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  • 1w, 7h
    TLS for all users

    We have implemented TLS site-wide as an unconditional redirect. (http -> https) This improves security site-wide for all users, and shouldn't have any negative effects, performance or otherwise.

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  • 1w, 1d
    SA Reviews #100

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  • 1w, 3d
    Radio Everypony Ru Interview (today)

    Hey guys,

    I'm going to be doing an interview segment on Radio Everypony Ru. Actually the first time I've done one in several years, so, kind of a rarity I guess. The quote below has links to audio streams and chat so that you can listen/chat if you're interested. If you want to watch/listen at a later date, you can check out the youtube recording at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQaHo8kJlai2ELfRQH_o6FA

    https://radio.everypony.ru/64 - 64 kbps stream

    https://radio.everypony.ru/128 - 128 kbps stream

    https://radio.everypony.ru/320 - 320 kbps stream

    http://radio-everypony-ru.chatovod.ru/id0969944 - live radio chat

    Also, one can listen to us on http://ponyvillelive.com/ or via hoofsounds

    Time:

    5pm GMT

    8pm MSK

    1pm EST

    10am PST

    The interview will have lots of answers to interesting questions I hope, so do listen in if you're at all interested.


    The recording is now available:

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  • 1w, 4d
    TooShyShy's "Let Her In" [Royal Canterlot Library]

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  • 3w, 1d
    Everfree NW Scribblefest Contest Ending Soon!

    Hey everypony!  Only a few hours remain for the Everfree NW Scribblefest 2017!  Get your Scribblestories (totally stealing that from Novel-Idea) in as soon as possible!  Feeling cramped for time?  Need to do some last minute edits?  Now's the time!

    For those of you that still need to submit, here's the link to our Google Form:  https://goo.gl/forms/aAtOQEHtvsKSE5PA2

    Want to try to pump out a 2000-6000 word story in less than 10 hours?  Here's the rules and regs:  Scribblefest 2017 Rules, Regs, and requirements!

    Good luck everyone!  We are so excited and looking forward to seeing all of your awesome stories!

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  • 3w, 2d
    SA Reviews #99

    7 comments · 1,225 views
  • 7w, 5d
    Everfree NW Scribblefest 2017!

    Everfree Northwest, Seattle's premier pony convention is known for having one of—if not the—strongest writing tracks in the MLP fandom. As part of that, we run an online writing contest (now called "Scribblefest") every year. Entry is open to everyone, whether or not you attend the convention.

    Like last year, we’re giving out six special awards, each of which comes with a $20 Amazon gift code!

    This year’s prompt is: Growing up wild and forever free

    Awards

    The Jaw-Dropper Award ("The Dash")

    We all know the type, the stories that make us go "Holy cow, THAT just happened!" This would go to the story with the best twist, surprise, or simple moment of hoof-pumping awesomeness!

    The D'aww Award ("The Fluttershy")

    A staple of ponyfic... the story with the sweetest, most touching moment that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    The Nasally Ejected Beverage Award ("The Pinkie")

    You know, the one that makes you laugh so hard you snort milk out your nose.

    The True Fable Award ("The AJ")

    The story that is most true to the spirit of the show. By definition, a fable is "a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral." This goes to the story that best teaches a life lesson, especially using old fashioned, honest-as-apple-pie wisdom.

    The Elegance Award: ("The Rarity")

    For services to poetic language, beautiful diction, haunting prose, and overall elegance in writing.

    The Checklist-And-Caliper Award ("The Twilight")

    The story with the most attention to detail. This could be a puzzle or mystery type plot, stories that rely on actual math/science, or ones that show well thought-out rules underlying the use of magic. Basically, any story that makes you wonder just how much time the author spent on research, calculations, plot diagrams, or anything else that wasn't actually writing.

    Goals

    It's up to you, the author, where you want to focus your effort. Good stories will often include elements that make them eligible for multiple awards, and we encourage everyone to focus on good storytelling, rather than myopically targeting a specific award. Do note however, that no story may win more than a single award.

