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  • 2w, 4d
    SA Reviews - Round 70!

    18 comments · 1,459 views
  • 3w, 6d
    Kaorin's "Selling Out" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story reminds us that the one constant in life is change — so keep your coin purse close by when you pay with a big bill.

    Selling Out

    [Slice of Life] • 2,361 words

    When the time of monarchs and royals ends, what becomes of Princesses who live on?

    FROM THE CURATORS: This is exactly what it says on the tin — a story about a pony coming to grips with modern capitalism.  We started out worried that such a premise seemed like a recipe for soapboxing, but this story quickly vaulted past those doubts to unanimous approval. As JohnPerry said, "I think it says something when a story gives you a premise that's hard to swallow, but still manages to impress you."

    The biggest factor in that was Selling Out's arresting portrayal of its protagonist. "The voicing really is the draw," Present Perfect said, and JohnPerry was more broadly appreciative: "The characterization of Luna is absolutely marvelous, and the larger historical landscape this story merely touches upon is very intriguing."  Horizon, meanwhile, found the two sides of Luna poignantly juxtaposed: "The contrast in tone between her regal narration and her out-loud dialogue is proper heartbreaking."

    It wasn't only the characterization that impressed us, but also its excellent choice of character.  "Seeing Luna in this situation, harboring all of her pride and past hurts, is so much more heartbreaking than seeing Celestia, or Cadance, or even Twilight would be," Present Perfect said.  "Luna's the one who's already fallen once, and she fell so much further than this." The story's nuanced portrayal of the world around her sealed the deal. "What strikes me the most is the 'long view' of Equestrian society," AugieDog said.  "Yes, ponies will learn and grow and discover new and different things, but they will always be ponies.  And their princesses will always be there when they're needed — even if what they're needed for changes and shrinks and grows back differently as the pendulum of the centuries swings to and fro."

    Ultimately, by treading a careful path across the razor's-edge of modern cynicism, Selling Out left us with a thought-provoking message. "The idea of balancing duty, pride, and commercialism is one that's more applicable to many of our real-life idols than we might like to admit," Chris said.

    Read on for our author interview, in which Kaorin discusses technological singularity, paycheck relevance, and post-apotheosis continuations.


    Give us the standard biography.

    30/F/USA No?

    I am, I suppose, Kaorin. I edit more than I write, and I’ve held more jobs than I can count. I like to learn what it is to do the work that keeps the world moving. I am a cognitive neuroscientist by training, though I took a long look at academia and decided that I could never accomplish what I wanted were I to follow that path.

    Instead I decided on the lucrative career of whatever the temp agency gives me on any given day. Seriously, I actually recommend to anyone out there that they spend some time with any such agency and go from job to job just learning how and what people do out there every day.

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    I’ve always had a yen for cute shows. Back when the internet and I were both young I watched a little anime called Azumanga Daioh. A simple slice of life about a group of girls and their everyday adventures as they grow up. In the show there’s a girl whose spastic character amused me in her contrast with, and similarity to, myself. I chose to adopt her name as a moniker in my forays online and it has stuck with me since.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle without hesitation. It helps that she is the central character, the one who receives the greatest care and attention from the writing staff, but she would be my favorite even if that were not so.

    The Monomyth, also called the Hero’s Journey, describes Twilight’s character arc. What makes her journey remarkable is that it is largely couched in terms of a modern coming of age, what it is to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. There’s the occasional hydra or Equestria-shaking threat, but outside those her challenges are all quite relatable. Squabbles with friends, insecurity, pressures to perform, failure and success. Each time she rises to the occasion and becomes more for it without ever losing who she’s always been: an adorkable bookworm.

    I think what truly cemented her as my favorite, however, is that once she reached her apotheosis the story continued. The tacit lesson that even once you attain your goals, once you grasp what you’ve reached for, there will be more challenges and more room to grow. It’s an extension of theme that is seen but rarely and I treasure that. Also, she’s just my type.

    What's your favorite episode?

    A question with no answer. At least, that would have been so had I not seen "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" The lesson is superb, the call-backs and tie-ins graceful, the character exploration handled expertly, and best of all the Tantabus! Oh wow the Tantabus. Visually stunning and conceptually brilliant.

    What do you get from the show?

