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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 · 3,681 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 · 2,414 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 · 4,661 views  ·  684  ·  9
  • E But You Surpass Them All

    Applejack enjoys her family's Mother's Day tradition
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  • 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 · 2,416 views  ·  375  ·  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.
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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 · 383 views
  • 7w, 15h
    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 · 96 views
  • 10w, 4d
    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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Much to her surprise, Pinkie Pie has discovered that the pen is a mighty tool, indeed. When she first tried her hoof at writing, she had no idea what the consequences might be. Now, more is at stake than she ever could have imagined.

Now on Equestria Daily!

Revised version of the third-place winner in /fic/ write-off #3 here and here.

"Author, author!" is often shouted by appreciative audiences at the premiere of a musical or play when the writer is known to be in attendance and they wish him to take a bow with the cast.

First Published
13th Jul 2012
Last Modified
13th Jul 2012
#1 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

Let me be the first to say that I found this a truly enjoyable read. :twilightsmile:

#2 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

I found this fun and very clever :derpytongue2:

#3 · 123w, 4d ago · 2 · ·

I like it. You've successfully legitimized Pinkie's fourth-wall breaking. Brilliant.

#4 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

Hm...

Er...

Fourth wall, you have been obliterated.

#5 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

I must admit I got a little misty-eyed at the end.

#6 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Ow. My heart.

That's it. Time to write some good dreams.

#7 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

My god, this story has touched my soul! Suddenly, there is newfound meaning to my stories; if parallel dimensions do exist, then we have to keep this one alive as long as possible!

My narration may be awkward, my situations confusing, and my comedy horrid, but I still have the heart of the writer. I'll keep writing stories whenever I damn well feel the drive, no matter how random or aggravating the material is to others! I'm nowhere near the greatest writer of any genre, but while I can still imagine and type I'll keep doing so until the end of time!

Writers all, hear my cry in following the banner waved by this story! Make your dreams reality on paper! Live to Create!

CHAAAAAAAAAAAARGE!!!!!!!!!!!

#8 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>909325

Alright, you've got me laughing, Steve.:derpytongue2:

#9 · 123w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

The "Author, author!" shouting craze was started by Martha Jones in 1599 at the finale of "Love's Labours Lost," to which Shakespeare replied, "Shut your big fat mouths!"

#10 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Beautiful.

#11 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

I think the fourth wall can beer compared to Humpty Dumpty. Shattered so much that nothing could put it back together...interesting story ole chap. It was a bit hard for me to follow, but I enjoyed it nonetheless

#12 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>909400

I literally watched that episode a few hours ago :pinkiegasp:

You must be a wizard

#13 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>910089 The BBC plays the same two episodes like three times a day. I knew it from memory, but I did notice it was on this morning on the guide

#15 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Wow... just wow.

Words cannot describe how incredible this was.  Not only in a literary sense, but also philosophical as well.  

I for one strongly believe in the Everett Interpretation, including the technical non-existence of fiction in regards to the multiverse, but have never imagined such a way of thinking of it. :twilightsmile:

Bravo sir, have a moustache, you've earned it. :moustache:

#16 · 123w, 3d ago · · 2 ·

god damn ponies! WHY MUST YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME QUESTION MY REALITY!?!?!?  I mean it's not enough that I FREAKING HALLUCINATED PINKIE PIE six years before the first episode aired!  it's not enough that your world has haunted my dreams since then!  it's not enough that the SAME FREAKING DAY the first episode aired I developed severe amnesia!  you've gotta make me QUESTION my very EXISTENCE!

