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…)

By the numbers

This particular observation was prompted by a glance at my FIMFiction stats, which indicate somewhere on the far side of two million words read, although the really startling aspect of it, for me, is that I’ve managed to favorite over fifty stories. And this burst of activity took a whole twenty-nine days. All this, yet still keeping a day job.… (more…)

Where credit is due

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and all related characters and indicia are the property of Hasbro, Inc. Header graphic adapted from Map of Ponyville by ~Aurebesh at deviantArt. Used by permission. Original graphic here. I must acknowledge these masters of the story: shortskirtsandexplosions, author of The End of Ponies and Background Pony, and ROBCakeran53, author of My Little Dashie… (more…)

Greetings to everypony

After hanging around the fandom for about a year < and apparently not having made a complete fool of myself, I have decided that I needed a place of my own that could be all pony, all the time, without getting in the way of my three other blogs (plus some scribblings I’ve left at FIMFiction.net, which will eventually be… (more…)