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  • Sunday
    Imgur problems

    Imgur has blacklisted us for image embeds, stating that they do not allow images on their service to be used as content on other websites. Their ToS seems to confirm this, stating:

    Also, don't use Imgur to host image libraries you link to from elsewhere, content for your website, advertising, avatars, or anything else that turns us into your content delivery network.
    This apparently applies to users uploading images to post on other websites (including this one, and I would have to assume most others), which we were not previously aware of. Unfortunately I do not have a recommendation of an alternative site for users to host images they need to embed on our site or elsewhere.

    They do have an official embed function, however is highly limited and incompatible with various aspects of our code due to requiring a <script> embed that is both a security risk and makes certain assumptions about how the page being embedded on works, which don't hold up on our site. I cannot find a functional <iframe> embed solution, so for the moment I have no workaround that will allow the image to appear on the page or behind an expand button. I'm not sure that we can use their embed under their ToS anyway...

    You should still be able to link to the gallery page if you need to share an Imgur image on-site, however it is unclear exactly how their ToS applies in that situation, so it's possible they will block that too at some point.

    For users that need to include images in their story, we should be able to offer an image upload function that will enable this soon, however as this could potentially be a large number of images we need to make sure that everything is properly ready before we enable such a feature. Unfortunately I cannot promise any particular date, but hopefully it won't be too complicated to setup.

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  • 1w, 21h
    Everfree Northwest presents Scribblefest 2016!

    21 comments · 1,169 views
  • 1w, 3d
    SA Reviews Round 76

    11 comments · 1,279 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Bugle's "Random" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    13 comments · 847 views
  • 3w, 2d
    SA Reviews Round 75

    14 comments · 1,472 views
  • 4w, 19h
    Review Group Round Robin

    Hello everyone!

    As you are all aware, as a community here, we like to encourage others to read the works of authors we all enjoy. At one point, it was easy to select quality works to share, but as our community grows, amazing stories inevitably get bypassed by either more popular ones, or the sheer amount of written work submitted to the site. In an effort to combat that, review groups emerged which earned a spot on the Social Site Posts, so that these lost gems could be more easily accessible to users who don't have too much time to dig in search of  treasures.

    And the question now is... whenever you read a site-blog doing story those reviews, did you ever think to yourself: "My friends and I could do that too?"

    Are you a competent reviewer, avid reader and would like to share the hidden gems you've discovered with the whole site?

    Well, we have good news for you! This is your opportunity to join a project we are working on... a project that would give you the chance to write reviews that the whole site can read!

    Maybe you're knowledgeable about Romance fics, or Crossovers, or Horror, and you've been looking forward to your favorites being showcased, but they never seemed to make it to the site reviews. If that's the case, and you're willing to put in the work into reviewing and recommending them—just like Seattle's Angels, The Royal Canterlot Library and The Royal Guard do—this is for you!

    We're not looking for more of the same either. Just like the review groups mentioned above your approach can (and should) be unique to your group. More serious. Less. Quirky. Fancy. It might include ribbons and look like it was designed to be a scene from Utena. It's up to you. What we're really looking for is content.

    If this seems like something you would like to do, go ahead and read below to find out more information.

    (At this time, we're interested in hearing what your review group would focus on and, if you already have some review examples, we'd love to see them!)

    This project works like a Round-Robin. There will be an ordered list of groups, every post we take the next one off the list and put it on the end. Posts will be either every week or every two weeks, depending on how much interest we get.

    Eligibility requirements and group expectations

    -Groups are expected to provide and maintain at least one backlog post.

    -All submitted posts must meet post expectations.

       +Failure to meet this results in a skipped turn.

    -Conduct is expected to be professional.

       +This means no starting drama about missed slots, other groups “taking” your recommendations, etc.

       +This is not a competition, groups do not “win” or “lose” or do better than each other. Groups are expected to make an effort to be cooperative with other selected groups.

    -No guarantees will be made that a group will retain their slot if any problems occur.

       +This includes user response, if a particular group’s posts are unpopular, they are likely to be removed due to lack of interest. This will generally have to be at least somewhat of an extreme case, however.

    -We will not be able to accept all groups that apply, we want to make sure groups don’t have to wait that long between posts, but we don’t want to have some overly high post rate either.

    Post expectations

    -Variety of stories in the post, effort should be made to appeal to readers interested in different things.

       +Some level of commonality is ok if the theme is very general, but effort needs to be made to make sure the stories vary in some other way, so no posts of 5 romance-focused shipfics with the same pairing or anything.

    -Around 8 stories per post, 5 as an absolute minimum.

