I realized recently that I think I have my favorite team-up of Ponyfic writers. GPjaxie for basic concept and story, Estee for magical worldbuilding, Admiral Biscuit’s for culture/social worldbuilding. With a good dose of GhostOfHeraclitus for some good pony civil service and government.
Just been thinking about it while I’ve continued to read Silver Glow’s Journal. Oh my god it is dragging. I’m at the part where the other slice of life stories on the site are leaving to find me one interesting things to do. Still looking forward to when I get past the point I was before, and I do remember at least one part that I’m waiting for in the part I have read. Plus I’m more curious than ever in how it all wraps up. Like, is there an actual narrative conclusion, or is it just a ‘Silver Glow went back to Equestria. The End’ sort of deal? Of course that’s still around 600,000 words of the most mudane slice of life to ever be written.
Anyway, thinking about the authors I enjoy and how they all have their own little specialities. Admiral Biscuit is the best at social pony stuff. Culture and social stuff. The peeks he gives of pony life (in particular the life of a weather pegasus in a fishing port town) is delightful each time we get a glimpse in passing. On the other side of things, Estee comes up with really interesting magical stuff. Mostly earth pony magic, but plenty of unicorn magic details as well. Not so much the pegasi that I can recall off the top of my head. Not to mention the backstories of the Alicorns and the time of Discord.
Whereas I consider GoH’s Dotted Line and the entire civil service to be canon, regardless of what the actual creators of the show might say or put in the show itself. Dotted Line, Spinning Top, and Leafy Salad are all just wonderful and need to be in more stuff. Where are we in finding and organizing the black ops squad to kidnap and smuggle GoH out of his country and to some comfortable house in the middle of nowhere USA so he can focus on ponywords?