I've made a guide to the supported BB codes.  Hopefully it is complete and accurate, but I can't make promises.

I'm afraid that I am me

Elsewhere on the webs

Pi Beta Q, my Blogger blog.  Updates sporadically, I'm usually just as likely to blog here.

reddit.  I haven't been there in a long while.

Twitter: deprecated.

Diaspora: deprecated, and abandoned.

Facebook: deleted.  I owe the world a blogpost about that still.

eMail: Haha.  If you're authorized to email me, you already have my email address.  Conversely, if you have my email address, you're implicitly authorized to email me.  I check it often, but I'm not always timely dealing with it.


If you're here because of my username, try Bionicle Crossovers instead.  Bionicle notwithstanding I consider ponies my first fandom.


I'm still updating my bookshelves.  The below predates the sitewide bookshelves update.  However, as of this writing it's still true.

I have some weird opinions about some things.  One of these things is the tracking system.

The tracking system is labeled 'Favorites'.  I don't use it that way.  I use it for, well, tracking stories I want to keep track of.  This includes my favorite stories, but it also includes stuff I'm reading and want to keep reading when it updates, and stuff I want to be able to find again easily for whatever reason (including stuff I don't necessarily think that highly of).

The fact that it can improve something's rating is a sometimes-annoying side effect.

Bedside Table

  • Fragments of Memories After surviving a spell that merged Twilight and Dash into a single being, the two mares are still struggling to get back to as normal a life as they can have. Except, didn’t they used to have more friends? Why is it so hard to remember… by Starwin 110,433 words · 6,486 views · 852 likes · 22 dislikes
  • Whispering Stars Once upon a time, there was a lonely blue alicorn named Tyranny, an arrogant white alicorn named Pride, and a field of snowballs that threatened existence. by Causal Quill 32,980 words · 3,267 views · 326 likes · 10 dislikes
  • Days of Wasp and Spider No humans. In Equestria's past, ponies exist only to serve their creators. One such pony is accidentally released from her mental chains, but how can one mare save herself and her people if she doesn't even know she's a slave? by Luna-tic Scientist 235,380 words · 12,370 views · 1,001 likes · 28 dislikes
  • Background Pony "My name's Lyra Heartstrings, but you won't remember anything. Listen to my symphony, for it by shortskirtsandexplosions 432,377 words · 81,661 views · 5,934 likes · 214 dislikes
  • Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder Twilight Sparkle is stuck in a time loop amid a changeling invasion. This time, she's not the only one whose day is repeating. by horizon 69,513 words · 9,986 views · 1,172 likes · 40 dislikes

"Twilight?"  Applejack eased her head through the doorway.  Dulled clanks came from further inside, and much of the equipment crowding the room glowed with a dull purple sheen.

"Working!" called Twilight from the other side of the largest element.

"Twilight, mail call!" insisted Applejack.

"I'm in the middle of something!" said Twilight.  "I'm pretty sure I explained why I shouldn't be interupted in here?"

"Emergencies, right," said Applejack.  "Twi, Fluttershy sent another Null Set record."

"She what!?"  Twilight backed out from where she was studying the interior of a large rotary system and stuck her head over it.  A halo of components followed her.

"Fluttershy found another one a' those Null Set Records releases, and she sent it along to you.  I thought you'd want to know about it."

"I do, I just--"  Twilight started pacing.  "This isn't something I can safely walk away from, I've got to wrap up here."  Her gaze snapped towards Applejack.  "Wait, you didn't open it, did you?"

"It's surrounded in that clear archival stuff you use, with a label stuck on," soothed Applejack.  "It's not like it's gonna get damaged."

"Ugh.  Good."  Twilight wrapped a hoof over her muzzle.  "I'm sorry for jumping at you.  I need-- horseapples.  Could you put it in my quarters, please? I'd love to start recovery on it right away, but I need to track down the irregularity in the warp core and put all this back together before I can do that."

