sherwood-sureshot asked: Any thoughts on the A.J./Apple family episodes we've had this season?
My first thought is that I’m pleasantly surprised that we’ve had so many! And even a few from Applejack’s perspective! It’s a new era.
With the exception of Bats! I’ve liked all of this season’s applesodes pretty well. Pinkie Apple Pie was fun and had a really great song. And I was happy to see an AJ/Pinkie episode that has them not only on such good terms, but that makes it clear that Applejack wants her to be a part of her family and that she cares enough about what Pinkie thinks to want to look good for her.
Somepony to Watch Over Me was really good! I always like seeing more of Applejack and Apple Bloom’s relationship, and I feel like it was a really good character episode for both of them. It’s easy to imagine that Applejack is remembering all of the foolish, dangerous things she did as a filly and doesn’t want Apple Bloom to do the same. Or perhaps that she remembers the last time she lost family and doesn’t want to go through that again.
I don’t have much to say about Leap of Faith, but I enjoyed it, and it was fun to see Flim and Flam again even though I didn’t care much for their first appearance.
Fluttershy gets really stressed out when she sees her friends fight but also she actually gets them to stop fighting and that’s why she’s my hero.
I wonder if Luna’s interest could be spun into a spin-off series… you know, age them up to adults, and their bond as friends is special and magical in a way that has to do with Luna’s magic, and so on.
It is easy, and pleasant, to imagine a series about grown up (or partially grown up) Cutie Mark Crusaders, and I like the idea of Luna having more of an active role in such a series. I rather like the idea of her having a more active role in the current series too, haha.
It could easily be a slice of life and sometimes adventure kind of thing much as the current show is. I can imagine the CMCs being Luna’s agents in helping ponies follow their dreams (possibly earning their cutie marks in the process, but some might already have them or not be quite there yet). Luna will see ponies struggling in their dreams who need help, and she’ll call on the CMCs to help them. The CMCs know a lot about being unsure about who you are, and about trying to find your dreams and make your own future, and they can help encourage ponies who need it and help them find their way. And then the rest of the time the show can just be the daily life of three cute girlfriends.
That’s a really nice thought, actually. And yeah, I just caught up last weekend as well: been feeling good about this season.
I’ve been feeling pretty good about it lately too! I wasn’t that into the beginning of it, but I’m curious now about going back and rewatching some of the earlier episodes to see how much of it was actual problems with the episodes and how much it was just anxiety about whether the new season would be as good as it used to be.
I suspect it’ll be a mixture of both, because there are some things I can specifically name that have changed about the show, some of which I like and some of which I don’t. But every time a new season starts I have to work at tamping down my instinct to look at every little thing through the lense of “is this as good as it used to be???” so I can just enjoy the show.
Rewatching would also help because, at least for myself, it’s really unfair to compare my initial reactions to new episodes to the reactions I’ve formed to the older episodes over time. I really enjoyed the first season but I didn’t think, at first, that it was the most amazing thing in the universe and I didn’t have half the feels about it that I do now. That’s something that happened as a result of rewatching and thinking and writing and talking about it. Many of the feelings and thoughts I’ve talked about here were things I discovered while writing about the show. And that’s one of the reasons I’ve started writing here (at least a little) again, because it’s always been a part of how I enjoy the show.
I like to think Luna sees herself in the CMC and is trying to guide them away from her mistakes. Sweetie Belle’s jealousy and anger, Scootaloo’s blind worship …
I think this is probably why she’s intervened with Sweetie and Scootaloo, and hasn’t and perhaps won’t with Apple Bloom. Sweetie and Scootaloo aren’t particularly like Rarity and Rainbow respectively, and in some ways it’s unlikely or impossible that they ever will be, but they desperately want to be so. Apple Bloom loves and respects her big sister, but I don’t really feel like she wants to be her. In fact I feel somewhat that she’d reject the idea, though I couldn’t really say why.
It puts an interesting spin on how I think about Luna and Celestia’s early relationship. Despite their conflicts, I think it’s generally pretty clear that Sweetie Belle thinks Rarity is the greatest pony in the whole world. There’s nopony whose esteem means more to her, and there’s nopony she’d rather emulate. But it hurts, because she sees so many things in Rarity that she doesn’t have and never will. And that’s why Luna looks at her and sees herself.