#17 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

“I’ve done terrible, horrible things to my friends.” Pinkie’s suddenly vacant eyes focused on a point beyond the opposite wall, and her voice flattened into a monotone. -- I knew Cupcakes was going to make an appearance somewhere in this story!

~~~~~

Dash flew so fast that she could turn around and watch her own image catch up to her. -- Somepony make a gif of this please.

#18 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

You tore my heart out and gave it back to me. Thank you.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#19 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Damn, yo.

I remember there having been an "Author, Author" in a writeoff not that long ago, but for the life of me, I can't remember having read this story. You must have done a major, major changearound on it. This was compelling and poignant and made me feel a little guilty somehow. It's So Meta Even This Acronym.

#20 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Wonderful story . . . I'm glad it ended on a hopeful note.  :pinkiehappy:

#21 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Wow. I NEVER thought of Equestria being like this. I always wrote it as a real place , , , but this was very good, I think I might do something like this.

#22 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>911107

Yup. Good catch.

>>911602

The very same story. Yes, there was a fairly extensive overhaul to it, but not to the premise, just some of the scenes. Nothing that I'd expect to change your mind that completely...

#23 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

This is a great story concept. Good job! :twilightsmile:

#24 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Amazing. "Houston, we have a problem. There is a massive blast of awesome heading towards the ship."  "That's not a problem, silly!" "It's beautiful!"

#25 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Absolutely fantastic. :raritystarry:

#26 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

I am so confused right now :pinkiecrazy:

But that was a great story, keep writing

#27 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>910169

my TV just recently started getting BBC, and I'm new to the show, so I can't complain too much about repeats :twilightsheepish:

#28 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Deeper down the rabbit hole we go!

#29 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

This was great. And philosophical. Mostly just great. The thought of Pinkie writing the script is mostly just... scary, though. *shivers*

But please, take all my moustaches. You've earned them.

:moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

#30 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

i hope everyone keep this story of yours in mind when writing a fanfic...

congratz, you can be proud, this story is awesome :pinkiehappy:

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#31 · 123w, 2d ago · · 1 ·

>>912068

Did you perchance originally have Lauren Faust or another actual person in the early scene where Pinkie shows up out of an animation notes binder? Because that would have made me go "NOPE" and downvote without finishing the story.

#32 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

This is easily one of the best fanfics I've read in a long time. Thanks for sharing it.

#33 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

>>914999

Yup. That'll teach ya to give up so early.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#34 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

>>915061

No, that will teach you to not use real people in your fanfics! >:B

...Right?

#35 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

MY MIND.

#36 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

>>916498

Hehe! Well, I'm glad you liked it this time around.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#37 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

>>917512

Me too! There's a lot to think about with this story.

#38 · 123w, 1d ago · · ·

And then Equestria was Dragon Quest 6. :pinkiecrazy:

#39 · 123w, 1d ago · · ·

Wow. This really makes me think. I kinda identify with Pinkie in this fic because whenever I create a bad situation for my characters I always worry that in somekind of parallel universe my characters are suffering and grieving because of some idea I came up with. But, I guess either I'm a crazy person or every author thinks that. Enough of my ramblings, though, this was a great story and it deserves a fave.

#40 · 123w, 21h ago · · ·

This story...

It's beyond glorious. It won't be entering my headcanon, sadly, but that doesn't detain its gloriousness in any way.

#41 · 121w, 2d ago · · ·

Wow, seriously awesome story here.

#42 · 121w, 1d ago · · ·

Fantastic read.  Really makes you ponder about the Many-Worlds Principle, and the possible repercussions of our fan content.

Ezn
#43 · 120w, 2d ago · · ·

Loved this in the Write-Off, still love it now. This is the best metafic.

#44 · 118w, 6d ago · · ·

Slice of life? :pinkiegasp: More like crumbles of life. I totally didn't expect anything that earth-shattering from the description, even if it does state as much. It took me a while to actually accept what I read. Once I did, however, I must say I do have to agree with >>1034095 this is unquestionably the best metafic ever! :raritywink:

#45 · 118w, 4d ago · · ·

Pinkie rolled a Critical Hit on the 4th Wall and felled it.

Very interesting way of expanding the concept. Very nice!

#46 · 118w, 15h ago · · ·

That was very satisfying. I hope Celestia eventually lets Luna in on this-- I doubt that she can really bear the entire world's problems for eternity.

#47 · 108w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Forget throwing money at my screen, now I'll throw entire notebooks!

#48 · 94w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

That was enjoyable! And thought provoking.

AUUUGH! I need MOAR stories like this!

#49 · 85w, 5d ago · · ·

>>2071986 Normally I'd never use a comment like yours as an excuse to advertise for myself, but I actually came here to read Author, Author specifically because Pascoite himself said that my own story, Shutdown, is similar in some ways to this story and written around the same time.

Pasco, I'm glad you brought Author, Author to my attention! Good stuff. Thought provoking is good. I like thinking.

#50 · 65w, 2d ago · · ·

Wow, I really don't know what to think after this story. Deep thought provoking story, and I am just lost in it. I understand what is addressed but at the same time it just feels like it is heartbreaking. I mean the three years bit is like how long can all this last?

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