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  • Today
    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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  • Tuesday
    Everfree Northwest presents Scribblefest 2016!

    19 comments · 1,088 views
  • 1w, 1d
    SA Reviews Round 76

    11 comments · 1,244 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Bugle's "Random" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    13 comments · 828 views
  • 3w, 22h
    SA Reviews Round 75

    14 comments · 1,446 views
  • 3w, 5d
    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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  • 4w, 5d
    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, 1d
    SA Reviews Round 74

    21 comments · 1,585 views
  • 5w, 2d
    Winston's "Black Lotus" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    8 comments · 1,008 views
  • 6w, 2d
    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, 2d
    Jingle Hard

    81 comments · 1,811 views
  • 7w, 17h
    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, 6h
    Reviews! Round 73

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  • 8w, 2d
    Fic Spotlight #21 - Truth is stranger than Fics

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Apr
16th
2012

Originally posted at the Vault on 12/2/11.

If you like good PinkieDash shipping story, look no further! This epic tale brings us along into their dreams and nightmares, as they come closer than they ever expected to be.

[Adventure][Shipping][Tragedy] • 54,300 words

Pinkie Pie's unrequited love for Rainbow Dash reaches a crisis point as she fears the party in her heart has at long last come to an end.

Hit the title for an interview with Butters herself and links to The Party Never Ended on your favorite pony sites, and check out the Vault's Downloads page to grab a copy in your preferred eBook format!

If you're interested in more Butterscotchy goodness and the idea of a mature discussion about sexuality and clopfiction doesn't upset you, check out another interview she did with Doctor Dapples, one of our previous Vault authors. (Fun fact: the good Doctor's interviews with Butterscotch and Coffeebean were part of the inspiration behind including author interviews here at the Vault!)

deviantArtPony Fiction Archive  • FIMFictionEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

Sydney, Australia.

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

I’m an English teacher at a high school.

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

I saw it on 4chan’s comics board /co/. I kept seeing all this fanart of lesbian ponies and I was just taken aback by the sheer cuteness of it all and I had to watch the show that had inspired the images!

Do you have a favorite episode? [Editor’s note: at the time of this interview, the most recent aired episode was May The Best Pet Win.]

Look Before you Sleep - the best character-driven episode in the series so far, in my opinion. Twi became adorkable and not just a grouch, and the Rarity and Applejack ship set sail!

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)?

Pinkie Pie. I don’t think the answer would change if I considered the fandom as a whole (the only fandom I care about is the stuff that is true to the canon characters anyway) - although I do love Derpy (our very own wall-eyed angel!)

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It literally came to me out of the blue. I’d decided I wanted to write some FiM fanfiction, and I thought to myself - what’s an adorable name that would be appropriate for the writer of cute and sugary stories starring colourful, magical ponies? “Butterscotch Sundae” was literally the first thing that popped into my head, and I went with it.

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

I’ve dabbled in writing a few times in my life, some serious stuff and also fanfiction (I used to write Lucky Star fanfiction of all things!), but this is the first time I’ve had the discipline to actually write something worthy of recognition within a fandom.

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

Gardening too little. Drinking too much.

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

My favourite author for plot and general mind-fuckery is Philip K Dick. For the quality of prose, either Nabakov or Steinbeck. My favourite novel changes all the time, but at the moment it’s probably Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

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 have a lot of respect for Stephen King - he’s the one writer who seems to be able to talk about writing with a complete lack of pretentiousness. An ideal reader? I’d have to say it’s a burnt out individual like myself who longs for romance, cuteness and magic in their real life, and for whom the adorable adventures of candy-coloured equines offers them the perfect escape from the “bluh”ness of our own world.

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

This is an extremely annoying piece of advice that all aspiring and struggling writers get, and I used to hate getting it, but the truth of it cannot be avoided - WRITE. You must write as much as you can, every day, to get yourself into the discipline of producing words. Never, ever be one of those individuals who calls themselves a “writer” and who constantly talks about writing but never does any.

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

I used to write a handwritten copy, but now I type the first draft straight into a digital document. I think the writing you produce is different when you do it this way, but I haven’t decided how it’s different exactly and whether it produces material that’s better or worse than handwriting. All I know is that it saves an awful lot of typing stuff up, which I hate!

What inspired you to write The Party Hasn’t Ended?

A friend of mine (OK, he’s called Auraion on DA and CANDYBAG on 4chan’s /co/ *shudder*) asked me to write a Pinkie-Dash shipping story.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing The Party Hasn’t Ended?

