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Mar 31With the Merger coming up soon, we have created an official steam group for the combined sites. It can be found at http://steamcommunity.com/groups/PonychanSteam

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Just leaving this here, in case anyone wants to read it and can't find it.

Both scenes have a very similar plot; a monstrosity attacks Ponyville and instead of "conventional," brute-force solutions, exploiting the beast's softer side is shown to work. In a way, they are a symbolic triumph of cunning and motherly kindness over coercion as a solution to problems.

The major difference is the scenes' length. Ursa Major has a very long buildup to it, emphasizing the beast's strength with ground shaking, trees falling and Trixie's helplessness. Meanwhile, Cerberus' appearance is abrupt just as is his defeat. The difference comes from the varying roles of those scenes in their episodes, Ursa is the climactic fight of its story and Cerberus is just one of many.

In terms of their design: Ursa Major(Minor)is a walking pun, but quite innovative at that. It is a very "serious" monster by My Little Pony standards, it wreaks havoc, is shown to be feared by the characters, the depictions of it emphasize its size and ferocity(e.g. the shot with point of view being its mouth).
Cerberus invokes the cliche "evil" monsters with its small eyes(also suggesting idiocy), jet black fur, spikes etc. This style is juxtaposed with its behaviour(gnawing on big strawberries while the Ursa destroys buildings, acting like a normal dog while Ursa acts like a rampaging bear)and the scene's setup(pink background, Pinkie Pie's obviously feigned panic, middle of the day, Celestia putting up a "lost dog" flier to recover the supposedly fearsome beast), creating a feeling of "edgy" but ultimately bankrupt evil that is more a source of comedy than a serious threat, treated accordingly by all ponies except the paranoid Twilight.
Overall, the two scenes share a skeleton, but whereas the meaning of the Ursa scene is to prove Twilight's magical skill by having her defeat a worthy foe and save Ponyville, the Cerberus scene, with its flippancy, is meant to depict Twilight's inadequately somber reactions to problems


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#Reviewer

I have exams this week, which means it is time to procrastinate.

I'm reviewing the first four fics on this thread as long as they follow these rules:
They are in GDocs, with comments ON. To do this you hit the "share" button (top right-hand corner) and change the "who has access" to the one that says anyone with a link can comment. Don't allow it to be edited, unless you want people to mess with your work.

And um, I'm not a big fan of gore, but I will read it.

I can't really think of any more rules. If you don't follow my only one about gdocs, just know that I will completely ignore your post unless you repost with the correct link and format. And if you do that after my queue is filled, I won't take your story, no excuses. Sorry, but read the OP.

Anyway, I'll read anything, I prefer sad and dark and I'll be harder on comedy because I tend to get annoyed at those fics unless they're actually funny.
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Ooh, let me jump in! I've just finished the next chapter for this. Have fun reading, and let me know of anything you think should be changed.

Title: A Really Bad Story (Chapter 2: I'm a filly and what is this?)
Author: Bleeding Raindrops
Wordcount: 1211
Tags: Comedy
Synopsis: Scootaloo tries out writing as her special talent, but it doesn't go over as well as she'd hoped.
Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B4o_NKVIBVLeGXIw3kXILhSwkWS-K3rF_fDmjXmi04Q/edit
>> No. 125653
>>125611
>>125624
>>125625
>>125638
All right now! I got surprise plans yesterday (er, eating chocolate and watching 21 Jump Street) AND today (with actual people omg) so I'll be starting them tonight, depending on when I get home. Just figured you guys needed an update!

