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  • Today
    Fic recs, August 15th: BleedingRaindrops edition!

    Our next fic reader is old-guard fandom name, BleedingRaindrops! And despite the note I left for myself, his channel has actually seen (non-pony-related) activity in the last year! The List:

    Applejinx's Doom of the Snow Weasels

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  • Friday
    All quiet...

    For the first time I don't know how long, I log into Fimfiction to see no notifications. Nothing in the feed. No notes.

    Of course, that's because I finally got off my ass and cleared out the 3 notes that've been sitting in my inbox for most of the year.

    But still. Over the course of an hour and a half, just nothing happening.

    It's weird. Unsettling, even.

    I'm sure it's just a fluke.

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  • Wednesday
    Fic recs, August 12th!

    In case you've not seen it in someone else' blog, Novel Idea and her family need help!

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  • Monday
    I want everyone to be proud of me

    Even though the story I just posted -- Applejack Is an Alicorn Now, I Guess? -- is nothing but 3.5 thousand words of bad jokes, references and inanities, I started writing it the day I posted The Marchioness and the Urchin, and I actually followed through on completing it instead of falling into a deep depression for two months like I usually do. :)

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  • Sunday
    Present Perfect vs. Looking Glass

    I'm sure you're all sick of seeing blogs that start with these words, but it's the year 2020 — and I have no idea what successful ponyfiction looks like anymore.

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Fic recs, August 12th · 12:21pm Aug 12th, 2016

It's 8/12 and I'm writing this at 8:12. c.c Suck it, Europe.

Scribbler has produced a reading of Titanium Dragon's As He Lay Dying, featuring DracKeaganVA, Neighrator Pony and Cole Petty!

Minifics! No better way to knock 30 chapters off my RIL. :B Also, I finished with one of FanOfMostEverything's collections, minus the two chapters I have to read other stories for first.

H: 0 R: 10 C: 3 V: 3 N: 0

Nickel-Iron-Cobalt by Cold in Gardez
Genre: Elegy for a Dead World Crossover
The world didn't die from a lack of sculptors.
So this was apparently inspired by a video game that's about writing prompts. Given the nature of the game, from what I can see of the video in the blog post linked in the author's note, I think this counts as a crossover; at the very least, it's science-fiction of the sort I tend to see on the SCP Wiki. (I'm sorry I keep comparing everything to that, but it's literally the only 'genre' I read anymore aside from ponyfic and the occasional monthly flashfic.) And if there's one thing going against it, it's that I have no idea why it was posted to this site. Otherwise, it's pretty excellent, sketching an outline of a dead world populated only by statues that might be more than they seem. There are no hard conclusions reached, but it's a nice little journey nevertheless.

Rarity Came Home by Esle Ynopemos
Genre: Rarijack
But why had she left?
This is like Mistakes Were Made, with less melodrama and more Rarity of the Royal Guard. Needless to say, I liked it quite a lot, but it feels painfully like a scene in the middle of something bigger. It really needs to have more to it to work as a story. That, and there's a meme reference in the middle that I wish was not there.
Recommended for Shippers

Diplomacy by Esle Ynopemos
Genre: Friendshipping
Twilight is nervous about matters of state.
This is a short, sweet piece about Fluttershy cheering Twilight up ahead of some high-tension princess duty. Twilight has some good things to say about why, exactly, she's nervous, and Fluttershy was a good choice for comforter. Good short piece!

This Will Sting by Esle Ynopemos
Genre: Shipping
Twilight pulls an ingrown scale for Spike.
Okay, it's not really a shipfic. Most of it is family bonding time with Twilight and Spike, and the ingrown scale thing is a really creative idea for this setup that I've never seen before. And that setup is used as a setup for the shipping, which, while I appreciate it, is something I've seen before. If you like Twilight and Spike fics, though, this is worth it.
Recommended for Shippers Otherwise

Keeping the Faith by Pascoite
Genre: Sad
Sunset thought Celestia was trying to get rid of her. So she ran.
This is a nice little piece about Sunset Shimmer's escape from Equestria. More specifically, it's about why she never wrote in that magic book to Celestia prior to Rainbow Rocks. The dual-column format is a little confusing at first, but easily shows the barrier between the two worlds. I don't think I'll ever get tired of fics like this.

