It features Ingrid, the main character for a YA novel that I'm really close to finishing. She's an adult in this story with a punning addiction while the YA novel features her as a teenager struggling with her mental health. I had an absolute blast writing this and would love to do more slice-of-life stories about trans girls. I've spent most of my adult life in share houses and they should really get more coverage 😊 💞
I wrote a story with my girlfriend Maddison! It's available for free on her Patreon and is really sweet, it's about the recent estrogen shortages and comments on terfist ideology but has a really sweet story with some loveable characters and a cute romance between a cis lesbian and a trans lesbian. It'd mean a lot if you check it out, I think you'd really like it 💖 💝
working on my script for "why ferris karsten is a trans girl (and why she's ferris karsten)", a video essay
it's slow going because i actually have to read re:zero ex volume one in order to cite it? and it's absolutely horrible to read
i have zero (0) respect for anyone in this book who isn't crusch or ferris
here is a yeet for today btw! i played the demo for warioware get it together
i really liked it!! and i sincerely hope the full game doesn't ruin everything with horrible predatory pay-to-win-style mechanics for no reason, like a bunch of other switch games have for no reason!!
long critique of my little pony: a new generation, which will spoil the plot if you haven't seen it
i've pretty much been saying this nonstop since i saw the film but: making the g5 intro movie an explicit pseudo-sequel to friendship is magic, taking place in the future of the same equestria, was a huge mistake
this is basically because it doesn't at all take place in the same equestria, and it would be a stronger film if it didn't try to pretend it did?
all of the familiar locations from g4 equestria no longer exist - maretime bay is kinda sorta like ponyville, zephyr heights is kinda sorta like cloudsdale but also kinda sorta like manehatten but also it's actually intended to be the place that used to be canterlot, bridlewood is kinda sorta like the everfree forest but actually it's more similar to that part of tangled (2010) where the scary bar patrons all have a dream?
considering it's the future, it does make sense that we have new towns and stuff, but also the rules of the setting have changed a lot: being a princess is now a hereditary title rather than something you earn by doing some really cool shit, cutie marks appear on only one side of each equine, and most importantly...
the film's plot revolves entirely around the idea of the three pony kinds being racist and horrible to one another, and the supernatural consequences the world imposes because of that prejudice
specifically, the unicorns and pegasi have lost their magical ability to cast spells and to fly respectively. you'd expect that the earth ponies would also have lost their subtler and more unique magical powers, but that's never mentioned and it's implied it didn't happen because hitch seems to have fluttershy powers? so, pegasi and unicorns are magicless now, and the adventure is about uniting the ponies to restore their magic
and that's a fine supernatural consequence in itself! it's a logical outcome of the problem kind of, it makes for a good adventure story, it's not a bad way to start your new generation of mlp
the problem is that if this really is the same equestria we know from g4, we actually already know the supernatural consequences of racism between the three types of ponies in that world? several episodes of friendship is magic already covered this exact situation. the ponies don't lose their magic. instead, terrifying ice spirits feed off their discontent and produce an endless winter that destroys all the crops, so everypony starves to death unless they stop being fucking racist
there is no eternal blizzard in g5 equestria? the world seems to be functioning normally, sans the ponies' magic. where did the ice spirits go, and why didn't anypony lose their magical powers when they were racist in g4
additionally, in g4 equestria, normal weather is completely artificial. clouds and rain and storms just do not happen of their own accord - they happen because pegasi fly up and move the clouds around, and there's a big ol' weather factory in cloudsdale that makes new clouds and rainbows and stuff. the pegasi of g5 equestria have been completely unable to fly for hundreds of years and therefore unable to manipulate the skies, and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the world's weather? everything is working normally, somehow
the standard day and night cycle of the world also 100% require magic in g4 equestria - princess celestia magically raises the sun each morning, and magically lowers it again at night. how is that happening when nopony has any magic? we absolutely see day and night happen during the film, and before magic is restored, so it can apparently happen without magic now?