Queue is closed.
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Bump


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125686 No. 125686 Autosaged [View]
#Single fic #Normal #Crossover #Random #Sad #Comedy #Sci-fi

Discord has returned except this time he is allied with Gak. Discord has corrupted Princess Luna and Princess Celestia, who knows where the Elements of Harmony are. Dr. Whooves knows Time travel and must go back in time to get the elements before corrupted Princess Celestia gets them. King Sombra returns and he also needs to get the elements in order to stop Discord's plans to execute his own evil plan. The Mane 6 were sent 4 years into the past. After getting the Elements from fighting Princess Luna and Celestia, King Sombra and Queen Chrysalis steals them so they can prevent the mane 6 from using the power of friendship to stop them from taking over the world. Back in the present, Present King Sombra tries to stop Discord from awakening Gak, causing destruction to the entire planet. Discord died in his own plans but there were a few survivors who wait for the mane 6 to return to what became known as the Day of Gak and change the the Mane Six lost the fight against King Sombra and Queen Chrysalis.

The Great and Powerful Trixie who is the most powerful and only unicorn in the future that became the present due to the destruction that Gak caused. Trixie, Derpy, Spike, and Gilda had to find another way to go back in time. They meet Zecora in the Everfree Forest that was no longer the Everfree Forest, instead it was a wasteland of dead trees and smaller versions of Gak that were spawned when Gak destroyed Equestria. Zecora who now lives in fear sees the four ponies who seek the way to the past. Zecora does not have the answer so they must revive Dr. Whooves. When they find Dr. Whooves and get the required materials from Twilight's house to bring back someone to life. back in Equestria, they realize that Dr. Whooves is not dead but his T.A.R.D.I.S. was destroyed in the Gak incident.

Dr. Whooves comes with them and tells them to find King Sombra and get him on t
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>> No. 128276
Maybe Mr. Rogers and his sweater are the only safe meeroims cause he is not likely to be reinvented .he was one of a kind. Poor Caroline .she must have been clueless,however, could be a my little pony take on a star wars theme of good versus a lot of evil. http://ttsbmcb.com tpjoxzhmqix [tpjoxzhmqix.com] [link=http://vjdsjcp.com]vjdsjcp[/link]
>> No. 128978
awesome. i'm going to print off your questions and then<a href="http://allhfwpp.com"> rcreod</a> our interview. no way i could write all that stuff down. love that she thinks you are only 19!
>> No. 129026
<a href="http://san-diego-auto-insurence.wallinside.com/">link</a>


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#Author #Normal

Daring flew over the jungle of Zephir'ar, the humid breeze on her mane felt dreadful. its not that she cared for her manes upkeep, as she had been out of civilization for months. While thinking about her absence to pony civilization, She realized how much she liked it this way, most ponies she knew were for resource purposes, selling trinkets and treasures she found on her travels. She sniffed a laugh down, remembering ponyville. That pink energy blob was a disgrace to pony kind, she thought to herself, weaving between the trees. She noted that each tree had a series of barbs, she didnt want to get caught in that frey of dangers. she easily dodged the upcoming tree, lowering one wing to catch the wind, just so. She pulled up to get a view of the jungle canopy.

"almost to the top" she sighed outloud, whilst flapping her wings, fully spread out to catch all the wind she possibly could. when she was just about to breach the top leaves, an thick rope net extended, wrapping itself around her, a whistle erupted, a searing blast to Daring, her ears flipped backwards, she was trained for this, she quickly started chewing the rope, a fast trotting sound from below made her try to bite faster.

"D...Daring?"

Daring stopped chewing on the rope, gasping she looked below.

(to be cont.)

(ooc; if i made a error i appologize im on my android haha :) ill continue the story for ya'll.)
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>> No. 125646
>>125645
Why is Ion still doing that?

Second, what the are you saying? I reread that three times now and I'm more confused every time.
>> No. 125647
>>125646

in other words, im saying i already caught those errors, and i am fixing them on my pc, my pc does not have internet, but i will fix everything.
>> No. 125648
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>>125647
>>125645
I used to type on my goddess-forsaken PSP. If I was able to maintain a solid grasp on grammar at that point, so can you with your several-generations-improved device. There is no justification for laziness.


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125614 No. 125614 [View]
#Discussion

Hope I'm not interrupting anything.

