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DemPonies's Mystical Thread of Writing 3722[View]


Greetings, fellow denizens of the internet!

I am DemPonies, and if you are reading this, you have stumbled upon my author thread here on mlpchan. Why an author thread? Becuase all the cool kids on this board's got an author thread, and I'm a cool kid dammnit!

Here I will put my stories, future chapters of those stories, and whatever else I damn well please.

If you want to contact me, you can find me here (http://www.fimfiction.net/user/DemPonies) or ping me while I'm lurking in the IRC chat.

Twilight's Odyssey

[Adventure][Alternate Universe]

Synopsis: In an Equestria where Discord never was, and the Pony Princesses never came to power, a young Twilight Sparkle loses her family in a crowd during the Summer Sun Celebration. Little does she know that her very existence is about to set a series of events into motion that will take her far beyond the borders of Equestria itself—and change the fates of both her nation and her life, forever.
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New chapter! 3759

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Forgot to put this here last night, but the second chapter of Twilight's Odyssey, called Examination, has been published.


Was up in the feature box for an hour or so, too! Until it was usurped by a Twixie fic… oh, well.
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Chapter 3! 5402

Chapter 3 (called "Talking with a Princess") is finally up and can be read here: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/24518/3/twilights-odyssey/chapter-3-talking-with-a-princess

Failing to come up with something witty to say here. Go read it if you've got the time!

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 5404

It disappoints me that ponified memes tend to be inferior. Lyra's face doesn't have the same annoyed, accusatory look that Mr. Turner's does.

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Community event/activity/collaboration !AppLeJAcK. 5150[View]

In considering a new possible activity for the community to have during this long off-season, I think perhaps this time it would be best to have everyone's open input on it, and brainstorm for ideas instead of picking one of the common, old standbys we usually use.

So what should we do? How should we do it?
Make it some kind of contest, but with a new twist? A collaborative effort between both artists and writers?
A comic of some kind, with the reward the finished work, or a series of contests where an art contest determines a fic contest or vice versa, with prizes?
Or a community game with art/writing as part of it?

Any ideas are welcome, and feel free to bring up anything you come up with.
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Sage 5394


I only recently got into PC gaming, so my grasp on the terminology and logistics of it are tenuous for me at the very best right now.

The message said "cannot connect to key server" and then I went on the forums and saw people were having trouble with game keys.

A bad connection to make between them, true, and I'm an idiot for it, but have patience and I'll hopefully start sounding like I have a clue what I'm doing soon with this soon enough.

It's working fine now regardless of my incessant prattling, so whatever the issue was has been apparently fixed.

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 5397


Oh sorry I should have replied to Azu's post. He was offering a totally irrelevant solution.

sage 5401

cannot connect to key server means that steam ran out of 'keys' to give out. These keys are typically invisible, and automatically activated when you purchase the game. If you cannot connect to the key server, it means that steam ran out of game keys to distribute, and you have to wait until the publisher gives them more before you can play.

It rarely happens. Usually when an old game goes on sale and sells better than steam would have thought.

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Worldsingers, a Collaborative Project 5350Locked[View]

Welcome to WorldCorp, your one-stop shopping destination for realms, planets, and planes. Please fasten your seatbelt and keep you limbs within a reasonable radius of your keyboard at all times.

Worldsingers is a collaborative effort to create a world licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC BY-SA 3.0), which you can find here: (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), with attributions made to “Worldsingers.” While it is the intention to make a world which has a Friendship is Magic feel, there’s no guarantee of the finished product sharing much of anything with FiM.

While this thread is on the /fic/ board, that doesn’t mean that members of other boards can’t participate, with the intention of eventually moving over to other boards like /art/ and /rp/. Ultimately, the goals here are 1) to host an event to facilitate camaraderie among MLPchan-goers of the various boards and 2) to have an expansive, interesting, and inspiring world open to the public for anything from role-playing to art to writing to music or to whatever the heart's desire, given they follow the license.

Now on to everyone’s favorite part:

The Rules:
1. Sign up below if you want join.

