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    The Philosophy of Pie... Or "Things I Learned From Watching Pinkie Pie"

    1. Let your imagination get away from you; it will come back with cake.

    2. Sometimes, you cannot answer the riddle. And sometimes, that’s the right answer.

    3. When it comes to scrapbooking family memories, you don’t find the time—you make the time.

    4. Always ask the important questions, like “Is it ‘glowed’ or ‘glew’?”

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  • 239 weeks
    FiMFic Reviews: Turnabout Storm Adaptation... Or "The Victim's Autopsy Report"

    From October 2011 to October 2013, a series of videos was released under the unifying banner of Turnabout Storm, a fan-crossover series between My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the Ace Attorney video game series, produced by NeoArtimus. The project as a whole was a success as far as fanworks go, inspiring plenty of fanart, pseudo-sequels, and reaction/commentary

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  • 245 weeks
    The Cutie Map is Back... (Sequel Announcement)

    The Watchers of the Map are back in my latest story, "The Mission Begins Anew." Check it out here.

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  • 254 weeks
    FiMFic Reviews: Nightmare Night Special... Or "The Creature Double Feature"

    Before the introduction of Thorax in “The Times, They are A-Changeling,” speculation on changelings was everywhere: How did they live; were there many hives or just the one; was love the only emotion they could feed on; did individual changelings have personalities of their own; the list goes on. Luckily, the fandom never stops at simply asking these questions, and with a variety of mediums to

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  • 258 weeks
    FiMFic Reviews: The Music of Ponyville... Or "The Alternate AU"

    If you’ve followed me for a long time, you’ll know I have a soft spot in my heart for the Alternate Mane 6 subgenre. Stories where the characters we know and love from the show are changed somewhat, if not outright replaced, have a lot of creative potential, giving both writers and readers a chance to explore a new perspective on the same basic outline. And while I could go down the obvious path

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Recommendation Rating System Overview + upcoming review · 4:08am Jan 29th, 2016

So, after my last Halloween blog (the one where I reviewed a fanfic series), I thought to myself, “Hey, why not do this more often?” So, yeah, every now and again, I’ll be posting a fic review. Well, I say “review,” but I prefer to think of them as “recommendations” (i.e. telling you which fics are probably worth your time, since deciding whether or not a fanwork is good is not an inherently objective system).

But I will need to have some form of shorthand to sum up my overall opinions, so to that end, I present to you my patented Recommendation Rating System.

These “review scores,” for lack of a better term, do not necessarily reflect the fic’s overall quality (though quality will be a factor where applicable), but rather how much, from one reader to another, I can honestly say that this particular fic will be worth reading. The system will be a one-to-five scale, one being the lowest and five being the highest.

:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:: A masterpiece; any brony worthy of the name should check this out. :raritystarry:
I may have said that this system isn’t so much about overall quality, but fives will generally be what I consider to be high-quality fics. Just about everything is spot on: the writing is comprehensible, the story is competently told, and all the little technical stuff from characters to the smaller details works brilliantly.

:heart::heart::heart::heart:: An enjoyable fic; an easy recommendation. :twilightsmile:
Fours are the kind of fics that are just good overall. What keeps them from being full-on fives is going to boil down to those one or two little nitpicks that some people may not like all that much for one reason or another.

:heart::heart::heart:: Some reservations, but still pretty decent. :yay:
Whereas fours only had some problems that merely kept them from being near perfect, threes will have much bigger problems, the kind that can’t be ignored so easily. Don’t mistake this to mean mediocre, however; there’s still something to like about these fics.

:heart::heart:: Has potential, but you’re not missing too much. :applejackunsure:
This is where those problems from the threes and fours start to eclipse any worth the story may have. Twos aren’t necessarily bad, by any means, but they don’t offer much either.

:heart:: Don’t bother; this thing has nothing going for it. :pinkiesick:
Much like the fives, ones will be more determined by their quality, but on the opposite side of the spectrum. Things like sloppy writting, poor execution, and any potential being absolutely wasted. Don’t worry; you shouldn’t expect to see too many fics like this unless they truly deserve mentioning.

Expect my next review to come out soon. As for what that will be, let’s just say the answer will be addressed in the near future.

This is CF signing out.

P.S. For the record, the subject of my last review, the Batpony Interview Trilogy, would have scored four hearts.

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