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  • 3w, 2d
    AlicornPriest's "Alicorn Time" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The memories of today's story will stick with you.

    Alicorn Time

    [Sad] • 2,138 words

    Twilight, believing something has happened to her memory, seeks out Princess Celestia to see if she recognizes it and can offer a cure. But the answer lies far deeper in the root of her nature and her life as the Princess of Friendship than she would have ever expected.

    FROM THE CURATORS: It's not often that a short fic laser-focused on a single idea — especially an idea without direct roots in the show — makes us sit up and take notice.  "At the outset, this looks like a pretty typical 'bit of headcanon disguised as a story'," Chris said.  "That does, though, sell this fic short in one crucial respect: the author is able to deliver some truly heartwrenching moments in the back half of this.  Celestia gets a couple of absolute back-breaker lines, and the final sentence of the fic is heavy in just the right way."  Horizon agreed: "It's a headcanon fraught with emotional issues, and the author hits the right notes to effectively draw those out."

    That was due not only to the story's choice of topics, but also the choice of perspectives with which it approached the idea.  "I've had trouble with my memory my entire life ... so the idea of experiencing most of life only 'in the moment' doesn't seem that awful to me," AugieDog said.  "But AlicornPriest does a good job of conveying how devastating this is to Twilight and of following her through the stages of grief as she comes to realize how this is going to affect her and her friendships."  That was brought out further by strong secondary character work.  "The story also made an effective decision in Celestia's characterization," Horizon said.  "Her casual acceptance of the phenomenon just underscores how disturbing the situation is if you actually stop and think about it."

    Those made this work not just as an idea fic but also as a story.  "I've zoned out while working in the yard and 'lost' a half-hour or more before," Chris said.  "Alicorn Time is that feeling, writ large, and it achieved a poignancy as a result which few 'headcanon fics' can match."  And the fic's solid extrapolation of that phenomenon to immortality was what made it exemplary, Horizon said: "I think asking important questions about our own experiences through the lens of fantasy is one of the highest goals that a fanfic can reach."

    Read on for our author interview, in which AlicornPriest discusses tweening, Account Patterns, and zoned-out YouTube flickers.

    Give us the standard biography.

    Hi! I’m Alicorn Priest. I’m 24, I graduated from college about a year ago — English, as you might expect, though I also earned a BA in Chemistry. (Yes, there are Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry. Whodathunk?) I’ve been a brony since season 2 — I was there speculating when we were wondering what Discord was gonna look like, and I started reading “Background Pony” back when there were only two chapters out. My first fic (if you don’t count the terrible one I sent to the EqD reviewers) was posted up on in March 2012. (It’s called “The Table at the End.” Go check it out.)

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    It’s kind of a funny story. When I made my first GMail account, I fancied myself a philosopher — really, I just liked to think about complex topics — so I named my first e-mail after my first name (which starts with an A), followed by “philos.” When I started making accounts on Reddit and such the like, I decided to make it easier for myself by making every account with the same pattern: a word starting with A, then a word starting with P. “Alicorn” seemed like the obvious A word, and “Priest” for P was the first word that seemed appropriate. I like the imagery it provides: one who worships and serves the princesses. One of my clients calls me Ali P, which I find adorable.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle, almost certainly. I have the same personality as her: studious, awkward, friendly, and a little naive. Somehow, all of my fics seem to include her one way or another. Close behind are Rarity and Pinkie Pie — Pinkie’s my problematic fave, because while I really like her personality and background, I think her depiction in the show is done right only about half of the time. “When she was good, she was very good indeed, but when she was bad, she was horrid,” if you know the poem.

    What's your favorite episode?

    As much as I’m a season 1-season 2 fanboy, I’ve gotta give it to “Pinkie Pride.” Every song is spot-on, Weird Al’s guest appearance is perfect, and the thematics and character exploration are stellar. It’s the quintessential episode of the show.

    What do you get from the show?

    I remember when I first got into the show, I was stunned at the attitude and charm it had. The main character is an awkward student who throws snark at everyone she meets? Is that even allowed in kids’ shows? And it had such tension and drama in those opening episodes, I was immediately hooked. I suppose if I had to distill it down to one word, it’d be “relatable.” The characters have real problems, they struggle with their friends, and they overcome through conversation and apologies. The bright colors and poppy songs draw you in, but the relatability is what keeps you watching.

    What do you want from life?

