Mar
2nd
2015

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EFNW 2015 Pre-Con Contest

Everfree Northwest's Weekly fic Recommendations #26


The Everfree Northwest Convention, known for having one of—if not the—strongest writing tracks in the MLP fandom, is back with another great writing contest! Last year’s EFNW writing contest had over 75 entries with a combined total of 30,000 views in their first month, which we're pretty proud of. We gave away some great prizes too.

This year we're back, and we’re better than ever, ready to pit authors against each other in an exciting contest to see who can best portray friendship via the written word. We’re looking for writers who want to have fun and who enjoy winning awesome prizes.

Some of the prizes include: a customized high quality pen and pen holder declaring you an award winning author, patches telling people your place in the contest, a bookbag, an interview to be posted by EFNW's media team, various gift cards, tons of swag, and more.

The Everfree Northwest Writing Contest will accept entries from March 1st until 11:59 pm PDT on March 24th. This contest is open to everyone. To enter, you should write a 1,000-3,000 word story that had not been posted before the contest started. You do not have to attend the con on May 29-31 in order to enter. Do note, we will have a different contest, our 2-hour Iron Authors Competition, during the con itself.

Find out more details, such as the theme, at the Everfree Northwest blog. As always, keep up-to-date on the latest Everfree Northwest news by visiting our website, viewing our FIMFiction account and group, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Tumblr.


Did you know, Everfree Northwest scours FIMfiction in order to bring three recommends a week? In fact we recently posted our twenty sixth post. We try to focus on enjoyable lesser known fics. If you know of some good lesser known fics by authors other than yourself feel free to let us know.


If you want to post your convention's fanfiction related news on a FIMfiction site post like this one, you can find out more here.

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Feb
28th
2015

Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


“So, like,” said Red, “which one are you?”

“What do you mean?” asked CSquared.

“Well, it’s just… a little confusing at the moment. I can’t tell what you are. We seem to have flip-flopped.”

CSquared sighed. “I thought we established this from the very beginning. It’s kind of insulting, you know. I expected you of all squirrels to remember. You could just pick one, you know, it’s no difference to me.”

“I know, I know,” said Red, tapping his fuzzy chin, “it’s just been a while since the last time I checked. Everything else is out of order right now. BP is still a panther, Ferret has taken to riding eagles, Pav hasn’t even mentioned Twilestia in, like, twenty-four hours, alex is off on that journey to find himself, and Corejo got kidnapped by that facsimile of Princess Luna he made from that 3D printer… so I just want to make sure, before…”

CSquared squinted. “Before what?”

“I make my move on you.”

There was an uncomfortable silence.

“Ha ha, wow, that came out kinda weird,” Red chuckled awkwardly, rubbing the back of his head. “Hey, change of subject, it’s funny that we should be having this conversation about everything being backwards and flipped around, given that this is round sixty-th—”

The door burst open. Raz glared at them both. “Reviews. Now.”

“We’re in the middle of something!” Red whined.

“Red’s being indecisive,” CSquared said with an exaggerated eye roll.

“Just choose already and finish this!” Raz thundered.

Red reached out towards the checkerboard sitting between him CSquared and picked up a red piece. “Fine, fine. I’ll be red. King me.”

ROUND 63


STORY 1

Death and the Dazzlings, by Violet CLM

An argument and a car crash leave one of the sirens--Adagio, Sonata, and Aria--dead. They know this because Death itself has shown up to chat with them and to ensnare Adagio into a game of wits with the very lives of her companions at stake. Adagio doesn't want anyone to die, but she's not so happy with the way they've been arguing so much lately either...


Csquared08:

There was no hint of remorse in its words, only amusement, as though Adagio was playing a game with Death that it had already set up and played through and won, with their actual conversation only a necessary formality.

No, I’m not stealing this style from alex. It just works for this story.

Anywho, that sentence does a pretty great job of summarizing of what this story is about. Except for one thing, that is. It doesn’t mention how Adagio decides to play the game. And that’s where I’ll note the author also wrote The Years of Ar and S, a story I particularly enjoyed for its strong characterization of the Dazzlings. This story is no different when it comes to Adagio.

From the movie, we know that Adagio is pretty smart. She planned ahead and mind-controlled the authority figures. When she realized the Rainbooms couldn’t be mind-controlled, she went for more conventional methods of tearing them apart. Those efforts weren’t fruitless, either. The Dazzlings were so very close to succeeding.

