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  • 8w, 4d
    Rise gets 5th place!

    The results for the EqD contest are in! Rise came 5th out of 109! Not bad, not bad at all!

    That means I am a winner and as I am in the top ten, I get some art too! Yay! What art that will be, who knows! I'm very happy about the placing though!

    Go read it if you've not yet! http://www.fimfiction.net/story/210454/rise

    10 comments · 191 views
  • 10w, 3d
    BUCK 2014 Fanfiction Panel

    Hi guys and gals!

    BUCK is coming up this Saturday, and is very exciting (if you are going, that is!). Even more exciting than that is that there will be a FANFICTION PANEL starring all your favourite people (and me).

    If you are going to BUCK, please come along and say hi! It will be at 11am on the Saturday morning, more details here: http://buckcon.org/events/word-crimes

    Joining me, will be Knighty, Scribbler, Arcanium, Greatodyer and Metaphor

    (You may remember that Scribbler did some amazing readings of some of my stories, and Arc decided Scootaloo sounded like a pirate for our Fimfic charity livestream. I certainly haven't forgotten!)

    Come on, how amazing does that sound! If you're at the con and don't go, your life will be full of tears!

    (No idea if the panel will be filmed and put online, I don't think so, unless anyone is planning on going along with a camera!)

    4 comments · 155 views
  • 11w, 3h
    'Rise' has, uh, risen

    I am a machine! A pony machine! It turns out that after a few weeks of scraping out a few hundred words on another story, the threat of a deadline on this one got me there with time to spare!

    Yup, 'Rise' is now complete, and actually within the word limit. The response has been amazing, and so I really hope it doesn't disappoint. Some of you might be upset it is a self-contained story (though it was always going to be, and the ending was the first thing I thought up). I may return to this idea though, and I have no problem with anyone else wanting to riff off it!

    http://www.fimfiction.net/story/210454/rise


    I ended up above a thousand words above the word limit. Fimfic's word count isn't as accurate as gdocs, but it was still a bit much. I ended up removing some minor bits, but also the firefly section. I will leave it below, and might drop it back in after the contest has finished! So uh, sorry if you liked that bit!


    Something caught her eye. A flicker of light above the enormous entranceway to the castle. It was fire in a jar.

    No. Misty narrowed her eyes, looking closer. She started to storm toward the entrance, a new sense of determination rising. It wasn’t fire. With a leap she rose into the air, ignoring the screaming of her sore wings as they took her closer and closer to the jar.

    It was sitting on a ledge above the door, sending gentle light all around. It wasn’t fire though. She pressed her face against the smooth glass, watching the trapped fireflies within, circling their tiny prison.

    “Don’t worry, I’ll get you out of there!” she whispered urgently, looking this way and that in case a pony should see what she was up to. When she was certain the coast was clear, she hefted herself onto the top of the jar, which seemed to be made out of metal. Despite the obvious join, she could see no gaps in the top. She tried using her sword to pry it apart, but nothing would budge.

    “Damn pony magic!” she cursed, sinking down beside the jar in defeat. She watched her pained reflection, illuminated by the streaks of light from within. An idea formed in her mind; she slowly stood up and hefted her front limbs against the jar. “Okay, little buddies! Hold tight!”

    Straining against the glass, she hefted as hard as she could. It began to scrape against the ledge and then started to violently shudder and topple. Misty fell forwards as the jar launched itself onto the ground, barely managing to not fall herself. Below her, it exploded into a thousand shards of crystal that lit up as the fireflies danced free, soaring into the black of the night and vanishing amongst the stars.

    Misty smiled. She had done it. She had struck a blow against the ponies the like of which had never been seen before. It wasn’t enough though. Winter was still coming. But there was something the ponies didn’t know. Misty was coming for them.

    Now to finish Seapony story!

    5 comments · 253 views
  • 11w, 1d
    EqD Prompt Competition Madness

    Okay guys, I have put everything on hold in a frenzied attempt to actually write a story for the EqD Outside Insight Summer Fanfic Contest. I have posted up what I've done in order to shame myself into finishing it. Another 5k by tomorrow... it's doable!

    Actually, my worry is that it will be too long, as the limit is 15k. But then I guess you all still get a bonus story, so everyone wins!

    Let me know what you think!

    Rise

    It is about Breezies, but EVEN SO give it a go!

    5 comments · 172 views
  • 13w, 4d
    Video Review: Twilight's Best Friend

    I just got messaged by Emeraldcomet who showed me a video review he did of my story Twilight's Best Friend. I always like to see what other people made of my stories (and if you do something like this, please let me know!)