    ... Wow, what a tough question. I suppose I could just point to Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs and say “that,” but I’d better explain a bit more. First of all, I want to be happy, but “happy” is such a poor word. It includes everything from the satisfaction of a job well done to the zoned-out flickers when a YouTube video is slightly more interesting than the previous one. Unfortunately, the latter is much easier to get than the former, so ... there’s that. Second, I want to feel as though I’m useful to the world somehow. I want to feel like I’m creating things people enjoy, or helping make people’s lives better — something that has value. I suppose in a venial way, I like getting praised for doing good work, so that’s part of it, too.

    Why do you write?

    I write because an idea gets lodged into my head, and I want to expand it out into a story. I get a vision of a scene, or a line of dialogue, or a source of conflict, and I want to see how it plays out. The hard part is all the little interactions to get from one major scene to the next — in animation, they’d be called “tweening,” right? Other than that, I write because I have some idea I want to share with the world, and either my blog posts or my fiction is the best way to do that. I come up with a story about how weatherponies came to be, or I want to share a connection between transactional analysis and character interaction, so I write a story about it or create a blog post discussing it. Recently, I’ve had people regularly commenting on my posts, which helps a ton. If I felt I was just spitting into the wind, I wouldn’t keep doing it. (Hence why I went dark a couple years ago.)

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    Network. Network, network, network. If you want to rise in the ranks, you need to take writing seriously. Part of that process is talking with the community here on FiMFiction and establishing yourself. Make friends, so that your friends will read your stories, and then they’ll recommend those stories to their friends, and so on. If you’re an introvert like me, this is really hard, I know, but you’ve gotta do it. As to writing advice, it’d be “write what’s important” and “character relationships give you more to work with than each character separately.” And the editor part of me wants to add, “Wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” That’s Samuel Johnson, by the by.

    What inspired “Alicorn Time”?

    A couple of things. To a lesser extent, ruminating on what it would be like to be immortal, and how the passage of time would feel after long stretches. As Celestia explains in the fic, I felt the sort-of dissociative episodes would be a blessing, to save their minds from having to experience every single moment. (The science behind it is pretty circumspect, I’m aware.) Primarily, however, it’s based upon my own experiences of college and previous. I wasted so much time on books, video games, and the Internet that at this point, it all feels like a blur. I would have done no worse if I had simply blacked out at the start of it and coasted through unconsciously. So Twilight’s resolution to “make every picosecond count!” is my own desire, and Celestia’s response is my resignation at the impossibility of that.

    What elements would you consider essential in writing a successful “explainfic”?

    Hah! You used my terminology. You really did your research. The biggest danger to writing an explainfic is that the explanation, the caulking to fill the holes in the plot, is all you have going for the story. A good explainfic should also have strong character interactions, an arc as the characters grow and change, a central conflict that the explanation factors into ... you know, all the workings of any good story. So in “Alicorn Time,” as Twilight tries to cope with having this new condition, her attitude changes, and she struggles to decide what she’s going to do going forward. A bad explainfic will simply set up a condition for a character to ask, “Why does this thing happen,” a character explaining it, and then the first character saying, “Ah, that makes sense.” I’ll be the first to admit “Alicorn Time” is not a perfect fic, and one of its weaknesses is that the characters simply sit down and talk at each other. This is another weakness of explainfics, and the solution is to write a plot which can involve moving around and interacting with objects.

    Do you prefer planning your stories out ahead of time or letting them grow during the typing process?

    I love when little details appear mid-writing session, but I can’t rely on that to be the driver of my story. Sometimes personality quirks will change certain scenes, or the way I decide to execute a scene will create connections I hadn’t considered. For example, in a chapter of “Mother and Child” I’ve been working on, I discovered a place to put Cadance in the Beta timeline of Equestria which I hadn’t really planned when coming up with the chapter. I also noticed how the events Pinkie accidentally puts into motion will reflect a later scene where she does the same thing more intentionally. So that’s really neat. However, I’m not a seat-of-your-pants type writer, as much as I pretend to be. I find I get the best results when I can sit down (with a spiralbound notebook, not a Word document) and sketch out the chapter progressions, the character arcs, and the event timeline. Otherwise, I procrastinate because I don’t know what to write. Of course, even when I do plan, I procrastinate anyway, but eh. That’s how it goes with me, I suppose.

    Do you think Twilight will ever be comfortable enough in her alicornhood to unconsciously call Celestia by name?

