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  • Wednesday
    Groups Post - February 2016

    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.


    Equestria Girls, where the look of friendship may change, but its magic is forever.

    However isolated it may (currently) be, Equestria Girls is a piece of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic canon now, and there are quite a few people who are interested in it! If you're one of them, this group is for you! Discuss Equestria Girls, its world and its characters in the forum to your heart's content. Also, if you've written an EQG story, we'd love to have it!


    Family Fictions is a group for all types of family oriented stories. If families are bonding, or fighting, or just doing whatever it is that families do, then this is the group is the place for you and your fics. All types of family relationships are welcome: Parents with their child, siblings, foster or adoptive families, chosen families (like the Cakes and Pinkie). As long as it's about some type of family, it's good. We welcome lots of discussions and will hopefully be running contests and writing events soon. Open to whoever wants to join.


    SunsetDash is a group for gathering shipping fics and fans of Sunset Shimmer x Rainbow Dash pairing. If you've been looking for a place dedicated to appreciating one of the most underrated shippings of MLP, this is it. Whether you just want to read fics or discuss about our favourite ship, feel free to join us and make us grow.


    RainDigo

    A shipping group devoted to Rainbow Dash and Indigo Zap. This group is open to anyone who likes RainDigo shipping, or anyone who likes Rainbow Dash and Indigo Zap in general.


    LoliRock is a group that welcomes the fans of the LoliRock TV cartoon.

    Feel free to discuss whatever you want in the forum section (related to the cartoon)!


    Equestria's Pet Play Society (EPPS for short) is a group dedicated to those that enjoy the act of Pet Play, non-sexual or otherwise. Although not an extremely active group, the community is very considerate and thoughtful, and the group offers a Skype chat as well! They really enjoy new pets and masters in the group, and the moderators treat everyone with respect while also upholding the rules to keep the group civilized and fun. EPPS is always happy to get new members and new stories, and they welcome every curious user with open arms!


    Printed Fiction Hardcopies

    Ever wish you had known about a print run project for a story before it was too late to participate?  Are you an author who would like to let others know you would like to do a print run of a story?  Are you someone who would like to receive notifications of stories that may be attempting a print run?  Then this group is for you.  If you are doing a print run (or know of a print run project), let us know!  You can post a comment on our page or our forum with details about the project.  Or, join us to see notifications of project details.


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

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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, 2d
    Everfree Northwest presents Scribblefest 2016!

    27 comments · 1,244 views
  • 1w, 5d
    SA Reviews Round 76

    11 comments · 1,311 views
  • 2w, 6d
    Bugle's "Random" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    13 comments · 862 views
  • 3w, 4d
    SA Reviews Round 75

    14 comments · 1,483 views
  • 4w, 2d
    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, 2d
    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, 5d
    SA Reviews Round 74

    21 comments · 1,596 views
  • 5w, 6d
    Winston's "Black Lotus" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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  • 6w, 6d
    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, 6d
    Jingle Hard

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  • 7w, 4d
    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, 4d
    Reviews! Round 73

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May
4th
2012

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

Today's Vault entry is special in a number of ways. To begin with, it is currently incomplete, and most likely will never be finished (in general, only completed works will be added to the Vault). But more importantly, it can be thought of as the Helen of Troy of Friendship is Magic fanfiction - the fic that launched a thousand spinoffs, many of which are better-known, better-read, and arguably better-written than the original. However, this is the story that started it all, and it is therefore the first Classic included in the Vault.

[Adventure][Human Crossover] • 20,300 words

The ponies and the humans have lived together in harmony for centuries. Equestria is an island inhabited entirely by ponies, and some have branched off to live with humans. However, the humans, seeing their bleak world and accepting that they have made too many mistakes in their world to fix, have decided to open facilities to convert humans into ponies and live in peaceful Equestria.

Hit the break for an interview with Blaze - whose opinion of his own work may surprise you - and links to read it on your favorite pony sites. As always, there are eBook copies in various formats available on the Vault's Downloads page.

