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Cosmic Cowboy


I'm a linguist. I like ambiguity more than most people.

Jul
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2017

Dreams on "Game of Thrones" · 4:14pm July 20th

Hey all. Guess I'm still alive. Haven't been feeling much inclination to doing much on the site, but I'm still reading almost nothing but pony fanfics (re-reading, mostly). I am actually working on the next entry of Grammar for Real People, and a while ago I made a lot of progress sprucing up my plans for Minoan Crisis, as well as preparing for a large project I may or may not have hinted at in the past. Here's hoping any of those actually bear fruit anytime soon.

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An editor before an author, and a boy before a cow.

Hey there. I'm an editing intern at a little scifi/fantasy publishing company, and I have way too many ideas for my time.

Check out my stories if you want, there are one or two that I still stand by as okay. Afraid I'm too busy right now to do any editing for you, but maybe someday that will change. We'll see.

Also check out my blogs if you want to know whether or not you should read that one fic or not, or if you want to have a discussion about where the show is going and what each new episode means for the world of FiM.

Have some music to read by!

"Anybody can say you can't write, but don't let anybody say you don't."

-Ken Rand

My Fics Worth Reading

  • The Minoan Crisis Someday the Princess of Friendship will be able to handle all of Equestria's foreign relations, but until then, we will rely on our proud corps of trained diplomats, and of course their able guards, ready for anything. Lightning Dust is not ready. by Cosmic Cowboy 46,620 words · 682 views · 47 likes · 1 dislikes
  • Goldie Delicious and the Three Heads Applejack tells her sister the story that taught her how to fight a chimera. by Cosmic Cowboy 2,661 words · 287 views · 24 likes · 1 dislikes
  • Binary Suns Celestia wakes up feeling beside herself. by Cosmic Cowboy 2,236 words · 1,783 views · 189 likes · 2 dislikes

Writing Helps

Occasionally I do something to help people write better pony fanfiction. Still not sure if that's a healthy use of my free time, but hopefully I help some people.


Grammar for Real People

Commas in all the wrong places? Readers complaining about messy writing? Proofreaders bailing out of your sinking ship of a fic?

Check out my ongoing series of blog posts trying to explain in simple terms how grammar and punctuation really work.

Part 1: Magic and Science
Part 2: Sentences, Phrases, and Clauses
Part 3: Phrase Functions and Parse
Part 4-1: Modifier Confusion
Part 4-2: Specifier Logic
Part 4-3: Heavy Complements
Part 4-4: Positive/Negative Unity (The Truth Behind “Double-Negatives")
Part 4-5: Scripts and Sleepy Phrases (The Truth Behind “Passive Voice”)
Part 4-6: Script Details (Coming Soon)


Luna For Dummies

Not feeling confident about writing dialogue for Luna? Congratulations, you weren't raised in 16th-century London. If you're looking for a quick-and-easy guide to getting the "thee's" and "thou's" right, look no further. Or maybe you're just bored and like reading amateurish summaries of linguistic history. I don't judge.


Story Structures

This is a video from a Brony fanfiction class I once taught in about how to use different story structures, like the famous Three-Act Structure, Orson Scott Card's MICE Quotient, and the Hollywood Seven-Point Structure. Check it out if your writing is worth an hour of your time.


Writing Excuses

Alright, this one isn't mine, but it's helped me out immensely. If you're looking to improve your skills as a writer/editor/whatever, but don't have time to take writing classes (since most of us have lives outside of this kind of thing), I highly recommend you check out , a weekly podcast by some of my favorite authors. Each episode is only fifteen minutes long, and I listen to one every time I walk to campus. There are also transcripts of each one, and I suggest having some relevant ones open while you write/brainstorm/research/whatever.

(if you haven't already...)

Looking for something really good to read and too impatient to chance the next fic in your Read Later list? Try something from one of my bookshelves. Trust me, they're good. Some of them are classics that you've heard of before, some of them are complete unknowns, but either way you want to know why people like a fic before you read it, right? I know I do, and that's why I started making these recommendation blogs (which I may someday turn into videos). More to come!

Top Shelf
Why you should read "If Horses Had Gods" by Ponky (if you haven't already...)
Why you should read "Friendship is Optimal" by Iceman (if you haven't already...)
Why you should read "I Am Demon" by Aquaman (if you haven't already...)

Middle Shelf
Why you should read "The Moon's Apprentice" (if you haven't already...)
Why you should read "Five Score, Divided by Four" by TwistedSpectrum (if you haven't already...)
Why you should read "Blackacre" by Princess Woona (if you haven't already...)
Why you should read "Diaries of a Madman" by whatmustido (if you haven't already...)
Why you should read "Not The Hero" by alarajrogers (if you haven't already...)

Scroll down for a peek at the shelves themselves, or at least the Top Shelf and the 18 highest-rated of the Middle and Lower Shelves. If you want more, check out my library page. Have fun!

