News Archive

  • Saturday
    S5E8 - The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone

    I was out and totally forgot to make the post. Whoops. Here you go anyway.

    I haven't even seen it myself but, PINKIEDASH EPISODE. WE SEASON 1.

    139 comments · 2,521 views
  • Tuesday
    Client Side Image Cropping

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  • 1w, 15h
    Group Updates

    Most of you are probably already aware of this thanks to our messages at the top of pages but I wanted to do a blog post about some of the updates we've done recently.

    We now have support for private groups. This means you can make groups for discussing things you don't want other people to see. This does not make them exempt from site rules, and moderators can still see your group (for obvious reasons). To go with this, I've also added group invitations. This will let you invite people to join closed groups. Spamming invites will definitely not end well for you so, don't do that. You can accept/reject/block invitations from the new manage invitations page.

    The pages for editing groups have also been remade and work a lot better (like not crashing when you make a folder...)

    We've also started a massive shift in how we process images on the site which has been going on for about a week now. We have a brand new system that handles scaling images on demand. We have a lot of much smaller images now than we used to which is nice for mobile and...well anyone actually.

    Avatars and group icons both support up to 512 x 512 images now. Neither make use of that size yet but it's for potential future use.

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  • 1w, 1d
    S5E7 - Make New Friends But Keep Discord

    297 comments · 4,590 views
  • 1w, 2d
    Foehn's "A Tale Told" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    1 comments · 634 views
  • 2w, 2d
    New Tag Pages

    186 comments · 3,533 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Reviews! Round 65

    19 comments · 1,622 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Groups Post - May 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 (I don't write these ads myself), 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.

    Also, happy Star Wars Day! Only VII months to go before Episode VII releases.

    (It's like poetry, they rhyme)


    Thirty Minute Ponies began as a blog on Tumblr offering writers pony-based flash-fiction prompts. That blog has since shut down, but we're still here on FimFic keeping its legacy alive.

    Join us every Thursday for weekly thirty-minute prompts. It's great, no-pressure writing practice, and the mod-on-duty that week will make sure you get feedback.

    Come help us keep a three-year tradition going!


    The Poniverse Fimfiction Group will be hosting a new contest throughout the month of May, the "Poniverse Spring Has Sprung" contest.  Seeing as cutie marks seem to be a major theme in MLP this season, all entries must relate to cutie marks in some manner and can be no longer than 20,000 words (fics with multiple chapters will be accepted).  The contest will officially open Friday, May 8, entries can be submitted until May 31, and the winners will be announced the first week of June.  More details will be forthcoming, and if you have any questions, feel free to shoot a PM to Poniverse Fimfiction admin Batbrony, who will be running the contest.


    New Characters Welcome Wagon

    Welcome new comers of the pony world! This group is here to welcome all new characters introduced to the show and try and keep there from being a new group made for every character, though that's a futile effort I can still try. Simply put when new characters are introduced we'll have a little event here where a new temporary folder will be made for them to house all their fics before being deleted after a weeks time, but don't fret, there will be a main folder for all fics so none of your work will be lost.

    In addition a discussion thread will be made for each new character so you all can talk about how much you hate or love the new characters. The threads will be stickyed for as long as their related folders are up, afterwards they will be left up un-stickyed for those that wish to find them again.


    Hi! Welcome to the Monthly Contest Club!

    After a long hiatus, we are back!

    If you're tired of having to wait around for the next group contest, you can come here, where there will be a steady stream of contests. All contest winners will receive a spotlight on the group's front page and will have their story added to the Contest Winners folder. Afraid you might not win? That's okay, all contestants will have their stories added to the Contest Participants folder.

    Contest prompts will be posted on the first of each month, and entry will be closed on the last day of the month. Entries will be judged by admins as quickly as possible, and admins will be added as needed.

    Good luck and have fun!


    Equestrian Saiyans

    The first ever Dragon Ball Z group, for three years we've been providing fans their martial arts, Ki blasting, Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball wishing, and even Team Four Star related stories crossover with the My Little Pony franchise. Saiyans, Namaks, Majins, Hybrids, Ki using Humans and Ponies are all welcomed here! 300+ Stories of DBZ mixed with MLP for your enjoyment!


    Preening

    We’re a rather new group with the focus on one topic: Preening.

    Everything about the helpful and sometimes pleasing act of preening is our deal. It’s no matter if it contains the act alone, among friends, or even lovers.

    You can expect some competitions and collabs; plus help if you want to write your own story about the topic! All ideas and stories are welcome, as long as you’re friendly, keep an open mind, and can show respect for others and their work; then you will be welcome here!


    Equestrian Geography 101

    This is a group for coming up with a detailed consistent map of Equestria for the purposes of fiction. Basically a shared geography headcanon for Equestria. Why? Because it's cool if you're reading a story and it mentions a street name and you're like, "wait, wasn't that where Lyra kissed Bon Bon in that other story I read yesterday by an entirely different author?"


    Capitalism

    We are Capitalism a group dedicated to the support, the debate and understanding of the system that leads our lives.

    Created by Wolf-Baron we wish for out follower members on this site to come and be with friends. We also allow debates with its merits and even criticism. Be sure to spread the word to our friends. We await the answers and questions of you all. If you oppose traits or even the system be sure to make it be constructive and open for discussion. See you and remember what gave us MLP.