    Heh. Twilight and I suffer from a pretty similar problem. When someone superior to us earns our respect, we tend to ... idolize them, just a little bit. I do it with all the amazing writers that frequent my blog, and Twilight does it with Princess Celestia. Talking with one of your idols isn’t quite the same as talking to one of your equals, even when your idol is your equal. (We’re all horsewords enthusiasts here, in the end. Even when one of my commenters has 17 times as many followers as I do.) So for me, that means putting them on a pedestal, and for Twilight, that means she can’t quite get over adding “Princess” to the front of Celestia’s name. I’m not sure it’s something she’ll ever get over, perhaps until she finds herself doing as much as Celestia does.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Hmm ... the shill in me wants to plug my new monetization strategy, but I’ll leave that for the readers to find on their own. What I will plug of mine, though, is my series of blog posts entitled “Writer’s Workshop.” Every so often, I share a particular trick that can help make your writing more interesting. I’ve used examples from South Park, the RPG Fate: Accelerated Edition, The Arrival of the Mail Train, and the psychological methodology of transactional analysis. I’ve also got a couple other stories people might like if they’re curious — my other smash hit would have to be “It’s Impossible!” (with the unofficial slogan, “The Ride Never Ends!”).

    Other than that, I want to thank all the readers out there. Thanks for reading this interview, thanks for making “Alicorn Time” as big as it has been, and thanks for checking out my other writings. Hope you enjoy. :)

    You can read Alicorn Time at Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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    SA Reviews #103

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  • 5w, 4d
    Announcing EFNW Scribblefest 2017 Winners!

    After much deliberation, reading, rereading, and judging we finally have our winners for the Everfree Northwest Scribblefest 2017!

    I want to first congratulate all of you who submitted your hard written stories!  We had a field of 36 contestants, and that’s amazing!  Thank you so much for all your hard work that you do!  Now, without further ado, our finalist and their respective categories!

    Twilight Sparkle Award

    Ebon Quill with “Slouching Towards Canterlot”

    Twilight was a tough fight, and it got down to the wire in the end between the final four stories!  Excellent job, Ebon Quill, writing a story that showed you did the research and made sure everything was picture perfect!  Just like Twilight herself would love!

    Rarity Award

    Loganberry with “The Book of Ended Lives”

    This story was gorgeous, and it was a clean sweep with all 6 judges voting for it.  Both pieces in this category had beautiful, flowing prose, but ultimately the gorgeous flair that Loganberry had for his piece won him the prize!  Beautifully written, Loganberry!  

    Rainbow Dash Award

    Novel-Idea with “The Cycle of Flame”

    To win in this category, the story had to be 200% cooler than all the rest, and Novel-Idea’s piece swept this category with all 6 finalists voting for it.  It was a tough decision, but his ability to write action, turmoil, and involve a side of Philomena that we don’t see in the show made for an amazing piece of fiction.  Way to be awesome, Novel-Idea!

    Pinkie Pie Award

    Posh with “The Next Best Thing”

    We wanted to have a funny, snickering, hilarious story to win this category.  Posh actually manage to make us smile in this one as well.  His piece was equal parts funny, heartwarming, and sarcastic, just like we’d expect if Diamond Tiara were interacting with Spike and Starlight Glimmer.  Posh, you were nominated in 4 categories, and we all loved your story by degrees!  Excellent work!

    Applejack Award

    Apple Bottoms with “Nihtmer Niht”

    The Applejack Award was one of the most contested categories we had for judging.  Ultimately, Nihtmer Niht ended up winning out in the end for being very true to the show.  The theme showed strongly throughout the story, and we loved the Aesop at the end, which really made this story win.  Hard work paid off in the end, didn’t it, Apple Bottoms?

    Fluttershy Award

    The Hat Man with “Freedom Flourishes”

    The Fluttershy award has to be my personal favourite category, because I love heartwarming stories.  This story made all of us tear up at the end.  The Hat Man expertly blended past with present through a series of flashbacks in this heartwarming tail, that took all of the judges by surprise.  Freedom Flourishes was an extremely touching piece, The Hat Man.  Fluttershy would be proud.

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    SA Reviews #102

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  • 6w, 1d
    S7E1-2 - All Bottled Up / Celestial Advice

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"When Pinkie Pie learns that Maud might move to Ponyville, she does everything she can to make sure her sister sees that it has more to offer than just rocks."

#1 · 4w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

This should be good!

EDIT: Wow, I'm first :pinkiegasp:

#2 · 4w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

>>4513387 That's cause I let you.:derpytongue2:

#3 · 4w, 1d ago · 9 · ·

Hooray! Another Maud episode! XD

#4 · 4w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

So... who thinks Pinkie would succeed or fail?

