• E Thweet Geniuth

    Twist has won the right to compete in the most illustrious candy making competition in Equestria. But her friend Quizzical Greystone has discovered something fishy happening behind the scenes. The sequel to "Quizzical."  · JMac
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  • E Quizzical Greystone And The Basements Of Doom

    A famous naturalist takes Cheerilee's class on a field trip into the Everfree Forest. This promises adventure, excitement, and other things Quiz really hates.  · JMac
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  • E Adventures In Cake Sitting

    Quizzical Greystone finds herself foal sitting the Cake twins. This is not the worst thing that happens to Quiz this evening.  · JMac
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  • E "They're Not Touching You!"

    Quizzical Greystone tells her first campfire ghost story.  · JMac
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  • E A Little Fixer-Upper

    To prepare a friend to face her greatest challenge, the Cutie Mark Crusaders put her through a training montage stew that might just kill her.  · JMac
    4,874 words · 795 views  ·  100  ·  0  · 
  • E Pen And Paper Hearts

    Quizzical Greystone is about to have her first Hearts And Hooves Day in Ponyville. She takes copious notes. Not a Quiz shipfic (probably).  · JMac
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  • E The Poetry Of The Layers

    Maud Pie meets a young filly who reminds her of herself.  · JMac
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  • 2w, 6d
    I Like Horror Because It's Funny

    The title of this blog is not a joke.  What I enjoy about horror the most is it's incredible possibilities for humor.  Consider, a big part of humor is incongruity, and there is usually something very incongruous at the heart of a horror story.  The heroes of a horror story find themselves in a situation that is just plain impossible, and have to resolve what they know can't happen with what they can clearly see is actually happening.  If you can't find the humorous possibilities in this you can't write comedy.

    What's the difference between the twist ending of a horror story and the punchline of a joke?  No, seriously, what's the difference?  I don't know, though it seems to just be in the context.  Looking at it like that, the classic Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Mankind" ends with one of the best punchlines ever written.  The New Twilight Zone "A Small Talent For War" might be even better.

    This time of year I start thinking about ghost stories, and I've just written one.  It's a tribute to one of the funniest stories I have ever read, Steven King's "Battleground."  "Battleground" is not a comedy, it is very much a work of horror.  It is also hilarious.

    My story is A Little Game Of War.  I think I put enough of myself into the story to call it a tribute and not a rip off.  If it is a rip off, it is done with love.  Read the original (you must!) and compare King's 'slip of paper under the door' scene with the way I riff on the same scene.  Love.  Much better than the scene was treated in the made for TV version, where it was butchered.

    My biggest regret about writing "A Little Game Of War"?  I wish I'd made it funnier.

    Now that I have my horror story of the year out of the way I can concentrate on what I really love about the Nightmare Night/Halloween season, namely how very cute the holiday is.  More Quizzical stories coming soon..

    5 comments · 99 views
  • 5w, 2d
    It Is Done

    Yeah, I did it.

    JMac and the Ice Fall of Doom.

    A few notes.  I had reported that each of the 11 scoops of ice weighed half a pound, I have been corrected.  The true measure is closer to four pounds.  I did indeed need a second bucket.  There was considerably more ice than water, though enough water that I escaped without a concussion.  

    I allowed myself a cigarette, no one was nice enough to offer me a blindfold.  

    It was very cold.

    14 comments · 147 views
  • 6w, 1d
    Ice Bucket Challenge - Amended

    I wanted to put off the Challenge until October, but we need to winterize and do annual maintenance on my ice maker soon.  So it's been moved up to this Saturday, September 13.  The current score is 10 scoops of ice (more than enough to give me a concussion).  I'm going to need another bucket.

    0 comments · 35 views
  • 6w, 6d
    Ice Bucket Challenge - But I Got Terms!!!

    I've been nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge  link.  Unfortunately, I must decline due to events at work.  I had made my employees a deal; if they could meet a simple goal then I would do the Challenge.  It was a modest thing, all they really had to do was... well... their jobs.  The fail was epic.   I would frankly prefer a bucket of ice water over my head to that really, really awful day at work.  But a deal is a deal.  They failed, I don't have to do the Challenge.  It would be wrong to turn around and do it anyway.

