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  • 229 weeks
    SA: Round 167

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    In a facility as large and as continuously expanding as the Seattle’s Angels compound was, finding someone wasn’t as hard as it would at first seem. All you needed was a little patience and the right tools. Tools such as the universal locator that Cynewulf had built into her shades. One blink was all it took to bring up the HUD, while a second blink activated the locator.

    The display gave off a ping, quickly finding her intended target.

    One transporter pod jump later and she stood in front of the door for the Holodeck Ultra 2000 (HUT). As she expected, it was in use as indicated by the occupied sign hanging off the handle. Shaking her head, Cynewulf turned the door handle and pushed, entering the HUT. Her HUD pinged again, prompting her to look upwards.

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  • 345 weeks
    SA Reviews #117

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    Warmth. Beautiful, blessed warmth. It didn’t matter what it was, or where she was--all that mattered was the warmth. The endless hellcold of winter had been temporarily banished. Cynewulf might yet survive the 50 degree farenheit blizzard hoarfrost of December yet, if only she had a few more minutes of--

    There was, of course, an explosion. Because there is always an explosion.

    Memory came back swiftly, in the microsecond before disaster. The warm thing was the cat and also the beanbag floof pillow. She grabbed the cat and shielded her precious blobby body from the no-doubt incoming shards of wood and plaster.

    But nothing came. Seconds passed. Cynewulf opened her eyes.

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  • 434 weeks
    Round Robin Reviews # 2

    The Round Robin Reviews are written by different groups and reviewers taking turns each week. If you are a story reviewer or part of a group that reviews stories and would be interested in joining the Round Robin Reviews, feel free to PM me (Wanderer D), Professor Plum, or ElDorado to tell us about it.

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    24 comments · 12,374 views
  • 435 weeks
    Everfree Northwest Fanfiction Spotlight #36

    Fanfiction Spotlight #36
    Published 3/5/16

    Hello my little authors and readers! Welcome to the return of the Everfree Northwest Fanfiction Spotlight! We’re back and working hard to give you some lovely pieces to read, review, digest, gank ideas from, and as always, we try to bring you a little bit of everything as reviewed by the writing track team! I’m Heartshine, and I’m taking over for Xepher as editor!

    But enough about us, to the stories! This week we have Sunset Shimmer solving a mystery, Celestia’s response to being constantly under the influence of the Worf Effect, and an emotional story that explores the deep connection between Princess Celestia and Twilight.


    ---- Review by Silver Flare ----

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  • 448 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #21 - Truth is stranger than Fics

    The Royal Guard—Ring-Ting-Tingling Edition

    [Obs]Hi guys. It's time for more fic spotlight. Jinglemas is coming up soon, so all of you are probably going to need some horse words for your festive jingle related holidays. Here are some good ones so that you don't have to cry to Santa that he didn't bring you MLP fanfics on jinglemas morn. Read and be merry.[/Obs]

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    15 comments · 6,962 views
  • 451 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #20 - It's The Fic Signal, Batman!

    The Royal Guard—Missed Thanksgiving By One Week Edition

    [Obs]
    Hey guys, it's Fic Spotlight. It's like a magical world where good MLP fics rain from the sky and all your troubles are washed away. Only it's real and not actually anything like what I described. Instead have a choice selection of good MLP fics, which should distract you long enough to avoid remembering that the world is actually a dark and scary place.

    Enjoy
    [/Obs]

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  • 453 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #19 - Can We Fics It?

    The Royal Guard—Running Out of Edition Names Edition

    [Obs] Hey guys! Time for more fic spotlight. You're probably all really starving for high quality horsewords, so here's some high quality horse words. It's really convenient that your wants lined up with what happened to be available. It'd be kind of weird if you were starving for like actual food or something and all we had was just high quality horsewords.

    It'd be really awkward probably.

    Anyways just click below the break and you'll get more words than you'll even know what to do with.[/Obs]

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  • 455 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #18 - Back to the Ficture

    The Royal Guard—Fortified with Calcium Edition

    [Obs] Hey guys, fic spotlight is back to bring you cool fics. Technically Back to the Future Day was yesterday, but the magic of time travel is that you can pretend anything from some other time is happening RIGHT NOW.

    Like cool fics.

