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  • E Teacher's Pet

    Fair or not, most classes have that one perfect student, that one little flower that the teacher can't help but adore. Cheerilee's class is no different.
    3,259 words · 3,684 views  ·  449  ·  3
  • E The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    The Princesses' birthday celebration is here again, and Mayor Mare needs a scapegoat—er, trusted citizen—to handle Ponyville's gift. Deciding what to get for an ancient ruler who's seen everything will be a piece of cake.
    5,155 words · 2,578 views  ·  405  ·  3
  • E Canon

    Partway through her morning practice routine—and routine it is—Octavia seems to have gained an audience. Well, if that mare wants to listen, she'll get a good show.
    3,489 words · 2,415 views  ·  326  ·  2
  • E A Hiccup in Time

    Twilight Sparkle definitely learned her lesson from her last time-travel experience. This one's not her fault. Really. Sometimes nature can be... annoying.
    4,508 words · 4,662 views  ·  684  ·  9
  • E But You Surpass Them All

    Applejack enjoys her family's Mother's Day tradition
    8,759 words · 4,238 views  ·  290  ·  3
  • E Friendly Correspondence

    Twilight Sparkle always wrote to Princess Celestia about her lessons in friendship. Sometimes, Celestia wrote back. Even if Twilight didn't know it.
    2,618 words · 2,470 views  ·  383  ·  5
  • T He Kindly Stopped For Me

    An accident leaves Scootaloo fighting for her life. While everypony tries to help, a few in particular discover a few new things about what exactly it means to be a sister.
    16,950 words · 3,945 views  ·  407  ·  6
  • T Ragnarok

    As many such things do, it all started with Discord trying to help. And now Fluttershy can't escape the apocalyptic proclamations. Next time, she'll try the trick of wishing for no wishes.
    4,538 words · 1,416 views  ·  175  ·  1

Blog Posts19

  • 1w, 2d
    Another Reading!

    Goombasa is doing a reading of Duet in the Folk Style!

    He's definitely one of the top-tier readers around, so it's an honor to have him choose one of my stories. Here's Chapter 1. Check out his other stuff while you're there! I'll blog agin when additional chapters go up.

    0 comments · 39 views
  • 4w, 6d
    1,000!

    So, yesterday I rendered my thousandth story verdict for Equestria Daily. When I joined up over two years ago, I never thought I'd see that high a number. We had a lot more people on staff back then, and I didn't need to be more than a minor contributor to help out. I usually did three reviews a week. Later, we went to reduced feedback and this year to straight yes/no (any additional feedback at the reviewer's discretion). Now I do about two or three a day. And the queue length, which drove us to the yes/no system in the first place, has come way down from the 170 we had then. These days, it hovers around forty.

    I don't have anything too deep and philosophical to say about it. I do have one point to make though: the fandom seems to care less and less about quality writing. Whenever a story is rejected, we provide links to recommended reviewing help. But fewer writers are taking advantage of that. A smaller percentage of rejected stories come back than ever before. The two former mainstays of author help see little traffic anymore. The Training Grounds on ponychan barely sees a review request once every week or two. I'm a member of WRITE but not a mod, so I don't keep tabs on the overall traffic, but it is down. I used to get an assignment regularly every three weeks with the occasional request to take on an additional one in between. My last review for them was nearly seven weeks ago, the one prior to that another twelve weeks earlier. That's depressing.

    Why does it happen? I suppose I could poll the authors and see, but not many would even see my question. Plenty of the stories we receive give credit to editing or proofreading help on their front pages, so maybe they're just seeking it from private sources now, but the quality's always going to be hit or miss with those unless you can link up with someone who has a well-established reputation. These groups exist for a reason. They're good at what they do. I wish more writers would take advantage of them.