I'm new to this, and I need fanfics. What fanfics do you consider classics, must reads, or just simply fantastic?
>> No. 125615
The four and five star stories on this page are a good place to start: http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com/p/6-star-reviews-by-star-rating.html

You may also want to check out the stuff at the Pony Fiction Vault: http://www.ponyfictionvault.net

And a bunch of my personal favourites are on the left side of my FIMFic page: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Ezn

You can't go too wrong with most things by Cold in Gardez, The Descendant, Blueshift, shortskirtsandexplosions, Thanqol, Jetfire, or Cloud Wander.
>> No. 125616
>>125614
Here's the link to general fanfic recommendations
http://www.ponychan.net/chan/fic/res/121064.html


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#Discussion

ITT, we post our favorite fanfiction quotes.

For some reason or another, I like these--even though some are kinda cheesy in retrospect:

“Duty and purpose are not things that exist Luna. One is a romanticization of the most tragic needs of the moment, and the other is just a fancy way of saying choice.”

“It’s yours, not mine. It never was. That’s why it’s the finest thing I’ve designed to date, I think”

It was no earth-shattering declaration. Instead of her heart throbbing and tears flowing, Rarity felt a warmth settle over her, a quiet peace infinitely more beautiful and appealing than any more dramatic truth.

"That's o.k., ponies change, but just because their interests and goals in life changed, that doesn't mean they just _stopped_,"
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Well, before I left her that night, I said thank you to her at her door. She nuzzled me and said one more thing: "Child, I never wish evil in my rhymes, but you shall live in interesting times. Good night."
Tales, By George P.

The dragon began to scrape jewelry from his spines and claws. Luna was fairly certain he had eaten a few rings, but it wasn't as if they couldn't be replaced. His face was still laden with make up, which was about as attractive on his alligator maw as could be hoped - admittedly not very. He looked like he'd be going out to a hot nightclub to snatch zebras from the river banks and drag them under.
Administration is magic, By Sir Politic Am-Be
>> No. 125571
>>125570

Ah, maybe I should attribute mine...

First one and fifth one are from Celestia and Luna's Completely Average Day

Second and Third ones are from No Recipe for Perfection

Fourth one is from A Million Things to Do

Rest are from End of Ponies
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>>125568
See pic. Prancypants' Flight of the Alicorn is the only long form fanfic I've felt compelled to finish. His banter is like a Cary Grant movie.


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#Reviewer
Form: http://tinyurl.com/cjebzap
Current Queue: http://tinyurl.com/ctzzts7

Hello, folks! My name is Nicholas, and I will be your reviewing host for today. After walking around the block a few times, kicking some stones, and ultimately doing some namby pamby soul searching voodoo, I'm back, and I'm back with a vengeance. The victim? Your poor pony words.

While I've been on writing hiatus for a while now, I've remained engaged in the ponyfic community since March, soaking up as much as I can, and now, I am at your service.

What can you expect from me, anyways? A discerning eye, a patient mind, and open ears. I consider my specialties to be de-clunkifying fics, keeping stories coherent, and connotation in general. If something sticks out, I'll pounce on it. Poor word choice? More telling than Pinkie Pie blabbing while on caffeine? Questionable character behavior? Poor grammar? Prepare to see plenty of yellow on your GDoc, then.

If you would like to sample my modest words of pony fic, you can check out my page on fimfiction, under the name "Tayman."
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>>125016

Well, nothing in the ponyfic folder to make an appropriate header for the review. A quick trip to derpibooru remedied that problem... but not before an image of Luna being expanded with a hose was forever burned into my retinas. Cannot. Unsee.

Anyhoo, onto the review!

Plot/Characterization
Initial reaction to this fic: as it currently stands, your synopsis is off: "Set after the changeling invasion, Twilight and her friends stay at the castle for a week or so. Wacky shenanigans and misunderstandings galore ensue." Unless this fic takes a serious turn after chapter two, a more appropriate synopsis would be "Twilight has trouble sleeping the night after the Canterlot invasion. She closes her eyes, yet thoughts of a certain Princess of the Night refuse to leave her alone." A slap-dash job, but at least accurate.

