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The Oversaturated World

The day after the Battle of the Bands, Sunset Shimmer's friends asked to see her about some changes that hadn't gone away after defeating the sirens. Things escalated from there into a full-blown AU. Check out the original story here and the group here.

WARNING: Pretty much everything after the first story contains spoilers for the end of it, so I recommend following that first link first.

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Latest Stories


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Helpful Tips

• First things first: If you haven't written any stories before, before you do, read this blog and take its lessons to heart. It could save you a lot of heartbreak.
• "Millennium" is the singular. "Millennia" is the plural.
• Ponies have hair, not fur, as Zytharros and his thirty years of horse experience assure me.
• "Y'all" is usually a second-person plural pronoun. Dusty Tome tells me it's acceptable to use it when the antecedent is a single person, but bear in mind that some people will complain.
• Because "pegasi" is a plural, it should not be used as a noun adjunct (wherein a noun is used to modify another noun.) "Traditional pegasi armor" is as wrong as "traditional unicorns regalia" or "traditional earth ponies recipe." (Note the lack of apostrophes.) Use the singular.
• Reins are the things you hold when riding a horse. A reign is the rule of royalty. As such, when one needs to hold back, one should rein it in. Reigning it in would probably entail contracting the borders of the kingdom by royal decree.
• Go here or here for a helpful list of equine anatomy terms, the latter helpfully created by Dave_Bryant.
• Go here for help with those pesky homophones.
• Want to write in Ye Olde Earlie Moderne Englishe? Daring Deux offers an excellent guide here.
• Comrade also offers excellent grammar blogs! Read them hereherehere, and here.
• Read these comics. You will learn and you will laugh.
• Need help writing rhyming dialogue? Don't want me writing song lyrics for you? Here's a guide to get you started.
• Eakin has an excellent guide for writing quality OCs here
• Sentience isn't anything special. Even earthworms are a bit sentient. The word you're looking for is "sapience" or "sapient." You know, like Homo sapiens.
• Immortality does not imply invulnerability. A vulnerable immortal can't die, but he can suffer injuries so horrendous he'd wish he could. (Suggested by halo003qd)
• There's also agelessness. Like the Norse gods, an ageless person won't die of being old, but will succumb to sufficient violence, disease, etc. The key word is "sufficient," which can range from "enough to kill most people" to "continent-destroying" or higher. (Suggested by the very awesome Jordan179.)
• As requested by Borg, to infer is to deduce something that has been suggested. To imply is to suggest something that can be deduced.
• Also noted by Borg, the proper spelling is "without further ado." As with the play Much Ado About Nothing, "ado" means fuss or delay. "Without further adieus" is wrong unless it's an act of intentional wordplay.
• As requested by World Builder, a desert is a biome with very low rainfall. A dessert is delicious. Use more 's's on the one you want more of. (Unless you're a diabetic who really likes cacti, or something...)
• Also noted by World Builder, someone who could care less cares a nonzero amount. The truly indifferent couldn't care less. Of course, some characters can't appreciate the difference, but that's no excuse for you.
• As the CheesePie-tacular scoots2 informed me, when using such titles as "Her Royal Highness," be sure to remember the "Princess" bit. "Her Royal Highness Celestia" is analogous to "Barack, leader of the free world." It's just missing something.
• As noted by the Discordlicious alarajrogers, not only should each new speaker in dialogue get his or her own paragraph, that paragraph should generally contain what that speaker (and only that speaker) does while speaking. See her highly detailed comment for further details.
• On a related alarajrogers-mentioned note, avoid "saidisms." Abusing synonyms for "said" will draw attention away from what's actually being said. (I admit that I'm guilty of this in some of my own work.)
• As noted by Professor Plum on the user page with the comment box, "princess" should only be capitalized when used as a title. (e.g. "Princess Celestia" gets the capital, while "the princess" does not.)
• As noted by Bliss Authority, a discrete pony (or anything else) is an individually separate and distinct one. A discreet pony is one that can exercise discretion. Rainbow Dash, for example, is discrete, but not discreet.
• The soft-spoken jamlamin presented this well-structured guide to hyphenated adjectives.
• Remember: "Sweetie Belle" and "Apple Bloom" are both two words each. "Applejack" is one word.
• Melancholy notes that the phrase is "make do," not "make due."
• TheGreatEater notes that when using an Apple Family phonetic accent, you should capitalize "Ah" when substituting "I." Same principle of capitalization, just on a slightly longer word.
• Snowy's self-demonstrating dissertation on footnotes found here is really all that needs to be said on the matter.
• As per Goldfur's request, note that insuring something means you're getting an insurance policy for it. Ensuring something means you're guaranteeing it will happen.
• And a Fimfiction user tip: When replying to comments in a multichapter story, you need to write your response on the same chapter as that comment. Just replying on the story index page will associate your comment with the last chapter in the table of contents, and the person you're replying to likely won't see it unless they're the story's author.