So, naturally, Adagio is not about to just sit down and let Death win. She’s going to poke and prod and find a hole in Death’s game. And in the series of mindgames that follow between Death and herself, she does just that. When she figures out she thinks she’s figured out a way to win, her calm confidence in telling REDACTED to REDACTED serves as an excellent final touch, the icing on the cake, if you will, to Adagio’s game.

RedSquirrel456:

Writing about characters cheating Death is a timeless trope. Death is the ultimate heist; you pull a fast one over the most inexorable, unstoppable force known to mankind. And since Death is so ubiquitous, we all wonder what we’d be like when we finally have to confront it, and if possible, defeat it.

Chess masters need not apply.

But what happens when an immortal being who has been around for thousands of years is suddenly confronted not just with Death, but the death of another immortal, specifically one that they had assumed would always be around no matter how annoying or insulting? That’s what this story explores, and while it does in some places stumble and ask the reader to accept some truly extraordinary claims, it is an interesting study of the clash between death and those who believed they would never die.

Death comes to the Dazzlings when they are involved in a car crash during their getaway from the Battle of the Bands. Adagio is presented with an absurd but interesting choice: figure out how to prevent the deaths of her fellow Sirens by convincing them that they are, in fact, friends, and through a convoluted system of “debts” reserved only for immortals who kill each other, keep an of them from dying at all. Death is personified as a ruthless, sarcastic creature who who wishes only to do his job and reap everything, or perhaps this is a bluff to force Adagio’s hand—we’re never given confirmation that anything he says is actually true. Either way, he is an interesting character here for the way he simultaneously tries to trap Adagio and also drive her to make some very harsh choices and discover harsh truths about herself.

Adagio and the rest of the Sirens are in good form, as caustic and spiteful of each other as they are of their victims. It’s almost frightening seeing them struggle with working together when they’re clearly so evil all the way through; this isn’t a story about redemption, nor is it a story about the Sirens actually deciding to become ‘better,’ but if I may read between the lines perhaps there’s an implication that they’re one step closer to help me sleep at night. If you can get through the dense explanations of Death’s rules for dying, any Dazzlings fan will be entertained by this fic.


STORY 2

Quills and Sofas, by Just Horsing Around

A visiting Night Light is intrigued when his daughter mentions one of Ponyville's more unusual retailers – Quills and Sofas. Why quills? Why sofas? Why the two in combination? He can't resist the chance to investigate further and find out just how far Davenport is prepared to stretch a definition.


Csquared08:

Just Horsing Around makes it very clear what this story is all about the moment you look at the name of the first, and only, chapter: Sofa, So Good. That’s where the wordplay and the puns start, and they don’t stop until you reach the comment section. It’s a rather silly story, and it never tried to be anything else.

Normally, this might sound like it’s just a silly crackfic, but I don’t think it is. Despite the focus on puns and wordplay, it never went for that barebones approach so it could get to the punchline faster. It didn’t neglect characterization in favor of humor. It had real, successful attempts at characterization for Davenport and Night Light. It used that characterization to complement the humor. It had enough of a story to not feel like a glorified joke that was extended to reach Fimfiction’s word minimum.

I’m usually not one for silly stories like this, but this one did enough things right that I could enjoy the humor for what it was without wondering why it was written as a story.

RedSquirrel456:

One of the most important questions we can ask is ‘why?’ Why is life this way? Why is Twilight purple? Why won’t Rainbow Dash and Big Mac just make out already? Rarely do we get answers to these, for the act of asking is meaningful in and of itself. This story answers why Davenport has decided to sell quills and sofas at the same time, and Twilight’s Dad is the protagonist. I’m sure you’ve asked that many times before, so here is a story to fulfill that particular niche.

This story has a distinctly dry wit to it, of the kind you would see in the most sublime of British period comedies. Twilight’s dad Night Light is given an urbane, playfully inquisitive personality that bounces off wonderfully with an eccentric Davenport who is far, more interested in both quills and sofas than even a shopkeep like him probably should be. The both of them converse and Night Light does his best to poke and prod to see how far down the rabbit hole he can go. There isn’t much to the story besides wordplay, some strange yet interesting puns, and the sight of two weird characters playing off one another. But one needs little more than that when looking for a fun, light read on a site about ponies.