    Life is not always vibrant or full of good cheer. It is always a pleasure to have something cute to hand as a remedy for dreary days. An abnegation of sorts. Setting aside the cares of the world and refreshing oneself with clean art, quality voice acting, compelling stories and characters, and relatable life lessons will rarely go amiss with me.

    What do you want from life?

    It is good you did not ask me what is best in life. I would have a rather different answer. I want from life what most do: to live long enough to be part of the transhumanist revolution and join in the technological singularity.

    Why do you write?

    I write because I have a story I must to tell. It is both as simple and as complex as that. I write because there are things I wish say, and I write because I need to create, and I write because I enjoy the challenge.

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    The most common bits of advice are to read the works of masters past and present, and to write and keep writing. These are uncontroversially the best things any writer can do to improve, but I will share something I personally do when approaching a writing challenge: derive from first principles.

    In any situation you face while writing, there will be things that came before that must shape the outcome. It’s a simple way of making sure you as the author know how and why things came to be, and it will help show you where they must go. Your characters are motivated by things that have happened to them, and your world will always be shaped by its history. Make sure you know about it!

    What influences shaped this story's view of a "modern" Equestria?

    As I said, I try to derive from first principles. With Selling Out the idea kernel was “Wouldn’t it be funny to see Luna in a modern style commercial?” In order to write about that I had to figure out what would have to change about Equestria to allow one of the royal sisters to engage in crass commercialism. I decided they would need to be deposed yet still remain meaningful as symbols, and for that I looked to the retirement, for lack of a better term, of the state powers of the British monarchy. The rest flowed naturally from there.

    How did you decide which archaisms to keep and discard for future Luna's voice?  Any voicing tips for Luna authors?

    Just like each of the Mane 6 has a distinct silhouette, they each have an easily identifiable set of linguistic idiosyncrasies. I decided early on that I needed Luna to have something that hooked a reader’s interest. Not merely the cadence nor the vocabulary, but a distinct vocal tic. I chose a flexible exclamatory noise by the expedient that I needed a way for her to roll her eyes internally.

    I decided to discard the anachronistic speech patterns since it is set some few centuries after the show, and I do believe Luna would do her best to inculcate a more modern pattern. The exception being, as I well know from my own slips into the accent of my birth, when she’s excited or upset. I did, however, decide to keep a particularly barbed and haughty tone, as I believed that would fit in with the snarky and decidedly bitter Luna I felt needed to exist if she was to star in a commercial.

    As to voicing the less even-keeled of the two royal sisters, my advice would be to remember who she is. Were I to write the story now, I could not in good conscience make her as snarky and jagged-edged as I did back when we had seen hardly a trace of her in the show. Now that we’ve seen her more regularly I feel confident in saying that Luna is aloof by dint of a self-flagellating seriousness, and has chosen to armor herself in the imperious role of Princess. To write her well, I believe, would require a certain understanding of what it means to seek redemption for wrongs already forgiven, and what it means to see yourself as alone even when surrounded by friends.

    Luna says the job provides her with meaning as well as money.  Did you write that sentiment as sincere, or to illustrate a character in denial?

    Absolutely sincere. I firmly believe that we are what we do and this bled over into writing Luna. The Paycheck is relevance. Luna, a public servant for millennia and admitted seeker of public recognition and adoration, is absolutely in no need of mere money. Indeed I imagine the two sisters would be rather well to do no matter the changes of the world. What that sort of money cannot buy is a sense of purpose in life. So Luna decided to seek that in the spotlight, and though she evidently feels often slighted, she also feels needed.

    This is quite a tale for a first FIMFiction story.  What are your plans for future fanfics?

    I am an exceptionally inconstant writer. I have many ideas for stories, but I have a nasty tendency to set challenges for myself that make those stories far more difficult to produce than they ought to be. In light of that, and I stress I can make no promises of any kind, but there is a story I have been working on which takes place in the same Equestria as Selling Out, but focuses on Spike.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    It’s more than a little surprising that this little old story of mine caught the notice of this group, I’m rather gratified. And if anyone just happens to need an editor, well, I do rather enjoy it.

