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    SA Reviews #98

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    Everfree NW Scribblefest 2017!

    Everfree Northwest, Seattle's premier pony convention is known for having one of—if not the—strongest writing tracks in the MLP fandom. As part of that, we run an online writing contest (now called "Scribblefest") every year. Entry is open to everyone, whether or not you attend the convention.

    Like last year, we’re giving out six special awards, each of which comes with a $20 Amazon gift code!

    This year’s prompt is: Growing up wild and forever free

    Awards

    The Jaw-Dropper Award ("The Dash")

    We all know the type, the stories that make us go "Holy cow, THAT just happened!" This would go to the story with the best twist, surprise, or simple moment of hoof-pumping awesomeness!

    The D'aww Award ("The Fluttershy")

    A staple of ponyfic... the story with the sweetest, most touching moment that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    The Nasally Ejected Beverage Award ("The Pinkie")

    You know, the one that makes you laugh so hard you snort milk out your nose.

    The True Fable Award ("The AJ")

    The story that is most true to the spirit of the show. By definition, a fable is "a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral." This goes to the story that best teaches a life lesson, especially using old fashioned, honest-as-apple-pie wisdom.

    The Elegance Award: ("The Rarity")

    For services to poetic language, beautiful diction, haunting prose, and overall elegance in writing.

    The Checklist-And-Caliper Award ("The Twilight")

    The story with the most attention to detail. This could be a puzzle or mystery type plot, stories that rely on actual math/science, or ones that show well thought-out rules underlying the use of magic. Basically, any story that makes you wonder just how much time the author spent on research, calculations, plot diagrams, or anything else that wasn't actually writing.

    Goals

    It's up to you, the author, where you want to focus your effort. Good stories will often include elements that make them eligible for multiple awards, and we encourage everyone to focus on good storytelling, rather than myopically targeting a specific award. Do note however, that no story may win more than a single award.

    How to Enter

    Publish one new (never before published) story to FIMFiction.net between now and March 6th, then submit it to our online form at: https://goo.gl/forms/aAtOQEHtvsKSE5PA2

    Prizes

    Each of the six awards mentioned above comes with a $20 electronic code good for use at Amazon.com. International contestants may request a code for their regional Amazon affiliate (such as amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, etc.) instead, and we will attempt to provide a code worth the equivalent of $20 US in that region. This may not be possible however, so non-US residents enter at their own risk.

    In addition to the $20, winning stories and authors will also be featured on the EFNW website, various media/blog posts, and in the EFNW Convention Book.

    Word Limits

    Stories must be between 2000 and 6000 words in length. Note: FIMFiction’s word count uses a different algorithm than most word processors and we will allow some leniency to compensate for this.

    Duration

    Scribblefest 2017 will accept entries from February 1st, 2017 until 11:59 pm PST on March 6th, 2017. Judging will begin immediately afterwards, and winners will be announced 2-4 weeks later, depending on the number of entries we have to judge.

    Judging Process

    Judging will be done in phases by a combined panel of EFNW staff and invited guest judges from the community. Judges will be given a randomized set of stories to read and each story will be assigned to a minimum of two judges, to reduce the chance of personal taste/bias disqualifying a story unduly. Judges will vote for their favorite story in each award category to advance to the next phase. After each phase, votes will be tallied, and the top stories in each category will advance to the next phase, where the process will repeat until only one winner in each category remains.

    Additional Rules and Details

    1. All entries must adhere to a PG rating. Submissions using elements that could reasonably be considered above a PG rating, including but not limited to adult situations, intense violence, or drug use will be ineligible for the contest. If you are unsure if your story meets these guidelines and wish to ask, please contact our writing track lead,  Heartshine, directly by PM on FIMfiction:  https://www.fimfiction.net/user/heartshine

    2. Any material that violates the rights of a third party will be disqualified.

    3. Submissions must be relevant to the My Little Pony fandom. If it's not MLP-based fiction, an entry may be disqualified.

    4. Stories must be an original work by the submitting contestant and must not have been released prior to the start of the contest.

    5. Contestants may submit only one (1) story for consideration. If more than one (1) story is submitted, the submitter will be asked to select which entry they wish to enter into the contest. If the submitter cannot be reached in time for judging, the most recent entry will be used. Contestants that attempt to subvert this rule and submit multiple entries under different accounts or aliases may be disqualified at our discretion.