STORY 3

A Brother’s Love, by Sendor

Gerulf is a strong and able leader. He is cunning and charismatic. To top it all off, he's the greatest griffin warrior in a century or more. Hartwin, his brother, can play the lute. This is the tale of a gentle soul's journey through hell and back, and how it changed him forever.


Csquared08:

Remember that time when the World-Building Alliance had contests, and we featured stories from those contests all the time? Have a blast from the past with an old contest entry.

Honestly, this didn’t do much to stand out for me. It’s a fairly simple concept, a pacifist struggling to live among a society of warriors, and it doesn’t do much more than that. There’s a bit at the end that hints to what may happen in the future, but that’s it. That said, I didn’t leave the story unsatisfied.

I know I just said it didn’t do much to stand out for me, but I think I just stumbled across why I thought it was worth a feature. It was nothing spectacular, sure, but it was solid enough in its execution (if a occasionally a bit lacking on the grammar). Hartwin was a pretty nicely fleshed out character. His struggle to reconcile his pacifism with the warlike nature of his tribe was handled well. That this struggle extended to his brother, who happens to be the chief of their tribe, was a nice extra touch. The fight scene with the unicorns, although fast, provided enough meaning to the story to maintain its relevancy. Hartwin’s decision at the end had enough buildup and enough oomph behind it that the open-ended nature of the ending really wasn’t all that bothersome.

This was a story about that decision and what led to it, not what becomes of that decision. That the story realized that and stuck to its guns, and stuck to them well, is what led to me enjoying this story.

I think I’ve also managed to talk myself into liking this story a lot more than I did when I started the recommendation. Huh.

RedSquirrel456:

I usually enjoy griffons. People have taken Gilda’s short showing and taken it to extreme levels, giving her kind a civilization that rivals that of ponydom, albeit often as abrasive and nasty as Gilda turned out to be. Griffons, after all, are carnivores, except for the ones we see eating cake. Would that make griffons cakeivores? An entire race that only eats cheap carbohydrates and sugar? Or is that already ponies? Worldbuilders unite.

This story delves right into some of the general facts we’ve accepted about griffons in the fandom: they are primitive, violent, and in a state of all-out war with ponies, at least long before the unification in Equestria. One griffon, Hartwin, desires to rise above the brutish nature of his brother, Chieftain of their tribe, and struggles not to be singled out as a coward when he really just wants everyone to get along. There’s a lot of heart in this story, not least because we see guts spilled in violent confrontation between griffons and ponies, because even though we have all seen the bit about the gentle brother versus the bloodthirsty one, I still found myself drawn to its solid characters and engaging conflicts. There’s not a whole lot of resolution at the end that I could see; this is seemingly the set-up to something bigger but stops just as Hartwin makes a fateful decision.

Still, apart from a few stumbles in grammar, there is little to dislike about this story, and it is a healthy meal for anyone who devours worldbuilding and species-studies apart from ponies.


STORY 4

The Snowball Fight, by zaponator

"There is only one rule: If you get hit, you're out."  

Apple Bloom is dragged into an all-out civil war between the students of Ponyville Elementary, and soon enough the Crusaders are the only ones left to stand against a seemingly unstoppable evil.


Csquared08:

Didn’t I just say I wasn’t one for silly, ridiculous stories? Well, here’s another one that has defied the norm. I think this is the part where I’m supposed to hate everything, or something.

The Snowball Fight presents a pretty ridiculous situation: There was a snow day. There was a snowball fight. This fight led to a war which was won by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, who now lord over all of Ponyville’s children. The CMC are the only remaining resistance. But instead of bastardizing characterization to try and fit that situation (something about incredibly dense minds seems appropriate), it goes, “Well, how would these characters react to this situation, and how would they move on from there?”

The entire story is absolutely ridiculous, but the characterization remains consistent and reasonable. The characters develop nicely throughout the story, and at no point did I wonder why, say, Scootaloo was acting like this because this is nothing like the Scootaloo I know. This consistent characterization made it quite easy for me to accept all the ridiculous things they’re doing (infiltrating snow castles, for example). And the…  other things. I mean, ice katanas? Seriously?

RedSquirrel456:

Winter means war. Crops fail, space becomes premium, and all that matters is moving to where there is less snow. Except for foals. In their case, they go to where to all the snow is and bash each other in the face with it, and poor Apple Bloom and the rest of the Crusaders are swept up in the pint-sized battle for Ponyville.