"Sure thing, Twi."  Applejack looked around at the massive amount of stuff Twilight was manipulating.  "Eh, do you want me t' send Pinkie down here?  I think she's in the cafeteria, but--"

"No, she's good where she is," said Twilight.  She dug up a smile.  "Thank you, though.  And for telling me about the mail-- something to look forward to."

I want to get back (ha, "back") into writing.  I've got two ideas I can maybe-probably bullshit my way through, and I sorta want to write both of them but I'm not going to try to do both at once.  Preferences?  Requests?

(And:  Yes, the snip above is related to one.  No, you don't know enough to vote based on which one will tell you more about Null Set Records.)

On the one hand:  Space ships and science fiction.  I've got a setting in the back of my mind with our equines already worked into it and some surrounding-first-contact scenarios available.  Beyond that I'd be winging it and probably exploring the not-quite-crossover setting.

On the other hand:  An action-adventure-y setting, although I'm not sure I'd write it from that perspective.  Non-crossover.  Magical girls.  No, really!  Well, okay, the "action" side mostly writes itself after stealing its overarching plot from popcultural osmosis from another property.  I have no idea what I'm doing character(arc)wise but that's half the fun!

In something like, I dunno, a week? nine days?  Not more than two weeks anyways, I'll decide if there's a clear consensus preferring one or the other.  I'm like 95% sure I know which I'll do if there isn't one so don't worry about that.  Just which do you think sounds most interesting?

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I impose a simple rule on my recommendations boxes: I only put it up here if I would read it at least twice.  Since it's a bit of a crapshot to tell whether I "would" read anything twice, in practice I only put things that I have read twice.  These are all things that I really do think are just that good, dang it.

These aren't the only things I recommend, of course.  I also have a folder-full of recommendations, if you like.  My "Favorites" list is currently not a reliable source of recommendations, because for a while it was being my "I've read this" list.

Once upon a time, the 'Favorites' boxes used to pop up the short description when you moused over a story.  Apparently, they don't do that anymore.  You can get the short descriptions to show up if you put the favorites box in your narrow column instead, but I felt that the big picture and extra screen space was more valuable.

Recommend list, part one

  • True Colors Pixelbright and Peppermint must overcome obstacles as they investigate nature of light and color. by Alligator Fists 14,331 words · 1,432 views · 57 likes · 1 dislikes
  • Whom the Princesses Would Destroy... Behind the scenes of a perfectly normal visit to Canterlot lies chaos. Also, custard. by GhostOfHeraclitus 19,758 words · 35,206 views · 2,646 likes · 37 dislikes
  • Martial Bliss Shining Armor learns the most important tactical lesson of his life. by Skywriter 1,514 words · 23,705 views · 2,586 likes · 37 dislikes
  • The Keepers of Discord Being a statue can drive you mad, yes? by Hoopy McGee 11,445 words · 40,755 views · 5,383 likes · 79 dislikes
  • Yours Truly Distance can drive us apart. It can also bring us closer together. by Thanqol 18,646 words · 30,878 views · 2,135 likes · 34 dislikes

Recommend list, part two

  • The Carnivore's Prayer It is their nature by Cold in Gardez 9,679 words · 6,427 views · 676 likes · 12 dislikes
  • Veil of Thoughts After an accident Twilight and Rainbow awake to find themselves sharing the same body! by Starwin 51,869 words · 26,284 views · 2,509 likes · 84 dislikes
  • Thou Goddess Scansion wakes up to find beautiful poems he doesn't remember writing. Is the lonely goddess of the night reaching out to him in the only way she can, or is he chasing shadows? by horizon 5,174 words · 4,340 views · 560 likes · 14 dislikes
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#32 · 116w, 2d ago · 1 · ·


You need to get in the habit of checking around corners before you stick your fool head around them, mate.

#31 · 116w, 2d ago · · ·

You're watching me.  Creepy.  I will look for you around corners!

#30 · 124w, 2d ago · · ·


Yes, yams, there is an update.

#29 · 124w, 4d ago · · ·


Noted.  Not loaded yet, however, because I really need to go to bed.

Careful, comrade... you almost blew your inequine cover there :ajsmug:

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