    So go read some of these while you're riding on a hoverboard, drinking a pepsi perfect. It'll be cool and stuff.[/Obs]

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  • 457 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #17 - Fic Spooklight

    The Royal Guard—Hat Trick Achieved Edition

    [Obs] Hey guys! It's October, and also it's time for spic fotlight. Things are about to get pretty spooky, because this month all the fics spotlighted are going to be about pony skeletons. Except the twist is that the skeletons are trapped inside sacks of meat, like some kind of living body. Actually they might just be regular fics about living ponies. Which is still pretty spooky, I guess. Go read them or something. [/Obs]

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  • 459 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #16 - Fics it Now!

    The Royal Guard—Keeping the Ball Rolling Edition

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Sep
10th
2015

Fic Spotlight » Fic Spotlight #15 - Return of Fic Spotlight · 11:26pm Sep 10th, 2015

The Royal Guard — Triumphant Return Edition

[Obs]

Hey guys, I bet you forgot all about this being a thing, right? Me too! They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, though, so maybe fond memories of the times when quality fics were served up on silver platters. Y'know, in the before time, back when the One True King sat on the throne and the words flowed as wine. What's that? You don't remember that time? Then clearly you haven't read enough ponyfics! The Royal Guard is back now to deliver them to you. I guess they're a thing again. Click below the break to get ponies.

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Just a few things to clarify before we get this big fictional ball rolling again: Our aim is to post six approved stories every two weeks. Each one of these stories will be in a different category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, and Human. This way, we ought to have something for everyone.

If you would like to submit a story to us, here are some links you’ll probably find useful:

-The Royal Guard Group
-Submit Your Story!
-The Royal Guard's Official Handbook

Finally—and I cannot emphasize this enough—we are always recruiting. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a prereader, then don’t hesitate to Send us an application. If you have any questions about the application process, please direct them to Prak.


AND NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO... STORIES!



ACTION/ADVENTURE



Our kind has it that the life of a queen is the happiest, for they are blessed with the shortest time in this world. A mighty queen will be remembered for eternity, forever residing in the hearts of her people. The greatest tragedy a queen can suffer is to be forgotten – to be stricken from history.
I refuse to bend before oblivion.

PR Recommendation: “It is one thing to build a whole new world to populate with your characters; it is a whole other level to build new characters out of old concepts and have them effortlessly create a history, society, and culture through nothing more than the raw power of the core concept – like black-belt origami coming out of a pop-up book. This isn't your hyperbolic internet-slang kind of epic. This is Greek tragedy epic. You've never seen changelings, or worldbuilding, like this.” —InquisitorM



DRAMA



A pony wakes up in an empty void and discovers that it is infinitely malleable to her whims and desires.
A loving tribute to pretentious, incomprehensible mind screws.


PR Recommendation: “I've heard of worldbuilding, but this is ridiculous! All joking aside, this is a fic the likes of which I've rarely seen, and to go into too much detail about it would be a mistake. That said, if you like literal deconstruction, stream of consciousness, and at least a little bit of mind screwing, then read Applied Starlight.” —R5h



ROMANCE



Big McIntosh has a unique way of appreciating music, and Octavia certainly provides an experience. Octavia would love to get in touch with her earth pony roots, and Big McIntosh has the deepest roots around. They could learn so much from each other about why they do what they do, and they just might gain some insight into their own simple gifts in the process.

PR Recommendation: “Someday I'll forgive Pascoite for violently snapping my heartstrings with this beautiful story. Today is not that day. This is a fantastically realized, and fantastically tragic, romance by all measures.” —BlazzingInferno



COMEDY



Maud Pie has written thousands of poems.
Here are some of her poems.
They're about rocks.

PR Recommendation:
These poems are by Maud.
This is something I applaud.
But my poem is quite flawed.
Its verses are odd.

The same is not true for Maud's poems.
They rock. Literally.
Go read them. —GaryOak



SLICE OF LIFE



While digging around the Royal Canterlot Library, Princess Twilight stumbles across an old friend.

PR Recommendation: “Long before Amending Fences was even a twinkle in M. A. Larson's eye, Avox wrote another version of Twilight and Moondancer's reconciliation; one that focuses on Twilight's transformation from the nose-in-a-book unicorn we all fell in love with in episode one. Through a single scene, we catch a glimpse not only of the pony Twilight was and is, but who she's becoming. This is a quietly provocative piece that is well worth your time.” —BlazzingInferno



HUMAN



Life can be hard.
But for a young man named Travis, at least there’s a place he can run to.
A place where he has friends. ~ A place where he has understanding.
A place he can call home.

