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    AlicornPriest's "Alicorn Time" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The memories of today's story will stick with you.

    Alicorn Time

    [Sad] • 2,138 words

    Twilight, believing something has happened to her memory, seeks out Princess Celestia to see if she recognizes it and can offer a cure. But the answer lies far deeper in the root of her nature and her life as the Princess of Friendship than she would have ever expected.

    FROM THE CURATORS: It's not often that a short fic laser-focused on a single idea — especially an idea without direct roots in the show — makes us sit up and take notice.  "At the outset, this looks like a pretty typical 'bit of headcanon disguised as a story'," Chris said.  "That does, though, sell this fic short in one crucial respect: the author is able to deliver some truly heartwrenching moments in the back half of this.  Celestia gets a couple of absolute back-breaker lines, and the final sentence of the fic is heavy in just the right way."  Horizon agreed: "It's a headcanon fraught with emotional issues, and the author hits the right notes to effectively draw those out."

    That was due not only to the story's choice of topics, but also the choice of perspectives with which it approached the idea.  "I've had trouble with my memory my entire life ... so the idea of experiencing most of life only 'in the moment' doesn't seem that awful to me," AugieDog said.  "But AlicornPriest does a good job of conveying how devastating this is to Twilight and of following her through the stages of grief as she comes to realize how this is going to affect her and her friendships."  That was brought out further by strong secondary character work.  "The story also made an effective decision in Celestia's characterization," Horizon said.  "Her casual acceptance of the phenomenon just underscores how disturbing the situation is if you actually stop and think about it."

    Those made this work not just as an idea fic but also as a story.  "I've zoned out while working in the yard and 'lost' a half-hour or more before," Chris said.  "Alicorn Time is that feeling, writ large, and it achieved a poignancy as a result which few 'headcanon fics' can match."  And the fic's solid extrapolation of that phenomenon to immortality was what made it exemplary, Horizon said: "I think asking important questions about our own experiences through the lens of fantasy is one of the highest goals that a fanfic can reach."

    Read on for our author interview, in which AlicornPriest discusses tweening, Account Patterns, and zoned-out YouTube flickers.


    Give us the standard biography.

    Hi! I’m Alicorn Priest. I’m 24, I graduated from college about a year ago — English, as you might expect, though I also earned a BA in Chemistry. (Yes, there are Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry. Whodathunk?) I’ve been a brony since season 2 — I was there speculating when we were wondering what Discord was gonna look like, and I started reading “Background Pony” back when there were only two chapters out. My first fic (if you don’t count the terrible one I sent to the EqD reviewers) was posted up on ponyfictionarchive.net in March 2012. (It’s called “The Table at the End.” Go check it out.)

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    It’s kind of a funny story. When I made my first GMail account, I fancied myself a philosopher — really, I just liked to think about complex topics — so I named my first e-mail after my first name (which starts with an A), followed by “philos.” When I started making accounts on Reddit and such the like, I decided to make it easier for myself by making every account with the same pattern: a word starting with A, then a word starting with P. “Alicorn” seemed like the obvious A word, and “Priest” for P was the first word that seemed appropriate. I like the imagery it provides: one who worships and serves the princesses. One of my clients calls me Ali P, which I find adorable.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle, almost certainly. I have the same personality as her: studious, awkward, friendly, and a little naive. Somehow, all of my fics seem to include her one way or another. Close behind are Rarity and Pinkie Pie — Pinkie’s my problematic fave, because while I really like her personality and background, I think her depiction in the show is done right only about half of the time. “When she was good, she was very good indeed, but when she was bad, she was horrid,” if you know the poem.

    What's your favorite episode?

    As much as I’m a season 1-season 2 fanboy, I’ve gotta give it to “Pinkie Pride.” Every song is spot-on, Weird Al’s guest appearance is perfect, and the thematics and character exploration are stellar. It’s the quintessential episode of the show.

    What do you get from the show?

    I remember when I first got into the show, I was stunned at the attitude and charm it had. The main character is an awkward student who throws snark at everyone she meets? Is that even allowed in kids’ shows? And it had such tension and drama in those opening episodes, I was immediately hooked. I suppose if I had to distill it down to one word, it’d be “relatable.” The characters have real problems, they struggle with their friends, and they overcome through conversation and apologies. The bright colors and poppy songs draw you in, but the relatability is what keeps you watching.