    You can read Selling Out at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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  • 4w, 3d
    Groups Post - August 2015

    Groups Posts are a monthly group advertisement blog open to anyone who wants a signal boost. If you're interested in having your group advertised in one of these, send me a PM with the name of the group, a link to its front page, and a brief description of what the group is for. I'll copy this directly into the post, so write it like you're trying to tell other people about why they should join or pay attention to your group - anything up to around 150-ish words is fine.


    Helping Hooves is exactly what it sounds like: a place where you can find a helping hoof to lend you a hand.

    Need help or feedback on your story? Are you new and need someone to show you around the site? Do you have a question about something, Fimfiction-related or not?

    Anything you need, any question you have, post a comment and someone will be there to help you out and answer you.

    If you don't need any help and you'd like to help others, you can always lend some.


    Hazardous Writing Materials and Challenges

    The groups aim is to provide a sociable environment to enjoy unorthodox and inventive contests organized by a group of users used to organizing the odd competition, and write short stories to prompts posted weekly. We welcome ideas and writing styles of all sorts so long as you're willing to push yourself and take a risk or two towards improvement and (hopefully) success.

    It should be a great place to find other talented authors, show off a little, and practice writing amongst users with a bit of friendly competition.


    The Birthday Association

    Are you looking to celebrate your birthday on this very fanfiction site itself with your internet friends? Does that very special day seem... unfulfilling? Well, we here at The Birthday Association are here to help you! With just a simple comment, anypony can get the B-Day love that they may want and/or deserve! So, make your wish now!


    Twiluna

    Welcome to Twiluna! Where we worship the almighty ship of Twilight and Luna! Wanna join? Click here and then hit the subscribe join button in the top right corner! After you've done so, ask about our Tuna and Tuna accessories branch. P.S. Beware of cults in the group. We take our worship alittle too seriously sometimes.


    Applejack's Parents

    Applejack's parents are mysterious figures.

    Who were they?

    What were they like?

    How did they die?

    This group is devoted to the collection of stories about Applejack's parents in any capacity.


    Sad Luna

    A group to explore Princess Luna's tragic history, conflicted personality, and ongoing struggle to come to terms with her failures. Includes sad Luna fact repository for inspiration and convenience, updated as needed with canon details. Folders are arranged according to sadness level. Contests will be held if/when membership becomes large enough.


    My Little Lyrics

    Welcome to My Little Lyrics, a group dedicated to all those MLP-related music lovers out there, no matter if mare, stallion, colt or filly.

    This group is pretty new and got a focus on beautiful songs and their lyrics, but also every story here on fimfiction fitting the topic.

    We would love to have new members discussing their favorite song and/or it's lyrics, among with some games and other stuff!


    Write my fic for me

    Do you have a ton of ideas but for some reason just can't get them down to publish on fimfiction? Are you always looking for new ideas to write? Then this is the group for you! Here you can post your ideas and writers will help bring them to life or be the one bringing the ideas to life. All types are welcome!


    Prayer Requests and Praises is exactly like it sounds. Here we pray for people and their needs, share our own prayer requests, and focus on the good things in our lives to be thankful for. We have monthly prayer meetings that are hosted by fellow members, and an official Prayer list thread that will be updated with each new request by the admin, Pencil Melody. If you wish to remain anonymous, just send a pm concerning your prayer request to the admin. If you're going through a hard time, but don't want religion crammed down your throat, we're here to talk to you and pray.  So, come on and join today.


    That's it for August. See you all next month!

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  • 5w, 6d
    Vote hiding for stories with low vote counts

    To eliminate problems where stories that have very few votes can be sunk by only 1-2 people disliking them, stories with under 15 votes no longer display rating data to anyone but the author. This should give everyone a fair chance at success, even with a couple early haters, but actually-bad stories should quickly-enough accumulate enough downvotes to show as negative that you can still easily avoid them.

    We will adjust the number of votes required for visibility later if needed.

    Edit: the threshold is now 10, looking into some time-based stuff for older stories.

    464 comments · 6,767 views
  • 6w, 26m
    archonix's "To Be A Mule" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    15 comments · 1,063 views
  • 7w, 8h
    Reviews! Round 69

    19 comments · 2,018 views
  • 7w, 5d
    S5E13 - Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?

