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  • E π

    Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)  · Kwakerjak
    13,511 words · 5,893 views  ·  860  ·  12  · 

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  • T Inscape

    When Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her.
    29,301 words · 19,077 views  ·  2,176  ·  29
  • E Petriculture

    Twilight tries to figure out how rock farming works.
    6,716 words · 37,704 views  ·  2,763  ·  39
  • T Wild, Sweet & Cool

    Rainbow Dash wants to add strength training to her regimen by having Twilight Sparkle ride her.
    34,747 words · 14,703 views  ·  1,617  ·  25
  • E π

    Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)
    13,511 words · 5,893 views  ·  860  ·  12
  • E Flash Fog

    Fluttershy must deal with an unusually thick fog as it approaches Ponyville.
    121,078 words · 13,732 views  ·  1,544  ·  28
  • T Pandelirium

    Celestia decides to attempt to reform Discord, so she taps a pony with a similar background for the job. ("Keep Calm and Flutter On" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)
    77,413 words · 11,066 views  ·  799  ·  14
  • E So, Just What Went Wrong, Anyway?

    Before Applejack's pep rally, Derpy was acting really weird... even for her. This is why.
    5,213 words · 3,319 views  ·  332  ·  5
  • E The Final Accusation: A Legal Comedy

    A dozen years after ascending to become an alicorn, Applejack rules on the case of Tiara v. FlimFlam
    21,338 words · 2,500 views  ·  354  ·  6

Blog Posts388

  • 6d, 9h
    Holy crap, I'm nearly done.

    I just finished making my initial outline for Chapter 50 of Flash Fog, and it occurred to me that I'm actually getting close to the end of the story. I've been writing this story for more than two years now, and I'm finally within sight of the finish line--in fact, at my current rate, there's a very good chance I'll finish sometime around Thanksgiving.

    (And to think I originally thought this story would be a 5,000-word oneshot...)

    4 comments · 131 views
  • 1w, 2d
    Flash Fog: Update

    Well, I have finished the draft of Chapter 49. I'm going to give my prereaders some time to look it over, and hopefully, I'll be posting it tomorrow.

    0 comments · 69 views
  • 1w, 3d
    Surströmming

    There are a lot of really fun videos on YouTube featuring folks attempting to eat the traditional Swedish dish, surströmming. Surströmming is canned, fermented fish, usually eaten on some sort of flatbread with a name I can't remember at the moment. It is known for being very, very, very... er... pungent. Let's put it this way: people unfamiliar with the smell have been known to contact emergency services after encountering its distinct aroma (and as Dave Barry might say, I am not making this up).

    But you know what's more amusing than watching idiots deliberately subject themselves to surströmming? Watching naive fools accidentally subject themselves to it. In a small, enclosed space.


    Life is good.

    18 comments · 152 views
  • 1w, 3d
    WTF?

    Okay, so I just noticed that the number of views Pandelirium has received apparently spiked while I wasn't looking -- it's now the third most-viewed story in the Petriculture Cycle, despite being the last one. At first I figured that some of my readers decided to skip to the end, but when I looked at the total views for the first chapter (Chapter 10)* was still between 5,000 and 6,000, just where I remembered it being. It was only after going through each chapter that I realized that all of the new-found attention is focused squarely on Chapter 3, and I am extremely confused. Don't get me wrong, I love Chapter 3, and I'm very proud of it, but it has almost twice as many views as the story's initial chapter, and three times the views of the chapters that come before and after it.

    You'd think that there'd be something in the comments section that would explain this spike, but there haven't been any changes at all since I last remember. Clicking on the statistics tab shows nothing either, so if somebody influential in the brony community linked to that chapter, it wasn't from outside of FimFiction.net, but if it was on FimFiction, I'd think one of my readers would have let me know...

    Seriously, does anyone have any idea what's going on here?

    *To those of you who haven't read the story yet, Pandelirium's chapters are numbered in reverse order.

    12 comments · 301 views
  • 2w, 1d
    Prereader Conversation: Human Exploitation

    While working on the next chapter of Flash Fog:

    me 9:04 PM

    It's certainly something to think about.

    On a related note, I need to watch the Equestria Girls movies eventually.

    Cal Iaponia 9:04 PM

    maybe [REDACTED]

    ditto

    me 9:04 PM

    If only because it turned out that both Lyra and Bon-Bon turned out to be right about [humans].

    Cal Iaponia 9:04 PM

    hoping someone puts up a good rip soon

    me 9:05 PM

    They are  very susceptible to magic, and they would make a formidable army for the invasion of Equestria.