    Another has to do with where the writers congregate. Long ago, almost all fanfiction went through Equestria Daily. If you wanted publicity, your story had to be good. I'm not ready to call Equestria Daily dead quite yet—in my own experience, a feature there usually generates 1-2k views, while a story I post to FiMFiction only will get maybe 500. But with FiMFiction becoming fairly self-sustaining, more authors seem to submit stories to Equestria Daily as a "why not?" thing, because they've learned that fame and popularity no longer require quality, so why spend time on that? And it's true. I can't necessarily fault writers for doing that, though I'd rather have a small group of readers whom I know to have higher standards than a large anonymous crowd chanting, "Moar!" To paraphrase something one of the other pre-readers said (Alexstrazsa, I think): most fanfiction readers don't care if it's good. Even other groups set up to feature good writing don't get much attention. A feature on The Royal Guard only brings me about fifty readers, for instance.

    But if I can convince just a few writers to care, then it's worth it. There was a push a month or so ago where some pretty prominent reviewers made public offers to help authors. Kind of an open invitation—authors have to realize we're very busy people and can't necessarily take on any project at any time. I was hoping my other reviewing work wouldn't continue drying up, so I didn't join those folks at the time, but now I should.

    Yes, I'm busy too. I give private reviews to 4 or 5 people whenever they ask, though I only get regular requests from one or two of those. I also do a ton of reviewing work for Equestria Daily, and in the middle of all that, I try to work on my own stories. But if you need help, it never hurts to ask. I'll tell you if and when I'm available and whether I think I can give your story the attention it needs.

    I prefer comedy, slice of life, and sad. I'm neutral toward romance and dark. I tend not to like crossovers, human, sci-fi, grimdark, and adventure. I don't review mature-rated stories. And I tend not to like taking on stories more than 10k words or so. I'll take most any story under consideration, but if you stick with what I like or can tolerate, you'll get a more effective review, since I can focus on it more than just trying to endure it.

    With that, I'll go back to the titled topic and end on some statistics.

    I've heard estimates of EqD's acceptance rate anywhere from 7-17%, but it goes back well before the spreadsheet, and I really don't know what the correct number is. It's probably in there somewhere.

    My own record:

    Stories rejected permanently (to the sun): 27. These are almost always for content against our policy that would substantially alter the story to remove or for things that aren't actually stories.

    Stories given a standard rejection (to the moon): 887.

    Stories rejected for minor revisions (to Mars): 43. These are given encouragement that they're not far from being accepted, and it's particularly frustrating when these stories don't get resubmitted.

    Stories accepted for posting: 50.

    43 comments · 384 views
  • 7w, 20h
    Another fic reading! And it's a good 'un!

    My compadre Present Perfect has been involved in a reading of one of my favorites of my own stories and kept it secret for months. And it's a Scribbler performance, so you know it'll be good. Really, she's the top for dramatic readings, and she's doing dark fics all month, so head on over, enjoy her talents over all the recordings she's made, and give her some love in the comments!

    0 comments · 97 views
  • 8w, 1d
    Duet in the Folk Style

    I don't normally blog when I release a story, but Duet in the Folk Style had a big effect on me. It started out as a completely different type of project a long time ago, one which I had to abandon for lack of direction. Then it got a thorough overhaul of the original four chapters with an actual ending in mind. After writing the last two chapters, it made it very difficult to do my final editing sweep. It's just one of those stories that has a very different feel to it after the first read-through.

    It's also my first chaptered story I've published since my first fanfic three years ago. I haven't been in this position in so long that I don't really know what to expect anymore. I won't ramble—I'll save the reflective thoughts for the author's notes at the end of the last installment, and even then, I'll keep them relatively short. I just wanted to say here that I've developed an extreme emotional investment in this story, I loved developing and writing the characters of the three listed as main characters, and it's been a rough last couple of weeks while I put the finishing touches on it. I think it does some things not often found in the romance stories in this fandom.

    As I said in the synopsis, the story is complete. I decided long ago to finish a story before posting any of it, if I ever wrote another chaptered story, because so many things can pop up to sap my motivation to work on it. But if I complete it first, there's that drive to the finish line without anything negative holding me back. So here it is. And as a little bonus for those who read the blog, here's the full schedule:

    Sept. 28> Chapter 1: Overture

    Oct. 5> Chapter 2: Crescendo

    Oct. 12> Chapter 3: Divertimento

    Oct. 19> Chapter 4: Elegy

    Oct. 26> Chapter 5: alla Rustica

    Nov. 2> Chapter 6: Toccata

                  Epilogue: Encore

    4 comments · 97 views
  • 10w, 5d
    My Domestic Equestria

    So I posted this story earlier today, and it's an odd bird. More a peek at my home life with a budding MLP fan. As such, it's nonfiction, which surprised me a little that it passed moderation. I figured it'd be called too meta or something, and that I'd have to do it as a blog post instead. So here's a blog post to signal-boost what might have been a blog post.

