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  • E Diary of a Pliant Tyrant

    When Fluttershy finds out that Discord used to keep a mental diary while imprisoned in stone, she begs him to continue it. Grudgingly, he promises to document his thoughts about his new life among old enemies  · xjuggernaughtx
    16,437 words · 8,138 views  ·  825  ·  14  · 

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  • Wednesday
    Shut Up, Brain!

    It's really annoying when you have what should be a passing idea that becomes a permanent, insistent idea. I was talking with Steel Resolve the other day, and he was lamenting the dearth of Fluttershy/Rarity romance stories. Mostly joking, I told him that I'm going to write him one some day, and that it would suck, but I'd write it for him all the same.

    Strange thing is, I can't quit thinking about it!

    Now let's break down why this is ridiculous:

    1)  I don't have any freakin' time.  Seriously, I just semi-retired because I can't get three seconds together to write.

    2)  Fluttershy is not a favorite of mine.  I don't particularly care for writing her.

    3)  I've tried to write romance several times. It's never really come together, besides what I write with Steel.  I'm going to have to give him most of the credit on that one.

    4)  Every idea that I have for it is miserably sad.

    All of this points to it being a horrible idea, but my mind is fixated on it for some reason. I should probably just bang out a chapter so that I can look at it and say, "Oh, yeah. That's bad. Let's throw that in a drawer where no one will see it again."

    But it's something about challenge. I have all these great ideas that I think people will like and that I know I'll enjoy writing, but they aren't as challenging as writing a miserable romance about a character that I don't like in a genre that is my weakest. So my interest is all piqued. It crowds out all the thoughts that I need, and I find my imagination playing out scenes of a story I don't want to be working on.

    Why, brain? Why?!


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  • 1w, 3d
    Story Recommendation #3

    Wow.  It's been a long time since I've read a story that I liked well enough to recommend.  Yeesh.

    So let's discuss Spring is Dumb by HoofbitingActionOverload.  As is the case with these things, I'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but what is below this might contain them.  Consider yourself warned!  Warned, I say!

    This is a romantic comedy, and romance really isn't my genre.  I like the idea of it, but I find most stories to be generally overwrought, and no category has more offenders in that department than romance.  And that's precisely what makes this story nice.  The romance in it felt very natural to me.

    Less natural was the comedy. Now don't get me wrong. This story is funny enough to get a couple of actual laughs out of me. I almost never actually laugh out loud. It's more of a mental registry that something is, indeed, funny. My mind makes a little mental checkmark, but it doesn't usually translate into a smile or a chuckle. This story did a time or two, and for that, I applaud it.

    However, that didn't stop it from feeling like it was clubbing me on the head with the premise from time to time. There is a certain repetition that is going on in the story for comedic effect, but there is a fine line between 'still funny' and 'getting old.' Toward the middle of the story, I was starting to get pretty tired of the schtick, but the great thing is that the story also mostly does away with it at that point, too.  Not quite quickly enough for me, but I'm prickly and easily irritated, so for most readers, it will probably be right in the sweet spot.

    One thing that I really liked here is that this is a comedy with romantic elements, and that really lets the romance at the end have greater impact. It sets up the conclusion well, then delivers because you're ready for that change of pace. I think the instinct on it was good.

    Occasionally, the narrative voicing falls off track, but it's a rare problem.  Once or twice, HBAO has Rainbow think things that are humorous, but not really something that Rainbow would think. Then he kind of has Rainbow point that out to herself, but that's a false joke in my book. You can't have someone think about how they'd never actually think like that. But like I said, it's a nit-pick, not a recurrent thing.

    I was left wondering why it was divided up into two chapters. I didn't see the need to break up the flow.

    In the end, I found myself really enjoying this one. It's not perfect, but who knows more about Not Perfect fics than me? Eh? Eh?!

    No one, that's who.

    But the comedy hit its marks quite a bit of the time, and the romance was heartwarming. That seems like a win in my book.

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  • 2w, 1d
    So BABSCon...

    I know it's kind of a ways off, but I was curious to know who among you are planning to go to BABSCon. I'm not very confident about the fanfic side of things this year, so I figure if we want to represent, we will probably need to get on top of things.