    It's an old story (early 2011 I believe) but still one of my favourites, if a little rough around the edges in retrospect! Anyway, check out the review here:


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Ever since Bon-Bon left for a new life in Manehatten, Lyra's life has lost its focus. She gets up, she goes to work, she eats, she goes to sleep. One day she knows she's going build up the courage to tell Bon-Bon how she really feels about her and they can live happily ever after.

That day will never come. Something terrible is happening in Equestria. Something that could be the end of the world. The Smooze has arrived and no-one can stop it, not even Twilight Sparkle. What hope then does Lyra have?

First Published
16th Jun 2012
Last Modified
16th Jun 2012
#1 · 123w, 6d ago · 5 · ·

You won.

#2 · 123w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

Horror stories are great, and the creatures created are awesome. And yet, with a name like "Smooze" I have a hard time fearing it.

#4 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

and once again, you break my mind with how glorious an author you are.

10/5, this is so good it breaks the scale.

#5 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

Woah. The Equine Instrumentality!

#6 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

... this description scares me

#7 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

This was absolutely amazing. The message was spot on, and the delivery was simply immaculate. This story is just so spectacular, I feel bad knowing that all I can give you for this masterpiece is a favorite.

#8 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

>>758063

AH, I remember hearing about that one. Good on you that you used it!

#9 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

This reminds me of "The Blob," but with a different appraoch and new ideas.

XiF
#10 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

I have no idea what I just read, yet it's beautiful. WHY

#11 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

>>758073

Oddly enough I was having a discussion about Eva the other day, maybe it subconsciously inspired me!

#12 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

After reading the part where Twilight is absorbed by the Smooze, I was thinking: "Well, there goes Equestria. All hope is lost." The ending was great. Welcome to my favorites.

#13 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

We could always use more stories with the Smooze. This one's a bit different from the last one I read; it's much closer to its original incarnation but also darker and more horrifying as well. Good show, sir.

#14 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

Hooray, new story! :D

#15 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

Wow.  I have nothing to say.  I love the metaphor.  I love it.  I can't help wondering what will happen to Smudge and Lyra, but I almost feel like knowing would ruin it.

#16 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

whoa. Blueshift, you've impressed FireFlash again! This makes you the only person to have impressed me 3 or more times, other than Brawney Hooves, TAW, and kits. Congratulations.

#17 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

>>758063

Oh gawd why did I watch that?:facehoof:

#18 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

You have impressed me. Seriously. I would love to see this as canon, and at the very least it's headcanon now. Marvelous, and callbacks to G1? MLP:FiM is practically the saviour of the entire series, but that doesn't mean there were some good elements in the old series... better villains for one.

#19 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

This. This story deserves a comment and a thumbs up.

I was never a fan of Lyra stories, but this one I'll make an exception for and throw into my favorites. A great job and a great story.

#20 · 123w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

I don't have words for this. An instant classic.

#21 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

... Brilliant. Just brilliant.

#22 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

This was really really good. A couple of places where I think you broke a nice subtle line too far open, but some great stuff in there. Buuut I just told you that already, so yeah. Awesome. Deserves more attention.

#23 · 123w, 5d ago · · ·

Glorious. One error: "being back a better world." I think that's supposed to be bring back, would it not?

#24 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

Marvellous

This fic needs a sequel

#25 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

Happy end, THANK GOD!

Great story, both touching and terrifying.

#26 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

That was amazing.  :pinkiehappy:

It didn't swallow ponies up quite so quickly in the original cartoon, but perhaps that's just because it was missing an important ingredient.  Your interpretation of the nature/identity of the Smooze matches rather nicely with the way it affected the ponies in the cartoon, though.  ^_^

Great story as always.  ^_^

#27 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

The Smooze creeped me the hell out as a kid. Great job recapturing that feeling of hopelessness. And fantastic job with the resolution. I love that even the Smooze -- the very personification of apathy and fear and a life unlived -- can be redeemed. Wonderfully uplifting.

#28 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

>>766565

Yay thanks.  They just murdered it in the cartoon didn't they? It's been a while since I saw it. I was a bit annoyed actually, since the Smooze was just swimming along doing its thing and then it got rainbow cannoned :(

#29 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

The Smooze v1 got rainbow cannoned. Then the witches got their shit together and added the FLUME to the recipe, which made it all badass and then only the Flutter Ponies (aka new toy line) could stop it.

DF
#30 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

This was an awesome read. I thought that I'd be some sort of philosophical piece after I read the description. After reading a bit I thought that it was horror and after finishing it's gone full circle back to philosophical. It has been an enjoyable and uplifting read.

Bravo and thank you.

#31 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

I am utterly amazed that, every time, you can bring in something that's nightmarish and bleak, and then undo it in a way that fits canon without feeling like a cheat.

#32 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Ohh god, its just like End of Evangelion but less deep seated psychological issues and Tang and more ponies and friendship.

:pinkiegasp: The moment Komm Susser Tod starts up I am out of here.