Synopsis issues aside, I actually don't have any major complaints about the plot or characterization. For all your minor tell issues in prose, you at least managed to do a good job showing Twilight's crush on Luna. Perhaps TOO good of a job, or else I'm just daft. The whole crush bit went over my head until Twilight spoke with Luna on the balcony. The only hints you drop are the bits where Twilight is staring out at the night sky, or reflecting on astronomy. I mistook this activity for Twilight merely keeping herself occupied while she couldn't sleep.

Thus, with the whole "Twilight has the hots for Luna" bit going over my head, I found myself wondering just exactly Twilight was doing, and I was honestly concerned that the whole chapter would be a big helping of nothing. A tidbit to keep in mind: the fact that this chapter can essentially be boiled down to "Twilight nervously paces throughout the castle, then talks to Luna." Considering nothing beyond a minor bit of characterization and establishing Twilight's crush happens in this chapter, see if you can't bring things down to size.
>> No. 125525
>>125328

This will be brief, since I already gave this story a formal review, and frankly, not much has changed here. A quick read-through reveals you changed the ending, but little else. It fits the story well enough, but really, there still isn't much substance here. I hate to use the term, but "fluff piece" sounds appropriate. There's little beyond "Pinkie Pie gets a credit card, spends way too much on gifts for her friends." If that's what you were aiming for, then no qualms from me But if you wish for this to be something more, I refer you back to my formal review, since other plot issues still remain.
>> No. 125527
Good day, my name is Crushric. Today, I come to you with a request: I wish to engage your services. Losing that formal jabber that I always begin with (and I mean every word of it, too), I'd very much like your help with the first chapter of a little something I've been working on for a while. I hope you can tear this piece a new one, so to speak, since I'm looking for any possible flaw so that I can fulfill my outrageous dreams of the EQD. So, without further adieu, I present to you Jericho.

Title: Jericho

Tag: [Dark] [Adventure] [Comedy]. (Note that the first chapter is rather light on any comedy.)

Description: I come from a land far to the east, a place called Preußen, a nation of proud stallions. Who I am doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is the cultural dissonance between our two peoples, those of Equestria and those of my homeland. What matters more is how I, by virtue of being at the wrong place at the right time, am now entirely at the mercy of these naked Equestrian savages. I am by no means the hero of this tale, and this is hardly even my story. I’m just a nopony thrust into the Equestrian world, with their strange customs and way of thinking. To them, I guess, I’m just as alien, with my so-called guttural language, strange God, and outfit. Oh, and let’s not forget how the Prince of Darkness and the Biblical Kane are waging a war for the fate of the whole universe, and how I get forced along by sheer virtue of me being able to translate from my language into Equestrian. This is the story of culture, language, and six annoying yet special girls with their lunatic princess saving the world. Oh, and I guess I’m along for the ride, too, since I’m the narrator.

Words Count: 2256

Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rYlmXUDTiwD0cyeztpVp7MJcH94pA2Bkan2A8KuKhGA/edit


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118389 No. 118389 [View]
#Reviewer
It's been a year (more or less) since I got into the reviewing game, and I think it's time I got back in the saddle, as it were. Some of you may remember me, some may not. That's not particularly important.

This thread is going to be a little different. Yes, there are the usual rules regarding how to submit and whatnot, but there is one key difference: instead of a word count maximum, I have a word count minimum. That's right, minimum. I won't be reviewing a fic that's under 20k words.

Having said that, I won't have a queue, either. It's first come, first served, and I only take one fic at a time. Depending on the length and the number and nature of the issues, I might take a couple of hours or a couple of weeks to finish.

