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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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  • 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

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  • 6w, 1d
    SA Reviews #98

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  • 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

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Mar
17th
2017

Today's story just wants a chance to get lodged inside your brain.

Let Her In

[Dark] [Horror] • 2,675 words

Night One

"Why is she standing out there? What does she want?"

Night Two

"There's something off about her...."

Night Three

"That's not Fluttershy..."

FROM THE CURATORS: One of the benefits of fanfiction is seeing how familiar ponies can end up in wildly different settings — and the fresh takes that those combinations can give us.  "You've got Fluttershy used well as a horror device, Apple Bloom as our beleaguered protagonist, and a very thrilling catchphrase in 'It's cold out here'," Present Perfect said in his nomination, and there was quick agreement on how effective this story was at its chosen genre.  "This does the most important thing a horror story can do: be creepy," Chris said, while AugieDog cited several other accomplishments. "There's a lot here to like," he said. "The atmosphere, Apple Bloom's dawning awareness that this thing's been stalking her for years, and the way almost the only line spoken aloud in the whole piece is the monster's repeated refrain."

Those weren't the only factors which went into the horror's core creepiness.  "The excellent audio reading certainly helped, but there is much more than that at play here: Apple Bloom's fears felt visceral, as she vacillates between reacting to her terror with flight or fight," Soge said.  "There is this constant atmosphere of irreality to the fic, as you are forced to guess just what is in her mind, and what isn't. That this stands even after the creature is defeated is really to the fic's advantage."  Present Perfect also noted the strength of the ending despite its unusual reveal.  "The one thing it does wrong is showing the monster near the end," he said.  "That said, the scene comes with some much-needed vindication for Apple Bloom, and the epilogue's final line is just about perfect."

While several of us questioned the choice of that reveal, there were ample other scenes where this was stronger for its unusual choices.  "The fact that the creature is seemingly able to invade Apple Bloom's home — her sanctuary — but chooses not to," Chris said, "gives the story a more fearful 'unknown' aspect than the more traditional trope of 'the sanctuary is inviolate, save by the failure of the protagonist.'"  And Soge noted one way that it might be an entirely different sort of horror: "I'll also point out that, despite everything that happens, the monster doesn't actually do anything against anyone. There's an interesting interpretation of this fic where Apple Bloom and AJ lashed out at the creature out of irrational fear ... not that I think that that was what the story was about, but I think it's in the story's favor that such a thing can even be considered."

Read on for our author interview, in which TooShyShy discusses snoring dogs, basement grandmothers, and purges of pre-teens.


Give us the standard biography.

I started making up stories when I was very young.  Back then it was making up stories to go with my picture books.  By the time I reached the age of ten and got my hands on a computer, my head was already swimming with ideas.  I wrote story after story, most of them original fiction but some of them teetering between simple short stories and what could be described as “fanfiction”, a term I at the time wasn’t familiar with.  

Most of my old work has been lost to time.  Literally lost to time.  Most of it was saved on floppy discs, a form of data-saving that no modern computer can accommodate.  My next step — at the naive age of eleven — was to give DeviantArt a go for my first try at writing fanfiction.  I was promptly dragged through the coals for my awful attempts, then my account was permanently banned due to my age.  Thus my first attempts at writing fanfiction were forever purged from the Internet.

The amount of writing I actually release to the mercy of the Internet versus the amount that will forever remain unfinished and unseen is staggering.    

Outside of writing and the occasional excitement, I live a pretty boring and formulaic life in the good ol’ United States.  I’m your standard millennial, complete with most of the stereotypes. 

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

It’s a reference to the song “Too Shy” by the band Kajagoogoo.  I first heard the song in “Ponies: the Anthology” and it happened to be stuck in my head when I was first creating my Fimfiction account.  

Who's your favorite pony?

I have a hard time deciding most of the time because I like all of them.  But if I have to choose one I tend to put above the rest, it’s probably either Maud or Twilight.  The way Maud’s personality clashes with the overall colorful and energetic tone of the show is simply hilarious and Twilight’s dorkiness is adorable. 