    278 comments · 5,087 views
  • 8w, 11m
    Bronetheus' "Waiting For Celestia"

    1 comments · 1,688 views
  • 8w, 5d
    S5E12 - Amending Fences

    252 comments · 5,091 views
  • 8w, 6d
    Groups Post - July 2015

    Groups Posts are a monthly group advertisement blog open to anyone who wants a signal boost. If you're interested in having your group advertised in one of these, send me a PM with the name of the group, a link to its front page, and a brief description of what the group is for. I'll copy this directly into the post, so write it like you're trying to tell other people about why they should join or pay attention to your group - anything up to around 150-ish words is fine.


    To celebrate summer and all its fun, Poniverse Fimfiction and MLP Forums are once again hosting a fanfiction contest.  This time around, we're asking writers to enter fics about Poniverse's very own mascots themselves, the best of which will be accepted into Poniverse canon.  There's lots of special prizes in store for the winners, and for more information about the contest itself, click on the following link:

    Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza Contest!  Happy writing! :twilightsmile:


    Victorious Antagonists

    What fun is there in always seeing the protagonist come out on top?  If you're one of those types who likes to see chaos reign, darkness shroud the land, equality spread across the land, empires crumble, mean ponies get away with their misdeeds, towns devoured, ponies kidnapped or just generalized mayhem, this group is for you!


    The Related Story Finders is pretty straightforward new group, if you need help finding a story that is like another story or want a recommendation for a story this is the place to be. Rule will be updated as needed and new members are welcome.


    Nostalgia Dig-Ups

    This is where you can post stories from nostalgia or suggest ideas from anything nostalgic that you think can make a great crossover.


    Endoscopic Adventures

    A collection of MLP stories devoted to Endosomatophilia. What is Endosomatophilia? It is anything involving a tiny being traveling throughout the body of a giant host. Imagine Fantastic Voyage, the movie Inner Space, or the TV show Magic School Bus, and you'll have the hang of it.


    The Apple Scratch Verse

    In a humanized version of Equestria, Vinyl Scratch ends up being the adopted sister of the monster of a woman known as Jacquelyn "Applejack" Apple when she was six years old. Many years later, Vinyl, her sister and their friends embark in a series of adventure through the lands of Equestria and even beyond... Contains heroic-fantasy/anime-like fights, fluffy romances, and (hopefully) lots of humor.


    The Filly Club

    Do you think that fillies (and colts) are adorable? If you do, The Filly Club is THE place for all of your filly and colt needs, whether you're here to post your stories or read stories about foals. Join and be part of the family!


    Off-Topic

    We are a growing group that love to have nice, clean, drama-free fun in our forums. We welcome new users with a pat on the back and a nice warm hug that lets them feel at home. With group art, music posts, AMAs, and general chats, we're every social user's dream. Though we are a group with a large scale of activities, in order to protect the group we do have rules. Many rules. And these rules are enforced to ensure that other users' experiences are not jeopardized by a few others' bad choices.

    So come on down to Higashikaigan's Off Topic and see that sometimes being off topic can be a bit fun!~:heart:


    That's it for this month. Don't forget to submit your groups if you want them in the post for August!

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  • 8w, 6d
    Reviews! Round 68

    10 comments · 1,222 views
  • 9w, 54m
    zaponator's "Blink" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    11 comments · 1,316 views
  • 9w, 5d
    S5E11 - Party Pooped

    190 comments · 3,429 views
Feb
3rd
2013

Report knighty · 8,996 views ·
#2 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

I lol'd.

#3 · 134w, 5d ago · 42 · 6 ·

Reminds me of a story that I did not read :moustache:

#4 · 134w, 5d ago · 42 · 3 ·

this doesn't make sense

where's the twilestia and lunapip

#5 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

YES:pinkiecrazy:

#6 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

More Ships!

#7 · 134w, 5d ago · 20 · ·

Lunestia? X

Twilestia? X

Lunestia? X

#8 · 134w, 5d ago · 10 · ·

I don't see Pinkie and Mirror Clone Pinkie.

#9 · 134w, 5d ago · 14 · ·

My favorite PinkieDash image is still the above.

#10 · 134w, 5d ago · 6 · 21 ·

Spilight is best ship:pinkiehappy:

:twilightsheepish:+:moustache:=:heart:

Though I like every Mane Six pairing but Twilight/Rainbow Dash and Rarity:rainbowwild::pinkiesick:

And any to be paired with Spike but Rarity in my eyes :pinkiesick:

#11 · 134w, 5d ago · 21 · 3 ·

>>787758

Lunestia? X

Princest is best incest!