    -Reasonable length of the stories themselves, large numbers of oneshots or very short stories might warrant more total stories.

    -Every story should be accompanied by a short, 1-2 paragraphs-long description written by the group reviewers, not the story’s author. The author’s description should generally not be included, the person writing this recommendation should be explaining why it's being recommended in the first place by themselves.

       +Intended to be a place for them to show why they’re including it, framed around whatever their overall theme or goal is. Done correctly, this should be a self-explanatory reason for the reader to read it, no need to double-up with the author’s words as well.

       +This is especially true for submissions from groups that have more of a theme to them, a lot of the author’s descriptions are going to be similar and show off that they follow that theme… but in the post that information is implied, we want to know what makes the story interesting beyond that.

    -Spoilers should be avoided

    -Multiple stories from the same author in a short period of time should be avoided. If there are sequels to the story reviewed, that can be mentioned, but do not review a bunch of sequels one after another. The objective is to diversify as much as possible the story and author pool.

    -Correct spelling and grammar, good sentence structure, reasonably organized.

    Story inclusion rules

    -No M stories.

    -Must not have been recently* featured in a previous post. (*Up to mod discretion.)

    -Either complete or actively updating.

    -Spinoffs of other stories are heavily discouraged; stories should be something ready for the general audience of new readers.

    -Normal sequels are fine, although a note should likely be made and the original linked as well.

    -Not already popular, this is a way to promote lesser-known high-quality stories, not re-list the featured box or popular stories list.

    -High-quality writing, reasonably good spelling/grammar.

    Note that these group reviews are not going to replace Seattle's Angels or The Royal Canterlot Library. We are looking forward to hearing from all of you! If you have any questions you can ask them in the comment section below. If you already have a group for reviewing, samples and feel ready to give this a shot, you can PM me (Wanderer D), Eldorado or Professor Plum.

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  • 5w, 1h
    Groups Post - January 2016

    Happy New Year, everyone. Hope the holiday season treated you well. I've got a good number of groups for you to check out, so let's get right to it.

    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.


    Monthly Shipfics

    This group is to inspire people to write more shipfics! The first of every month will feature a new ship, and you'll have until the end of the month to get it published. It can be any length and any rating. When each new month rolls in, you'll have a full month to write that ship.


    Night Fall Kingdom celebrates the bat ponies of Equestria. Group members can post brainstorming threads, promote their stories in the forum, post stories in the appropriate folders, discuss fan theories, and discuss MLP episodes and movies. They can also post and promote non-pony things and off topic things in the group as well. Members can pretty much talk about anything they want in the forums, just as long as they keep the topics family friendly. It is an open promotion and discussion resource for everyone.


    The Equestrian Writers Guild is open for everyone who wants help with their writing or wants to promote their stories in the group folders. Group members can post brainstorming threads, promote their stories in the forum, post stories in the appropriate folders, discuss fan theories, and discuss MLP episodes and movies. They can also post and promote non-pony things and off topic things in the group as well. Members can pretty much talk about anything they want in the forums, just as long as they keep the topics family friendly. It is an open promotion and discussion resource for everyone.


    The Cupcakes and Cuddles Club is a group for people to come to if they need to be cheered up, seek advice, feel loved, or find friends. Group members can post brainstorming threads, promote their stories in the forum, post stories in the appropriate folders, discuss fan theories, and discuss MLP episodes and movies. They can also post and promote non-pony things and off topic things in the group as well. Members can pretty much talk about anything they want in the forums, just as long as they keep the topics family friendly. It is an open promotion and discussion resource for everyone.


    The Eye of Cygnus is a group for people to discuss anything about the paranormal or creepy things in general. Group members can post brainstorming threads, promote their stories in the forum, post stories in the appropriate folders, discuss fan theories, and discuss MLP episodes and movies. They can also post and promote non-pony things and off topic things in the group as well. Members can pretty much talk about anything they want in the forums, just as long as they keep the topics family friendly. It is an open promotion and discussion resource for everyone.


    The Public Library of Manehattan is a group for well written stories over 50,000 words. This is a place to read awesome stories, and to submit your stories for others to enjoy. Please PM Cadysaurus before adding a story to the group.


    Request Criticism

    As seen by the home page, we're currently under a hiatus. Though the group does not look impressive as of right now, expect major updates in the future. Request Criticism is here to improve fanfiction, as that is the purpose it will try to fulfill.