Now, the rules:
1. I want the Equestria Daily title/author/tags/synopsis/story link format.
2. Give me a comment-enabled Google Doc. You can share it with just me, my email is in my trip. If your story is particularly long and you need me to catch up quickly, send me a FimFiction link, too. I won't review those parts, but it's easy for me to read on my phone when I'm otherwise not busy.
3. I'm fine with mature stories, just send them to my email. I'll post here letting everypony else know what's going on.
4. No gore. No rape. If you trick me, so help me Celestia I will deliver a written beat down so harsh your mother will feel it.
5. Your story, in its current, submitted at-the-time-of-my-review form, must be at least 20,000 words long. As a courtesy, I would appreciate not being flooded with a 200k word request, but I won't turn you away just for that.
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>> No. 122345
Hey, I have a 93 (over 40,000 words) page story that needs somepony to critique it.
Title: Awakening
Author: Solocitizen
Tags: OC, SciFi, Adventure, Sad
Synopsis: After being marooned on an icy world in unexplored space, Lumina must now face the perils of this frozen wasteland, and her greatest obstacle of them all: herself. But in this dark place she discovers something that was lost to pony kind since Equestria sank into the ocean, over 10,000 years ago. Something that will change her forever, and maybe all of pony kind itself.
Link: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B03b-ZeQsGaAMVd4V3ZVR0gtaTA
and I think comments are enabled, but let me know if you have problems.
Also, I am trying to get this done and in its completed, 100% edited version by the end of October. Is a review before then doable?
>> No. 122414
>>122345
here's a better link
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FaJoqKZ0f7Nv5pD737AMVx2pbKFDweCMYlbaRc05VF8/edit
>> No. 125531
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When The Moon Comes The Library

Shipping & humour, 22.396 words (hope this is enough)

Twilight is anxious to teach Luna about friendship and Luna is anxious to learn. But as passions are ignited, mishaps occur.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PPjReLWlSP8f3bmKQoBMFFOrr9CcE9btxAv-sMSxpes/edit
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ObGeFu0Bt6xHwJSkztDBy3VArnaN26k51eIiBkIXhr4/edit

One of my more popular stories so I'm interested to know if this is actually any good or people are willing to overlook my mistakes because of shipping. Looking forward to hear from you! I'm hopeful about getting featured on EqD for once.


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13167 No. 13167 [View] [Last 50 posts]
Alright. The time on /oat was fun. But I think its time to move the story here.
For those who don't know. Archer was a background pony who showed up for a brief moment in Cherilee's class. Someone asked how his cutie mark was going for him..and well..a story followed. Then it kept going..and going..and well..its still going. The whole story is here.
It tells the tale of a pony going through basic training to become a guard. Then goes on more grand adventures and action.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z2pGgIfQW7wF5L1O6gaiMCeMxNBXtVP6FTssnaDgXTg/edit?hl=en_US&authkey=CMrtz8IB

We are now at a new part of the story. Enjoy. I'll have something up soon.
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>> No. 125509
>>125508

I will stick around more often, since I want to write fic of my own and I think I will try to ask for guidance around here.

> Then PC fucked itself three ways sideways

Since I'm out of loop for a year or so, may I get the abridged version of what happened with Ponychan? especially /fic/ board.

Also I don't get it, FimFiction took the spotlight?
>> No. 125512
>>125509
Good man.

>Since I'm out of loop for a year or so, may I get the abridged version of what happened with Ponychan? especially /fic/ board.
Abridge version: /fic/ was overtaken by the reviewers, who prevent it from getting close because the other threads were so dead you could have used it as a model for plate tectonics, making most history threads disappear into oblivion, unless you were connected to a reviewer and that allowed others to know you weren't shit. Then some of them move to MLPchan and today some reviewers remain, almost everyone keeps using both places and now both are even more dead than before, but alive just enough so that they still get to be their separte boards.

If you are talking about Ponychan in general, it fractured itself into about seven pieces (each with a chan) and the mods have made themselves be seen by the others as a massive group of idiots who hate users with a passion (not true, but it makes for better stories at the dick measuring contests, I suppose).

In general, the whole chan part of the fandom has gone to shit, and unless you count the reviewers (and by the looks of it even they are obsolete) all production and posting of stories has migrated to FiMfiction where you can post your stories and have people comment and see them without involving EqD. Thus, because people are lazy and the Feature Box shakes their willies, now FimFiction is the premier place for people presenting stories for the world to see. It still a shit hole for the most part, but you can't win at everything.