Top Shelf - Best I've Ever Read

  • Background Pony "My name's Lyra Heartstrings, but you won't remember anything. Listen to my symphony, for it by shortskirtsandexplosions 432,377 words · 84,694 views · 6,076 likes · 219 dislikes
  • If Horses Had Gods Twilight Sparkle asks each of her friends, "Do you believe in God?" by Ponky 7,711 words · 4,587 views · 648 likes · 58 dislikes
  • I Am Demon I am Cold, swirling snow that turns ponies against each other. I am Survivor, the one the Friendfyre spell didn't catch. I am Demon, and Clover the Clever is my Master. *Winner of Equestria Daily's Outside Insight contest* by Aquaman 15,842 words · 2,980 views · 515 likes · 14 dislikes
  • Friendship is Optimal Hasbro just released the official My Little Pony MMO, with an A.I. Princess Celestia to run it. by Iceman 38,698 words · 59,557 views · 3,284 likes · 116 dislikes

Middle Shelf - Very Impressive

Lower Shelf - Worth Reading

Quote Wall

Sprouting from his face were bushy but tamed sideburns and a glorious bristling moustache that looked as though it would leap off his upper lip at any moment and wrestle the nearest bear.

-Municipal Engines, Night's Favoured Child

"Calling me a monster does not do your vocabulary or my actions any justice."

-AestheticB, The Immortal Game

"CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS POLITICAL PROTESTERS! SMASH THE STATE!"

-GhostOfHeraclitus, Whom the Princesses Would Destroy...

"We'll talk about that in a second. First, I want you to remember this moment. Just close your eyes and sit here in silence for a little while."

...When I opened my eyes, I saw Celestia was just looking at me with what I might call a pitying expression. "Are you ready?"

"No."

"That's a shame. Now, let me go get your fiancee."

"I'm sorry, my what?"


She grit her teeth and forced out, “Fine, daddy. That’s a very pretty skirt you’re wearing.”

-whatmustido, Diaries of a Madman

The pipe itself was empty - Nurse Redheart had strongly recommended he give up blowing bubbles for the sake of his health - but it still felt good to have something to grind on when he was in a bad mood.


"If we’re going to be monsters, let’s be monsters like Equestria’s never seen. Monsters so great and terrible, the world will never need another monster again."

-Nonagon, Death Note: Equestria

“Bad Twilight Sparkle. No megalomania.”


“Twilight, you are banned from ever attempting any sexual innuendo in this castle.”
“Again?”
“Still.”

-Cast-Iron Caryatid, Sharing the Night

"Welcome to the club. We have crumbled cookies and spilt milk."


"Like, why do you have an egg timer? Isn’t that, like, cannibalism or something?"

-Somber, Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons

“He’s not dead... yet.”
“Whoa. You got plans?”

-Ponky, The Sisters Doo

"You have far more endorphins than I'll ever be able to produce."

-Ponky, Through the Looking Glass and What Pinkie Found There

"Ah— Er, I— Oh, you..."
"And sometimes Y. Language is a fascinating thing, is it not?"

Moowell, A Pony Named 'You'

"We wait for their next charge, then my team pushes back with everything we've got, you hear? We make an opening, then the rest of you follow!"
...
"If you say so. Hey Applejack?"
"Yeah, sugarcube?"
"This is really fun."
"Course it is. That's why we do it so often."

AestheticB, Sparkle's Law

"Twi, you had me at secret agent. Then you added fame and glory and space. I think you can count me in."


“Discord knew statistics?”

“How else would he know if he’s being random?”

That…was an excellent point. I couldn’t argue with that.

Forthwith, The Moon's Apprentice

"Come see the Friendship Castle, everypony! It'll eat your damn soul but colt is it pretty!"

ManlyDerp, "If you ain't got anything nice to say..."

Even Power Chord's House of Rock, while a bit misleading, did have a pebble by its entrance which she found intriguing.

Twinkletail, My Sediments Exactly

"She's twelve feet tall, alabaster white, and her mane glows in the dark... And you lost her."

Princess Woona, Blackacre

"You're just mad that mom likes me better than you!"
Twilight blinked. "I didn't know you two were brother and sister."
"We aren't. My mom just likes him better."
"Wow."
"Yeah, she's a b*tch."

defender2222, The Many Secret Origins of Scootaloo

Pinkie Pie didn’t have access to anything reflective enough to see her face, but on further consideration, there was only one sensible conclusion: She’d been transformed into a sasquatch.


“The... internet?”
“Oh, yes, there are plenty of sites that keep those kinds of records. I can help you find them if you don’t know where to look...” The librarian paused when she noticed that her guest’s slightly irritated gaze had morphed into something that resembled otherworldly fascination. “Sir? Are you alright?”
“Hmm?” Discord said, briefly returning from his reverie. “Yes, I’m fine. It’s just...”
“Just... what?”
“I’m not sure, but I have this strange feeling as though I’m about to have the best day of my entire life.”


"Hey, who else is going to keep you sane, if not the voice in your head?"

Kwakerjak, Transdementia

A firm ally and free cake? Star Gazer can suck a lemon, I'm the best talker.

Rune Soldier Dan, The Blueblood Chronicles

It began, as many mistakes do, with a restless mind coupled with the best of intentions.


"You would think so, Armor," said Lt. Weaselface, whose pegasus mother did not love him at all.

Skywriter, The First Time You See Her

"Luna... you can't go because they think you're dead. They'd know right away you're an impostor."

"Neigh, I rose from the grave. With my moon powers."

alarajrogers, Elements of Opposition

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2204266 Thing is, I can't even picture that. But I think I can imagine it, and it's pretty sweet.

I JUST now realized that the gray part of your avatar is a nose. NOT a gray face with huge blue hair and a sweet hat.

2145605 Figured it was about time.

Thank you for the follow

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