PR Recommendation: “I was honestly hesitant about this at first. I'm not a real big fan of a lot of Human stories within this fandom, mainly because of the excuses and shortcuts authors tend to take in order to bend the logic of their stories to their own contrived conclusions. Imagine my surprise, then, when I find that this doesn't have those excuses. It's a short, succinct story that, I believe, parodies a lot of the ridiculousness of common HiE cliches. And it works. By God, it actually works. I don't know how Kitsune did it, but he did it in style.” —Figments



Addendums



If you guys have any questions about our new sitepost policies, or our new approval guidelines, feel free to browse the handy dandy Official Royal Guard Handbook, and if you still find yourself lacking answers, feel free to ask Prak so that he can find the right person to give you what you need.



See you guys next time!

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Comments ( 26 )

They live! All hail whatever necromancer that brought you guys back from the underworld.

Welcome back yo.

i forgot completely I'm a bad person:raritycry:

Ive read JawJoe's fic, that one is good.
I am going to read Gravity and Applied Starlight, those sound interesting.

Yo, Queen of Queens hype!

Also, Prak, can I learn necromancy from you?

Wow, thank goodness the Guard is back!

Nice to see Queen of Queens up there, that only makes this blog post just the bit sweeter!

PresentPerfect
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Haha holy shit what also how did I have site posts turned off when I saw the one before this? D:

Oh wow, Applied Starlight is there. I haven't thought about that story for a long time. I always thought you had to submit your fic for the Royal Guard to consider it?

Well, I'm happy to see it there! :pinkiehappy: Bring on some more story downvotes!

Applied Starlight IMHO didn't know WHAT it was trying to be. It really just fell apart in the later acts. The lack of an epilogue left things more confusing rather than open. The sense of mystery gave way to simply confusion.

3383222
I'd be happy to take on a new test subject apprentice. Trust me, by the time I'm done, you'll know everything there is to know about being reanimated reanimating the dead.

3383440
That's strange. We do run into situations from time to time where someone submits a story they didn't write, but most authors tell us so when we PM them to let them know if it was approved or rejected. Maybe it's just been long enough that you forgot? I'd hate to think someone actually neglected to send an approval notice, considering that they require almost no effort.

Can't really agree with the Romance category recommendation. It was a good fic right up until the end, but then it took the easy way out to a sad ending that really didn't fit with the story it followed.

3383480 Heh. I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I explained quite thoroughly what I wanted it to be in my blog posts. That is, of course, completely different than what I wanted being a good idea in the first place. :raritywink:

3383499 Hmm. Maybe I did submit it—I don't remember doing it, but if I did it would've been a year ago and I very easily would've forgotten by now. Either way, I'm happy to see it! I very much approve.

3383499
That... that wasn't particularly comforting. I think I'll have to pass, unfortunately.

Aww, nothing I haven't read/added to my RIL. Although I guess this is yet another reminder to prioritize Queen of Queens.

I have you blocked and Site Posts turned off, how are you still spamming my feed?

3384022
>First post in a year
>Spamming
seems legit

3384028 Not just this one, ALL site posts.

3384039 Whats so bad about them? There's only like 2 a month. Besides, they have many little interesting tidbits in them, and that says nothing to the flame wars that ignite in them on the occasion :pinkiecrazy:

-Sanity is overrated

3383499

I'd hate to think someone actually neglected to send an approval notice, considering that they require almost no effort.

I haven't gotten an approval notice on 4 of my stories that have been accepted, and I suspect there's a 5th as well. Might want to crack down on that.

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Actually, we've already cracked down on it, and we now track the contact status of every submission. This should only be an issue with stories that were approved months ago. If you want to know the status of any stories you haven't heard from us about, we'd be happy to check on it. Just PM one of our members or catch someone on Skype, and we'll get you an answer right away.

The same applies to anyone else who's curious about the status of a submission.

'Home' is possibly the most depressing thing I've ever read. This thing will make you think; I just hope it doesn't make you think the protagonist is a reliable narrator.

3389425 if it depresses the reader they're probably self aware enough to see the potential for themselves to fall into the same trap Travis did. If it doesn't, then they probably are Travis.

Everybody wants to be confident. No one likes admitting that they might be wrong. Isn't it nice when people agree with you?

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Third option: The reader is very happy with their life and finds the story completely unrelatable.

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