I think that's about it.
>> No. 125513
>>125512

Well, that's disheartening to hear. I just hoping that even with people come and go I was expecting PC to be an "Organized Chaos."

But in the end I will took the silver lining of this situation and I presume that the one who stay behind are mostly good people. I don't need the air of elitism. What I really want is we still having fun in making fic no matter what.

Thank you for the abridged version, cheers.


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125502 No. 125502 [View]
#Discussion ##Experiment

I've been casting about for ways to promote less... board insulation and have come up with a little game of sorts. Namely, the creation of a universe. If it piques your interest, would you be interested in taking part? While it's in the /rp/ board, it's not strictly speaking a roleplaying thread. While roleplaying is an option, it's intended to be a kind of a mishmash of a social thread, discussion, roleplay and a dash of creative writing, something to at least partly appeal to all.

>>/rp/39462037
>> No. 125511
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This actually looks like a lot of fun.


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45094 No. 45094 [View] [Last 50 posts]
This here is a Sly thread, Slywit is the author of the popular Paradise series, Pony Discover /Co/ and One Problem Child, all of which I highly recommend. Story updates from him, and general Sly comments go here! Feel free to post and talk about stuff. It's all in good fun here. Have some links to Sly's stories.


Ponies Discover /Co/ (known as Cast and /Co/) http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-ponies-discover-co-compiled.html
Description: Pinkie is given a special gift that gives her a window into a fandom they never knew existed. But when she shares this with her friends, things don't go exactly according to plan. On top of that, a special mission from the mayor? Timing couldn't be worse


One Problem Child
http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/01/story-one-problem-child.html
Description: Fluttershy is at a crisis that breaks her spirit. As the ponies rally around her for support, none are more determined than Rainbow Dash to see Fluttershy better. Angel just might have other plans, though.

Paradise (just added update 4, by the way):
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>>122672
Let's restart this baby back up like Hoofinstien's monster! 16 is out, 17 is nearing completion!

http://www.fimfiction.net/story/273/Paradise

(Also, my IP finally stablized again)
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Autosage removed
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Also, there is this for those interested:

http://youtu.be/PDKyP1v5Qe4

A cooperative project between Squeaks and the voice actors of Pony In A Box, art from Art Anon, and the original story by me.


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#Single fic #Discussion

Hello and welcome!

It has come to my attention that there are many, many readers of /fic/ as well as writers, and I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun if we got to read a bit while we were here..."

So here it is, the launch of Ponychan's next big (er, big-ish, anyway) thing: Book Club. Here's the deal: the OP (for this thread, me) posts a story and contacts the author for a scheduled Q&A session with as many willing readers, critical thinkers, fans, and bored ponies as we can muster up.

Next, I let you know when the "reading" time is over and we opine thoughtfully on the story's quality. Simple, no? Finally, we check the queue to see who posts the next thread, with their own pick of stories for the topic.

If you are interested in participating, feel free! Bump the thread and let me know who all is out there. Also, take a look at the links posted below: it will show you the story template and paricipation guide, the form to submit new stories to the queue, and the queue itself. Finally, if anyone is particularly good at raising awareness of such threads, please help! We can always use more readers!
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I'd like to provide a little background on how I came to write this story.

I originally set out to write a sequel to another of my stories, "Tonight I Shall Be Laughter." My idea was to explain, humorously, why Princess Luna was absent from the Grand Galloping Gala. That's not the story I finally wrote; to be honest, I sometimes feel like the stories have lives of their own, and I'm not so much creating them as transcribing them. But some element of this story remains in Barney's curiosity about Princess Luna.

Watching "The Best Night Ever" again, to glean ideas, it occurred to me that Canterlot high society bore a resemblance to the uppercrust nincompoops that PG Wodehouse lampooned. From that insight, it was a short hop to "Bertie Wooster at the Grand Galloping Gala."

