in Equus pegasus optiforma. At this point the wing seems to be adapted to gliding rather than flying and probably served as a way for E. pegasus optiforma to leap long distances or escape from predators. The claw remains in a reduced form, as it will do in every subsequent species to descend from this one.
As evidenced by the discovery of several intact, if brittle primary feathers at one optiforma site, the near-indestructible nature of the primary feathers is already apparent, a clear sign of the increasingly refined and complex magical use of the limb.
There has been some study on the possibility that E. pegasus optiforma was advanced enough to form a civilisation. Whilst some intriguing evidence has been found, there is little solid proof of the possibility.
Approximately 0.4 to 0.3 Ma B.P. sees the arrival of Equus aliparvus. Apart from its size, E. aliparvus was essentially identical to the modern True Pegacorn, E. panoptica, and presumably capable of very powerful magical manipulation. Studies of modern E. panoptica are, for obvious reasons, extremely limited so only rudimentary comparisons are possible.
Approximate comparison of E. nobilis pegasus, E. aliparvus and E. panoptica in profile.
Genetic studies indicate that the speciation of the modern pony into the three closely related sub-species of E. nobilis was a result of interbreeding between E. matercula and the now extinct E. aliparvus. This late hybridisation and subsequent speciation explains both the relatively sudden appearance of fully-developed wings in E. nobilis pegasus and the horn of E. nobilis optima, the generally more gracile appearance of the species, as well as a number of inter-related syndromes that occur in all sub-species of E. nobilis, most notably Snugglepuff-Alondro syndrome.
This syndrome in particular encourages further study of the genetic history of our species. Current studies indicate several possible avenues for further investigation that might reveal a potential cure for the syndrome, and further, more in-depth research will be required.
fig. c The descent of E. nobilis and E. panoptica
 Spiniform Wingroot and The Unicorn’s Curse (more accurately known as an Inverse coniformic magum teratoma) are just two possible congenital defects thought to be caused by partial expression of vestigial magical organs. The former usually manifests as harmless nubs or spines behind the scapula, which can be removed with relatively simple surgery, though they can be dangerous to a pegasus in their more extreme form. The Unicorn’s Curse, the growth of a vestigial corniform structure in the forebrain and an associated build-up of magical potential, is invariably fatal.
 “The study revealed that around 70% of male fœtuses either miscarry within a few days of fertilisation, or develop into a peculiar form of triploid that first divides into two structures, each containing a stable diploid, one containing the male sex chromosome and one the female, before ejecting the cells containing the male sex chromosome in the second week of the pregnancy.” Snugglepuff, Alondro - High incidences of spontaneous abortion and sterility in male offspring and their likely causes - Harmony and Nature (1176, issue 787, p 21).
The Unicorns Curse is blatantly stolen from The All American Girl side stories.