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Well, I’m sure the word is well enough out by now for most of you, but I’ve joined the Marine Corps, and I’m headed off for Boot Camp soon March 2nd. I’m signed on for four years of active duty, so I don’t know if I’ll ever see or talk to you guys again. I’m an electronic communications mechanic, so odds are I’ll be able to access a computer now and then, but I can’t be sure so I just want to make sure I’ve said this. I’m gonna miss you all, and as part of my goodbye, I’ve written a short blurb on what I’ll miss the most about all of you. I know some of them don’t seem like it, but these are from the heart, so I hope they’ll help you remember me as much as they help me remember you.

Despite its low traffic and visibility, /fic/ will always be my home as a writer. It’s where I realized how little I knew, and where I learned what I know now. I’ll never forget the people listed here.

The devil of /fic/. Never afraid to be brutally honest with someone. Caustic, blunt, and a cynical asshole to the core. He brought such energy to the board that it was just never the same without him. Also known for his wicked-awesome, creepy gifs. I grew to love those. And the final irony is that when I first came to /fic/ he said I wouldn’t last 200 posts; and while not a single one of my threads has made it that far, I’ve stayed here far longer than he has. Fate has a funny sense of humor. I’ll miss you, Ion.

Roger Dodger
Certainly the most level headed and down to earth member of the old /fic/ crew. Where he led, the crowd followed (even across sites). It felt like a mark of acceptance the day he commented on my first thread.

A man I hold the utmost respect for. He wrote very little, but what he wrote was simple and effective. He never aimed very high, and never said much, but simply strove to help others improve, and even wrote one of the most widely recognized writing guides in the fandom. I am proud to have known him.

A talented story reviewer I have only had the pleasure of conversing with on a few brief occasions. He shared my love of dark stories and had the same emotional wiring issue I had for many years (that odd thing where cute was disgusting and horrific was funny and whatnot). It was always a treat when Minty was around, which was a surprisingly rare sight.

Chocolate Milk
Ah, Chocolate Milk. ‘Twas a bittersweet day when he left. He had the greatest reputation for proofreading out of anyone. The man was like a magic potion or something. The only person I’ve ever seen rival his skill in grammar and punctuation is Pascoite. I wish him luck with wherever he went.

A little thick headed, but I liked the guy. He and I were the two most controversial reviewers on the site. We bickered, argued, and occasionally went too far with a review. I’ll always smile fondly upon seeing his name.

One of the awesomest reviewers ever. A sharp tongue and a loose handle to boot, reading NickNack’s reviews always gave me a laugh, especially if he was tearing apart my own work. He conceived Gushnor, God of the sewers, and showed me exactly what I needed to change as a writer. I respected him when I first showed up, and continued to, even as I grew to view him as an equal instead of some lofty legend I would never surpass. I still never gave him a candid review of “Two Beats” with sound.

Seattle Lite
The man who did everything, and then disappeared. Seattle was like a legend when I showed up. He was an EqD prereader, a Fimfic Moderator, and one of the best reviewers the site had seen. He promised to look over one of my stories if I ever finished it, but I never did. I don’t know where he is, nor does anypony else that I know of.

He posted Lyra, right? It’s been far too long since I’ve seen this guy. He used to internet hug me a lot in IRC. I recall enjoying that.

He and I were always butting heads. I’m not really sure if he actually hated me or just pretended to, but he seemed like an angry individual. Odd that I wish he were still around.

Golden Vision
I never really knew him until right before the split. He was always just kinda there: the face of Doctor Whooves. He shut down one of my favorite stories so completely that to this day he is the last person to open that Gdoc (I still have not looked at his comments). Called him in as a panelist for a pony fiction panel at Bronycon, and I’ve never regretted that decision. Awesome dude, funny laugh, adorable eyes, no homo.

Livestreamed reviews, man. I saw his thread pop up once, dropped my favorite story I’d ever written into it, and sat back for the show. Insightful dude with an awesome voice. He disappeared shortly after that and I never saw him again. I still look up his old threads when looking for Suprise pics.

He’s as mysterious as the Mare-do-well he posts as. Took me two and a half years to finally get a review out of this guy. Ripped the story a new one, but it was in a good direction. Much respect, and many thanks for all the encouragement. The story got featured at one point, and I never sent it to EqD because the rest of what I wrote never quite measured up to the few chapters Umbra looked at.

Professor Hugbox
Shared a review thread with me for a while. Loved to banter with me in the Training Grounds thread. Was always skimping on reviews to go play Team Fortress 2. He eventually left for the game but while he was here he was my friend.

We never really spoke much, although he always managed to post without an image, and no one ever noticed. He became an EqD prereader without anyone noticing either, and gave me some big advice on one of my stories.

Ran a character review thread for a while, where he would respond in character. It was pretty awesome. Ran into him over on /gala/ a bit, in the /Pony/ After Dark thread. He always showed up at the same time, talking about living in a wood cabin out in the woods with a fire and a chimney. Man, that sounded lovely. Met him through Bronycon Staff for a couple of years. Sweet dude. He even entertained me by narrating his “Trixie’s Magic Bit” story to me on the five hour car ride home—which by the way, took him an hour off course. Very generous person.

