Category Archives: Generally speaking

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…)

Another nomenclatural query

Trying to explain my characterization of Twilight Sparkle in the three TwiBrush stories went awry the moment I realized that there’s no pony equivalent for “She’s not what you’d call a people person.” Now Twi has actually used the term “people” canonically, but “people pony” just sounds funny. (Similar befuddlement here.)

I’m not one to brag

Well, actually, maybe a little. My story-reads count at FIMFiction went over 1,000 this past weekend, which is somewhere around ten times what I figured I’d get in my wildest dreams when I started messing with this stuff three months ago. Anyway, if I seem a bit less Eeyorish of late, this is why.

We are driven

There’s a reference to “pony cars” in The Sparkle Chronicles, in the context of not wanting to explain the concept to a visiting pony. No big deal. Then there’s this seemingly unrelated bit from Somepony New: “Seriously, Dashie,” Pinkie insisted. “He doesn’t sit like a pony, he doesn’t walk like a pony, and nopony has ever heard of him. Suppose… (more…)