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  • Saturday
    S5E8 - The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone

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

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

    106 comments · 1,746 views
  • Tuesday
    Client Side Image Cropping

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  • 6d, 19h
    Group Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 1w, 13h
    S5E7 - Make New Friends But Keep Discord

    292 comments · 4,552 views
  • 1w, 1d
    Foehn's "A Tale Told" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    1 comments · 624 views
  • 2w, 1d
    New Tag Pages

    186 comments · 3,512 views
  • 2w, 4d
    Reviews! Round 65

    19 comments · 1,602 views
  • 2w, 5d
    Groups Post - May 2015

    Groups Posts are a monthly group advertisement blog open to anyone who wants a signal boost. If you're interested in having your group advertised in one of these, send me a PM with the name of the group, a link to its front page, and a brief description of what the group is for. I'll copy this directly into the post (I don't write these ads myself), so write it like you're trying to tell other people about why they should join or pay attention to your group - anything up to around 150-ish words is fine.

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

    (It's like poetry, they rhyme)


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

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

    Come help us keep a three-year tradition going!


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


    New Characters Welcome Wagon

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

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


    Hi! Welcome to the Monthly Contest Club!

    After a long hiatus, we are back!

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

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

    Good luck and have fun!


    Equestrian Saiyans

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


    Preening

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

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

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


    Equestrian Geography 101

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


    Capitalism

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

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


    Eiffel 65 Bronies

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


    Celestia Gets Dominated

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


    It’s YOUNG BRONIES!

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

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


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

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

    Come join and explore the limits of the body!


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


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

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  • 3w, 13h
    S5E6 - Appleloosa's Most Wanted

    153 comments · 3,081 views
  • 4w, 3h
    EFNW Writing Contest Winners

    63 comments · 2,228 views
  • 4w, 13h
    S5E5 - Tanks for the Memories

    263 comments · 4,155 views
  • 4w, 1d
    Newtaloo's "A Fragile Heart"

    3 comments · 1,146 views
  • 5w, 13h
    S5E4 - Bloom and Gloom

    209 comments · 3,739 views
  • 5w, 1d
    Site Downtime

    336 comments · 7,169 views
  • 5w, 4d
    PSA: Potential Story Thefts

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

    Which is obviously not okay.

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

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

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

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

    Have a nice day.

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  • 6w, 13h
    S5E3 - Castle Sweet Castle

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Apr
27th
2013

Today's story is a thoroughly entertaining romp through Canterlot as everyone's favorite purple unicorn, over and over again. We're treated to a first-hand (hoof?) look at her snarky mind... and how she faces the consequences of having no consequences, for a little while at least.

[Adventure][Dark] • 35,000 words

Twilight isn't having a very good day. An experimental spell blew up in her face, an army of changelings is attacking Canterlot, and she just died. Yet somehow, it looks like it's going to keep going downhill from here.

Given the chance to correct what's gone wrong, Twilight swears she's going to fix all this even if it kills her. Which it will. Frequently.

Hit the break for a chat with Eakin, and links to Hard Reset out on the ponynet. Don't forget to grab yourself an ebook copy over at the Downloads page! (And note that the online version features a bonus alternate ending.)

FIMFictionEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

Washington, D.C.

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

Working on a Master’s degree in cyber security, and also some stuff I can’t really talk about because I signed a nondisclosure agreement.

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

I first saw it right after the end of the first season, when I found myself with a surplus of free time one week and decided to investigate what this show was that was producing all these strange yet awesome mashup videos that were appearing everywhere on the internet. Blew through the first season in two days, then moved on to other things for a while and came back about two weeks before season two started. I’d say it was all the great music that was popping up that sucked me into the fandom, and everything snowballed from there.

Do you have a favorite episode?

Oh, man, that question is just mean. Probably “Cutie Mark Chronicles” just for all the worldbuilding and backstory in that episode. But obviously I have a weakness for time loops, so “It’s About Time” is up there too.

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)?

Just canon? Twilight Sparkle in a landslide. I’m so like her it’s a little bit scary. I think that’s the reason writing from her perspective worked so well in Hard Reset. There are passages in there that are basically just me transcribing what I would think in that situation.

Bringing fanon into the picture, Luna and Celestia. My not-so-secret wish for Season 4 is a “day in the life” episode around those two governing Equestria.

Favorite supporting character to write is AJ. Of the Mane six she’s probably the most well rounded. She lacks any exaggerated personality quirk and is easily the most flexible character from a writing standpoint, slipping easily between roles as the story calls for them.

