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Chris


Author, former Royal Canterlot Library curator, and the (retired) reviewer at One Man's Pony Ramblings.

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  • Tuesday
    A Whole Bunch of Chrisfics, Now Available in Spanish!

    I've had several of my fanfics translated into various languages over the years, and that's always something that tickles me pink. A good translation is at least as much work as writing a good story from scratch, and tends not to get nearly the recognition; when someone enjoys something you wrote enough to put the kind of time and energy necessary to render it artfully into a second language,

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  • 1 week
    True Stories from the Classsroom

    Those of you who followed me on my blog surely know, since I mentioned it many a times, that I work in education. Some of that time I've been a teacher, some of it a basically-a-teacher-but-for-accounting-reasons-it-has-a-different-name, and most of it in the field of English learning, both ESL and Newcomers.

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  • 5 weeks
    Two Tales of Chris vs. a Foreign Culture

    A couple of weeks ago, one of my sister's friends recommended that I try watching a new anime, Akiba Maid War; I was bitching about what I didn't like in another anime, and he suggested that Akiba was well-animated, had a nice balance of violence and humor, and wasn't full of uncomfortably oversexualized underage girls.

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  • 14 weeks
    They Still Matter

    I don't get very many comments on my stories, these days.

    "No duh, Chris," you say. "You haven't published anything in nearly two years, and you aren't real good at the whole 'engagement' thing--at least, not when it comes to your own fics. Why would you expect a bunch of comments on old stories?"

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  • 24 weeks
    I Found Pirate-Themed Fiction I Wrote In Second Grade, So You'd Better Believe I'm Sharing It

    So! Been a while since we talked. That's fine, though; as a wise man once said, "An ideal male friendship is someone who lives in a different city, and three times a year, you text them to talk about how the Bears are doing." That's more or less the stage my relationship with pony is, these days; be sort of around, read a bit here and there, and drop in with a funny blog every now and

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Oct
21st
2016

Oh hey by the way I've been reviewing fanfics for five years now · 4:23pm Oct 21st, 2016

One Man's Pony Ramblings turned five today. That's 782 posts, about 850 total story reviews, just shy of a million individual pageviews, and 49 pictures and screenshots of Carrot Top.

Milestone achieved!

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Majin Syeekoh
Moderator

Yaaaaay

My autocorrect wants that to come out as yaaaaaarn for some reason.

Well anyway congrats on the achievement.

Congratulations!

... Huh. I just realized I've been on Fimfiction for over five years. Yowza.

Time well spent, I say.

Have a slice:

Of penguin-shaped cake on me! It doesn't have to be fish flavored, though.

Mike

My review of One Man's Pony Ramblings:

Impressions before reading: An impressive five-year run, but a worrying obsession with Carrot Top.

Zero-ish spoiler summary: A blog site featuring numerous posts about FiM fanfiction, most of them reviews.

Thoughts after reading: Well reasoned arguments and explanations, a plethora of quality content, and a comment section with engaging discussions. Clean and simple blog-"blog-format"-format style, with handy links to all reviews. Not as much Carrot Top as I was expecting, unfortunately.

Star rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent in all ways, showing no great faults and a great resource when looking for FiM fanfics. The reviews are often entertaining and informative in their own right.

Recommendation: Everyone with any interest in quality fanfiction can find handy recommendations and informative critiques at OMPR!

Next time: Equestria Daily, by Sethisto.

Happy Faniversary! :pinkiehappy:

Clearly, needs more Carrot Top.

Many happy blog returns!

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Thanks, all! It's been fun--and I expect it will continue to be, in no small part because of people like you egging me on and stroking my ego providing the kind of support that reassures me that I'm spending my time not just on something I enjoy, but on something others can enjoy as well.

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Four stars is way too high. I can see why some people would like it, but for me it went completely off the rails with the "Summer vacation" chapter, where suddenly there were weeks worth of guest posts. I mean, hello, "ONE MAN's Pony Ramblings?" Did you forget the entire premise there? Also, when the "Six Star Reviews" arc ended, it was obvious Chris didn't have any plan for what the protagonist should do next, so he just Macguffin'd up a storyline that was exactly the same, except it conveniently didn't have any definite target, so he can just keep milking it until the end of time. Meh.

Prediction for Equestria Daily: 3 stars, strong premise and quality aggregator but questionable waifu taste and bland OCs.

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Author Interviewer

Yaaaarn! :V

That image is great. :D

Congratulations, and thank you! :twilightsmile:

Yes, five years of luring unsuspecting people into the dark underbelly of reading pony fanfiction.

Yikes, has it really been 5 years?

But congrats man! I'm sorry I almost never comment on your blog, but I read it pretty regularly, and I've learnt soooo much about writing and reviewing from you (the reviewing stuff is proving particularly handy in university at the moment, considering that I have to read through all the creative writing both my seminar groups produce and then make notes on it all).

More importantly, your blog introduced me to It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door, which is like, the best story ever.

Even more importantly, you once gave me 4 stars for what was effectively a handwriting exercise masquerading as a story. That was a good day :raritystarry:

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