Joined March 2012
100,152 story views
8h, 43m ago

A thirtysomething Brony from Pennsylvania with a library degree.


  • PetricultureTwilight tries to figure out how rock farming works.6,716 words ·35,253 views ·2,601 likes ·38 dislikes
  • InscapeWhen Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her.29,329 words ·17,851 views ·2,073 likes ·29 dislikes
  • Wild, Sweet & CoolRainbow Dash wants to add strength training to her regimen by having Twilight Sparkle ride her.34,743 words ·13,838 views ·1,556 likes ·24 dislikes
  • Flash FogFluttershy must deal with an unusually thick fog as it approaches Ponyville.89,808 words ·11,568 views ·1,375 likes ·24 dislikes
  • AvocationPenumbra seeks gainful employment.4,569 words ·6,253 views ·1,128 likes ·15 dislikes
  • πTrixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle. ("Magic Duel" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)13,511 words ·5,259 views ·795 likes ·11 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 ·4,991 views ·720 likes ·13 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 ·2,986 views ·308 likes ·4 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 ·2,153 views ·324 likes ·6 dislikes


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.


The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Mercury trilogy by Robert Kroese

The plays of William Shakespeare


Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

The Genesis of Science by James Hallam


Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy

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

Video Games

Persona 4


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 · 35,253 views · 2,601 likes · 38 dislikes
  • Inscape When Twilight is taken by the Nightmare, it's up to Pinkie Pie to rescue her. by Kwakerjak 29,329 words · 17,851 views · 2,073 likes · 29 dislikes
  • Avocation Penumbra seeks gainful employment. by Kwakerjak 4,569 words · 6,253 views · 1,128 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 · 5,259 views · 795 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 · 4,991 views · 720 likes · 13 dislikes

Infinite Jukebox · 6:41pm

If you haven't heard about the Infinite Jukebox yet, you're going to be thanking me for telling you about it. Basically, it's a webtoy that uses musical analyses software and fancy-shmancy algorithms and to make extended versions of any song that will literally go on forever if you allow it to. This is totally fun and awesome, and companies everywhere should use it to replace the hold music for their tech support with stuff that doesn't suck. Seriously, I spent twenty minutes listening to the "Na, Na Na, Nana Na Na" section of "Hey Jude." (Press space start/stop, press "H" if you want the program to stop looping and move on to the end, and don't open any new tabs, or it'll stop automatically.)

Naturally, folks have already uploaded some songs from the show (though the ones I've listened to so far don't seem to loop all that smoothly).

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"You're not me!" · 1:34am

As you may have noticed, quite a few people like my writing. Not surprisingly, I occasionally get PMs asking me for writing advice. I generally try to respond as best I can, hopefully with something a bit more substantial than the standard Writing Tip cliches (get a prereader/editor, read, make sure you have an ending before you begin, etc.), and if they have some work posted on FIMFiction already, I'll take a look and try to give helpful feedback, but I've never really had a fresh idea to present before... until now, that is.

You see, I recently started playing Persona 4 again. This was the game I was playing when I wrote Petriculture, so I thought it might put me in a good frame of mind to write the finale. Two things became apparent rather quickly: first, I'd forgotten to list the game as an influence on my user page (this has since been rectified), and second, this game inspired one of the best writing exercises I've ever come up with.

A bit of background, first. For those of you who are allergic to anime hair, Persona 4 is essentially a mix between an old-school, menu-based JRPG and a visual novel/dating simulation game. The hero is a teenager (because this is a JRPG) who must enter a parallel universe inside of a television with his friends in order to do battle with physical manifestations of humanity's collective neuroses called "Shadows" (again, this is a JRPG). Blah blah, Jungian psychology, tarot motifs, murder, etc.

For our purposes, though, the most important part is how new party members are gained. Basically, at several points throughout the game, characters are confronted with a Shadow who looks just like them, exhibiting some aspect of their personality that they would very much like to keep secret, to the point where they will flatly deny anything the Shadow says is true, usually because the current party is present to witness the exchange.* Once the character says the magic Arc Words "You're not me!" (exclamation point included), a boss fight commences, and the player crosses his or her fingers and hopes the party has leveled up to the point where they won't be completely slaughtered.

The "writing exercise" I came up with is a result of an abandoned attempt to write a crossover between Persona and MLP. (It was abandoned because rather than a straightforward "Human In Equestria" style crossover, I wanted to write a completely original story that used the conventions and plot elements found in the Persona series that was set in Equestria, and it soon became apparent that the story I wanted to write was just too damn complicated and I'd almost certainly burn out before I finished.) In the prewriting stages, though, I often found myself writing "You're not me!" scenes for various characters, and I often found that imagining the aspects of different characters' personalities that they'd hide from themselves was very stimulating (except for Luna, because it was already obvious to me that Nightmare Moon filled that role perfectly). Even though the story itself was abandoned, the "You're not me!" scenes still gave me lots of ideas for potential internal conflicts, not to mention some interesting lines of dialogue that could be adapted to other situations. For example, this had a big influence on the story I actually did end up writing, Inscape, because I came up with the notion that deep down, Twilight Sparkle knows that she's smarter than Celestia, and that opened up the possibility that she might do a better job of ruling Equestria, which is what gave the Nightmare a foothold in her consciousness and basically started the plot.

So, basically, if you want to get inside a character's head, try writing a "You're not me!" scene. The results will probably be very interesting, and besides that, it's fun.

* If you've never played P4, this description probably isn't enough to give you a good idea of what I mean. Fortunately, there are plenty of LPs on YouTube, so I can just show you an example:

Kwakerjak · 379 views · Edited 17w, 5d ago · Report · Story: Inscape


#1062161 · 4w, 6d ago · · ·

Really enjoyed the entire Petriculture cycle. Keep up the good work and drop me a line anytime.

#976819 · 11w, 3d ago · · ·

>>975930 lol yea its on east main street

#975930 · 11w, 3d ago · · ·

>>956764 - Wait, Good's is from around here? No wonder Weaver's can afford to always have their tortilla chips on sale.

#956764 · 12w, 6d ago · · ·

Hey dude I read you were from Adamstown thats awesome I used to live across from the goods chip factory :D

#879169 · 19w, 6h ago · · ·

>>879128 OK, thanks for clarifying. :pinkiehappy:

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