Well, he is kind of dumb

A startling disclosure from She Who Is:

Now I feel better about The Sparkle Chronicles.

Somewhere down the road

Everypony’s headcanon is just a hair different, and this is somepony’s idea of the Mane Six grown up a bit:

Fluttershy and Big Mac (that is my OTP for Ponyville, and I’m stickin’ to it) marry and have a couple of foals. Rarity moves to Manehattan and becomes kind of famous. Rainbow Dash gets into the Wonderbolts. Applejack kind of stays where she is, takes over much of the running of the farm, but with her new sister-in-law to help her, that makes it easier. Pinkie Pie marries Cheese Sandwich and they start up a traveling party business. Twilight perhaps ascends to taking on an even more serious role as a princess, maybe even is being groomed to replace Celestia and Luna, who are thinking about retiring. (We never know for sure just how immortal those two are. Apparently they are over 1000 years old, but then again, Granny Smith seems to be over 100, so maybe ponies live longer than humans or count time differently). And the three Cutie Mark Crusaders kind of grow up: Sweetie Belle becomes an entertainer, Apple Bloom takes over the marketing of her family’s farm products, Scootaloo is sort of an all-purpose mechanic. And maybe Diamond Tiara, in her reformed form, becomes the Mayor some day, and actually does a really good job of it, especially with Silver Spoon as her adviser.

The neatest idea here is that of Diamond Tiara as mayor; I’m betting she has extensive experience in the useful technique of Getting Townsfolk to Do Something, the task of seemingly every mayor everywhere.

Oh, and in my own Dead Pony Flying, Scootaloo lives up to that “mechanic” business.

No secrets

Sethisto tossed this question to EqD readers: “Do You Tell Your Non-Brony Friends About Your Interest in Pony?”

Well, yes, but how could they not know? The farther you get into my house, the more likely you are to see something pony-related; there’s a plush Twilight Sparkle on my desk, fercryingoutloud.

And I learned today that a second co-worker has actually read The Sparkle Chronicles. The power of word of mouth, folks. Some are undone by it; some of us revel in it.

Star equivalence

A couple of weeks ago, I got semi-boastful about the 99-6 thumbs up/thumbs down ratio accorded The Sparkle Chronicles by Fimfiction readers. Now that the 100th upturned digit has arrived, and in view of the fact that I’ve reviewed a few books on Amazon.com of late, I have been wondering how this would equate to an Amazon star ratio.

The systems are not strictly comparable, of course. But taking thumbs up as five stars, and thumbs down as one star, I end up with — 4.72 stars.

Probably better than I deserve, but what the heck.

By now I should be insufferable

Over at Fimfiction, The Sparkle Chronicles got its 3000th reader today. I am somewhere between delighted and disturbed: while I am grateful that this novella (well, it is) is finding an audience, and a largely favorable audience at that — current Thumb Ratio is 99 up/6 down — it’s precipitated a small outbreak of Non sum dignus. This is, of course, typical of me, seeing a silver lining and peering around to make sure there’s a cloud back there. I guess I’m grateful, but I’m also shaking a bit.

I blame changelings

After problems getting into the site, I decided to hang around the back door, and found some highly dubious code injected into the front page. Not sure what it was for, but it can’t be good, so I replaced an obviously bad file with a backup. Performance has improved markedly. (The site’s performance, I mean; I’m the same slug I’ve always been.)

Another digit

I am at least slightly amazed that I’ve been doing this for three and a half years. And if I’m not as productive as I might have hoped I’d be, I’ve somehow managed to pick up a few fans.

To all of you, may your new year be bright and full of promise, and twelve months from now, may those promises be fulfilled.

Apparently I can be replaced

By a neural network, no less:

Okay, maybe I write a little better than that. But the machines are advancing far faster than I am.

From the “I Know What I Like” files

A Fimfiction user, in the Personal Description segment: “I like my Romance sickening sweet and my Comedy breathtaking hilarious.”

Three different bookshelves belonging to this user contain The Sparkle Chronicles. I guess that’s a review right there.

A Glimmer of retconning

How The Cutie Re-Mark should have ended, according to longtime fan Erin Palette:

Twilight, realizing that Starlight Glimmer is pathological, decides that she needs to go back in time and prevent the childhood trauma from happening (basically, a pony version of Let’s Kill Baby Hitler). So Twilight uses her special talent in magic — remember, she was promoted to princess when she fixed a spell that Starswirl the Gandalf Bearded couldn’t do — to modify this other Starswirl spell and goes back to Starlight Glimmer’s past. There, Twilight shows her how to make new friends, and halts the creation of the nascent sociopath. Starlight Glimmer makes new friends and understands that friendship is the most powerful magic of all. Bam, problem solved in a proper pony manner and it makes sense.

Or, perhaps, they could have made it a story about The Great and Powerful Trixie.