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Dear reader (or listener if you’re having this read to you, in which case I really admire the narrator’s voice),

We’re all prone (I believe), to occasionally judging books by their covers, movies by their trailers, people by their looks, and TV shows by wether they have colorful ponies in them. Now in all fairness, I’d say that if you happen upon one of those trashy romance novels (the kind with a big bosomed woman in the muscle bound arms of some guy who’s obviously compensating for something), it’s pretty safe bet you’re about to read a real piece of crap. If that’s your thing, it’s cool. The other things on the list though, you shouldn’t knock until you’ve either found out more about the movie, the person, or the pretty ponies. That being said however, I will freely admit that I totally judged My Little Pony, for being what I thought was simply the next Barbie Doll craze.

I had heard of My Little Pony from Deviantart sometime in 2011, but never gave it much thought. It continued like that for a long time, until about October or November of 2012. I became so curious about the show, and why on earth grown humans seemed to enjoy it. Surely they had all been sniffing glue or something (my deepest apologies to horse lovers everywhere). Anyway, I swallowed my pride and watched the first episode on YouTube. It wasn’t the greatest first episode ever, but the fact that I’m writing this message at the end of 2014, should give you an idea about my overall reaction.

I was amazed to find that this show - a cartoon show - a cartoon show for ten year old girls - was actually proving to be one of the best shows (cartoon or non cartoon) that I had ever watched. My favorite cartoon for nostalgic reasons, will always be ‘The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.’ While I still enjoy that show even today, in terms of sheer awesomeness, nothing beats My Little Pony. Yeah yeah, I know about the Avatar craze, and I’m not knocking it (I haven’t watched it as of this writing, but I will). What I meant to say, is that no show originally intended for a young audience (of girls no less) is more awesome than My Little Pony.

It’s been my dream, since I was about 16, to someday become a screenwriter. I have a whole shelf of books on the topic, and if I were to have a cutie mark, it would probably be a roll of film, with a pencil sticking out of it. The fact that I can write the phrase ‘cutie mark’ without cringing (seriously I’m like totally calm) is an indication of just how amazing this show really is.

Prior to becoming an avid fan of MLP, I would have been sickened by dumb expressions like that. I mean come on. Isn’t calling those fake moles women (and some gay men I suppose) used to put on their faces, beauty marks bad enough? It’s not beautiful, and it’s not cute in the slightest. Marilyn Monroe was an attractive woman I’ll give her that, but beauty marks are really dumb. Although these days I have thoughts of both women and men (probably mostly men if the statistics about Bronies are to be believed) getting tattoos that show what they believe to be their own special talent. That’s the difference between a ‘beauty mark’ and a ‘cutie mark.’ One is a shallow attempt to fit in with a cultural standard of attractiveness, the latter is a symbol of what makes an individual unique. So if it were me, I would have called it something else, but it doesn’t ruin the show for me.

More than anything however, I believe that MLP has taught me that you can find happiness in the most unexpected of places.
In late December of 2012, two months after I had started to watch the show, one of my family dogs passed away. Her name was Iris, and she was old and ready to go. The way she made that clear was very upsetting though. She and her sister had a large kennel that they slept in to stay warm during the winter months, and one day I came to give them their late afternoon walk. Iris, had other plans apparently. She had tried to chew her way through the kennel, and had gotten her head caught in the tiny opening. By the time we were able to extract her, she had basically gone into shock, so it was decided the time had come, to grant her wish, and put her down. It was honestly one of the hardest moments of my life. I felt thankful to have an emotionally supportive family, as well as thankful to have discovered ponies. In particular Pinkie Pie.

I had always known that the passing of Iris in particular, would have a strong impact on me. I can’t quite lay my finger on why, but I always seemed to have a stronger emotional connection with her. Not to say I don’t love her sister, who’s still with us as of this writing, but there was just something about this dog. I had gone through pet deaths before, and was certainly touched by all of them (some more than others), but I don’t think I ever felt so rotten about a pet, as when our sweet little Iris left the planet. Now before you start reaching for the tissues (to sob or gag into), let me tell you about what helped me through those first couple of weeks.

