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  • 1w, 4d
    SA Reviews - Round 70!

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  • 3w, 3h
    Kaorin's "Selling Out" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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

    Selling Out

    [Slice of Life] • 2,361 words

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Give us the standard biography.

    30/F/USA No?

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

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

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

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

    Who's your favorite pony?

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

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

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

    What's your favorite episode?

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

    What do you get from the show?

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

    What do you want from life?

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

    Why do you write?

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

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

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

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

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  • 3w, 4d
    Groups Post - August 2015

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


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

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

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

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


    Hazardous Writing Materials and Challenges

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

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


    The Birthday Association

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


    Twiluna

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


    Applejack's Parents

    Applejack's parents are mysterious figures.

    Who were they?

    What were they like?

    How did they die?

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


    Sad Luna

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


    My Little Lyrics

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

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

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


    Write my fic for me

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


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


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

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  • 4w, 6d
    Vote hiding for stories with low vote counts

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

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

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

    459 comments · 6,555 views
  • 5w, 8h
    archonix's "To Be A Mule" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    15 comments · 1,030 views
  • 6w, 16h
    Reviews! Round 69

    19 comments · 1,990 views
  • 6w, 6d
    S5E13 - Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?

    278 comments · 5,041 views
  • 7w, 7h
    Bronetheus' "Waiting For Celestia"

    1 comments · 1,660 views
  • 7w, 6d
    S5E12 - Amending Fences

    252 comments · 5,058 views
  • 7w, 6d
    Groups Post - July 2015

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


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

    Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza Contest!  Happy writing! :twilightsmile:


    Victorious Antagonists

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


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


    Nostalgia Dig-Ups

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


    Endoscopic Adventures

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


    The Apple Scratch Verse

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


    The Filly Club

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


    Off-Topic

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

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


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

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  • 7w, 6d
    Reviews! Round 68

    10 comments · 1,206 views
  • 8w, 8h
    zaponator's "Blink" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    11 comments · 1,297 views
  • 8w, 6d
    S5E11 - Party Pooped

    190 comments · 3,410 views
  • 9w, 1d
    New Server

    278 comments · 3,984 views
Apr
13th
2013

Originally posted to the Vault on 4/5/13.

Spike really doesn't get enough love, in the show or in the fandom. Today's Vault entry reminds us that you should always make sure those who are important to you get enough love.

[Slice-of-Life] • 8,600 words

The friends we take for granted are often the ones that leave the largest impact on our lives. When Spike falls seriously ill with a mysterious disease and the ponies strive to nurse him back to health, Twilight Sparkle comes to grips with this very realization about her number one assistant—and friend.

Hit the break for a chat with applecinnamonspice and links to Fire Spores out on the ponynet! Don't forget to grab your own ebook copy over at the Downloads page.

FIMFictionEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

I’m from a small town about 40 minutes south of Detroit, Michigan. Good old Michigan, 70 degrees one day and 30 the next. Nothing in-between.

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

I’m a recent college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Communications. I’m on the full-time job hunt currently, meanwhile I’m working part-time in retail.

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

I’d heard quite a few guys whose opinions I held in high regard talking about the show, and I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a while and resisted. It wasn’t until my younger sister had the show recommended to her by a friend that I said, “Okay, let’s give this a shot.” So I watched it sparingly and casually for a while, noting exceptional details about the writing, animation, voice-acting and characterization quality. But I don’t think it was until around “Suited For Success” that I began to seek the episodes out on my own. Before I knew it, I had marathoned through Season 2 by June of 2012. I think what struck me first and most prominently about it was the (literally) colorful cast of characters. As a girl who’s had to put up with a lot of crap in regards to the portrayal of women in entertainment mediums, strong female ensembles are a major plus for me—and FiM is abundant in strong female characters who also aren’t afraid to be feminine.

Do you have a favorite episode?

Oh boy, I was afraid of this question. I feel kinda bad because the two-part episodes always seem to wind up higher on my list, which isn’t fair to the regular length episodes. So I guess I’ll split this answer up:

My favorite two-part episode is “The Return of Harmony,” followed closely by “The Crystal Empire.” Both of those really had a sense of suspense about them, keeping you on the edge of your seat. You know everything will turn out alright in the end, but the question is how? The former gave us a fantastically fun villain and brought the entirety of Season 1 full circle in an incredibly heartwarming way. The latter I thought was not only an adventurous season opener, but a great characterization episode for Twilight as well. We see her acting upon the virtues she’s learned throughout the series on a much grander scale that undoubtedly leads into the role she has been destined for by the season’s conclusion.

