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Mar
13th
2017

You're going to want to read the story before you read this. So go do that! --- Mythical birds? Check. Teenage dragons being teenagers? Check. Epic griffon versus dragon war? Check. Dramatic entrance? Check. Totally unexpected culture and lore building? Check. Think that’s it. Let’s get this party started, shall we? Welcome to the retrospective on my first non-Wavelengths FimFiction story. [page_break] As I got deeper and deeper into Wavelengths, I started to realize ... Read More

Mar
1st
2017
Now with 100% less name! Seriously, at this point, just call it a general assortment of theories, conclusions, and common sense, thought up by Giginss. Before I get to the actual worldbuilding, I'd like to leave the name of a few who have had the greatest impact on my ideas and theories. alarajrogers Brandon Sanderson DannyJ Carabas FanOfMostEverything [page_break] Origin As far back as Equestrian astronomers can tell, the universe was born roughly 10 billion years ago, in a fie... Read More
Feb
14th
2017
You ever find yourself starting a story, and then start getting about a thousand ideas for worldbuilding on that story, to the point where you forget you were actually working on said story?
Feb
8th
2017

His brow creased with concentration, Lofting set the ruler across the map, made a few fine adjustments, and traced a line from East to West. This done, he studied his handiwork a moment, laid his tools aside, and stabbed a fingertip upon where the pencil marks crossed. "That is where we must go," he said. The rest of us crowded about him and looked to where he pointed. It was a good modern map, with more details and fewer blank spaces than my own. But it was to one of these blan... Read More

