Monday, October 31, 2011

6-Star Reviews Part 4: Bubbles

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Today we have the anonymously-authored Bubbles, widely considered one of the saddest stories in the fandom.  Yes, someone looked at the wall-eyed background pony from a little girls' cartoon and thought to himself, "You know, I bet I can make that really depressing."  Was he right?  We'll see after the page break.

Friday, October 28, 2011

6-Star Reviews Part 3: Chasing Rainbows

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Today's installment of my ongoing 6-star reviews series brings us Chasing Rainbows courtesy of Phoe, ponyfic author and EqD blog editor.  Unlike the previous two entries, I'm going into this one blind.  That's right, I've never read this fic, in whole or part.  Below the break, surprises!  Hopefully, the good kind.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

6-Star Reviews Part 2: Ponies Discover /co/

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Another blast from the past!  This time, it's the tantalizingly named Ponies Discover /co/, courtesy of Slywit.  I remember reading this story when it was still being posted piecemeal over on /co/.  At the time, it seemed like a veritable fountain of hilarity.  Will it hold up as well as the also-ancient Jr. Speedsters Forever!?  More importantly, is that the proper way to punctuate the previous sentence?  I mean, the title ends with an exclamation point, but I'm still asking a question, so I need a question mark at the end.  But I can't leave the exclamation point off because it's part of the title, so I have to use both.  Right?

One of these questions will be answered after the page break.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Episode Talk: S2E4, Luna Eclipsed

Well, it's been a couple of days, and we've all had a chance to digest the latest episode.  Now that things have calmed down, there are a few things I want to voice my opinion on.  I don't know if I'll make a habit of commenting on episodes after they air or not; it depends on whether I have much to say in the aftermath, I suppose.  But as a rule, I've never been short on opinions.  Below the page break, some observations about Luna Eclipsed:

Friday, October 21, 2011

6-Star Reviews Part 1: Junior Speedsters Forever!

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Woohoo, my first review!  We're starting with the earliest-written story to ever get 6-starred by Equestria Daily, Pacce's Junior Speedsters Forever!  Check it out after the break.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

6-Star Reviews Part 0: An Explanation

Okay, I know what the first thing I'm going to use this blog for is: an excuse to read all the 6-star stories on Equestria Daily.

I've probably read at least a quarter of them already, but many more I've skipped over for one reason or another.  Maybe the premise didn't interest me, maybe I was busy the night the story was posted and didn't have time to read it, maybe I just missed the post altogether.  Either way, I'm going to start going back and reading every one of the 106 and counting 6-star stories.

Of course, just reading a bunch of stories does not a series of entertaining posts make.  Something of interest to any potential readers must be included as well.  After all, somebody might stumble across this blog someday--can't have them getting bored, can I?  So I'll be discussing each of the stories in a few different ways.  I'm going to drop a tl;dr version below the page break, explaining exactly how I'll conduct my reviews.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Well, here we are.  After almost a year in the MLP fandom, and all which that entails, I've decided to start a pony-themed blog.  Why?  To be honest, I don't know.  I'm not doing it for the attention--I have no intention of going out and publicizing this thing (though if you're here, welcome!).  I'm not exactly flush with free time either, as my work keeps me pretty busy.  But nevertheless, I'm doing this.  Call it practice: practice writing, practice blogging, and a valiant attempt at sticking to a schedule.

So...what IS this?  Well, it is (or will be, rather) several things.  It will contain my commentary on those aspects of the pony community which impact me.  As a fanfiction author, that mostly includes fanworks of various sorts.  It will deal with canon stuff as well, but don't get confused: this blog won't be much more than my opinion.  You want pony news, sites like Equestria Daily and already fill that niche much better than I could, even if I wanted to.  If you like to read opinions, reviews, and the like, then maybe you'll find this worth reading. If not, I totally understand.  Honestly, I doubt I'd read a blog like this.  Heh, now THERE'S an endorsement.  But hey, the worst that can happen is that I get bored and give up after a couple weeks.

Well, here goes nothing.