    6. Co-written submissions are allowed, but disqualify all authors involved from submitting additional solo or co-written stories.

    7. Editing/proofreading assistance doesn't count as co-writing, and authors may submit their own story even if they help edit for someone else.

    8. Contestants may only win one award each. If an entry is found to be the best in multiple award categories, the judging panel will decide which award is most suited for it, and will give the other awards to lower ranked stories in the other categories.

    9. Winners will be selected based on many judging criteria, including, but not limited to: technical skill, characterization, creativity, originality, impact, and personal tastes of the judges. This is in addition to the criteria defined for each award itself.

    10. Submissions must be submitted via the linked Google Form https://docs.google.com/forms. If you have trouble submitting, please contact our writing track lead, Heartshine, directly via PM. https://www.fimfiction.net/user/heartshine

    11. Final interpretation of the contest rules and judging criteria are left to the discretion of the judging panel, and their decisions are final.

    12. Submitters retain ownership of their submissions, but by entering the contest the author agrees to allow Everfree Northwest to share their submitted stories on our website, social media, conbook, and in other promotional media and materials.

    13. Contest judges are not permitted to enter the contest.

    Final Thoughts

    Good luck to everyone! We look forward to reading your submissions, and hope to see you all at Everfree Northwest this May. As always, keep up-to-date on the latest Everfree Northwest news by visiting our website, viewing/following our FIMFiction account and group, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Tumblr.

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  • 3w, 3d
    SA Reviews #97

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    Arrival

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    SA Reviews #96

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  • 6w, 10h
    New Character Tags

    I have added a total of 70 new character tags to the site today. They can be found below:


    Main series

    Groups

    • Bat pony

    • Dragons

    • Griffons

    • Minotaur

    • Pets

    • Royal guard

    • Yaks

    • Zebras

    Lore

    • Chancellor Puddinghead

    • Clover the Clever

    • Commander Hurricane

    • Princess Platinum

    • Private Pansy

    • Smart Cookie

    • Starswirl the Bearded

    Individuals

    Ponies

    • Blossomforth

    • Button Mash

    • Cloudchaser

    • Daisy

    • Filthy Rich

    • Flitter

    • Lily

    • Limestone Pie

    • Marble Pie

    • Moondancer

    • Moonlight Raven

    • Parcel Post

    • Pony Joe

    • Sassy Saddles

    • Spoiled Rich

    • Sunshine Smiles

    • Treehugger

    • Troubleshoes

    • White Lightning

    • Wind rider

    Other

    • Steven Magnet

    • Tantabus

    • The smooze

    Equestria Girls

    Group

    • Dazzlings

    Individual

    • Applejack

    • Dean Cadence

    • Fluttershy

    • Indigo Zap

    • Lemon Zest

    • Micro Chips

    • Midnight Sparkle

    • Pinkie Pie

    • Principal Abacus Cinch

    • Principal Celestia

    • Rainbow Dash

    • Rarity

    • Sandalwood

    • Sour Sweet

    • Spike (the dog)

    • Sugarcoat

    • Sunny Flare

    • Sunset Shimmer (demon form)

    • Twilight Sparkle

    • Vice-principal Luna

    Comics

    Individuals

    • Nightmare Rarity

    • Tiberius

    Lore

    • Princess Amore

    • Radiant Hope

    Other

    • Anon

    • Self-insert

    Season 6

    • Zephyr Breeze

    • Vapor Trail

    • Sky Stinger

    • Saffron Masala

    • Coriander Cumin

    • Flurry Heart

    • Ember

    • Sunburst

    • Mr. Stripes

    • Plaid Stripes

    • Thorax

    edit:

    Added Twinkleshine.

    edit2:

    Added Coloratura

    Added Gabby

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    New Tags:

    Tender Taps

    EqG Mane 6

    Shadowbolts

    Quibble Pants

    Timber Spruce

    Gloriosa Daisy

    Updates:

    Royal Guard

    Bat Pony

    edit4:

    New Tags:

    Garble

    Double Diamond

    Night Glider

    Sugar Belle

    Party Favor

    Timberwolves

    Zipporwhill

    Ruby Pinch

    Svengallop

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    Fimfiction Discord Server

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    Merry Christmas!

