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    With the Apple family deep in debt, Big Mac climbs into the ring once again to save the farm. Now all that’s between him and the two-thousand-bit winner’s purse is some unicorn named Blueblood. Things are about to get ugly.  · xjuggernaughtx
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Nov
28th
2014

The Force Awakens · 4:10pm

So the new Star Wars trailer is out.

Looks pretty exciting, but definitely suffers from that "We know you're so excited to see a Movie X sequel that we're not even going to bother to define the movie.  Here are bunch of shots of Movie X-y stuff!" thing that seems common nowadays.  I'm sure later trailers will define it more, but I'm always kind of bothered when editors/producers don't let me know in a vague sense what their movies is about.  It's a little condescending, I feel.

That aside, the shots are looking pretty nice.  Not quite as glossy as Lucas's prequels, and that's a great thing.  For all the money he spent trying to make the CGI seamless, the CGI was not seamless.  It was jarring a lot of the time.  And Jar Jar Binks-y a lot of the time, which was much worse.

People are having a minor conniption fit about the cross pieces on that lightsabers, but whatever.  Yeah, it seems dangerous, but jedi/sith are supposed to be unholy level experts with their weapons and it's a space opera.  The character isn't going to cut his own hand off.

All in all, this trailer does what it expects to, I suppose.  I feel excited about this movie, though annoyed that it's so ambiguous.  That curiosity to know more about it can't be such a bad thing in the eyes of the production team.  I'd have like it more if they'd given me some more detail, but that will come.  We have a year's worth of time.

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A Short Brony Mix I Did A While Back

After getting a bunch of tracks from The Living Tombstone, I decided to make a mix.  I kept it short so that I could throw it up on YouTube.

Sometimes I Draw - Still Working On It

We had more Flim and Flam this season, and Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 seems to be M.A. Larson's favorite episode.  In celebration of seeing him at BABSCon, let's have some Bing Bang Zam!

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#113 · 2w, 5d ago · · ·

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/11/babscon-application-deadline.html#idc-container Snap Crackle Pop BABSCon Panel application deadline is November 26th!

#111 · 2w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1501425 Oh, it's certainly possible.  I've been seen and respected far beyond my wildest dreams here, and I'm not even a great writer.  There are plenty of people that have gotten to be well-known based on putting out great story after great story.  All I'm saying is that it's a much harder path for those people, especially if they weren't here right at the beginning.  I mean, harder than just taking the additional time to write something better. It's harder to even just get people interested.

Look at Pen Stroke. He just released a story that got a little less than 2,000 views and 207 upvotes.  That sounds like a lot, but the guy's got over six thousand followers. If even half of them are still active, that means that not even his all of his followers took a look at that story.  But I'll bet if it had Past Sins somewhere in that title, they sure would have. Then it would have been comfortable territory.  These are people that like his writing, correct?  The new story is dark.  Past Sins is dark. The new story has two popular characters as its stars.  It was released around Halloween, when dark fics are at their most popular.  There's no really good reason why this fic "underperformed", but it seems to have. That's how it looks to me, anyway.

So if Pen Stroke of all people can't get people interested in new material, who can? Or The Descendant with Highball?  If either one of those people had instead written a wacky comedy, a shipfic, or clop, it would have skyrocketed.  But they didn't, and their story didn't, and that outlines the laws that govern this place. Yes, anyone can succeed here with hard work, but like you said, it takes a lot of hard work. More than I think many readers here realize.

#110 · 2w, 6d ago · · ·

>>1501422 I think you can get to where you're seen and respected; it just takes a lot of work. The poster boy for this would be The Descendant.

#109 · 3w, 6m ago · · ·

>>1495852 I think that people are very into concepts here. If the concept amuses them, the actual story doesn't really need to be all that good. It's why Pony Verbs a Noun stories do so well. It's a clear idea, and I think that's enough to get people smiling. I'm going to go ahead and theorize that quite a few of those upvotes they often receive are from people that don't even read the Pony Verbs a Noun story.

It's a microcosm of media as a whole, though. Despite what almost anyone will tell you personally, the average person does not like to be challenged. If it's between some complicated sounding story with heavy tones or a comedic Pony Verbs a Noun, the average reader will take the unchallenging fluff. We can see it in TV, movies, music, etc. People would really rather just turn off their brains.

Now, I'd like to say that there isn't anything wrong with that. People use media for lots of different things. Relaxation isn't a crime, and if people have a long day at work and just want to unwind with some fluff, that's fine. I wouldn't want someone to tell me I can't have a nap after a long day instead of going out for a challenging run. I'm tired. Leave me alone. If people want to read silly comedies or generic romances, then more power to them.

However, that does leave quite a few authors in the irritating position of writing things most people will never look at. It sucks to know that the story at the top of the feature box took someone two hours from concept to publication, while you toiled for three months on the thing that got fifty views. But thems the breaks, unfortunately. I still struggle with it emotionally, but I understand it. I don't like it, but I know how it works here.

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