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    Morning Sun's "Gnosis" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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  • 4w, 4d
    NaPoWriMo 2016!

    Do you like to write? Do you think you could write a novel in a month? Or set yourself a high word-count objective and meet it? Welp, 5 days late here for the announcement, but if you like a writing challenge head up to the EQD NaPoWriMo 2016 blog post!

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  • 4w, 5d
    BillyColt's "I Have a Hat" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story might just prove to be magical reading.

    I Have a Hat

    [Alternate Universe] [Crossover] • 8,935 words

    Upstart is excited. His mother has hired a unicorn for a party. It will be so delightful to see a unicorn performing magic. It's sure to be fun for the whole household!

    Of course, it's just a little fun. She's not really a unicorn. After all, unicorns don't exist.

    FROM THE CURATORS: "An Equestria where magic has ceased to be a factor in ponies' lives is a fascinating AU right from the start," AugieDog said, and all of us reading this Victorian-flavored tale — a pony take on G.K. Chesterton's play Magic — found ourselves swept up in its enchantments.  "This offers a thoughtful bit of commentary on the role of magic in our lives," Chris said, "and its Equestrian mooring is a surprisingly necessary lens through which to see our own human mythologies."  As Present Perfect put it, "it turns out there's nothing to make the reader tremble in awe at the knowledge magic exists quite like taking magic away in the first place."

    And while the power of that theme might have sealed this story's feature, there was plenty more to like here — such as I Have a Hat's tonal balance and character work.  "There's a noble tragedy that suffuses the entire story, even as its surface content remains light and slice-of-life," Chris said about the former, while AugieDog praised the latter: "The characters, all OCs, are fully-formed and well-detailed." Horizon appreciated those both: "The subtle power plays among the various inhabitants of the house were just as fascinating as the bigger, flashier A-plot, and watching the visitors navigate those tensions really helped ground both halves of the story into a more unified whole."

    But our commentary kept turning back to this story's well-realized setting, perched at a carefully calibrated distance between our lives and the show.  "It was a brilliant choice, I think, to set this in a pseudo-Victorian era," Horizon said. "I'm reminded of L.P. Hartley's quote 'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there' — both in the contrast between the setting's past and present, and the contrast between the setting's present day and our own."  Chris appreciated how that also contributed to the mood of the story: "The mix of 1800s-ish setting and moors with a somewhat more modern writing style gives the piece an appropriately uncertain, ethereal air."  But, like any good magician, most impressive of all was how seamless the presentation was.  "Justifying an AU an like this is always a challenge," Present Perfect said, "but this one rises to it effortlessly."

    Read on for our author interview, in which BillyColt discusses branding arcs, unplayed cards, and toyline invitations.


    Give us the standard biography.

    Well, I’m a 25-year-old college graduate, a musician, and an accountant. Currently desperately searching for a job here in sunny southern California!

    My chief interests are television, theatre, and classical music. I got into creative writing mainly through roleplaying, and I started with little short stories and terrible fanfictions for things like Neopets and Eragon. I got into MLP after finding it had a Sondheim tribute, and I started writing fanfiction after having some chats on the imageboards.

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    It was really something I came up with more or less on a dime. I wanted a snazzy handle that wasn’t one of my other online handles, and my first fic was going up, so I needed something fast. “BillyColt” seemed like as good an idea as any, and I’ve gotten fond of it as a moniker.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Oh, I don’t like to play favorites, but Rarity is my favorite of the mane six. She’s always fun to watch, thanks to her flamboyant personality and voice work. I also just find something novel about how her character arc is about building a business and personal brand.

    What's your favorite episode?

    Hm. That’d be tricky. If I had to just pick one episode, it’d be Pinkie Pride, which is in my opinion the best episode of season 4 (which I’d say ties with season 5 as the best season thus far) and The Saddle Row Review (which in my opinion is absolutely delightful). Other episodes I’d mention include Brotherhooves Social, Just for Sidekicks, Amending Fences, Sonic Rainboom, and PPOV. I’m sure that if I spent more time on it I could name many other episodes.

    I’m also a big fan of the comics, and some of my favorites stories in there are Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair, Neigh Anything, Reflections, Sombra Rex, Siege of the Crystal Empire, the Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Luna micros, and too many of the Friends Forever issues to name.

    What do you get from the show?

