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Sprocket Doggingsworth

I write horse words.

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  • Thursday
    New Chapters Coming

    It's been nearly 4 months since I've released a chapter of Hooves of Fate. I found this slow pace both frustrating and disheartening until I looked at the word count of my document, and found it to be well over 18,000.


    Chapters seldom end where I plan for them to end. That's nothing new. But it looks like this block is going to end up divided in two.

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  • 2 weeks
    Quiet Couple of Months

    As some of you may have noticed, I've been relatively quiet of late, (and then, suddenly, out of nowhere, today, I sort of exploded with content).

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  • 2 weeks
    Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! - Defining Equestria

    In the show, "Friendship is Magic", and its tangential media, Equestria is referred to as a "kingdom," despite the plain and obvious fact that it is a princesspality.

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  • 2 weeks
    Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! - The Old Factory

    I'm rewatching Chapter 4 of Make Your Mark in anticipation of Chapter 5 coming out in only a week and a half.

    Did I just watch a My Little Pony episode about collectivizing a former defense contractor's factory?

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Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! - The Magic of Friendship Grows · 12:58am Nov 14th, 2019

I'm not going to lie. The Last Problem hit me pretty hard - so hard that I've had trouble working up the energy to write about it.

Maybe it was the painful reminder that maintaining friendships despite adult responsibilities is darn near impossible, (even if the Mane Six ultimately did succeed). Maybe it was the knowledge that a phenomenon like this show will never come around again in our lifetimes.

(Sure there will be other great programming, but the completely spontaneous development of our fandom, and the show's unexpected willingness to grow beside us? That's lightning in a bottle.)

Maybe it was just the way that MLP:FIM chose to go out. The finality of hearing the theme song quoted orchestrally as the main cast stood before a sunset, and the book from the pilot episode closed - that was both devastating and sublime!

For a while, I even got to wondering if they should have made the epilogue episode at all, since so many people had felt so very crushed by it. The circle of life "end with the beginning" trope works just fine, and was used well in The Last Problem, but was it really necessary?

After thinking about it for a few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that it was. The ending was about more than just the closure. It's a statement.

For the past nine years, the magic of friendship has been a mission ever-evolving. From the adventure of simply learning to get along with others, to the act of spreading that wisdom, to friendship evangelization (for lack of a better word) on a massive geopolitical scale. The final battle in Ending of the End was the culmination of all of that development, not just in terms of the plot of the show, or the development arcs of hundreds of its characters, but also for the growth of magic in Equestria itself.

The entire world came together in friendship, and wielded its magic together. The entire world! To end the series there would have been beautiful - the grandest thing they could possibly have done - but by setting up the next generation of pupil in Luster Dawn, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic chose instead to make a point about friendship magic and how it works.

The Elements of Harmony, (like the show's constantly expanding friendship mission), have taken on so many forms over the years! Gems and rocks and necklaces and crowns and keys and trees and maps. Its magic is like a flower, forever opening up to reveal deeper beauties within, only it has no center - its blossoming has no end.

Luster Dawn will fumble, just like Twilight Sparkle did. She'll mature and learn, just like Twilight did, and discover brand new mysteries that could not have been unlocked from Twilight's throne. It is through lineages such as these that magic in Equestria will continue to take on new shapes and new powers.

True friendship magic has never been about achievement, or ascension, or friendship mastery, or coronations. The real magic is, and has always been, the act of learning in and of itself - that eagerness to become a better person - the willingness to work at it!

The aforementioned final shot of the series, the one which wounded our hearts so deeply - it's more than simply looking back at a life well lived. It's the joy of looking forward and watching somepony else begin that same rocky journey. This is how the power of loyalty, laughter, honesty, kindness, and generosity transcends our experiences in the here and now. This is how harmony reigns eternal! How "the magic of friendship grows."

We can say the same for our own lives. If this show inspired you to become a better person in any way, however small, then it is through you that Equestria lives. Those feelings of ponyjoy that the show awoke in you? It was just hope. That's all.

Continue to hope. Look for joy in small acts of kindness. Like Luster Dawn, it's up to us to write the next chapter of how friendship manifests in the world around us.


Please support me on Patreon. That is, if you want to. No pressure of course, but I ask because I do have mouths to feed. You can also follow Heart Full of Pony on Tumblr

Comments ( 3 )

Exquisite. You often make me wish there were some in-site metric to commend blog posts besides comments, but this one takes the cake.

And I, in turn, am kind of not sure what to say in reply; you certainly put things more eloquently than the words coming to me at the moment.
But yes. I am so glad they did what they did there.


Thank you. A comment is worth a thousand likes in my opinion, so you've already done plenty.

I guess if you really want to do something more, you can share links on social media, and spread the word.:twilightsheepish:

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