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  • 1w, 1d
    Random Book Review: The Martian

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  • 10w, 6d
    Dead Tree Format Rules.

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  • 27w, 1d
    Wooah. 2000.

    Two thousand upvotes.

    That's quite an amazing feat... and, honestly, I don't see that as just my feat; it's something you all did. Thank you for reading my story, and special thanks to anyone who spread the word about it to others. I couldn't have gotten there without all of you :pinkiehappy:

    On a related note, I have updated the html, rtf and epub downloads of the story. The epub now has an index page, all of the downloads have the same formatting the story has on the fimfic website, and all of them contain the author's notes on the chapters that have them.

    So, once again, thank you all. This has been quite a blast :twilightsmile:

    (and, shout out to Hotaru Lind, the one who actually passed the 2k threshold! The fimfic irc is a really fun place!)

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  • 37w, 3d
    Concerning the Lead Content of LEDs, Laying Layers of Lies, and Lying Down Beside the Point.

    That's right! I'm utterly bored, don't feel like reading or writing much, and thus, it's time to go over another batch of these.

    Yup. Common Errors. The bane of every writer, and, more importantly, of me, whenever I read through the writings of these writers. The stuff I see the most highly rated and famed authors still doing wrong. And so, we get to another batch of self-editing hints! As always, Twist is ready to serve as bullet point in the list! :twistnerd:

    This one is a bit more elaborate than the previous one, since I actually go deeper into the "why" of each one of them.

    Oh, and if you missed the previous one, it's right here.


    :twistnerd: Laying versus Lying. This is actually an interesting one. Loads of people get this wrong, and it's not surprising, either.

    So first of all, the difference. "lying" means simply "being in prone position", while "laying" means "getting/putting into prone position". This means you lie down, but you lay down something.

    Now, the big annoyance with this is not only in making the difference between these two, but also the odd little fact that the past tense of "to lie" is "I lay". The past of "to lay", however, is "I laid". For example, for 'lying', you can say "she lay on the floor". Not "laid" because, that's an action, not "lied", because, that's telling untruth. For 'laying', you'd say something like "I laid down the knife".

    And yes, this explains the expression "getting laid" as "a person who is laid down, by someone else", meaning it is, in fact, grammatically correct :raritywink:

    If you're ever confused, you can find a nice overview table of the tenses right here.

    :twistnerd: Led versus Lead. There's really only one thing to say about this: the only "lead" that's pronounced as "led" is the metal. The verb form, when written "lead", is always pronounced as "leed". So if you got a verb form that'd be pronounced as "led", you should in fact write it "led".

    :twistnerd: Beside versus Besides. I struggled with this one myself, and have done a whole ton of unnecessary edits and re-edits because of this thing. Basic rule: "beside" means literally "next to" in space, whereas "besides" means "in addition to (that)" or "aside from". Generally, unless you are using the word literally, you usually need "besides".

    An odd exception to this is the expression "beside the point", where the use is figurative, but it still indicates that something is not quite on the point, but beside it. So yeah, for some odd reason, that one does use "beside". English, ain't it fascinating? (Answer: No. Yuck.)

    Example:

    He stood beside his mysterious ally, but besides their current common interest, he really felt no kinship with the cloaked person. Besides, the hooded bastard was probably the one who killed his brother.

    :twistnerd: And finally, Awhile. Oh sweet Celestia, "awhile". First of all, yes, spelling correctors do say it is a correct word. Secondly, if you use it from a combination of laziness that makes you type one less space and that aforementioned fact, then no, I do not think it means what you think it means. In fact, I'm sure it doesn't.

    "Awhile" is, in fact, a rather archaic form of "for a while". As in, "I've been standing here awhile" and "I'm going to lie down awhile". So, yeah, it sounds kinda... old. You can not use it in sentences like "They arrived awhile later" or "we waited for awhile". The word "awhile" is a time span, so you can't use it for "a while later", since that indicates a point in time, and if you use "for awhile" you're really saying "for for a while". So, unless you're purposely trying to sound archaic... don't use it, period.

    That's it for now! I hope you just got a little smarter.

    And, always remember the wise words of my grandmother, when it comes to the English Language:

    "Write it London, and pronounce it Liverpool."

    Nyerguds, out :yay:

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  • 41w, 1d
    The Daily Unlife gets Audio Book'd!

    Looks like my ghoul story is getting some love!

    Nitoka, who had already done a reading of the first chapter of Fallout Equestria: Dark Shores, now added The Daily Unlife to his work list!

    His glorious reading of the introduction chapter can be found here:

    (note: there's a slight pause around 3:28 due to a small editing error. Please ignore it. Just wait a few seconds and it'll continue normally :twilightsmile:)

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[Inspired by Enya - I Want Tomorrow, and written for a challenge posted by Emerald Flight in The Writer's Group.]

This is the story of the stallion who loved Luna while she became Nightmare Moon, and was loved back by her throughout it all.

In the end, though, he chose to see the dawn again. He wanted a tomorrow.

[If you fave, please upvote as well! And please comment, too; I love feedback!]

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13th Oct 2013
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I wake up, dazed. I look around me, and see robot arms gently lifting me out of a bloody cocoon. Not that I have words for this, yet. I know nothing. Nothing at all. Then, the strange helmet appears. I look on, fascinated, as it is put on my head.

As the memories flood in, I realize I made the worse mistake of my life.

I said "yes" when somepony offered me a second chance.


This story is kinda set in the Hippocratic Research Center of Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons, where Project Chimera takes place, but since I took some serious liberties with my version of the place I don't really think Project Horizons is required reading for this. Though it may help to get a better understanding of the place.

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28th Jul 2013
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28th Jul 2013
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Misty Cloud and Lemon Frisk find themselves in trouble... and it's entirely Misty's fault.

This was written for the 300 Members Special competition at the Fallout: Equestria group, and it seems I still got it, since I won third place!

Any events that happen in this are totally non-canon with the main TDU storyline. Jokes used in this silly one-shot may be recycled in the main story later! You have been warned.

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4th Mar 2013
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A changeling who has lived at the side of an Equestrian mare for most of his life finds himself in the middle of the changeling invasion of Canterlot. He has no idea who the invading queen or hive are, and just wants to stay where he is, and more importantly, who he is.

The spell that ends the invasion doesn't discriminate, though. With his old pony form irreversibly stripped away, and the whole kingdom out to hunt his kind, he tries to keep his family together, and struggles to find his place in the world.

Please comment! Even now, I'd love to hear what people think as they read through :pinkiehappy:

Pony Fiction Archive mirror

RTF download (one file per chapter, includes the cover image)

HTML download (one file per chapter, includes the cover image)

EPUB download (thanks to volrathxp!)

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25th Apr 2012
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These are the voyages of the Canterlot ghoul Lemon Frisk. His mission: to find the Meaning of Unlife. His continuing perils: crazed raiders, feral ghouls, overzealous rangers, and a mare who won't stop poking him.

Read it on other sites:

Google Docs

Pony Fiction Archive

Audio book on YouTube (by NitoKa)


This fanfiction is based on Fallout Equestria by Kkat; a familiarity with the source material may aid your understanding. You can find Fallout Equestria here on Equestria Daily, or here on FimFic.

If you enjoy Fallout Equestria side stories, you can visit the Fallout: Equestria Resource website, which hosts a complete archive of all of them, and has links to useful places like the Fallout: Equestria wiki and community chat.

First Published
4th Jan 2012
Last Modified
24th Sep 2014