    By the way, my wife just baked some cookies for real tonight. My son always helps with that, and this time he asked if Pinkie could help, too. Everypony got to share a cookie with him! I hope everyone finds this a cute window into a child's perspective on the show, along with a few of my own thoughts sprinkled throughout.

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Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash treat their friends to a day cruise that they won.  Everything goes swimmingly, ship-shape, or whatever other nautical pun you prefer.  Of course, everything in Equestria always does.

Now on Equestria Daily!

Thanks to Grif in The Training Grounds for his help with a review.

First Published
6th Mar 2012
Last Modified
20th Feb 2012
#1 · 144w, 2h ago · · ·

“Go Team .. Is this what were doing now? :rainbowhuh::rainbowhuh:

the beginning was the best part for me, but over all this was fun to read, and now I have a new battle cry “For all that is sweet and sugary!”

#3 · 142w, 5h ago · · ·

Oh, this again! Now that I found it once more I shall leave a word. :ajsmug:

Smooth Sailing was the first story for me that showed up when the voting started.

And it was a very enjoyable start! :twilightsmile:

#4 · 142w, 1h ago · · ·

>>295305

Hm.  I clicked for FOUR HOURS to get it to come up once.

#5 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Congrats on getting this on ED!

#6 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Pinkie Pie is best pirate. Yar.:pinkiehappy:

#7 · 118w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

:pinkiesmile: is best pirate. Hooves down.

Delightful read. Tad shorter than I was hoping, but wonderfully done either way.

#9 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Oh, I needed that!:rainbowlaugh:

#10 · 118w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Excellent stuff! Very cute and tons of fun, ought to have been an epsiode:yay:

#11 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

That was great!

#12 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

lol you captured all of their personalities very well! this was very enjoyable :derpytongue2:

#13 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Beautiful, innocent and funny. Well done!

#14 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Yarr!

That is all. :twilightsmile:

Also, this was... well, I don't know quite the word for it... Very nice will have to do!

This was very nice!

--TwilitLightning

#15 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

But... but Sea Foam is a unicorn...

#16 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

I still wonder how much the silver coin pinkie found was worth, I love hunting with my metal detector but most of the places I have acess to are over hunted and not much cool stuff remains.... though I did find part of a pop can from 1985, that was cool.

also

#17 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Not bad. :pinkiesmile:

Also, Pinkie's been listening to too much Alestorm lately. :pinkiecrazy:

#18 · 118w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1104440

No, that's Sea Swirl.

Anyways, loved the story.

#19 · 118w, 3d ago · · ·

>>1104500 There shall be a sequel wherein it shall be learned that the coin was a denarius... and was oddly 'blackened'... :trixieshiftleft:

Harry Dresden will then be required to save the day.  :raritywink:

#21 · 118w, 3d ago · · ·

Now i have to see the pmv for jacket thank you for this epic crossover idea:pinkiehappy:

#22 · 118w, 3d ago · · ·

A very entertaining story!  The concept of Twilight writing a successful Daring Do fanfic is very cool, and makes alot of sense.  I felt a bit sorry for Sea Foam, though... Glad to see Twilight reconciled with Rarity.  

“I fell off the rock wall and sprained my ankle.  But the nurse colored it brown for me, so it looks like a peg leg!” 

Leave it to Pinkie to make the best out of any situation. ^_^

#23 · 115w, 2d ago · · ·

Ahh, this was a very entertaining read. I liked the scenes with Twilight and Rarity.

#24 · 111w, 4d ago · · ·

This is so hilarious!! :rainbowlaugh:

#25 · 68w, 23h ago · 1 · ·

Pinkie Pierate... this is so great.:pinkiesmile:

Also, it's a nice, simple, fun story-line. This wouldn't make a bad episode.:yay:

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