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  • 11w, 2d
    SA Reviews #95

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Apr
6th
2013

Originally posted to the Vault on 3/22/13.

Everypony grows old eventually, and it can be a trying time for their loved ones.

[Slice-of-Life] • 7,100 words

Dear Princess Celestia,

I'm sorry I haven't written in a while. Things seem to be falling through the cracks lately. Spike thinks I should go see the doctor, but...

Hit the break for a chat with Obselescence, and links to In Memory Of out on the ponynet. Don't forget to grab your own copy over on the Downloads page!

FIMFictionEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

I’m currently chilling in the rootin’ tootin’ city of Austin, Texas.

What kind of work do you do? (i.e. are you a student, do you have a career/day job, etc)

I’m a student right now at UT, studying Pre-Med Biology in the hopes that I will one day save lives with my mad doctor skills. Or, at the very least, do no harm.

How did you discover My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? When did you realize you were a fan of the show?

I got into the game relatively late, midway through season 2, when MLP had already become something of an internet phenomenon. At the time I was hanging around on a fan forum for Terraria, where ponies had become the dominant subculture (to the point that there were a couple debates as to how to address frequent bad feelings between pony fans and the rest of the populace). I’d never had any strong feelings on ponies on way or the other, but I had nothing better to do on one fateful Saturday, so I decided to look My Little Pony up on Youtube and see what all the hullabaloo was about. I was not disappointed.

I don’t want to say I became an instant convert... but, uh, I did like it very much from almost the start.

Do you have a favorite episode?

I think I’m sold on “Sleepless in Ponyville”. Everything in that episode is just so perfect. Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash, Sweetie Belle (FRIGGIN’ SWEETIE BELLE), Rarity, Luna... Pretty much everyone is wonderful in “SiP”, and all the gags were extremely solid. I’m very much looking forward to episodes by Corey Powell in the future.

Who is your favorite character based purely on the canon of the show itself? Would your answer change if you considered the fandom in its entirety (i.e. art, fanfiction, memes, etc)?

Purely on showcanon, I want to say Celestia, just because the show hits that sweet spot where we know juuuust enough about her to be intriguing, but there’s enough information kept from us that we’re able to come up with our own ideas about her. As a writer of pony fanfiction, her role as a benevolent, seemingly immortal, god-princess is intriguing to me, and I’m really fond of writing things that look at just how deep the rabbit hole goes with her.

Taking into account the fandom in its entirety, art, fanfiction, Friendship is Witchcraft... I’d have to give it to Sweetie Belle. She’s too cute. Too sweet. Seriously. I am fizzing right now at the mouth at how sweet she is. I have to take insulin daily because she is just that sweet. All the fan artists need to avoid making her so cute when they draw her. They’d save lives in doing so.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I’d been using names starting with “Obs” around the internet on and off for... longer than I can honestly remember. Obsequious, Observant, etc. I don’t know why, but there it is. Obselescence was just the latest name I chose when signing up to one website, and somehow it stuck. Probably not the smartest move I’ve ever made, considering I didn’t realize I’d misspelled Obsolescence until after I’d already registered.

I SURE DO WISH I HADN’T DONE THAT.

Have you written in other capacities (other fandoms, professionally, etc)? When did you first start writing?

Actually, no, I’d never really written in any capacity before getting into MLP. I’d played around with the idea of doing short stories in an age long past, but that mostly never went anywhere.

The decision to start writing MLP fanfiction was a fateful one, and pretty much everything I know about writing now came from a constant drive to improve and not suck at making pony words. I’m really glad I started doing it, and I feel like I’m a much better author now for my efforts.

Started writing... last March, I guess. Maybe a bit earlier. Gosh, it’s been almost a year now.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Video games. Video games so hard.

Who is your favorite author (published or fanfiction)? Do you have a favorite story or novel?

Oh, gosh, that’s a hard one. I like a lot of authors in the fandom, and I’m not really sure I can pick just one. Blueshift, Wanderer D, NorsePony, and Skywriter seem like good places to start, though.

Published, I’d say... Douglas Adams, maybe? He sure was a cool dude. Wish we had him back.