This is a sweet, funny little romp through the overactive imaginations of small foals who have declared D-rated war on each other, the D standing for D’aww. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are all that stands between Diamond Tiara’s Conglomerate and control of snowdrifts everywhere, and they basically try their hoof at non-violent guerilla warfare, complete with the strange rules and exaggerated drama of children—they have to fight their way through four “sub-bosses” of a sort before getting to Diamond at the top of her henchpony hierarchy. Things get progressively more ridiculous as the battle rages on until we’re treated to an all-out action movie spoof at the climax. All in all, it’s very charming. All three of the Crusaders, their foes included, are wonderfully characterized and the humor is genuinely funny, with pony puns and fake death scenes in abundance. I especially enjoyed Scootaloo and her overeagerness bouncing off Sweetie Belle’s straightforward timidness and Apple Bloom’s initial reluctance to take any of this seriously.

With few to no grammatical or formatting errors to distract from the flow of reading, this is a perfect companion now that winter has hit us hard.


“Sometimes I worry about Red,” Raz said as he and CSquared exited the rec room. It was still full of old soda cans and abandoned peanut shells, evidence of the grueling, week-long checkers match that had just concluded in CSquared’s favor.

“What do you mean?” asked CSquared.

“I think he’s a little too obsessed with finding out if things have been switched around now,” Raz shrugged. “You know he’s written a whole story about rule sixty-three, right? Called it his ‘masterpiece’ or something. And now this lunacy about what side of the board he’s on…”

CSquared shrugged. “What can I say, the rodent’s just as scatterbrained as the rest of ‘em. I wouldn’t worry too much. Hopefully he’ll be okay now that the match is over. If not, we do have those old educational videos way down in the basement…”

“Okay, now you’re just thinking of torture.”

----

Meanwhile, deep in the boughs of a secretive-looking acorn tree, a wild-eyed red squirrel typed furiously away at his laptop, biting his lip.

“And then… she kissed… himself…”


Feel free to visit our group for more information and events, and to offer some recommendations for future rounds. See you all next time!

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Feb
27th
2015

Today's story is a classic from early 2012, making it one of the fandom's longest goodbyes.

Shutdown

[Sad] • 2,783 words

"Would you tell anypony if you knew the world was going to end, Twilight Sparkle?"

FROM THE CURATORS: Shutdown is one of the earliest fanfics about Equestria as a virtual world, but it has withstood the test of time.  "It's an intriguing premise," JohnPerry said, and Horizon looked at the bigger picture: "It uses worldbuilding and fragments of dialogue very effectively to feel like a tiny piece of a much larger story."  Chris agreed. "Shutdown succeeds in hinting at the broader setting of the piece without resorting to mood-breaking infodumps," he said, "and that sense of reserve is welcome in a story like this."

That sense of reserve extended to the piece's emotional impact. "It would have been easy to make this scenario overwrought, and I'm glad it doesn't do that," JohnPerry said.  We found that quiet-yet-effective presentation to be one of the story's strongest features. "Instead of trying to drown us in the emotions of the characters, it's characterized by the lack of resolution that accompanies real tragedy, and draws its feelings from that sense of powerlessness in the grander sweep of things," Horizon said.

Beyond that, Shutdown follows the finest traditions of speculative fiction: "It raises a lot of questions that stick in your craw," Horizon said, and Present Perfect added: "This explores well a number of diverse topics — the nature of reality, fandoms, online communities and their eventual cessation, how we relate to fictional characters, the powerlessness of fans to protect their favorite properties from the creators’ whims, copyright law, letting go… Geez, it doesn’t stop giving you things to think about."

Read on for our author interview, in which Cupcakes discusses rebootenings, Dunesteefs, and Twilightosity.

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PresentPerfect · 2,443 views · Report
Feb
21st
2015

Though today's story isn't about a winner, you'll find the story itself certainly is one.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

[Sad] • 1,055 words

The Equestria Games honor the best of the best. But for there to be winners, there must be losers.

FROM THE CURATORS: This is, as Present Perfect put it, "a well-built behind-the-scenes look at a scene from the show through the eyes of a griffon. ... It feels like an exercise in imagery, but has a surprising amount going on."

We've previously featured several stories at FIMFiction's 1,000-word minimum threshold, and at that length, using every word effectively is crucial — a lesson Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger takes to heart. "It's always impressive to me when an author can paint a picture of a character, a species, or a culture that quickly, and that's where this story shines," Chris said.  JohnPerry agreed: "It's strikingly evocative for something so short."