#33 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Looks like Fluttershy's cult ended up summoning the smooznami after all!!! :flutterrage:

#34 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>774338

I just googled that song/video, oh goodness!

#35 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

the world has been consumed by his (her?) ooze! that dead raccoon really did the trick :3

#36 · 123w, 3d ago · 3 · ·

I'm not a huge fan of Lyra being casted as her fanonically lazy, masculine, dim-witted, emotionally dense self.  But those are all extremely thin and nebulous complaints to have after reading what's undoubtedly the best MLP one-shot I've ever had the pleasure of tumbling through.

This was just...

This was just written well.  There's no other way around saying it.  This is good writing.  This is dayum good writing.  It flows well.  It's poetic.  It easily evokes images in one's head.  It's terrifyingly terrifying, without having to be melodramatic or grotesque.  It's a wonderfully visceral nod to pre-Gen4 jazz.  It shows every character as realistic--from personality to dialogue--including Applejack in her fifteen seconds of "C'mon, y'all!"

It's... just so good.

And it stars, Lyra, dammit.  Best one-shot in existence and it stars Lyra.  That's like finding a winning lotto ticket at the bottom of a jecuzzi full of gold-plated supermodels.

So, yeah, you.  Keep doing this, you.

-SS&E

#37 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>774546

Oh wow, high praise indeed! Thanks, that means a lot coming from you!

#38 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

WOW!!! You don't mess around. Not only did you tell an amazing story, you made Lyra the awesomest pony ever.

#39 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

I couldn't help myself, but I was laughing through this story until the resolve. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for this.

It certainly wasn't because of the writing's quality - that was superb - but somehow the entire idea was just so grotesque to me.

To redeem and explain myself, I want to quote Hermann Hesse's "Steppenwolf":

"Humor is always gallows humor and if necessary you'll simply learn it at the gallows."

#40 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Wait, a Blueshift story that isn't a crackfic? Even moreso, one that leaves me gripped with suspense but delivers a satisfyingly optimistic ending? By the Gods!:pinkiegasp:

So yeah, I liked it. That cover image was the first thing that grabbed my attention, and the reality of the Smooze is really freakin' terrifying, like the Blob except as big as the ocean (The Blob btw freaked me the f*** out). Centering on one character though did give it some added emotion to slap on with the terror, and what better complements terror than lament and regret?

All that said, I expected one depressing as all hell ending. Instead, you deliver something a tad unexpected but something I really like in stories! For spoilers sake I won't be specific, but I will say that I love it when characters of all shapes and sizes get a second chance/shot at redemption/re-imaging of themselves. It shows such promise!:yay:

An excellent short read overall. I say well done, my British gent (Yeah, there was all sorts of Brit written here, but it's you, so it's cool:raritywink:)

#41 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>774779

Thanks. Yeah, I love redemptive endings too, that's one of the things that hooked me on MLP actually, the redemption of Nightmare Moon at the end of the series opener. I hate stories that are depressing for the sake of being depressing, I think there always needs to be a reason for a story other than to upset the reader.

#42 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>766739

Technically, it was just stuffed into a quasi-dormant volcano. The Smooze was very much alive at the end of the movie.

#43 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

That was amazing :rainbowderp:

#44 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

>>774364

EoE tends to have that effect on people who haven't been exposed to the series first.

#45 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

#46 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

It was a really good turn around, because you made a really terrifying image like the cities and even the  casual becoming slime. My only complete about redemptive ending is the creators don't go far enough with horror so the reader will be so over joyed when the hero's makes it. :twilightsmile:

#47 · 123w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

And that's how Equestria was remade, with the new universe smell and everything.

#48 · 123w, 3d ago · · ·

It was a really good turn around, because you made a really terrifying image like the cities and even the  casual becoming slime. My only complete about redemptive ending is the creators don't go far enough with horror so the reader will be so over joyed when the hero's makes it. :twilightsmile:

pardon my grammer

#49 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

Oh man, I cracked up when I read that "Bow bow bow bow bow bow bow" line :rainbowlaugh: I just imagined the G1 movie and BAHAAHAHAHHAHAAH!

But seriously, awesome story. Now I want to see how "Smudge" looks like :pinkiehappy:

#50 · 123w, 2d ago · · ·

First off, this story was absolutely outstanding. I was terrified, yet left feeling strangely happy and satisfied after reading. A story that's able to do this or produce any real emotion from me rarely graces my eyes, so bravo and thank you for writing this!

Just one thing, here: "It was a strange sensation, not painless at all," I'm not sure if you had meant that it actually was rather painful getting turned to smooze (in which case what you have is correct) or if you really meant that it was painless. I assumed the latter, but I've been wrong many times before.

Aside from that, this story is flawless in every sense of the word.

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