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  • 226 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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  • 342 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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  • 431 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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  • 432 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 #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
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  • 450 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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  • 452 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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  • 454 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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  • 456 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #16 - Fics it Now!

    The Royal Guard—Keeping the Ball Rolling Edition

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  • 458 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.

    [/Obs]

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Dec
11th
2015

Fic Spotlight » Fic Spotlight #21 - Truth is stranger than Fics · 2:05am Dec 11th, 2015

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]



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



For Rarity, waking up with split ends is the absolute worst thing ever. Unfortunately, a mysterious stallion proves otherwise when he warns her that Armageddon is approaching and Equestria is doomed, and if that happens, she can kiss her well-coiffed mane farewell. Now the timeline is splitting worse than Rarity's hair as our intrepid heroine travels back again...
and again...

and again in order to save the world, with perhaps a smidgen of help from Princess Luna. And if she happens to find the time for a trip to the spa along the way, well... A mare can't be blamed for wanting to look her best, can she?

PR Recommendation: “While the premise of this story might seem familiar to those who've read a time loop story or two, you'll still find plenty of fun surprises. With its strong characterization, interconnected conflicts, and sharp wit, Rarity's Quest offers something for nearly every adventure fan and is a must-read for fans of time loops.” —Prak



DRAMA



For more than a millennium, it was believed that the princesses were immortal. But as time marched ever forward, it becomes clear that even the alicorns won't live forever.

Princess Celestia is at the end of her life.

While Equestria must find a way to cope with this new reality, those that are truly suffering are those closest to her. None are struggling as much as her sister, Princess Luna. Not only is she forced to handle the duties of ruling Equestria and taking care of the transition, she must also cope with the imminent death of her beloved sister.

PR Recommendation: “Thought-provoking—not in the philosophical sense, but in the design sense—’The End of Immortality’ offers a glimpse of its true message, but despite its short stay, it manages to show quite a few underlying plot threads that make it worth more than the sum of its parts. I'd love even more of this, if it's ever in the cards.” —Figments



ROMANCE



Rarity can't sleep. Applejack had the audacity to fall asleep facing Rarity, and now she can't get kissing her friend out of her mind – and isn't sure if she wants to. But kissing your friend while she's sleeping is wrong... right?

PR Recommendation: “A pleasant little tale about all the thought behind a seemingly simple gesture. Even if romance isn't your usual cup of tea, this story is cute enough to warrant a read.” —Lab



COMEDY



Shining Armor learns the most important tactical lesson of his life.

PR Recommendation: “It's absurd, brilliantly absurd, and I love every word of it. A must read for fans of absurdist humor, and those with even a moderate funny bone.” —Figments



SLICE OF LIFE



Dogs act like they love their families, but nopony will ever know for sure. More importantly, Winona's family loves her. She couldn't ask for more. But she doeslove them. She really does.

PR Recommendation: “This is one of those stories that starts out slow then creeps up on you, where you don't realize why everyone thinks it is so good until you're almost done with it, and then realize that you had missed the forest for the trees, all the way back to the story description itself.” —Titanium Dragon



HUMAN



"My name is Sunset Shimmer, and there are two Twilight Sparkles who are both madly in love with me.

Please help."

PR Recommendation: “Admit it, we all knew: with the existence of two Twilights and one Sunset, someone was going to write this. But don't think that means you know exactly how it'll go. With a fair bit of humor and a surprising ending, Love Twiangles is definitely no fic to overlook.” —R5h



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Comments ( 15 )

Dat Mark Twain quote doh.

Rarity’s Quest to Save Literally Everything, by Pegasus Mesa -> says it not finished

Unfortunate.

"Temptation" is an extremely good fic. Listened to it on Youtube.

Love Twiangles! That was a funny one. :twilightblush: :applejackconfused: :twilightblush:

(argh why no Sunset emote)

Man, I didn't know you guys did archeology!

(The joke here is that oh my god Martial Bliss is more than three years old now)

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It may be hard to believe, but a lot of the site's newer members have never read it. And of all the stories in this post, it's had the biggest boost to its views and rating.

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It even made the popular stories box!

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I'm not saying you were wrong to do so.

I'm just saying, if you were to draw a line where you had the founding of the site at one end, and the current date at the other? You could cut off the entire right half of it, move the date up and it'd still fall closer to the left side.

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Honestly we were lucky that Martial Bliss was even able to be featured. The amount of comedies we get is drastically lower than the other genres, and Sturgeon's Law still applies to those limited few we do get.

Skywriter essentially threw us a bone. We might not be so lucky next time.

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That is possibly the most depressing answer I could have received to a joke message. Comedy is a seriously underappreciated genre, it's either done well or done badly. There's so little middle ground to work with.

I'm actually legitimately tempted to just write a comedy so you ca-- wait, you know what? Does Rarity Lose her Innocence in a Poker Game qualify? I'm morbidly embarrassed of associating myself with the story, but if you're that strapped for comedies at least that one was written in the last 365 days or so.

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It definitely won't hurt you or anyone else to try. :raritywink:

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You will grow to regret that comment.

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It is so cute how you've forgotten that was published more than a year ago :V

But we don't actually care when stuff was published, just that it is good.

Comedy, romance, and human are the three most under-represented categories in the queue; the other categories tend to have fairly healthy numbers. Prior to this site post going up, I had actually read all but one of the comedy stories we had in our queue already, and all the romance stories we had under 25k words.

Interestingly, the acceptance rates for all categories is quite similar (around 20%), so the primary driver of acceptance/rejection appears to be, well, numbers.

Though admittedly another issue with those two categories is that something like a third of the submissions into Romance and Comedy are the same author.

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It is so cute how you've forgotten that was published more than a year ago :V

No it wasn't, it was just a few... months... ago...

... shit.

I do not know why, but I feel weak and confused by the actions and processes to become a pre-reader. I wish to be a pre-reader!? but I feel my worth is of use to no one. Maybe someday, I will return and ask? I may not be popular in any way or form but that does not matter in my eyes. All I wish to do is help the problems and heal the wounds of others. Your blog post was very interesting Mr.Obs, I hope to see more in the near future.

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