    Eiffel 65 Bronies

    Have you ever wanted to listen to music by other musicians? Then join Eiffel 65 Bronies. This group includes music by the Italian hip-hop group called Eiffel 65. Here we like to discuss our favorite songs by them & talk about what we like most, least, or in-between about them. There are 3 members. Jeffrey Jay, Maurizino Lobina, & Gabry Ponte. There are songs like Blue(Da Ba Dee)[1999], Move Your Body[1999], Too Much Of Heaven[1999], My Console[2000], One Goal[2000], Back In Time[2001], Lucky(In My Life)[2001], 80's Stars[2002], Losing You[2002],  DJ With The Fire[2002], King Of Lullaby[2002] Cosa resterà(In a song)[2002], Quelli che non hanno età[2003], Viaggia Insieme a Me[2003], Una notte e forse mai più[2003], Tu Credi[2004], & Voglia di Dance All Night[2004]. There are more songs in the 3 albums called Europop[1999], Contact[2001], & the 3rd album named after them[2003]. Look them up on Wikipedia.


    Celestia Gets Dominated

    "this group is for fics that include but not limited to any situation where character :trollestia: get's dominated , beaten , overpowered , corrupted , humiliated , controlled , or overall out matched in any way"


    It’s YOUNG BRONIES!

    Young Bronies is a group dedicated to the youthful part of the fandom. Here you can write any fanfic you want minus the clop. Any other story is allowed.

    Every week we host a live stream and you are welcome to join in on the fun. The group is still under construction, but you’re still free to join. You’re always free to join! Young Bronies is the group made for everyone under 18 years of age. Here, you can find editors, pre readers, and and even critics who are looking to share their talents in the fandom. Remember to have fun!


    Reach and Flexibility is a group dedicated to the topics relating to flexibility in the body and in ponies.  Yoga, stretching, and contortion and things related are all relevant topics.  

    The body is amazingly adaptable, with enough patience, practice, and dedication the body can move comfortably in ways many people think is impossible.  Here we explore the possibilities of flexibility, provide information dispelling myths about stretching and contortion, and even provide advice for aspiring contortionists.  The mission of the group is to inspire more fiction and art relating to the beautiful art of yoga and contortion, and to nurture a community for those curious and experienced.

    Come join and explore the limits of the body!


    The Goodfic Bin is a new story submission group, and it's main purpose is to find the hidden gems of FiMFiction that don't get the recognition they deserve. What's great about TGB is we dont have an upvote requirement—stories can be submitted regardless of their rating. We have a team of dedicated approvers that review both normal submissions and self submissions, so if you're looking for feedback on your work—this group will provide. Please read the front page for more information on how to submit.


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

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  • 3w, 1d
    S5E6 - Appleloosa's Most Wanted

    153 comments · 3,086 views
  • 4w, 23h
    EFNW Writing Contest Winners

    63 comments · 2,241 views
  • 4w, 1d
    S5E5 - Tanks for the Memories

    264 comments · 4,159 views
  • 4w, 2d
    Newtaloo's "A Fragile Heart"

    3 comments · 1,150 views
  • 5w, 1d
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

    209 comments · 3,743 views
  • 5w, 2d
    Site Downtime

    336 comments · 7,176 views
  • 5w, 5d
    PSA: Potential Story Thefts

    Hi guys. Quick announcement here that it's been discovered that an ebook website called Ebooks Tree has been caught selling peoples' fanfics without their knowledge or permission. This in the midst of a rash of other scandals involving fanfiction-stealing, which you can read more about here. Basically, the site's sent out some bots that harvested a bunch of stuff from popular Fanfiction venues, and they make money off of it via ad support and charging for access.

    Which is obviously not okay.

    Reddit's got a noncomprehensive pastebin up of known works that have been taken. You may want to check that, but it's not a complete list, so your stories might still have been stolen even if they aren't on there. It looks like the main victims are mostly stories posted up on the old Pony Fiction Vault site... but again, even if you didn't have stories in the Vault, you may want to do a quick check-around just to make sure. Better safe than sorry.

    Easy directions for filing a DMCA complaint so that you can get your stories pulled can be found here.

    Quick links to Ebooks Tree's DMCA page and Contact Page here.

    So, uh, probably best to just do a quick scan for any stories you might have written that are near and dear to your heart (or checking around for your author name). If you find anything, make sure to file the proper complaints, and that'll hopefully contribute to ending this withering storm.

    Have a nice day.

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  • 6w, 1d
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

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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.

RBDash47 · 9,595 views · Edited 111w, 21h ago · Report
#1 · 111w, 1d ago · · ·

I definitely agree with that writing process!:twilightsmile:

#2 · 111w, 1d ago · · ·

We love you too! :pinkiehappy:

#3 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d ago · · ·

>>985839

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

#8 · 111w, 1d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
Moderator
#9 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 1d 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 · 111w, 20h 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.

Obselescence
Moderator
#14 · 111w, 19h 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 · 110w, 6d ago · · ·

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

Love ya Obs! :heart:

#16 · 110w, 5d 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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