Favorite story overall, actually, is Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It’s the most hardcore piece of Ancient Chinese literature anyone can bother to pick up, and I’m a huge fan of the work as a whole. Go find yourself a good translation and read it sometime. It’s totes worth it, I promise.

Stephen King believes that every author has an “ideal reader” – the one person who they write for, the one person whose reactions they care about. Do you have one, and if so, who is it?

I... don’t think I do? I’m kind of all over the map when it comes to the genre. I’d like to say that I appeal to the folks who are into whatever kind of fic I’m writing at the time, but that may be a little optimistic. Hm.

My ideal reader is probably one who doesn’t want to throw a rotten tomato at me for my writing. That sounds like a good place to start. I’ll take whatever I can get after that.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers, or writers who are struggling with their own stories?

My favorite piece of advice for authors is one I really should work harder to follow myself:

As an author, you’re going to want to learn doublethink. When in the process of actually writing your story, you should strive to maintain a mindset of “Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, this is the most brilliant thing I’ve ever written!” This is important, because the pressure to feel like you’re wasting your time and you’re not good enough to keep putting words down on paper will be enormous. You will occasionally look at the words you’re putting on the paper and desire to vomit. Try not to. You have to punch through and trust that you don’t, in fact, suck.

When you’re done with all the macrowriting and it’s time to sit down and edit before posting it up somewhere, you want to switch your mindset to “Jesus Christ on a bicycle, this is worthless garbage!” This is important also, because now that you’ve got the skeleton of a story and it’s too late to turn back, you want to leave yourself open to any and all criticism that might help you improve upon it. Very rarely does anyone get things right the first time, so once you’ve ego’d your way over the hill and written a story, it’s time to humble yourself and make the thing you wrote as great as you can possibly make it.

One thing that helps is to find yourself an editor/prereader whose opinion, advice, and criticism you respect and trust. Self-editing is workable if you’re absolutely in a pinch, but another pair of eyes on your work is enormously helpful for catching flaws you might’ve missed.

What is your typical writing process? (Do you work through multiple drafts, do you have any prereaders/editors, etc?)

My typical writing process goes thusly:

-Sit around for five hours like a lazy heap of junk.

-Suddenly have stunning epiphany, in which the seed of an idea is formed.

-Sit around for five hours like a lazy heap of junk as I think about how the idea can be turned into a story.

-Sit around for five hours and do things that aren’t writing because I don’t want to ruin the perfection of this new idea.

-Finally open up Google Docs and start typing.

-Maybe play some tunes to get me pumped up.

-Go back over things repeatedly while writing to see if there’s anything I can make better.

-When finished, beg everyone I know to look at it and tell me how it can be better.

WOW, WHEN I WRITE IT ALL OUT LIKE THAT IT LOOKS SUPER BAD. Just pretend story pop fully formed from my head like the Goddess Athena or something. I dunno.

Incidentally, for editing, I really have to give a shout out to user NorsePony. He is unfairly good at fixing up a story and making it look nice, and without his help I probably wouldn’t be half the dude I am today. Seriously, go read his stuff right now.

What inspired you to write In Memory Of?

I think the start of what would become In Memory Of was a random brainspark I had about what it might be like for Twilight to lose her memory, which’d be really big for Twilight Sparkle, because she lives for knowledge, and her memory is everything she stands for. Confronting her with the loss of that seemed like a really interesting conflict, so I filed the idea away to be written at a later date.

From there, the concept kind of evolved over time, shifting in new and different directions as I thought more about where I wanted to take the story. I don’t really outline my fics that often, so sometimes they end up in places I didn’t quite expect when I started. That said, I’m pretty happy with where it ended up.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing In Memory Of?

Uh, yeah, actually. Anyone who happened to be near me at the time could probably tell you that I obsessed over making absolutely sure every letter was perfect before I moved forward. It got particularly hairy near the end, when I was asking people to look at variations on the same letter, like, a dozen times or more.

Don’t be like me, kids.

When you set out to write In Memory Of, did you have any specific messages or themes in mind?