    Quizzical Greystone: JMac, might I courteously interrupt here?

    Quiz?  What do you want?

    QG: It is just that, as I have nothing to do with your work commitments, and in fact no one who works for you ever reads anything you write, I believe I could honorably accept the Challenge on your behalf.

    But, Quiz, you're fictional.  

    QG: That is true.  To accept the Challenge I would need a real-world proxy.  As my creator, you are the obvious choice.

    That's stunningly convoluted, Quiz.

    QG: I am willing to endure ridiculous amounts of convoluted logic to see you with ice water over your head, JMac.

    I love you,too, Quiz.

    QG:I know, though it confuses me.  Oh, and it is possible to, um, what is the term?  Sweeten the deal?

    Oh, this is intriguing.  What's your action, Quiz?

    QG:Please do not call it action.  However, my fan site could use a boost.  Offer add an additional dollar to the donation to the ALS Association, and an additional scoop of ice, for every new member of the site.

    Additional Scoops?  That scooper came with our commercial ice maker!  It holds half a pound of ice!

    QG: Oh,yes.  But you would have nothing to worry about.  The ice bin holds 100 pounds.  At any rate, the Challenge has been criticized for being all about self promotion.  You would be on that band wagon.  On the other hoof, the Challenge has also been criticized for not being truly about charity, and you would counter this by translating promotion directly into charity.  You would simultaneously be following a trend and countering an impression that is negative.  It will all be positive.

    Again, that is really convoluted, Quiz.

    QG: Agreed.  I could not come to such reasoning on my own, but Miss Pinkie has been coaching me.  It is quite ridiculous, but the results are surprisingly compelling.

    Have you really just talked me into having a commercial bin of ice dumped over my head, and sending a dollar a member on expanding your fan group?

    QG:I certainly hope I just did, yes.

    Fine.  But I'll get you for this.  If you think you're miserable in "Basements of Doom" just you wait for the Nightmare Night adventure we start this October.

    QG: Oh, dear.

    So, I guess I'm taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.  It will be October 2, with extra scoops of ice for every new fan Quiz gets.  link

    You can suppliment my donation here The ALS Association.

    7 comments · 158 views
  • 12w, 6d
    Prequel to Quizzical

    I've just published "I'll Take That One" which is the 'When Luna Met Quiz' story that would have been the prologue to Quizzical, if I'd written a prologue.

    Some of you may not be rejoicing, because you were hoping for chapter 10 of Basements of Doom instead.  Please allow me to try and set your minds at ease.  First, a word about what went wrong with Basements.  There were two things, really.  My first problem was not knowing what was going to happen in the middle of the tale.  I could see the end very clearly, and a few of the individual scenes (eg. I knew Quiz would be asked to swing on a vine over a crocodile filled stream, and that she would not be happy about it) but I couldn't see enough to actually write the middle.  That is no longer the case (mostly).

    My second problem was I kept being distracted by ideas that captured my imagination and that I wanted to write more than Basements (eg. Adventures In Cake Sitting).  I also encountered a lot of contests with writing prompts that inspired me (eg. Friendly Spirit, Stand Ready).  I found a lot to do instead of Basements.

    My current plan is to alternate between chapters of Basements and projects that distract me.  This way I'll get the distractions out of my system, and some of the many, many projects on my ToDo list cleared, and I'll still make progress on Basements of Doom.

    Even as I write I have a notebook in my lap, with the outline for chapter 10.  It's going to be a little late - I only have one day off left between now and Bronycon.  But it's coming, and you won't have to wait until next August for it.

    For now, please enjoy "I'll Take That One"

    4 comments · 90 views
  • ...

Quizzical Greystone has just come to Ponyville as an assistant in Friendship Research.  Such a socially inept filly might not be the best pony for the job.  But this just might be the job she  needs.  If you can't make friends in Ponyville can you make friends anywhere?