2. Each participant will be in charge of a certain part of the world, chiefly:

a. Geography and History
i. Cartography (if desired)
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If I might pop in and appeal this, the reason this is in /fic/—whether pony-related or not—is because it's primarily aimed at the /fic/ community. I'm sure they're quite nice, but honestly, this isn't (at the moment) for /rp/ or /ooc/ (unless I'm gravely mistaken). This was made as a /fic/ collaboration project; I don't think myself, Ion, or DemPonies regularly trawl the /rp/ board.


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Sorry for the absence, sleep wanted her eye-crust back.

>I'll hold off on moving the thread for now, but if this is as related to MLP as Edgeville, it should be treated the same way.

Just one more clarification in-thread for everyone:
In order for a Creative Commons license to work, the makers have to hold the copyright. If the world is a "derivative" of MLP:FiM, then Hasbro technically holds the copyright, and we have no right to apply the license. Therefore, Worldsingers is not derivative, but rather inspired by MLP.

I can talk about specifics elsewhere, if that is necessary.

Anonymous ## Mod 5383

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Metal Gear Rising Brainstorming Blank! 5298[View]

I'll say here the same thing I said on fimchan:

I want to write a Metal Gear fic, specifically one based on Rising, but the entire series has some great materials. It's just that I don't know how to transition from the show's setting to something that would allow all the high drama and combat spectacle that would allow this story to work.

So far, I've only been able to think of using a Post-Fallout-Equestria setting; we've got robots, firearms and armed conflict are something ponies are familiar with… but it feels a mite too recursive.

As Raiden would say in "The War Still Rages Within", "The only way out of the cycle, is to strike out and pave your own way" (says the guy who writes crossover fanfics…)

I mean, just look at this pic. It is so incredibly cool, it *demands* writing. My fingers are *itching* with the need to tell this tale.


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There's already a thread for story ideas.

Blank! 5310


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A podcast you should listen to I_Post_Ponies!7ZxXoTz/pI 4918[View]


Writing Excuses - http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Writing Excuses is a podcast hosted by the following authors:
Brandon Sanderson - Author of the Mistborn series and selected to complete the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan's passing
Dan Wells - Author of the John Cleaver series and several other novels
Howard Tayler - Writer and illustrator of the webcomic series Schlock Mercenary
Mary Robinette Kowal - Author of a few novels and a plethora of short stories.
All of these authors are traditionally published.

The podcast is 15 minutes long, making it fairly convenient for listening. I listen to one episode in the morning, sometimes one on lunch as well. Each episode focuses on a different subject, from brainstorming to villans to "killing your darlings", or ideas that you've really taken a liking to but ultimately hinder the story.

I originally started listening to this podcast simply because Brandon Sanderson was a part of it, but after listening to several episodes, I've found his co-hosts just as articulate. With SEVEN seasons of this podcast available for listening, it honestly feels like I'm stealing. This kind of knowledge shouldn't be free. If you're serious about writing, I suggest you give it a listen.

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Posting up on /fic/ like what up, we've gotta B.I.C.H.O.K.

I_Post_Ponies!7ZxXoTz/pI 5261

Glad I could help.

Any episodes you like in particular? I'm still only wrapping up season 1 myself.

dolfeus-on-hiatus 5263

Velp. I read through all of The Way of Kings. Now I'll have to find those Mistborn books, or perhaps some of the others' novels. TW of K was great, though it had a distracting number of typos.


My facorite episodes would have to be the brainstorming ones and the ones where the crew go over and review Brandon's earlier work.

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Write-off - I Lost Count edition 4506[View][Last 50 Posts]

Sister thread: http://www.ponychan.net/chan/fic/res/126972.html
Accolades: http://writeoff.rogerdodger.me/scoreboard
All anthologies: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/fic+Write+Off
Current list of participants: http://goo.gl/DMUWc

Hey, buddy. Psst. Come over here. I got somethin' for ya. You see those folks over there talkin' about writing and "plot" and "character" and all that baloney? Yeah, well there's this place, right, where they all hang out one weekend, and they write stories like a bunch of mad baboons with half-broken typewriters. We give them fake medals when they win, too. It's a riot. You can join in too, as long as you can make words from those pretty little fingers o' yours. So if you want a chance to get into the big leagues, I got all there information you need right here…

– Participants write stories over a 72 hour period
– The stories are written from a prompt decided at the event’s onset
– Participants submit their work to an anonymous anthology
– Readers then rate the stories
– Finally, everything gets wrapped up with author reveals and winners announced

If you’d like to participate, just drop your name below and I’ll add you to the list.