    How to Enter

    Publish one new (never before published) story to FIMFiction.net between now and March 6th, then submit it to our online form at: https://goo.gl/forms/aAtOQEHtvsKSE5PA2

    Prizes

    Each of the six awards mentioned above comes with a $20 electronic code good for use at Amazon.com. International contestants may request a code for their regional Amazon affiliate (such as amazon.ca, amazon.co.uk, etc.) instead, and we will attempt to provide a code worth the equivalent of $20 US in that region. This may not be possible however, so non-US residents enter at their own risk.

    In addition to the $20, winning stories and authors will also be featured on the EFNW website, various media/blog posts, and in the EFNW Convention Book.

    Word Limits

    Stories must be between 2000 and 6000 words in length. Note: FIMFiction’s word count uses a different algorithm than most word processors and we will allow some leniency to compensate for this.

    Duration

    Scribblefest 2017 will accept entries from February 1st, 2017 until 11:59 pm PST on March 6th, 2017. Judging will begin immediately afterwards, and winners will be announced 2-4 weeks later, depending on the number of entries we have to judge.

    Judging Process

    Judging will be done in phases by a combined panel of EFNW staff and invited guest judges from the community. Judges will be given a randomized set of stories to read and each story will be assigned to a minimum of two judges, to reduce the chance of personal taste/bias disqualifying a story unduly. Judges will vote for their favorite story in each award category to advance to the next phase. After each phase, votes will be tallied, and the top stories in each category will advance to the next phase, where the process will repeat until only one winner in each category remains.

    Additional Rules and Details

    1. All entries must adhere to a PG rating. Submissions using elements that could reasonably be considered above a PG rating, including but not limited to adult situations, intense violence, or drug use will be ineligible for the contest. If you are unsure if your story meets these guidelines and wish to ask, please contact our writing track lead,  Heartshine, directly by PM on FIMfiction:  https://www.fimfiction.net/user/heartshine

    2. Any material that violates the rights of a third party will be disqualified.

    3. Submissions must be relevant to the My Little Pony fandom. If it's not MLP-based fiction, an entry may be disqualified.

    4. Stories must be an original work by the submitting contestant and must not have been released prior to the start of the contest.

    5. Contestants may submit only one (1) story for consideration. If more than one (1) story is submitted, the submitter will be asked to select which entry they wish to enter into the contest. If the submitter cannot be reached in time for judging, the most recent entry will be used. Contestants that attempt to subvert this rule and submit multiple entries under different accounts or aliases may be disqualified at our discretion.

    6. Co-written submissions are allowed, but disqualify all authors involved from submitting additional solo or co-written stories.

    7. Editing/proofreading assistance doesn't count as co-writing, and authors may submit their own story even if they help edit for someone else.

    8. Contestants may only win one award each. If an entry is found to be the best in multiple award categories, the judging panel will decide which award is most suited for it, and will give the other awards to lower ranked stories in the other categories.

    9. Winners will be selected based on many judging criteria, including, but not limited to: technical skill, characterization, creativity, originality, impact, and personal tastes of the judges. This is in addition to the criteria defined for each award itself.

    10. Submissions must be submitted via the linked Google Form https://docs.google.com/forms. If you have trouble submitting, please contact our writing track lead, Heartshine, directly via PM. https://www.fimfiction.net/user/heartshine

    11. Final interpretation of the contest rules and judging criteria are left to the discretion of the judging panel, and their decisions are final.

    12. Submitters retain ownership of their submissions, but by entering the contest the author agrees to allow Everfree Northwest to share their submitted stories on our website, social media, conbook, and in other promotional media and materials.

    13. Contest judges are not permitted to enter the contest.

    Final Thoughts

    Good luck to everyone! We look forward to reading your submissions, and hope to see you all at Everfree Northwest this May. As always, keep up-to-date on the latest Everfree Northwest news by visiting our website, viewing/following our FIMFiction account and group, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Tumblr.

