An Enterprise: The Brony Thanks-To-You ProjectA Short Enterprise: The Brony Thanks-To-You Project; Or, The Pocket-Book Misgivings of an Industrious Assembly.
From the perspective of the Right Honourable Diffuser of Situations Grave.
Pleasing as it is to the court of fine peers, I bid good passing that eyes are directed away from licentious misgivings of communication to a universal act of decency. Forwarding this matter, to the public entity of best intentions, I relay the pending program of diffusion; that I shall, with all good and fair-chosen morals, launch a campaign of acceptance, and it shall be called the Brony Thanks-To-You Project, which will, accordingly, boast production values that should match our representatives, and it shall, without a doubt, be the best possible way that we shall give thanks to those we are enamoured with. Before me I have the proceedings of caveats of scepticism. Let it be known that I shall answer all due concerns with an endearing sense of honesty. As it should be noted:
Writing Tips - Read BetterThe most common wisdom told to new-coming writers is that you have to read a lot. Before I say anything else I will say that reading more will (usually) help you in a variety of ways that I'll go into by the end of this. How true is this? Well, I think that this is a little bit misstated. Reading, on its own, will not make you a better writer. It'll make you a better reader, to be sure. But it's kind of like... expecting to be good at making Italian food by eating Italian food. Sure, you can figure out what you like that way, but just eating it on its own will not make you know how to make the food.Writing Tips - Read Better5 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
You need to write a lot. If you've read every book in the world, but have never written a sentence, then you will not be a good writer—almost certainly. Writing and reading are different skills. Reading is like learning about art history. Writing is like painting. Reading is useful, almost certainly, but if you assume that that's on the highest pedestal, you are probably doing things
Writing Tips - Fantasy Creatures (Part 2)It's time to talk about fantasy races... yay. I seem so enthusiastic today because there are a few pitfalls that most people seem to keep falling into. By fantasy races, I mean elves and dwarves. Also, I'd highly recommend not using elves and dwarves because they've been done so many times in the past. I'm just going to refer to other races as elves and dwarves and halflings for convenience sake.Writing Tips - Fantasy Creatures (Part 2)2 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Let's start with the most common pitfall: the monolithic race. What do I mean by this? Excluding biology, when you're able to say "the elves are... nice, evil, dictatorial, religious, stupid, smart, good archers, pretty, ugly, insert every adjective ever." Unless this race is completely built of a hive mind this is one-hundred percent unacceptable in modern fantasy. You can say they all come from roughly the same area, and they have similar physical traits, but that's it. Even speaking the same languages are iffy. Why this shouldn't work should be relatively obvious. "The humans of Earth are..
Writing Tips - Blank Page SyndromeSo you've got your novel or whatever all plotted out. You know what's going to happen each second of the way through. You know all of your main characters to the point of having written a full biography on each of them, including the waiter in chapter 3 who has like two lines of dialogue. You've got your favorite writing music playing on repeat. You've opened up a Word or Google Doc, your fingers ready to go. And yet... you just can't get started. You have no idea where to begin, and anything you try to type just feels weird and awkward. Such is the case of Blank Page Syndrome. The absolute hardest part of writing is getting started, and getting over this. It's not quite writer's block... you know what you want to do, and you could write another story if you want to, but you just can't start this particular novel. And you love this work you're about to begin on. You've been thinking about it so much that proofreading your last work has been a pain in the ass because this new idea keepsWriting Tips - Blank Page Syndrome3 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
List O' WedgiesList O' Wedgies3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
It’s safe to assume that ever since people have worn pants there has been the complaint of fabric packing itself into the tight space of any butt crack it could find. The annoyance of having material bunched up in the back and the shame of having to deal with it in public has plagued mankind for centuries. This unbiased felon went unnamed for many years of its undie-scrunching spree until an unknown genius gave it a name: wedgie.