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Present!PeRFeCt9JM 5112

>I've… Never heard it described that way.

Allow me to ask, has the vocabulary for eyebrow movement just filtered out of common parlance in the last twenty years or something? Because this is seriously two writeoffs in a row where someone's been confused by my eyebrow-related language. I'm curious: how the heck do you describe that motion?

>Given Fluttershy's comments in "Dress for Success," I'd figure machine stitching was her standard method.

For precisely that reason, I figure she'd try to steer away from it after hearing such criticism. Certainly for an important, high-class client.


I'm going to change this, not for the reason you suggest (I thought it was clever, perhaps suggesting that Rarity's levitation style has something to do with the naming of her boutique), but because in rereading that sentence, I just realized a sewing carousel is an actual device, and that's not what I'm getting at here. Yes, I have a freaky knowledge of sewing.

>The question was whether she could help, which would mean: does Rarity trust her to follow her pattern/instructions?

My intention was to say that Rarity was afraid Fluttershy might try 'fixing' her designs. Friendship, yes, but she's not thinking clearly right now. Any suggestions for rephrasing?
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Tactical!fRainBOoMw 5124

"furrowed his brow" is mine. Dunno about anypony else.

Present!PeRFeCt9JM 5126

But… think of the eyebrows! D:

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Oh hey what's up. Happy April Fools' Day! I don't have a joke for you, but I do have a surprise. I thought I'd go ahead and run a write-off.



600 word maximum. On your honor for your chosen word processor's word count method. No maximum number of entries.

No content restrictions, but I will reject any entries that are well and truly offensive. Hopefully that'll reduce the problem of people being subjected to stuff that they would normally refuse to read.

Submit prompts NOW. They will be decided by RNG. I have sole discretion in screening prompts for being shit, or for dozens and dozens being submitted by the same person.

This is gonna be FUN!
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Pascoite!uxy6g7ov9I 5118

So, we know what Ion and Aqua wrote, and the three by PresentPerfect. I wrote "Luck of the Draw." That's 6 of the 12.

Present!PeRFeCt9JM 5119


since when did you do writing contests :D

Filler, author of "Taken" 5120

He did ask about the writeoff in your blog post.

And I wrote "Taken", so that's seven of twelve.

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Hearts of Red Ink: The Sequeling 569[View][Last 50 Posts]

#Planning #Oh God Not This Again

With the divorcing of /fic/ from Ponychan, I thought it time to consummate the community's new-found relationship with a sequel to the seminal reviewer meta-fic Hearts of Red Ink.

What is Hearts of Red Ink (or HoRI, as it is commonly abbreviated to), you ask? Well, it was story that starred several key figures of /fic/'s populace at the time. In it, a mysterious and malicious (for most, if not all…) force began to gender-bend the denizens of /fic/ and filled them with the insatiable urge to commit acts of an unspeakable nature. Of course, it was merely unspeakable and the story's author had no trouble putting it to print. Amazingly, despite the rather obvious allusions and questionable content, it was not removed by the moderators and proceeded to a rather messy climax that, nonetheless, resulted in the crisis passing and leaving (most of) the afflicted with only bad memories and sore unmentionables. At the end, the author was so distraught by the abomination his accursed hands had wrought that he made every effort to purge its putrid filth from existence. Alas, this being the internet, a few copies still linger, much like recordings of the Star Wars Christmas Special or the smell of last week's tuna casserole.

This thread is merely the foreplay, though. Considering the nature of the story, seeing as it uses other peoples' personas, it requires willing participants and, as such, is entirely opt-in. The story itself is all in good jest but be forewarned; there will be subject matter that may not agree with you. Alas, all I can offer is this vague warning since most of the fun comes from not knowing what unfortunate fate your avatar (or others') will suffer in the story's proceedings. As a general rule, if it was featured in a thread on old /fic/, it will make its way here.