    What do you want from life?

    ... Wow, what a tough question. I suppose I could just point to Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs and say “that,” but I’d better explain a bit more. First of all, I want to be happy, but “happy” is such a poor word. It includes everything from the satisfaction of a job well done to the zoned-out flickers when a YouTube video is slightly more interesting than the previous one. Unfortunately, the latter is much easier to get than the former, so ... there’s that. Second, I want to feel as though I’m useful to the world somehow. I want to feel like I’m creating things people enjoy, or helping make people’s lives better — something that has value. I suppose in a venial way, I like getting praised for doing good work, so that’s part of it, too.

    Why do you write?

    I write because an idea gets lodged into my head, and I want to expand it out into a story. I get a vision of a scene, or a line of dialogue, or a source of conflict, and I want to see how it plays out. The hard part is all the little interactions to get from one major scene to the next — in animation, they’d be called “tweening,” right? Other than that, I write because I have some idea I want to share with the world, and either my blog posts or my fiction is the best way to do that. I come up with a story about how weatherponies came to be, or I want to share a connection between transactional analysis and character interaction, so I write a story about it or create a blog post discussing it. Recently, I’ve had people regularly commenting on my posts, which helps a ton. If I felt I was just spitting into the wind, I wouldn’t keep doing it. (Hence why I went dark a couple years ago.)

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    Network. Network, network, network. If you want to rise in the ranks, you need to take writing seriously. Part of that process is talking with the community here on FiMFiction and establishing yourself. Make friends, so that your friends will read your stories, and then they’ll recommend those stories to their friends, and so on. If you’re an introvert like me, this is really hard, I know, but you’ve gotta do it. As to writing advice, it’d be “write what’s important” and “character relationships give you more to work with than each character separately.” And the editor part of me wants to add, “Wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” That’s Samuel Johnson, by the by.

    What inspired “Alicorn Time”?

    A couple of things. To a lesser extent, ruminating on what it would be like to be immortal, and how the passage of time would feel after long stretches. As Celestia explains in the fic, I felt the sort-of dissociative episodes would be a blessing, to save their minds from having to experience every single moment. (The science behind it is pretty circumspect, I’m aware.) Primarily, however, it’s based upon my own experiences of college and previous. I wasted so much time on books, video games, and the Internet that at this point, it all feels like a blur. I would have done no worse if I had simply blacked out at the start of it and coasted through unconsciously. So Twilight’s resolution to “make every picosecond count!” is my own desire, and Celestia’s response is my resignation at the impossibility of that.

    What elements would you consider essential in writing a successful “explainfic”?

    Hah! You used my terminology. You really did your research. The biggest danger to writing an explainfic is that the explanation, the caulking to fill the holes in the plot, is all you have going for the story. A good explainfic should also have strong character interactions, an arc as the characters grow and change, a central conflict that the explanation factors into ... you know, all the workings of any good story. So in “Alicorn Time,” as Twilight tries to cope with having this new condition, her attitude changes, and she struggles to decide what she’s going to do going forward. A bad explainfic will simply set up a condition for a character to ask, “Why does this thing happen,” a character explaining it, and then the first character saying, “Ah, that makes sense.” I’ll be the first to admit “Alicorn Time” is not a perfect fic, and one of its weaknesses is that the characters simply sit down and talk at each other. This is another weakness of explainfics, and the solution is to write a plot which can involve moving around and interacting with objects.

    Do you prefer planning your stories out ahead of time or letting them grow during the typing process?

    I love when little details appear mid-writing session, but I can’t rely on that to be the driver of my story. Sometimes personality quirks will change certain scenes, or the way I decide to execute a scene will create connections I hadn’t considered. For example, in a chapter of “Mother and Child” I’ve been working on, I discovered a place to put Cadance in the Beta timeline of Equestria which I hadn’t really planned when coming up with the chapter. I also noticed how the events Pinkie accidentally puts into motion will reflect a later scene where she does the same thing more intentionally. So that’s really neat. However, I’m not a seat-of-your-pants type writer, as much as I pretend to be. I find I get the best results when I can sit down (with a spiralbound notebook, not a Word document) and sketch out the chapter progressions, the character arcs, and the event timeline. Otherwise, I procrastinate because I don’t know what to write. Of course, even when I do plan, I procrastinate anyway, but eh. That’s how it goes with me, I suppose.

