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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.
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  • 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 · 2,555 views  ·  403  ·  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.
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  • 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 · 4,633 views  ·  683  ·  9
  • E But You Surpass Them All

    Applejack enjoys her family's Mother's Day tradition
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  • 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.
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  • 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 · 1,395 views  ·  173  ·  1
  • E A Taxing Situation

    When Derpy fills out her tax return, she finds that she owes quite a bit of money. However, she seems to have an alternative way of settling the debt. She might even have fun.
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  • Sunday
    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 · 36 views
  • 4w, 2d
    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 · 368 views
  • 6w, 3d
    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 · 88 views
  • 7w, 4d
    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 · 92 views
  • 10w, 1d
    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 has defeated Discord, but she lacked the discipline to do a proper job of it.  He's ready for a rematch, but he's recruited three ponies to be his unwitting minions, and nopony will know he's behind it until it's too late.  Everypony is in for some serious mind games.

First Published
13th Oct 2011
Last Modified
23rd Feb 2013

D'awww at Sweetie Bell crying when told to do that lol

whenever i read, my mind ives the characters voices and a little soundtrack thing. but thats just me. coo story btw. a beast tamer sweetie bell sounds awesome.

let's see where this goes shell we

#4 · 162w, 1d ago · · · Prologue ·

Wow, I'm loving this so far! :heart::twilightsmile:

When I read I can always hear voices and see images in my head.

Excelent story, can't wait for more.

Thanks for the comments.

BTW, gladly accepting cover art if anypony feels inspired.  I did a 15 min. rush sketch to try and get this posted quickly, and it may be a while before I take enough time to draw something worthwhile.  Plus, there are many better artists out there than I am.

Ok, got this posted at Equestra Daily today and getting hammered over there.  Apparently this isn't unusual in the early going, but it's going on longer than I expected.  And just as I was getting close to finishing Chapter 2!

Anyway, please vote & leave comments folks!  Even if they're negative.  I need to know I'm writing this for more than 5 people before I invest the time in finishing it.

I'm mostly reading it in my own voice, although some of Twilight's and Discord's lines come to me in their own voices. Rarity's accent isn't something I'm too used to, and have a hard time knowing its applicability, and imagining an aged version of Sweetie Belle's voice expressed through emotions she's never really shown to be experiencing is hard for me as well. Hope this helps. Love the story, by the way.

>>12470

I'm actually feeling like maybe make a cover for it. Though an unrelated question. Is anybody going to die?:fluttercry:

>>12766

:yay: But, i'll see what i can come up. I think i'll have to sign up so that we could keep in touch.

"The alternative is to see how obedient the creature in question is when you ask it to please stop mauling you."

That line made me laugh out loud q: Great job so far, Pascoite. I'm loving it so far, and as long as Discord's vengeance against Fluttershy isn't too terrible I'll continue to enjoy this :p

Huh, intriguing idea.  And for once I actually like how Discord is characterized rather than finding myself unable to focus due to thinking about what a jerk he is.  Nicely done so far; I eagerly await more.

I wonder how far sweetie :unsuresweetie: bell will sink, in this building chain of unfortunate events.

You may read by the "Hooked on Phonics"-- or similar- style. I didn't, but in my experience, those who have to read phonetically read about half as fast as those who don't, while those who don't, only some can switch between only seeing words and/or hearing it too.

But, either hearing it only in their mind's voice or the character (or their interpertation of the character)'s voice; how many can vs can't, in either reading style; I do not know. Obviously, familiarity and appeal matter, and don't think it's been even anecdotally 'studied.'

I'd actually like to see more of this fic. :O I never expected Sweetie Belle to be the one working with Discord, but it makes the fic unique and interesting!

This is a darker Discord than I'd have expected, but that's also really intriguing. I like that you've managed to preserve a bit of his sense of humor, even with the darker characterization. So far so good, although I'm interested to see where you go with this given your decision to stray from grimdark. I saw you got some flack at EqD about one of the elements being so freely available -- honestly, that's what I'd be expecting after the Discord madness. It's not as if they were any safer at Canterlot, and I'd expect that Celestia would allow the bearers to keep them close given that should an emergency arise they'd be the only ones capable of wielding them.

I tend to force myself to read it in the character's voice, as I write fics too and it's useful for gauging how out of character a line might be; over the years it's become a habit. :twilightsmile:

>>15662 Honestly, I think I got beaten down over at EqD for the comedy tag, since the plot itself isn't funny.  Plus, there's some knee-jerk bombing of dark.  Pre-reader liked it, didn't have many changes to suggest.

WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE

Ooooo~ This is getting good, well, even better! :trixieshiftright:

I can't wait for more!:trollestia:

#23 · 159w, 5d ago · · · Prologue ·

Ha, this is going to be interesting as I cannot wait to see how DIscord tries to break Fluttershy. I mean she is so easy, yet she is difficult to corrupt due to her overall kindness. :fluttershyouch:

Seriously, this is going to be some storyline. So please keep up the good work. :pinkiehappy:

Now things are getting intersting indeed as Discord messes with the minds of Rarity, Fluttershy and Twilight. :fluttercry:

I must say the emotional depth in this chapter is something else. As I cannot believe it could happen this way.:pinkiegasp:

Please do keep up the good work upon such a great storyline like this one.

"I’ll see you yet as a statue in my private collection!”

this bit seemed odd to me. he has stated before that he "doesn't turn ponies into stone", so i don't get why he'd change his mind. the second entrapment by the mane 6 wouldn't convince him to think different, as he has already spent >1000 years in stone thanks to celestia and he always sticks to his word and plays by the rules (he even seems to enjoy working around rules, so why would he suddenly break one of his own?)

>>21264 Discord never said he would be the one to do it.

Now this is an engagning storyline. :pinkiehappy:

I mean just Wow. A lot happen within one chapter that make things go from bad to even more bad as Discord finally reveals himself and his plans in action.

Various ponies lives are in danger if the Elements don't gather themselves together. :unsuresweetie:

Please do keep up the good work upon such a great working storyline. :twilightsmile:

I like this chapter, but it feels a bit rushed. Things just happen too fast with almost no build up between each scene.

I quite liked this~ :derpytongue2:

This is awesome! Keep it up!

MUAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA 8 D

Competent but not overconfident Discord, best Discord.  :pinkiehappy:

#34 · 153w, 20h ago · · · Prologue ·

The most dangerous opponent of all is a clever one. You have set a very interesting opening. Very interesting indeed.

-Nikola of Tesla

Head of Applied Magic, Canterlot Institute of Technology

I think this is fantastic. Unfortunately, there hasn't been an update in a month and that makes me :applecry:

Im really looking foward to more chapters of this! :pinkiehappy:

What was Discord's pose after getting turned back into stone a third time?

>>2174163

Only Luna knows for sure, and she isn't talking...

I scan the words when I read.

I don't have any trouble if I have to hear it, but that takes too long, so I just scan the words.

Great chapter btw!:pinkiehappy:

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