    It’s a nice show that doesn’t feel like it’s talking down. It’s simple, sometimes clever, likable, and it has nice tunes. The musical numbers were probably what drew me to the show in the first place. I’m a big Stephen Sondheim fan, and when I found that the show did a number in the first season that was a tribute (actually two songs: "Art of the Dress" and "At the Gala" are both modeled after songs of his, and other songs throughout the series are based on other showtunes).

    Apart from that it’s just a nice, likable show. As far as childrens’ shows go, it has most of what I want to see in one. At its best it shows a good ethos and has very clever writing. Even at its worst I can’t think of any episodes that I’ve strongly disliked in the way that some other shows I also love have produced things that get my ire up.

    I don’t suppose any of that rambling makes sense. It’s just a show I like, I guess. Not much else to it.

    What do you want from life?

    Same thing as most people, I imagine. Comfort, certainty, and something worthwhile to do.

    Why do you write?

    I’ve always been someone who likes culture stuff; music, art, literature. That kind of thing. Also I crave validation from others. Creating content for a fandom is a pretty good way to scratch that itch, it turns out!

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    The thing that kills me more than anything is procrastinating, and it still gets me. People who follow my blog or my tumblr might recall that I sometimes say I’m gonna try to stick to a 20-minutes-a-day schedule, and I’m never able to really do that. So I’m not really the best person to ask for advice on it. Though I might pass along something from the game The Beginner’s Guide, in that one shouldn’t worry if they don’t always have ideas. Lows are just part of the process of being a creator.

    You said of this story that: "Mainly, the source is GK Chesterton's play "Magic," with elements taken from Ingmar Bergman's film "Ansiktet" (called "The Magician" in its US release), which was loosely based on the aforementioned play."  Could you elaborate on what inspired you from those works?

    Well, really it’s an adaptation in most respects. Neither of them are the most famous of their works; Chesterton’s more famous for his Father Brown stories and the novels of his that got quoted in Deus Ex, and Bergman made many movies, and The Magician never got the kind of reception that Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, or many of his others did. However, I think that they’re both fine works.

    Both of those sources share the rough plotline of a traveling magician who’s invited to perform for a rich household. The title of the story actually comes from the Chesterton play. In the first scene, the Conjurer (as he’s called) says a poem to Patricia:

    I have a hat, but not to wear

    I wear a sword, but not to slay

    And ever in my bag I bear

    A pack of cards, but not to play.

    Chesterton was really a wonderful poet. I used this as a springboard for giving Enchantra the character trait of having her mutter rhyming snatches, which is always fun to do (oh, did I have fun writing Zed’s couplets).

    The broad strokes of both sources are roughly the same. You have the magician himself, you have the household, you have a woman who believes in him, and you have an obnoxious skeptic who’s determined that the magician is nothing more than a fraud. However, they diverge in some ways. Chesterton was a devoted Catholic, and so in his version, the Magician is, by most appearances, real. Bergman was an agnostic, so in his version the Magician turns out to be a fraud, albeit with one or two very odd things that seem a little inexplicable.

    Some of the particular influences from the movie are the troupe of assistants (the Conjurer in Chesterton’s play is by himself, while the Magician in Bergman’s is attended with a host of others) and the ‘invisible chains’ scene, which I ripped off wholesale from the film. It was a scene that really stood out to me, how Bergman is able to take a scene where so little is happening and make it gripping and suspenseful. All from a man quietly trying to free himself from apparently invisible chains.

    From the play itself I keep more or less the relationship between the magician and the young woman at the house who fancies him (though obviously genderflipped). This element was largely excised from the movie, where the magician was already married. Though I should point out that I deliberately left Upstart’s age vague, leaving it to the audience whether he’s a colt or a young stallion, and picking how the relationship dynamic works best (whether it’s a child who views her with a sense of wonder or a young adult who’s feeling a sense of romantic attraction).

    The characterization of Duchess is very much inspired by a similar character in Magic, an amusing buffoon of a character who tries to please everyone and pleases no one. One funny exchange of dialogue in the play relates to how he donated equal amounts of money to two opposing political movements. Many of the characters in that play are very distinct archetypes, something which I took to mind in crafting the characters for this. Letterhead is very much based on the skeptic characters from those works (Morris in Magic and the doctor in The Magician), leaning a bit more towards the doctor. Though one thing I notice in my version is that the skeptic never receives a comeuppance. Morris in Magic is made bed-ridden when confronted with a trick he can’t explain (he is made well by the end of the play when the Conjurer and Patricia come up with an alternate explanation that they don’t share with the other characters or the audience), and while the doctor in Bergman’s story isn’t shown to be wrong, he is subject to an elaborate, terrifying prank.

