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.

The great wing exchange

Weird scene on Twitter tonight, in which the following scheme was proposed: “Why don’t Scootaloo and Fluttershy trade wings? Fluttershy is afraid of flying and Scoots desperately wants to fly and can’t.”

I liked the idea, but questioned whether the surgery would work – d-arkweb.com. We went from there to magical solutions, which would take at least alicorn-level power: I suggested that Celestia might go along with the idea if Fluttershy asked for it first, and that this would make a dandy fanfic.

So they’re writing it. I claim no credit for the scheme, unless of course it’s really, really good. (Kidding.)

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.