    Do you think Twilight will ever be comfortable enough in her alicornhood to unconsciously call Celestia by name?

    Heh. Twilight and I suffer from a pretty similar problem. When someone superior to us earns our respect, we tend to ... idolize them, just a little bit. I do it with all the amazing writers that frequent my blog, and Twilight does it with Princess Celestia. Talking with one of your idols isn’t quite the same as talking to one of your equals, even when your idol is your equal. (We’re all horsewords enthusiasts here, in the end. Even when one of my commenters has 17 times as many followers as I do.) So for me, that means putting them on a pedestal, and for Twilight, that means she can’t quite get over adding “Princess” to the front of Celestia’s name. I’m not sure it’s something she’ll ever get over, perhaps until she finds herself doing as much as Celestia does.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Hmm ... the shill in me wants to plug my new monetization strategy, but I’ll leave that for the readers to find on their own. What I will plug of mine, though, is my series of blog posts entitled “Writer’s Workshop.” Every so often, I share a particular trick that can help make your writing more interesting. I’ve used examples from South Park, the RPG Fate: Accelerated Edition, The Arrival of the Mail Train, and the psychological methodology of transactional analysis. I’ve also got a couple other stories people might like if they’re curious — my other smash hit would have to be “It’s Impossible!” (with the unofficial slogan, “The Ride Never Ends!”).

    Other than that, I want to thank all the readers out there. Thanks for reading this interview, thanks for making “Alicorn Time” as big as it has been, and thanks for checking out my other writings. Hope you enjoy. :)

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

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    Announcing EFNW Scribblefest 2017 Winners!

    After much deliberation, reading, rereading, and judging we finally have our winners for the Everfree Northwest Scribblefest 2017!

    I want to first congratulate all of you who submitted your hard written stories!  We had a field of 36 contestants, and that’s amazing!  Thank you so much for all your hard work that you do!  Now, without further ado, our finalist and their respective categories!

    Twilight Sparkle Award

    Ebon Quill with “Slouching Towards Canterlot”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366340/slouching-towards-canterlot

    Twilight was a tough fight, and it got down to the wire in the end between the final four stories!  Excellent job, Ebon Quill, writing a story that showed you did the research and made sure everything was picture perfect!  Just like Twilight herself would love!

    Rarity Award

    Loganberry with “The Book of Ended Lives”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/365846/the-book-of-ended-lives

    This story was gorgeous, and it was a clean sweep with all 6 judges voting for it.  Both pieces in this category had beautiful, flowing prose, but ultimately the gorgeous flair that Loganberry had for his piece won him the prize!  Beautifully written, Loganberry!  

    Rainbow Dash Award

    Novel-Idea with “The Cycle of Flame”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366378/the-cycle-of-flame

    To win in this category, the story had to be 200% cooler than all the rest, and Novel-Idea’s piece swept this category with all 6 finalists voting for it.  It was a tough decision, but his ability to write action, turmoil, and involve a side of Philomena that we don’t see in the show made for an amazing piece of fiction.  Way to be awesome, Novel-Idea!

    Pinkie Pie Award

    Posh with “The Next Best Thing”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366330/the-next-best-thing

    We wanted to have a funny, snickering, hilarious story to win this category.  Posh actually manage to make us smile in this one as well.  His piece was equal parts funny, heartwarming, and sarcastic, just like we’d expect if Diamond Tiara were interacting with Spike and Starlight Glimmer.  Posh, you were nominated in 4 categories, and we all loved your story by degrees!  Excellent work!

    Applejack Award

    Apple Bottoms with “Nihtmer Niht”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366417/nihtmer-niht

    The Applejack Award was one of the most contested categories we had for judging.  Ultimately, Nihtmer Niht ended up winning out in the end for being very true to the show.  The theme showed strongly throughout the story, and we loved the Aesop at the end, which really made this story win.  Hard work paid off in the end, didn’t it, Apple Bottoms?

    Fluttershy Award

    The Hat Man with “Freedom Flourishes”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366521/freedom-flourishes

    The Fluttershy award has to be my personal favourite category, because I love heartwarming stories.  This story made all of us tear up at the end.  The Hat Man expertly blended past with present through a series of flashbacks in this heartwarming tail, that took all of the judges by surprise.  Freedom Flourishes was an extremely touching piece, The Hat Man.  Fluttershy would be proud.