    Cal Iaponia 9:05 PM

    we're also very good at exploiting things

    me 9:06 PM

    Basically, the first movie demonstrated that their ideas aren't mutually exclusive.

    Or at least, that's what the summaries seem to indicate.

    Cal Iaponia 9:08 PM

    two sides of the same coin

    probably why [Lyra and Bon-Bon] can still deal with each other

    5 comments · 225 views
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This story is a sequel to Inscape

Penumbra seeks gainful employment. Hilarity ensues.

This is the third story in The Petriculture Cycle. The TV Tropes entry can be found here.

Artwork by Page Turner.

First Published
7th Dec 2012
Last Modified
7th Dec 2012
#1 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

It is so good to see this up. So so good.

#2 · 97w, 3d ago · 4 · · IX. Avocation ·

Will read after I finish the last 2 updates of Blue Angel. All 27K...

#3 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

DIS IS GOOD

I LIKE THIS

#4 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Four views and ten thumbs up...seems legit. Anyways, DIS GONNA BE GOOD!!!

#5 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

I loved it. :twilightsmile: I would like to see another story following up to this, maybe not in letter form but perhaps just a slice of life day to day thing?

#6 · 97w, 3d ago · 8 · · IV. Preening Technician ·

Dammit Derpy. She didn't mean YOUR 'lil muffin.

#7 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Haha, you really made a Cloud Nine reference? You sir, are full of win! :pinkiehappy:

Loved the story, and it was the perfect length for something like this. Keep it up! :twilightsmile:

#8 · 97w, 3d ago · 2 · · IX. Avocation ·

Telling a big story with few words is very difficult. You've made something really remarkable, here.

#9 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Another story in the series......HEAD EXPLODES FROM JOY :pinkiegasp: :pinkiehappy:

#10 · 97w, 3d ago · 1 · · V. Weatherpony ·

You know, "flank" as "butt" has bothered me for a long time. But I never thought of attributing it as modern Equestrian language butchery. That is clever.

Although, since I'm anal retentively technical, I think dock reffers to the part of the back adjacent to the base of the tail (above the cutie marks). While the backs of the hind legs, past the cutie marks, would be the rump.

A good rule of thumb I use is when they're sitting down, what you see is the dock, what you can't see is the rump.

#11 · 97w, 3d ago · 6 · · V. Weatherpony ·

>>1754417 - True, but "rump" doesn't sound very dignified.

#13 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

>>1754227

Keep in mind that around 6 of us have already read it.

>>1754469

Hmm, but "dock" as rump is quite the sordid euphemism, no?

#14 · 97w, 3d ago · · · VI. Personal Assistant ·

I had been working with the mayor’s personal assistant for nearly a week

This reads a little funny, maybe needs to be as?

#15 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

I just finished and I have to say I really enjoyed it:pinkiehappy:

#16 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

I like it, that was a great final employment solution.

#17 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Well done. Each letter was well written, and they all flowed together in the way (it seemed) you intended them to.

Did you actually just put this up today? Because I hadn't seen or heard anything about it until just a few minutes ago...

#18 · 97w, 3d ago · 2 · · VII. Barrister ·

Ah, the joys of customer service. :rainbowlaugh:

#19 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

>>1754860 - Yep. I had intended for all of them to be posted at once.

#20 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

She seems to be acclimating well.

#21 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

>>1754919

Is this... *GASP*

The end of the series?!?

#22 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

It's nice to see a continuation of this series, and I think you did a pretty good job with it.

#23 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

>>1754952 - Probably not.

#24 · 97w, 3d ago · 6 · · II. Ennui ·

"A co-conspirator, it seems, is better than nopony at all."

:rainbowlaugh:

I lol'd.

#25 · 97w, 3d ago · · · VII. Barrister ·

What does she have against cranberry orange peels? :trollestia:

I love how you/she didn't even bother explaining how it fell apart, just implied massive psychological damage and general mayhem.

#26 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

>>1754628

I'm a horrible person, but....

"I'd weigh anchor at her dock, if ya know what I mean." :trixieshiftleft::trixieshiftright::rainbowwild:

>>1754967

:yay:

#27 · 97w, 3d ago · 2 · · I. Correspondence ·

Nice little start, sets up with an idea of what the situation is and just a hint of how this story is going to go.  It's also nice to see some of Penumbra's thought process here.

#28 · 97w, 3d ago · 5 · · V. Weatherpony ·

>>1754469

I don't think dignity comes included in catcalls, but I'd understand you not wanting to attribute that towards ponies.

#29 · 97w, 3d ago · · · III. Assistant Pastry Chef ·

Very nice.  This letter format offers for some hilarious opportunities and you don't fail to make use of that and I like how Penumbra feels.  She definitely seems like the character that you've developed given your cannon of her.  

