Category Archives: Generally speaking

How does this make me feel?

“How does this make you feel?” asked jesting Sethisto. Of course, it reminded me of the goodbye scene in Chapter Six of The Sparkle Chronicles: “…the old man and the young unicorn engaged in what had to be one of the all-time great kisses.” And of course, that’s a pegasus in the picture, but no matter; I know how my… (more…)

Back of the pack

FIMFiction’s knighty announced that he’d added some new stuff to the Statistics page, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take a look, even though I am a minor contributor at best. Total word count has surpassed 700 million, and is rising rapidly: it might hit a billion by the end of the year. (My own word count is 57,078,… (more…)

I’m trying to decide if this matters

There’s exactly one theater showing Equestria Girls in the entire freaking state. Do I really want to make a 130-mile trip?

They don’t do it for me

A reminder from Scootareader at The Daily Oat: One thing that many find difficult to grasp is that they are not part of the most important group. We love ponies and we look forward to ponies, but our desires are secondary. Little girls are more important to Hasbro than us when it comes to their show because this audience represents… (more…)

A market for this kind of stuff

I can think of a thousand stories in the ponyverse — I have nearly that many “favourites” anointed at Fimfiction — I’d rather read than my own, but damn me if I didn’t warm to the idea of turning the TwiBrush tales into an ebook: Fan fiction, in which aficionados of existing books and movies write characters into new storylines,… (more…)

Apologies of a sort

I’ve neglected this place of late, but then I haven’t had a whole lot to say, and no compelling story idea are forthcoming. There will be works in progress eventually. Really.

Possibly usable

Naming consultant Nancy Friedman has happened upon a software gizmo to benefit those of us who write pony tales: I don’t get the appeal of My Little Pony even on a meta-meta-ironic level, but I am not you, and you, for all I know, may be a brony. In that case, knock yourself out with Ponify, a browser extension “which… (more…)

The name matches the flank

This is something I wrote about elsewhere three years ago on the subject of Thomas Crapper, vendor (if not necessarily the inventor) of flush toilets, and the unusual appropriateness of his surname: John Bemelmans Marciano, in his book Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009), advances this intriguing hypothesis: “It does seem fair to question,… (more…)

Signals ahead

I quote these mostly because of their timely juxtaposition — and because timely juxtapositions are sometimes at the very heart of our existence. Jack Baruth writes today in The Truth About Cars: The notion of the crossroads as a sacred place is older than Robert Johnson, older than the blues, older than the automobile or the Romans who laid the… (more…)

Behind the scenes

One thing I should have done when I set this place up was to do something about the infernal number of post/page revisions WordPress likes to accumulate. There was admittedly one occasion when I did have the need to retrieve something, which leaves about eight hundred or so when I didn’t. So I did a little housecleaning today, shrinking the… (more…)