News Archive

  • Wednesday
    New user/story headers

    I've updated the user and story headers today to bring them more in line with the rest of the site and stop them being between the nav bar and user toolbar, which was always stupid. Functionally basically nothing has changed but if you have any issues, let us know.

    Only real change is that the online/date joined indicator for user pages is shifted to the bottom left for wide monitors.

    Hopefully you like the new look!

    134 comments · 1,827 views
  • Monday
    Reviews! Round 66

    20 comments · 1,307 views
  • 6d, 23h
    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.

    159 comments · 3,503 views
  • 1w, 3d
    Client Side Image Cropping

    233 comments · 3,823 views
  • 1w, 6d
    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.

    39 comments · 1,305 views
  • 2w, 2h
    S5E7 - Make New Friends But Keep Discord

    305 comments · 4,910 views
  • 2w, 1d
    Foehn's "A Tale Told" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    1 comments · 822 views
  • 3w, 1d
    New Tag Pages

    186 comments · 3,773 views
  • 3w, 3d
    Reviews! Round 65

    19 comments · 1,853 views
  • 3w, 4d
    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!

    10 comments · 829 views
  • 4w, 2h
    S5E6 - Appleloosa's Most Wanted

    153 comments · 3,118 views
  • 4w, 6d
    EFNW Writing Contest Winners

    63 comments · 2,275 views
  • 5w, 2h
    S5E5 - Tanks for the Memories

    264 comments · 4,207 views
  • 5w, 1d
    Newtaloo's "A Fragile Heart"

    3 comments · 1,188 views
  • 6w, 2h
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

    209 comments · 3,773 views
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

RBDash47 · 8,662 views · Report
#1 · 110w, 15h ago · 3 · ·

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

#2 · 110w, 14h ago · 2 · 6 ·

is there a way to block site blogs:twilightangry2:

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#3 · 110w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

>>1021428

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

#4 · 110w, 14h 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 · 110w, 14h 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 · 110w, 12h ago · · ·

POOOOOONNNIIIIIEEEEEESSSSSS

Wiser words were never spoken.

#7 · 110w, 6h ago · · ·

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

#8 · 110w, 5h ago · · ·

Great story, worth reading a few times.

#9 · 109w, 4d ago · · 1 ·

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

Bring back the banner! lol.

#10 · 109w, 2d 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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