First Published
7th Dec 2012
Last Modified
9th Dec 2012
#1 · 97w, 4d ago · 3 · 4 · Something Awesome ·

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

#3 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · 5 · Something Awesome ·

:rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss:>>1757850 Testicles.

#4 · 97w, 4d ago · · 7 · Something Awesome ·

>>1757945 One day, I will find you and ram those smiling Dashies so far up your arsehole you'll be tasting the rainbow.

#5 · 97w, 4d ago · · 4 · Something Awesome ·

>>1757948 Can't wait.:trollestia::trollestia::trollestia:

#6 · 97w, 4d ago · 8 · · Something Awesome ·

*sigh* The comment section of my little SFW Young Adult fiction story is filling up with testicle jokes.  I shall pout now.

#7 · 97w, 4d ago · 2 · · Something Awesome ·

>>1757979  Sorry about that.  I've got to remember to write a comment before posting something epicdonus1123 will see.

My review, courtesy of the Orient Express Explorers.  (You can add this story to the group if one more member reviews it.)

Sweet, pathetic, humorous, well-written.

Imagine a pony with Twilight's intellect and Fluttershy's self-confidence.  JMac didn't do it that way--Quizzical doesn't remind me of Fluttershy at any point, and though I thought at first that he was trying to out-Twilight Twilight, she isn't very much like Twilight either.  Quizzical is not powerful and doesn't have a grand destiny.  She's just very, very smart, and certain that no one could possibly be interested in anything she says or does.  Twilight would feel hurt if somepony laughed at her.  Quizzical just assumes that's the way things are and always will be.

Not that it's a sad story.  It begins pathetically, but pretty soon Quizzical makes friends with the CMC, who try to teach her that she's worthwhile.  Then... other things happen.

I have only two criticisms of the story.  One is that around chapter 7, it suddenly turns from a coming-of-age character study to an adventure story.  That's not bad, but it happens a little abruptly.  The other is that chapter 1 shows you how boring Quizzical thinks she is, and that's a tough way to write a hook.  But stick with this one.  It's an expertly written story about a vividly-imagined character.  It reminds me a little of the King of Carrot Flowers--the protagonist is terribly alone, and has crumpled all her emotions into a little black ball and shoved it far back into her mind, leaving her with a passionless, unemotional exterior, and the pathos is in what isn't shown--that she doesn't flinch or even change expression when slapped.  There's no sudden epiphany in this story, no dramatic transformation from caterpillar into butterfly.  She's still shy and withdrawn at the end of the story.  But not as much.

Disclaimer:  JMac is a real-life friend.  But if you know me, you know I don't go easy on my friends' stories.  It's just good.  And the sequel is possibly even better.

#8 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · A Drab Little Pony ·

How in the....   Why does she...  Amazing, just amazing.  You managed to take the absolutely most boring character that ever existed in Equestria, who's special talent is a chalkboard, and who's study focus are dirt and counting dirt, and turn them into a character that is just fascinating.  (edited)

To the Feature Box with thee!  Let thy creation bask in the warm adoration of uncounted thousands, and let the cries of 'mor! mor!' be heard ringing throughout the land!

Very much deserves a spot on Orient Express Explorers   I'm headed over there to give it a nudge.

#9 · 97w, 4d ago · · · A Drab Little Pony ·

I've only read one chapter so far, and for that I apologize, but I must write my own story right now. I have hammered the 'like' button with vim and vigor, however, and have even preemptively added the story to my favorites to make sure it doesn't get lost in my Read Later queue. I haven't read enough for a proper review, but let me just say, regarding chapter one, bravo. I look forward to reading the rest.

#10 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·


Just one thing, this is really nit-picky of me, but I see this situation a lot. In the sentence:

Jmac is a RL friend.

Technically it is correct, but it reads awkwardly in the mind. There are two schools of thought on this, but the concept of a/an based on phonetics of the acronym is considered the more popular, and in my opinion superior, choice. So RL, which begins with an R, rather than a vowel, has the sound "ar" thus an is the more fluid term.

