Another funny tidbit from the convention I went to. I like having some trivial superstitions, so when going to cons I like to wear some pony badges I got a while ago. Normally a different pony each day to try and focus the primary virtue of that pony. This time I wore Chrysalis on Friday, Celestia on Saturday, and Luna on Sunday. Saturday was a trainwreck where my friend didn’t sell much of anything. Whereas Sunday was when the artist I was helping out made about 60% of the weekend’s income. Given this data set I think we can confidently say that Princess Luna is the patron princess of the arts, and Celestia is just a boring non-artsy bureaucrat.
Simple, but sweet and well written. A good mix of shipping and adventure. The writing here was above average. Not the pacing, though that was good, but just the word choice and imagery. The immersion in this story was excellent.
More romance than shipping, if you see the difference. I found a lot of sweet moments here. The few scenes from Rainbow Dash’s perspective had a good take on her character. Fluttershy was way in the shy/frightened/worried end of her scale, more than I like really, but that was my biggest complaint. Applejack was done well also. Everypony was more textured than the average we get in the show. I really liked the brief bit we see of Rarity. This was no Yours Truly or Fire & Rain, but I would say it was more than a few notched above average.
I so want to see this as an episode. I think it would even work as one, if you managed to get the nazi pony past Hasbro’s vetting department. It was pretty close to the right mix of absurd humor and sincere moralizing. Plus it has somepony trying to fix a problem with mind-magic, one of the main themes of the show! (Not really, I know. Just seems that way sometimes).
I don’t normally notice and/or mind somewhat overdone prose. See my liking of Eternal for an example. However, this one had me rolling my eyes at least once at how overwrought the language was at a few points. This is bascially a clop fic. There is relationship summary in the first third or so of the story. The rest of it is sex, which I mostly skimmed. Seemed to be just as purple-prose as the start of the story, as well as somewhat generic. I’d suggest you just read It’s Always Sunny in Fillydelphia again if you like the pairing of Applejack and Soarin. Also I keep getting the titles of this one and Where Earth Meets Sky mixed up. If they were identical I wouldn’t have so much trouble.
Pow, boom, straight to the feels. It’s been a while since I’ve read a story that was this good at invoking emotion. A very sad emotion. I think this one goes up with Sun Princess by Skywriter as a really good story that I never want to read again because of how it makes me feel. I’ve got pet cats and I’ve been through what happens in this story once or twice. Though when I was much younger and didn’t fully grasp what was going on. I’m not looking forward to the next time I lose a pet, and reading this story was pretty close. Really good story.