Party was originally intended to be a one-shot, ending with Pinkie destroying her secret monthly party for Dash and Dash never learning that she was in love with her. But then I decided that I didn’t want to end it on such a sad note, and wrote another part - and then another - and another, until ended up as more a novel than a fanfic! So I guess the challenge was actually getting the plot to a place where Dash and Pinkie being together made sense, and for that to happen it turns out a lot of drama and adventure had to happen!

When you set out to write The Party Hasn’t Ended, did you have any specific messages or themes in mind?

There is no place so dark that the power of love cannot illuminate the way out.

Where can readers drop you a line?

You can email me on butterscotchsundae.ponipower@gmail.com, or come and see me at buttersc0tchsundae.deviantart.com! I actually reply to people’s comment or questions (although it can take me a while sometimes, for which I apologise in advance...)

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I hope you enjoy the story!

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#1 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

I totally hate PinkieDash, but I've got that fic on my to-read-list since... ever? I don't think I can put it longer aside... hm.

#2 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

"I actually reply to people’s comment or questions"

so true, she is awesome, replies every comment.

EVERY COMMENT

#3 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

This story made me cry, I'm not ashamed to admit.:fluttercry:

ALL MY PINKIEDASH FEELS!! :pinkiesad2::rainbowkiss:

#4 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

Yay, go Butterscotch, and I did enjoy the stories!

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#5 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

There is a fimfiction post of this i think.

The Party Hasn't Ended

#6 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

BCS' stories really are fun to read. This one was included. What a big fic.

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#7 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

>>72986

Thanks for the reminder, failcraft.

The post here and over at the Vault has been updated with the FIMFic link (the story wasn't here when I did the interview back in December - sorry everyone!).

#8 · 198w, 6d ago · · ·

This one has a permanent spot on my top ten list. I read it ages ago before I even came to FIMFiction, when I saw it on EqD. I'm so glad it got uploaded here as well. The story in general was good, but there was one part towards the end that really sticks out in my mind and always makes me smile. I'll refrain from getting too spoilery, but suffice to say it involves Dash and singing. If you've read the story, you know what I mean. :raritywink::heart:

#9 · 198w, 5d ago · · ·

It was the first full-length fanfic I've ever read

It's not as deep as Eternal and not as cutesy as Allegrezza but is unique in its own way

The story is unbelievably epic for what seems like a romance

#10 · 198w, 5d ago · · ·

>>72841

I tend to hate that ship too, but The Party Hasn't Ended is still one of my favorite fan fictions. It's definitely worth the time it takes to read.

#11 · 198w, 5d ago · · ·

>>72841>>73259

i dont really hate that particular pairing; its more like i have a hard to getting myself to read anything that doesnt involve one or any combination of twilight, celestia and luna to a high degree. mentioning this cause i've also had that fic on my 'to-read' list for ages, would have taken it of the list ages ago if it wasent written by one of my favorite authors :twilightsheepish:

#12 · 198w, 5d ago · · ·

This story is in my top ten list permanently, as in it will never be taken off, ever.

#13 · 198w, 5d ago · · ·

This is the fanfic that got me into shipping. Because of it I have Pinkiedash as part of my permanent headcanon. Also one the first fanfics i ever read. Not mlp fanfics, fanfics in general.

#14 · 198w, 5d ago · · ·

I haven't finished 'The Party hasn't ended' yet. Nothing wrong with the story itself, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Also in no small part that PinkieDash isn't exactly my favorite ship. I have this weird thing where if two ponies are too similar in some way I don't like the ship.

Anyway, it's also nice to get some insight into Butterscotch.

#15 · 198w, 4d ago · · ·

I'm waiting for the rest of "Much Ahoof About Nothing".

#16 · 198w, 3d ago · · ·

I was a reader on deviantart of Butterscotch's stories before I came here. How lame it may seem, I found my liking toward MLP fanfics from her stories. I really thought they were great and read them and thought, "It may seem strange that I enjoy this, but its all in good fun."

Thank you Butterscotch Sundae  :eeyup:

She's even what made me attempt at writing. :derpytongue2:

#17 · 198w, 7h ago · · ·

I've read quite a few ButterScotch stories.

Aaaandd... I didn't like them, I'm all for shipping no matter what it is. But maaaann, did Butters' stories really do nothing for me. I found RagingSemi's stories more enjoyable.

Plus, she have a very weird online ego, I don't know if it's just me, but I found it rather disturbing when I read one of her stories where herself makes out with her OC during an interview that she made up.

I don't see what people see in her, but you can keep on reading. I also don't like it when people pretend to be their OC's/Persona's, which Butters' does a lot.

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