The Moussetastrophe by Nonagon
Genre: Flashfic
It's interesting how much of this piece's context is derived from the title. It's amusing, but ultimately substanceless.
Vaguely Recommended

Giggle by FuzzyFurvert
Genre: Comedy/Aliens Crossover
Alien and its sequels are among those classic movies from my lifetime that I still have yet to see. That said, I recognized precisely one line from this piece, and the ending reveal gave me a chuckle, making it worth reading. Though, it bills itself as a TwiLuna and I didn't really get that. Luna certainly doesn't sound like herself. But, like I said, the laugh at the end was fun.
Recommended for Laugh

She Was Pinkie Pie by HoofAndQuill
Genre: Sad
I'm not sure how to tag this, really. It's about one of the Mirror Pool Pinkies living in the cave after it's been sealed. The Pinkies en masse are treated as something of a hivemind or collective entity, which makes this ever so slightly creepy. I found myself fascinated by what goes on in this, though.

In the Details by FanOfMostEverything
Genre: Comedy
A group of ponies try to summon a demon to destroy the sun tyrant.
I really do enjoy fics about people — not just ponies — consorting with dark forces and more or less just annoying them, then not getting what they wanted. This was fun. That said, it's also based around a math joke, so YMMV.

Giddyup! Her Erasers by FanOfMostEverything
Genre: Comedy
There's an angry mob outside the castle, and it's all Starlight's fault.
So this is a goofy little piece of anti-darkfic taking shots at Starlight. I wish what she had done had been gone into even a smidgen more, because it sounds funny. I also sort of wish that Lord of the Rings joke wasn't in there, because it's so stupid yet so hilarious. Anyway, lots of fun, especially if you enjoy picking on Starlight. I certainly do.

I Bet You Didn't Know I'm a Violin Player, Too by Admiral Biscuit
Reading by ShadowOfCygnus
Genre: Slice of Life
Octavia and Vinyl find a distraught filly who needs some musical assistance.
This is one of those stories where a point is made that Vinyl has a classical music background and hasn't left it behind at all, which I appreciate. It's not mentioned whether Vinyl and Octavia are in a relationship, and this would work out the same either way, which I also appreciate. It's maybe a tad on the short side, but as a light read, it's got a surprising amount to deliver.

Ain't No Secret by AugieDog
Genre: Poetry
It should be no secret that the villanelle is the one poetic form that has long eluded me, and I am insanely jealous of Augie for pulling one off. The only thing this is missing is a strong link to the show; the main character's identity isn't revealed until the author's note. Otherwise, quite excellent.

Beautiful Music by Silvernis
Genre: Shipping
Octavia is nervous about tomorrow. How can Vinyl sleep?
Gosh, this is, dare I say it, risqué. Octavia's up after a night of heavy lovemaking, dreading their debut as a musical duo. There's some meta commentary about this ship name. But I think it works pretty well, telling a fairly standard get-together story for them, and some realistic musical fears.

Love and Other Acquired Tastes by GhostOfHeraclitus
Genre: Equestrian Civil Service
Surprises lurk 'round every corner.
A changeling fic from Ghost? Never thought I'd see the like. But there's a very specific purpose for putting a changeling into the Civilverse, and though the punchline suffers from a broken image file, it's pretty clear what's going on. Meanwhile, if you've ever wanted to see a changeling fic that goes through more or less all the motions and ends up being a good story instead of a maudlin mess, here you are!

Let Them Eat Cake by Bombastic Bookpony
Genre: Shipping
Twilight breaks a Pinkie Promise. It's for a good reason.
Once again, I'm reading two fics written from the same prompt! This one suffers by comparison, however, being Bad Shipping. I mean, it's just a confession bookended with a kiss. That said, everything up to that point is at least fun, but I can't overlook the fact that an entire business and rivalry that don't exist in the show were created solely for narrative tension when I think Twilight could have sworn the Cakes to secrecy instead. That's actually what gets my goat with this one.
Vaguely Recommended

Friend-Zoned at Bronycon by Eakin
Genre: Fandom Fic
Yeah, so, there's really no such thing as the "friendzone". What's called love in this piece is more like lust or obsession. I wish the writing had been more aware of this, despite the author's claim of having been on both sides of the equation. Other than as a piece of personal writing, I don't see any merit in this.
Vaguely Recommended

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Comments ( 7 )

Correction: You've finished one of my collections for now. :trollestia:

Also, I have to appreciate how Equestrian Civil Service is its own genre.

Author Interviewer

Yeah, yeah. :V

And it really is.

He'll never finish all my collections.

Author Interviewer

I finished one already! :V

(Also that's why I'm not reading more than I have to~)

One of these days, I'm going to have enough ponified movie scenes that I could put them in their own collection.

I'd read it.

I was actually thinking of starting a collection with nothing but snippets, ' cause sometimes I come up with a great line or bit of dialogue but don't have anywhere to put it. Like this:

"Five hundred years ago, I was Equestria's table tennis champ."

"I thought we were discussing sex."

"The rules used to be different, Twilight."

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