Least favorite is Fluttershy. Sorry Fluttershy! You’re sweet but also kind of boring.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s my middle name.

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

I’ve always loved writing, but the first time I ever did anything that wasn’t for my own amusement or academics was writing sketch comedy for a theatre group in college (CHELSEA 11:17! Stands for Creative Handwritten Episodes Lovingly Submitted or Extracted from Ass) that handed out scripts to audience members and forced them to do cold performances of them, usually while drunk. In a way I can still see that influence in what I write now. I think my dialogue and characters are pretty solid and punchy, but I could stand to devote more words to physical descriptions and setting which obviously weren’t necessary when I was writing for the stage.

Pony is the first time I ever tried my hand at really longform stuff, but even if I eventually move on from this fandom I could see myself writing professionally, or making an effort to at least.

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

Between school, work, and writing I spend a lot of time staring at a computer monitor, so my other interests are active outdoorsy things. Hiking is always a good way to clear my head. I enjoy rock climbing (mostly in gyms, not about to try scaling Everest or anything) and I ran a half marathon a few years ago before all the aforementioned sitting in front of a computer. I’m trying to get back into that.

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

I’m going to give the same answer as about half the authors you interview and say Terry Pratchett. I read Good Omens when I was nine and re-read it so many times the cover eventually fell off. Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files series have been my go-to fantasy series for the last year or so, though. Getting out of the fantasy genre, I always quite enjoyed Michael Crichton. Between him and Orson Scott Card I learned pretty quickly how to separate my feelings for an author’s work from my feelings about their personal views and politics. When I’m not reading fiction I gravitate towards economics and political science. For that, the only author that jumps to mind is Michael Lewis. I guess I like a little bit of everything.

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?

The reader who gives constructive criticism! I try to give my readers something to think about, and I’d rather read one comment that’s two or three paragraphs of “here’s what I liked, here’s what I didn’t, and here’s what the story made me consider,” than fifty “This is good!” or (ugh) “MOAR!!!” comments, because 90% of the time the former sort of comment makes me think of what I’ve written in a new way, and sometimes even changes the direction the story develops in. Usually for the better.

Also readers who tell me that I’ve inspired them to do something of their own, either based on my stuff or independently, always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

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

Lots! If you’re writing dialogue, read it aloud or act it out and you’ll see pretty quickly when something feels awkward and unnatural. It’s also a great way to spot typos and errors that your eyes might otherwise skim over.

Read a lot. More importantly, read a lot of stuff from different genres and authors. Learn a little bit about a lot of things. Not only will you be a better writer, you’ll have more interesting conversations at parties. Oh, and go to parties. Meet people. Most of my characters’ voices and ways of speaking are based at least somewhat off of people I know.

To utterly mangle the work of Charles Bukowski, there are people who want to be writers and people who want to write. Figure out which one you are early on and if it’s the former reconsider why you’re doing what you’re doing. All my best stuff comes out of what could charitably be described as a manageable madness.

Plan ahead. Even if the plan changes as you’re writing the story (it will) never just write aimlessly. Every scene should have a readily identifiable point and should leave your reader knowing something they didn’t before they read it, whether it’s about your plot or a character.

I got a lot out of How Not to Write a Novel by Mittelmark and Newman. Most hilarious style guide I’ve ever read. I’d recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in writing.

There’s little excuse for sloppy spelling or grammar in this day and age. Use Google! I’ve used it to look up “How to use semicolons” at least four times, or to check the spelling or definition of a word.

Finally, disabuse yourself of the idea that there’s any correlation between effort and quality. I wrote An Important Letter in about 90 minutes and I love it. I dragged The Pony Who Wasn’t Special out of my head over four days of concentrated effort and in retrospect I think it’s just OK. On a smaller scale, it’s likely that the tiny line you throw into a scene without thinking will grab all of your reader’s attention and they’ll totally ignore what you expected to be the epic moment of triumph that you’ve been building up to for four chapters. Learn to take it in stride. In the end, you’re the only critic you need to please but if you ever write off criticism with “well, that guy just doesn’t get it,” you’re probably wrong. Be the bigger person and embrace the criticism, because if you don’t you won’t get better.

