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If you’ve been hanging out over at Angela Wallace’s blog or Sonia G Medeiros’ blog for the past week you might have noticed my comments about My Little Ponies. And how I might have been a little bit obsessed with them in college. Turns out quite a few people were in love with MLP’s too (probably when they were a little younger than college). And since this is the month of Trying New Things on the blog, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my ponies.
If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you already know that I used to have an invisible pony friend named Pone. I wrote a book about her in 4th grade: My Life with Pone. Yes, it was an awesome book, because I was an awesome kid. And yes, it was a total rip off of the Chincoteague books because I was also a little plagiarizer. I think I just realized why I didn’t win the city wide book-writing contest…
In any case, my love of horses never left and I rediscovered My Little Pony while searching for a video for my boyfriend (now my husband). Ebay, in case you didn’t know, is a dangerous thing. I found the video for him, found a MLP video, and thought of Pone. I searched the internet far and wide for the pony she was based on (green with green hair, and fuzzy). Turns out there was no single pony that she was based on! She was based on two ponies, Wind Whistler (blue with pink hair, fuzzy) and Medley (green with green hair, not fuzzy). So I bought them both. I also bought Cherries Jubilee, because she was my favorite from the television show.
And since I liked fish and carousel horses I started buying ponies with fish on them, as well as the carousel collection. And the ones with the sparkles inside them were so cool looking. And the So Soft ones were awesome! And the Princess Brush N Grows with sparkly tails that would grow when you brushed them? I love brushing hair – put those in the bag too.
I spent $600 on My Little Ponies in three months. I had over three hundred ponies in a dorm room that I shared with someone else. I didn’t really like my roommate, so I covered my side of the room in ponies and fish and told her not to touch them 😛 I would stay up late in the night surfing the internet for more ponies. I would peruse the trading websites and the fanart sites, and then I found something called Dream Valley SIM.
OMG, you mean you can play AS a Pony?! Sign me up!
Wind Whistler – popular pony that she was – already had a player, so I decided to play Pone (note to all GMs out there: never let the noob play an original character first). I had to come up with backstory (um, she has amnesia! She can’t remember who she is!), and a magic power to use (she can talk to dolphins!), and a look that wasn’t a direct copy of Medley or Wind Whistler (she’s blue with purple hair and a silver dolphin symbol!). Pone, otherwise known as Delphinbella, was my first character. Eventually she remembered her past (shipwreck, saved by dolphins), found herself a stallion (I may have asked my husband what he would look like as a pony… and then came up with something myself when he looked at me like I was crazy) and became a pretty big part of the continuing storyline at an offshoot game. She eventually had a daughter who I should have named Mary Sue. Yeah, it was bad.
But as bad as it was, the MLP RPGs taught me to write. And the more I wrote about the ponies, the more I saw what was wrong with my writing and the more I tried to become a better writer. Not because I expected to become a story writer for a defunct Hasbro brand, but because I enjoyed it. I still enjoy it (and I admit, I still write pony stories on occasion, or sneak a MLP into my stories if I can).
And that’s how My Little Pony turned me from a marine biologist/nuclear chemist into a writer. How did you come by your love of writing? And even more important: who is your favorite My Little Pony?