tall tail

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Mod: We’re looking through all the great asks we’ve gotten recently, and are super excited to start posting responses throughout this week! Once again, thank you all for being so patient. Your asks are great and bring a smile to my face every time.

In the meantime, here’s some cute baby photos of the main cast (so far!).

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Cinnamon: “When I stumbled across one of my baby pictures, I figured it’d be fun for all of us to share them! First off we have –”

TALL TAIL

Tall Tail: “Me! Man, I was good-looking even as a foal, huh?”

Mighty rude of you!”

Aw, c'mon, I’ve been out of focus for a while! Can’t I go first?”

When were you in focus, Mr. Tail?”

… ;_;”

“Okay, okay, go ahead.”

Thanks! So anyway, I think my Pops took this photo when I was first brought home. I was born and raised in Cloudsdale until I started medical school and moved down to Ponyville. My folks said I took a crazy liking for clouds, even for a pegasus. It wasn’t until I was a toddler that I started playing around with different cloud types and accidentally created a mini-typhoon in the living room. Mom and Pops were pretty mad at first, but when I started learning how to make unique medicine from rainwater, they were cool with my cloud-mixing hobbies. I was an adorable little alchemist!”

Mkali: “Hard to believe you were this cute as a foal. So fluffy…!”

Strawberry: “Yeah, you were downright angelic. What happened?”

Tall Tail: “Okay, WOW, I feel so attacked right now.”


STRAWBERRY JUSTICE

Cinnamon & Shortstack: “Awwwwww! ✨”

Mkali: “Haha, you’ve barely changed since then.”

Tall Tail: “I thought this was a little girl at first.”

Strawberry: “UGH, GUYS. This is why I didn’t want to share mine!”

Mkali: “Aw, come now, we’re just teasing. What’s with the bandages, though? Bad accident?”

Well, my father is a long-time policeman and I idolized him as a foal. So much so that I’d run out after him when he was chasing down a criminal in town. Gave my poor Mom a heart-attack the first few times I did it.”

Tall Tail: “That does explain why Mrs. Justice is… a bit overprotective. You can’t complain about her being smothering when you pulled stuff like that as a kid.”

“Fair enough. But as crazy as it sounds, I ended up making some arrests easier for Dad, since most of the targets never expected a little baby to run up to them and tell them to stop doing bad things, haha! Key word being most. There were a few times when they didn’t notice me in time and ran me over, or even got violent to get me out the way. Lesson was definitely learned after that, especially after Dad shot me the scariest death glare after he made sure I was alright.”

That’s pretty cool, Strawberry.”

Y-Yeah? Thanks, Shortstack.”


MKALI

Everyone: “Your BABY GLASSES! 💖”

Yeah, I can’t recall a time I didn’t wear glasses on a regular basis. Only Mother would think to give an infant glasses, especially in the wild area we lived in. Father thought it was rather silly too. But it actually ended up being a life-saver early on. I remember when my brothers and I ventured a little too far away from home and were attacked by some beasts. My older brother might have bled out from his wound if the glasses didn’t help me see what I was doing and allow me to quickly stitch him up.”

You were amazing even as a little one! I’m a lucky lady.”

Aw, thank you. But… I’m still curious how you got this photograph?”

I’ll never reveal my sources, honey. ♥️”

How to Hook a Reader:   Ten Examples of Great Opening Lines in Literature, and What They Do Right.

1.  “Lydia is dead.  But they don’t know this yet.” 

- “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng.

Ng’s masterpiece (which you all need to read, like, yesterday by the way) seamlessly pulls the reader under with this captivatingly cryptic opening line.  

She poses several questions right off the bat (who is Lydia?  Why is she dead?  Who killed her?) that keep the reader captivated for the entirety of the novel.  

Of course, Ng is aided in keeping the reader hooked with her immaculately crafted, three-dimensional characters, with all of whom the reader can’t help but empathize by the story’s end, but this doesn’t make her opening line any less masterful.  She is, in all ways, an amazing writer.     

2.  “There was a boy called Eustace Clarance Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” 

- “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” by C.S. Lewis.

Okay, first of all, I’d like to point out the substantial irony in a person named Clive Staples Lewis critiquing anyone else’s name.  But that by no regard diminishes the comedic brilliance of this line.  

Even if I hadn’t been such a Narnia fanatic as a child, this line alone would have made me want to become one.  Sometimes, all you really need to do is make the audience laugh with a well-crafted joke.  

3.  “All this happened, more or less.” 

- “Slaughterhouse-Five,” Kurt Vonnegut. 

Who doesn’t love Vonnegut?  Well, I might not be the most impartial person to ask about this.  His absurdist sense of humor taps into something visceral in me. 

Nevertheless, there’s something about this line that has a near universal appeal:  it shows that the author is self aware enough not to take his work too seriously, and also shows that the work should be a lot of fun.  There’s also a familial quality about it, like listening to a tall tail from a favorite relative, and creates a sense of personability that remains prevalent throughout the novel.