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Apr
14th
2017

(Note: We're looking to re-feature three of our spotlighted authors!  Our "Correct the Record" contest runs through Sunday, April 23.  Weigh in with your votes and nominations on our FIMFiction thread.)


Today's story will oh-so-politely take over your funny bone.

An Orderly Transfer of Power

[Comedy] [Random] • 8,892 words

Straight from the Canterlot archives, this collection of documents retells the rise and fall of Princess Twilight Sparkle, Enlightened Despot of Equestria, Defender of the Peace, Lawgiver, and Commander of Fort Libris.

Twilight Sparkle is, of course, known to historians as the first usurper to seek to schedule a coup d'etat by appointment. But for other details- such as, "What is the longest recorded time a pony has gone without sleep?", "Is it true what they say about swans?", and, "Why is there an owlbear in the Equestrian Witness Protection Program?"- these documents provide the answers and much, much more.

This is ABSOLUTELY SERIOUS HISTORY from primary sources. If anything makes you think this is silly, ludicrous, or unbelievable, blame Discord.

FROM THE CURATORS: It's a testament to the quality of the entries in FanOfMostEverything's recent "Imposing Sovereigns" contest that a story as consistently excellent as this one could walk away without a medal.  "This is start-to-finish hilarious," Horizon said.  "It would have been good just with the core joke of Twilight Sparkle wanting to schedule a coup, but it takes that premise, starts sprinting with it, and doesn't slow down for 9,000 words."  In his nomination, AugieDog said much the same: "This hits every humorous note of its premise spot-on, from Official Historian Moondancer's side note to Discord at the beginning to Twilight's final two-word message."  Present Perfect's praise was even more glowing: "This is marvelous right from the get-go, a masterpiece of in-universe writing and bureaucratic comedy rivalling the originator of the genre."

What was even more remarkable, we agreed, was that this story "maintains its tight comedic pace while sticking strictly to the epistolary style," as Horizon put it.  "The letters that tell the tale are well-chosen, and the story it tells is rich and robust."  Present Perfect appreciated the story's diversity: "The breadth of document types keeps things both fresh and realistic."  And Chris approved of the story's careful balancing act.  "The choice of which documents to show strikes a great balance between overly specific and too unfocused, giving the reader plenty to chortle over without bogging down under the weight of its own epistolism," he said.

That this could entertain us so greatly despite the ways in which it distorted canon was the cherry on top.  "You do have to accept a certain amount of Trollestia as the price of entry ... but the author then uses that premise in a variety of wonderfully funny ways," Chris said.  That was ultimately what won Present Perfect over: "Though I'm usually a stickler for Twilight and Celestia's relationship," he said, "the ridiculous way Twilight goes about staging a coup helps ground her actions in her character, and it's certainly not as hard to swallow Twilight getting fed up with taking Celestia's crap."

Read on for our author interview, in which Kris Overstreet discusses thermonuclear cherries, token rednecks, and discovering empathy for Rarity.


Give us the standard biography.

Born in 1974. Grew up and live in rural Texas. My day job consists of traveling the country selling stuff at conventions (mostly anime conventions). I write a webcomic (Peter is the Wolf) and have written various other fanfics of dubious provenance. Haven’t died yet.

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

On FimFiction I use my actual name; after some of the other things I’ve written over the years, I’m not inclined to try hiding from silly pony stories. My other internet handle, RedneckGaijin, came from the time when I was working for the indie comic publisher Antarctic Press, where one of the artists commented on the cosmopolitan makeup of the company by pointing out the office’s token woman, token black, token Japanese (himself), token Filipino… “... and there’s Kris, he’s the token redneck.” It amused me at the time (less so now), and I’ve not overcome the inertia to change it since.

Who's your favorite pony?

That’s a difficult decision. I like Derpy best, but a large part of that is because Derpy is all things to all fans; even given her speaking roles she can still be almost anything the viewer wants. Of the recurring cast my favorite pony is Scootaloo; my favorite villain is Queen Chrysalis, who fits neatly between classic scenery-chewing toon baddies and a believably evil (selfish, narcissistic, non-empathic) personality. Of the Mane Six, my favorite used to be Twilight Sparkle (for her geekiness, her social awkwardness, and her ability to go off the deep end faster than anyone except Pinkie Pie). Season Six showed a trend of backgrounding Twilight in favor of Starlight Glimmer, and I’m not fond of that development.

