Contrary to what it might seem from how much time I spend using computers, I am not great with the science that makes electric things not-kill-people.
Dropped my EP121 while it was plugged in. This bit of the power adapter bent at a weird angle and now that small open section right where the metal meets the white bit keeps sparking if I plug it in and doesn’t charge well at all. Is this something easy to fix, or do I need to buy a new one?
What this means for people who follow my stuff sorta-kinda:
1) Less art. At least very little of it will be done digitally. I didn’t bring my old Wacom Bamboo with me when I came back to residence halls. Probably won’t be too noticiable because I’ve been on an art downturn in general lately anyway.
2) More time in computer labs and libraries on weekdays. I’ll need access to a computer during my group meets and it’s not worth the trip back to my room just for that.
3) Less time on Skype and Steam at night: I won’t drag my desktop machine to bed to finish the conversation, sorry.
Why do I care? When I read fanfiction, what is the trigger that makes me go from ‘Eh, I don’t have time from this’ to ‘Huh, I might check this out’ to ‘I am looking forward to the next update!’
Usually, my point of investment is the point when I have a question I want to answer, or an expectation of something I already know I like.
A general list of things I like can boost my opinion of a story, and sometimes if it’s the core of a story, it can be the primary reason I like a story- for example, mindscrewery- but for the most part I give huge huuuuge points to anything that makes me laugh. By the same token, the mere presence of a number of things can knock my opinion of a story down, but if it makes me laugh enough, I can forgive a lot of things I’d typically not like.
So below, I’m gonna have a list of fics I like with the biggest points of why I am invested in them (as of writing). If there’s a fic you think I should check out and mention below, let me know. I might give it at least an initial try.
It makes me laugh at least once per chapter.(After chapter 4, anyway.) Snarky protagonist helps.
Given Serenity’s behaviors and magic skills, was somepony in her past trying to make her into a thief? Was she already a thief before getting captured? Did she thief of her own free will? What even is her past?
How did Flare become like he is? Why does he do what he does?
Is there anything Hired wouldn’t kick?
What’s the history of the Clips and Clops casino? The layout? What branch of the MoM lead to its creation? What were the ponies thinking when they made it? Where are its decorative supplies coming from? The partillary and its ammo?
“The Moon everything is for sale” Does anything that enters The Moon instantly become fair game? What happens to goods dealt via transactions that happened in The Moon after The Moon is left? Personal Brute Force seems to be the only counter to monetary wealth in The Moon. Does that mean it’s easy for one to effectively become enslaved to its inhabitants by simply being bought out? If one can buy life, can they buy death? Photography?
I wonder how (Any mane party member) would handle (Scenario)?
If pretty much everypony in this version of the wasteland is both parts ‘good’ and ‘bad’ with traits, vices, and histories that drive them to do what they do, how does one know who is good or bad enough to shoot? Or is it simply ALL wrong to attack anyone? Is that why I seem to find something to like in almost every character that shows up?
Is Scootaborg actually an android/robot/guardianangel/magical/thing?
I remember not liking this story at all. What made my opinion change so completely since my first attempt at reading it? (All leads point to Flare and Serenity being the turning points for me, so again, chapter 4.)
I WANNA CUDDLYSNUG THE FILLIES AND COLTS ALL UP FOREVER EEEE
What are the different branches of the MoM and what do they do? Why? How did the MoM turn into what it is here? What’s going to happen to it in the future? Does this mean the MoM is not defunct after all?
A Ministry Mare living to see the wasteland? How will she handle it? How will the wasteland respond to her? Is she going to go back to her old ways? Is she going to try to fix things?
So how does Pinkie Pie and the Pinkie Sense work?
What is this unique version of the Everafter and how does it work?
Mirror Pool? What makes this clone different from the others?
Android zebras with transplanted memories? Is there more tech where this came from? How does it work? Who made it? Why? How does it affect beliefs and lifestyle of that android?
How will the story keep all of the shared-continuity parts coherent between so many in-progess Fallout Equestria sidefics that it takes as canonical?
Ooh, shiny technologies! How does it work?
Is Pink-E fully electro-mechanical? Is there magic at play? Some other force that makes something ‘alive’? (Does the nature of FoE’s setting facilitate the barrier between living and non-living creations being far more blurred than our world? WHAT IS LIFE!?)
What’s the deal with Rose? What measure is a moral? What does it mean to be a clone? What is just when one’s creator no longer wants their creations anymore?
Bugpony reminds me of Xellos from slayers. The question? That… is a secret~.
Mindscrewery. Gotta wonder how much of the time spent captured actually happened, and how much was falsified or lied about to confuse and farther break the perception of protagonist.
Hidden Pony is not a ‘thinky pony’. Is it because of her emotions? Is it because of her training? Is it because of a lack of discipline? Is it for reasons that have no narrative purpose for the reader?
What is the Wire Pony? What is Zebra Culture like?
It makes me laugh at least once per chapter, even in fairly serious chapters.
What is Sweetie anymore? What will she become? When did she change and how? What of her origin world? Is any world the ‘right’ world anymore?
What would she do in a world like her original world but where she had never existed? Would she be happy to reintegrate in a world where she hadn’t messed things up and can start fresh? Would Sweetie’s abscence simply result in some other incident triggering a different pony’s grand adventure?
What universe are we visiting now, and how does it differ from the others? Why should I read the story that the present chapter is based on?
What happens when foreknowledge of the rules of one universe are carried on into that of another?
This story has ties to The Best Night Ever and could be considered a sequel to it. Where do things diverge? What are the consequences of the initial story being held canonical?
It has similar ties to The Sweetie Chronicles. The same questions apply.However, TSC:F in turn has ties to several other realms of Equestria that do not all comply with each-other. How does that affect the implications of the nature of this story’s realm?
Yay, another Pokey Pierce / PinPrick pony! I wonder what he’s like in this universe? Does he work in the party industry? Is he a merchant? Does he like balloons? Was the thing in Call of the Cutie a fluke, or a common behavior? Why was he even at that party? What is his party like?
The stylings of the narrative are more like that of a movie than the cartoon. What causes this feeling? Is it valuable?
Is the post-Antimony arc necessary? Is it better with the two held as a whole, or split into dedicated tales?
I laughed to tears. Hard to top that. Extrodinary Laughs per Hour score in a fairly small chapter size.
This story had a slight crossover with The Immortal Game. Where does the divergence hold and break? How much of TIG’s events did the characters in this tale retain? Are they merely actors on a stage? Did all of the events in each story happen, and each of them only vaguely remember them?
There was a shooting outside just a few (+10 by now. Took me some time to write this) minutes ago. Quit out of my Awesomenauts match to lock all the doors and check the family. Here’s to hoping that stuff gets handled and that noone I know was involved. ._. In retrospect: I’m not sure quitting out of my game because OHSHI THEY’RE SHOOTING OUTSIDE was even the best solution, because now I’m going to be punished for my next three matches in game, Aaaaaaand if anyone were trying to get into this house, they’d probably have gotten here before I got to the doors. But eh. Much as I hate to admit it, every day I spend here, I find one more point that makes me farther understand why my mother hates living in this particular house as much as other troubles in her life brought about from the stroke.