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Kwakerjak


A thirtysomething Brony from Pennsylvania with a library degree.


Stories

  • T On the Courtship Behavior of Swamp-Dwelling Chimeras

    Spike somehow ends up on a blind date with the chimera from the fire geyser swamp -- or to be more specific, with its tail.  · Kwakerjak
    6,287 words · 3,542 views  ·  495  ·  7
  • E Flash Fog

    Fluttershy must deal with an unusually thick fog as it approaches Ponyville.  · Kwakerjak
    127,920 words · 14,992 views  ·  1,694  ·  33
  • T Apex

    A new predator arrives in the fire geyser swamp, challenging the dominance of the chimera.  · Kwakerjak
    5,712 words · 2,080 views  ·  307  ·  3 · gore
  • 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.)  · Kwakerjak
    77,357 words · 13,356 views  ·  855  ·  15
  • E π

    Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)  · Kwakerjak
    13,505 words · 6,439 views  ·  905  ·  13
  • 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  · Kwakerjak
    21,323 words · 2,843 views  ·  377  ·  6
  • E Avocation

    Penumbra seeks gainful employment.  · Kwakerjak
    4,557 words · 7,487 views  ·  1,256  ·  19
  • T Inscape

    When Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her.  · Kwakerjak
    29,281 words · 20,012 views  ·  2,253  ·  32
  • E So, Just What Went Wrong, Anyway?

    Before Applejack's pep rally, Derpy was acting really weird... even for her. This is why.  · Kwakerjak
    5,213 words · 3,527 views  ·  338  ·  6
  • T Wild, Sweet & Cool

    Rainbow Dash wants to add strength training to her regimen by having Twilight Sparkle ride her.  · Kwakerjak
    34,747 words · 15,383 views  ·  1,668  ·  27
  • E Petriculture

    Twilight tries to figure out how rock farming works.  · Kwakerjak
    6,716 words · 39,519 views  ·  2,888  ·  41

Influences

This isn't a list of my favorite things; rather it's an incomplete list of things that have directly influenced my storytelling. If you have any questions about how they've influenced me, feel free to leave a comment in my User Page's comment section.


Fiction

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Mercury trilogy by Robert Kroese

The plays of William Shakespeare

Nonfiction

Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

The Genesis of Science by James Hallam

Movies

Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy

The Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Video Games

Persona 4

Music

School of Seven Bells

The New Radicals

The Stone Roses

The entire subgenre of psychedelic trance.

The Petriculture Cycle

  • Petriculture Twilight tries to figure out how rock farming works. by Kwakerjak 6,716 words · 39,519 views · 2,888 likes · 41 dislikes
  • Inscape When Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her. by Kwakerjak 29,281 words · 20,012 views · 2,253 likes · 32 dislikes
  • Avocation Penumbra seeks gainful employment. by Kwakerjak 4,557 words · 7,487 views · 1,256 likes · 19 dislikes
  • π Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.) by Kwakerjak 13,505 words · 6,439 views · 905 likes · 13 dislikes
  • 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.) by Kwakerjak 77,357 words · 13,356 views · 855 likes · 15 dislikes
Mar
8th
2015

In case you missed it (though that's unlikely if you've been paying attention to these blog posts) I've got an original short story for sale in digital format on Amazon. However, for those of you who are on the fence about making a purchase, I've decided to provide you with the first two paragraphs for your perusal.

O’Malley’s Tavern was quite possibly the most stereotypical Irish pub in Boston, and that was saying something. The wood-paneled walls had been given an unusually dark stain to make the place look slightly dingier than it actually was, and they were punctuated with neon shamrocks and never-used dart boards. Flat-screen televisions hung down from the corners of the ceiling, blaring out the Celtics game as the loudest of the bar’s regulars argued amongst themselves about whether an injured millionaire free agent was ripping off the billionaire who paid his salary. At the counter, someone ordered a black-and-tan, and the bartender, instead of unceremoniously ejecting him from the establishment, dutifully prepared the order without so much as a roll of his eyes. In total, the general ambience added up to a single, cohesive statement, and that statement was: “The people here have no idea how real Irishmen get drunk.”

Lawrence Butler, however, wasn’t here for a simulated cultural experience. He sat in an isolated booth in the corner of the bar furthest from the entrance, occasionally taking a sip from the pint of Guinness he’d ordered solely so that he wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb—O’Malley’s may have been permeated with stereotypes, but that didn’t change the fact that it was only Monday evening. Of course, he would have greatly preferred to conduct his business in some place even more isolated from the public eye, but for a client like Aidan Connolly, one had to be willing to make a few compromises. Besides, it wasn’t too bad: Lawrence had no problem blending in with all the other white, male thirtysomethings who made up the bar’s regular patrons. Besides, he was fairly certain Connolly and his business associates had a “working relationship” with the owners of O’Malley’s, so in all likelihood, any overheard snippets of conversation would be conveniently forgotten if anyone ever started snooping around.

