Not sure how this happened

I get more traffic here than I do at Fimfiction. I’m guessing it’s mostly people who are wondering if I’m still writing. (Answer: Not as much as I need to be.)

Meanwhile at Trotcon

Our man in Columbus visits the fandom for the first time:

I find myself in the hotel lobby of Worthington’s Crowne. The first thing I did was B-line it to the gift shop. Not gonna lie, maybe kinda/certainly the weirdest introduction into the culture. The first thing I saw was the body pillow cases. Fitted sheets with (and I was prepared for something like this but, like, naw) sexually suggestive images of each of the Pony characters lying in a cushy bed-like background. Hey, to each their own. It’s not like I own any Gilmore Girl posters or have ever had a life-sized cut out of DMX at my birthday party (…).

The gifts and merch-grabs tailored itself to the fan base. Sure you had your super sexy anime keychains but you also had complete Pathfinder deluxe play settings that let you role-play within the universe of My Little Pony. You had cartoon smut lined up next to some (admittedly) cool looking figurines and Fallout: Equestria Fanfiction. But all of it was accepted and consumed by everyone here. It may not have been each person’s specific thing but no one questioned it, no one judged. Sure they were all a nervous and sweaty mess but they shared a mutual interest, they just expressed their fandom in differing ways.

Glad to have seen you, sir. You’re always welcome at the next one.

Dashed off quickly

Fark.oom is known to be a hotbed of pony fans; each week there’s a new episode, there’s a message thread that often exceeds 100 posts. So I wasn’t too surprised to find this under the Business tab:

Hasbro stock up 13% on earnings that were 50% better than expected, shareholders feeling about 20% cooler.

Well, they needed to be.

Nobody’s perfect

This. So much this:

It’s amazing how well these two utterly disparate songs mesh together; chocolate and peanut better should be so fortunate.

And she should know, right?

Were it not for Lauren Faust, we’d never have had MLP:FiM. But you knew that, right?

Potentially awkward

Was it just me, or did anyone else think, before seeing “The Parent Trap” (S8E08), that it was a setup for the eventual pairing of Starlight Glimmer’s dad and Sunburst’s mom?

Just me, then? Okay, fine. Carry on, then.

I bet she can, too

Masque of the Purple Smart

Is this Equestria’s favorite skin-care solution?

Glamglow #Glittermask

Soon this product will be available to bipeds:

The GlamGlow glitter masks are inspired by the sparkly shades of three beloved ponies: Princess Luna, who we all know as a powerful princess and beauty icon; Pinkie Pie, the socialite and life of the party; and Twilight Sparkle, the lovable perfectionist… You will have to wait a couple more weeks, though, since this dream collaboration will be making its debut in April.

Price is $59, or its equivalent in bits.

Dash, interrupted

This shot from the Toy Fair — thank you, The Illustrious Q — serves as a reminder that Derpy Day (1 March) is practically upon us.

Unplanned exposure

So I’m sitting in the therapist’s office, and my phone rings.

I am reasonably certain she wasn’t expecting this for a ringtone:

And then she looked at the actual phone, with its Twilight Sparkle wallpaper, and — well, I never was worth a flip at keeping secrets.