Once underwear started becoming increasingly available to everyone with a variety of fabrics and styles to choose from the runway was set for the wedgie to begin its true reign of terror. The almighty wedgie quickly became a feared weapon in the bullys’ arsenal of tactics. Just saying the word would make band geeks’ clench their butt cheeks in fear and fill fetishists’ stomachs with butterflies as they let their waistbands peek out for an easier target.
Leaving a trail of shredded fabric, enlarged leg holes,
Writing Tips - Once Upon a TimeWithout exception, the most important line in your fiction prose is the first one. In many times it determines whether or not your writing gets a chance at all. As such, it should be the last new thing that you write. Once you finish writing your entire novel, then you go back and add the appropriate first sentence. Not only does this help you avoid Blank Page Syndrome, but doing it after everything else allows you to create a very poignant opening line (although you can start out with a proto-first line). Everything else I am going to tell you today, every piece of advice, can and has been broken in the past. Writing opening lines is an art, not a science. And let's start with one that I am currently trying to fixWriting Tips - Once Upon a Time5 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Never start out with "my name is"
The most famous rule breaker: Moby Dick. Let me tell you why this is a bad idea. It's really easy to explain, actually. "My name is Jim." I don't care. "You can call me Sarah." I don't care. "They call me Boogalogadoodoo." I don't fuc
Writing Tips - Myths You Probably BelieveGirls will read books about boys or girls, but boys will only read books about boys:Writing Tips - Myths You Probably Believe5 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
False. The gender of the protagonist in children's or young adult's literature does not matter. For example, in the 90's, Goosebumps was really popular. About half of them had first-person female protagonists. This more closely ties into subject matter. Something like The Princess Diaries--written for and by females will largely be enjoyed by an exclusively female audience. Something like The Golden Compass/The Northern Lights, which has a female protagonist but has subject matter like adventure, is very accessible to both genders. If you care about having an egalitarian audience, and you know how to write well—whether or not you use a female protagonist—you will most likely succeed.
You need to revise your novel/work like 10 or 20 times until it's perfect
Honestly if you're efficient, and you pay really close attention, you only need to do it like once. (Unless
Writing Tips - Fantasy Creatures (Part 3)Okay, for those of you who don't remember the last part, here are the fantasy races that we've come up with:Writing Tips - Fantasy Creatures (Part 3)2 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Driks: Humanoid creatures with long manes, horns, fangs, and sharp claws.
Editrude: Sentient trees that communicate through fruit that cause hallucinations.
Sewards: The intelligent fusion of a dog and a ram that descended from the experiment of a crazy magical scientist.
Udrezos: Small flying creatures with arms instead of legs that communicate via song.
Coleoptera: Evolution of the rhinoceros beetle, which walks upright and has opposeable thumbs.
Scalywons: Freshwater-dwelling lizard people where both males and females play a vital role in pregnancy.
Chrails: Four-armed, no-legged, one-eyed spider people with a solitary magical eye.
As you may have guessed... we've got a lot to do. Last time I said that you shouldn't say "x creatures are" in anything but biology. I specifically stated that unless your race has a hive mind, they should not be monolithic. Real species have many
Writing Tips - Fantasy Creatures (Part I)So, I've got myself a map. It's time to populate it with a bunch of different creatures. This can be very fun or very difficult (or both) depending on your skill level. When you're writing a fantasy novel, or creating an RPG world, or anything like that, you could get away with populating the world with exclusively Earth-creatures. But why would you ever want to do that? The fun of fantasy is coming up with new and exciting things that could never be seen in the real world. It's not always just adding magic to medieval Europe, and mixing in elves and dwarves (we'll be talking about sapient species next time).Writing Tips - Fantasy Creatures (Part I)2 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Some of my favorite fantasy worlds involve entirely alien creatures. Take Morrowind for example. Besides giant rats, every creature is unique. From giant bugs that are hollowed out to take travelers from city to city, to miniature peach-colored dinosaurs that are bred as cattle to pterodactyl birds with stinging tails that won't shut the fuck up. Each of these adds to the world an
My Little Pony - Hospice IMy Little Pony - Hospice I4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Before diving into this, I think some background would be useful. When she was young, she had dreams. Dreams of shining and of making others shine. She made herself and others look beautiful; for that initial interim she held high. When she fell (south of Ponyville, Old Manehattan-land) her dreams became nightmares, seizing her by the hoof and never letting go. She was taken and put into a bed of rust and red crosses. I was one of the few who had the time to give. She wanted me dead but it pained her to see me walk out those sliding doors.