If you need more Conversion Bureau goodness, Midnight Shadow (a Vault alum and prereader for EqD) maintains a guide to the Conversion Bureau's various continuities, and a directory of all Conversion Bureau stories.

Pony Fiction ArchiveEquestria Daily

Where do you live?

I live in New Jersey, in the United States of America. Or, as many in my homeland call it, “MURKA”.

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

I’m a senior in high school, and I haven’t really gotten a steady-paying job yet. I’m pretty lazy.

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

I discovered it in early February, after having gone on 4chan’s /b/ for the first time in a long time. I, like many bronies-to-be, wondered why there were so many damn pony threads sprouting up in /b/ and /co/, so I checked it out for myself. My first episode was the pilot, but I didn’t get that far in before getting bored with it, so I watch another episode. Call of the Cutie was the first episode I watched in its entirety, and I was hooked. At the time, Suited for Success was the newest episode.

Do you have a favorite episode? [Editor's note: at the time of this interview, The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well was the most recent aired episode.]

It’s so hard to choose, especially since there’s so many now. Sonic Rainboom has always been a good one for me, and the season two episodes have all been fantastic. The CMC is growing on me, 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)?

Fluttershy, hands down. Derpy is a close second, since she’s practically canon. I don’t keep track of much of the fandom these days, so I don’t really have any favorite fandom characters. I try not to get too attached to them.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s been my username for pretty much everything since the dawn of time (or, at least, since I started frequenting message boards). It was the name of the very first OC I ever made, in fifth grade. I was a big Dragon Ball fan back then, as many young boys are around that age. I miss Toonami. [Editor’s note: me too!]

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

I had dabbled a little into Pokémon fan fiction, but I didn’t put that much effort into it; it was mainly because I was bored. MLP was the first major project I started really committing into, fanfic-wise.

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

Draw, play/write music, and watch ponies. I want to get a career started in music, that’s my main goal.

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

Well, I’m afraid to have to go the route everyone else my age goes, by saying “Harry Potter”, but I feel like that’s the only book series/author I’ve really been drawn to. I’m tempted to begin reading Lord of the Rings, though; see what all the hype is about.

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?

Just the lonely brony who wants to go to Equestria. Not permanently, but just to see what happens. Meet the ponyfolk. Fly like a pegasus, or do magic like a unicorn. Or live the simple life of an earth pony. Dreamers.

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

Proofread. A lot. I’m not one for advice on writing. Conversion Bureau was my second fan fiction, like, ever.

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

I’d come up with a couple of ideas, write them down for later (since my best ideas come during school hours), and see how I can integrate them into the story. Then I type a bunch (into the one Wordpad file I have everything stored in), and I would sometimes send it to my friend to preread for me. Then, off it goes to Sethisto.

What inspired you to write The Conversion Bureau?

During my “extremely obsessed with MLP” phase in the spring of 2011, I felt this desire to want to go to Equestria. I had attempted lucid dreaming, and read a few other fan fictions on the subject of humans-in-Equestria (Stuck in Equestria being the main influence here), and tried to write my own. It was really just an experiment; I didn’t want it to get as popular as it did, but I took what I got.

Did you run into any tough spots or challenges when writing The Conversion Bureau?

The critique was definitely the hurtful part. The comment section of EqD can be a cruel mistress. I was called misanthropic, and my fic was bashed for my OC use just to fulfill the writer’s desires (i.e. what they would do, not what the character would do). I’m most certainly not misanthropic, and whoever accused me of that is not very nice.

When you set out to write The Conversion Bureau, did you have any specific messages or themes in mind?

I just wanted to write a little story about people going to Equestria and back; and their connection with humans. It was to show how our world was compared to the heavenly paradise of Equestria; you can see why bronies would want to go there.

The Conversion Bureau is currently incomplete - do you ever anticipate revisiting it?

I don’t know, honestly. I had written it on a whim, and most of the time the demand was draining my ideas away. Plus, the spin-offs were clearly better than the original, so I think this premise is better left to the professionals (see below).

