Random musical observation

My usual procedure, once I’ve downloaded a new song from some source other than the iTunes Store or Amazon — I buy a lot of stuff from Bandcamp, for instance — is to direct it to a desktop folder for easy access, and then eventually move it to its permanent location once it gets to the point where I don’t… (more…)

Pressing ahead

I’ve submitted Chapter 1 of The Sparkle Chronicles to FIMFiction. At this writing it is awaiting moderator approval. Assuming it isn’t immediately broomed off the premises, the remaining chapters will be posted, one per day, through Tuesday. (Wednesday, if it takes more than two days to approve.) This is the story link. Update: Approved 2 August at approximately 8:10 pm… (more…)

We don’t even fade away

Why, yes, I did submit this to My Little Dashie’s Love and Acceptance blog. And I meant every word of it. Update, 3 August: Somepony was kind enough to post that on Derpibooru.

That Bronies book

(Previously mentioned here.) Despite the title, Bronies: For the Love of Ponies is not specifically aimed at adult fans of My Little Pony. It is, however, a wonderfully eclectic collection of contemporary short stories in which ponies of various descriptions play substantial roles, and the afterword by editor L. Lambert Lawson explains how those stories, like the MLP: Friendship is… (more…)

For lo, I cloppeth not

I mentioned on Facebook that I was doing a story in the MLP universe; an old friend said that she’d like to read it, and that it would have been nice if dearly departed youngster, closer to the MLP target market, could have read it — provided it wasn’t X-rated. Um, no, it’s not. It skirts PG-13, maybe, but that’s… (more…)

Progress report of sorts

The Sparkle Chronicles is coming along nicely, if not exactly quickly; I reached the 8000-word mark last night. I am somewhat undecided as to the ultimate destiny of the story, though. I’ve pretty much committed myself to posting it at FIMFiction, but I’m still thinking that I should finish it first, then dole it out one chapter at a time,… (more…)

Not your sister’s ponies

Just received at DSHQ: the anthology Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. It is not necessarily MLP-related, but I still expect it to be worth the read. I will report on it once it’s made it through my ridiculously large backlog of books to read.

The great wing exchange

Weird scene on Twitter tonight, in which the following scheme was proposed: “Why don’t Scootaloo and Fluttershy trade wings? Fluttershy is afraid of flying and Scoots desperately wants to fly and can’t.” I liked the idea, but questioned whether the surgery would work – d-arkweb.com. We went from there to magical solutions, which would take at least alicorn-level power: I… (more…)

Nomenclatural query

One phrase that occurs entirely too often in human writings — because there’s entirely too much of it in real life — is “man’s inhumanity to man.” It may be that the comparable concept does not exist in Equestria, though any number of stories tagged “grimdark” might suggest otherwise — but assuming that it does exist, how would you phrase… (more…)

Mary Sue and her friends

The problem with inserting yourself into a story, or writing one around yourself, is creeping Mary Sue-ism, the appearance of “a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader.” According to legend — clearly I haven’t read anywhere near all of them — the entire… (more…)