    Are any of you planning on trying to host a panel of some sort? Do people want to meet up in a hotel room like we did last year? Should we get a group together and go get some food? Should we stage a coup and storm the main stage, taking the Goldies for ourselves?

    It's kind of a strange thing, these cons.  Everyone is always waiting for everyone else to get on top of things. I figured I'd try and get the ball rolling. We have a lot of creative, interesting people with informed opinions. It'd be a shame if we couldn't get some great panels out of all that experience.

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  • 2w, 2d
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    Well, if you do, why not check out statoose's bandcamp page, and see if his new track is up your alley. At a single dollar, that's quite affordable for three tracks totaling over eighteen minutes.

    For those of you who don't know him, statoose is a great guy who's helped me with quite a few of my stories. He's particularly good at picking out sentences that don't work well within the context of the paragraph that contain them, and he's helped me shine up many a lackluster phrasing. There's not much I can usually do but say thanks, but this is my chance! My opportunity to make a small dent in the imbalance of our karmic scales.

    However, I wouldn't do it if I didn't also like the end product. Melodic trance/Uplifting Progressive House isn't my usual EDM choice, but this is well done, in my opinion. I could certainly mix this into a set for my more melodic friends, and I'm sure they'd love it.

    So if it's your bag, swing on over and give it a listen. Free streaming, so what do you have to lose?

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  • ...

Discord has been turned to stone by the power of the Elements of Harmony, but his consciousness has been left uneffected.  Now powerless, he can only observe the events around him and think on his past life.

(Want more Discord?  This story has a sequel!  Diary of a Pliant Tyrant)

First Published
26th Oct 2012
Last Modified
26th Oct 2012
#1 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·


Discord's coming back in Season 3. Seriously. He is.

Anyway, favoriting. :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1506759  Thank you so much for the favorite!  It's so rewarding when people like the story and comment on it.  I love Discord, so I'm happy that he's back.  I kinda hope they don't do too much with him, though.  I like that MLP doesn't have a main villain that shows up all the time.  Some Discord=awesome.  A lot of Discord will be tiring.

#3 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

Adler Approves of this well written fic

And so.... Favorited :pinkiesmile:

#4 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1506883  Your approval is appreciated!  It was my pleasure to write it for you!

#5 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

Fav, and thanks for a new story to read:twilightsmile:. Wonder were you'll take it from here.:pinkiehappy:

#6 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507028  Thank you so much!  I'm not sure.  The diary format worked because he couldn't do anything else.  I don't think he would continue it, but maybe I'll follow up with a new story.  I have a lot to do on Out of Fashion, though.  It's my neglected child!:twilightsmile:

#7 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

Out of fashion? Another story of yours I'm assuming. I don't know any of your other stories I meant another story to read in relation to other stories I'm reading in general. But I'll check it out.:moustache:

#8 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507150  Yeah, it's a long term project and it's been sorta draining to write.  I've been drawing a lot more and I've put my writing on the back burner, unfortunately.:fluttershysad:

#9 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·


Lol the best I can draw is a stick figure. But if I have a reference I am a demi-god. Just last year I had to draw something for my 3-D animation class and I copied it so perfectly I got an F for tracing :facehoof:, I fixed that problem though. I hope to one day be able to draw ponies on a whim. (Fuck hands, hooves are where it's at!)

#10 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507289  Come join me at the Reddit MLP drawing school!  I went from not being able to draw at all to being fairly competent now.  I still have a way to go, but I've improved more than I ever thought possible!  The brony support is incredible!

Check it out my gallery you want.  This has most of my progression, though my early, really terrible stuff isn't there.:twilightsmile:

#11 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

Awesome :pinkiecrazy:

#12 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507396Thank you very much!  It's nice that people like it!:pinkiehappy:

#13 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

Would love to see a sequel where Pinkie and him join forces!!!!!!!