What do you think of all the spinoff fanfictions that arose from The Conversion Bureau? Have you read any of them, and if so, do you have any favorites?

When I wrote The Conversion Bureau, I ran into my one problem when it comes to writing: I have a great concept, but I can never execute it the way I want to. The spin-offs seem to have executed it for me, and I’m personally jealous that these people can write so well, lol. They are all fantastic, and I thank each spin-off author for making this humble brony’s idea such an amazing “fan fiction franchise”. As I said in the previous question, the spin-offs are the main reason I don’t think I’m going to continue the original. The original, in my opinion, was a mediocre, first-try fan fiction, and my premise should be left for the much more professional writers to create amazing stories with. Go get’em, tiger.

Where can readers drop you a line?

They can go to my deviantArt at Blaze12 (I don’t do much on there, but there’s some pony stuff on it), or, if they REALLY want to stalk me, by going to my Tumblr at brianfancypants (again, not much pony, but I do track the “fluttershy” and “pinkie pie” tags). Yes, my name is Brian. Nice to meet you.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Cupcakes is overrated. Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

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#1 · 196w, 6d ago · 5 · ·

Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie indeed.

#2 · 196w, 6d ago · · ·

I've read quite a bit of Conversion Bureau stories, but none really captivated as much as the original, even though the writing was mediocre at best. I really did wish that Blaze would complete it, but it's understandable to let everyone else continue it and not finish your own to keep that alive. I had no idea how young Blaze was. I'm a junior in Highschool, so we're a lot closer than I thought. It's not perfect, but I do really like Blaze's Conversion Bureau.

#3 · 196w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

I'm not a fan of the story in any way, shape, or form, but Blaze seems like a nice guy. A lot of internet-famous fan fiction writers get waaay too full of themselves.

#4 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

That last statement, I agree with completely.

Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

I can see how execution of ideas can be difficult.  A lot of good authors run into that problem.  To the people that can stick with it, kudos.

#5 · 196w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

Blaze seems like the opposite of what I imagined him to be like. Did anyone else expect him to be completely emo?

#6 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99391

You know that quote that says "you are what you eat", the opposite is usually true here.

#7 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

While the stories do interest me a bit, I do not read them often. Blaze seems like a nice guy though, and definitely deserves the vault for creating a "Franchise" of sorts.

#8 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99391

Same.

I really did expect him to be a lot different. But, I guess you can't judge a book by its covers.

Although, I can't help but think about the irony that so many spin-offs and stories are made out of dislike and even hate of the original Conversion Bureau story, mine included.

#9 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

"the heavenly paradise of Equestria"

Nothing personal against the author, but I just do not get it when people refer to Equestria like this.  Putting aside the fact that even a small village like Ponyville faces disaster every couple of weeks, it's abundantly clear as early as "Call of the Cutie" that some ponies are horrible, unpleasant people.  Then you have "Bridle Gossip" where literally everypony in town except Twilight is racist.  And right from the pilot episode, we know that a pony princess' answer to being lonely and disliked was "try to commit genocide."   You know, Luna, most people just write sad poetry or something.

#10 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

Pinkie Cannon is best Cannon.

Sorry, but when I read that line, this is all I could see. :P

#11 · 196w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>Cupcakes is overrated. Canon Pinkie is best Pinkie.

... I like this person.

#13 · 196w, 5d ago · 3 · 1 ·

Wait, THIS is the guy who wrote the infamous original Conversion Bureau? I was honestly expecting his end of the interview to consist of AM-style "Let me tell you about hate" rants. How does someone so seemingly inoffensive end up using ponies to fantasize about killing everyone in the world?

#14 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>100026

That's what I'm wondering.

Also, (and this is the real reason I'm commenting) that I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream reference made me giddy. :pinkiehappy: I might have enjoyed The Conversion Bureau if AM had written it...

#15 · 196w, 5d ago · 1 · 1 ·

>>100029 Personally I'd take AM over CB-verse Celestia any day. At least AM doesn't sugarcoat the terrible shit he does.

