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  • 225 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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  • 341 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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  • 430 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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  • 445 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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  • 448 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #20 - It's The Fic Signal, Batman!

    The Royal Guard—Missed Thanksgiving By One Week Edition

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    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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  • 449 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

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    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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Mar
11th
2016

Fic Spotlight » Everfree Northwest Fanfiction Spotlight #36 · 6:50pm Mar 11th, 2016

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 ----

Feedback

by RQK
Words: 86,378 Complete: Yes
Recommended by Silver Flare


This week, I bring to you a mystery. Princess Twilight Sparkle has died protecting Equestria from a terrible threat, only… why? Why has nobody even heard of this menace before now? Why was she alone beneath the caves of Canterlot? And what’s with the discarded cloak, and that odd crystal ball? When Sunset Shimmer arrives to pay her respects to the first pony who ever offered her a second chance, she finds the circumstances surrounding Twilight’s death as odd as everyone else. Neglecting her scholastic endeavors for hooves, she elects to stay in Equestria and help Spike piece together the broken bits of the present in order to construct an image of the past.

Feedback is a very cerebral story, and it took a few chapters before it spooled into gear. However, once the puzzle pieces began sliding into place I found myself devouring chapters just to see how everything fit together. It’s easy to forget that Sunset Shimmer was also Celestia’s protégé, and very likely Twilight’s peer when it comes to sheer brainpower. So it was both fun and refreshing to watch as she put that brilliance to work sorting out the details of this tragedy. The well-written Spike and the continuity with the canon comics certainly helped.

Go! Help BaconSmart unearth The Nameless and give meaning to Twilight’s sacrifice! Unravel the mystery!


---- Review by Asylum----
Princess Celestias Legendary Litany of Laughable Losses

by Prak
Words: 3,112 Complete: Yes
Recommended by Asylum

Crack fics. Those short, humorous stories that make you groan just as much as they make you laugh. Princess Celestias Legendary Litany of Laughable Losses, in addition to being a fantastic tongue-twister, is one such fic.

It’s a simple story, as crack fics usually are, of Celestia and Luna having a “friendly” discussion about Celestia’s ability to win fights. Or rather her complete lack of ability to win fights. Celestia, unable to take such a dig at her pride, insists that she can win a fight, only for Luna to dig up the past, recounting some of the many times Celestia has been beaten in the past.

As you can imagine, each example is more humorous than the last. It’s worth every second it takes to read.


---- Review by Heartshine----
Eternal

by device heretic
Words: 159,872 Complete: Yes
Recommended by Heartshine

Sometimes we run into stories that make us feel things that maybe we don’t really want to feel, but that are a necessary part of living an emotional life. This is one of those stories.

Eternal was written around the end of season 2, and explores the ‘what if’ scenario of how life would be for Twilight, Celestia, and those around them in about 10-15 years. Twilight has become the Arch-Mage of Equestria, and distanced herself from Celestia. But something is going on with Celestia herself. Something… odd. And it is up to Twilight to unlock the doors of the Princess of the Sun’s mind and figure out what is happening to the Sun, and what caused the pair to drift apart.

I honestly felt this story started out a little slow, a little meandering, but it picked up the pace rather quickly. While it occasionally struggles with pacing, if you enjoy cerebral, emotional explorations of how relationships change over the course of a lifetime, I highly recommend Eternal.

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Comments ( 14 )

+1 to Feedback.

This is interesting..... I didn't know that Everfree Northwest is doing this.
What does one have to do to get his fic featured here?

3803125
They have a group you can check out. They might take requests, but I'm not sure if you can recommend yourself. I was featured by them about a year ago, and that was when I entered a story in their annual contest. I think it's all just a matter of them finding and enjoying your story.

Eternal is interesting not just because it's quite good, but as an artifact of an earlier time.

Eternal predates any hint of Discord's redemption. Changelings weren't a thing. Cadance and Shining Armor weren't things, no Crystal Empire, no Twilicornification, nada.

If you click through to it you'll notice a few things that might seem odd to someone who wasn't around then. The first is that... no, it wasn't really all written in the space of a couple weeks in March 2012. It was posted after the fact. Prior to existing here, like many pony fics, it existed as a linked google doc from Equestria Daily.

You'll also notice it mentions the star rating. Much as fics today say "Feature Boxed on X date!" or "Featured on Equestria Daily on Y Date!" back in the day, when fanfiction was a much bigger and more serious part of their output (in the days before fimfiction EqD functioned as a de facto archive; said archive still exists and is useful but is less relevant) it let you rate fanfics by a star rating. It only went up to five, but if you got enough accolade they'd bump you to six, essentially the fanfiction equivalent of your jersey number being retired. This system no long exists.

And in that context it seems really weird. It holds up as a story, but the fact that it is an artifact of an earlier time lends it a sense of otherness.

A lot of the fanfic hotness from back in the day is like that. Past Sins. Within and Without. Half the Day is Night. Time marches on, and they become... not irrelevant, but sort of interesting signposts in the past.

While I'm grateful for the recognition, I think the timing is wrong for putting Legendary Litany into a site post. It was only posted a month ago, and it spent a week in the feature box, so it's probably still somewhat fresh in the minds of the site's active users. It's obviously too late to do anything about it now, but it's something to consider for future posts.

Forgive me if I make a shameless plug for myself, but the story I've been making current updates on is almost through, and because I live in the Northwest, and in the Puget Sound area just one hour south of Seattle, (non-rush hour traffic!) I wondered If I could offer that story as home cooking for the event.

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That I second its worth for a spotlight.

How do you choose these stories, by the way?

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We don't take requests, nor is there any set requirement to get your fic here. This are stories we think need to be read.


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Yeah I wrote up several reviews and I Heartshine picked that one. I was hoping that one would be used much later, but in her defense, I didn't tell her that.

3803989
Bring it to an open read and critique.

3803989 To be clear, we have no formal process for selection. Our staff basically picks out stories they really liked and think more people should read. Occasionally, we have guest reviews by others as well. So while yes, you can and should suggest stories to us, that doesn't mean we will use them... but we'll probably take a look. Personally, I was always more keen to look at story suggestions from others, rather than self-promoted ones, but Heartshine is taking over as editor this year, so the final call ends up being her's.


3803784 I think Asylum replied to the wrong person last time, and meant to suggest to YOU that you bring your story to the convention in May. We'll be doing Open Read and Critique sessions there, where you can get feedback on your writing.

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