What's even more striking — and a major factor in its feature — is its use of indirect storytelling for its emotional impact. "It sets something up and tears it down, letting the story be told in the background," Present Perfect said, and Horizon concurred: "Half the story is a description of the gryphon's hotel room, but not a word is wasted."  JohnPerry also praised the story's depth. "I appreciate how the narrow focus on the narrator character leaves a lot to interpretation," he said. "There's layers upon layers to explore in this one, and in barely over a thousand words that's quite the accomplishment."

Read on for our author interview, in which A Hoof-ful of Dust discusses the wizardry of words, the golden age of television, and random acts of Derpy.

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Feb
14th
2015

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend," the ancient proverb says.  In today's story, that relationship goes a little deeper.

A Persimmon Spring

[Sad] [Dark] [Alternate Universe] • 2,935 words

I, Queen Chrysalis of the Changelings, was a paragon of my kind. I was the greatest military ruler my people have ever known. I was mere months from conquering the most prosperous nation in the world.

Then a strange dragon rose from the stone, and everything changed.

I do not think of conquest any more. Now, I think of persimmons.

FROM THE CURATORS: Exemplary Alternate Universe stories require walking a fine line — balancing events that contradict the show with the familiar characters and themes that readers love about it — and A Persimmon Spring rises to meet that challenge.  "It's a great idea — a memoir, with elements of romance, about a very nuanced and powerful Chrysalis dealing with Discord's reappearance in the midst of her attempted takeover of Canterlot," Present Perfect explained.  Horizon marveled at its thematic balancing act: "It feels very much like a pony story despite the essential grimness of the setting."

We unanimously agreed on the story's emotional power.  "I love how the author uses the 'little' things, like Hythacine and the titular persimmon," Chris said.  JohnPerry opined that "[the Chrysalis/Shining relationship] is one of those all-too-rare instances of romance written with a distinctly mature tone," and Bradel agreed: "I'm in love with the way Chuckfinley threads the Chrysalis/Cadance juxtaposition throughout."  Present Perfect's admiration was more wide-ranging: "I loved the narrative voice. It's a good example of world-building with limited resources."

The construction of the alternate-universe elements provoked some curator dissent, but Horizon's position was typical of our majority. "The AU didn't bother me at all," he said, "but I'm coming from a sci-fi background, where you learn to go in willing to spot the story its core premise and then see what cool things it does with it.  This easily passes the cool threshold."  Even those who disagreed never had any doubt about the quality of the writing. "The presentation of the AU leaves one feeling like there's a lot being left out," JohnPerry said, "but judging it strictly on its own, this fic is brilliant."

Read on for our author interview, in which Chuckfinley discusses Bruce Campbell's names, George Orwell's porn advice, and Genghis Khan's life lessons.

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Feb
11th
2015

Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


Raz sat at the kitchen table, thumbing through a folder in his hands. He was taken by the sound of the door opening, and he gave the entrant a curious look.  

Casca took a seat at the table. “I thought Csquared was going to help me with this,” he said.

“Something came up last minute,” Raz said, returning to the folder. He mumbled, “Something about litter boxes. I suppose I need to brief you then,” he said with a sigh. He opened the folder and slid it over, dispersing its contents across the table. “You heard we captured an intruder, right?”

Casca picked up a picture from the pile. “This guy?” He squinted at the hazy image taken from a security camera. It showed a man looking around on the surface above the underground tree fortress, a satchel around one shoulder. Another picture showed him advancing from the sidewalk towards a totally nondescript and vaguely familiar mailbox in Wanderer D’s backyard.

“Are you sure this isn’t the mailman?” he asked. “Or that someone didn’t invite him?”

“Positive,” Raz said. “Nobody who isn’t with Seattle’s Angels has any business trespassing back there. And like I said, we captured him, and he’s most certainly not a mailman.” He brought out the stranger’s satchel seen in the photographs and it landed on the table with a thump. “Take a look.”

Casca briefly briefly wondered where this intruder was being detained, but a muffled scream and a yell on the floor below told him not to pursue the matter. He stuck his hands in the satchel a produced a small stack of books. He only needed to read their covers to tell what they were, and by the look he was receiving, he gauged he was supposed to be more alarmed than he was.

“Fanfics,” Raz said.

“Yeah,” Casca observed, skimming one of them. “What was he doing coming to Seattle’s Angels with fanfics?”