#14 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507488  Hmmmm....That may be a fun thing to write!  It would be interest to see if Pinkie becomes more like Discord or Discord becomes more like Pinkie.:pinkiegasp:

#15 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·


Holy shit dude your colored boop is the background of mlp drawing school!!!! :pinkiegasp: I am not worthy of your presence!:fluttershbad:

#16 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·


I have joined and you are added. How you have so much karma is beyond me. I have only drawn one thing without a reference and that is my OC pony with no name.

#17 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507696:ajsleepy:  Aw, shucks.  It ain't that good of a drawin'.  Ah did put a lotta time into it, though.  

Honestly, I was shocked that it became the background.  It shifts based on some popularity formula.

#18 · 108w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1507855  The secret is to always use references.  I started by just straight up copying images.  Now I'm moving on to more original stuff.  But no pony artist that I know works totally reference free.  It's just like people that draw scenery.  They go out into the scenery and draw it.  They don't sit at home and imagine it.  Well, most of them don't anyway.  Ponies are the same.  It's a lot easier to draw if you have a model.:pinkiesmile:

#19 · 108w, 1d ago · · ·


Check my first drawing out! And comment to tell me how I did!:pinkiehappy:

#20 · 107w, 1d ago · · ·


That made my hour. I should give writing Discord a shot.

#21 · 107w, 1d ago · · ·

>>1555212  Thanks so much!  It was fun writing for Discord.  He's mentally bent and it's fun to get into that head.

#22 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Congrats on getting on EPD! It's 3:00 am here so I'll be reading this in the morning but it is looking like a fantastic fic, always love a bit o' Discord :pinkiehappy:

#23 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

me gusta. :twilightsmile:

#24 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Thoroughly enjoyed this!  Besides one or two grammatical mistakes, it was great!  I'm looking forward to seeing the next part!  :rainbowkiss:

#25 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Oh, this is goood. I totally read that in John de Lancie's voice. :pinkiesmile:

#26 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1607425  Thank you very much!  I hope you enjoy it!

#27 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1607576  It's awesome you enjoyed it!  I love that!

#29 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1607899  Thank you so much for reading it and I'm glad you liked it, even with it's mistakes.  Would you mind telling me what you saw?  It's so hard to get every mistake out of a story.  After a while, everything just looks correct because you are so used to seeing it that way.:applejackunsure:

#30 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1607915  And I wrote it in his voice!  Funny how clearly you can hear it.  Thanks so much for reading this!

#31 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·


Oh, just little things like tense changes,

"She seems enchantingly distressed and the slack-jawed onlookers gasped as she bounced from task to task."

I think there was one other small thing but I can't seem to find it.  Nothing major, though :twilightsmile:

#32 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

I loved this so much, best fic I've read in a long while. Thanks for doing this! :D

#33 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Favourited:ajsmug: :eeyup::eeyup::eeyup::eeyup::eeyup::eeyup::eeyup:

#34 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Not bad. I recently read something that had a similar format. Going from day to day and explaining what has been seen. I noticed once that you had him reflect on how order can breed from prolonged chaos and whatnot. I actually would have been more intrigued if there were more moments like this throughout.

That aside, I had a bit of difficulty getting into the sense of Discord's character at first but it got there soon enough.

Small errors here and there, but they don't bug me as much (unless its my own writing). Here is one:

"but I certainly don’t seem to hearing anything about the mighty Celestia crushing Queen Chrysalis under hoof."

#35 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

I LOVE THIS :raritystarry:

It keeps Discord's personality perfect, and not turning him in some clichee pussy that sees the wrongness in his ways and turns good... and makes him keep the title of Master of Chaos.

Well done, good fic and can't wait for chapter two :D

I rarely favorite a fic since i like all, but this goes in my special book :D

#36 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

I can't say I'm too surprised by the ending.

Geez, Celestia, it's almost like you WANT him to escape.  The garden was at least isolated most of the time.  Except no, you had to ruin that by allowing field trips in.

What I'm saying is this:

Dammit Celestia.  Just PROPOSE already!

#37 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Discord is the best pony draconequus and we know it! I appreciate your points about Pinkie Pie and Twilight. The language and style is very fitting for Discord. I hope you will continue in this matter to comment from Discord's point of view the events of Season 3. I know his return will be my favourite episode!

Again, good job and good luck with your other projects. You sure have the writing skills for it.