#16 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

>>99797  This.  So much this.

#17 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

Well, at least we agree on Canon Pinkie being best. Otherwise, I'm not that much of a fan of this guy, to say the least.

#18 · 196w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>>99797

This, and lest we forget Discord and Queen Chrysalis, so yeah, Equestria is not the perfect place.

#19 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

+1 to the final line.

#20 · 196w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

>>99797

>>100563

Or Tartarus. Think about that, Equestria litterly has an underworld (or some people just call it the pony equivalent of Hell) where it keeps it's worst monsters trapped.

Than there are some of the more "mundane" monsters like giant space bears, things that can turn you to stone, dragons etc. And they all live in what is essentially your backyard.

Equestria is actually a very dangerous place to live.

Anyway, my opinion is that TCB and it's spinoffs are crap. But the author does seem like an OK guy and I wish him success in future writing endeavours.

#21 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

I honestly couldn't give a mule's flank about the side stories, just please finish the main story! :pinkiehappy:

#22 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

Blaze's "The Conversion Bureau " sucks, as do most of its spin offs. Of the good CB stories that I can recall I can count off on one hand.

#23 · 196w, 5d ago · · ·

I don't know why I keep subjecting myself to CB stories. I have never read one where it was worth my time.

#25 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>101129 If I recall correctly, it stands for Allied Mastercomputer. It is a supercomputer from the story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream." It really, really, really, really, hates humanity (Just look at the main quote from the video game). It killed all humans except for five just so it could torture them for eternity.

Anyways, back on topic. I agree with everyone that Blaze sounds nothing like I imagined. I'm kind of glad to find out that he never intended to be misanthropic as it paints The Conversion Bureau in a completely different (and much more positive) light.

However, I am surprised that Blaze seems to think it unfair that he was called a misanthrope. The premise of his story essentially boiled down to, "Replace all of humanity with ponies. This is a good thing with no ethical questions involved." Even if unintentional, that is incredibly misanthropic because it implies that eliminating humanity is a good thing. As an author, you can send different messages than you intend. This sounds like a clear case of not thinking through the message. Not that I hold it against him. After all, authors always have a different perspective on their own stories.

#26 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>101200 Yeah, it does stand for Allied Mastercomputer. You could practically make his opening speech the CB universe's tagline:

"HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU. HATE. HATE."

I agree with you there. From the sounds of things he's just a decent guy who didn't think things through very carefully.

#27 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>101315 That's the line! :pinkiehappy: Seriously glad you typed that up. I don't even like the story (far too bleak for me even though the video game was much happier) and yet I have always loved the feeling placed behind those words. :rainbowkiss: Perfectly sets the tone for the whole narrative.

... and I think you're right. That fits the CB universe far too well, even if not intentionally.

#28 · 196w, 4d ago · 4 · 2 ·

>>99391, >>100026, >> 101200

Y'all took the words right out of my mouth. Blaze seems like a relatively normal and decent guy from this interview; I was expecting a venomous rant on Humanity and how he wished his story were real. But what surprised me was that he didn't intend his story to be misanthropic but the story  just didn't come out right.

Unfortunately, there are those who do intend their stories to be misanthropic (not gonna name names but y'all know who they are).

But my opinion of TCB-verse does not change; it is a piece of work that advocates genocide and most of the spinoff stories aren't that good.

#29 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

Wait I thought Blaze disappeared in the night never to be seen again... Well its good to know he still lives.

#30 · 196w, 4d ago · · ·

>>99202 BLASPHEMY! I'm still in middle school yet this fellow is practically my clone!

Except for the tumblr part.

#31 · 196w, 4d ago · 5 · ·

It's good to hear the man behind the story.

I'm still trying to figure out why so many people thought he would have an attitude towards life as reflected in the story.