    From grammar structure, to proper use of alliteration, we'll teach you the basics while at the same time giving you a constructive form of detail in a way that it will make sense with the most absolute ease. This is simply not a toothpick you use to pick away at the leftovers in your teeth you ate for your Sunday dinner, Fimfiction should have more high-quality fanfiction other than basing a good fic off "ratings". The best will be handpicked and reviewed for the forums, while other fics will be reviewed by anyone who joins.


    The Steam Game Giveaway Group

    Want free steam games? We hold raffles nearly everyday, and all you have to do is pick a number!


    Clopshots

    Want to sit down and read a nice one shot clopfic? Well, take a look at Clopshots! This group features only clopfics with one chapter, and we have a good selection.


    That's it for January. See you next month, and be sure to submit any groups of your own that you'd like spotlighted!

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  • 5w, 2d
    SA Reviews Round 74

    21 comments · 1,592 views
  • 5w, 4d
    Winston's "Black Lotus" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    8 comments · 1,019 views
  • 6w, 4d
    Happy Hearth's Warming from the Royal Canterlot Library!


    It's been a busy two years of reading, evaluating, and spotlighting stories for our weekly author interviews.  With Christmas falling on a Friday this December, we at the Royal Canterlot Library are taking our first day off.  Rest assured, though, we'll be back next week to feature another excellent piece of pony fanfiction.

    In the meantime, now is a good time to take advantage of a suggestion from RCL curator Chris, and give one of your favorite authors the gift of a thank-you for how their story made a difference to you.  If you'd like a starting point, browse our list of previous features, with 100+ top-notch stories.  Did one of them move you?  Help you come to a realization?  Teach you the bon mot that landed you that sweet job at the trivia factory?  Let the author know!  There's no greater compliment than to hear you've made a difference.

    For readers and authors alike, happy holidays to you all.

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  • 6w, 4d
    Jingle Hard

    81 comments · 1,826 views
  • 7w, 2d
    Minor rule clarifications and additions

    A few minor adjustments and additions have been made to the general rules.

    • No spam. This includes chain letters, referral links, posting the same thing many times in different places, and anything that involves, or encourages other users to, repost identical or similar content. This excludes posting information about your new story in groups that explicitly allow it.

    • Following an excessive number of users is not allowed, nor is any behavior that rewards users for following you. Following is for users to use because they want to see updates in their feed, not as a reward or otherwise.

    • Illegal content is not allowed. This includes links to unofficial uploads of episodes or other copyrighted material.

    • Signatures at the bottom of your post are unnecessary and make the page harder to navigate, especially on mobile. Please refrain from using them, if you have any information you want everyone to have access to, place it on your profile page instead.

    • Intentionally exploiting the site is grounds for a ban, please report any found exploits with reproduction steps to admin@fimfiction.net immediately.

    • We reserve the right to remove or restrict content for other reasons, at the discretion of site staff. This may include banning users in more extreme cases.

    Please note the final rule here has been in effect pretty much forever, and is primarily intended for when people try to exploit rule loopholes or otherwise cause trouble. Additionally, there are two lines added about group folder additions:

    • Do not add stories to group folders unless they meet the criteria for the folder, as set by the group.

    • Intentionally adding stories to folders they obviously do not meet the criteria for will be treated as spam.

    These are to clarify that going around and spamming group folders is against site rules in addition to violating rules the group itself might've set.

    Edit: As this somehow failed to make it into the rules before "You may not sell access to unpublished stories or chapters.". Fimfiction is intended as a free host of Fanfiction for MLP:FiM fans, not a place for you to sell things. There are also major legal issues with selling Fanfiction, which are beyond the scope of this post.

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  • 8w, 2d
    Reviews! Round 73

    9 comments · 1,670 views
  • 8w, 4d
    Fic Spotlight #21 - Truth is stranger than Fics

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Apr
20th
2013

Originally posted to the Vault on 4/12/13.

A beautiful story about the very early days and challenges of Celestia and Luna.

[Adventure] • 13,800 words

A snapshot of the millennial lives of a young Celestia and Luna, as they prepare to do battle with Discord and fight to keep the Harmony they have only so recently mastered, and learn lessons they will struggle with all their days. In a journey that has no end, what matters most is who walks beside you.

Hit the break for a chat with RedSquirrel456 and links to Whisper Sun, Silent Moon out on the ponynet. Don't forget to grab yourself an ebook copy over at the Downloads page!

FIMFictionEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

Sometimes in the state of Colorado. Sometimes in the far reaches of wherever my imagination goes.

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

I’m currently funemployed, but I do some volunteer busywork here and there.

