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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 · 2,585 views  ·  406  ·  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 · 4,670 views  ·  686  ·  9
  • 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 · 2,725 views  ·  414  ·  5
  • E But You Surpass Them All

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  • T Ragnarok

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  • Friday
    Chapter 2 is up!

    Thanks to Goombasa!

    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

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  • 1w, 5d
    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 · 42 views
  • 5w, 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 · 388 views
  • 7w, 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!

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  • 8w, 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

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Spike would like to indulge in a little late-night storytelling. If he could just get a little bit of privacy, he might churn out his masterwork. A sharp quill, a bottle of ink, and a head full of ideas. If only that owl would mind his own business.

Featured on Equestria Daily!

Thanks to Uma for rough draft feedback.

First Published
18th Nov 2012
Last Modified
18th Nov 2012
#2 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Yeah, that's going to be awkward.

#3 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

THAT. was good. :pinkiehappy:

#4 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Pure gold. Spike's been watching too much TV obviously, but the comical payoff is hard to argue with.

#5 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

I liked it.

#6 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

I like it!

Suggestion:  Could you italicise the parts of Spike's fics?  I got confused when it "transitioned" into them.

#7 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Oh dear. I think Princess Stellaista is going to have words.

#8 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

So someone else chases the Author Spike route? Interesting.

Spike's Writer's Block now has competition!

#9 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Write Stellestia's response.

#10 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

heh this is good :rainbowkiss:

please write Celestia response to this :trollestia:

#11 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1636107

Actually, the lack of italicization is part of style, I think. Take Skippy Dies, for instance. Paul Murray includes 2nd person scene where one of the characters is playing a video game and then immediately switches to real life without any transition marks. It just happens.

#12 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1636107

Wait, what? I thought they were italicized. They look that way on my screen, and there's bbcode in there for it.

#13 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Overall pretty good for a quick, light read. Sort of light on the characterization, though. Owlowiscious was one of the most interesting ones in there, and he wasn't even a main character!

Funny... I didn't know Spike took his style from Pascoite. :pinkiecrazy:

#14 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

>>1639454  No!  It's not italicised; I swear!

Odd.  My Wii used to be able to read BBCode; now it won't.  

EDIT: Nice job getting on EqD!

#15 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

Heh! Cute, simple, and to the point. Well done, Pasco!:twilightsmile:

#16 · 105w, 5d ago · · ·

*snerk*

Oooh dear, Celestia's reaction would be priceless. (Can we see it another time? Can we can we can we?)

#17 · 105w, 4d ago · · ·

I was feeling terrible. Then I read this.

I...still feel terrible, but this story made me smile so much that I hardly care anymore! Amazing work, friend. This is hilarious.

#18 · 105w, 4d ago · · ·

Simple, short and humorous. Well done! Now where did I leave that trombone sound effect...

#19 · 105w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1642267

>trombone sound effect

Man, there are a lot of possibilities as to which one. In any case, touche, sir. +1 muffin to you.

#20 · 105w, 4d ago · · ·

Heh, not bad. I hope you might give us Celestia's reaction some how.

#21 · 105w, 4d ago · · ·

>>1642310

Tasty, thanks! I found it, by the way, right next to the "iris out to extreme closeup on befuddled character expression" effect.

Seriously, though, this is everything a one-shot should be. Succinct, in character with a simple premise that provides ample room for humor without trying to hit the reader over the head with comedy; it flows well.

#22 · 105w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Let's see... Pasco and Uma, made EqD, so why did this story leave me feeling so empty?

I suppose I should mention that I don't find Family Guy funny either, and this has much of the same beat-a-dead-horse structure.  Characters merely being bad at something isn't funny or dramatic.  Repetition does not improve the humor.  And the one opportunity for drama, Spike's desire to win the contest (you know, character wants something, foiled by circumstance, tension builds, that whole basic, basic plotting stuff) is wrecked - absolutely wrecked - by keeping his motivating desire a secret.

Merely using something like

> Spike was going to win the heck out of that contest.

as a refrain would help.  A lot.  Motivation (not necessarily the true one, but at least a motivation) shouldn't ever be secret.

C'mon!  You're both better than this. :facehoof:

#23 · 105w, 4d ago · · ·

I was wondering where to leave my comment - to be one of the few actually related to the story on the blogpost, or on here. Then I figured, "I have no shame anyways, might as well do both!" But first off, obligatory "Pasco not doing sad? What?" reaction.

Right, now that's out of the way, remarks!

This was a fun little romp, albeit a little unsatisfying. The twist, while completely unexpected and good, appreciably good in its conception, didn't do much for me in an actual sense. I can't really say why. Supaiku was a good touch, and the bits with Owlo-blah being a throwaway was smart. One way it might have been more enjoyable for me was if Spike's writing weren't so, well, good. I mean, the sad thing is that his (and by extension, your) attempt at being terrible is better than a good deal of authors on Fimfic (oooh). In the context of fandom, Spike's writing wasn't comically bad enough to count as a joke. I mean, I appreciate the spelling being right - thank heavens - but it didn't grip me, and I think it might have if the events of Spike's story were more blatantly contrived.

Something like the multiple "AAAA"s, which got a laugh out of me.

All in all, a fair read.

#24 · 105w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

This is exactly how I write.  Except that the incineration of all my prose is intentional.  No one must ever learn of my incoherent ramblings.

I liked the japanese name (Supaiku) and the instant, mid-fight level-up.  Truly the secret to a banal story.

#25 · 104w, 6d ago · · ·

That was pretty funny. I really hope you do a followup.

JAG
#26 · 103w, 2h ago · 1 · ·

Eh, I'm sure Celestia's seen worse. She'll probably get a good laugh out of it. Twilight, though... :twilightoops:

In any case, Spike has earned a moustache for being so awesomely bad. :moustache:

#27 · 102w, 2d ago · · ·

Was a fun read.  Obvious, but fun.

#28 · 98w, 2d ago · · ·

gathering up all the spent waxy stubs and tossing them into a wastebasket.

As someone who's made a lot of fires, I can tell you that that's a really dangerous thing to do.

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#29 · 76w, 3d ago · · ·

That was a lot of fun. :D

#30 · 76w, 7h ago · · ·

This was fun. Loved the ending.

#31 · 75w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

Too much of Spike's 'bad' work and not enough payoff. It all felt a bit too washy for me.

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