Now, I won't pretend I understand. I never will know what she went through for those ten months and two days. She had a constant sting in her side that she claimed she could only numb by sticking her head in the stove. Her nightmares became easier during this time. And I like to think that I did my best in the time that she had to make her comfortable, even when the sting became too painful to breathe.
But let it be known that this w
Writing Tips - Creating Civilizations (Part I)Or alternatively, I explain my fantasy generator game from awhile back. Today we’re going to talk about how you can create a civilization/society for your fantasy or science fiction world. There will be another part to this though, and in that one I’ll be telling you how to create a society/civilization integral to the theme of your novel. Think of the first parts as creating something like The Shire, and the final ones about creating something like Oceania from 1984.Writing Tips - Creating Civilizations (Part I)3 weeks ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
The main difference is that from there, we start with the “end” - we figure out what we want for the story, and we build things that come from a specific conclusion. In 1984 the civilization is there to prove that totalitarianism is bad. In this one, we start from the beginning. We figure out a society’s assets and we build it to a logical conclusion. It helps make societies more… realistic.
Although, it might be wise for you to pick a certain conclusion, even when
Writing Tips: Parody Part II: The ExecutionConsidering that my polls usually stay the same when a choice gets ahead, so our source material for today's episode is Frozen. Not the absolute best for parody material, but it was a choice and at least it's not High School Musical. Keep in mind that our Frozen spoof is just for example purposes only. I'm not writing a full length spoof screenplay. Of this movie. Yeah, I might have something to show you in a few months... if I could actually finish something for once.Writing Tips: Parody Part II: The Execution9 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Step 1: Watch the Movie
Do this and you're already ahead of Seltzer and Friedberg. Now when I say "watch the movie" I don't just mean "watch the movie." This is kind of hard to explain, but by the end of this process you're going to know the film like the back of your hand. I'd recommend doing this with a film that you like. The first thing you should do is watch the movie like you usually do. Pop up some popcorn and just watch it.
Once you've watched it, let it simmer for awhile. Then we're going to watch the mov
Wedgie TechniquesWedgie Techniques3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Despite what cartoons might make you think, one hard pull does not an Atomic Wedgie make. To get the back of the underwear to stretch from the butt all the way to the head depends on the material the underwear is made out of and requires continuously pulling on the fabric to stretch it out but not enough to rip it.
Grabbing at the waistband will most likely end up in the waistband being ripped off from the rest of the underwear, if you want a non-ripped over-the-head Atomic Wedgie youll need to go for the leg holes. Stretching the leg holes as high as they can go means the fabric attached to the waistband gets put under less strain and is less likely to rip apart.
Atomic Wedgie tips for selfers: If you feel like your forehead needs to be acquainted with the Tuesday written on the back of your waistband youre going to need to receive a couple of wedgies first. A Hanging Wedgie
Writing Tips - An Introduction to MagicOne of the most attractive features of fantasy, besides an entirely fictional world, is the application of magic. It’s one of the genre’s defining features, and it’s hard to think of a fantasy novel without some degree of magic. The first piece of advice that I have is that you should not feel obligated to have magic in your story if it doesn’t fit. It is perfectly acceptable to write a fantasy story without magic, and such novels are usually called “low fantasy.” So… how do we decide which is better for our current fantasy story world? The answer is whichever makes you feel more comfortable. Having magic allows you to do more “cool” things (and is almost essential for urban fantasy), and it’ a lot easier to construct a realistic plot and world without the introduction of magic.Writing Tips - An Introduction to Magic1 month ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Magic brings up many questions about worldbuilding, and how it works is usually the very first thing you do when you build a fantasy world. This is be
My Little Pony - Hospice X Pt. 2 - EpilogueMy Little Pony - Hospice X Pt. 2 - Epilogue4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