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

It started in a small IRC chat group I talk with on a regular basis. One day, a member of the group came in and announced that a remake of My Little Pony had been made. This was around... late February 2011, fairly soon after the show got started. We all thought it couldn’t possibly be that good, and I decided to take a peek myself. I was willing to give it a chance at least, since I enjoyed a good cartoon here and there, but it was mostly to satisfy that weird desire most everyone had: to see how bad it was and how they’d mangled the idea.

I watched the first two episodes that very night, and realized it actually wasn’t bad at all. More than that, I’d enjoyed it immensely for a reason I couldn’t quite place. As I moved on to the third episode, I realized I was hooked and simply had to watch the rest. It wasn’t until “Winter Wrap Up” (I watched most of the first season within a couple of days) that I finally admitted that I was going to start following this thing.

Then I heard a place called Equestria Daily had popped up, and it was the final nail on the coffin.

Do you have a favorite episode?

Favorite is such a strong word. I don’t actually have one!

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)?

It’s a tie between Applejack and Rarity. They both have qualities I identify with, or at least strongly admire: a strong love of family, a good work ethic, the ability to handle stressful situations, and sporadic, wild creativity. Also they’re both very adorable.

Fandom wise, Pinkie Pie. Who else would actually be able to have a conversation with the fandom despite being a nonexistent cartoon?

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

One day, many years ago, I was sitting around wondering what I was going to call myself when I first downloaded AOL Instant Messenger. Then, I decided I kind of liked squirrels. Then, I added a string of numbers because “RedSquirrel” was already taken. It stuck because I’m terribly unimaginative when it comes to this kind of thing.

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

Writing has always been a big part of my life. I always loved reading, which soon got me thinking that I could make stories of my own. It started with my love of dinosaurs, which most little kids have. I was a huge fan of dinosaurs and read voraciously about them. Big surprise, I forgot most of what I learned, but the craft of writing itself left its mark. It wasn’t long before I saw that one of my favorite scientists, Robert Bakker, had written a novel of his own: Raptor Red. I got it when I was around nine years old, read that book in just under two days, and then I read it again and again and again. I finally began to realize that I could write creatively about things that interested me, and I never looked back.

I’ve written a few other fanfics, and started serious creative writing after I started moving through the Redwall series. I started on Fanfiction.net the moment I discovered it, though I’m not afraid to say some if it was so horrible I deleted it from my account there. But I’m going to post my pony fic there too once I stop procrastinating about it.

As for professional writing... I’m working on bringing that day closer.

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

Think about writing.

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

I don’t like to say I have a “favorite” this or that, because it implies I’ll always come back to something in spite of how it might apply to a current situation... so no, I do not.

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 necessarily agree with this, since I write mostly to satisfy my desire to tell a good story. You could say I write for myself in that case, but then why would I bother posting it actually hoping to entertain other people? In general, I write for anyone who enjoys reading a good story, and that’s all.

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

Read a lot. Write a lot. Never stop doing either of those things. Read about a wide variety of subjects in a wide variety of styles. Write in different ways and write about different characters. Keep new thoughts coming.

Don’t be afraid to listen to criticism. Don’t be afraid to take an axe and hew the passages you are most proud of. Don’t be afraid to eat your own words once in awhile.

Be afraid of not approaching writing with a healthy, fearful respect. Be afraid of becoming prideful.

Get pre-readers and editors who don’t just give critique on grammar, but characters, ideas, and storylines. Don’t be afraid to admit that sometimes an idea just won’t work and you have to toss it. Don’t be afraid to say an idea is brilliant and you have to find a way to work with it.

Most of all, don’t be afraid of the idea that you can one day admit that you are a good writer.

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

It starts with the idea of a story, generally prompted by a phrase or song or emotion or even a dream. I don’t usually think of the entire story then and there. These kernels of ideas can be in the beginning, middle, or even end of a story, and the story itself is grown from around those idea kernels. Generally, I just sit around until inspiration strikes. I will then spit out a burst of several hundred or even several thousand words depending on my stamina.

It’s kind of an organized chaos, but without the organized. I like to think that my stories grow on their own without much guidance from me. The story has already happened. I just need to figure out how best to present it.

Multiple drafts are almost unheard of. I usually take a single draft and edit it over and over until it’s to my satisfaction, often dropping it and coming back to it later. Though in those single edits I have a lot of help from feedback I get from friends and much needed revisions from my first and only prereader/editor, RazgrizS57. Go check the guy out. He’s a cool brony.

What inspired you to write Whisper Sun, Silent Moon?

A great many things. Chief among them the writing prompt for one of /mlp/’s write-offs! That’s where the story got started, and I’m almost glad I didn’t submit it or I might have just ignored it after the contest was over. But stylistically, I would say it was a combination of stories I’d already read, coupled with finally believing that these stories could become very personal and still be grounded in Friendship is Magic.

