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Feb
9th
2021

Just for fun, I decided to revisit the slice-of-life chapters in A Rather Large Adventure. · 3:35am February 9th

They probably dragged on a lot longer than they needed to. There was too much dialogue, and a lot of it was corny. I could have handled prospective romance way better and fleshed out each of the characters. There were plot elements I introduced that had no real payoff. If I really wanted to, I would redo it all.

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Jul
27th
2017

Restaurant to Another World · 9:13am Jul 27th, 2017

These 'another world' series' might frustrate me, but call me a fatass all you like, because this series is :

Sauce.

Jul
30th
2018

Horseshoes, Crabs, Part 3 · 2:58pm Jul 30th, 2018

Right, let's get this down before I forget anything good.

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Mar
12th
2021

Retrospective Review: Over a Barrel and A Bird in the Hoof · 6:03am March 12th

S1E21 Over a Barrel

When I was young, you could still find old black-and-white shows like The Lone Ranger and westerns on TV. Plus, all the classic Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry cartoons still played. So I saw "cowboys and Indians" plots all the time growing up.

But it's a rather risky idea for writers in 2010 to recycle the trope.

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Jan
29th
2021

Retrospective Review: Bridle Gossip and Swarm of the Century · 6:36am January 29th

S1E9 Bridle Gossip

It's the first appearance of Zecora, who I expect was intended to be a recurring character. She provides a skill set the main characters don't have, and an outsider's perspective, so she serves an important role in the series. But a zebra with stereotypical attire (Mohawk and gold rings around the neck) seems like a rather, well, problematic design in 2010. (But not as much as an episode later this season.)

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Apr
8th
2021

Retrospective Review: Sisterhooves Social and The Cutie Pox · 3:38am April 8th

S2E5 Sisterhooves Social

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Apr
22nd
2021

Retrospective Review: May the Best Pet Win! and The Mysterious Mare Do Well · 6:03am April 22nd

S2E7 May the Best Pet Win!

"You know, each of the main cast has a pet, except for Rainbow Dash."
"What kind of pet would Rainbow Dash have?"

Curious if that's how this episode came about. It doesn't seem like something that was planned from the beginning.

Featured in this episode: Dun dun dun!

I have no idea why Rainbow Dash finds sleeping in trees to be comfortable. If I could sleep on clouds, I would sleep on clouds every single time.

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Mar
21st
2021

Retrospective Review: The Return of Harmony · 6:40am March 21st

S2E1-2 The Return of Harmony pt. 1 and 2

Here's another episode that ended up being the first appearance of an important recurring character. It's interesting that, according to the Wiki, this episode was planned in Season 1. And in an alternate universe where the series ended after 65 episodes, Discord would just have been some villain that the heroes defeated and later reformed.

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Aug
19th
2017

Festival · 12:05am Aug 19th, 2017

I'd say my Bronycon retrospective blog is long overdue, wouldn't you? Let's get to it.

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May
7th
2017

The Lion and the Unicorn, what would have been... · 11:56am May 7th, 2017

When I started writing this story, I envisioned it to be the first part of seven stories. Each focusing on one of the main 6 and their own struggles to try and find a way home, the seventh would have been a final showdown using what they had learned and brought back with them against Discord.

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Jul
30th
2018

Horseshoes, Crabs, Part 2 · 12:54am Jul 30th, 2018

Just got back home from Bronycon. Sorry to say that I didn't get many pics beyond some neat cosplays. I did, however, take copious notes, the better to offer as comprehensive a retrospective as I can.

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Sep
29th
2020

Retrospective Review · 6:45am Sep 29th, 2020

Thinking about watching the whole series and reviewing it. "Now that we know everything that's going to happen in the series, how does this individual episode hold up?"

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Jan
21st
2021

Retrospective Review: Griffon the Brush Off and Boast Busters · 5:11am January 21st

S1E5 Griffon the Brush Off

Completely unrelated to the episode, I hate that griffon is also spelled griffin and gryphon. I always have to check which the show used when writing a story with griffons.

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Feb
3rd
2019

RCL feature and reflections on "Each Small Step" · 8:58pm Feb 3rd, 2019

I'm thrilled to announce that “Each Small Step” has been chosen for a Royal Canterlot Library feature! :pinkiehappy: In addition to talking about the story, they also did an interview (my first ever :raritystarry:). It’ll be posted on Fimfiction on Friday, but you can read it right now on their website :ajsmug:

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May
16th
2021

Poking at Old Fics · 4:54am May 16th

Been looking at old links to places and things.

I remember a story from back when and I was digging into my libraries for it. I remember there was an offsite sister site to the series when it was written; the series was a too shippy for my tastes, but the other stuff in it was quite good. Turns out that the site went defunct, so I'm just going to put an archive.org link in here. It's not a full crawl, but it feeds the archivist I wish I had the internet to be.

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May
30th
2021

Retrospective Review: The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 and Read It and Weep · 5:59am May 30th

S2E15 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

Let me start by saying how much I hate long lines like what's shown in this episode (the Black Friday model). If 100 ponies spent 10 hours waiting in line, that is 1000 wasted hours. There's a clear alternative to this, and it's a lottery system. Everypony at the gates of Sweet Apple Acres at 9:00 draws a number, and lines up in that order to get cider. The same number of ponies get served, but no one has to wait a long time.

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Feb
19th
2021

Retrospective Review: Fall Weather Friends and Suited for Success · 7:05am February 19th

S1E13 Fall Weather Friends

It's another annual event that's only mentioned once!

One good thing about this series is that there are enough interactions among the ponies to justify most every ship. And this is the episode that launched AppleDash, the ship that wins out in the end. I do like the interaction and competition between Rainbow Dash and Applejack, even though I'm firmly of the belief that earth ponies have an insurmountable magical advantage in athletic competitions.

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Jan
20th
2021

Retrospective Review: The Ticket Master and Applebuck Season · 3:30pm January 20th

S1E3 The Ticket Master

Oh, so many problems with this episode.

Twilight Sparkle may be sheltered, but she should at least know that she got two tickets so that she could take along a date. This could be handled by having her think she's not interested in a date, and would rather go with a friend, allowing the episode's conflict to happen.

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Feb
18th
2021

Retrospective Review: Winter Wrap Up and Call of the Cutie · 7:24am February 18th

S1E11 Winter Wrap Up

It took until Episode 11 to get one that I'm not going to have any big complaints about. The Mane Six finally feel like they're in character.

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Mar
4th
2021

Retrospective Review: Stare Master and The Show Stoppers · 6:42am March 4th

S1E17 Stare Master

By this point, I'm feeling the show's writers are getting the characters and are building a consistent world. We have Rarity busy with her fashion work, Twilight Sparkle going to see Zecora, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders together, ready to do the crusading they promised in their first meeting.

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