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 it? Ponies clearly have their own ethics and morals, but they know nothing of “inhumane” and variations thereupon.

[I originally posted this at FIMFiction; I figured I’d bring it over here. —DS]

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 Human-In-Equestria genre is rife with Mary Sues, Larry Schmoos, and similar unsavory types.

It also works the other way, which is why I’m currently wrestling with some way to salvage a story idea, which can be summed up — high concept, this — as “What would happen if you tried to explain My Little Dashie to Twilight Sparkle?” Not wishing to drag myself into Equestria, I figured out a reasonable expedient for getting Twilight into my own universe, albeit temporarily, but there’s still something disquieting about the whole thing. Writing it in third person won’t necessarily help, and while I have no trouble characterizing myself with noteworthy, even annoying, flaws, Mary Sue in reverse is still Mary Sue. And let’s face it, an encounter, however brief, with Twilight Sparkle qualifies as “wish fulfillment.”

So I’m not sure which way I should go with this. Maybe I should just dump the concept entirely.

Update: Obviously I stuck with the concept.

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. I must be in the good graces of the Princess.

In fact, there were two updates while I was checking those stats, so I’d best get to reading.

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 and Dreaming with Ponies. They set the curve for all of us would-be scribes.

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 ported over here). At the time, I declared I had no talent for fiction, which may well be true; however, I may toss in some story fragments here and there, with the hope of possibly figuring out how to make something coherent out of them.

Updates here will be fairly irregular, though like many in the fandom, I am prone to binge posting.

Thank you for coming.