What's your favorite episode?

It used to be “Make New Friends, But Keep Discord”, but now it’s “The Saddle Row Review”.  Both episodes are amazing, but “The Saddle Row Review” embodies everything I love about the show:  The characters’ personalities, the comedy, the unique way each character overcomes their obstacles, etc.  It gave me even more appreciation for the amount of work the writers and animators put into making this show what it is.  

What do you get from the show?

A world so expansive and rich that almost any type of story can come of out of it.  No other show I’ve watched has given me the opportunity to truly flex my creativity when writing mere fanfiction.  I’ve gained a whole new appreciation and love for fantasy and world-building, both of which have influenced some of my original fiction.  

What do you want from life?

A simple, quiet, yet fulfilling existence marked by the sound of a dog snoring and the tip-tap of keyboard keys at one in the morning.

Why do you write?

Because writing is something I am both good at and enjoy.  I have been drawn to fiction ever since I was old enough to talk.  When I discovered the ability to craft my own worlds and characters, it was as if I’d made some kind of pact with myself.  The moment my fingers touched the keys, my fate was sealed.  I knew I was going to write and keep writing until my hands were no longer able.   

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Don’t stress about being as original as possible.  Originality died a long time ago.  You don’t have to struggle to make your stories original simply because the concept has been done before.  The important thing is that the story is yours.  It’s fine to write vampires the same way they’ve been written for years, as long as the story and the characters are your own.  Originality is fine, but not if attempting to make your story stand out is getting in the way of actually writing it.

What inspired “Let Her In”?

It was inspired by a NoSleep story entitled “My Grandma Lived Under the House”.  I have read a lot of horror fiction, but that particular NoSleep story was one of the few to legitimately terrify me.  The concept so thoroughly spooked me that I wanted to try to use it myself.  The result was “Let Her In”.   

Why choose to have so few lines of actual direct dialogue?

I wanted to focus more on the atmosphere and the creature’s behavior than anything else.  I’m not a fan of an excessive amount of dialogue in horror because it seems to take away from the actual horror elements, so I decided to use as little as possible.    

Do you prefer to plan a story ahead of time or to let it develop while typing it?

Having it develop while typing it also seems to work better for me.  When I actually try to plan a story from Point A to Point Z, I end up losing sight of my plans somewhere around Point C.  I prefer letting the story take me wherever it wants to go, even if that place isn’t where I expected.

Talk a little about the challenges of writing “pony horror”.

“Pony horror” is fraught with the same challenges of horror in general.  I believe horror is one of the most difficult genres to write.  With horror, it’s all about the atmosphere and the build-up.  If you mess up either of those, the horror element is almost entirely ruined.  There is also the fact that “fear” is such an abstract concept that is surprisingly difficult to get across in writing.  Letting the readers use their imagination to an extent helps, but then you have to wonder to what extent you should allow the readers to fill in the blanks.  Writing horror is a constant balancing act.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

“Let Her In” is my first “real” pony horror story.  I wrote and posted about two others before, but out of all three of them this is the one I actually like.  I’d even go so far to say it re-ignited my passion for writing.  

You can read Let Her In at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

#1 · 1w, 4d ago · 4 · ·

Yes! I read this story a while back; I'm really glad to see it get some more love. It's one of the few stories I've read that make me feel genuinely creeped out.

#2 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

Interesting that it got put in here. It wasn't bad, but I didn't think it was as good as all this. I even did a Reading Sins of it. Not a bad story by any means, but it had some problems, I though...

Like just about every story. No story is without sins.

#3 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

Wow.  That didn't take long.  This story just came out.

I was kinda interested in reading it.  Guess I'll take the time now.

#4 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

Dude! Stop looking at my list!

#5 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4460073 I feel the flaws made it a lot less predictable, which increased the creepy/spook factor for me. If it followed the perfect formula for horror stories, it might be objectively scarier, but it would be a lot more forgettable. Or maybe it's just me. :applejackunsure:

But like you said, no story is without sins.

#6 · 1w, 4d ago · · 6 ·

Piss poor story.

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