Category Archives: Generally speaking

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…)

Are stallions obsolete?

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd once wrote a book called Are Men Necessary? (Did I read it? Well, yes.) This weekend there’s an op-ed in the Times called “Men, Who Needs Them?” by one Greg Hampikian, professor of biology and criminal justice at Boise State University and the director of the Idaho Innocence Project. I would suggest to Ms.… (more…)

Go cry, emo pony

For some reason, I felt compelled to explain My Little Dashie to a coworker today. (Having the poster for one of the film versions hanging in the office will lead to such things.) And I completely and utterly lost it. I mean, we’re talking a whole rack of bawls. So if you saw something here, or elsewhere, with my name… (more…)

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…)

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.

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…)

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.

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…)