For those of you that wish to partake in this sordid spectacle, I will require the following:
Your express permission, as posted on this thread.
A description of your character's disposition, attitude, quirks ect (if you want me to strive for accuracy, at least).
A description of your character's appearance or, preferably, a picture. Even an OC maker image will do.
If you have any particular limitations in regards to your character you must state them here (IE no sexual intercourse of any kind). In a similar vein,
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Is the opt-in list exhaustive?
… I'm not on it, is what I'm saying.

Update One-Up Baron!VRg7BW/4XQ 5011

Whoa! I didn't even realize this actually had something! SO AWESOME! I hope moar chapters are forthcoming. And why am I not on the list? I totally wanted to be in this! Didn't you see my last post? Anyway, good reads and good times.

Figments-MetroIE 5013


>Update post

>expecting OP to deliver

That's cute

Is there a map of Equestria? 5000Locked[View]

I'm curious of the Equestria region and culture.

Anonymous ## Mod 5001

Moved to >>>/pony/259021.

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[My furst stori] #Review plz #Pen Storke is a genus [#Best Poni

Today i want to make an anoum… annoy… say something!

Nyx is my waifu. Dis is story of how she become my waifu.
So, i was, like, realy sad and stuff cause my parents are all ded in super-duper tragic car acident and my sis wuz rapered or somethin.

Then the dorebell rung!!!!1!l!

I open dore and there wuz a LITTLE NYXIE all for myselves!

and sew I razed her like mai own filly and we had great times and she help me get over my pearants dyeing (but not my sister. that still makes me saaaaad face :*((( ). 1 day she even make sanic darkboom (like rainboom but DARK cuz she all black n stuff) because she went gotta go fast!

Than one day we was watching a super–duper purty setsun and she say "Strum wud you be my daddy and hubby?" and of coarse I sed "forever and ever!"
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Awww, dank you ^_^
And dunt wery, I has many pictures of my waifu.

I dunno wat u talkin aboot.

Tactical 4969


If it helps, I really like your joke.

Anonymous 4989

I think there is a gay joke embedded there…
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Hey. Hey, ion, hey. ion, hey. Hey, ion. Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 4976[View]

Knife. Lol, jk. i just had a story i wanted your opinion on. Be as merciless as you desire; i've always enjoyed reading your malicious skepticism. it amuses me.

Here's the story. Enjoy, if you so wish.
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>First sentence is uncapitalized
>Second sentence is a question but ends in a period
>Asking for review with a standalone thread (I claim immunity to this since my thread was an April Fool's joke)
>General, all-around suck

Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 4982

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>Doesn't read the whole thing
Aww, and after I worked so hard on it. Party pooper.

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Editor Wanted / Needed - Please inquire within 4939Locked[View]

Alright, so I've been told by no few ponies that I need an editor / proofreader. These two things may be mutually exclusive but I don't know.

Given that I'm still pretty new to this fanfiction business, I don't have the foggiest where else to look for help.

So, on the suggestion of Figments from the #FimFiction chatroom, I've decided to come here and put out my post in the hopes that somepony will come along and help me be a better Fictioneer.

My FimFiction profile can be found here - http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Lapis-Lazuli

I currently have four works that will need Editing asisstance-
My finished fic, "Twilight Struggle" Needs a thorough cleanup job.
My in progress fic, "Codes Apprentice" could use a full time editor to help me keep this monster in line.
I have a one-shot fic, "Musical Relations" That is currently about a quarter of the way done, and I'd like to get edited and reviewed before I post it,
And I have an upcoming multi-part fic, "Twilight Fall" which will also need an editor for the entire series.

For those of you who may be interested in helping with any or all of these. You can either contact me here, at FimFiction or at my E-mail address.
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I read the sticky, there was nothing there that denoted Editors or where to look for them.

I am not looking for a damn review, I've already posted looking for a review. I'm looking for someone who will help me fix what the reviews point out need fixing.

But clearly, that's not going to happen around here.


Disregard thread. Delete it if you guys want.

## Mod 4950

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/fic/ generally sees editing as grammar-only reviews. The closest thing you'll find here to what you're looking for is probably a grammar-only review in one of the review threads. Given how some reviewers go through stories line by line and pointing out every error they spot, it's pretty much editing.