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  • 8w, 3d
    SA Reviews #97

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  • 9w, 6d
    Arrival

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    SA Reviews #96

    12 comments · 1,950 views
Feb
13th
2017

Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


Plum sat back in his plush office chair, legs on top of his desk and a smoking cigar clenched between two fingers. He idly tapped the end of the cigar against an ashtray as he stared across his desk with bored interest at the only other occupant of the room. “So, we had Meta-Ferret last time with some type of insane bent to her going on. What have you got to top that this week?”

Intern fidgeted in the creaky wooden chair he sat in, trying and failing to meet Plum’s gaze. “Well, um, I was thinking we could… dial it back a bit. I mean, not every week has to have us doing something crazy and impractical. For Seattle’s sake, we just write reviews.”

“Just write reviews?!” Plum, moving faster than his slouched position would indicate, reached across the desk and grabbed intern by the collar of his office shirt. “You think that’s all we’re doing here? That we play around in our treehouses, our space stations, and our vehicles straight from a Bat Cave?” Plum pushed intern back into his creaky chair in disgust then turned around to stare out a wall-sized window, his arms crossed behind his back. With his form properly and dramatically silhouetted against the light streaming in, he said, “Well, you’re not wrong.”

It was a testament to Intern’s shock that he didn’t facefalt.

“Now look,” Plum continued. “We’re here to give the masses something they never thought they wanted. To create a need that grows so large that all reason is cast aside and the populous rushes out to read the story at the drop of a cigar. Kinda like Apple, but with less money, influence, and world domination.”

Intern remained silent for a time, processing all that he had heard. At last, he asked, “So would that make Seattle Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak?”

“Just get the reviews out, would you?”

ROUND 98


STORY 1

Monster Hunting: Tawrich, by Mithlome

Imagine an apple.

A golden-brown apple, dappled with red. Its skin is paper-thin, its flesh yielding and sweet. The texture smooth, not sandy. Not a single trace of tough, bitter rind.

You've eaten an apple like this before, and every apple you've eaten since has been a juicy prayer for another. Or, perhaps you have not. In that case, you wouldn't understand why the fruit of Eden is so oft represented by this tantalizing fruit. It is a symbol of hunger. It is temptation.

There is a certain kind of day, late in the autumn when all the leaves have turned to purple and red and gold, that is not very different from that apple. Days when the sky is blue and gray, like water rolling blue over steel. Fields of brown grass burn gold in the sunlight. The north wind pricks your skin, and reminds you of how alive you are.

On a day like that, well. It's not hard to see what she saw in the apple.


Corejo:

I haven’t read a good adventure story in a while.  And after reading this story, I can cross off that box of ‘things I really need to do more often’ from said ever-growing list.  Though, to say it truly fits the genre of ‘adventure’ would be a bit of a mislabel, and, for what it’s worth, a disservice to this story.

Monster Hunting is a little gem of an adventure not so much in the ‘grand journey to the ends of the non-canon earth’ that many people get all starry eyed over and have wet dreams to the tune of Dangerous Business, but rather in the expansion of an already established object within the show proper.  It’s unfortunate that I have to end that thought there, as said object is actually the twist that the whole story revolves around.  Now’s also probably a good time to mention that this story should also have the [Mystery] tag.  But seeing as it’s from 2013, that’s simply an oversight.

To the note of ‘this is from 2013,’ when fanfiction was coming to the end of its haydays and true, objective narrative quality was still well on the rise, this story is an excellent example of the early bird getting the worm.  Those irked by stilted, bland, or otherwise boring narration will find this pleasantly to their liking, along with the trappings of a well-rounded story and thought-out characters.  The OC protagonist, who I initially worried would simply be nothing more than a blank stand-in, actually stands out here—something refreshing and doubly important for gryphons, I think, as they’re often the go-to for foot-in-the-door edginess.

This is a good one.  Don’t pass this up.

RTStephens:

That story intro up there? Beautiful.

The story itself? Pretty darn good.

This one caught my eye due to the title. I love a good monster and hunter story, so going in I was hoping to see a badass hunter take down an even more badass monster. In a way, I got both, and then some.