“Nothing good, that’s for sure,” Raz said, crossing his arms. “He could be someone from a rival group for all we know, trying to steal whatever secrets we have. While the others are busy trying to get answers from him, we’re going to see if we can’t find the answers ourselves.”

Casca moved to a different fanfic and frowned at it. “Alright, then.”

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Alexstrazsa · 1,477 views · Report
Feb
7th
2015

Today's story offers a whimsical Equestrian take on an equally whimsical holiday.

The Life And Death Of April Fool

[Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 2,132 words

Under a rock in the Everfree Forest, there lived a pony.

Once a year, she came out to play.

FROM THE CURATORS: While this fic's title might make it sound like the sort of clickbait that floods in when a holiday rolls around, what's inside is worth reading at any time of year.  "This one is goofy and whimsical, without ever getting random/stupid or dragging," Chris said.  "The fun here is in the lighthearted, Equestria-esque surreality that pervades it."

We all agreed it was exemplary light reading which offered several experiences without breaking its tone.  "The way the narrative switches back and forth between fairy tale, normal comedy fic, and almost nursery rhyme is kind of astounding," Present Perfect said, and Bradel added: "it never feels off to me, which is almost a wonder."  Even our doubters found things to be impressed by.  "I'm pretty clearly not the target audience here," Horizon said, "but the mythology is great, and the ending redeems a lot."

While it's difficult to point to a single standout moment, the story earned its feature on the strength of its overall execution — and in how effortlessly pony it felt. "There's some really clever jokes in here, and the tone is very fitting to the show," JohnPerry said. "Something about this one just sucks you in by the power of its charm."

Read on for our author interview, in which Prak discusses extra-dimensional yodeling, reader lobotomies, and the black humor this story almost had.

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Jan
31st
2015

NEWSPAPER PASTICHE EARNS RCL FEATURE

"Superb!" "Tops!" Say Critics

Breaking News And Weather

[Comedy] [Slice of Life] • 4,134 words

Rainbow Dash's first sonic rainboom makes headlines across Equestria. Every reporter is out to cover the story from their own angle. Sometimes they get it partly right.

She’s going down in history. Maybe.

FROM THE CURATORS: We've featured epistolatory stories before, but this is something a little different. "It's literally a series of newspaper front pages from shortly after Rainbow Dash did her first sonic rainboom," Chris said, "showing a few different perspectives on what happened, and what followed.  The manner of presentation and the quality of execution are something we should showcase."  We all agreed on that first impression.  "It's certainly tops as presentations go," Present Perfect said, and JohnPerry chimed in: "The presentation is superb."

But despite the visual-arts triumph of its construction, we're a fanfiction review group, and what earned Breaking News And Weather its feature was the sharp construction of its prose.  "It's full of subtle and not-so-subtle wit — like the one student in the school paper who disagreed about the rainbow — and a steady eye toward worldbuilding and internal consistency," Horizon said.  "It says a lot with details, like the less-than-scrupulous fact-checking with 'Mr Rainbow Dash.'  Even without the newspaper formatting, it holds together as well as anything else we've spotlighted."  JohnPerry also appreciated its depth: "I admired that you get a wider sense of this world beyond the main story.  The Cloudsdale strike made for a surprisingly compelling sub-plot."

Add to that a clever critique of the news industry's foibles, and you have a winner.  "The meta references to real-world papers are excellent, and the little details carefully woven in really made this one shine," JohnPerry said, and Horizon agreed: "There's a lot of marvelous content in the meta. … As a former newspaper editor, I might be biased, but this is one of my favorite stories on the site."

Read on for our author interview, in which Pineta discusses blackboard shots, double-edged swords, and getting out of the house.

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Jan
26th
2015

Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


“C’mon man, it’ll be fine. Stop being such a wuss. You said you guys wanted a better method for sorting fics,” the small ferret said dismissively, looking over a stack of messy papers.

“Yeah, but I just meant maybe I could consider looking in the slush room more often, not, well, this!”

Burraku Pansa waved his arms to encompass the floor covered in a pulsating glowing circle with odd pieces of writing in a lurid blue goo. There were various items piled haphazardly around it: something in a beaker dripping and hissing onto an expensive-looking scientific machine, piles of paperwork with random notations and scribblings, a well-mauled ball of sock yarn with a label reading “Sock’s personal repair supply, no chewing!”, and more besides.

