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Comment posted by Doreiku deleted Dec 11th, 2014

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Actually, that's a really good point. I think I need to be more open about where the story is going. Thanks.

Comment posted by Arzoo deleted Dec 11th, 2014

Little weird to base dire warnings on a ponies dreams, but I guess Luna would know the limits of "normal" weird dreams.

Comment posted by Arzoo deleted Dec 11th, 2014

It's a slow-starter, so you might consider throwing some foreshadowing in sooner to hook readers, but it eventually drew me in. I suggest working on Twilight's characterization more, her 'voice' in particular. This is a journal she's keeping for herself after all, and I don't see her holding back vocabulary-wise, for instance.

The short chapters are a bit annoying, but others' mileage may vary. I understand why you're doing it this way; it just feels a bit clumsy and jerky navigating through it on the site. Downloading the story and reading it as one document would be one way to address that.

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Yeah, I don't really know the right way to sell it, to be honest. I'll clip the warning, though. I'm not certain what the down-thumbs don't like, b/c I'm not getting significant feedback.

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Yeah, I agree for the most part. I want it to feel like an actual set of journal entries, though.

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I agree the early foreshadowing is too subtle and it's definitely a slow starter. Initially I designed it to start around Day 23 or so, but too much exposition was required for the background, so I went the other route instead. Maybe balancing the two would have been preferable.

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Description as is is now OK, but not eye catching. Dislikes are probably a function of sex/dark tags. Your story is assuredly not crap, so the early dislikes will generally be over content, not quality, while the likes are going to be around 10% of the readership.

Since you have a nonoffensive beginning/hook the big thing is advertising. Be in the right groups, make the description entice people. In this case, more emphasis on a dark mystery may work, but that's just one idea; you could make it a tiny entry in the journal that's deeper into the narrative and gives hints of what's to come, like "day 200: The apple zombies are winning, no one has seen Rarity since the Boutique was overrun. I hope Luna succeeds in her diplomatic mission to gain the aid of the Vampire griffons, or else all will be lost."

If you haven't, make sure the story is in the groups with your desired audience. And I'm not sure, but the new "similar stories" feature will work in your favor over time, so don't despair if you miss the critical but fickle initial feature-box.

This is well-written, but a real pain to scroll through.

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Well, I like what I see so far. Interestingly written, mysterious, sadly still lacking in kink—but that isn't something that needs to be rushed, Heavens no! However, the mini-chapters will draw some thumbs down. A large part of FimFiction's readership dislikes stories that regularly put out chapters of less than 1000 words. That could explain at least a few downvotes.

... Personally, I have my fingers crossed that Ponyville (and Equestria) is slowly but surely influenced by a magical malady that makes the mares want to find and submit to one of the stallions. With the skewed gender ratio, it should get really interesting. Plus, suggesting possible dom/sub pairings is great fun...

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Thanks for the feedback. I realize the micro-chaptering might be frowned upon, but it won't continue, at least. Entries from here on out (with rare exception) will be lengthy.

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That's good to hear! And again, I rather like what you've put up so far:twilightsmile:

Also, couldn't help but notice you did not address my other note, hmm? We'll have to wait and see, but if I'm right, Rarity might very well decide to kiss her Spikey-Wikey a little lower next time they meet. :raritywink:

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Oh, I avoided answering that because the future of the story is still a surprise! :pinkiehappy:

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I appreciate the feedback. I'm a little surprised by that, though; do you mean using the "Next" button is annoying? Or do ponies normally try to go back and forth to the ToC menu or something odd like that?

This is creepy so far. I keep expecting something horrible to happen.

And am I the only one who took Cadance's 'Very Disturbing' dreams to mean something like a combination of various ponies being torn apart, rape, flashing lights, static, screams of terror, foals being tortured, before finally fading to black with white noise playing?

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Well, I mainly read fimfic on my phone, and with opera mini due to its unmatched speed of loading, but its no longer supported so it gets all sorts of bugs, like displaying all related stories and blog posts in a long-ass column before the text of each chapter...

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It's safe to assume that Luna considers Cadance's dreams to be psychologically pathognomonic (assuming Luna is being honest, natch).

I'm really enjoying this so far - good quality stuff, and the pacing feels good too :)

Is... is Rainbow Dash jealous? She sounds like she's jealous of Fluttershy. Having your eyes on a big red prize yourself there, miss Prism?

Sooo tempted to make some more smart-mouthed comments about what some of the ponies said, but I fear that could end up spoiling the fun for the people reading the comments section first^^

Comment posted by Another_Brony deleted Dec 11th, 2014

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Have faith. I can't make guarantees, but this story is from a different setting than the one which originally inspired it.

Fluttershy, Wat r u doin? Stawp!

Comment posted by Moon Quill deleted Dec 11th, 2014
Comment posted by Moon Quill deleted Dec 11th, 2014

Why do I feel a trap about to happen?

Comment posted by Moon Quill deleted Dec 11th, 2014

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Technically, in the show, horns: ...do indeed grow back. They routinely file horns down in the spa, Celestia regrew the piece Chrysalis knocked off, and King Sombra also regrew part of his (though that may have been strictly magical).

Okay, this may well go in a direction I don't like, but right now: ominous events that may have actual payoffs, but not yet? Slow-burning increase in terror? Narrator ironically unaware of stuff, but not in a way that belabors the point? You definitely have my attention.

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Please don't drop the short chapters just out of obligation. They've been working very well so far.

what's with the piiiiigs

Twilight remember the bite marks!

Interesting story. There's so much mystery you just want to keep going.

Comment posted by Mad Maudlin deleted Dec 11th, 2014

I'm enjoying this so far. I like the mystery aspect, and I'm finding myself trying to come up with theories in my head about what comes next. Whatever direction you choose, I'm sure it will be intriguing. :twilightsmile:

I personally liked the short chapter style in the beginning of the story. It made it have more of that "I'm just starting out a journal" aspect, but I am really enjoying the evolution into longer chapters as well. (including the addendum) Overall, I like your writing style and your word choices. You pick up on the colloquial traits of each pony quite well. So far, I'm believing everything each pony says, and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment.

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Thanks! :pinkiehappy:

The only reason I have (seemingly) abandoned much shorter chapters is that information is currently coming too quickly. I enjoyed writing the early part as well (I'm particularly proud of putting in a three-word chapter), but slow doesn't fit the story's progress at the present time.

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Why isn't anyone buying Pinkie Pie's pod ponies theory? :pinkiegasp:

Just kidding!




(maybe) damn I'm a tease

I'm glad slow doesn't fit at the present time. I'm eager for more. :twilightsmile:

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So... the plot thickens? :pinkiehappy:




...yeah, I'm not above that brand of joke. :pinkiesmile:

Comment posted by Mad Maudlin deleted Dec 11th, 2014

You'd think the wing would be fairly easy to hide small things in...

I'm calling it right now. Collar, or some other equally fetish-heavy equipment.

Comment posted by pterrorgrine deleted Dec 11th, 2014

Red Flad, Retreat, to canterlot and Tell the princesses Now Twilight before it's too late. Bring the journal and just enough money to make it alone. Everypony has been compromised in the Crystal empire.

It could just be me.... but this chapter fills me with fear and a sense of impending doom that it probably shouldn't. :fluttercry:

-which is good. I read for reasons.

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You can't write the cute out of Twilight. It's useless to even try. :twilightblush:

Ummm.. what did Twilight see... Down there...

Comment posted by Arzoo deleted Dec 11th, 2014
Comment posted by Mad Maudlin deleted Dec 11th, 2014
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