Despite the cover picture, the hunter in question is a griffon called Ritter. He’s commissioned to help Ponyville with a recent spat of disappearing ponies. He teams up with Twilight and together the duo work to solve the mystery of why ponies are entering the Everfree Forest and not coming back, along with the increase in wild weather.

I had one fear going into this and that was that Ritter would be a douche who is dark, brooding and doesn’t accept help from anypony. A bullet dodged! Ritter, while having some secrets he keeps to himself, is a professional who truly wants to help those that hire him. I liked that he doesn’t go rushing in without all the facts and comes prepared for any eventuality. Kinda like Batman, but without the dead parents angst.

Also, lots of allusions to classical mythology, which I like.

What I also also liked is how Ritter and Twilight slowly piece together the bigger picture of what’s going on. They are tracking down a monster, and it’s satisfying to see them move closer to their goal.

A little editing would help this piece, as there are some missed punctuation and capitalization, but nothing that detracts from the experience.

And that’s all I’m telling you! It’s a great piece with lots of tension building and very well done descriptions. Have at it!


STORY 2

Cold Case, by Bachiavellian

When a special birthday cake goes missing, it's up to Private Eye Pinkie Pie to figure out which of her friends is the culprit!


Corejo:

Who didn’t love Mystery on the Friendship Express?  If you are one of the rare few who didn’t, then stop reading right now and go sit in a corner and rethink your life.  You can come back when you start thinking properly.  Back?  Good, cause this one’s gonna knock your socks off.

To be more exact, this story takes the sleuthing style Pinkie Pie develops in Mystery on the Friendship Express? and her vocal monologues from the yak episode Party Pooped and mashes them together in an astoundingly fitting take on the noir PI style.  Best part about it all: the entire story is from Pinkie Pie’s perspective as she’s monologuing the whole thing, in noir PI style, as she searches for the missing birthday cake.

This here is what makes this story work so flawlessly.  This is absurdity played straight, the best kind of absurdity.  Everything makes sense in context—from the noir silliness to simply why she’s out looking for a birthday cake of all things—and almost every sentence is a joke waiting have you rolling on the floor.

Honestly, I could see this one being a real episode.  Extra honestly, I would love to see this as an episode.

RTStephens:

Cold Case sounds like the name of a pony detective, doesn’t it? I’m half convinced that’s what Pinkie calls herself during this story and just didn’t think to narrate it.

Did I say narration? Because that’s exactly what we get here. Pinkie, donning her investigator persona, goes on a noir style mystery romp to find out who stole a birthday cake for a certain drake. And it’s just as silly as you would expect it to be coming from Pinkie Pie. The style of the noir is rather straightforward, with your standard detective dialogue and whatnot, but there’s a twist that makes her interactions with the rest of the cast very amusing.

To say anymore would spoil the surprise. Suffice to say, if you’re looking for some harmless but funny Pinkie Pie shenanigans, this story is for you. And a little for the ShyPie shippers out there as well!


STORY 3

Doing Well by Doing Good

As far as Fashionably Late is concerned, the Azdariz Diamond is just another jewel her husband Filthy Rich has bought for her.  So when she loses it, she confides in Rarity that she'll be putting an announcement in the paper: whoever finds the diamond can keep it. To Rarity, however, the Azdariz is the finest gemstone ever produced in Equestria, and she's determined to keep it from falling into less appreciative hoofs. Donning the Mare-Do-Well suit, Rarity slips into Ponyville's midnight shadows to track the diamond down before the announcement gets published.

Then Rainbow Dash gets involved. Then things get complicated.


Corejo:

One of the other matters about which Rarity was rarely mistaken, she'd found, was her life-long adherence to that simple piece of business advice: the customer is never to be hit over the head with a table.

It’s always the stories that lack the comedy tag that have the best lines.  Here we have an oldie-but-goodie from one of our oldest (and by that I mean longest active on the sight, though I’m sure he wouldn’t be remiss had I not clarified) writers here on Fimfiction, Augie Dog (I don’t see the point in beating around bushes, so I’ll be using his main account’s name.  That name also, by virtue of being older than Baal Bunny, will probably convince those reading this that yes it will be an awesome story).