It was three things: My family, the knowledge that I still had her sister Lily, and that feel good smash ‘Smile, Smile, Smile’ sung by everyone’s favorite party pony. At first I was under the impression, that this show was fairly good, but its songs were not all that. When I heard ‘Winter Wrap Up’ I was pleasantly surprised. These days, the music (both that generated by fans, and the original show content by Daniel Ingram) is one of the best things about it for me.

Now for the most part, Pinkie Pie is a horrible singer (watch the episode ‘Over a Barrel’ if you need proof), but there was something amazing about her ode to joy. Shannon Chan-Kent, the woman who plays Pinkie’s singing voice seemed to be poring her very soul into this phenomenal work of art.

I can sympathize with those who might listen to it, and say ‘God that Pinkie’s voice is so annoying.’ Yes I can understand that. However, I do not have any sympathy for someone who just dismisses the song, and its message, merely because of some preconceived notion, that it was written for little girls, and therefor must be awful. I’m not denying that there’s much more crap than gold when it comes to cartoons (at least from what I’ve been able to gather), but that doesn’t mean that some good can’t come out of an otherwise awful product. For the most part, I can’t stand Family Guy. However, I will admit to having laughed at a few lines here and there. The same can be true of pony as well. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, at least try and make an honest attempt at understanding why other people like it. Don’t under any circumstances, watch a Fox News report on the subject. In fact, for the most part, stay away from any main stream media about Bronies. As George Carlin said “The reason the main stream is called a stream, is because it’s so shallow.”

However, as I said before, MLP quite frankly rocks. If I hadn’t gone through the experience of losing my beloved dog, I’m honestly not sure if I would still be watching it. Maybe I would, but it was during those first couple weeks after her death, that I became a true fan of the show.

As of this writing, I have not attended any Brony meet-ups, and I’m not sure if I ever will. However, if I do go to one, I’d like for Daniel Ingram, Andria Libman (the speaking voice for Pinkie and Fluttershy), and Shannon Chan-Kent to be there, so that I could tell them about how Pinkie Pie was able to lift my spirits, and how I would always feel a sense of gratitude towards her. I intend to keep watching this incarnation of the show as long as it’s on, and I’m honestly looking forward to the 2017 feature film (I don’t think I’ve looked forward to a G rated feature this much before). Perhaps some day after it’s finished it’s run, I’ll go on and lose my interest in it. Things like that happen. However, I do know for sure, that the one piece of friendship advice, that I will always carry with me, is to ‘Smile, Smile, Smile.’
Unexpected Smiles
The story of how I became a fan of My Little Pony

Here's a link to a Brony book proposal I've made:

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Dear MLP Fans,

It has come to my attention, that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. What the heck am I on about? Well in my opinion, the official Brony documentary, did not do an altogether great job of presenting Bronies as a worthy group. If that had been my first introduction to them, I honestly would not have been sold. It wasn't altogether bad, but they could have done so much more with it. Personally I enjoyed 'A Brony Tale' with Ashleigh Ball more (although that's still not excellent).

I propose that we all write a short essay (2 to 4 pages) on the impact MLP has had on our lives. Try to make it about how MLP touched your life. I truly began to enjoy the show, when Pinkie Pie did something for me that I'll always be grateful for. I haven't finished writing my own essay yet, but I'll provide a link to it in the description when I do.

Write about the lessons that the show teaches, and how you've been able to apply them to your own life (once again, make it something personal).

When you've written an essay, upload it to Deviantart, and send me a link (I'll add it to the list of links in the description).

On December 26th, I plan to approach the world's friendliest Brony (Dr. Wolf), about recording an audiobook of the essays (or at least the ones he picks out). If your essay is picked, you could make a recording of it, or ask one of the expert Brony readers to do it for you (I'm opting for the latter). If Dr. Wolf agrees to this, the book may very well be complete by the time the season 5 finale airs (or the day after perhaps). The book would of course, include lots of content by Dr. Wolf himself.

