Kwakerjak

Joined March 2012
1,503 followers
105,906 story views
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A thirtysomething Brony from Pennsylvania with a library degree.

Stories

  • Flash FogFluttershy must deal with an unusually thick fog as it approaches Ponyville.103,039 words ·12,609 views ·1,460 likes ·28 dislikes
  • ApexA new predator arrives in the fire geyser swamp, challenging the dominance of the chimera.5,712 words ·819 views ·131 likes ·1 dislikes
  • PandeliriumCelestia 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 ·5,409 views ·774 likes ·13 dislikes
  • πTrixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)13,511 words ·5,615 views ·840 likes ·11 dislikes
  • The Final Accusation: A Legal Comedy A dozen years after ascending to become an alicorn, Applejack rules on the case of Tiara v. FlimFlam21,338 words ·2,340 views ·339 likes ·6 dislikes
  • AvocationPenumbra seeks gainful employment.4,557 words ·6,593 views ·1,179 likes ·15 dislikes
  • InscapeWhen Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her.29,301 words ·18,455 views ·2,140 likes ·28 dislikes
  • 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 ·3,189 views ·326 likes ·4 dislikes
  • Wild, Sweet & CoolRainbow Dash wants to add strength training to her regimen by having Twilight Sparkle ride her.34,747 words ·14,335 views ·1,587 likes ·24 dislikes
  • PetricultureTwilight tries to figure out how rock farming works.6,716 words ·36,542 views ·2,695 likes ·38 dislikes

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 · 36,542 views · 2,695 likes · 38 dislikes
  • Inscape When Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her. by Kwakerjak 29,301 words · 18,455 views · 2,140 likes · 28 dislikes
  • Avocation Penumbra seeks gainful employment. by Kwakerjak 4,557 words · 6,593 views · 1,179 likes · 15 dislikes
  • π Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.) by Kwakerjak 13,511 words · 5,615 views · 840 likes · 11 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 77,413 words · 5,409 views · 774 likes · 13 dislikes
Jul
27th
2014

"Padding" · 8:56pm

I'm very sorry that some of my readers are disappointed in what they refer to as "padding" that needlessly lengthens Flash Fog. However, I stand by my conviction that it is not "padding" at all. The twists and turns and such are there to make the story more interesting. If I hadn't written them, the story would be just as long, but it would also be intensely boring as I described how everything goes according to plan until I pay off the Crusaders' subplot. Plus, I guarantee that the same folks complaining now would be just as vocal in their complaints if I'd gone with my original plan to maintain narrative tension by not revealing Fluttershy's secret until the epilogue.

Really, what irks me is the fact that people are claiming it's gratuitous. If Flash Fog was a half-hour long episode of the show, it probably would be. But I set out to write a story, set over a relatively brief period of time, that goes into great detail about how dozens of characters are affected by a disaster and the effort to mitigate it, and I'm sticking to that aesthetic until the very end.

And ironically, all these complaints came in right as the subplot in question neared its end.

Kwakerjak · 191 views · Edited 1d, 2h ago · Report · Story: Flash Fog
Jun
12th
2014

I realize this is a bit out of nowhere, but a while back, I was signing up for something, and I was offered a slew of security questions in case I forgot my password. One option was something along the lines of "What is your favorite movie?" I thought to myself, "That's way too general--there are so many movies I like, that I can't pick just one."

Now, I understand perfectly well that you'd want a question like that to be general, to make it more difficult for a stranger to guess, but it started me thinking about more specific questions about my personal taste that I could answer with more certainty. What follows are the questions I came up with, followed by my (genuine) answers.

What is your favorite...

... Harry Potter novel?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

... Final Fantasy game?

Final Fantasy XII.

... Radiohead song?

"Electioneering."

... episode of Cowboy Bebop?

"Toys In The Attic."

... Lord of the Rings movie?

Trick question: It's only one movie, split into three parts.

... ice cream topping?

Hot fudge.

... player on the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies?

Jamie Moyer.

... question from this list?

I'm gonna have to go with the Lord of the Rings one. The joke was kind of predictable, but it made me smile while writing it.

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Comments

#1278924 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

eating words from a book! :pinkiehappy:

#1235505 · 4w, 5d 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.

#1235413 · 4w, 5d 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?

#1195040 · 7w, 6d 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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