From the last twelve months, I can count the number of people who got editors by asking for them in threads like this on one hand (it's zero), so while threads like this are not against any rules (Hear that, Sturm?), they are heavily discouraged due to how low your chances of finding an editor are. You doing this is like posting your resume somewhere while looking for a job rather than applying to them.

If you have any questions, Lapis-Lazuli, you can find my email in my name.

Also, to others: No more unsubstantial "read the sticky" posts like >>4941. If you're going to tell someone to read the sticky, copy and paste the part you're referring to into your post. And even then, don't derail the thread. If you can't post without derailing, report it and ignore it. Thread locked.

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Crossover fanfics, yay. Anonymous 4770[View]

I haven't come up with a name for the story yet, but I have a premise for it, at least.

A pig gets seperated from his group of fellow pigs during an Angry Bird ambush. The pig gets flung into Equestria.

#Story #Sci-Fi #Adventure #Crossover #Minion Protagonist

Feedback is allowed and appreciated. This isn't the full story, only the prologue. I guess it could be some sort of temporary one-shot fic, but I will make more chapters. Eventually.

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Anonymous 4909

>Angry Birds

You should go.


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Why did you bump this?!


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dead thread, have a pic instead.

A work in progress Anonymous 4765Locked[View]

So, I've made a rough draft of the first chapter/Prologue of a crossover fanfic. I would appreciate the good folks here at /fic/ to take a look. I'm fairly new to this fanfiction business, so I think any advice that isn't "give up" should somewhat work.

Warning, Angry Birds content ahead.

Here's a link: http://pastebin.com/4deKJPPj

Again, any feedback is welcome.


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>mfw Angry Birds fanfiction is a thing.

Boom Blox is better.

Anonymous 4768

Er… that doesn't really help me, but okay.

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Here's a bit of advice: If you expect people here to read your story, you're going to have to do a bit of reading yourself. Namely, the stickied post at the top of /fic/ (>>158). There's stuff you should know about posting here, like how to tag threads, where to get help for a story you're trying to write, etc. If you have questions, you can email me at the address in my name, since I'm locking the thread.

If that's not satisfying enough, here's some other advice, which I'm giving as a reader/writer and not a mod: Don't show people your "rough drafts." There's no point in having people point out things you already know if you're going to work on it anyways, and it wastes time and effort for all parties involved.

Welcome to /fic/, where you can't go three threads without tripping over some kind of help-authors-out thread or other.

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Tactical 4721

The OP link is very interesting and rings true in a lot of ways.

Because I'm a cynic and a postmodernist and I hate the "culture surrounding fanfiction" no matter how gleefully I participate in it.

However, much of it doesn't apply to /fic/ at large.

>Because unlike other practice settings, fan fiction is not meant to be a workshop. Obviously this is not true for everyone, but so many fan fiction writers don’t do what they do to become better writers, they do what they do because they had a gratuitous idea about an established property and wanted to post it on the Internet, while enjoying heaps of praise for minimal effort in the process.

I think it's abundantly clear that we here try to enjoy a balance of "gratuitous ideas" and "writing to become better writers." I know that the latter is actually my primary goal in writing fanfiction, above any other aspect.

I like that the article balances criticism of the status quo with defense of "pointless" writing like we do here.

>From EL James to James Joyce, all of it is gratuitous to the author. Sometimes you’re working with copyrighted characters, sometimes those characters are your own. But I would posit, what is the difference between the comic book fan who grew up to write professionally the same characters she idolized as a child? Money, and intellectual property. Profit and copyright.

>What an arbitrary line in the sand to draw when deciding if something is worthwhile or not. Whether or not it’s shameful, whether it’s a totally waste of time, depends on what the individual makes of it.

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Good Thing I'm So Organized 4723


I meant Greek comedy and Greek tragedy.


I'm sure even they had a few mold-breakers. Still, from what I know, having a tragedy that ended in actual tragedy, instead of getting Deus Ex Machnima'd, was something people would riot and form lynch mobs over. Not much room for experimentation there.