Please consider this. Even if our good friend Wolf doesn't go for it, it will still be fun.
MLP Fan-Book Proposal
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Unexpected Smiles fav.me/d89ryxs (by Cedar Woods)

How MLP Impacted my Life fav.me/d8ag9nm (by PieIsAwesome3123)
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MLP Movie packaging concept by CedarWoods
MLP Movie packaging concept
I'm a huge fan of extended DVDs, and of MLP. Since there's a new movie coming in 2017 (and not an Equestria Girls spinoff) I think it would be a financially smart choice for them to think about this.

The theatrical edition wouldn't have much that new-comers couldn't enjoy, but the extended version would be chock full of obscure references to past episodes, as well as contain material that fans would enjoy seeing (such as an explanation as to what happened to A.J's parents, and Pinkie throwing an anniversary or wedding party for Lyra and BonBon).

I realize not many animated movies get their own extended cuts (the special edition of Beauty and the Beast is one rare exception, and that was just a single scene), but with the huge adult following MLP has, I think they should think about it.

If you agree with this idea, please send this picture (as a tweet) to Meghan McCarthy  
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Big Sexy Tour by CedarWoods
Big Sexy Tour
A personal fantasy based on the awesome talents of Jen McGregor, known for her work in the Brony community as the fan voice of Princess Celestia, and a certain other princess :) You can find Jen at YouTube (where she goes by MEMJ0123) and from there you can follow her links to all her various pages. I hope to one day see this become something of a reality.

Link to pony O.C picture: Browsing deviantART

Link to MEMJ's D.A page: MEMJ0123 (Person) on deviantART
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I Wanna Hold Your Attention - Official Single by CedarWoods
I Wanna Hold Your Attention - Official Single
After much long hard work by the members of Flora, we have the first official single from our upcoming album 'Extraterrestrial Dreams' available on Soundcloud. I wrote this song back when I was 14 or 15, and while the majority of my part in the song hasn't changed over the years, fellow band member Cooper Rae Forest provided help in the form of rapping (and composing the music and arrangements all on his own).

So please click the link and listen to the song (download if you like it). Also if you have a Soundcloud account of your own please comment on it. Plus as it mentions on the page, 'please share.'


soundcloud.com/floraband/i-wan…

PS: The single comes with its own artwork, but if you want to use this pic (which I took for the single cover) it's perfectly alright.
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Book Recommendation

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 10, 2014, 12:19 AM






Hey everyone :) If you enjoy a great book (or great audiobook like me) filled with fantastic relatable characters, engaging plots, edge of your seat tenseness, exploration of important things that actually go on in the world, and surprising (yet happy) endings, then I've got just the book for you.

Written by Jodi Picoult, and recommended to me by my best friend a few months ago, this book 'Sing You Home' is a beautifully crafted tale about marriage, LGBT rights, and the healing power of music.

There are tears, and there are laughs. There is class and there is sass. There are angry teens, and true love dreams.

So head on over to Amazon and purchase this incredible book (you can get it from the previously owned section like me for next to nothing if you're unsure).

I guarantee though, that this book will make you do what any great work of art should. That's to think about things from a new perspective. It may not drastically change your life, but it will open your mind and your heart.

Also if you enjoy it, tell your friends about it cause Ellen Degeneres and the producers of Footloose (2011) Hairspray, Chicago, and lots of other great films, are going to be bringing this incredible book to the big screen (sometime hopefully in the not too distant future).

Happy reading and keep on making amazing art :) 

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Cedar Woods
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I have always enjoyed making art. My primary form of expression is through writing. I plan on working in the screenwriting business someday. I'm a Little Monster, an Olivia Benson fan (a Bensonite?) and a semi-Brony.

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Thanks for watching.  :)
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Thanks for providing us all with fabulous art. :)
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Wow thank you for the tremendous amount of points! :iconfluttershyyesplz:
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You're most welcome :)
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 Thank you so much for the watch + points They're much appreciated! 
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Thank you so much for the points! That was really nice I really appreciate it. 
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Glad to do it :)
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You're welcome :)
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