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Tumbleweed


A guy. A guy who writes stories. Stories about ponies. (And sometimes robots).

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  • Saturday
    Ponyfest Panel!

    Just a reminder, Titanium Dragon and I will be doing a panel for Ponyfest 3.0 about romantic comedy. Which is to say, we're gonna blather on about silly shipfics.

    Tune into the Writing Track stream 5:30 EST, today!

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  • Tuesday
    Ponyfest 3.0, now featuring Tumbleweed! (that's me).

    Because apparently quarantine hasn't driven me crazy YET.

    Or, uh. Maybe it's driven me crazy already. Regardless! On May 30'th, PonyFest 3.0, the monthly-ish online pony convention is going down!

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  • 2 weeks
    Well, I SAID I was going to be productive today ...

    Buuuut Netflix just dropped the final season of She-Ra.

    -AND- they've got Avatar: The Last Airbender. Which is a show I actually have on DVD but it's easier to watch via streaming 'cause then you don't have 5 minutes of Spongebob commercials at the beginning of each disc.

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  • 3 weeks
    I learned something today.

    Something COMPLETELY USELESS.

    Which, well, it came from Twitter, so one should expect as much.

    Still! Flash Sentry the Decepticon! Whaaaaat?

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  • 7 weeks
    Another Dumb Crossover Idea

    So how's everybody holding up?

    I'm ... alright, all things considered. Kind of getting into a routine-that-isn't-a-routine. Like, at least I'm getting in more exercise now than I did when the world wasn't ending, so that's a plus, right?

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Sep
18th
2018

How to Write Pinkie Pie · 3:33am Sep 18th, 2018

"Oh Tumbleweed!" you cry.

"Welcome back from that vacation adventure! Surely you have more wonderful pony stories in the works, yes? But if there are no updates to be made in the near future, could you at least tell us how to write the pink pony, because you are best at ponies?"

WELL LET ME TELL YOU.

Step 1: Drink drinks. Party drinks. Which ostensibly are any drinks that one consumes at a party, though certain combinations can be useful. With notes such as: served in a solo cup, served with a little umbrella in it, or being mostly sugar-flavored vodka.

Drink like a sorority girl, is what I'm saying.

I will not be held responsible for your hangover.

Step 2: Listen to this.

You thought that was gonna be an Andrew W.K. song, didn't you? Which isn't to say that Andrew W.K. isn't super-rad, but at the same time, I look for just a little more in the way of nuance. This is, of course, because I am best at ponies. And, like, the vague references to The Book of Revelations in that song can obviously be tied to Pinkie Pie's unflagging optimism in the face of nigh-weekly apocalypse. Or something.

Also it's a really fun song that gets me a little rowdy so that's neat.

Step 3: Just, uh, write the story, I guess.

Only try not to make Pinkie Pie "random" because that is cheap and awful and typically really badly done because the writer has no real grip of, you know, comedy.

Thankfully, I can do comedy.

Thankfully, I am best at ponies.

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Comments ( 4 )

Sideways logic and internal consistency are what I would label as the two most important elements of a good Pinkie Pie.

Oh Tumbleweed!
I cry when people abuse the fourth wall with Pinkie. Or Discord. You can only repeat the same cheap joke so many times.

If it feels like Pinkie Pie is looking over your shoulder and offering suggestions for her own dialogue, you're doing it right. At least, I hope that's what that means.

One thing I think should be kept in mind when writing Pinkie is that, weird, silly and offbeat as she is, she has incredibly strong Earth Pony values under all the party fluff. The importance of family, the sacredness of promises, and a practically Stakhanovian work ethic are all parts of her character, just as much as they are Applejack's.

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