So, in short: Rarity finds out that the one jewel she’s loved more than pretty much any other has gone missing, and woe unto her if anyone incapable of appreciating its beauty gets their grubby hooves on it, so she sets out to find it herself.  Things, naturally, get complicated.

Like the opening quote, what really drew me in is the narrative.  The asides and trains of thought that go so well in hand with the Rarity we know and love—that prissy yet moderately rational yet over-reacting yet still with some modicum of decency despite all that.  I can really see these sorts of snippets running through her head in the show at times.

Impeccable narration aside, we catch a glimpse of the Rarity we actually know and love, [spoilers] what, did you actually think I was going to spoil something for you? As if![/spoilers], and along the way get a whole lot of Rainbow Dash being Rainbow Dash.  Their personalities mesh in perfect true-to-show form, and from it we get the ending most deserved to put a neat little bow on this wonderful story.

Despite how top-tier all four stories are this round, this one ended up being my top pick. It just has too much going for it and absolutely nothing going against it not to give it that slot.  If you ever happen to be in a life-or-death situation where you had to pick the best story of Seattle’s Angels’ review round 98, this is your life saver.

RTStephens:

This story. Is. ADORABLE.

Seriously, there’s nothing in this that doesn’t work and so much that does work. Rarity is voiced stupendously, displaying traits of both greed and generosity, and her knack for wanting to beautify the world around her. Rainbow Dash is Super Special Awesome, coming in like a whirlwind and providing the heart of the whole fic.

It’s… I… That’s… I mean…

… Look, what I’m trying to say is:

IT’S SO CUTE!

Let me put it this way. If you liked the interactions between Rarity and Rainbow Dash in “Rarity Investigates!”, and needed more dosage of Wonderbolt and fashionista, you’re going to love this story.


STORY 4

Lapidify: To See And Die, by Impossible Numbers

Ambergris is a pony of few pleasures, and being called out for meaningless social events is not one of them. When he bows to duty and attends, however, he barely reaches the home of his host before he is faced with something worse than tedious conversation. Something far worse.

The dreaded cockatrice, a creature capable of turning others to stone with a simple glance, has just entered the home of his host. Now a mere nuisance of an evening has become a monstrous nightmare, but as Ambergris struggles to save the occupants of the house, he must also struggle against the pressures mounting in his own mind.


Corejo:

I think what I enjoyed the most about this one is the narration.  Set aside the happenings, the characters—the story itself—and you have yourself a picture-perfect example of how horror, and any other story, really, should be written.

Impossible Numbers sets the bar high with this wonderful addition to our story collection, with deep, intuitive narration abound.  It’s easy to get lost in Ambergris’ head when this fic opens to instant characterization and what some would probably consider karmic justice.  It has an almost Riverdream at Sunset (a fic we previously reviewed and one of my top favorites read for the Angels) feel in the tightly-knitted, yet sprawling language when the narrator is left to his monologues, though, those monologues appear more interspersed, which I found really helped keep this story going at a reasonable pace.

But on to the story proper.  Here is the story of a pony named Ambergris, who hails from what is described as more of an upper class area of pre-banishment equestria.  (There’s plenty of little snippets of implied sociological stuffs in this story, which alone make it worth the read.)  He scoffs at the concept of the cockatrice, a monster he believes is the stuff of fairy tales and well-behaved children.  But by the grace of storytelling, when arriving at an acquaintance's house for lunch, there one of the beasts slithers in to claim yet another victim.  The rest I cannot spoil other than to assure you it is filled with tension and no small helping of trying and failing to not read ahead of myself.

It’s a simple setup, but the execution, along with the narrative strength throughout, peg this one high on my list.

RTStephens:

Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where the kids are hiding in the kitchen from the raptors?

Take that scene, ponify it, and you’ve got this story.