The 22-minute episodes I love the most include “The Cutie Mark Chronicles”, “The Best Night Ever,” “Lesson Zero,” “Sisterhooves Social,” “Sweet and Elite,” “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000,” “Ponyville Confidential,” “Magic Duel,” “Sleepless in Ponyville,” and “Magical Mystery Cure.”

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)?

Ever since I started watching the show, I’ve gone back and forth between Applejack and Twilight Sparkle for the longest time over who is my favorite. I still don’t quite know if I’ve decided, but for now I’m going to settle on Twilight Sparkle. From the very beginning I saw a lot of myself in her: the way she kept to herself and was reluctant to open up to making friends, the way she sets her mind firmly to a task and will do anything and everything she can to complete it, the way she freaks out over deadlines, her determination to be the best pony she can be, and her utter devotion to those she cares about. And all of that comes through beautifully in Tara Strong’s performance; she really acts the hell out of some of those scenes. Those are just a few of the things I love about Twilight—plus she can be snarky and sarcastic sometimes, just like me. Some of the fan portrayals I find really funny, particularly in parodies like “Friendship is Witchcraft.” Regardless, she is my favorite pony, and contrary to a somewhat popular belief among the fandom, a new pair of wings and a title is not going to make a difference to me. Twilight is still an awesome character.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

No joke, I was drinking Apple Cinnamon Spice tea while getting over a terrible cold and just randomly thought the tea name would make a great pony name. So I made it my signature—even though it was probably the Nyquil talking.

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

In first grade, our teacher gave us notebooks to use exclusively as journals where we could write about anything we wanted. Rather than making it a place to jot down personal thoughts, I started to write short stories instead. I suppose the rest is history after that. Despite other interests and career paths I’ve chosen, I always seem to come back to writing—and fanfiction writing has become an outlet for me to both celebrate my passions for certain fandoms and hone my own skills as a writer. I started to write a huge novel-length Harry Potter fanfiction not long after I finished the final book, but I never completed it because too many plotlines, characters, and subplots were making it too complicated. So I decided to stick primarily to one-shots from then on, and have since written fics for anime like Soul Eater and Princess Tutu that are still floating around FF.net somewhere. I also have little drabbles, both MLP and non-MLP, sitting on my hard drive that I’ll never publish, but I like to keep them around in case I decide to flesh any of those ideas out into a longer story.

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

I’m actually a singer/actress—my major was specifically in theater. So I get involved in a whole bunch of community theater when I’m not making up stories about adorable pastel-colored ponies. I also enjoy cosplaying and going to conventions around my area. No MLP cons yet, sadly. I wanted to make it to Canterlot Gardens last year but ended up being unable to attend. Should I go in the future, you can bet you’ll see me dressed as Applejack with my sister as Rarity.

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

I love any author that has this uncanny ability to actually carry the reader away to a fictional world and leave all the problems of the real world behind them for a few hours. So J.K. Rowling is definitely among my favorites. As a teenager I loved reading Meg Cabot, who continues to have a great streak in young female-driven novels to this day. And as a child I read a lot of classic Judy Blume, especially the Fudge series which is hysterically funny.

As far as Fimfictions go, my recent memorable readings include shortskirtsandexplosions’ “Fear and Trembling” which is an incredibly poignant read that made me tear up quite a bit, PinkiamenaPiePrincess’ “The Battle of Fort Book”, device heretic’s “Dictated, Not Read”, DJ Lowrider’s “A Simpler Time,” and on the crack comedy side, milesprower06’s “Letters From a Disgruntled Friendship Student.” So many of his entries had me in stitches!

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 there is a specific person that I write for. I mean, I suppose if I myself am satisfied, then I must be in a good place. I guess I write for people who enjoy stories with characters put in very real situations, situations that anyone can relate to on some level. It makes both the writing and the reading experience much more intimate, and makes feeling for the characters and their struggles second nature.

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

Keep writing! Write every day if you can. Even if you know it’s going to be crap, write it out anyways. Any time you get a new idea, write it down somewhere or you’re bound to forget it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in writing for fanfiction particularly, it’s that it takes a thousand sparks before you write that one story that, for one reason or another, catches fire. And it will happen when you least expect it.

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

I usually start with a mental outline, including which characters will be involved, what role will each of them play, what is the overall message, how do we get from Point A to Point B, and so on. Because this story all took place in one location (Twilight’s library and bedroom), I actually had a picture in my head of the layout—where everyone was, where they moved to, whether they were standing or sitting, etc. Then when I begin actually writing, the most important aspect to me above all else is that the characters are fully present. My sister is my initial editor/prereader and the first question I always ask her is “Can you hear the characters’ voices?” Because of how vital this is to me, I wind up reading a bunch of my dialogue out loud. It sounds strange to read my own work out loud, but in the end I think it ultimately pays off.