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Live Reading, Reactions Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 3218[View]

Hi there. No, I'm not showing you a recording of me reading a story called Reactions. Actually what this is is a thing I'm going to do for MLPCRadio. I'm going to record my reaction to popular fiction, and post the videos. What this does is show my opinion of the story (essentially a review) meanwhile (hopefully) entertaining the audience with the strange manner in which I read things. (you should have seen my face when I read Cupcakes. I imagine it must have been very creepy, cuz it felt weird.) In any case, I'll need to find some reputable fiction which I have not read and in the interest of not freaking out my audience, I'm looking for something other than the most popular request, which is Sweet Apple Massacre. Sadly I have read Bubbles, or I'd have started with that. So, does anypony have any suggestions? Preferably something less than 20k words. I kind of live under a rock, so your input might be more valuable than you think.

/oat/ thread: http://mlpchan.net/oat/res/290046.html#290046
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Found this site advertised on Derpibooru and thought I'd plug it here.


Bleeding Rain!DROPScczL2 4604

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whoa, cool. I'll have to check that out sometime.

By the way, did you catch my "Get Lost in a Book" video? I read it over and I still found a bunch of stuff I wouldn't have passed if I were prereading for EqD. Which is why I assumed you'd chosen it simply for the plot.
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Not yet. I'm only just now getting back into ponies.

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Fucking Casperfic! !Vaglicksuk 4565[View]

Hi y name is Casper and i've recently started writing an awesome fic, my friends say it's a really gud idea, so ar i've only written proloq, but i have idea in head.
Title is plaecholder.

Worst Shit Ever
A Casper fanfic


Rainbow Dash soared through the air dropping rocks upon rocks to the beat of their foul wardrums on the hoards of some real nasty creatures.
Man oh man, was theese creatures nasty, like, not Discord nasty, but still really nasty. The rocks fell down crushing skulls and bones.
She could hear her friends and alot, ALOT of other ponies marching towards the battlefield led by the warscratches of lead turntablist Vinyl Scratch.
The war had been going on for like, a week, wich is like a long ass time, pony time, but the battle had just begun.
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Eustatian!Wings60m9. 4589

Casper, it looks to me like you're testing out the waters with this whole fic-writing thing.

And you're drawn to troll-fic as a safe place to start. Because it's supposed to be bad. It isn't. Argembarger is fucking awesome, and if you can't be even a tenth as funny as he is, you probably shouldn't try.


Don't give up on writing. Go ahead and try non-troll, which is easier than troll-fic by a long shot. You'll have to deal with writing legitimate crap until you figure it out, but everyone does. It's called "paying dues."

Actually, you'll always write crap, it's just that eventually you start fooling people that it's halfway decent.

6 people 4590

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6 people do not know how to use "sage" nor the hide button.
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Please don't make assumptions about what I can and cannot do. It offends me. I intended the non-sage above.

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Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell - discussion 4508[View]

This may be slightly off topic, but the book is technically fanfiction. Plus I'm kinda curious what other writers think of it.

Read it here if for some reason you can't purchase a physical copy: http://derpy.me/Bnl1r
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Ion-Sturm 4517

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From what I've read, it sucks in both the mechanical and stylistic sense. Even with regards to it being a young child's story, its writing is simple to an insulting degree, filled with poor sentence structure and word choice. The author was also obviously only privy to very limited portions of Season Three and many developments contradict the events of the story, a case of the left hand not only having an inkling of what the right hand is doing (most likely waxing off into a big bag of money). The story has several puns and references, which are about as limp as a hundred year-old man's dick and did nothing to dispel the pall of utter soullessness that hangs over the story like a guillotine's blade.

The only good part of this story was the thread discussing it, wherein I found this gem of a picture.

Anonymous 4519

Having not read it, and not wanting to find those kind of pictures to scare off whatever enthusiasm I have left, what are the inconsistencies with the show?


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The story takes place after Trixie's redemption (since Twilight is a princess), but in it Trixie is nothing more than a two-bit (hurr hurr) saturday morning cartoon villain who's teamed up with Gilda to play antagonist.

It also establishes a lot of elements that may or may not be canon, such as Cadance being an orphaned pegasus that grew up in an earth pony village before Celestia found her. The comics are canon (at least until the show contradicts them, since it takes precedence), but I'm not sure where these stories stand in regards to EU.

There are other bits, but I barely skimmed the story and those two are the most worthy of mentioning.

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