Feb
7th
2017
Apologies for the delay. My other job scheduled me for several Mondays in a row, and I wasn’t able to get this post done well enough in advance to make the release date. Next week’s post should be done more in advance, however. There was a post I made here, once, where I brought up the “painted on backdrop.” If you’ve not seen a lot of old movies, this may take a small bit of explaining, but not much. But in the days before computers, if you wanted to shoot a scene someplace and ... Read More
Jan
6th
2017
As it says in the title, this is where I share random ideas with the world. There will be more of these posts. First off, would anyone like to edit my stories? I would very much appreciate it. Reply or PM to contact me Anyway, on to rambling. Where in canon does it say Luna can raise the stars? I don't remember where it says this. She definitely can raise the moon, but when does the cartoon show Luna raising the stars? I have been building headcanon in my spare time, and one part... Read More
Dec
5th
2016
Today's topic is a bit of the inverse of the one I wrote last week. I didn't intend for this at first—in fact I had no plans for an inverse article when I sat down last Monday; the appearance of this one is entirely coincidence brought about by something I was reading. But coincidence aside, it's a worthwhile topic to discuss, because it's something that can crop up all to easily in fiction ... even among experienced authors. For example, while I tend to notice empty det... Read More
Nov
13th
2016
I've recently discovered something: some of the best world building I've read in the last few years is coming from porn (or, "clop" for us pony perverts in the know). I've finally given in started reading a lot of "Humans in Equestria" (HiE) stories in earnest and while a lot of them have sex or are built as sex from the ground up, which is not surprising giving the demographic of the writers and their audience. However, there's some really good stuff ... Read More
Nov
2nd
2016
... So I'm working on something for once. It's a Crossover story between Dark Souls and My Little Pony. Not very (or at all) original, perhaps, but I am excited to develop and (hopefully) get to writing it sometime. I still need to do quite a lot of research into both MLP and Dark Souls for this project to come into full swing, but I'm willing to wait. Rushing something like this just isn't fun. Posting the progress I've made so far is a great opportunity for those who h... Read More
Sep
26th
2016
You ever watch an old movie? Not like black-and-white, pre-talkies era, but forties or fifties-era flick. You know, color, but early color, surprisingly regular inclination to break into song and dance? It was a thing. Anyway, if you've ever sat down and watched one of these older flicks with friends, family, or even on your lonesome, it's likely that at some point during the runtime of the film, a comment similar to the following was made: Hey, you! Don't walk into the b... Read More
Sep
20th
2016
There is one part I always remember about Princess Mononoke. Well, a few parts: that creepy scene with the humans disguised as boars and the tentacle animal monsters, for instance. But one line in particular stuck with me more than any other. At the climax when Lady Eboshi shoots the great forest spirit. A bullet pierces its head, but it calmly continues walking. The men look on in disbelief, and Lady Eboshi chastises them, “He’s a god, you fool. It’ll take more than one shot.” In a p... Read More
Aug
25th
2016
Those who have been following me for a while know that I find pony kinesiology and biomechanics to be an interesting topic for musing. Because ponies are so physically different from humans, any and all of their technology and day-to-day objects would have to be fundamentally different to work for them. Designing something as simple as a door handle or pair of scissors requires a completely new approach and mindset when dealing with ponies. The show itself takes the approach of just importing... Read More
Aug
18th
2016
In today's explanation of some of the higher-end stuff seen in Equestria's Schizo Tech, specifically electronics... Consider, ye all, just how much easier it is to build semiconductor-based devices when you can place a special order with your friendly local rock farmers to grow you some utterly flawless pre-doped monocrystalline silicon wafers to order, thus short-circuiting the inconvenient first stage of the manufacturing process and that tedious mucking about with Our Friend, Hyd... Read More
Aug
2nd
2016
Apologies for the delay. Once again I had a Monday morning shift. I am considering moving future Being a Better Writer posts to Tuesdays for the time being as a result. I'll keep you updated! This post was bound to happen. Sanderson's Three Laws have been a frequently requested topic since the very beginning of this blog, and it's a staple of a lot of writing education these days (especially fantasy), so I knew there would come a day when I had to write about it. Of course, I w... Read More
Jul
24th
2016
One of the fun things about sfnalizing magic (at least in relatively firm SF) is all the unanticipated consequences that you need to look for, carefully, before you decide that that's how that works. Because whatever physical principle you come up with, the odds are that someone will have thought of other interesting things that could be done with it, and if they don't, then your readers will. This morning's example of that would be the observation that one particular translati... Read More
Jul
19th
2016
Picture this, if you will, for a moment. Imagine a young man, an author. Well, a writer who has just recently become an author, having successfully published his first book. He's just been invited to a big convention, where to his excitement, he will be on a panel alongside some of fantasy's greats in writing (if I'm being sparse on details here, forgive me as I don't remember all of them). Anyway, our young writer sits down, understandably a little nervous considering the... Read More
Jul
18th
2016
I'd been planning EqGverse as cyberpunk for a while-- Shadowrunish without being a direct shadowrun import, with the Awakening being semi-artificial, the result of the events of the movies. Grungar3x7 asked why none of the alicorns were futa, and stumbling along the way, I hit on Sunset Shimmer, whom I had only the vaguest of intentions about (though they're even vaguer with EqG Twi). Meet Sunset Shimmer, Heavy Metal Princess! (Thanks, NineCaliber!) Once Princess Celestia's ... Read More
Jul
18th
2016
So, especially including the archive of the questions Scourge asked, that last one got long. If you've got questions about the Hyperverse, even just including what people are doing or look like, as long as they aren't too spoilery, feel free to ask them here. Edit: Semi-closing for the week; anything larger than a sentence or two will have to wait until next week so I get some actual writing done, rather than a thousandish words about what Sunset Shimmer looks like naked, and a tho... Read More
Jul
18th
2016
On Hunting Season, Scourge of Lightning asked a couple of questions about burliness that have branched off into some worldbuildy aspects, and more importantly, is getting really long. I'm also copying the conversation about Bigness just to make it easier to reference at the bottom. If you're really interested in the silly world in my head, there's some aspects here, though the post gets long for archival reasons. I'll have a second one up if you have questions about worldb... Read More
Jul
3rd
2016
In a previous musing post, I covered the idea of pony playing cards. In another, I discussed magic pony sports. Both of these are the sort of things influenced by tradition and simplicity. Today, I'd like to discuss a type of game that is the opposite: something that is explicitly constructed and designed. That's right, today we're discussing the cultural fixture that is the Trading Card Game. The first thing to consider is which property/franchise a pony TCG would adapt. The t... Read More
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