Writing a PG Wodehouse pastiche was a daunting concept. The first chapter of this story was mainly a test for myself to see if I could do it at all: keeping Wooster's voice clearly in my head for an extended time. It wasn't easy; I had to eschew all other reading so that Wooster stayed alive and fresh inside me. (My e-mails at work took an odd turn during this period. "Oojah-cum-spiff" is not a common expression these days, apparently.)

Still, once I came up with the name "Valencia Orange" I knew I was fated to continue with the story. It was just too good a name to pass up, since it chimed so nicely with the character's inspiration, Honoria Glossop.

Re: Barney's full name, Barnyard Marengo Trotter, "Marengo" was, of course, the name of Napoleon's horse (see image). I used this as a middle name to suggest that, centuries ago, some Trotter ancestor had fought well and nobly beside Princess Celestia and was subsequently raised to the peerage. Barney, and all the generations that preceded him, have been coasting on this one moment of glory.
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>>125473

>Canterlot high society bore a resemblance to the uppercrust nincompoops that PG Wodehouse lampooned.

And from this seed, one of the finest crossover fics was born.

Let me make myself clear from the outset; I chose this fic because it is, in my mind, unreservedly clever. I like clever things.

But cleverness doesn't just happen on it's own. Cloud Wander, I assume you have read a great deal of PG Wodehouse. So, are you now, or have you ever been an English Lit major, or do you prefer the Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie duo on PBS?
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>>125364
Hm. I notice I did not put a time stamp on this particular discussion. Mental Note: make space for a complete date/time tuple in the template.

I gave 6:00 PM PST to Cloud Wander for the start of this chat, but he has preempted me (as is his prerogative) with an excellent summary tale.

So, for our audience members: how did the characterization of Cheese strike you? My answer to follow in a bit.


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[#Discussion] [#Event]

MLPChan thread: http://mlpchan.net/fic/res/1799.html

Operation Manual: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12XmgV1H5K0ZRhAfNaU2L9ikY6hVk8aQtg6xWwyag3Ms/edit#

Review Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GcqQPmje5XvavquheJ5dGEiVnDkbR1PUbHvd-3f6j5c/edit

Registration form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFIwOHdtQzZjV1NSQmlhbklvWlFCeEE6MQ

"On the featured box on the 13th? /fic/ comes for your head" - Seattle_Lite
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>>125383
Part of the charm is that it fills in the niche the Train Wreck Explorers left. Also, /fic/'s criticism will not be like Seattle's Angels, which is 80% positive and therefore very much welcomed - anything that whiffs of someone bonking another person on the head won't get approval because of 1) what it would seem to encourage and 2) people whining "But you deleted the TWE"!

Even though 1) would be fantastic, people would use it as an excuse to rain vitriol instead of concrit, because people are stupid like that. And 2) is misguided, because we'd be nothing like the TWE, but people will complain about it anyways.

Short of it is that it doesn't have a 100% likeability factor, and therefore mods won't jump behind it. Least that's what I think.

I need to ask for permission, but I'm tentatively considering promoting the reviews after they're posted on the Seattle's Angels group, in the discussion thread or something.
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PSA: The model has been changed to an opt-in one. Relevant changes have been made in the operation manual.
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PSA: Discussion has now shifted to targeting the Featured Box versus front page stories. FB stories will require solicitation; front page stories will not.


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#Discussion

Disclaimer: Yeah, yeah, I know this would never happen. I just want to hear people's responses to the following scenario.

Alright /fic/, you're sitting in your room when--BAM--Lauren Faust crashes down your door. Before you even have a chance to say, "Wtf Lauren?! That's my [email protected]#$ing door!" She hushes you and tells you that the HUB has decided to do a brony-based episode--which will be advertised as such--(or, hell, an entire miniseries) based on any fanfic of your choosing. Since this is a daydream scenario, this is no-holds barred. They'll even air it 'late at night' if they have to (if you know what I mean).

Well...what do you pick?
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>>125403
If M:TG came out with a Pony expansion, I would gladly kill my 10 year hiatus from the game.