    The character of Penner doesn’t particularly have a close analogue in either work. I suppose he might be closest to the Reverend and/or Doctor Grimthorpe from Magic in terms of the dynamic he has with Letterhead.

    On a related note, what differences do you see in your story as relates to its Equestrian setting?  In other words, how do ponies change the nature of the tale?

    Well, the most obvious thing is that it signals that the magic is, in fact, real all along. In addition, I find I like working with alternate universes and futures and stuff with the MLP setting. I think it makes sense, given that My Little Pony is itself a toyline. I feel it invites viewers to speculate more with ‘what if?’ scenarios than most other properties. I mean, there are a number of properties I love a great deal that I would never write fanfiction for, such as Breaking Bad or BoJack Horseman, because those stories don’t seem to invite me to do alternate takes as much. They have a set sequence of events and character development and the world outside of what we immediately see isn’t as important as the main characters themselves.

    MLP, because of its nature as a toyline as much as a TV show, I feel invites it a lot more, particularly when it has a setting that feels like it exists outside of what’s shown on-screen. And I feel that the malleability that comes with that lends itself well to crossovers and other adaptive works. I also suspect that this is why shipping doesn’t annoy me in this fandom the way it does in, say, Harry Potter or the Avatar cartoons.

    Because MLP is also a cartoon, it makes it easier to work with the characters as archetypes and broad strokes. Obviously there are differences as a work of prose, but I think a good fanfic will invoke elements of the source material, and in doing so I think that the fact that it’s a story set in a cartoon universe lends it well to those kinds of characters.

    Why did you chose to reveal the truth about Enchantra at the end of the story?

    I felt that was the ending that was the most appropriate. The source subjects, like many other works about magicians (such as The Illusionist and The Prestige) play with themes of duplicity and falseness, and it’s fairly common in those works to have the grand masterstroke revealed. The revelation of the secret does, in many ways, serve as a climax of its own sort.

    Also, the fact that this is a My Little Pony story is going to betray something to the audience at any rate. The audience knows that in the story’s universe, magic really was there. It doesn’t make sense to keep it ambiguous at that point.

    How do you view the ending you wrote?  As optimistic and hopeful?  Bittersweet?  Nobly tragic?  Something else?

    I think of it as optimistic. I imagine that if it were animated or the like there would be a dramatic swelling of strings as the carriage sails across the night sky. Like in some kind of Christmas movie.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    I’m just glad that people liked the story this much. I’d been working on it for years and was somewhat terrified of putting it up. But now it’s up and it seems that the people who have read it liked it a great deal. That makes me feel good. Here’s hoping I can continue writing things that I and my readers enjoy!

    And last of all, thank you.

    You can read I Have a Hat 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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    SA Reviews #92

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    S6E25-26 - To Where and Back Again

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    S6E24 - Top Bolt

    I'm guessing most of us saw this already :p

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    S6E23 - Where the Apple Lies

    CIDER IS BAD

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    Round Robin Reviews # 15

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Apr
6th
2013

And here we go! Time to explore!


The group, Crack Ship's Inc, has initiated it's first prompt contest!

At Crack Ships Inc, we believe that anyone and anything can fall in love. After all, Friendship is Magic is all about making friends, and it's not a huge leap from friendship to romance.

And if anyone can become friends, then anyone can fall in love.

For the prompt contest, six arbitrarily chosen ponies are presented, and contestants must write a ship fic about two or more of those ponies.

Closing date is the 23rd of April, after which a community vote opens up to decide the winner.


Good day fellow FIM FANS,

Recently our group, Fan Fiction Documentary, launched on this site announcing a FIM Fan Fiction Documentary in the works. We hope to bring a quality 40-45 minute documentary to the Brony community sometime this summer. We are aiming for 7-8 guests with a variety of backgrounds, but if you want to find out more just take the link to our faq which will be updated this weekend with a list of guests and a more defined focus based on feedback gained in the past week.

We will also be opening a discussion board where we can keep track of talent including those interested in contributing works of art including music, pictures of all sorts, video, and of course listing their stories for consideration. We won't be able to use even half the authors we have, but we have something in the works to show just how many quality fics we have in this community.

I would also like to take this time to congratulate FIMFICTION.net for being the second most popular fan fiction site on the web, second only to http://archiveofourown.org which has 11700 fandoms as of today. FIMFICTION.net is also about tied for most hits as a Brony site, and is in the process of passing EQD for hits as we speak.