Not that things play out the same way, of course. Different monster with different abilities, but the sense of building dread, the overwhelming fear, and rising tension are things to look forward to in this story.

Not that a monster in the house is all this story has going for it. The main character we follow has some baggage of his own to work through as he deals with the situations he’s confronted with. It gives a neat overlay to a story that could have been just your standard thriller, leaving you with more to think about. If anyone is familiar with the short story Poison, this fic will tackle some familiar concepts, just in pony form.

By the way, I’m quite aware that this entry was also featured by the Royal Canterlot Library, but its view count is still abysmally low. Go out and fix that, right now!


“By the way, where is my cigar?”

“When did you even start smoking?”

“I don’t, I just wanted it for the evil editor effect.” Plum began searching around his desk area.

Intern pointed a finger at a smoking trash can. “I think it’s over there, sir.”

“Oh, good. Hmm, given how much of the cigar was left before the reviews started, I say we have about five minutes before this whole building goes down in flames.”

Intern held up a fire extinguisher. “Or we could just use this.”

Sighing, Plum said, “Didn’t I ask earlier how you were going to top the last post? This is obviously the way to do it. So good job! You’ll make Jr. Trash Can Executive in no time!”

It was Intern’s turn to sigh. “I’ve quit better jobs than this.”


Feel free to visit our group for more information and events, and to offer some recommendations for future rounds. See you all next time!

Report Wanderer D · 1,826 views ·
#1 · 6w, 1d ago · · ·

The only one I've read here is Lapidify, and it is indeed great. If you think the potential of cockatrice lore was exhausted by "Stare Master", go and read this fic. It's under 12,000 words and is well worth the time.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#2 · 6w, 1d ago · · ·

Aw damn, Sisters' Coronet is some top-tier shit! :D

#3 · 6w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

:raritystarry: My goodness! I'm really pleased that Lapidify is getting this kind of praise and critical attention. Finding people appreciating and enjoying my work... it's times like this that make the bouts of frustration and doubt so insanely worth it. Thank you very much for this. :twilightsmile:

Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where the kids are hiding in the kitchen from the raptors?

I am literally shocked that it took so long for that comparison to be made. I had that exact scene in mind when writing the "hiding behind the sofa" portion of the fic, up to and including the impatient talon tap.

Hap
#4 · 6w, 1d ago · · ·

Iiiiiiinteresting.

#5 · 6w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

Thanks for the feature! Also, it's kinda funny how one of you guys didn't want to spoil the gimmick and the other just went and talked about it anyway. :rainbowlaugh:

Glad ya'll enjoyed it!

#6 · 6w, 1d ago · 1 · 1 ·

I haven’t read a good adventure story in a while.

Wasn't there a "borderline pulp action of the highest quality" posted last review?

And I don't need to rethink a damn thing, Corejo. I never enjoy stories where the mane six take off without Spike.

Take that scene, ponify it, and you’ve got this story.

Make a Jurassic Park comparison and I'm sold. Jurassic Park was my Star Wars.

#7 · 6w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4421221

I haven't done a review in quite some time, and I haven't read any of the stories from last review.

#8 · 6w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4420937

Unfortunately:

     Despite what it says up there, it isn't "The Sisters' Coronet" that they're featuring here...   :twilightoops:

     Still, I'm glad folks enjoyed the story.  I've been considering going back in and changing Fashionably Late into Spolied Rich to conform with the actual show, but then I figured, "Why bother?  No one'll ever take any notice of an old story like this one..."  :twilightblush:

                                        Mike

#9 · 6w, 20h ago · · ·

>>4421335

My fault. Intern blunder. Sorry about that.

I've sent a message to WandererD.

At least I got the link right, right?

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#10 · 6w, 19h ago · · ·

>>4421335

This explains my slight confusion at the author's identity.

#11 · 6w, 17h ago · · ·

>>4421335

Got it fixed. Again, apologies for my dumb ass Intern.

#12 · 6w, 16h ago · 1 · ·

By your reviews combined, this is Seattle's Angels. Go Angels.

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