Not in particular. The initial thought was, as I said, focused on how Twilight would confront the idea of slowly losing her mind. It quickly evolved into an exploration of the Twilight-Spike-Celestia relationship, though, and I think it ended up becoming a pretty worthwhile deal on how they’re sort of a family, in their own way, with Twilight and Spike as siblings and Celestia as the mom. Thinking about how that dynamic would work with an older Twilight and Spike was really interesting for me, and I’d like to believe it was interesting for everyone who read In Memory Of as well.

Where can readers drop you a line?

Readers can generally reach me by sending me a message on Fimfiction, or dropping a comment on my profile wall. Sometimes my school schedule makes it tough for me to get a quick response back, but I do see pretty much everything that reaches me by those means.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I love all of you.

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#1 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

I definitely agree with that writing process!:twilightsmile:

#2 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

We love you too! :pinkiehappy:

#3 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

If it weren't for that penname explanation, he would still be OBAlescence for me. :facehoof:

Dear Lord, how did I manage not to notice it sooner? :rainbowlaugh:

#4 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

I have problems with writing. I think all my stuff is crap, and then I erase it all and start over, no matter how far in I am. If I don't, I just let it sit. I don't want to do that, but I do. Right now, I'm working on a story (i hope i actually finish this one), but I'm gonna need a lot time and patience

#5 · 202w, 3d ago · · 9 ·

Why are you doing interviews on fanfic authors?  I mean what is the point?  Everybody will forget that person or that the interview actually happened.

Wanderer D
Moderator
#6 · 202w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>985772 The point of the vault is for that not to happen. As for people forgetting? Who knows. I still remember fics from back in 97, and very few of them had half the quality of Obs' work... so... maybe the problem is that if you write forgettable stories people will definitely have nothing to remember you by.

#7 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

>>985839

Is there a way to not receive notifications for site blogs?

#8 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

>>985839 If that's the case, why not interview every author on FIMfiction?

Wanderer D
Moderator
#9 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

>>985923 Nope. But you can just ignore them. This month has had a few more than usual, but traditionally, you'd get only a few at the beginning of the month, and then sporadically in between. So don't panic, you won't be getting 3 or 4 daily.

Wanderer D
Moderator
#10 · 202w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

>>985934 Various reasons, but here's three:

1- Quality. Because the work some authors here put into their stories goes far beyond a simple act of re-writing My Little Dashie, but with Luna, or Twilight or anyone else for that matter.

2- Like I said, this is something from theFanfiction Vault and it has a FAQ on how stories are selected.

3- Quality. Why would anyone interview someone that has a rapefic with barely legible sentences and horrible characterization?

Bottom line is, some authors deserve to be recognized for their writing, and the Vault interviews those that RBDash47 thinks have written something exceptional. It's his own choice... same as when Seattle's Angels write reviews recognizing fics that deserve more attention, or I organize the Author Panels and many others do the same with artists and musicians. We're a community, and some members of our community feel that there's more to simply reading/following/admiring their work and we like to let them know.

#11 · 202w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

Not a fan of Ob, but glad to see he made it into the vault. >>985772 When everything ends, when Hasbro stops making seasons of MLP and the fandom dies down (it may or may not, it all depends), literature-hungry bronies will want to look back and find some of the best writing works in the fandom. That's what the Vault is for. As a Vault writer myself, I can tell you that I think it's an honor.

#12 · 202w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

This was a fantastic story. I like to think I can write sad well, but In Memory Of was almost physically painful to read as Twilight kept going downhill.

#13 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

> Probably not the smartest move I’ve ever made, considering I didn’t realize I’d misspelled Obsolescence until after I’d already registered.

>

>I SURE DO WISH I HADN’T DONE THAT.

You know you can change it, right?  Obselescence -> Edit account

My current favorite Obs story is "Let's Just Say". And it's only 1600 words.

#14 · 202w, 3d ago · · ·

>>987063

Haha. I know I could, but I've been Obselescence for so long and at so many places that it'd feel weird to go back and fix it. The typo's more or less permanent now, for better or worse. :P

#15 · 202w, 2d ago · · ·

This was one of the first fanfics I read, I think I found it on creepy pasta. :rainbowkiss:

Love ya Obs! :heart:

#16 · 202w, 1d ago · · ·

I really dig the advice to have a dual mindset that is different for writing than for editing. I think that would be helpful for a lot of writers, most likely.

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