#5 · 4w, 1d ago · 3 · 1 ·

Haven't we done something like this before?

#6 · 4w, 1d ago · 12 · ·

Actually if Maud does move to Ponyville, It kinda makes me wonder if their going to make a new mane 6

#7 · 4w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4513389 Of course :rainbowkiss:

#9 · 4w, 1d ago · 32 · ·

Maud: "Do you have rock quarries in Ponyville?"

PInkie: "We have whatever the plot demands."

#10 · 4w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

I just realized something... we have no idea what Maud's cutie mark is, do we?

*predicts tons of 'It's a rock!' replies*

#13 · 4w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4513414 Ah. No wonder I didn't remember it.

#14 · 4w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4513414 Well, look at that. It's Tom.

Edit: Wait, WHAT. :rainbowderp:

#15 · 4w, 1d ago · 5 · 2 ·

Coloratura gets mentioned? Lyra gets mentioned? STARLIGHT AND MAUD KNOW EACH OTHER?!?

I Love this episode! :rainbowkiss::pinkiehappy:

#16 · 4w, 1d ago · 13 · ·

So Maud is technically an accomplice to Starlight's evil plans. Damn, I did not expect that.

#17 · 4w, 1d ago · 12 · ·

I'm liking Silent Derpy cameos.:rainbowkiss:

As for Maud still being the same, you can't improve upon perfection.

#18 · 4w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

Trying too hard. These ones always seem to linger

#19 · 4w, 1d ago · 5 · ·

>>4513429 Yeah, Pinkie's TTH moments just get annoying. The fact that Maud and Starlight are both on the same wavelength is saving this episode.

#20 · 4w, 1d ago · 18 · ·

I can already see Boulder being used to put a villian into an instant KO.

#21 · 4w, 1d ago · 11 · 2 ·

It's a sad state of affairs when your school only has one student. Pinkie continues to be disturbing with her antics. Thank you Maud for aiding a sociopathic dictator in enslaving people, you must be real proud of yourself.

#22 · 4w, 1d ago · 6 · 5 ·

And now Pinkie mentions about Starlight and Maud's grandfoals. Call me crazy, but why do I get this feeling she's trying to hook Maud up with Starlight?

#23 · 4w, 1d ago · 7 · ·

This feels almost like a Bugs Bunny cartoon with all the slapstick. I actually laughed a few times.

#24 · 4w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

I can relate to Pinkie Pie's enthusiasm, but I hope she learns when to let things be.

#25 · 4w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

>>4513430 Totally along with the background ponies a bit.

#26 · 4w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

I feel like 3 of the mane six have seen this before about being too forceful on something

#27 · 4w, 1d ago · 9 · ·

Starlight really just threw it all out there. Oddly satisfying, yet quite saddening.

#28 · 4w, 1d ago · · ·

missed the the episode,is it any good?

#29 · 4w, 1d ago · 11 · ·

Makes me wish we could see the other Pie sisters more

#30 · 4w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Was not expecting Starlight to appear in this episode, and I think they managed to give Maud some real development. It's just too bad they had to crank up Pinkie Pie's antics so the episode would have a conflict, it's not on the levels of "Luna Eclipsed" or "Filli Vanilli", but it's definitely up there with the likes of "A Friend In Deed".

#31 · 4w, 1d ago · · 1 ·

So Maud and Starlight accidentally discover Palucidar (sans any dinosaurs so far) and now Maud is living there without having to get a permit. Seems legible.

Also: How are there any geologists and/or paleontologists if Maud was the only one at her school.

#32 · 4w, 1d ago · 7 · ·

>>4513444 Sometimes Pinkie really just needs a reality check. Of anyone, I agree that Starlight is the one to give it to her. Twilight would hesitate too much.

#33 · 4w, 1d ago · 7 · 2 ·

So Maud has moved to Ponyville (adjacent) and is friends with Starlight.  Trixie visits and spends more time in Ponyville and is friends with Starlight.  As such, we could get an episode where Maud and Trixie meet on screen.  People have shipped Maud and Trixie since we found out Trixie worked on the rock farm.  So, now we have more shipping fuel for the pair.

#34 · 4w, 1d ago · 5 · 4 ·

Something really fucked up Pinkie Pie in her childhood to be THIS clinging to Maude...I get that her life's purpose is to spread laughter and joy throughout Equestria,  but seriously, if she's this exacting that she has files on every single pony in Ponyville on what are their likes/dislikes and how to host a part for anyone   you would think that there are times where ponies don't want to be with her.  And that makes me a bit concerned about her.   (Also can see what Pinkamena comes from, and no, it's not psychosis..)

