Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ponyfic Roundup 141: At Your Every Turn a Scandal

Read it Later story count: 484 (+5)

And... breathe. Always. After a couple of themed editions of PR, it's time for me to catch up with one of my mixed bags of short fics. A fair number of middling-to-good stories this week, but that's just how it goes sometimes. First, let's give the fics a little respect with the usual list. Stay with me:

Life, Love, and Jupiter's Moon Europa by Vertigo22
The Easy Way Out by Mysterious Stranger
I AM an Adult! by Summer Dancer
No Longer the Greatest by Rambling Writer
Pros and Cons by Steel Resolve
Rainbow Dash and the Pie Sisters by KingMoriarty
My Little Pony: Corrupted Fandoms by Matthais Unidostres
Remember by Prince Conjure
Magical by bigbear

★: 2 | ★★: 2 | ★★★: 4 | ★★★★: 1 | ★★★★★: 0

Monday, 16 January 2017

Word cloud!

There'll be a lot going on in Real Life over the next few days, so apologies if Louder Yay is a little quieter than usual when it comes to updates. Ponyfic Roundup will be up on Wednesday as usual, though, and today I have something a little different.

Over on Fimfiction, hawthornbunny has posted about a little Javascript thing he wrote to generate word clouds from a few authors' published fics. One of the people he selected was me, and here's what my cloud looks like. (The colours have no particular significance.)

Word cloud for Loganberry's Fimfiction stories
It seems that I write about ponies a fair bit

One thing that Hawthorn noted was that, of the authors he's looked at so far (admittedly a small sample), I was the only person not to have Twilight in first or second place. I surmised – correctly as it turned out – that the reason was Where They Understand You. This story, which centres on FlutterDash friendshipping, is much longer than any of my others – and because it's set before the start of the show, Twilight doesn't figure in it at all. Incidentally, it's also a story in which the difference between, say, "Rainbow" and "Rainbow Dash" is actually significant.

After I mentioned this to Hawthorn, he was kind enough to generate a second word cloud from which Where They Understand You was excluded. Here's what that looks like:

Word cloud not including Where They Understand You
Interesting that "stallion" isn't much less prominent than "mare"
This time around, Twilight took centre stage, as indeed she does in nearly everyone's clouds. (The Albinocorn was an unsurprising exception, but even there Twi was second behind Sunset.) My second cloud gives considerable prominence to Pinkie Pie, unsurprising as my first Fimfiction publication, The 20 Percent Solution, which is also my second-longest story, is a Pinkie fic. I'm not sure there are any particular shocks, though.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Pony Music Library 37: "Summer Sun Celebration"

Time we had another one of these. This week's entry may not be on everyone's list of favourites, but it is on mine, so here it is.


What? "Summer Sun Celebration"

Who? Chief Doggingfood

Which? YTPMV, I suppose, but I just listen to the music

When? August 2013

Why? Because it's quite stupidly catchy. That's about the size of it! Okay, the second half of the song isn't quite as good as the first half, but it's still one that gets stuck in my head for extended periods of time. In spite of its release date, this is entirely based on S1, indeed mostly on the very first episode. It's originally a YTPMV, and the glitchy bits will put off some people – but I've come to enjoy it very much simply to listen to in its own right, so in it goes.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Shout-out to a new (well, less new by now as I'm so pathetically slow) ponyfic reviewer

A relatively recent addition to the ranks of those who do Celestia's work in reviewing ponyfic is MLPMatthewl419. The guy with the slightly unwieldy name has only been registered since November, yet has already clocked up over 100 reviews in his Fimfiction blogs. As you might imagine, these are mostly short, and indeed are mostly reviews of short stories. His scoring method takes a little bit of getting used to (there's a score out of ten and a recommendation, which don't always match) but anyone who's willing to interact with his commenters is a good egg in my book.

(What?)

As it happens, MLPMatthewl419 has been kind enough to review one of my fics: in his Reviews #39 post you can read what he thought of Starlight Repeatedly Teleports into Custard. The summary? "8.5/10 Recommended." I'll certainly take that, thank you! Mind you, I do have to report that my reviewer may not be quite in possession of all his critical faculties, given that the following is an extract from said review:
"It has very few errors in it, which is a thing Loganberry does."
Given that, while writing this post, I misspelt the name of my own fic – twice in one mention – I'm not sure how accurate the above actually is. Nevertheless, I intend to use the line every time someone points out a stupid typo in one of my stories! :D

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Dave Polsky has left the building

 

If you don't count Meghan McCarthy, who is working on the movie, the very last Season One writer has departed. Dave Polsky was never my favourite writer, though he did come up with some fine episodes such as "Rarity Takes Manehattan". What I'll mostly remember him for, though, is the fantastic panel presentation he did at BUCK 2014 – the whole thing was filmed by the con and can be seen above. It was far and away the best panel I've attended at any convention, and was one of those "I was there" moments that cons can have.

As I said in the comments on EQD, this is sad in a way as the severing of a (nearly) final writing link with the early days. But I don't mind new writers if – if – they get the show. That means appreciating that it's not simply a "wacky cartoon". Corey Powell's first episode was "Sleepless in Ponyville". Jennifer Skelly's debut was "Buckball Season". New writers who can come up with stuff like that are all right with me.

Dave Polsky is moving over to Hasbro's Hanazuki, which makes its debut today. I'll keep an eye on it, but until I actually see an episode it's hard to know how much it'll appeal to me. For now, I'll simply wish Mr Polsky the very best in his new role, thank him for all the work he put into MLP and remain optimistic that those who take up the slack in S7 will do a fine job.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ponyfic Roundup 140: Best Filly Edition

Read it Later story count: 479 (-9)

Time for a Roundup dealing solely in stories (eight of them) featuring my second-favourite pony. It seems she didn't have a tag of her own here – that has now been changed! One omission I haven't been able to fix (yet) is the absence from PR of ocalhoun's Scootafic One in a Million. I wanted to include it in this edition, but I simply ran out of reading time. It remains high on my to-read list and will certainly be reviewed in the next few months. Here's what I did manage:

Foundations by PaulAsaran
A Taste of the Good Life by Eakin
Autumn's End by Martian
Best Young Flyer by bookplayer
Scooterloo by PonyManne215
My Only Sunshine by Queen of Everything
Mothers by KnightMysterio
One Awesome Mom by moguera

★: 2 | ★★: 1 | ★★★: 4 | ★★★★: 1 | ★★★★★: 0

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Talking of pony names...

Screenshot of Derpy figure on HasbroToyShop.com
I wish we could find her at $12.99 over here!
...here's something spotted by Fabulous Rarity on EQD yesterday. The official HasbroToyShop.com website has a listing for a Funko Derpy. I know she's Derpy because she's called Derpy in the listing. Multiple times. The blurb even begins "Believe your derpy eyes!" – though that aspect makes me wonder how much Hasbro themselves actually know about this listing, and how long it's going to remain. Here's the shop link.