Imagine if you will, someone who writes slasher fiction.  Does that automatically qualify them as a mass murder or serial killer?  Does someone who writes a romance novel with a rape scene automatically become a rapist?  While many authors write stories based on their background (like several authors who write military fiction being former military), it's not necessarily the case.  For example, when Tom Clancy wrote The Hunt for Red October, he sold insurance.  Wow, what a thrilling novel that would have been...:ajsleepy:

Sometimes all it takes is a good imagination.  If you really want to do something else with the story, substitute pastel-colored anthropomorphic ponies with hyper-intelligent cockroaches.

I thought Blaze's work was nicely written and reflected an interesting (if somewhat unpleasant) solution to a dystopian society.  Whether I personally agree with it or not is inn-material.  It's a decent story.

#32 · 196w, 3d ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>101719

Yeah, if the story had come out right and not had a anti-human tone, we probably wouldn't have all these misanthropic authors making the spinoff stories.  Honestly, they treat the Conversion Bureau like it's their religion.

Still, I won't hold it against Blaze.  Everyone makes mistakes.

#33 · 196w, 3d ago · 4 · 2 ·

>>102815

Wait, seriously?! What do you mean treat it like their religion? Are they that obsessed with it?

Frankly put, some of the spinoff authors out and out terrify me. One of them said something like "I can't wait for Equestria to rise from the ocean." Also, I noticed that TCB-verse seems to attracts the less stable side of the MLP:FiM fandom. What is it with that?

All in all, Blaze isn't to blame for the crazies who treat The Conversion Bureau like gospel.

#34 · 196w, 3d ago · · ·

I would give some rant about TCB authors, but I'm not much better myself.

#35 · 196w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

>>103056 To be fair, converting people to ponies is much less disturbing than the right out genocide/omnicide that they could head towards, so I tend to encourage it :pinkiecrazy: As to why, previous reason + cognitive dissonance = them being able to express their less pleasant thoughts/feelings in a safe environment. Its like unloading in COD after a hard day at work.  

Back to topic, Its rather interesting. I'm fairly misanthropic myself, and I didn't see Blaze as being that way, which this interview confirms. I find it odd that people thought he was.

#36 · 196w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>102429

"I'm still trying to figure out why so many people thought he would have an attitude towards life as reflected in the story."

99% of pony fanfics featuring humans are pure wish fulfilment. In an atmosphere like that it's very hard to differentiate what the author belives and what he thought would be an interesting idea to explore in his story. Coupled with inexpirience in writing and you get what you get.

#37 · 196w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>103056  Well, I think every fandom on the internet has a portion of lonely people who are battered around in real life and just feel out of place, and in that situation it can be easy to see all the negatives of humanity and none of the positives.  I think that is where not only The Conversion Bureau but also all those "brony magically transported to Equestria" stories come into play.  They are all very much the same:

"I am an unappreciated person . . . Oh wow, I've suddenly been transported to Equestria and now have tons of friends and life is awesome!!"  I mean, when "Friendship" is right in the name of the show I could see that being a very tempting line of thought.  (Makes for a pretty boring story, though.)

Now, personally, I think if you're lonely and miserable on earth, the odds are you'd be lonely and miserable in Equestria too.  Because there is absolutely no reason to think you'd run into Twilight Sparkle first and become BFF with her, rather than running into Prince Blueblood or Diamond Tiara or Gilda first and getting bullied, sneered at, or screamed at.  In other words, most of the social problems we have on Earth are mirrored in Equestria.  Like a lot of people being jackasses.

#38 · 196w, 3d ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>103577 "Now, personally, I think if you're lonely and miserable on earth, the odds are you'd be lonely and miserable in Equestria too."

I know! Why do they never consider this?

>>103056 "One of them said something like "I can't wait for Equestria to rise from the ocean."

Ah, that would be Chatoyance, AKA Jennifer Diane Reitz. Suffice to say, when JDR is a big name in your group, your group has problems.

#39 · 196w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>103712

"I know! Why do they never consider this?"

Mostly because it's an escapist fantasy and something like that would ruin the fantasy.

#40 · 196w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

>>103712

Yeah, her TCB Universe is probably the worst one.  Either you're going to die when the rejuvenation magic hits, or you convert and are basically a brainwashed pony under Celestia's rule.