Last time I honestly played, it was during the Kamigawa block. I still have my kick-ass Indestructible Artifact deck I built during the Mirrodin block. Though to be honest, I always did prefer blue decks based around Couterspell.


Personally, I'd like to see Apotheosis or Then Tomorrow Came. Project: Sunflower would be pretty awesome as well.

But over all, End of Ponies.
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>>125437
Considering half of that isn't even actual story per se, it should be doable and the visuals should be impressive.
>> No. 125443
How about something really simple and sweet that could be made in an actual episode?

Like http://www.fimfiction.net/story/10624/Reading-Rainbow ?


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#Discussion

You know...I was looking through fanfiction.net and fimfiction.net, and...

There are a LOT...._LOT_ of pony works out there.

Maybe, as fans,, we should stand back and appreciate where we've come from, and what we've made? Point out and appreciate _all_ of the canon fanon?

Also, I might as well ask, why? Seriously, the word count of some pieces of fanfiction number into the _millions_. That isn't total word count, that's the word count of some of the stories taken by themselves. What the hay drives someone to write _that much_? Honestly, the most I could ever drive myself to was a Touhou fic that numbered close to 20k, and for me (I hate to admit), that took a lot out of me, it took a month to write, and it was a couple years before I wrote again. Where the crap do you all get the motivation for that kind of stuff (how can I be the master that writes close to a million words?)? Like Friendship is Witchcraft. I've done even simple video editing before (making MSpaint animation 'masterpieces), which took one minute of work=one second of animation to get right. And after doing about an hour of that, well, I've left that kind of work untouched for about seven years now. Yet there's at least three and a half hours of Friendship is Witchcraft. And the music--now this is something I have absolutely _no_ idea of the work involved--but I likewise wouldn't be surprised of something similar. I don't know, maybe I'm just at a dumpy time in my life that I've forgotten what motivation even is; but it's hard to understand where it's coming from, which makes this all the more impressive.

Tl;dr, where does your motivation come from, how do you all write so much?
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>> No. 125335
>>125331
End of Ponies will break that, and FoE:PH has or will break a million.

As for how, /fic/ is all about writers supporting writers, and telling each other to have no other goal than to tell the best damn story you can. Because most people know dick about proper writing, it means hours of work, thousands and thousands of words, and a lot of work.

In other words, if you want to write a lot, get a group that encourages you and helps you. That's basically the only way. That, or you get hit by the inspiration bug so bad you go insane with writing rage.

Or you have a steneograph and too much free time.
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It depends on the writer, really. Anon125335 has a point about the community helping, but everypony is different in where they draw their inspiration from. it could be a song, a video, an event, a book, or just a wacked out idea. Maybe you looked at something a different way than before, and wanted to show the world what you saw through writing. With somepony to encourage you, and somepony to help you along, the hard part can be made easier, and take less of a toll on you. There's also something to be said for stamina. Yes, mental stamina. In the same way that you can train your body to go for long periods of time, you can train your brain as well. And if you write all the time, your body can become used to it, and become better at it.
tl;dr Inspiration can come from anywhere, and it all comes with practice.
>> No. 125414
It's the community, it's absolutely the community. Pony words get you readers and more importantly feedback and even sometimes fanart, and that's a big part of why I've written ~150k of them. I mean, I've always liked writing and would probably do a fair bit of it even without all this response, but the FIM fandom has given me exponentially more readers and feedback than I've ever received for any other work, and I'm not even one of the big names.

It's a bit of a drug, writing stories polishing them up and posting them on Fimf and sending them to EqD and getting all these lovely stars and thumbs and eyes and words of feedback.

That, and there's something about ponies that just encourages fanwork -- the tantalising hints of backstory and setting, the characters that are templates for creating your own*, the varied setting that allows for so many different types of stories (princes and princesses looking at home next to DJs) and the masses of background ponies who just have to have their own stories waiting to be told.

*Each pony has a race, coat colour, a mane colour, and a cutie mark. How can you not create your own?


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