#38 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>>Where is the passion?  The spice for life, liberty, and the pursuit of revenge? >>>

*Alondro stands before the statue, with a sadistic smile on his face*  That'd be me.  Unfortunately for you, you're the object of it all.  *pulls Vorpal Sword off his back*  Draconequus.  Jabberwocky.  The sword really can't tell the difference.  *begins slicing and dicing Discord*

#39 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Discord is a bit of a hypocrite.  If he were truly chaos, he'd never think at all.  Those who know nothing of neurology cannot comprehend the irreducible complexity of the carefully regulated series of synaptic activations via numerous ion channels, voltage-gated and neurotransmitter-activated, and several types of varied-term potentiated, involved in each and every thought.

If I, as a scientist, were to describe the intense order going on in his mind at every moment, he'd likely destroy himself in frustration or become utterly random in action by banishing all conscious thought from his head, meaning he'd have no capacity to think about such things as stopping the Bearers from retrieving the Elements and sealing him again.

But even then, he would still have a physical form.  And such a form must always contain order, lest it'd be unstable and fly apart.

And so, you see that he exists in spite of his supposed nature.  It's the single greatest weakness of any chaos god, that they can never fully exercise the extent of their power or they will cease to be.  

#40 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1608485  Oops!  Good catch.  Yes, that is the kind of mistake I make a lot and it's super-hard for me to see them for some reason.  I sort of naturally speed read, so I tend to skip over the actual words and just absorb the favor of what I'm reading.  It takes me four or five reads of a book to really say I have read it.

#41 · 105w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

>>1608607  Thank you for taking the time to read it!  Check out my other stuff if you enjoyed this one.  I'll have a new Pinkie Pie story up pretty soon, as well.  I'm about halfway done writing it.

#42 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1608918  The beginning is definitely the weakest part of that story.  I totally understand not getting his character until later.  It's like I had to warm up to writing him.  I wrote that beginning several times, but for some reason he just wasn't very Discordish until the 5th or 6th entry.

#43 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1608981  Aww, thanks so much!  That means a lot.

When it comes to Discord, or any villain, I hate two-dimensional, evil-for-the-sake-of-evil type characters.  I think most people have motives for their bad behavior, so the key is just to look at it from their perspective.  It doesn't have to be the right choices, but it should be an understandable choice.

#44 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1609043  I'm not sure Celestia is the best decision maker.  A lot of weird crap happens on her watch.

#45 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1609424  I see Discord as having an over-inflated opinion of his own power.  Like a child who is good at video games thinks they are the best player ever, Discord sees himself as the MASTER OF CHAOS, when he's just very proficient.  He doesn't see that he needs order to play chaos into or it wouldn't be fun.  

#46 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

This is so awesomly chaotic and Discord-y that I think I'll celebrate by burning down an orphanage or maybe running through the street yelling "UPSIDE DOWN LEMONS". Who know what I'll do, thats the fun.:pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy:

#47 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1609702  Exactly!  And thus, why I SHALL BECOME LIKE UNTO THE MOST HIGH!!!  MUWAH HA HA HA!!

*Alondro is banished to Earth with 1/3 of the angels who were deceived by his cunning evil evilness.  He runs for President.. and wins!*

All I had to do was promise free Gak for everyone!  *Thus proving Discord is trying to hard, when plastic containers of goo are all it really takes.*

(PS: I'm having some mountain whole leaf darjeerling tea.  Would you care for some?)

And this is how we do chaos right.  If yer goals don't change every 30 seconds at least, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!!!  :pinkiecrazy:

#48 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1610012  Well, I'm very happy that you enjoyed the story, but don't burn down that orphanage unless they have had time to read it as well!:rainbowlaugh:

#49 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1609095  Thank you so much for your compliments.  I'm considering a follow up story focusing on Discord and Pinkie struggle to win the other to their way of thinking.  It's something I'm tossing around in my head, but I have to get through this Pinkie story I'm writing right now, first.

#50 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Interesting, very interesting indeed. i'd like to see where you take this from here.

I'd like to see Discord and Pinky face off in a Chaos battle.


Pinky is best pony!

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