Thanks, but no thanks, I'd rather that version of Equestria stay in the ocean.

#41 · 196w, 3d ago · 4 · ·

>>103056

>"I can't wait for Equestria to rise from the ocean."

Wait, what? Equestria is Rl'Yeh? Come on, guys; now you TCB writers are just trying to sound ominous! :derpytongue2:

#42 · 196w, 2d ago · 2 · 1 ·

>>103856  Oh yeah, I skimmed through one of her fics where two violent twenty-somethings became ponies and suddenly they were full of LOVE and RAINBOWS and HUGS!  I was like :rainbowhuh: .

The line that really caught me was one of the guys swearing before he was "made pony" and Pinkie or someone chuckling and imitating him and then he was like, "OH NOES, I AM CORRUPTING THE INNOCENT PONERS!"   And again, I was like :ajbemused: .   Honestly, it seemed sort of insulting towards the pony characters to think that they're so one-note that they would never get frustrated and blow off steam.  Like, what are they, Stepford Ponies?  (Oh man, fanfic idea . . .)  Besides, we have SEEN THEM swear on the show!  "Horseapples!"  That is the word for pony poo!  In other words, Rainbow Dash just said "shit!"

#43 · 196w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

>>104736

Fluttershy of all ponies also said she didn't give a flying feather either.  I think we all know what she really meant or would've said if not for the actual target audience of this show, and speaking of which, the entire town was rather nasty earlier in that episode, so yeah, ponies can be a rather rude bunch when they want to be.

#44 · 196w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

>>102429 Two days late to help explain but late is better than never.

What you write does reflect who you are, but not always in a major way. Whenever anyone writes, some of their beliefs seep into the story. I am a humanist and optimist so positive messages about humans always end up taking a central focus in my stories even if I don't mean to. For most professional writers it is far more subtle. In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World a character briefly says something along the lines of, "it is hard to compete with African labs on growing humans when "Negro" eggs are far better at dividing." For fanfiction writers, most have my problem. In the Conversion Bureau universe, this usually translates to, "The human resistance comes in and shoots the ponies, laughing all the while."

When I saw his story, my assumption was that his beliefs were "getting rid of humanity is a good thing." Which it wasn't. It was just his way to explain why there were no humans anymore even if they did exist in Equestria's past. Simply, every human converted to ponies. In a way, humanity still lives on through ponies. To him this was positive and certainly we can admit it is much better than humans killing themselves off in war or being wiped out by a great evil as other stories had stated.

The problem is this: Replace humans with let's say Jews and ponies with Christians, and the same story starts to look a little creepy with unfortunate implications.

See what I mean?

#45 · 196w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

>>106334

The only problem there is that the people's personalities are altered when they transform.  Twilight mentions this if I'm not mistaken, so honestly, to me, you convert you might as well be dead.

Of course this varies with the TCB spin offs.

#46 · 196w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>106571 Well, yeah, I guess it is worse than I said. To be honest, I stopped looking at The Conversion Bureau universe after reading the riff on Blaze's story. The only other CB story I read was one involving the ponies being converted to humans and that story disturbed me just as much as when it was reversed. I didn't want to see what everyone else had made in spinoffs and from the sounds of what you and LadyMoondancer are saying, that was a good decision. I've never been a fan of "conversion solves everything." I'm glad people like you seem to agree.

Still, whether we agree with it or not. The Conversion Bureau has its place in the fandom. And knowing what the creator thinks, helps me not be so judgmental about the story. It's one reason why I'm glad FimFiction posted this interview.

#47 · 196w, 20h ago · · ·

>>107545

Oh, giving how much stuff it's spawned, I do agree, but that doesn't mean I have to like it though.

#48 · 165w, 20h ago · 11 · ·

Oh, Blaze, I feel bad for you. Wonder how you would feel when you read those discussion/debates/shitstorms between the pro-TCB group and the anti-TCB group. Heck, we even have one in this very thread.

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