At one point Rarity was my least favorite pony — she’s as close as a recurring cast member comes to the girly-twee crud which constituted old My Little Pony. I changed my mind after Rob Balder (creator of Erfworld and Partially Clips, among other creative endeavors) pointed out she was his favorite because “she’s the only one who creates anything.” After that, I’ve looked at her in a new light, and I no longer have a least-favorite pony.

What's your favorite episode?

If I had time I’d go back and rewatch them all, rate them according to what I like and don’t like, and give a scientifically accurate answer. I tend to distrust gut feelings. But since I haven’t got the time for that just now, I’ll go with my knee-jerk top three: Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000, Twilight’s Kingdom, and Slice of Life.

What do you get from the show?

My favorite episodes are those with a hefty leavening of comedy, especially anarchic form of comedy — something to distract or even disrupt the Aesop of the day. Inherently absurd moments are what make the series for me, and when the show lacks those — or, worse yet, relies too heavily on the Idiot Ball, Schmuck Bait, or re-hashing frequently reused kid-show plots — I lose interest.

What brought me into MLP:FiM in the beginning, in fact, was a series of gags shared around during the first season — gags which would have been right at home in a Bob Clampett or Tex Avery classic cartoon. There is a combination of anarchy and internal logic which the classic Warner Brothers cartoon shorts had (as does Rocky and Bullwinkle, Monty Python, the 1970s Muppet Show, and all too few other works). In its best moments, MLP:FiM shares that quality as most kid shows don’t. Those moments of the unexpected are why I watch the show.

What do you want from life?

A comfortable living, freedom to create as I feel like it, and the opportunity to create something that will keep going and growing after me. I’m still working on that last part. Justice and equality for all would also be great, but I’ll settle for reduction of injustice.

Why do you write?

The ideas pop into my head whether or not I share them. Unfortunately, actually turning those ideas into something worth sharing is usually an excruciatingly painful process. I mainly do it out of compulsion — because I have a profound need to do so — except for those short periods when the material flows on its own, the bits which are a pleasure to write instead of a pleasure to have written.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

The single most important rule: there is no road that leads to Good that doesn’t wend many long, twisty miles through the Land of Suck. Write. Write. Keep writing. Yes, it’s going to be a lot of crap. Keep writing, take one look to see what did and didn’t work, and then move on to something else.

The best way to learn how to write is to read. Read a lot. Read as much different stuff as you can stand to read. The more examples you’re exposed to, the more you’ll be able to see differences in style, and the more you’ll be able to tell what works and what doesn’t.

The one basic, pat and repeated writing rule I’d add (besides learn the damn language) is: if you can find a way of getting rid of is, was, were, etc., do it. Sometimes there’s just no way to avoid a form of the verb to be without sounding stilted, but about two-thirds of the time using was wastes the chance to use some other word or phrase that gives the reader a much more brilliant visual. And visual writing is one way to keep a reader involved in the story — make it easier to imagine, and you make it easier to keep reading.

Example: “The sun was red in the evening sky.” vs. “The sun glowed the dull red of a tired ember, exhausted from the long day’s work and ready for a good night’s rest.” (Or, alternately, “The sun sank in the west like an immense thermonuclear cherry being placed on a horizon-wide vanilla sundae.” But only if I’m doing broad slapstick.)

What inspired “An Orderly Transfer of Power”?

Orderly Transfer was an entry for FanOfMostEverything’s Imposing Sovereigns contest. When I read a post extending the deadline for the contest, I noted that no one had taken what I thought was the most obvious option — Usurper Twilight. It’s been strongly hinted throughout the series that Twilight Sparkle is Celestia’s protege if not future replacement, so that sequence seemed logical …

… and, because it’s Twilight, having her take power early seemed rife with the potential for humor. Twilight being Twilight, she’d want to do everything properly. And once she gained power, she would obsessively work to be the best ruling princess and protector possible … in much the same fashion she exhibited in It’s About Time.

I’d originally planned just the one chapter, but initial overnight response to that chapter triggered inspiration in the shower, and I ripped through a quick epilogue that, to judge the reaction, is even more popular than the main story. My only regret about that is the epilogue undermined the original ending line (FORT LIBRIS WILL RISE AGAIN), but it didn’t kill it entirely, so I’m satisfied.