Shower knighty and his staff with praise below. They have all accomplished a lot in the past few years and brought us a lot of joy including making this project possible with tools like the group function.

So thank you Fimfiction, we hope to honor you and and the rest of the community soon.


Tropers is a new group dedicated to the TVTropes wiki; the internet's favorite trope catalogue and life-ruiner.

Our group may not be large right now, but we have folders for both troper-written and troper-recommended works, and we have already done a Fic Secret Santa. The more members the more discussion we can have, and the more events we can arrange!

Don't be afraid to stop by, whether you're familiar with the site or not. A valid TVTropes handle is required to add fics to folders, but trust us when we say those aren't hard to get.


The World-Building Alliance has announced the April Story Prompt!

Now, I bet some of you were wondering why we decided to delay this month’s idea until the second of the month.  The simple answer being what happened yesterday, with gold memberships, retirements, promotions, and all manner of general silliness.  We decided it would be best to wait for a day than get caught up in the middle of all that :twilightsmile:

Now, onto the fun part.  For this month, the idea is a simple one:  Take a trait of your main character, and crank it up to eleven.  An extremely friendly minotaur, maybe?  Or a dragon with insatiable curiosity, perhaps.  Go nuts, we want to see some wacky combinations out there.

If you’re after some pony examples, we could give Twilight as a super-smarty pants.  Or maybe Fluttershy, with her maxed out shyness stat.

Now, seeing as this is a more character-driven prompt, we'll be fiddling with the weighting of the categories to represent that.  For this month, World Building will be less important than your ability to create and convincingly flesh out this OC.

For more information follow THIS LINK


American Bronies

Are you from the country that kicks the most ass, while simultaneously maintaining a below par public education system? Then this group is for you!

Come here to celebrate all things uniquely American, from the artery clogging, early death sentence inducing deliciousness that is american cuisine, to the vast and unequaled power of our military, via one of the largest budgets in the world!

It is as you might expect, it's for those who live in territory claimed by US and A to join and exercise those free speech rights. We don't really do anything special other than talk ponies and news concerning 'Merica.


Polyamory (Contains NSFW/Mature Fics)

Because Pony x Pony x Ponies is best ship.

A group for everyone that likes to see more than two ponies getting together.  Accepts both clean and clop stories, simply place them in the relevant folders.  

A prime example of what we are looking for is The Teacher, The Sorceress, and The Wonderbolt.  

This group is not meant to overshadow other groups dedicated to specific polyamorous relationships, and as such will not have folders dividing every possible shipping combination of three ponies or more.  I believe that the whole point of polyamorous shipping is the open, convention-breaking feel, so adding regimented groups seems odd.  These shippings are allowed, but they will not be segregated.  

If you happen to be interested in specific poly ships, RariJackDash, AppleDashLight, Twilunestia, and Twilunestiance are at your disposal.

We encourage any and all members to search for stories with polyamory or even polyamorous elements.  There isn't much out there, and of course we would all like it if the idea was spread out even more.  

Hopefully, more groups will be founded (maybe even by you, yes YOU) in order to spread the message of free love and swinging across FimFic and Bronydom.



Aaand that's it for now!

Remember, if you have a group that is organizing something for the whole community, or has just been created, or has been around but has a unique concept, you might want to PM me with the details! Be sure to write about 200 words minimum describing what your group or event is around and provide as much detail as you can!

~WD

Report Wanderer D · 13,733 views ·
#1 · 191w, 5d ago · 8 · 15 ·

Second last.

EDIT: le downvotes all are belong to me

#2 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

Wanderer D using a thumbnail? Something is wrong.

#3 · 191w, 5d ago · 5 · 5 ·

Are you from the country that kicks the most ass,

Bitch please, you ain't been to Afganistan.

#4 · 191w, 5d ago · 1 · 4 ·

WOOHOO KNIGHTY WE LOVE YOU EVEN THOUGH SOME OF US DON'T SAY THEY DO BUT WE ALL LOVE YOU ANYWAYS.

#5 · 191w, 5d ago · 1 · 3 ·

#6 · 191w, 5d ago · · 2 ·

Rarijackdash is best polypony ship thing.

Sadie
Story Approver
#7 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

>>984373

Glad you think so, we could do with more followers. :raritydespair:

#8 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

Why hath your blog appeared before me when I am not part of your group nor have any intention of joining it?

#9 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

>>984367 Not much to say there?

