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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, 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

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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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    SA Reviews #97

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  • 9w, 6d
    Arrival

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    SA Reviews #96

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Mar
18th
2017

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:

Report knighty · 1,017 views ·
#1 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

Today?

#2 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461342 in about an hour

#3 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

Woo.:moustache:

#4 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

:twilightsmile: I actually have no idea what you sound like, trying to imagine it but all I can picture is Sweetie Belle's voice. :unsuresweetie:

knighty
Lord Al-knighty
#5 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461355 Prepare for disappointment then :unsuresweetie:

Wanderer D
Moderator
#6 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

Gah, I'm running out to pick up my kid and take him to another kid's bday party. :twilightoops: will there be recordings?

#8 · 1w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>4461359

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

#9 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461359 yeah, check that youtube channel in a couple of days. I'll probably post the recording on Discord

#10 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

Hope it's a blast, i'm working at a furry con ^^;

#11 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

Жаль, что я не умею русский язык. :fluttercry:

#12 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461514 you're pretty good. The only mistake here is a missing preposition =)

Жаль, что я не умею в русский язык would be correct

or

Жаль, что я не знаю русский язык.

Also, there was translation

#13 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461533

Спасибо.

Тоже ты говоришь английский язык довольно хорошо. Но ошибка которую я вижу — это недостающий артикль. Нужно "Also, there was a translation."

Знаю, знаю, что артикли могут идти к черту. A твой английский лучше моего русского. :raritywink:

#14 · 1w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

[Insert obligatory Сука блядь meme here]

Actually I would kill a man to learn Russian.

#15 · 1w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>4461756

It's actually possible to learn Russian without killing anyone.

#16 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461556

Ты ошибаешь, здесь нет нужды в артикле. Здесь translation использовано в значении 1, не 1.1, поэтому можно использовать без артикля в данном случае.

Но если бы я сказал "there is a translation", то тогда артикль нужен, т.к. используется значение 1.1

Also, thanks.

#17 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461756

Russian's easy no, it's not

#18 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4461355

>>4461358

For some reason, I'm now imagining a middle-aged male Sweetie Belle who's been chain-smoking for 30 years.

(Yes, my mind is weird.)

#19 · 1w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>4461859

Кажется, что кто-либо чему-либо меня может учить. Я посмотрел на твоем линке и увидел например этого слова такой же как твоё применение. Я никогда не видел такой применение.

Но если бы я сказал "there is a translation", то тогда артикль нужен, т.к. используется значение 1.1

На этой фразой не нужен "был" где-то вслед первой запятой, как: "то тогда был артикль нужен"?

>>4461756

>>4461851

I used to think that Russian was waaaay harder than English. Then when I started learning Russian and started to talk to some Russian ESL learners, I'm now of the opinion that English is just as hard, if not harder, for Slavs as Russian is for us. Don't get me wrong: Russian is murderously difficult, but it seems that for every difficult aspect about it there's something about English that's just as difficult. For example, I still cannot reliably explain to Russian speakers which articles are needed and when in the English language, and you can see from my conversation with Slaaneshi that even my intuition about that is wrong some of the time.

#20 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

Fake News, the real Knighty talks like a pirate :pinkiecrazy:

#21 · 1w, 3d ago · · ·

>>4462131

На этой фразой не нужен "был" где-то вслед первой запятой, как: "то тогда был артикль нужен"?
Nope. был means was => indicates past tense. And this sentence is in the present. So, no need.  You could, however, use был бы (would be), so it'd be ... но тогда артикль был бы нужен or ну тогда артикль нужен был бы. But why use more words when you can say the same with less?

Russian is, in fact, way harder than English. The hardest thing one can encounter in Russian is a whole lot of exception to a lot of rules. And probably punctuation is not easy as well. Also, both Russian and English have some grammatical categories that one has and the other doesn't. And one of them is... article. There are no articles in Russian. None. That's why Russian speakers are kinda slow when it comes to English articles (and don't get me started on German ones), because they have no idea what this is and why it's used. BUT when I had to learn articles, it was pretty easy for me. I had all article rules compiled in a neat chart with neat examples, so all I had to do is train myself to use articles all the time.

P.S. it seems like you're using google translator for you Russian texts. Google translator is fine when it comes to individual words.. and that's all it's good for.

#22 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·

>>4462528

Nope. был means was => indicates past tense. And this sentence is in the present. So, no need.  You could, however, use был бы (would be), so it'd be ... но тогда артикль был бы нужен or ну тогда артикль нужен был бы. But why use more words when you can say the same with less?

Hmm, I was under the impression that whenever you used "если бы," the verb in the next clause had to be past tense + бы. Well, I guess the more you know!

Russian is, in fact, way harder than English.

I'd say that it's definitely harder in some aspects, but not absolutely. With English, you already brought up articles; my grandmother has lived in this country for over sixty years, speaks better than most people, yet she still can't produce articles with 100% accuracy. Also, English orthography is incredibly inconsistent, and pronunciation involves a lot more guesswork than it does in Russian. English has four verbal aspects, each of them having slight, subtle, differences in meaning, whereas Russian has only two. Word order is also a lot more important in English than it is in Russian.

There's also the issue of strong and weak verbs, defective verbs and, the use of verbal auxiliaries. I'm not saying Russian is easy; I'm just saying English is no walk in the park.

But, in terms of "what's harder," I guess we're both biased in our own way.

P.S. it seems like you're using google translator for you Russian texts. Google translator is fine when it comes to individual words.. and that's all it's good for.

Нет, я пишу всё рукой. Я знаю очень хорошо недостатоки в Google Translate. Я его использую, когда мне нужно слово которое я не знаю. Если кажется, что мои фразы странны, это не из-за Google Translate, но из-за меня, который не умею писать.

#23 · 1w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

>>4463081 если бы is actually a conditional mood indicator, so it can imply both past and present. Example:

Если бы я был космонавтом, я бы слетал на Луну.

If I were an astronaut, I would fly to the Moon.

There's a clear tense indicator in English. I could translate this as a type 3 conditional or a mixed conditional and it would still be correct. The only telltale would be the context of the phrase.

Also, a Russian can speak about present using the past tense. That's pretty much how Present Perfect is translated into Russian.

There's also the issue of strong and weak verbs, defective verbs and, the use of verbal auxiliaries. I'm not saying Russian is easy; I'm just saying English is no walk in the park.

But, in terms of "what's harder," I guess we're both biased in our own way.

Yeah, pretty much. But being a native Russian speaker and a fairly competent English speaker I would still name Russian as the more difficult language just because of the amount of time I had to spend on brushing up my Russian grammar for an exam, compared to the time I spent on taking the same exam in English.

But if we're talking about the difficulties of the English language for an ESL-speaker, I'd probably name tenses (English has 16 active voice tenses and 9 passive voice, Russian has 3 for both), articles (Russian has none), auxiliary verbs (Russian has none) and strict word order rules. English spelling and pronunciation are a thing of their own. Talk about Russians struggling with the [th] sound. :rainbowlaugh:

Нет, я пишу всё рукой. Я знаю очень хорошо недостатоки в Google Translate. Я его использую, когда мне нужно слово которое я не знаю. Если кажется, что мои фразы странны, это не из-за Google Translate, но из-за меня, который не умею писать.

This is your most authentic Russian phrase so far. You're alright. It does feel odd, but I understand the meaning it conveys.

#24 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

What's the interviews for?

#25 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

Looking forward to listening to it this weekend!

#26 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4464164 what do you mean?

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