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The Really Good Stuff

  • T Nosflutteratu

    Twilight Sparkle had been looking forward to a quiet, relaxing day with a friend, but when Twilight discovers Fluttershy's appetite for blood, the knowledge proves to be anything but relaxing...  · Charcoal Quill
    14,657 words · 20,279 views  ·  2,071  ·  30
  • E The Moonstone Cup

    Twilight is invited to Canterlot to compete with some of the greatest unicorns in Equestria!  · Cyanide
    61,073 words · 22,813 views  ·  2,453  ·  38
  • E Daring Do and the Secret of the Fourth Wall

    Thrust into the world of her favorite book-series, Rainbow Dash finds herself dragged along for the ride of Daring Do's latest adventure. However, for Rainbow Dash, breaking the fourth wall may very well prove to be a learning experience.  · Ultra-the-HedgeToaster
    35,780 words · 4,642 views  ·  367  ·  3
  • T Sharing the Night

    Twilight becomes alicorn of the stars. This is sort of a problem, because Luna kind of already was alicorn of the stars. Oops!  · Cast-Iron Caryatid
    156,841 words · 32,982 views  ·  3,023  ·  59
  • E Flipside

    A retelling of the first two episodes in an Alt. Universe. Spike is the pony, Twilight the dragon.  · Bed Head
    85,211 words · 8,423 views  ·  838  ·  16
  • T Just passing through

    Humans, sailplanes and cloud cities just don't mix very well.  · Caliaponia
    55,898 words · 13,584 views  ·  1,135  ·  27
  • E The Assumption of Applejack -or- Appletheosis

    Applejack deals with ascension to godhood.  · Blue Print
    34,663 words · 12,944 views  ·  1,346  ·  34
  • E Fluttershy Has Tea With Jesus

    Fluttershy and Jesus drink tea and nothing objectionable happens. Not a trollfic.  · Retsamoreh
    2,556 words · 8,991 views  ·  563  ·  27
Mar
26th
2015

Coming soon... · 12:43am

As of now, I'm about halfway done with my next story. In case you're wondering, it's the follow-up to Courtship Behavior, and the third story in the Chimera trilogy. This time it's the goat's turn.

I don't have a proper synopsis written up yet, so for now, I'll just give you an excessively cryptic hint.

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#68 · 35w, 6d ago · · ·

eating words from a book! :pinkiehappy:

#67 · 39w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1235413 - It's certainly true that it's most evident in The Final Accusation, but other, more subtle influences are seen in Flash Fog. Sowell goes to great length in one chapter to explain that, much like corporations, government bureaucracies are not monolithic entities, but consist of individuals with varying degrees of talent, insight, and ethical standards. Also, government bureaucracies have very different incentives than those in the private sector, which is why their actions often appear irrational to outside observers.

It also taught me quite a bit about how the insurance industry actually works (and what it actually does), which allowed me to come up with a somewhat plausible reason for Caligo to avoid sharing information without depicting them as evil and greedy. For that matter, the idea that a for-profit corporation's actions shouldn't be attributed to greed comes from Basic Economics, too. Sowell goes to great length to demonstrate that he is not expressing a personal opinion in this matter; he notes that even Karl Marx admitted that capitalists can't set prices any higher than the market will allow. As far as mainstream economists are concerned, the idea that some capitalists are motivated by greed is so irrelevant that it's not even worthwhile to waste time disputing it.

Finally, the idea that actions are more important than intentions also comes from Sowell. He was talking about various policy decisions, but the point still stands: ultimately, the results that you achieve are far more important than the results you intend. He was talking about well-intended actions with disastrous consequences, but I decided to create a situation where bad intentions (Fluttershy deciding to cheat on her taxes) led to good consequences (Fluttershy becoming an effective leader), because I have a rather warped sense of humor.

#66 · 39w, 4d ago · · ·

Hey there! Mind if I ask how Basic Economics has influenced your stories? It shines through in The Last Accusation but is there anywhere else where its influence shows?

#65 · 42w, 5d ago · · ·

love your chimera fic heres some stuff you might enjoy

http://johansrobot.deviantart.com/art/The-Tale-of-Madam-Applebloom-439401948

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