It's not the end of the world if somepony doesn't like her--if anything her eccentric personality will turn off quite a few--but you would think that she' would learned this by now.  Why is she still having to re-learn this?   It happened with Cranky Doodle Donkey,  and now with Maude.   Not everypony is gonna be her friend.  For Celestia's sake, get over it, Pinkie Pie.  If you truly love your sister so damn much, love and respect her to her own decisions,  she's not a foal anymore.

Things like that with Pinkie irritate me a bit.   Sometimes she needs to leave her sister alone.   If she wants to be so overbearing to one of her sister, she should focus all of that into her twin sister Marble.

#35 · 4w, 1d ago · · ·

This episode was not only hilarious, but also made me enjoy Maud even more with her character development.

Her aiding Starlight in Season 5 took me by surprise and made me laugh.

#36 · 4w, 1d ago · 6 · ·

Pony onesies! Whcih is kind of weird, because who puts on more clothes to sleep than they do whilst awake?

Also, why was Maud wearing curlers? She clearly likes to wear her mane and tail straight.

#37 · 4w, 1d ago · 11 · 7 ·

Hrm... Okay, I'm a little disappointed in this episode. There was a lot of good stuff; Ingrid's deadpan delivery and the Maud/Pinkie polar duality is wonderful as always. That said, I do think that they pushed Pinkie's annoying obliviousness a bit too far to the point where it became absurd and a bit out of character.

I've also got to say that there was absolutely no need to use Starlight in this episode at all. Rarity would have worked better with the added bonus that she's spent time with Maud before (in The Gift of the Maud Pie) and I think that they could have had something in common and a basis upon which to share their professional passions. The use of Starlight in the role had a little bit of 'Let's find Chibi-Usa Starlight something to do this episode" and it felt a bit forced.

It wasn't an episode breaker really and the real alpha story of Pinkie having to be reminded yet again to let people find friendship in their own way was worth telling.

Overall? Not a fantastic episode but a good one nonetheless, one very much saved by the Pinkie/Maud double-act. Andrea and Ingrid do so much work to make two such different characters have such a strong bond of familial love.

Best quote:

Starlight: "Do you like anything other than rocks?"

Maud: "I like minerals... and crystals... and plate tectonics... and stand-up comedy."

BenRG's Rating: 7.5/10

Y'know... I thought that I was reconciled with the character of Starlight Glimmer but the minute Pinkie started raving about 'someone walking out of that [The Castle of Friendship's] door and becoming your best friend', I knew it was going to be Starlight and I couldn't help but roll my eyes.

#38 · 4w, 1d ago · 4 · ·


and the start of a Starlight-centric cast for a Side-6 to go adventure on episodes without the Mane-6

#39 · 4w, 1d ago · 10 · 1 ·

Yet another episode that does so much well but has a glaring flaw. This is the third episode in a row with obnoxious characterization, first Trixie being a massive airhead and the Friendship Retreat, then Twilight pulling the same mistake she was teaching others to avoid in season 1, and now Pinkie at her almost worst. She did have a few good lines and to a point her actions made some sense, but damn, all the squealing and shrieking hurt.

The rest of the episode was so good too. This has been Starlight's best showing by far, Maud was hilarious, Pinkie had a few good jokes (the Maud impression and pizza delivery stuck out), and the moral was good (so far season has been 4/4 for morals). Still, with how annoying Pinkie was the best I can give this episode is an 8/10 (personally a 7 for me because Pinkie gave me a headache, but I can't stand really high pitches). It's a shame, if Pinkie wasn't so obnoxious, this could've been one of the greats.

#40 · 4w, 1d ago · 2 · ·


The others have all graduated already, obviously.

Also am I the only one who thought Maud's new home was the Breezie homeworld at first? I swear it looks a lot like it. Which would also mean they've doomed the breezies to the dangers of the outside. A fitting end indeed.

Anyway, to me the episode felt... confused, about exactly what the conflict or message was. The moral was that you can't force somebody to do things your way, but in the end Pinkie did get Maud to do everything Pinkie wanted her to do. Hell, it was what Maud actually wanted anyway, so Pinkie didn't technically "force" anything on her, Pinkie's mistake was being an obnoxious little buttbuscuit to both Maud and Starlight, but that in itself wasn't really forcing them to do anything, and you'd think Maud would be well used to it. Since when does being friends require absolute privacy anyway? Are they trying to hint at Starlight/Maud?

