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  • Sunday
    How would you feel if the show ended on this?

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  • Saturday
    S5E25-26 - The Cutie Re-mark

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  • 1w, 1d
    S5E24 - The Mane Attraction

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  • 1w, 2d
    Fic Spotlight #20 - It's The Fic Signal, Batman!

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  • 2w, 13h
    S5E23 - The Hooffields and McColts

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  • 2w, 6d
    Groups Post - November 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.

    Not sure how I managed to completely forget to post this over the weekend like I'd originally planned. Whoops. I'll just blame Fallout 4 even though that doesn't make any sense shut up


    The AppleDash group has been around since mid-2012, not long after season 2 finished airing. Last month we hit the 2000 member mark, but we know we can do better than that! The group is home to a great bunch of people who are passionate about one of the oldest ships in the fandom and who also love a good conversation—whether it's help with writing a fic or just shooting the breeze. The group also occasionally holds contests and large, organized collaborations, as well as smaller, ongoing collabs, such as our prompt tag. Head on over and say hi; we'd love to have you!

    100,000 Words

    Welcome to 100,000 Words, where we greet the stories of great writers that have a grand total of over 100,000 words! There's no limit to the amount of stories you can find in our little group, but we need more people, so come on in and add your favorite stories with fantastically high word counts!

    The Game Theorists

    Hello Internet, welcome to Game Theory.

    [insert GT Theme here]

    That's right. Finally, the official group has been made for all of you theorists. We theorize, discuss our theories and keep you updated on MatPat's videos/GT Live. If you want to post a theory using a video or a Livestream- even just writing it on the forums, we welcome it all! We are glad to be here in this little brony community, so be sure to join! Remember, Look Smart, and Be Smart.

    But that's just a Theory. A game theory!

    Equestria Legends Online Fan Group

    Have you read Equestria Legends Online? Yes, then come on down and join our little group, where you can create your own side-story for this very popular fic by Shadowflame. If you haven't, join and catch up on the story's awesomeness! ELO is about a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) based off My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. During the story, some dark events ensue, and the main characters have been giving a chilling conclusion. You can no longer log out of the game. (And no, its not a SAO rip-off, its just SAO inspired.)

    OC Tales

    You remember Five Score? Remember PEv? Well, here in OC Tales, they're something a bit different. In OC Tales, you can join the verse as bronies across the Earth begin to become their OCs all because in "The Art of Becoming a Pony OC" the main character's, Len, brother, Sam, decides to fiddle with science. The group is currently moving into the Equestria stage of the Timeline, but we're still open to new stories!


    Revamped and stronger than ever, the Displaced group has become stronger!  We've remodeled the group, and now, we can welcome you even better! Come and join the largest collaboration of stories as they intertwine with one another and create one massive Multiverse, bringing together entire new Universes and all kinds of people. Don't like the Displaced stories you've read? That's fine, you can probably find a fic you like out there in our 500+ story Vault!

    That's it for November. See you next month!

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  • 3w, 4h
    We're doing a Reddit AMA

    Come ask us questions and maybe I'll even get off my lazy ass and respond!

    17 comments · 1,162 views
  • 3w, 1d
    S5E22 - What About Discord

    173 comments · 3,552 views
  • 3w, 1d
    Fic Spotlight #19 - Can We Fics It?

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  • 3w, 2d
    TinCan's "Souvenir" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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  • 3w, 3d
    Rule clarity issues

    As it has been pointed out there are some clarity issues with some of our new rules and a few problems created, we have made some clarification changes, here for your convenience:

    General Conduct


    • Posting of anyone’s personal information other than your own without permission is prohibited. This includes name, street address, email address, IM screennames, etc.

    • Posting your own personal information is not recommended and done at your own risk, and we cannot help you with any problems this might result in.

    • You may not expose a link between two profiles on or off Fimfiction, that the profile owners did not already document. If both profiles are on Fimfiction, a report should be filed on one of the users in question if the user is violating our secondary account rules.

    General Conduct

    Registration and account security

    • Multiple people sharing the same computer, mobile or other internet-capable device or internet connection may be subject to increased scrutiny of their behavior if the activity between the two overlap.


    Don't post (content)

    • The same story twice. This does not include variants of the same story where the two versions differ on a rating tag, such as a Teen version and a Mature version.

    • Stories you have deleted and are now resubmitting. Please contact a moderator to have your original deleted story recovered.

    Please see the rules page for our full rules, these are only the changes.

    Ninja knighty edit: I've fixed a couple of major issues with the gdoc importer which should mean it doesn't drop paragraphs anymore. Feel free to test and let us know if you still get problems.

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  • 3w, 3d
    Results for character tag survey

    It took a little while, but I've compiled the results for the tag survey and organized them, as well as completed internal discussions about some of the more edge-case-y tags. Please don't expect these tags to be added right away, or to all be added at once, as adding these will take some time staff-side and we think there might be a couple of minor related problems to be solved before everything can get added.

    Please also note that the list is sorted alphabetically, but this does not reflect the order things will be added in, we will try to get more common requests added first. Additionally, the categories listed here were not gathered from the survey, they're being added as staff discussion while looking at character tags showed we also lack a few notable categories.

    Main series


    • Apple family

    • Bat pony

    • Dragons

    • Griffons

    • Minotaur

    • Pets

    • Royal guard

    • Yaks

    • Zebras


    • Chancellor Puddinghead

    • Clover the Clever

    • Commander Hurricane

    • Princess Platinum

    • Private Pansy

    • Smart Cookie

    • Starswirl the Bearded



    • Blossomforth

    • Button Mash

    • Cloudchaser

    • Daisy

    • Fashion Plate

    • 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


    • Steven Magnet

    • Tantabus

    • The smooze

    Equestria Girls


    • Dazzlings

    • Main 7

    • Shadowbolts


    • 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



    • Nightmare Rarity

    • Tiberius


    • Princess Amore

    • Radiant Hope


    • Carrot Top ➜ Golden Harvest

    • Cherilee ➜ Cheerilee

    • Colgate ➜ Minuette

    • DJ P0N-3 ➜ Vinyl Scratch

    • Doctor Whooves ➜ Dr. Hooves

    • Sparkler ➜ Amethyst Star


    • 2nd Person

    • Drama

    • Equestria Girls

    • Horror

    • Mystery

    • Sci-Fi

    • Thriller


    • Anon

    • Self-insert

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  • 3w, 6d
    Equestria Daily's NaPoWriMo!

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  • 4w, 1d
    S5E21 - Scare Master

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  • 4w, 5d
    Reviews! Round 72

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  • 5w, 1d
    S5E20 - Hearthbreakers

    200 comments · 3,401 views

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.


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 · 138w, 1d ago · · ·

I definitely agree with that writing process!:twilightsmile:

#2 · 138w, 1d ago · · ·

We love you too! :pinkiehappy:

#3 · 138w, 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 · 138w, 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 · 138w, 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
#6 · 138w, 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 · 138w, 1d ago · · ·


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

#8 · 138w, 1d ago · · ·

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

Wanderer D
#9 · 138w, 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
#10 · 138w, 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 · 138w, 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 · 138w, 23h 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 · 138w, 19h 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.



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 · 138w, 18h ago · · ·


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 · 137w, 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 · 137w, 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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