More details here:

Department of Syntax National Socialists,


#11 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

>>1758344  You're right.  I did that because I pronounce "Real Life" in my head when I see RL.

Five minutes later Pinkie came back for Quiz.  “You were supposed to come and find me,” scolded Pinkie.

                   “You were behind the umbrella stand by the front door,” said Quiz.

:pinkiegasp:Young Quiz has some surprising talents.:pinkiehappy:

#13 · 97w, 4d ago · 2 · · Something Awesome ·

So, having treated myself to a single chapter, I opened up Scrivener and got back to work...only to alt-tab back and go to chapter two. Just so you know, I'm blaming you and you alone on my story being late. :pinkiecrazy:

A few comments, as I read it.

“Oh, it’s easy, Silly,” said Pinkie.  “See Twilight over there?  Just do what she does.”

                   “That is dancing?”

                   “Nope.   No, not at all.  Almost the exact opposite, really.  But who cares?  Twilight is having a lot of fun.”


A very dry and snarky Pinkie here, I see. And goes so well with Quizzical who is much drier and may be snarky. She has that Captain Carrot quality that makes you wonder how much of it is genuine and how much is a put-on.

“Way to go, Quiz!” shouted Scootaloo, who was immediately joined by the rest of the Crusaders.  Then the whole room cheered.

Quiz tried to make herself as small as possible.

Like a punch to the gut, that line. Oh, dear thing, what on Earth was done to you?

“A hand mirror?” asked Quiz.  “How did you know I did not have a mirror, Miss Rarity?”

         “It was an inspired guess, my Dear,”


Reading this, it occurs to me that Quizzical isn't, even a little bit, boring. So the question becomes, how did she come to believe so firmly that she is? She isn't a monomaniac, either. She expresses a healthy interest in other things, if understated as is her way. And the way she treats, say, Spike and the notion of him doing anything for her is a little bit terrifying. It's like she was taught to make herself as small and as invisible as possible.

Am I missing an eye brow?

Oh, you. :twilightsmile:

I should think Quizzical is more the Hyneman type, though. Just get a beret from Rarity and get Twilight's Trick #25 to acquire a walrus mustache and you are all set.

#14 · 97w, 4d ago · 2 · · A Drab Little Pony ·

I just apply a little power…and point.
I see what you did there.

#15 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

Well, I read this story after GhostOfHeraclitus's suggestion in his blog. It is interesting, though suffers from some descriptive (you tend to gloss over the more interesting events and reactions) problems, making the story come across flat a little. Still, it seems good. :twilightsmile: Keep going.

#16 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · A Drab Little Pony ·

Wonderful. Greystone sounds exceedingly boring and droll, but a great opportunity for conflict. You did well having us pity her without making it blunt. I'll have to continue this later. To the Favorites, so I don't lose you.

#17 · 97w, 4d ago · 2 · · A Drab Little Pony ·

Off to the faves you go! Amazing character. I wish to punch anyone who is mean to her.

#18 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · A Drab Little Pony ·

Poor Quiz.  She reminds me of, well, me.  And actually, I overuse the word "actually" more than anypony I know, so this fits even better than you think it does.

Duly faved.

#19 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

Well I read this after Georg's suggestion. Loving it.

#20 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Harmonics ·

“I appreciate that, Miss Twilight.  And I feel very safe in your hands.”

#21 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

Eye brows grow back, after all.
No zey don't. :ajsleepy:


Rewrite the sentence! "Jmac is a friend IRL."

#22 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

>>1759771 Shaved eyebrows don't, but singed ones come back gnarly and bushy.  You may trust me on this.

#23 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

Well, congrats, your story just got featured!

I would say "see what good friends get you" but on second thought, that sounds like an insult, so... just congrats? (Really though, the story does deserve it despite a few of its flaws, I have seen far more flawed and even horrible fics get featured...)

#24 · 97w, 4d ago · 2 · · A Drab Little Pony ·


I think I like this.