What inspired you to write Fire Spores?

Well I’ll tell you this, I certainly didn’t go into it thinking “This is it. This is the fic that’s going to get me over 10,000 hits on Fimfiction.” I still can’t believe it.

Honestly, it all started when I was searching around for MLP fics by character and I realized that there were hardly any Spike stories—which is a shame because I love the little guy and think he’s vastly underrated. So I started to brainstorm what I could write if I were to write a story about Spike. I thought about how complex and unique the relationship between himself and Twilight is, being that of best friends, sister and brother, and parent and child all rolled into one. But I was still stuck on that, as there were many many possibilities of where I could go from there.

I think I was either rewatching or reflecting on the episode “Dragon Quest” and taking note of the sequence where Twilight goes through her entire library to find information on dragons for Spike, only to come up empty-hoofed. I remember thinking, “Wow, ponies know nothing about dragons, yet Twilight’s had one in her care for years. That’s incredibly risky, I mean what if Spike got really sick or something?” And that’s when it clicked, it was literally like a switch was turned on in my brain. The idea slowly began taking shape: a way to explore the relationship between them, a way to make this a lesson Twilight could learn, a way to work in the rest of the Mane 6 so they came together like a family, and a way to write all of this in such a way that it could feasibly slip right into the canon of the show.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing Fire Spores?

I wanted to make a conscious goal for myself to write it in the style of an episode, to find a balance between lightheartedness and drama while staying true to the essence of the characters. And that, not surprisingly, proved to be the hardest task of all. I still think it turned out a little more drama-heavy than I wanted it to, but it seems to work within the overall frame of the story.

Another tough spot was giving each of the Mane 6 a moment to shine. I understand now more than ever how tough it must be for the show writers when they have an ensemble episode to pen. I knew Fluttershy was going to play a significant role, I knew Rarity and Twilight—the two most important ponies in Spike’s life—needed a moment together, and I knew this all needed to flow together into a sort of climax. Creating the puzzle pieces was easy, it was making them all fit that was the challenge.

When you set out to write Fire Spores, did you have any specific messages or themes in mind?

A lot of people have commented that this story made them cry—and believe it or not, that wasn’t my original intention. It was a direct result of the unfolding story. It got to the point where the characters in their own voices were writing the story for me, and before I knew it I was in the thick of an incredibly emotional and devastating scene. Although there were moments, such as Twilight’s shattered reaction, that I actually did draw from personal experience. Nevertheless, the fact that the story evoked such an emotional response from so many people does make me happy and feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile.

But as far as what I actually intended, it was to drive home the fact that we really cannot afford to take people in our lives for granted, no matter how long we have known them. At any moment they can be snatched from us by forces beyond our control, and it’s important to cherish the time that we do have with them. I went in knowing beyond a doubt that this was going to be the moral, the letter Twilight wrote to her mentor at the end of it all, and that it is indeed one of the hardest lessons she could ever learn about friendship.

Where can readers drop you a line?

At my Fimfiction account, applecinnamonspice! Feel free to leave me a PM or comment, feedback of any kind is always appreciated!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Continue to be the awesome fan community that you are. Create, express, enjoy each other’s company and enjoy the show that brought us all here in the first place. There truly is nothing else like this fandom, so let’s continue to make it thrive together.

Also, the girls in this community need to be more vocal. C’mon ladies!

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#1 · 123w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

I remember reading this a while back.

Good times.

#2 · 123w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Hey! I'm vocal!

...

Actually, no I'm not. Never mind.

#3 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

Princess Tutu. Now that's an anime I would never expect to randomly pop up on fimfiction. :rainbowlaugh:

Still, that's a great piece of western animation with a very interesting base for it. :raritywink:

#4 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

This was one of the very first fimfics I've read, many months ago. It was really well-written and well-thought-of, needlees to say it managed to move me... I am glad it is worthy enough to enter the Vault ! :moustache:

#5 · 123w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

I never read it until now... Thank you for making Fire Spores so amazing. :twilightsmile:

#6 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

Twas a good fic, keep up the good work, ladies.

#7 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

So... Does he live in flint, michigan?

#8 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Okay, vocal lady being vocal

for right now, anyways...

I loved this story; it was definitely one of my favorite Spike-centric stories, and I think it did a fine job of showcasing exactly what Twilight and Spike mean to each other.

And yes, ladies should make more noise.

BR
#9 · 123w, 1d ago · · ·

I find it coincidental that so many of my favorite stories are in the Vault.

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#10 · 123w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

>>1016221

Obviously you just have good taste!

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