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Help?

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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.

Help?

Investment

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.

  • Asylum

    • Insta-points for insanity mind-screwery type stuff.

    • So… Is she insane? Is she being manipulated by magic to hide reality? Did a magic accident of her own cause all this?

    • What if BOTH realities are both real and true?

    • What are the other pony counterparts like in the Asylum?

  • Equinoxe

    • Fetish Fuel – Maximum Level

    • Maybe I can help this be a better story? Or at least encourage the writer to do more?

  • Fallout: Equestria

    • It makes me laugh a little pretty much in every chapter.

    • What’s this world like?

    • What are all the other stable experiments? What’s it like entering/leaving a given stable?

    • What was it like to be in the MoM? What other parts are there to the MoM? Where did the MoM go wrong?

    • Where are the divergence points in Equestria’s History that made it branch so far from FiM in the Ministry Mare’s youth?

    • Fetish Fuel (Occasionally)

  • Fallout: Equestria – Ashes

    • It makes me laugh a little pretty much in every chapter.

    • What’s the deal with Abby’s cutie mark? She puts on a cute and friendly-enough show.

    • What happened to Airheart that he’s like he is?

    • Why is Crunch so huge?

    • I wonder how (x) responds to scenario (y) with (z) team member nearby?

    • Occasional Fetish Fuel

  • Fallout: Equestria – Better Days

    • It makes me laugh a little in most (fairly short and easily-digestible) chapters.

    • What’s the deal with this Caltrop guy?

    • Occasional EEE IT’S SO CUTE I WANNA HUG IT FOREVER AND NEVER SHARE EVER

    • Occasional Fetish Fuel

  • Fallout: Equestria – Broken Soul

    • Wow, so weird! How does this paranormal stuff work, anyway? What are its rules?

    • Why does this guy get into so much trouble?

    • How is being dead gonna effect protag’s magic in the long run?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Burned Feathers

    • I wonder how all this weapons training whatnot works, anyway?

    • I wonder how the Protag keeps moving forward with what they have to deal with?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Duck and Cover!

    • There’s pretty much something worth laughing at in every chapter.

    • EVERYTHING EXPLODES! I wonder what will explode next?

    • I wonder how this ends? Hopefully not with a generic protagonist death.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Foreshadow

    • Makes me laugh occasionally.

    • Eeee, a filly, I wanna hug it!

    • [Outside knowledge about the intended goal of the story sounded interesting. Wonders where protagonists will adventure to? ]

  • Fallout: Equestria – Guise of Chaos & Echoes of Chaos

    • Makes me laugh now and then.

    • Mindscrewy and an amnesia plot all at once! I wonder if this new personality will win out,or

  • Fallout: Equestria – Heroes

    • 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

    • Fetish Fuel.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Lawmare

    • I remember liking this when I read it months ago, but can’t remember exactly why…

  • Fallout: Equestria – Lesbians

    • It’s a really silly short comedy fic in an itty-bitty bite-sized wrapper. Yum!

  • Fallout: Equestria – Lobotomized

    • It’s a really silly somewhat surreal comedy that made me laugh a few times in a short package.

    • Wait how the heck does all this futurey retro-science even work?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Merchants of Hope

    • Makes me laugh every now and then.

    • 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?

    • EEEE SO CUTE I WANNA HUG HIM ALL UP

    • Fetish Fuel

  • Fallout: Equestria – Monsters

    • How does this character’s experience relate to and differ from my own experiences as a relatively inexperienced socially-inept newbie to a team?

    • Is any of this right? Is any of this wrong? What’s the point of the conflict these ponies are losing themselves to?

  • Fallout: Equestria – New Pegas

    • Makes me laugh occasionally

    • 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!?)

    • Occasional Fetish Fuel

  • Fallout: Equestria – New Roam

    • This is a weird new setting. What is their culture like?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Oasis

    • I remember liking this story, but it’s been a while since I read it and longer since it last updated.  What was it I liked the first time again?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Operation Flankorage

    • Fallout Equestria: Heroes gave an in-world reference to this fic’s protagonist. Why was this character important enough to be mentioned there?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Pink Eyes

    • Every chapter makes me laugh at least twice.

    • Chapters are in short, easy-to-read chunks.

    • Is she gonna make it, or not?

    • How does all this magic work anyway?