4 Months, 11 Days (Ibid.)
I was alone within the most private of all places. I had always been curious as to what may have existed behind that door, and finally the knowledge was mine for the taking; Rarity had allowed me into her Inspiration Room. She was still cleaning herself up in the bathroom, but I imagined that she would be quick it was a bold move indeed to let me into the room without supervision, and I did not believe that she would allow me to have free-access to roam for long. For a little while, however, the interior of her world was mine to gaze upon, as long as I restrained myself from touching anything. Thankfully, I had received no warning about looking upon her great trove of treasured possessions, and I found myself doing just that.
It was truly mesmerising how organised chaos could be perceived. To me, the room was the direct antithesis to Rarity's normal argument of cleanliness; here she allowed materials to fall with reckless abandon, pooling in mass
Writing Tips: Dystopia and the Post-ApocalypseDystopia fiction is really, really popular for some reason. Actually, I know the reason—whether it be things like the Walking Dead or the resurgeance of survival games like Project Zomboid, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the dystopian pie. More or less, a dystopian story helps us realize that our lives aren't as shit as they could be. They may be a celebration of that fact, or a warning of that fact. So, how do you do the genre well? And let's get the obvious out of the way: no, your novel doesn't have to contain zombies. Zombies is a different tutorial altogether. We'll be talking about why you might want them here, but how to actually write zombies is for some other time.Writing Tips: Dystopia and the Post-Apocalypse7 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Dystopia more or less means that the world is shit. It doesn't have to mean that the whole world is shit, just the world that the characters aren't able to escape from. And unfortunately, it's a lot more realistic than dystopia's opposite: utopia. You'll never be able to make a good utopia story (whil
Pinkie Pie Character ReviewTrue story when I first decided to write this review, it was simply going to read, "She's just being Pinkie Pie", as I felt that this would be the perfect way to summarise her detailed and intricate character. But then I figured that that would be taking the easy way out, and thus decided to write a full-size review for Pinkie Pie. After all, she deserves just as much analysis as every other character within the mane cast, even if trying to rationalise Pinkie Pie's behaviour is something of an impossible task at times.Pinkie Pie Character Review4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Pinkie Pie is the sort of character that makes a fan-base. Whereas some characters rightfully deliver their own iconic lines and meme-worthy phrases, Pinkie Pie is in a league of her own. This is because her character is noticeably different from the rest of the mane cast, placing her in a position almost outside of the usual narrative of "Friendship is Magic". She can be a narrator for events outside of her control; she can break the fourth wall with glances to t
Writing Tips - Writing About the FutureOne of the most fun things to do as a writer is... write about the future. The problem about writing the future is unless you do... like an absurd amount of research or get lottery-winning lucky you're going to get it wrong. And there's nothing wrong with that. Just because we don't have hoverboards or clown clothes as every day fashion in 2015 doesn't make Back to the Future any less of a good movie. The point of writing in the future is generally the same as any other traveling writing, it's about an interesting location and your characters reacting to it. In fact, some people intentionally get it wrong and write something called Zeerust.Writing Tips - Writing About the Future4 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
How do I put this? Zeerust is when the writer thinks of a more advanced typewriter instead of a computer. Zeerust usually has it so that our modern (or whatever time period) ideas, cultures, fashions, etc do not change with technology. The Fallout universe does this intentionally. While it takes place in the distant future, it does so in a future en
Writing Tips: Ideas/Ideas To PlotTo a professional writer, artist, painter, programmer, whatever, what is the value of a good idea? And for simplicity's sake, let's give it a monetary value. How much money would you pay for one good idea? How much money should you pay for one good idea? The answer? Nothing. An idea on its own is worthless. I could give you one-hundred ideas for a dollar and you're still being ripped off. And yes, immediately I'll say that's why no one who is working on a game or movie or whatever needs a dedicated "idea guy." If you're looking to be that person, I have an idea myself: get a skill that can actually contribute bringing that idea to life.Writing Tips: Ideas/Ideas To Plot8 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Why is that? Well... for starters, ideas are the byproduct of functions you do every day. Paying for an idea is like paying for someone else's carbon dioxide. Also, to top that off, any idea that anyone else comes up with is free for you to use. You don't need to worry about even the strictest copyright system in the world, because no one would p