Major inspirations are some gems from the fandom’s earlier days... It’s a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door by Jetfire had an inexplicably huge impact on how I saw ponyfic. It could be epic while still having heart, it could dare to build its own worlds while remaining true to the show, and it could just be totally awesome. That story convinced me to begin my own work and not be embarrassed to share it. It still stands as one of my favorite fics of all time, and I still hope for the day I see more by that author. I love you Jetfire! *tears at mane*

Twilight Sky Over Canterlot by TwilightFlopple is an unavoidable inspiration. The sheer amount of tenderness and warm fuzzy feelings I got from that story knows no bounds. It was only a slice of life and yet it still contained so much in a relatively small amount of words. I knew I had to write a story like that too someday. Luna’s depiction in that fic played a part in all this too. I had to explore a Luna and a Celestia who were just more vast than any one story could say, who sang old songs of times gone by and supped with young ponies while being ageless creatures that have seen more than most can imagine.

Apart from those, I think a lot of it has to do with my general love for mystery combined with grand worldbuilding. I love to explore when I play a game or even look around a forest, and I adore the idea of delving into ruins or sifting through history books. I love the idea of things just being bigger than we can possibly imagine, that the world will always be unknown and interesting and chaotic, and things have happened and will happen that none of us will ever know. Whisper Sun, Silent Moon is sort of my ode to anything and everything that involves grand adventure with a dash of epic mystery added to it.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing Whisper Sun, Silent Moon?

None that would have ended the story! I think what was hardest was trying to make Celestia and Luna shine through with their dialogue and actions. This story is about a point in their lives where they are both still adjusting and changing but bring their unique personalities to the situation. The dream sequence where everything is wrapped up had its own unique problems. I had some trouble trying to figure out how to make their interaction succinct and yet pack it with enough meaning to let everyone know that this was where everything is resolved. It’s still the most experimental thing I ever did.

When you set out to write Whisper Sun, Silent Moon, did you have any specific messages or themes in mind?

That the world is a big, big place, and even the seemingly “important” people don’t fully know their roles in it. Not every story will be told, in fact, nearly every story that’s ever happened will be lost to the flow of history, but all of them deserve to be heard as all of them have in some way impacted the world. It is that humility that we must never forget when great things come our way, whether it be success in a venture or even just a chance to help a friend by giving them a shoulder to cry on.

Also, of course, is the idea that love is a power greater than most can imagine. It transcends everything and it is love that gives us our greatest strength when the going gets tough. As the Good Book says, if I “do not have love, I am nothing.” It’s one of the reasons I was so glad to see the Canterlot Wedding episode allow love to get its day in the spotlight. Plus, it let me use the idea that in the Pony World, you can literally weaponize the power of love and use it to shoot things.

And that’s just awesome.

Where can readers drop you a line?

For any and all pony fiction needs, my message box on FIMFiction is open to all. Occasionally I still check my message box at Fanfiction.net, and there I’m under the title “Red Squirrel Writer.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

POOOOOONNNIIIIIEEEEEESSSSSS

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#1 · 146w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

That was a fantastic story. It's worthy of every praise it gets.

#2 · 146w, 3d ago · 2 · 6 ·

is there a way to block site blogs:twilightangry2:

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#3 · 146w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>1021428

There isn't. I'm sorry you don't like them. :fluttershysad:

#4 · 146w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>1021433 nothing personal man, I just think it's unnecessary since most of the stuff mentioned on these thing already has, or soon ends up on the featured board anyways.

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#5 · 146w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>1021435

S'true. The actual interview's something new, though. Maybe knighty'll see fit to add a setting that doesn't put site posts in your feed if enough people ask, I don't know how important that is to him.

#6 · 146w, 3d ago · · ·

POOOOOONNNIIIIIEEEEEESSSSSS

Wiser words were never spoken.

#7 · 146w, 3d ago · · ·

In other words, you'er telling me to read this story. I guess I should give it a peek.

#8 · 146w, 3d ago · · ·

Great story, worth reading a few times.

#9 · 146w, 20h ago · · 1 ·

502FimFiction.net..... IT'S BACK! YAY..... wait no, that other thing.

Bring back the banner! lol.

#10 · 145w, 5d ago · · ·

OMG, POOOOOONNNIIIIIEEEEEESSSSSS, my eyes filled with tears at the awesomeness of this wisdom:moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::trollestia::pinkiehappy:::yay::rainbowkiss::coolphoto::raritystarry::ajsmug::raritywink:

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