If anything the final moral should have been "don't be obnoxious to your loved ones or they WILL HATE YOU", but I guess they felt that would be a little too intense for MLP or something.

Anyway, I liked the episode, it just felt a bit, well, "random" for lack of a better word, like it was written to get Maud to Ponyville and make Pinkie be funny rather than being written as a coherent story.

#41 · 4w, 1d ago · · ·

So near and yet so far. Maud was great throughout. Starlight was also very good, and the Our Town backstory was quite something -- though I really now want to see her meet up with Sugar Belle or Double Diamond and have to explain how she ruined their lives. Pinkie... yeah. It's fun to watch her in full OTT mode -- once. I suspect she's going to annoy me more every time I watch this, as she was almost at "A Friend in Deed" levels of annoyingness. So another good episode, but I'm still waiting for a true S7 classic.

#42 · 4w, 1d ago · 9 · ·

As bipolar as Pinkie seems to me,  I really wish that there would be a deconstruction episode on Why Pinkie Pie is how she is,  and no, it's not because of the Rainboom all those years ago.   The Rainboom seem like the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back,  so I wonder what happened to Pinkie and affected her so that the Rainboom was the catalyst to how she is now..

Of course, we have to remind ourselves that this is primarily a show for kids, so something as deep as a deconstruction probably would not happen, because it would be too adult oriented, and that little kids wouldn't get it.

#43 · 4w, 1d ago · 8 · 1 ·


Nah, Maud couldn't bond with any of the Mane 6 like that because they already had a whole episode establishing that Maud and the Mane 6 don't like each other that much ("Maud Pie"), they only put up with each other out of a mutual love for Pinkie Pie. It had to be someone else.

#44 · 4w, 1d ago · · ·

Not bad. Maud's cave looks like  Pamukkale in Turkey where I was on vacation. 7/10

#45 · 4w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

>>4513540 My guess is that Pinkie's life on the rock farm was absolutely boring and that boredom slowly drove Pinkie insane because of how mundane and empty it was to her, so when the Rainboom happened it pretty much changed her(for better or worse). We've seen how monotonous life on the rock farm was in Hearthbreakers.

#46 · 4w, 1d ago · 16 · ·

“I like kites.”

#47 · 4w, 1d ago · 17 · ·

Okay I just finished this episode and I really liked it. :pinkiehappy:

I wasn't expecting the writers to use Starlight to become Maud's friend, but hey it works (with that added flash back to establish a connection).

I really liked seeing Pinkie's family again and seeing how they are reacting to the event. I also found it funny that the only ponies there were the Pies. That means one really cares about that profession. My favorite parts in this episode was seeing Rarity and Spike gem hunting in that cave again. Calling back "Gauntlet of Fire" and just seeing the various characters getting thrown into the mix, like Lyra, BonBon and Derpy.

And you probably just realized this, but in that gemstone cave was the first time Spike was introduced to Maud. He didn't meet her when she was in Ponyville in her debut episode, so I liked the introduction. Personally I think Spike and Maud could talk about gemstones all day, considering Spike loves to eat them, you know because he's a dragon and all. In the episode (I think) Super Cider Squeezey 6000, we learn that there is a season for sapphires. I wonder if Maud ever gets hyped up for gem centered events? I bet she does considering she likes rocks. I bet those two could really hit it off if they got to know each other more and with Maud living in Ponyville (sorta), then perhaps we can get just that.

One more thing that really stood out for me was that this episode allowed us to understand Maud more......She's lonely.. and it's understandable. Even though it was sad to know this, I was still glad to know more about her since we only get the stoic personality from her.


Maud: Rocks take on different properties, when interacting with magic. With the right stone, you could rule over all of Equestria.

Starlight: You're messing with me,

Maud: Am I?

*stare off then Starlight laughs*

How do you know she was joking???

When I think of that, I think of the Bloodstone Scepter. A stone that has the power to summon dragons. This could be proof of what Maud meant. Maud's knowledge on stones is very interesting. It could be used to open a doorways to new fanfiction ideas.

One more thing. knighty, where are you getting these awesome pictures? :raritystarry:

#48 · 4w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

A very good episode. Loved the interaction between Starlight and Maud.

I also think this is the most we've ever seen Maud smile in an episode.

This season has delivered so far, and I look forward to whatever's next!

#50 · 4w, 1d ago · 16 · ·

>>4513583 oh my god

that’s such a detail they picked up on or already wrote into her character

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