(Honestly I think one of the reasons this applies more to Sweetie Belle than Scootaloo is that Rainbow seems a bit better than Rarity at the whole “you can be awesome without being me” thing. Rainbow’s really grown up and she’s a good big sister and positive role model.)
I choose to believe that among ponies the word “gay” is still in common usage in its original meaning of happy and carefree because I just find it fun to imagine.
It’s probably just a coincidence that Princess Luna has intervened in two episodes about the Cutie Mark Crusaders and their relationships with their older sisters or sister figures, but I really hope it’s not. I think it’d be really neat if she’d taken a particular interest in them and we got more episodes featuring that.
I bet Luna spends a lot of time in the dreams of little sisters.
babysealburritos asked: 2-5 for the fic questions
Favorite piece overall?
At first I was all “Ha, I got asked this twice, so I don’t have to pick just one!” but really it was “Oh no, I got asked this twice, I have to choose again!”
I’m gonna go with The Sky, The Clouds, and You. It’s cute and makes me happy.
Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
I almost always planned out the entire story before I started writing, as in I would literally list every event in order and I’d generally have an idea of how long each would take, so all of the difficulty in plotting came before the actual writing.
Generally the ones that were hardest were the ones that were longest, or that referred to past stories, since both of those things were more difficult on TMP. But no particular stories come to mind for this one right now.
Which has the most “you” in it, however you’d define that?
The stories I’ve written that I feel most strongly about, that I’m proudest of (and at times most embarrassed of), are the ones I’ve written about exploring different kinds of love and ways of showing affection. There’s a lot of love in the series, of a variety of different kinds and expressions, and I really like exploring that further in fanfic. I like the idea of Equestria as a place where love is expressed more freely, and in more varied ways, and I like showing ponies in relationships that would seem unconventional to us (whether or not they’d see it the same way).
What is an image/set of images that you’re particularly proud of?
I’m really happy with a lot of the imagery in Solace. It’s a strange story and I don’t really recall what gave me the idea for it, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.
askjellybean asked: 2, 6, 10
Favorite piece overall?
Heh, I actually paged through my entire tag on Thirty Minute Ponies looking at what I’ve written and it’s kind of hard to choose. But I think I’ve gotta go with Happy Family. It’s probably still the best omniship I’ve written.
Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
The conclusion to the series that I started with The Abyss and Grief (WARNING: This is by a wide margin the darkest stuff I have ever written). I’ve tried writing a continuation of it twice and it didn’t work out. I have a vague idea of how I want to end it but I’m not sure when or if I’ll do so.
Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written
I’m gonna have to say the final exchange in No Laughing Matter. I’m really proud of this story and the ending most of all. It just makes me happy.
- So reblog this if I can pop into your box and ask you questions about writing (You can probably make a version for art, too). And you can ask them to me if you really want to.
- Specify fandom if you want for any of the questions.
- 1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
- 2. Favorite piece overall?
- 3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
- 4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
- 5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
- 6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
- 7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
- 8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
- 9. Favorite character to write?
- 10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
- 11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
- 12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
- 13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
- 14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
- 15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
- 16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
- 17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
- 18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
- 19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
- 20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify:
- Go on, my chickens, and ask each other questions
I was bored so I started playing with this. These were the results:
Pinkie Pie’s last words: ”Remember, keep going and don’t look back”.
Rarity: “Give me Internet or give me death!” (followed by: I didn’t mean literally!)
Applejack: "Be gentle…"
Rainbow Dash: (incoherent fangirl-like screaming) *Shruggs* Appropiate.
Fluttershy: "Oh no! They killed Kenny!"
Twilight Sparkle: “Heads, I live. Tails, you die”.
Spike: ”D-don’t worry, I saw nothing!”
Trixie Lulamoon: ”Don’t worry. I’m a professional”. (I love that this scene is so easy to picture)
Lightning Dust: “We’re both going to die. Together”. (I decided she died with Trixie)
Princes Cadence: "Slow down! You’re driving too-"
Queen Chrysalis: ”We will never surrender!” (Why hello part of a headcanon I didn’t know I needed before)
I can’t even imagine Trixie’s last words being otherwise.