The ferret next to him frowned and waved some papers at him. “Well, too bad. I need to test my new theory for finding stories. See, based on these studies, and that story, and the dream I had last night, this chemical composition for the writing, combined with the power you can extract from the changeling summoning circle, I should be able to cast the spell despite not being a unicorn!“

“Wait, ‘should’?” The tall Angel furrowed his brow and looked even more concerned.

“Sure! Worst-case scenario is it overloads the circuit board and the second level alliteration spell it’s running crumbles and we both get hit with a significant amount of backlash and will be struck with a variation of the ‘Never Know Peace’ curse. Honestly, though, it’s pretty unlikely, as I made sure to add some pipe mold over it which should absorb things without issue. Now shush and move to where I told you to go before. I need to concentrate if we’re going to get good fics.”

Burraku grimaced and stood on the tape mark, glancing over at his partner nervously. She ignored him and carefully placed a headdress made of feathers and string over her ears and lifted a glowing rock. The rock and circle began pulsating in sync, slowly gaining speed and causing both Angels to begin shaking from some unknown effect.

“Annd herre wwweee ggggoooo…”

“FERRET! I TOLD YOU TO STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY LAB!”

The door slammed open and an even-more-belligerent-than-usual sock stormed in with the other Angels peeking around the corner and rapidly laying bets as to what would happen.

Ferret squeaked and jerked around to look for an escape route, the stone flying out of her paws and smacking Burraku in the chest, sending him backwards into the heap of equipment that had been cleared for the spell.

“Sock I can explain...Wait, something smells funny.” She lifted her head and sniffed, her whiskers twitching.

All eyes immediately looked to Burraku, who had begun trembling and emitting smoke.

“Ferret, did you decant that liquid Dimercuric tetraazide when you were moving things?” Sock asked as he began slowly backing up.

“You were making Dimercuric tetraazide!? I know you like explosions, but that could easily level the entire Fortress and Tree House! Are you trying to do a repeat of Twilight’s Library or something? Also no. Do you think that’s what’s doing it?”

“Probably, though I don’t know how it’s going to interfere with your weird voodoo.”

“It’s not Voodoo! Voodoun is an ancient and well respected religious practice. This is just some stuff I threw together because it looked cool. Oooh, the smoke’s clearing. BP, are you in there?”

As the smoke cleared, the Angels crowded in to see the result of Ferret’s work.

“You’re…” Core began before pausing, looking critically over the Angel.

“You’re a panther,” Raz supplied helpfully.

“I...I…” Sock seemed stuck in shock, staring wide-eyed at his lab and twitching slightly

“Not just a panther! A panther with a floaty cloud! It worked, it worked, it worked!” Ferret bounced around cheering in delight. “With that and your speed, I bet you can sort stories faster than ever!”

Burraku looked in the closest reflective surface he could find. Where once a tall, bearded human stood, there was now a rather confused-looking jungle cat, floating on what looked to be a small cloud.

“Is...is this permanent? I look like a Gary Stu.”

Ferret glanced up from where she was idly gnawing on a knitting needle. “Nah, you’re just a panther, and I think the cloud is a tech kludge. I’m sure I could change you back if you want. Though I should probably scram before Sock comes to and gets mad. Enjoy!”

She scrambled under a table and vanished.

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G.M. Berrow at BABSCon

Everfree Northwest's Weekly fic Recommendations #20


G.M. Berrow at BABSCon

Hit the Books With G.M. Berrow at BABSCon! "Can you get enough of the very best in pony-based literature? We thought not…’cuz neither can we! There’s a very good reason Hasbro chose the amazing G.M. Berrow to write the official My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic novels, and it’s because she’s just plain awesome.

A Literature graduate from Princeton University, Berrow’s bibliography expands on the backgrounds of your favorite characters. She's the author of Pinkie Pie and the Rockin’ Ponypalooza Party!, Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, The Daring Do Adventure Collection, Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare, Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo, Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity, the novelizationof Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror, and the just-released Fluttershy and the Fine Furry Friends Fair. Her upcoming work includes Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal Waves, and Discord and the Ponyville Players Dramarama, and a Pinkie Pie episode for Season 5. Are you nervouscited? We are!

So, bring your books to be signed and your questions for a fantastic writer. She joins our spectacular lineup of Guests of Honor including Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Cathy Weseluck, Peter New, Claire Corlett, Ian James Corlett, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Daniel Ingram, Steffan Andrews, Tony Fleecs, and Heather Breckel, so register now!

Everfree Northwest's Weekly fic Recommendations #20

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