    • Ooh, robots and AIs! How do they work? Are there more of them? If more AIs make more AIs, what would happen in the future? I want one!

    • How does immortality work? What is immortality in this context?

    • What is the Ever-After like?

    • Hi, I’m Rainy Days. Have you seen my daughter?

    • OMG I WANNA HUG HER UP FOREVER AND NEVER SHARE EVER

    • Occasional Fetish Fuel

  • Fallout: Equestria – Probed

    • It’s a really silly somewhat surreal comedy that made me laugh a few times in a short package.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Project Horizons

    • There’s usually at least one laugh per chapter in books 1, 2, 4, and 5.

    • Should I be interpreting this as a cartoon? As an anime? As live action?

    • Is this as Over the Top as the Devil May Cry series? What will they do next!?

    • So many factions and shiny flashy glowy technology and magic with its own rules and goals. How does it all work?

    • EEE I WANNA SQUISHHUG IT

    • Fetish Fuel.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Second Wind

    • It makes me laugh every chapter, more or less. Snarky protagonist helps.

    • How does all this tech and magic stuff work? What is Necronet? What are Dead Mares?

    • What is the deal with [protagonist] and how did they become what they are now? How do they go forward from here? What do they want?

    • What is mortality and immortality in this context? Is PNK3 alive? In what fashion?

    • Fetish Fuel. Plenty of it.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Starlight

    • The first four chapters were kinda cartoony and silly and made me laugh.

  • Fallout: Equestria – The Long Winter

    • (Not to be confused with another fic of the same title).

    • What’s the deal with this mysterious  Pred-y guy with the name I can’t spell?

    • What is the protagonist repressing that every companion character is more interesting than her?

    • OMG A HOLO FILLY AI. Are there more AIs? Is there more tech like this? What do the others do? How does it work? What are its features?

    • Occasional Fetish Fuel

    • It gives me a chuckle every once in a while.

  • Fallout: Equestria – The Mysterious Strangers

    • Why do these changelings do what they do?

    • Interesting setup in a small package.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Treasure Hunting

    • Makes me laugh occasionally.

    • 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?

    • Occasional fetish fuel.

  • Fallout: Equestria – We’re No Heroes

    • I laughed. Occasionally.

    • SO MUCH TECH. SWEET CELESTIA SO MUCH TECHNOLOGY how does any of it work? How does ALL of it work?

    • eeee cute little filly I wanna hug it!

    • Will the stable mares be able to adopt to the wasteland? What will become of them?

  • Fallout: Equestria – Wild Wasteland & Side Stories

    • It’s really silly and makes me laugh at least once per chapter.

  • Fallout: Equestria – Wish Machines (This is being rewritten as of writing. : / )

    • How did the pony named Balloon get his name?

    • I wonder what the rest of the MoM is like?

  • For Love of Manican Food

    • It makes me laugh. Which is kinda the point of the story.

    • What is Manican culture like, anyway?

    • What are other ponified cuisines?

  • Here’s to You, Pinkamena Pie!

    • Explicit fetish fuel.

  • My Little Pony’s Little Ponies

    • It makes me laugh at least once each chapter.

    • I wonder what’s (character)’s approach to playing with toys? What about when they’re playing with (other character)?

  • Ponyville 911

    • Makes me laugh pretty much at least once every chapter.

    • What’s up with these two protagonist characters? Why are they the way they are?

    • What part of Equestria’s government benefits from the duo’s collateral damage so much that it’s beneficial?

  • The Best Night Ever

    • Mindscrewery. Which theory is the correct theory? The true theory? Is none of this real?

    • What does mortality and immortality mean in this context?

    • How would I deal with this scenario, and how does he doeal with it? How does this all compare?

    • Will he ever break free? When he does, will he still be sane? Would anyone believe him?

  • The Immortal Game

    • Sir Unimpressive is in this fic.

    • There’s usually at least one good laugh in every chapter.

    • How does magic work in this realm? Why is Bladecasting so powerful? How does this three-class system of magic work? What is the magic of friendship and harmony?

    • What is mortality and immortality in this context? Why does it matter? What is just when one’s own creators no longer wish their creations to exist?

  • The Popping Pupil

    • Fetish fuel.

  • The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments

    • 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 Platinum Crown

    • 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?

  • Twilight Sparkle Gets a Free Salad

    • 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?

 

Leaving for Dorms in Two Days

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.