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

My process is... weird. I don’t have an editor, or a pre-reader, or anyone standing between the raw output I put up and what I post. I have little self control, and after some basic proofreading I throw up chapters the minute I finish them. I do multiple drafts of each chapter in my head, though. I don’t need a lot of time to slip into “writer mode,” and any chunk of fifteen minutes or so can become writing time thanks to the Google Drive app on my phone. Even if I only get a sentence or two down that’s more than I had before. When I do have a block of time to devote to writing, I usually slap a single song on endless repeat and go to town. Something catchy, if not good. I once wrote 7,000 words over 137 repetitions of “Caramelldansen.” Don’t judge me.

What inspired you to write Hard Reset?

An easy one! The “Choose” storyline of the web comic Skin Horse, written by FIMFiction’s very own Skywriter, was the direct inspiration for Hard Reset.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing Hard Reset?

Not as such, although the genesis of “Closure” is sort of interesting. I was originally planning to end the story (alt-ending notwithstanding) after “Perfect Run,” but people mentioned that it felt somewhat abrupt and I agreed. I figured I’d bang out a quick epilogue and that would be that. Ha. No. Thirty-six hours and 10,000 words later, I knew I had something special even if I wasn’t entirely sure how it had happened. I’m glad it did though, because now I can’t imagine the story without it.

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

When I set out to write Hard Reset it was going to be four chapters long with no alternate ending, Twilight would have discovered that the only way to figure out who was a changeling was to passionately make out with them, and the changelings ended up opening a brothel/embassy in Canterlot in exchange for cancelling the invasion. The less said about my plan at the outset the better.

Where can readers drop you a line?

Sending me a PM on FIMFiction would probably be best.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I like helping people! If you have questions about something you’re writing, or want to banter back and forth about story ideas, or talk about stories in general, or even just rant about something in your life that’s getting under your skin to a sympathetic ear I’m available. I’m a horrible proofreader, though, so that isn’t a service I’m offering. Try not to take offense if I log on and off without replying. Half the time I’m on FIMFiction I’m on a phone or iPad and I prefer to respond to PMs with a keyboard.

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#1 · 108w, 1d ago · 18 · ·

Oh, this was a good one. It was also the story that brought Eakin to my attention, and I'm glad to say he's continued to impress me ever since.

#2 · 108w, 1d ago · 8 · ·

Working on a Master’s degree in cyber security, and also some stuff I can’t really talk about because I signed a nondisclosure agreement.

This has made Eakin infinitely more awesome than he already was in my eyes.

And this has always looked like an appealing story, I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. But I've read other things from Eakin (particularly Duel Nature) and I've enjoyed those so this should be no different.

#3 · 108w, 1d ago · · ·

Undeniably awesome. I'm actively watching for the third in the series.

#4 · 108w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

This was an excellent one, and to anyone reading this interview who hasn't read the story: Read it! Read it now!

I mean, what more can you say than a recommendation by Cold in Gardez?

#5 · 108w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

>>1037082

Trust me, whatever you're imagining me doing is WAY cooler than what I actually do

#6 · 108w, 1d ago · · ·

I have to say that I'm grateful for the spanish version, being that my first language.

#7 · 108w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>1037160

Heh, isn't that just the way life works sometimes? Anyway, it's mostly interesting to me 'cause I've wanted to get into cryptography and cyber security. It's actually causing me to debate switching majors.

#8 · 108w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

Twilight would have discovered that the only way to figure out who was a changeling was to passionately make out with them, and the changelings ended up opening a brothel/embassy in Canterlot in exchange for cancelling the invasion.

This sounds completely hilarious and now I want someone to write this.

Man, I wish I could write. I have so many ideas and so little follow-through...

#9 · 108w, 23h ago · · ·

I was originally planning to end the story (alt-ending notwithstanding) after “Perfect Run,” but people mentioned that it felt somewhat abrupt and I agreed. I figured I’d bang out a quick epilogue and that would be that. Ha. No. Thirty-six hours and 10,000 words later, I knew I had something special even if I wasn’t entirely sure how it had happened.

Moments when stories suddenly unfold like that are why I still cling to writing long after common sense would dictate leaving it behind. I don't have anything substantial to offer to Eakin in this comment here, but I am most certainly looking forward to the final installment of the Hard Reset trilogy.

#10 · 108w, 23h ago · 2 · ·

>>1037228

Man, I wish I could write. I have so many ideas and so little follow-through...

My life.

Eakin, you seem like a bro. Props for being awesome! :D

Even if your cliffhangers make me want to find you and lock you in a room Alan Wake-style until you've finished the third part of the Hard Reset series. Which I know you gave a name to but now cannot recall (something with loops :P).