#12 · 134w, 5d ago · 6 · 20 ·

SPIKE+RAINBOW DASH IS THE ONLY SHIP

#13 · 134w, 5d ago · 63 · 2 ·

>>787774 RAINBOW DASH + THE KITCHEN SINK

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#14 · 134w, 5d ago · 13 · 1 ·

SCIENCE!

#15 · 134w, 5d ago · 15 · ·

Where's Pinkie Pie with herself?  I believe there are several different points at which that is confirmed.

#16 · 134w, 5d ago · 24 · 1 ·

This is pretty much all I can say.

#19 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>787745 Oh god... Molestia. Get Discord! He can be confused at her coat color and we can run away!

#20 · 134w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

Oh Celestia... :facehoof:

#21 · 134w, 5d ago · 14 · 2 ·

Orgy time?

Orgy time.

#22 · 134w, 5d ago · 6 · 1 ·

Virtual Rainbow Dash said "Yes, it's all true" the moment I clicked the link :rainbowderp:

Wait, what about LyraBon, TaviScratch, Twilestia, Fluttercord, SilverBelle, TwiLuna and Twixie? :fluttercry:

#23 · 134w, 5d ago · 30 · ·

Where's the Iron Will x Gummy?

#24 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Sorry, I see no Twixie so it can't be real. :ajbemused: :rainbowlaugh:

#25 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Yay! :yay::yay::yay:

#26 · 134w, 5d ago · 13 · 3 ·

Because friends being friends only means they want to have intimate relationships with one another. :ajbemused:

#27 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Every ship? But that's impossible!

Although I'm pretty certain there's a fic out there somewhere which makes it happen.

#28 · 134w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

Everyday we're shipping!

#29 · 134w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

>>787795 :rainbowhuh: That is the strangest picture I have ever seen. I can't stop looking at it! :pinkiecrazy:

Yip
#30 · 134w, 5d ago · 5 · 1 ·

You magnificent bastard, knighty. But you know perfectly well that the only ship that's canon is Discord x Nigel Thornberry,

I'LL DO THIS WITH MY HANDS!

#32 · 134w, 5d ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>787874

Never need a reason, never need a rhyme.

#33 · 134w, 5d ago · 10 · 1 ·

>>787874

Dude, it's always orgy time! Don't let anyone tell you different.

#34 · 134w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>>787795

That's pretty damn cute.

#35 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Yey!

#36 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>788121

Trixie likes you.

#37 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

*Shrugs.*  Works for me.

#38 · 134w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

Mother of god ... NO. JUST NO. Wait, how about Cadence x Chrysalis?

#39 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>787795 i though she was saying "weed"....

also, rarity selfcests. that were bits at.

#40 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>787970

You're probably thinking of The Combinatorics Project.

#41 · 134w, 5d ago · 4 · 2 ·

Finally.

#42 · 134w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

lies...LIES I SAY!

There is no Big Mac in your ships! I declare false advertising! :eeyup:

:trollestia:

#43 · 134w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

No magic duel Twidash pic?

#44 · 134w, 5d ago · 7 · ·

You missed the one where Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash kiss during the fight with the changelings.

#45 · 134w, 5d ago · 8 · 1 ·

Well you know what this means?

Orgy time.

Spike is Dungeon fuehrer.

#46 · 134w, 5d ago · · 1 ·

Haha, clever. :rainbowlaugh:

#47 · 134w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

Omniship is best ship.

#48 · 134w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

Where is scootabelle? :unsuresweetie::heart::scootangel:

#49 · 134w, 5d ago · 11 · ·

WHERE BE THE CHEERIMAC?

CANON SHIPS ARR CANON!:eeyup:

[img] http://delectablecoffee.deviantart.com/art/Big-Mac-Cheerilee-285147826[/img]

#50 · 134w, 5d ago · 4 · ·

RAINBOW DASH?

CONFIRMED 4 BRAWL!!

PINKIE PIE?

CONFIRMED 4 BRAWL!

TWILIGHT SPARKLE?

CONFIRMED 4... this joke isn't funny and it hasn't been for years, I apoligize.

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