4.  “Call me Ishmael.  Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.“ 

- “Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville. 

I wanted to skip this one, I really did, if only because it’s so unanimously acknowledged as one of the best opening lines in literature.  But it really is amazing.  

It creates an immediate sense of conversation between narrator and reader, without being overly personable.  Ishmael cuts right to the chase, and plunges us immediately in to the story at hand, like a harpoon into the blubbery flank of a wale.

Also, in context of the dramatic events of the story, I can’t help but find his casual attitude about the ordeal very amusing. 

5.  “If you’re reading this on a screen, fuck off.  I’ll only talk if I’m gripped with both hands.” 

- “Book of Numbers,” by Joshua Cohen.

This is a book that knows what it wants and is not afraid to ask for it.  Cohen’s book is meta fiction at its finest, and its opening line is unabashedly reflective of its own self-awareness.

Book of Numbers isn’t for everybody, but it’s hard not to love this opening line.

6.  "It was a nice day. All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, and it was going to be a big one.”

- “Good Omens,” by Neil Gaiman and Terri Pratchett. 

I’m not going to lie: Good Omens is one of my all-time favorite books.  This opening line is a promise for the themes that are prevalent throughout the book:  hidden depth, wit, and existential questions beneath a thick layer of upbeat, cheerful irreverence and satire.  

Like the book itself, it asks serious questions without ever taking itself too seriously, and makes for an enormously fun read that will make you laugh and make you think.  I highly recommend it.

7.  “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination—indeed, everything and anything except me.”

- “Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison. 

This one is both an objectively intriguing opening line, and a potent one, when viewed in the context that Ellison himself was a Black man.  Published in 1952, the line resonates with marginalized groups to this very day, and is evocative of a very real struggle – the “invisibility” – of Black Americans, then and now.

It is timelessly pertinent and powerful.  

8.   “The story so far:  In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

- “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe,” by Douglas Adams. 

Oh, Douglas Adams.  One of my greatest sources of literary inspiration, who taps into my sense of dry, somewhat absurdist humor like no other.  I might have to make another post devoted to all of my favorite of his lines, but that’s not the point here. 

This line is magnificent, because it immediately sets the tone for the novel and gives the reader a clear image of what to expect (predominantly, razor-sharp wit and satire.)  It’s also short and simplistic, and very clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously, just like the novel itself.  

9.  “Shadow had done three years in prison. He was big enough and looked don’t-fuck-with-me enough that his biggest problem was killing time. So he kept himself in shape, and taught himself coin tricks, and thought a lot about how much he loved his wife.”

- “American Gods,” by Neil Gaiman. 

This line is, in my opinion, almost perfect.  It gives us an immediate image of Shadow, his personality, his values, and the challenges he’s facing, while at the same time jumping right into the action of the story without wasting the readers’ time with needless exhibitionism.  

It also creates immediate interest in the story, and asks many questions that can only be answered if by continuing to read it.  It’s almost as amazing as the book itself.

10.   “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

- “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen.

This is another one that I, for the sheer purpose of originality, wanted to avoid getting around for the purpose of this list, but there’s simply no avoiding it:  this line is amazing.  It’s a crime of our era that people consider Austen such a “serious” writer, when she was, in fact, possibly the greatest satirist of her time.  

This line encapsulates the irreverence of this novel, as well as Austen’s razor-sharp wit and intelligence.  Like most of Austen’s works, it remains a classic.

The Sea Whispers

I’m exposed
to the whim
of your wind

I wrap myself in your whispers
– like mesh sails –
they clothe me not

Your breath
stings
with brackish weeds
tangled in your throat

while we bathe
in ocean brine
pruned
pickled

breathing in
the brewing storm

The sea boils
and boils
and boils
our blood

prompt by @mariposaheart

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I’ve received a lot of “Where are they now?” questions regarding the Sonic characters in my stories, so here you go! This information is based on when Aurora is born/very young, but majority of this information will stay the same up until she’s a young adult. Also, this headcanon is applicable to both the Boom Universe and Modern Universe, as I have Aurora in both. Hopefully this clears up any questions you had! Putting this in the “FAQ” tag for easy reference.

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Team Sonic aka “Rory’s Boys”

Those last two panels actually happened between my roommate, me and my nephew and I just so happened to catch that beautiful moment on an audio recording that you should totally listen to. And yes mayyyybe I was recording my nephew because I wanted to do some animations of toddler Aurora and he’s got the sweetest voice in the universe.

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Fancy Party Shenanigans 3

It’s okay Shadow. This night isn’t going how I thought either.

Aurora is singing “I’ve Got a Crush On You” as performed by Stacey Kent (which was also performed by Frank Sinatra at one point!)

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