#11 · 108w, 22h ago · · ·

"signed a nondisclosure agreement"

That just makes me more curious! :raritydespair:

Also, I am extremely like twilight, another reason I liked the fic. Likely bromance, no homo:rainbowderp:

#12 · 108w, 22h ago · 1 · ·

>>1037221

If you find it interesting, and you like it, it can be a VERY profitable field of study.

>>1037197

All credit for the Spanish translations goes to this guy, not me.

>>1037257

You Can Fight Fate is my working title, actually. Give writing a shot, you might find you really like it. I started, and can't seem to stop... Oh, and thank you, of course.

#13 · 108w, 18h ago · 5 · ·

Hard Reset was one of those funny ones.  By funny I meant I went into it expecting one (good) thing and came away with something completely different and much better. It was lighter and darker, and far more creative than similar stories I've read in the past.

The alt ending was chilling. And then working it into the sequel even though it didn't technically happen? That's good writing right there, my hat is off to you.

As you can probably tell I'm very nearly speechless at how good this was.

#14 · 108w, 18h ago · · ·

I enjoyed Hard Reset a lot, as Eakin might have noticed when I decided it was one of those rare stories I consider to be worth analysing the hell out of it. And by that, I mean staying up to some stupid time in the morning adding tropes to its TVT page.

Perhaps what I enjoy most about it in retrospect is the feel of it; the writing has a distinctive style that really works for me. I'll have to figure out why precisely at a later date. In any case, it's a very strange blend of light and dark, and an interesting take on one of my favourite ideas in fiction: the time loop.

It's also strange in that the sequel has a completely different theme but is nevertheless extremely enjoyable. There aren't many stories that can undergo such a shift between installments and still keep my interest in the same way.

Spacecowboy
Story Approver
#15 · 108w, 17h ago · 1 · 5 ·

It really is a great story, but the sequel was a massive disappointment, to the point that I stopped reading it.  Between the massive shift in the style and focus, and then not even trying to pursue the TwiLuna potential romance in favor of Twilight and an OC (shudder to the extreme, then pull out a chainsaw), it focused on the wrong things, and just felt... dead compared to Hard Reset

#16 · 108w, 17h ago · 3 · ·

This is a must read for any fan of baseball bats, changelings, little black cocktail dresses, and weather vanes.

#17 · 108w, 16h ago · · ·

>>1037515  Hey.  Chainsaw's uncalled for, that was a tasteful OC.  (Personally I liked the sequel better than the original and I can't wait for more (unless the wait is caused by Optimalverse stories) :pinkiehappy: )

#18 · 108w, 16h ago · · ·

>>1037515 Seriously, you don't know what you're missing! Give it another shot, its well worth it :twilightsmile:

#19 · 108w, 14h ago · · ·

I recently discovered Hard Reset, and it's sequel, I think by reccomendation from InsertAuthorHere...

regardless of how I heard of it, I'd recommend it to anyone.  It really is the best kind of dark, and time travel is best pony :twilightsmile:

#20 · 108w, 14h ago · 4 · ·

>>1037228>>1037257

The best way to start writing is really just to start.  Throw down a few sentences of an idea and see where your brain takes you.

It's also a huge help if you have someone who can give pointers & keep you motivated.

That said, I've been looking for more opportunities to preread/edit, so if you end up with something and would like a second opinion, feel free to drop me a pm :pinkiehappy:

BR
#21 · 108w, 14h ago · · ·

Where do you live?

Washington, D.C.

Oh, cool. Another D.C. brony.

#22 · 108w, 11h ago · · ·

That was very informative. :pinkiehappy:

But did anypony else notice that some of those answers seemed to be word-for-word copies of earlier comments Eakin had made? Am I being paranoid? Maybe I'm having an extreme bout of Déjà vu? :applejackconfused:

#23 · 108w, 8h ago · 3 · ·

>>1037515

I'm sorry you didn't like it, and that you're being voted down for having a dissenting opinion. I did probably fumble Azalea in a few ways, though I do have further plans for her. TwiLuna is a good ship, but I stuck her with Star Swirl instead and I stand by that. It's a more original avenue and I'm looking forward to exploring a bit more about how she's changed and the kind of family dynamic she had with Star Swirl and their daughter.

>>1037961

It's more likely the other way around. I filled this out back in march and I probably recycled some phrases in replying to comments while they were fresh in my mind.