Writing Tips - The CSI EffectTime to talk about a really fun topic: the CSI effect. This is something that every writer should be aware of, and it's probably something that every person should be aware of. The bottom line is that a popular media presence grows expectations that cross over into the real world by its watchers. It's named for the show CSI, which debuted in the year 2000. In the show they use forensic evidence to figure out why criminals did that and sentence them without a reasonable doubt. It actually had an effect on society, in which people on actual juries began demanding more forensic evidence to require people being guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. And it affected criminals, trying to trip up how they thought that police or forensic teams would try to go about things. For example, in many American television shows, suicide victims frequently leave a note about why they're doing what they're doing. This lead to people in real life leaving suicide notes before they committed suicide because thatWriting Tips - The CSI Effect6 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)One of the most common questions that I get for the own show that I'm producing right now, Growing Around, is "what's the story arc?" Now they don't mean the arcs of each of the character and how they develop. They're talking about a deeper plot, and that always triggers a response question "why does it need a story arc?" Let's be totally clear here. I'm referring to cartoons, not novels or movies. I'm not even talking about mini-series. I'm talking about your typical 11-minute cartoon that airs on a standard cartoon channel. There persists a stereotype: either your show has an integral plot like Avatar or Steven Universe, or it's going to be as mediocre as Johnny Test. This is not true, and I'm going to tell you why.Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)11 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A show needs to find its strength and utilize it. Sometimes that kind of strength needs a story arc. Gravity Falls' strength happens to be mystery, and a good mystery needs an ongoing arc. Sometimes that strength doesn't need a story arc. Back in the first seasons of Spon
When My Little Pony Meets Horny TeenagersYou remember the My Little Pony from the eighties, don't you? Even if you didn't grow up with it, you most likely know of its existence. Those pudgy plastic collectable figures and the nostalgically bad kid's TV show to accompany them were very much a product of the times, embodying the consumer Zeitgeist of the period. And now we look back on their evanescence with misty eyes, firmly believing that they deserved the 'young-girl' tag that went with the product.When My Little Pony Meets Horny Teenagers4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
It must largely be the visual appeal of the 2010 re-boot of the franchise, "Friendship is Magic", that has made a whole group of older individuals into fans. Those old, chubby ponies are now slender, beautifully animated characters with big, jewel-like eyes. And we must focus on the visual superiority of these ponies, and the popularity of "Friendship is Magic" with an older demographic, in order to understand why there has been such an influx in pornographic content regarding these equines.
Undoubtedly there was My Little Pony
Writing Tips: DeconstructionIt's time to talk about parody's twin brother: the deconstruction. Actually, it's more like a ying-yang thing. Everything that parody would not be good at tackling, deconstruction should work fairly well, and vice-versa. This means that deconstruction is better when it's target is something that you specifically don't like. The object of a deconstruction is to apply real-life consequences to a fictional cliche or comedy, and for some reason they almost always get a higher praise than parody, even though parody is harder to do, does it for less respect, and can say multiple different things. A deconstruction can say only one thing: "this idea is stupid." Almost all good deconstructions amount to that.Writing Tips: Deconstruction9 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Let's start, as we always do, by getting some misconceptions out of the way. First of all, you need all of the typical narrative pieces. You can't just get away for saying "this is stupid" for 90-minutes. Like a parody, you need identifiable characters and a coherent narrative. A deconstru