Any other common pitfalls you'd like to see here? Leave a comment!

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  • A World, Reflected When Princess Celestia's most faithless student steals the Element of Magic, Twilight must seek the aid of heroes from a strange reflection of Equestria to get it back. A somewhat dark, magical girl reinterpretation of Equestria Girls. by Bliss Authority 33,124 words · 1,489 views · 63 likes · 10 dislikes
  • Tastes Like Heresy Hearth's Warming never happened: The three tribes went their separate ways instead of uniting. Royal Chef Amber Spice is a mostly model Unicornian citizen, but now she's getting exiled from the land. How'd she manage that? (EqD 1/8/13) by Bugsydor 39,218 words · 1,428 views · 131 likes · 2 dislikes
  • The Crown of Night The stars can see the future, and they don't like what they see. Princess Luna, accompanied by a young and beardless unicorn named Star Swirl set out to uncover and avert an unknown impending calamity. by Daedalus Aegle 112,977 words · 2,293 views · 254 likes · 7 dislikes
  • The Long Trot As ponies venture into the Long Trot, humans colonize the Long Earth. The AI Lobsang has a long view of it, and prepares another expedition into the High Meggers to find a solution to an upcoming... problem. by Lithl 12,387 words · 672 views · 33 likes · 4 dislikes

Gathered Friendship: The FiCG Index · 6:08pm Nov 24th, 2014

One year ago today, I decided to share the cards I made of the Season 4 premiere. As such, this seems like the perfect time to provide a quick and easy way to access everything that's resulted since. The following is a hyperlinked rundown of every Friendship is Card Games blog, both those written and those yet to come. If you don't see something here, either I haven't gotten to it yet, or I've been a bit lazy in updating this particular blog. Feel free to yell at me about that if it isn't a

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*prepares tactical boop*

I've seen many of these, but I'm nonplused by the misuse of "nonplused." :rainbowhuh:

From the department of spelling peeves, to extend the list of tips . . .

  • Per se, not per say
  • A cue is a signal to proceed, often used in theater; a queue is a line to stand in (or on, for you New Yorkers)
  • A door has a jamb
  • If a fact fits with other evidence, it jibes; to jive is to deceive or to dance in a particular style, and a gibe is a facetious or insulting remark
  • Nonplused means perplexed or bewildered, not the opposite; the Latin root nōn plūs had the connotation of ”couldn’t be more baffled”

Thanks for the helpful tips. One more I would suggest.

I listen to stories while driving. The one phrase I hear over and over again from about half the authors here is "Are you OK?" Seriously, everybody uses it and every time it is a distraction. Try to vary it up a bit.

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Friendship is Card Games: Better Together, Part 1 · 12:34pm Sunday

Well, that’s what the Discover Family site’s calling it. Though to my surprise, they've manage to contain themselves enough to stop posting the videos there after putting up a quarter of them over the course of a week. That means I only have enough material for one of these before returning to the comics next week with a long-overdue look at the 2013 annual now that I actually have a copy. (Thanks again, princeps!)

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