Spacecowboy
Story Approver
#24 · 108w, 8h ago · 1 · ·

>>1038302

Yeah, folks don't like dissenting opinions, especially when the story in question is larger/popular, etc.  Your writing is solid, the biggest issue I had really going into the sequel was that you showed us in Hard Reset one of Twilight's 'hidden desires' was to be with Luna.  She only forsook one of her final attempts to lay with Luna.  With that scene, it set a notion that, when you were moving forward with the sequel, that TwiLuna would be the pairing of choice.

With that expectation of the sequel, I'll admit, I tried to get into it, but that was basically what drove the wedge between me and the enjoyment.  Not the first story I've dropped for the romance direction, and won't be the last.  Probably one of the best written ones I'll drop/have dropped here though. As far as the OC and my prior remarks, again, persona bias for you axing the TwiLuna.  /shrug.  I'll try new things, but not at the sake of axing that.  : p  (Romance Reports was the largest rant-inducing story, just a random fact there, lol)

Keep up your excellent writing good sir, I'm fairly certain a large number of folks are still enjoying the tale you're weaving.

#25 · 108w, 4h ago · · ·

>>1038302 Oh, okay. I'm not crazy! :pinkiecrazy:

#26 · 107w, 6d ago · · ·

How awesome do you have to be to get an interview?

#27 · 107w, 6d ago · · ·

This one has been on my read later list since I saw it pop up on EQD. I seriously need to get on that.

>>1037707

We're everywhere, I tell you

>>1039615

You have to do special favors for RBDash47, inquire within

#28 · 107w, 6d ago · · ·

Oh hey, a story I actually read is on here. I remember reading Hard Reset and following the sequel. So good, man. The writing style is unique and flat-out hilarious. I mean, yeah, it's Groundhog Day to an extent, but that was also great. The first-person Twilight was great, as well. It's not often that you come across a good one like this.

#29 · 107w, 5d ago · · ·

Ha!  I LOVE "How to Not Write a Novel", and I gladly hold it up as the single greatest thing for a prospective writer to read, aside from the archives at TVTropes.

I love these interviews, if only because they remind me that there ARE actually other well-read authors out there who care about their craft. :pinkiesmile:

#30 · 107w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1037365

Rereading my comment, I can see exactly why you thought I meant the sequel itself, but my original meaning was the title of the series. And I have written some stuff, but it's, like, a ridiculously slow process. And not even for a good reason, I just don't write like 95% of the time. XP

I just need to figure out a really, really good motivator for myself...

a3V
#31 · 107w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1038302

Hey Eakin, do you outline your stories? If so, how useful do you consider them to be?

#32 · 107w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1044080

Yes, to an extent. I don't usually write anything out but I do try to have a general plan for where each story will be going, especially an ending. If I get a good idea it can totally change mid-story, though. It's helpful to have some kind of plan. Nothing kills a story faster than a chapter or two where it feels like nothing significant is happening.  

#33 · 107w, 2d ago · · ·

>>1037160 I'm imagining you doing something along the lines of what the main character of brain jack by Brian Falkner does for a living.

#34 · 107w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

Linked to me 'accidentally' by a friend who only meant to link the cover art, Hard Reset was the first serious fanfic I had read in nearly a decade, and the first serious pony fanfic I had read ever.  For a full week after reading it, I kept thinking about it constantly... the what-ifs, the character development, the mental and emotional state of Twi throughout the story (and its sequel, conveniently stopped at chapter 8 at the time).  It brought me something I'd not had in years: dreams.

I linked it to friends (including the one who unintentionally linked it to me), and those who read it all loved it and ended up sucked into pony fanfics in general.  It led me to read further pony fanfics and my appreciation for it has only grown since, even as I can now recognize some minor shortcomings.  It also gave me an appreciation for the 'dark' tag... something I never thought I could want in a story.

So, I'm glad to see you getting more recognition for Hard Reset.  It remains the best fanfic I've yet read, and my first recommendation to anyone even remotely considering reading pony fanfiction.  Thanks, and I look forward to the third story when you get to it (even if I may hold off reading Stitch in Time chapter 9 till then to avoid cliffhangers :twilightsheepish:)

...so with that gushing out of the way, I have to say your original plan for Hard Reset sounds both hilarious, and like a potentially awesome story all its own.  I'm glad Hard Reset turned out the way it did, but certainly wouldn't mind seeing a story like that as well.

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