also, the adventure to restore ponies' magic requires hunting down a set of macguffins, because of course it does. that's fine. but the three macguffins absolutely never appeared in g4 at any time. what are they? why are they necessary now for ponies to have magic, rather than something more familiar like the elements of harmony? why isn't this just a completely new, distinct setting where the weather creates itself, there just happen to be a set of three crystals that give ponies their magic, and being racist means becoming nonmagical rather than freezing
there's also so much technology that i have no idea how it works. g5 ponies have touch phones and social media and elevators, but they don't have any magic - so what's powering all this stuff? g4 equestria had a bunch of modern tech too, but it also very explicitly had access to magic to make all that modern tech work, and electricity was explicitly a form of magic as well so it oughtn't be available either. we see a critter wheel providing energy to the dance dance revolution machine, but you couldn't possibly fit a critter wheel into pipp's phone for example
everything about my little pony: a new generation would just work better if it weren't supposed to be taking place in the same equestria. it's a new world with ponies in it, and it follows slightly different rules to the previous world with ponies in it. maybe they have nonmagical electricity, maybe weather works like it does on our planet, maybe day and night just happen because the planet is rotating rather than because a magical princess raises the sun each day. all of that is completely reasonable to posit as the way a new setting works, but having an existing setting that we've already established doesn't work that way suddenly work that way without explanation? not so much
long comparison of my little pony: a new generation with the first episodes of friendship is magic, some spoilers again
had this spinning around in my head for days now so here goes
the biggest problem with a new generation, assuming you take for granted that it doesn't actually take place in g4 equestria because it obviously doesn't, is that it doesn't really give you a good sense of who our mane characters are as people? we have a cast of five this time, as opposed to friendship is magic's seven, and we only really get to know maybe two of them over the course of the movie
sunny starscout is obviously meant to be our new twilight, since she's the audience surrogate and in this first adventure she's the protagonist. she's inquisitive and takes a lot of notes, and her notebook literally has twilight's cutie mark on the cover? but none of that really contributes to her character, almost none of the questions she asks get answers, and nothing she writes down matters to the story. zipp basically tells her what needs to happen about halfway through and she does it, she never needs to consult her notebook or make connections between the facts she's recorded or anything like that
she manages to be good at pony dance dance revolution, a game we have never heard of before that scene and never hear about ever again? and she claims she can also solve a rubik's cube really quickly, but that's part of the same scene?? there's no indication before or after the scene that she's good at games, she never does anything else requiring especially dexterous hoofs, she's just randomly very good at these two games in this one scene. that's not really a character trait, that's a big lipped alligator moment
basically the only character trait sunny has that's relevant to this particular adventure is that she is Not Racist, and like...... that's presumably not going to be all that significant a trait going forward in g5, since they kinda Solved Racism in this one movie?
contrast with how we're introduced to twilight sparkle: she's inquisitive, she looks up a lot of information in the library, she also importantly blows off her friends to go read, and very much isn't interested in listening to the residents of ponyville beyond confirming they've done their bit for the festival. she of course grows closer to them as the adventure progresses, just as sunny does, but in a much more character-driven way informed by her consistent personality. most importantly, she defeats the villain of the week by essentially giving a lecture about the information she's gathered over the past twenty minutes of television and how it all ties together, which is emblematic of her personality for the entire show to follow
izzy moonbow is probably the strongest character we meet in a new generation, and that's basically because she's the new pinkie pie. she's absurd and wacky and keeps contributing her own thoughts and jokes to every situation throughout the film, which gives us a lot of opportunities to learn more about her and what makes her tick. it helps that she's voiced by kimiko glenn, who is for some reason unbelievably good at voicing equines?
importantly, izzy also sets the plot into motion by receiving sunny's lantern and vibing with its message of hope and unity, which is definitely the best part of the film. the way she perceives the other ponies' "sparkles" is both adorable as hell and a powerful empathetic character trait. she also gets the best song in the film. izzy is entirely the best part of a new generation and she is amazing
everyone else just kinda - exists? we know pipp petals is a social media Influencer type, and we also know she's not a bad person because she recovers the pegasus crystal and joins the team after their plan to steal it fails catastrophically. beyond that, i dunno? she's a pony?
zipp storm looks and sounds kinda like rainbow dash and is probably not straight. she does not really have a personality beyond that
then we have hitch trailblazer, who is a cop. for some reason he has fluttershy's powers of critter empathy, even though unlike fluttershy he is not especially nice to the critters and does not want them around. he kinda learns a lesson about how upholding unjust laws is bad actually, but he also kinda....... doesn't? it's very milquetoast
contrast the structure of a new generation with the structure of friendship is magic parts one and two. in the latter, we are carefully introduced to all seven of our main characters in a non-threatening and casual situation to begin with. it is outright impossible to watch friendship is magic part one without knowing on a basic level who twilight sparkle, pinkie pie, spike, applejack, rainbow dash, rarity, and fluttershy are
then the story throws a crisis their way, in the form of apocalyptic eternal darkness, and through how they respond to that crisis and interact with each other along the way we learn something deeper about each of them. to be especially sappy about it, part one introduces us to the mane six, and part two makes us care about them
my little pony: the movie followed an extremely similar strategy, despite being primarily written to occur right in the middle of the series rather than to exist as a standalone film. we're introduced to the main characters in the non-threatening and casual situation that is preparing for the festival of friendship, then a crisis is thrown at them, and we see how they respond to that crisis and grow as characters in the process
a new generation doesn't have the luxury of following that format. the crisis is already well underway, and has been ongoing for hundreds of years apparently. we don't really have time to meet our protagonists and learn about them as individuals, because there's too much already going on. we still get a good sense of who izzy is, because she talks so much regardless of what's going on, but the others (especially zipp) just don't really get to have their personality traits explored at all
i assume when g5 continues and they start a series or whatever, the rest of the mane five will be expanded upon and given greater depth, but it's disappointing that the generation starting with a ninety-minute film couldn't delve nearly as deeply into its protagonists as the generation starting with a forty-minute episode did
started playing atelier firis last night
the intro is slooooooooow, i'm two hours in and i only just saw the opening animation before going to bed
sophie gave me her tardis and i just. plopped it down immediately to save and quit? thanks sophie
it's been pretty fun so far tho, i like the alchemy mechanics and the voice acting is delightfully silly (taaaaaru!)
not sure how i feel about liane openly flirting with firis basically every time she speaks
it is cute but they also refer to each other as sisters, so it is Decidedly A Bit Strange
i'm looking forward to having other characters join the party, because apparently firis and ilmeria have a cute rival dynamic that's also pretty flirty, and they are definitely not sisters
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