#30 · 97w, 3d ago · 7 · · IV. Preening Technician ·

You've taken this great opportunity to make some great commentary on the bronies, and this is no exception, actually this is the highlight.  You're creation of all of the 'traditional' Derpy hooves fannon was perfect and you hit on all the right notes.  Plus the little head cannon about wing preeny is actually pretty cool, and I might just have to steal that.

#31 · 97w, 3d ago · · · I. Correspondence ·

Arrivederci! I Sketchy Markks has arrived!

Another petriculture? I can't  wait to see what you have contrived.

Hey, Regidar! in first I have survived!

Erm, maybe it's actually the Author's first... if we believe what's advetised.

#32 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Nice! :pinkiehappy:

#33 · 97w, 3d ago · · · V. Weatherpony ·

We are bronies, we make our own rules, whether its the idea that we can like a show targeted for little girls or calling the completely wrong end of a pony a flank.  Of course the humor is greatly appreciated at the strangeness of some of our terms.

#34 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Will have to get around to reading this.

#35 · 97w, 3d ago · 2 · · VI. Personal Assistant ·

Nice... this was good this idea of making Mayor Mare actually attuned to her cutie mark is not something seen very often (as she had Twilight Organize Winter Wrap up and Her ridiculous outfit in Luna Eclipsed).  You really gave Mayor Mare a feel that I've never seen or thought about before and I really enjoyed it.  Thanks.

#36 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Fluffy and fun! I like it. The letter format makes me feel like this correspondence would be great chapter openers for the "real" story, like Ender's Game.

#37 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

The story was well played out and the letter style was unique and provided you a way to poke a lot of fun at a lot of different things.  You had a well developed world and interesting characterization. I've found myself entranced and I loved the whole story.  

Honestly, the only reason I'm not scoring this higher is because of it's style.  It was a nice simple short enjoyable read.  I'd compare this to Portal, and amazing short game that you fall in love with, but because of what it is I don't enjoy it as much as an expertly crafted RPG.

Thus I give this and 8/10 (with 5 being average and not 7).  I'm definitely looking forward to the next story in this series.  

I am curious, are you gonna try and do anything about how badly your story got broken by the Trixie episode? Or are you just gonna leave it as it is?

#38 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Short and sweet and highly enjoyable.  Nice work!

>>1754967

Awesome!

#39 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Huzzah! I can now refer to this as 'The Petriculture Trilogy'!

#40 · 97w, 3d ago · 3 · · IV. Preening Technician ·

"unless you are aware of a career where ruthlessness and a tendency towards megalomania are considered desirable traits."

The Spanish Inquisition?

And poor Penumbra, she might want to consider relocating before a mob of anger Bronies appears at Sugarcube Corner due to her incident with Derpy. :pinkiehappy:

#41 · 97w, 3d ago · · · VII. Barrister ·

Somehow when I read about the barrister position at the end of the last chapter I just knew it was going to turn out to be something like this instead. :rainbowlaugh:

And I love the fact that this chapter is short and to the point.

#42 · 97w, 3d ago · 9 · · IV. Preening Technician ·

>>1755433

NOPONY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!

#43 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

This was a great little series and a nice addition to your two previous stories to this little corner of the MLP fanverse.

Having the entire story done through Penumbra's letters gave it an interesting point of view. I really like the character you've created here and I would love to see more of her in the future.

#44 · 97w, 3d ago · 14 · · III. Assistant Pastry Chef ·

it is apparently not considered a sound business practice to leave one’s customers cowering underneath a table in a pool of their own tears.

Though I've often wished it was:flutterrage:

#45 · 97w, 3d ago · · · V. Weatherpony ·

>>1754469 Haunch would work in that context, I think

#46 · 97w, 3d ago · 25 · · VII. Barrister ·

Scones are just the waste product of a cake-fusion reactor, anyway.

#47 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Another great story. I'm kinda sad to not actually "see" these events happen like with a normal story structure, but this was amusing to read and gave a nice accounting of Penumbra's misadventures. I admit to having some sympathy towards her, as she has some of my own flaws: an inability to understand the STUPID various people who make questionable decisions.

Ah well, good story. Hope to see more about what happens in the Petriculture-verse. :pinkiehappy:

#48 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

I'm sure you knew this would be coming by this point.

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/t/fz9i7.jpg

(I suppose I don't have to tell you to click for big by now.)

#49 · 97w, 3d ago · 1 · · V. Weatherpony ·

>>1754469

I find "badonk" to be quite culturally-inclined.

#50 · 97w, 3d ago · · · IX. Avocation ·

Excellent story.

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