I will always remember him, not as the person who posted “Under A Luminous Sky” to literally every single review thread that popped up, but as the person who will forever disagree with me on whether or not Rainbow Factory deserves to be hailed as a good story. I remember the thread he posted when he first came onto the board. He was even brave enough to post an image of himself on the internet for all to see. I loved hanging out with him at Bronycon, though I’ll never forget having to call him on the radio when he didn’t show up for one of his panels. Still, bygones are bygones. I’m gonna miss this guy, though he’s part of the reason I’m gone. He was one of the first people I spoke to when I thought about joining the military. You’re an inspiration dude, and I hope I meet you in uniform someday.

I’m not really sure what I liked about him, I just did. He wrote some pretty chilling stories, so I guess I liked those a lot. I am a darkfic addict, after all. Nice job on TRG, dude.

I have still never found a single grammatical error from this guy. His knowledge of grammar and punctuation astounds me to this day, considering he never went to school for it. I guess it just goes to show you don’t need a master’s to be a master in your field.

E.D. Garnot
Garnot. Can’t leave you out. We never really spoke until the summer of 2014. We connected there, over Skype. Both of us sort of had a falling out with the fandom. We felt hopeless, lost, like we’d never amount to much, and we were just watching everyone fly by. We decided we were the unsung heroes of the battle. Helping young authors find their feet, and enter the fray strong and brave. We saw others to greatness, never once hearing our own name cheered through the streets. And we were okay with that. You got me through a tough time, bro, and I think I might have done the same for you. Sometimes all you need to survive alone in the dark is someone else to be alone with you. Thanks for that, man. I’ll never forget it.

Samurai Anon
Speaking of unsung heroes, the man who never even allowed us to know his name. He started the board, so I’m told. Built the structure and foundation it stands on. And then, when we no longer needed him, he left. I got him to look at one of my stories, and realized just how wise and insightful he was. I found myself in awe, like a young monk training in the circle with the grandmaster. He said I knew him, but I’ve never figured out what he meant by that, and I guess I never will. It was truly a privilege working with you. Farewell, my friend.

Writer’s Block
I never really interacted with you much, but I can’t in good conscience leave without giving you a spot here. You stuck it out, and helped Minty and I uphold the board when everyone else left. It was just the three of us for a while, so I could never live with myself if I neglected to honor your commitment to that. Thank you for sticking it out when no one else did. And thanks for your help on my story. It meant a lot.

Everyone else is pretty much a staple. I didn’t have very many memorable interactions with you all, but I knew you as the members of /fic/, and I was able to recall your names when I made this list. Thank you, one and all, for teaching me how to write, and for showing me just how little I knew when I first got here. I know most of you will never see this, but I want to thank you nonetheless, and bid you farewell, and good luck with your lives. It has been an honor and a privilege reviewing with you all.

Twilight Snarkle
Pav Feira
Split Infinitive
Compendium of Steve
Eustatian Wings
Midnight/Lunar Shadow


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>> No. 132092
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Oh great, this is the one that makes me cry? That's messed up universe, thanks buckets for that one.

Anyways, all I was going to say is to have fun with the Marines, work hard, learn a bunch, and come through to the other side. There's work to be done, new things to apply, and I hope that you'll keep doing everything you can to be the best you can be...

And on a mildly unrelated tangent, should something happen in which you don't join the Marines for some unpredictable issue, feel free to come back should you still have free time.
There's always a light on, even should we merge into the other board.
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If life is like a river, then the writers and reviewers of /fic/ are like the stones within its bed, worn down by the current until either the softer rock is peeled away to reveal the brilliance hidden deep inside, or scattered into dust and whipped off into oblivion.

Perhaps this is a gentle current, tearing you from your place in the riverbed and casting you about the waters with all the other stones, before settling back into your place, battered and thinned but still strong as ever. Perhaps it is something stronger, ripping you from your place of comfort and throwing you to someplace new, where different adventures and different stones await your arrival, far from that which was your old home.

I don't know which case shall be truer nor, in the end, which shall give you greater joy. In either event, I shall nonetheless wish you safety and happiness in your endeavors. And, wherever you might go, know you touched those around you in ways both large and small, and know that our well-wishes go along beside you in your journeys.

Farewell for now, Bleeding Rain. I wish you luck, and may you find your place in this odd, odd world we call home.
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A friend of mine said of his military service, "You won't like it, but you won't regret it."

You'll have plenty of time to unplug and mull over what is and isn't important to you. If you've never experienced being physically fit, you'll come to respect the strength of mind that comes with strength of body.

Good luck. I hope you find whatever it is you're looking for.
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Good luck out there. Make sure you don't emulate The Samurai and get shrapnel where it doesn't belong, eh?

Do as the picture says, so that we may square off one day in the future. And also because you like this stuff. Hell, send me an email and I'll collect all of the gifs into a .rar for you.

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