Normally I would see an OC who had enormous talent, but crippling low self esteem like this an attempt to compensate for Sue-ish traits with a big flaw, which in turn would just result in, well, a Sue. Quiz here just goes to show, it's not the qualities a character posses, it's the writing, that determines a character's quality. And the writing is looking pretty good. :twilightsmile:

Does that make sense? :rainbowhuh:

#25 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Something Awesome ·

>>1760215 Perfect sense.  Thank you, very much.

#26 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Self Esteem ·

That feeling when you catch up on an entire story, just to have a new chapter come out when you finish. :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

#27 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Diamond Tiara Strikes Back ·

>>1760385 Sorry.  Chapt. eight will be the last uploaded tonight.

#28 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Diamond Tiara Strikes Back ·

>>1760398 Don't apologize! This story is good and it's fun to read. :twilightsmile:

#29 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · Diamond Tiara Strikes Back ·

Normally I'm not a huge fan of OCs, but this is written well enough to win me over.  Awesome piece, looking forward to more.

#30 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Diamond Tiara Strikes Back ·

Congrates on being featured, this story deserves it! :twilightsmile:

#31 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Quiet Pony ·

Thank you.  It was nice of you to welcome my first story here so warmly.  Thank you for the kind words.  I believe if anyone asks me to describe Quiz I may quote Georg ("dirt and counting dirt"  is much better than "numbers and rocks").  The story should be complete tomorrow.

#32 · 97w, 4d ago · · · A Drab Little Pony ·


dirt and counting dirt


Oh wow, that made me laugh. Geology and Mathematics... well done, well done.

#33 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Self Esteem ·

Oh, the soft kitty song is a good one :pinkiehappy:

#34 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Meet The Fillies ·

Quiz and Pinkie Pie; a study in opposites. :pinkiehappy:

#35 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Quiet Pony ·

I dislike OC main characters. I almost immediately skip stories that have them because i know I have a 99% chance of it being pulled off poorly. I misclicked here and happened to glance at the comments. Since they are so adamantly for this story I will give it a shot and hope it is among that 1%.

#36 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Quiet Pony ·

I now believe that the author is tied to a computer with nothing but word processor software and behind him there is a domimatrix holding a whip, yelling "mush, mush, write!". :pinkiegasp:

Or that he has a cache. But I like my theory better.:pinkiehappy:

#37 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Quiet Pony ·

>>1759973  And now we know you are one of those rare, spiritual bronies who don't check "Show mature".  If you check it, Quizzical is no longer in the featured box.  That Quizzical has been in the "no mature stories" featured box for hours and only gotten 155 views--and a lot of those views came here from blog posts by me, GhostOfHeraclitus, and Georg--shows how few readers on this site don't check "Show mature".  Maybe 1 in 10?

#38 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · Quiet Pony ·


It's 64 thumbs up to 0 thumbs down. I think it counts as the 1%.

#39 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Quiet Pony ·

The rescue had better be epic.

#40 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Self Esteem ·

soft kitty?! What? That's only for when you're sick!:pinkiesick:

#41 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · Quiet Pony ·

This is very good.

#42 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Self Esteem ·

Hmm. Quiz would probably be good at some geographical surveying.

#43 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · Self Esteem ·

...Soft kitty? ...I use to sing that to my significant other when she asked me to... :pinkiesad2: A lot of feels there in that song... a lot of feels.

#44 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Meet The Fillies ·

I read all her lines in a crystal pony voice. Turns out this is adorable.

#45 · 97w, 4d ago · 1 · · A Drab Little Pony ·

Poor quiz!  I read the first section and almost cried.  I know several accountants,engineers, and a lab tech who remind me of her... :fluttercry:

I'm so glad she gets a chance to escape emplurgatory.

Note: dimond, i will burn you.

This chapter makes me think of this:

#47 · 97w, 4d ago · · · Meet The Fillies ·


I was borrowing ben stien

You think, oh thats silly, but it ends up like two best sisters play... You know it just kind of fits?

#50 · 97w, 4d ago · · · What's A Pony Worth? ·

Well, that's not a nice place to end this.  But you've your hooks in me now.  

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