For my birthday I’ve decided to join the 21st century. Or, well, join the 21st century as it existed a decade ago. Finally decided to get in on this rss feed thing I’ve heard so much about. After looking around, trying it on my phone and looking for dedicated desktop feed software I finally found that Thunderbird does it just fine. If I had done this a decade ago I’d have every blog I’ve ever liked in my thunderbird client. Oh well, we live and learn. If my biggest regret going into my 36th year of life is something like that, I’m doing pretty good in the grand scheme of things.
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Today I’m gonna cover stories I actually read semi-recently! Instead of, you know, several months ago and just got around to actually posting it to my blog. Two stories about Hearts and Hooves Day, actually.
Love Takes Work by Ponibus
A story about Twilight Sparkle trying to find romance. More or less. This one I liked less than the other one. It just sort of seemed like a fragment. Plus the idea of actually dating never seemed to come up. Cadance and Twilight talk about it and the two options were basically, her two closest employees Cloud and Storm, or marrying her off to some foreign leader and/or important person. Just seemed a bit too calculated. Which fits Twilight, but felt just a bit off. Especially when the story didn’t really come to any real conclusion. Just a sort of ‘and then life went on and Twilight was more open to things’.
Hearts in the Right Places by Ponibus
I liked this one a bit better. It’s a character study of Starlight Glimmer. Who has become one of my favorite characters of the show in spite of her introduction in the show. Anyway, it is a nice look into Starlight Glimmer. Not to mention well written Trixie is always fun. I did like the author’s focus on the aspect of Starlight that is basically she had no middle gear. No tiny steps. She tries to rewrite the entire holiday when put in charge, and then gets all huffy when everyone doesn’t immediately go with her ideas. The idea of moderation, just changing something a bit at a time never even occurs to her. Plus this was a full story with a beginning, middle, and end. I don’t need a narrative story arc to enjoy a story. I’ve enjoyed several go-nowhere slice of life stories. The previous story had a problem without a real resolution.
So I’d recommend Hearts in the Right Places, but Love Takes Work is not a bad read. Plus they are kind of paired stories, chronologically. Plus a decent amount of knowledge of this particular AU is helpful for Love Takes Work.
Two unrelated pieces of news: One is that I’m playing NationStates and this was how one reload described my nation:
The Principality of Bureaucracy Machines Radiation Leisure is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its digital currency, ubiquitous missile silos, and free-roaming dinosaurs.
Two, apparently my blog’s spam filter has protected me from 9,999 spam comments as I write this.
Got a cheap new laptop which looks cool but I’m thinking might not last a full year. Using it to type up the thick pile of paper I wrote tens of thousands of words of ponyfic around last December. About halfway through and it’s really nice to look at something I wrote and find actual good stuff there. It was stream of consconciousness almost, so lots of terrible stuff, but if I got an editor and rewrote like half of it I think there would be a good story there!