Because analyzing humor only makes it funnier, talk a little about the art of stretching the MLP canon characters when writing comedy about them.

To a certain extent, writing comedy about the characters doesn’t require stretching the characters so much as stretching the world they live in. Yes, for the purposes of Orderly Transfer I used fan-favorite Trollestia with her scheme knob turned to 11 — that was necessary to give a reason for Twilight to overthrow her. But the story’s Twilight is more or less canon Twilight. The main reason Orderly Transfer isn’t a drama or a tragedy is that the rest of the world reacts to Celestia’s and Twilight’s actions in a way that restrains the worst possible consequences in favor of harmless but embarrassing ones.

It also helps that MLP:FiM is an inherently comedic setting. You don’t need to stretch the characters that much for broad comedy. This is a setting which gives us Flutterguy, Performance Anxiety Rainbow Dash, Rarity’s Hyperspatial Fainting Couch, OCD Applejack and her hog-slopping ritual, and Pinkamena Diane Pie. With a setting like that there’s plenty of elbow room for nonsensical comedy.

How challenging did you find it telling a story using only notes, letters, and other sorts of documents?

To be honest, I found it dirt easy. Description is hard. Making a character’s internal monologue interesting is hard. But dialogue is easy to make interesting, as characters bounce off one another … and letters are basically dialogue frozen in time.

It’s made easier by the fact that I sometimes read primary sources when researching history (one of my hobbies), and this gave me ideas for things I could use to advance the plot in Orderly Transfer. It’s not a trick I’d want to use too often, but for this story it was perfect — in fact, the only way to go. Writing it as a regular story would have explained too much to the readers; the dribs and drabs allowed them to put it together in a more dramatic and comedic fashion.

Do you find that you approach a story differently when writing comics than when writing plain prose?

Only in one sense: writing for comics requires that the writer pace things out on a per-page basis, so that the artist isn’t forced to cram too much or stretch too little across the comic page. Ideally, each page should end on a hook to pull the reader into the next page. In other respects it’s the same: establish characters, setting and basic conflict; rising action; climax; denouement.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks to everyone who reads and favorites/upvotes Orderly Transfer of Power! I’m still amazed that something I tossed off as a quick entry for a writing contest became so popular so fast, and I’m glad that so many people liked it.

I’d also like to direct readers to my major pony writing project, Changeling Space Program, which though not quite as Monty Python comedic is still funny and adventurous, and which I put substantially more effort into writing (which is one reason why chapters come out months apart).

And, of course, Patreon. I have one, and the less worried I am about the bank balance, the more relaxed and likely to write things I become! Or if that’s not an option for you, check wlpshirts.com for the T-shirts I sell at conventions, which include several pony-inspired designs.

(Shame? If you’re poor or a writer (but I repeat myself), shame is a luxury.)

You can read An Orderly Transfer of Power 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 · 5w, 6d ago · · ·

Hah!  This one!

A solid entry into the library.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#2 · 5w, 6d ago · 5 · ·

...scrap discovered in a trash can in Georg's underground lair:

...find the author and bring him to the Dark Side.  Tell him we have cookies.  He will make an excellent addition to the Stable of Evil as we conquer the rest of the unsuspecting wor....

#3 · 5w, 6d ago · 3 · ·

This was a great deal of fun. Sadly, as you noted, it was in a terrifically strong field vying for the top three spots. Still some great stuff, as is CSP.

#4 · 5w, 6d ago · · ·

This certainty was one of my favorites out of the contest entries. And by far one of the ones that had me laughing the loudest and most often. Though I also wouldn't have put it as one of the winners, but only because there are so many incredible stories. Also, still hold the second chapter pushed things just a little to far towards both the absurd and the Trollestia. First chapter it was hilarious. Playing Twilight perfectly, getting her fed up enough to pull this, using it for a vacation for her and Luna, but also to teach Twilight a lesson, all while being ready to step back in the moment she needs to to make sure things don't get to out of control.

Second chapter was just "LOL I'm out bitches! Have fun!"

Bit to far, still awesome story though. Also why am I retyping a condensed form of my review rather then working on finishing the IS reviews?

#5 · 5w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

One should not be surprised to see documents from the "Canterlot Royal Archives" make it into the "Royal Canterlot Library". Great choice!

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