#10 · 191w, 5d ago · · ·

>>984396

i erased what i said

#11 · 191w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

>>984401 You know you can just delete comments, right? Near the top right of the comment box there is a little garbage can, and if you click it it deletes your comment.:pinkiesmile:

#12 · 191w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>>984401

Why? So you could piss people off with useless comments that might as well be deleted? Because that's what you're doing.

#13 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

The day this contest ends is the day Dead Island Riptide comes out.:pinkiecrazy:

Time to crack some skulls.:pinkiecrazy:

Wanderer D
Moderator
#14 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>984391 It's a site post. Everyone gets informed when there's a site post. Also, this is not about a single group, it's a blog-post promoting several groups.

#15 · 191w, 4d ago · 1 · 1 ·

Might I submit my Anti-Fimfiction Group for next month? We are a group that feels "Bronies" must be stopped. They have infiltrated our youth and are engaging our sons and daughters in psychological warfare, converting them to hateful pedophiles and dooming them to eternal virginity, thus ending procreation for the human race. The horse scoundrel site FimFiction is one of their main tools in consistently violating the principles of free speech and fair trade. Therefore our group's overarching goal is for all "Bronies" to be hunted down and dealt with.

We don't have much going on at the moment, but are on the lookout for more decent folk so we can get the resistance rolling :pinkiesmile:

#16 · 191w, 4d ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>984575 I honestly can't tell if you're actually being serious or just trolling to extreme measures...

#17 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>984354

I have. Quaint, to say the least. Definitely not a runner's climate. Nor a runner's society. With the whole, "cover all of your skin, but hands and face is okay." They did not enjoy seeing a skinny-ass 'Murrican running bareback through the city.

<3 DarqFox

#19 · 191w, 4d ago · 1 · 1 ·

TVTropes can suck a dick.

There are so many in its mouth already, but I'm sure there must be some room for one more.

#20 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

Woot! Crack Ships got a mention! And that polyamory group is relevant to my interests.

#21 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

...and provide as much ^many details as you can!

:twilightoops: Uh-oh, I just corrected Wanderer D! My editing impulse has gone too far! Mercy! Mercy! :raritydespair:

#22 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

I have no idea who the hell you are.

#23 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

I would also like to take this time to congratulate FIMFICTION.net for being the second most popular fan fiction site on the web, second only to http://archiveofourown.org which has 11700 fandoms as of today.

Sorry, what? What about FanFiction.Net?

Wanderer D
Moderator
#24 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>984979 it happens more often than you think :twilightsmile:

>>985406 I don't know who you are either! So I guess that puts us on even grounds, right? If you want to know who I am you can either check the Staff page or visit my own. Anyway, if you are sort of wondering why you might have received a warning about this post, it's because site-posts, which moderators and administrators write, get announced to all users. Such as site updates, how-to blogs, interviews, Seattle's Angel's Reviews and Group Updates.

#25 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>984410>>984401

Nah, he should keep it. It's not hurting anyone. :trollestia:

#26 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985469 Ah. I was wondering why I got a notification! That cleared up the mystery! :twilightsmile:

#27 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>984613

Such an odd avatar he has.

And username "Sunshine-Smiles?"

:trixieshiftleft: Something is up.

#28 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985469

While we're at it, then:

maintaining a below par public education system?

Care for "sub-par," instead? :pinkiesmile:

#29 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985406 Does anybody know who anybody is? Who are you?

or a better question...

who am I?

#30 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985668 I asked pretty much that same question on Twitter this morning. I was christened Philosofaggot. :twilightblush:

#31 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985679 I giggle at your plight, as I am le ShagDragon, master of things. I found myself.

#32 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

I just want to say that while the motivation for a 'fanfiction documentary' is in the right place, it is possibly one of the worst ideas I've ever heard.

Mark my words; this will only end in tears.

Wanderer D
Moderator
#33 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985636 Well, I don't correct the posts that get sent to me. :twilightsheepish: But I think in the case of that particular error it might be intentional.

>>985720 Are you saying it will be sadder than MLD? :rainbowderp:

#34 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985813

>implying that's possible

#35 · 191w, 4d ago · · ·

>>985469 I'm so sorry for you, then. :fluttershysad:   (I think all the time. :pinkiehappy:   Even when I'm trying to sleep. It gets annoying. :derpytongue2:)

#36 · 191w, 1d ago · · ·

Documentary, you say? I'm certainly interested. Thanks for the heads-up!

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