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  • 228 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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  • 344 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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  • 433 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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  • 434 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 461 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #15 - Return of Fic Spotlight

    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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Nov
7th
2015

Fic Spotlight » Fic Spotlight #19 - Can We Fics It? · 2:54am Nov 7th, 2015

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]



Every two weeks, we recommend six high-quality stories from a variety of authors and popular genres. From action/adventure to slice of life, from drama to comedy, from stories about ponies kissing to stories involving pink hairless apes, we feature a wide variety of stories so that every post has something for everyone.

We’re always looking for a tip-top tale, so if you’d like to submit your fic, 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



There are a lot of relics, artifacts, and other ancient items of power strewn throughout the world. I should know; I've found safe homes for a lot of them, and even destroyed a few. A good rule of hoof is that the older it is, the more powerful it is. Not because it's old, but because it's survived that long, either because of its own toughness or the defenses its creators put around it.
The Weapon of the Ancients predates written language. Ahuizotl wants it for himself. I can't let that happen.


PR Recommendation: “This is a compact little adventure which has a nice, pulpy feel to it while still feeling suitably pony-ish. The various background characters in the setting, the nature of the seal on the weapon, and the nature of the weapon itself all feel like they fit well with a pony version of Indiana Jones, and I was left with a smile at the end.” —Titanium Dragon



DRAMA



Before she left, Twilight told Applejack not to open the door. But when leaving the door shut means compromising her values, how long can Applejack hold out?

PR Recommendation:The Sunset Room sets its somber, haunting tone with its very first line, and never lets up. Something has gone very wrong on Sweet Apple Acres, and Applejack’s determination to set it right might just be her undoing. Even if you think you know how this one is going to end, the journey there is well worth taking.” —BlazzingInferno



ROMANCE



Rarity helps a beautiful mare pick out the perfect hat in her boutique.

PR Recommendation: “‘How much is real? That is the question. But I forget you don't expect an easy answer…’ That is, unless your question involves me pointing you at a reflective piece on the nature of Ponyville's most elegant fashionista and her internal struggles. In which case I say, ‘Make haste! Come hither and read Through Glass.’ They say that beauty is only surface deep, and yet this is deeper than you might expect.” —Cerulean Voice



COMEDY



Derpy was just trying to make a sandwich. Vinyl was there too.
Now the world is ending.
Really, it's all their fault.

PR Recommendation: “Do you like profanities, of either the verbal or eldritch variety? Do you like epic battles against good and evil, for the sake of causality itself? Do you like shacking up with your nemeses' parents and stabbing people in the street? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even if you didn't, then please read Fridge Horror, because it's hilarious. (And if you answered yes to the third one, then seek professional help. What the hell is wrong with you?)” —R5h



SLICE OF LIFE



Aloe and Lotus love the looks on their customers' faces during a nice soak in the tub, a relaxing massage, a new pony greeting them in the mirror. But it wasn't always that way, and even now, the occasional difficult customer can prove trying.

PR Recommendation: “In my opinion, one of the best things that can be said about a work of fiction is that it's concise—it does a lot with a little. With that in mind, Veneer is spectacularly concise, painting a compelling (and even disturbing) picture of the last two ponies you'd expect to have a troubled past. Definitely worth a read.” —R5h



HUMAN



When Twilight Sparkle was just a kid, her best friend was a girl named Sunset Shimmer. Though their friendship had a bit of a rocky start, they quickly became inseparable, no matter how much everyone thought of them as ‘weird’. They were there for each other.
Were.
Years after the tragic accident that tore them apart, Twilight is determined to move on from her loss, and she sets off on an independent research project to investigate the strange happenings at Canterlot High. Little does she know that she will soon come face to face with what appears to be a literal ghost from her past.

PR Recommendation: “When I saw the synopsis for Fractured Sunlight, I wondered why it had taken so long for anybody to tackle such a concept. This story has been begging to be written for a long time; luckily, Oroboro shows that he is more than capable of doing it justice. The situation, characters, and emotions are real, believable, and given the respect they deserve. From its heartbreaking opening to its more subdued-yet-hopeful flow in later chapters, Fractured Sunlight is the story that nobody knew they wanted. Although currently incomplete, with guaranteed weekly updates on account of the story already being fully pre-written, what do you have to lose?” —Cerulean Voice



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R5h
R5h #1 · Nov 7th, 2015 · · ·

Sitepost up! To all the people who end up finding a new story from this, I'm curious: which one did you like best?

Keep your submissions coming! Although a minority of stories make our final cut, that just makes it all so much more rewarding when we find a story we all agree on.

And please, for everyone's sake, consider submitting your best [Comedy], [Human], and [Romance] stories. I won't go into specifics or statistics here, but I will say that we came very close to not even having a [Comedy] story for you guys this time. It makes sense that you would naturally want to submit what you consider your best work, and for most people, these are grand adventures or deep thought-provoking character pieces. We understand that it takes a highly skilled writer to pull off a side-splitting [Comedy] or create a [Human] story that people will actually take seriously, and so you may not feel confident about these stories' chances. But at this point, it's about the numbers. These are the genres we're most deficient in.

While we primarily read through stories in order of submission, we've recently found ourselves having to prioritise these genres. If you think you have a story that can make our cut, show us what you've got!

EDIT: In hindsight, I probably should've posted this:

We can fics it. We have the tags.

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Comedy is severely underrated on this site, aye. Most people think it's this kind of easy-weasy genre that anybody can do. REAL WRITERS write nothing but DRAMA, TRAGEDY, and many others TALES OF WOE.

Drama's neato, guys, but comedy is more or less exactly as hard. Two sides of the same coin, really -- once you get the hold on one, you get the hold on the other. And both teach you about the other, so try it out, yo.

Now, when it comes to the actual comment -- I mostly write comedy, so I'd love to send more of my stories to the Guard? But I already got two in here, and I don't want to be that guy. I'll talk with the comedy authors I know so they start doing this, though. Can't have under-representation in our field.

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Don't worry. You've got a long way to go before you become that guy. We already have a few of those. :raritywink:

I welcome any good comedy writers you can entice to submit. Fridge Horror was bloody funny, fyi.

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Now, when it comes to the actual comment -- I mostly write comedy, so I'd love to send more of my stories to the Guard? But I already got two in here, and I don't want to be that guy. I'll talk with the comedy authors I know so they start doing this, though. Can't have under-representation in our field.

There are two people with 11 stories in the queue each, both of them having religiously submitted a story a week for months, so I wouldn't really worry about being "that guy".

That said, getting a broader variety of good comedy writers submitting would be nice, so feel free to give them a poke with your cattle prod.

Fic spotlights #00-#11 are sorted under site posts instead of fic spotlight, mind taking a few minutes to sort the old ones into the new spot?

Yo, official Drama tag hype!

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